Bowing Out

by JP on December 16, 2011

It’s hard…this blogging thing.

A little over a year ago I decided that I really truly needed to make a change in my life. I was unemployed for months, unhealthy, and was really looking for an outlet. I decided to begin blogging again. It wa

s exactly what I needed. I could fuel my fire by putting my thoughts on screen. It was the beginning of an investment in . . . . Me. I needed work, I went back to school. I could see an end to my unemployment benefits looming thanks to a congress of tea partiers. I was lucky enough to find a new job very similar to my prior work. My wife and discussed adding to our family, and several weeks ago we welcomed our second son! I found a great community of people interested in changing their lives though discovering healthier living, and they inspired me to run in public. Not once, not twice, but thrice including a mile down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. All things I am extremely proud of.

The truth of the matter is that I am in an extremely different place right now that I was a year ago. I haven’t had a work week less than 50 hours since May, most were closer to 60, and a couple hit 70. This puts a hell of a strain on a guy. . . a family. . . a five year old. . . a wife. I have also continued to pursue my education. The construction industry let me down twice over the last three and a half years. I need something to fall back on. I need that magic piece of paper that says to employers, “This person has debt and needs better work now that he has attended college.” So on top of the hellish work weeks I separated even more time away from my family in hopes of an ultimate gain in the end. This summer was beyond tough. The money has been great and hopefully someday I can get out of the industry and work some regular hours. Maybe even coach my boy’s baseball teams?

I mentioned adding to the family, and here he is. A second pride and joy joins the family. After having so many people via blogosphere and close to me having difficulties with pregnancies I was so relieved to see my healthy baby boy. Ten fingers, ten toes, and he smiles when he farts. I couldn’t ask for more.

My new little guy

I’m not giving up my shot at a healthier lifestyle, but I can’t fit an honest week of blogging in right now. I fully expected to be laid off at work, but (thankfully) it is still going strong. The tool of blogging is not helping me right now. It is actually a hindrance. It is pressure that I can’t keep up with, and it is no longer a priority. My family, work, and school are. I’m not going away. I’ll be tweeting. I’ll be finding ways to help Jen and the rest of the PriorFatGirl family when I can. Thanks to Jen for allowing my a chance to blog here at PriorFatGuy. Thanks to all of you for following along. I really do appreciate it. Even you Kevin. See you around!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Momma Hunt December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

We will miss you around here but I am still hoping you will be keeping us twitter junkies updated. So glad to get to know you and your journey! Also congrats on that little stud muffin baby of yours!


Sabrina December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

Wishing you (and your family) all the best, JP! Hoping to still see you on the flip side!


Leah December 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

Best wishes to you and congrats on your newest addition. He’s a cutie!

My husband just graduated last June after 8 years of college – going back at 27 years old. I admire that you are seeing to the need for you and some of those spare minutes to be shared with your family instead of blogging. You will all appreciate that in the end.


Kevin December 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Good to hear from you, JP. I wish you and your young family all the best, and I sincerely hope you find the balance you’re looking for. If you ever have a chance to return to blogging, I hope you’ll come back – I’ve really enjoyed reading your thoughts.


Elle December 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Ah JP…

It’s been a wild ride. From those first treacherous days of watching the voting polls and biting my finger nails, to joking with you about our fates on Twitter, to our double entrance into blogdom… I’ve enjoyed it all. I’ll miss seeing you around these parts, but I’m proud of what you’ve accomplished so far and what I know you will continue to do in the future.

Be well, and enjoy your beautiful family this Christmas.


P.S. Remember when you threatened to make your whole rugby team vote for you to squash me? Yeah. Rude.

j/k ;)


Biz December 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

A new baby boy – he’s absolutely beautiful! OMG, totally understand that blogging has to take the back burner – you have so much going on now!

I am always here if you need to email me – I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!


john December 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Good luck JP, I know exactly how you feel. Keep the site up and who knows, you may find benefits from it again. Your priorities are in the right place.


Liz December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’ll miss you but your family comes first. Keep on keeping on and you know where to find me on twitter!


Heather March 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Hey J,

We miss you.

Hope life is treating you well and you’re staying on a straight and narrow with healthy eating.

Heather (and her year and he dress)


Patrick July 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hope your year has been amazing thus far.
Be well!



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