I had said I was going to keep updates on my blog as I worked through my running class but apparently I didn’t mean I was going to do that often. I’ve been to all the classes so far and I’ve been trying to keep up with the workouts. Because I am me the process is going slow because I don’t want to hurt myself. At first I ended up with some minor knee pain but that went away after switching to walking for a bit. Now I’m having on-going hip issues to the point that I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow and just make sure it’s nothing too serious. It’s possible it’s related to my sciatic nerve or it’s a muscular issue, I really don’t know.

I’ve also been doing my 3x a week work outs with my personal trainer and I’ve been able to make good progress there. After what seems like about a month long of not seeing any weight loss I finally saw a loss this morning. I had become a bit to lax in my food tracking and that had to have effected my losses. Now I am back on track 100% and will work to keep it that way.

On July 4th my friend and I went on a nature hike/scavenger hunt at Pioneers Park Nature Center which was a lot of fun but I ended up coming home with 6 ticks, which was less than fun. Then Saturday night I met friends in Firth, NE to watch the fireworks show there and it was really fun.

I’ve been reading a lot too and making good use of my public library. I just need to be careful I don’t check out more books than I can read! Also last month I had the first meeting of the book club I helped start and it was a lot of fun. The next couple months will be interesting as I am doing a 6 week work rotation at the Apple Retail Store in Omaha. That’s going to be a lot of driving but it will be worth it for the training and experience.

Hopefully everyone else is doing well!

I really like Ben Coomber TV and his latest video really spoke to me. While I might not use his exact phrasing I do appreciate the message

This year I finally signed up for Beginner’s Luck which is a running class that helps you train for a 5k. I’ve wanted to take this class for a few years now but for various reasons I haven’t been able (see: surgery, job, etc). I’m going to document my progress in the blog and maybe even make a few videos as well.

I have tried doing the couch to 5k program a few times on my own but I end up giving up for various reasons. I like the idea of having a weekly session where we get to hear speakers and then work on our running. We have a workout plan to follow that includes running twice a week on our own so I’m going to have to schedule that in with my other workouts. I’m really excited about this opportunity!

I have thought about my goals for running and what I want to get from it. Overall I just want to accomplish running a 5k and I will be more than happy with that as a goal. I’ve done 5ks before but I’ve never ran one from start to finish without stopping to walk. I suppose if I really like it that I will train for a 10k and maybe a half marathon. I think doing a half marathon once would be good just to cross of a list of accomplishments but I’m not sure if I’ll want to do it more than once.

While I’m excited for the class to start I’m also nervous. I’m slow and I know I’m a beginner so I’m a bit worried about having to keep up with a group. I will push myself the best I can and that’s all I can do. I’ve talked to a few of my friends that have done the class before and they all have said it’s fun and supportive. I still have that flashback to junior high when I couldn’t run the mile and being so slow – something I really want to move past. Junior high was a long time ago and I have nothing to prove for that any more so I should let it go!

So the class starts tomorrow night and I will update you all after the first class!

I may have found a new adventure to pursue and that is in the form of archery. Yesterday there was an open house at the new Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center and I got a try shooting a bow and arrow for the first time. I found it to actually be quite relaxing and it felt good to at least hit the target all three times I tried. I want to go back again some time and try paying for time and seeing how I do with some practice. I might even sign up for one of the classes they offer there at a later date. I also accomplished killing a fake turkey so we can all enjoy some tasty fake turkey for dinner!

I like the idea of getting involved with something where I can improve my skills and enter competitions and test my skills against other people. I know the Cornhusker State Games has more than one archery division you can shoot with and I think that would be a lot of fun.

I found the archery shooting gave me that same almost zen feeling I have when I play golf and I’m about to tee off. It’s the moment of time where your mind is blank and your focus is strong. It’s just me and the ball (or arrow as the case my be) and nothing else matters. There’s no outside sounds, there’s just this overwhelming zoned feeling and it feels great.

I finally scheduled my yearly physical and it’s on July 25th, exactly 8 weeks from today. I have a lot of goals for this appointment so I decided to make it my own like challenge – 8 Weeks to Awesome.

I am going to make this an open challenge and encourage all of my reader’s to join in. Set a goal for 8 weeks from this time and achieve it. It can be fitness based but it doesn’t have to be, just pick something that will help you be more awesome 8 weeks from today. Comment and let us all know what you are planning!

I’m going to spend the next 8 weeks hitting all my goals and go in to see my doctor with the most awesome accomplishments that I can. My highest goal will be to have lost 100 lbs since my physical last year and it’s doable as long as I put in the work. Eat healthy, stay within my calorie goals, do my workouts, stay active and get fit. The exercise helps to get my muscles and such back into shape but it’s going to really come down to how I’m fueling my body. In the next 8 weeks I want to focus on eating vegetables, cooking more, and staying on point.

