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.

One paid run…

After not completing the half-marathon last August and then pulling out of the October half-marathon last year, I got pretty discouraged with running. To be honest, at some point, I declared to myself that I hated running and was never going to do it again.

It took a good 4-5 months to shake that hatred for running. To be honest with myself, I know I never really hated running but hated failing at two races I signed up for. Failure is tough. In conversations with Carlos, he said “Jen, why do you have to do all these long races? Why can’t you just go out, run 3-5 miles a couple times a week and be done with it?” Hearing him say that was like a light-bulb. Yes, why not. It sounded like heaven. Just running a couple times a week whatever I wanted to. Not training for a race, just running because I can. So I decided. I would NOT sign up for any race in 2014. I would not pay to run at all this year.

About 6 weeks ago, I decided to get back on the treadmill (I dislike running outside in the cold.) I’ve been running a mile a couple times a week for since. Not pushing myself any longer than that, just one mile. Around the same time I started getting a mile in, a friend asked if I would do a half-marathon relay with her. I contemplated my prior commitment about not paying to run at all and threw that quickly out the window. Whatever. I can change my mind. I got this email this morning:
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Now, before we get all wrapped up in the fact that I signed up for and paid for a race despite claiming I wasn’t, this WILL be the only race I do. I’ve already turned down 2 other friends who have asked me to do a race with them. I really do want to stick with my commitment of not paying to run.  So that’s it. Just the one race this year – other than that, my focus will be just getting out and running because I want to run. Not because I have to run, have to follow a schedule, have to increase miles every week.

Sunday was beautiful in Minneapolis. I’m pretty sure everyone in the Twin Cities was outside yesterday, had their windows open and was enjoying the perfect weather. To celebrate the beautiful weather, I decided to go for my first outdoors run this year.

It was painfully perfect. It all came back to me, how much I love running. I’m not a cheetah runner. I made it 2.7 miles and while I had to stop and walk a couple times (the red areas in the pic below), I ran. Outside, and loved it.

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After my run, I hit the gym for some weights and then came home and after grabbing a quick bite to eat, I took Iggy to the doggy park.

I will never be a marathoner. I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be cheetah fast. I just want to run, in my own time, a couple times a week.

I’m leaving for Seattle on Wednesday to visit a friend and cannot wait. I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle and will definitely bring my running shoes. I checked the weather forecast and it looks like it’ll be upper 50′s to lower 60′s so that is perfect running weather :)

Tell me – anything I need to make sure to see/do/visit while in Seattle?



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!