The Day My Life Changed…

I started on my journey in August of 2007. For two years I fought, kicked and cried my way through losing 90+lbs. I was well on my way to hitting an official 100lbs lost by August 1st, 2009 which was my 2 year anniversary. I was planning a big ‘ol celebration around here… until my life changed the evening before my final weigh-in. (Click here for more info).

Join me now, as I reevaluate my priorities, struggle to find out what “healthy” is while dealing with an emotional trauma, and continue to learn how to live a healthy life, no sugar coating included.

Wednesday Leg Day

Yesterday, I worked in a great workout over lunch:

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I came in earlier than usual today for an interview so will leave a little early today and get in another workout:

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I’ve been bringing a notebook to write my workouts down and I do like being able to just quickly see everything. It also helps so I can track workout to workout how much I’m lifting. A reader mentioned on a previous post an app called Strong so I’m thinking about downloading. It’s an app that tracks your workouts/weights. I’m much more of a tracker with pen/paper and was trying to avoid having to log things on my phone but… maybe. Has anyone else used it? (I love when ya’ll share tips, tricks, apps and programs that you love!)

I really am loving the lack of focus on cardio. I spend just as much time at the gym and feel like I’m getting just as good of a workout in. I haven’t noticed a huge impact on my body but I know my eating was off this past weekend because we were eating out so much. It’s so hard to be healthy eating out. I love being back into a food routine these past couple days.

Carlos is going out of town this weekend for a poker tournament so I’m looking forward to a super quiet weekend, especially after being so busy this past weekend. I usually read a lot but the past couple weeks haven’t had a lot of book time. Here are some books I’ve recently finished that ya’ll should check out:

I’m currently reading Daring Greatly. If ya’ll remember, I started reading it last fall at the recommendation of my therapist but never ended up finishing it. I picked it back up again recently and am determined to finish :) It’s a good book, I just tend not to read a lot of self-help books. When I read, I want to check out and be transported somewhere else.

Alright – I have a huge to-do list (as most of us do!) so I’m off to get some work done. Happy Wednesday, friends!


(Blog note: We noticed advertising posts showing up on our blog in the past week; this isn’t content written by any of us at PriorFatGirl, it’s coming from our advertising agency. We’ve unsubscribed to this advertising option but it takes 30 days to un-enroll. Sorry for the inconvenience but they should disappear in the next couple weeks!) 

Tourists in our own city.

Carlos’ cousin, Blake and his girlfriend, Christina, came into town this past weekend and we had a blast showing them around.

Friday night, we went out to dinner at Fogo de Chao. It overpriced but Blake LOVES to eat so we figured he would get his moneys worth :) We then went to the Minnesota Timberwolves game. It was a good game. The half-time entertainment was a guy who stacked chairs higher then anyone could believe and then did a handstand at the top.

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INSANE. The last 4 minutes of the basketball game were intense with everyone one their feet the entire time. The weather was perfect Friday evening so we walked around downtown a little bit before finally heading home. It was a great evening!

Saturday, we had breakfast at home and then made our way to the Mall of America. We spent an hour at the Sea Life Aquarium which was so beautiful – neither Carlos nor I had ever been.


We spent another couple hours shopping and grabbed dinner on our way home. After dinner, we hung out at home playing Cards Against Humanity.

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Sunday, my sisters, dad and all their kids came over for breakfast – it was a PACKED HOUSE! I love it like that. After everyone left, we enjoyed some quiet time watching Ghostbusters II. Hilariously 80′s. After a few of us napped, we got up and made our way to Minnehaha Falls. It was freezing but the fresh air felt good and Iggy had a blast!

Sunday evening, we grabbed dinner and then just hung out around the house relaxing – a fun weekend that went by way too quickly. Blake and Christina leave this afternoon but they both really liked being here in Minneapolis and are both considering moving here for school. Who knows — we may have roommates in a few months!

It was so fun showing Blake and Christina around town, it felt like we were tourists in our own city. But, it will feel good to get back into our regular routine as well. We did a lot of eating out these past couple days so I’m looking forward to eating greens and getting in a serious sweat session today. I set my alarm to hit the gym this morning but stayed up too late last night so that didn’t happen. I have a hair appointment over lunch which means my sweat session will have to wait until after work. But, I WILL get it in – I’m actually looking forward to it!


Body fat percentage

A couple weeks ago at the gym, I stopped at the trainers desk and asked if I could use their little measurement tool to find out my body fat percentage. Not the one that squeezes your fat but the one that you hold out in front of you and squeeze:


Omron Healthcare Body Fat Loss Monitor

I checked my percentage against Wikipedia (because everything we read on Wikipedia is accurate, right?! ;) ) and I was surprised to find that I’m still in the “normal” range.

Description Women Men
Essential fat 10–13% 2–5%
Athletes 14–20% 6–13%
Fitness 21–24% 14–17%
Average 25–31% 18–24%
Obese 32%+ 25%+

My percentage was 30%. I don’t know what I want it to be because I’ve already decided I don’t want to be as tiny as I was when I got to my lowest but I do know I feel a bit more mushy than I’d like. I think I can just ask to use the monitor every other week at the gym however if at some point they tell me it’s only for training clients, maybe I’ll buy one for myself or get the one that squeezes your fat. A review on the monitor above stated they tested the electronic one against the caliper one and it was only a .4% difference.

I’m loving the lifting program I started last week and need to actually start tracking what I’m lifting because I spend time with every exercise trying to figure out what weight I should use. I think I’ll just bring a notebook and write things down as I go. That’ll also help me track week to week, increasing over time instead of just doing what I think that specific day. I love not spending most my time doing cardio and like how strong I feel after lifting.

I found pictures on a website  of what body fat percentages look like and I’m not sure if it’s right or I’m wrong. I feel like my body looks closer to what the pictures of 35-40% look like, and that I would like to better look like what the picture of 30% looks like but I guess every body is different and shows differently? So tell me – what is everyone’s thoughts on body fat percentage? Is that much better to use then weight or BMI? I’m not sure I want to be in the Fitness level and for sure do not want to be in the athletic range. I’m not trying to be skinny because the truth is, I don’t want to maintain a diet to stay that low.

I want to be normal, healthy and EAT! :)