My daily calorie goal is now set to 1750 and I’m going to distribute that over 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks. The main thing I know that works best for me is to make sure that I’m eating vegetables as they have a lot of bulk without a lot of calories. Plus making meals ahead of time and then portioning out leftovers is something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile.

I will keep updating this blog as another goal since I never post even though I want to. I really need to start posting more content and I want to learn more about fitness, health, nutrition, etc, so keep watching! This is going to be awesome!

I’m usually very positive and try to stay that way about most things but for some reason I just hate weighing myself. It seems like it never equals up to my expectations and then I’m just mad about it. This week I weighed in and lost 1.4 lbs but instead of focusing on that being a good thing I just let it upset me because I felt like it should be more. It’s so much work – eating healthy, working out, watching everything – and to only see 1.4 lbs off it was just frustrating. I know I didn’t put the weight on overnight but I sure did put it on a lot faster than I am losing it.

I know overall I’m doing well, making gains at the gym, able to work out a lot longer now, lifting heavier things for more reps, that kind of thing. It’s just sometimes I miss not being worn out all the time and not getting to eat whatever I want. It won’t do any good to give in now because that won’t help anything.

I will do my best to stay positive most of the time and talk myself back up as needed but sometimes you just want a little time to be grumpy. Also I’m crazy craving McDonald’s which is odd and worrisome. I only ever crave it when I’m getting sick but I don’t think it’s that – at least I really hope it’s not that. The other part is that even if I did have McDonald’s it won’t live up to my expectations and I’ll be disappointed and sorry to have wasted the calories.

I’m rounding out the end of my month with my normal cardio routine and am starting to see my personal trainer three times a week. We are switching up my cardio routine on May 1st and it’s going to be tough at first. I’ve had a few sessions now on the stair master and that thing is brutal but I suppose that’s the point.

This afternoon I went all in on the elliptical and made a new personal record – 2 miles in 35 minutes at varying resistances. It’s going to be nice seeing some of that same progress with the stair master and I know I can do it.

From the weight stand point I’m now going to be weighing in weekly at the gym and I’ll start posting those soon. I’m also working hard on creating some new blog posts and trying to get Project Rockstar off the ground. Going to be a busy month in May!

Don’t worry – I haven’t abandoned the blog already! Things I’ve been doing lately:

- Working on Project Rockstar: getting the website into place and working on content generating

- Walking and Running: Went for a walk/run by myself on Sunday and it was absolutely terrible but I’ll do it again. I was tired and it hurt! Just going to take a bit of time to convince my body that this is doable. Also went and walked around Holmes Lake is a friend so that was cool.

- Gym: Working with the new trainer and he has me trying some new things. Did a workout with TRX stuff on Monday and I’ve never done that before. On the outside I showed confidence but in my head I was pretty sure I’d fall flat on my face or something. I didn’t so that’s a plus. Also did my longest run on the elliptical of 35 minutes and level 4.

- Pains: So after all that I did end up with a log of pain in my right ankle. It might be a shin splint? I wonder if it’s related to the fact that my left calf muscle is longer and looser than my right one thanks to surgery. I ended up just taking a rest day yesterday after I started limping around. I also had a mini pity party and took a nap on the couch. I’m working hard on staying positive but no one can do that 100% of the time!

- Life: I went out a couple times with my friend to go shopping. We hit the outlet mall in Gretna which is apparently my new favorite place to shop. I can’t wait to get down to sizes so I can wear all the cool clothes I see there. We also swung by my old trainer’s gym and surprised him so that was cool too. I’m really working on being more social and doing things instead of just sleeping in and complaining.

- School: It’s about the same, read, write stuff, post stuff, repeat. We have a group project due in a couple weeks so we’ve been working on our presentation and paper. Our topic is on multitasking and being a student, about how that’s not always the best approach to doing things. Should be interested and I lucked into a really good group.

So what have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments!

I’m starting up Project Rockstar – now is your chance to make changes and become a Rockstar! (Or a Brockstar if your name is Brock).

What is Project Rockstar?

Project Rockstar is about finding those things inside of you that make you awesome. It’s about digging in and living life to it’s fullest. It’s about wanting to be healthy and happy. It’s about making goals and reaching them!

Who can participate?

Anyone! Project Rockstar is about you and what you want to do. Everything is individualized around your awesome self. It’s about positive self talk and positive self image. It’s about releasing your inner Rockstar!

How do I participate?

All you need is a blog and a desire to change something in your life! You can get a blog here on wordpress.com or on blogger or wherever. The important part is to make goals, write about your goals, and celebrate your accomplishments!

More information will be coming soon so please keep an eye out! If you want to join please email me your blog address: angela@thisawesomelife.net

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Age: 36
Height: 5'8"
Total Weight Lost: 46lbs

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