Alright kids… I’m 3 days into this 12-week lifting routine and love it.


I’ve been warming up with a 1 mile run and then spending 30-40 minutes doing the weights. I did this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and will have a rest day today. Tomorrow I’ll do just a serious cardio sweat session, have another rest day on Friday and do the last weight lifting session on Saturday.

I’ve also been tracking my eats again this week because I really do think that’s where my biggest loss of focus is. I think I know how much I eat; I think I know how balanced I eat; I think think think. The problem is that I think, not KNOW. I really need to be accountable to myself, be honest with myself, and KNOW, not think.


I heard on the radio this morning as I was driving into work this morning a woman being interviewed about a book she just wrote about work/life balance. To be honest, I forgot most of the interview because on of her statements stuck with me a voided out everything else she said…

We take better care of our phones than we do ourselves. Every night,
we charge our phones back to 100% but we charge ourselves only
partially, often getting 5-6 hours of sleep a night.

THIS is an area I usually do not compromise – my sleep. I KNOW I am much more on my game when I get a full nights sleep. I KNOW when I get less than 7.5 hours, I will feel the effects very blatantly; I’m sluggish throughout the day, my decisions are less healthiness focused and it is easier to say “oh just a little won’t hurt” or “it’s just one piece.”

I KNOW this. I also know that for the rest of my life, healthiness will need to be a priority. For the rest of my life, I cannot take take my eye off focus. While at first thought, it sounds like a daunting task, I don’t really think it is… I just think it’s a part of life. Other people have to focus on their recovery every day for the rest of their life, whether it be drugs or alcohol. Other people have to focus the rest of their life on managing their diabetes or heart disease. For me, every day I need to focus on my healthy.

I recognize I’ve written posts like this before, all this mumble about how this is my life. And it isn’t that I have had some light-bulb moment but more of just a self-awareness moment. I realize I’ve let my focus shift; I’ve let my guard down. I’ve become more relaxed. THIS is where I need to refocus.

I cannot exist in an I think world. I need to know. 

On a separate note, on a note regarding all this painting I’ve been doing as of late. I want to learn more about tips, tricks and ideas so does anyone want to take this Acrylic Painting Class with me? It is 6 classes starting next week…



  1. Wow. That statement struck me, too! Seriously considering that painting class. Just wondering how much experience is needed. I’m a follow instructions kinda girl.

    • Jen, a priorfatgirl says:

      I think there is only one spot left so if you are interested, sign up – let’s take a class together! I don’t think you need a ton of experience – other painting classes have requirements and this has none. Let me know if you decide to sign up!

  2. So simple, yet BRILLIANT.

  3. Wow – that statement was profound! Thanks for sharing. And don’t apologize for reinforcing such good messages. You’re in a different place with your journey and those of us who are at the beginning really benefit from your good advice.

    Thanks, Jen!

  4. I used to lift weights and having a plan is uber important. Thanks for all of the awesome posts.

  5. Wish I can do this.

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