I really miss being able to go out into nature and just walk and hike. I am getting closer with my health and weight to make that possible. So today I finally decided to go check out a local place called Pacific Preserve.

This was the perfect way for me to start hiking again. The path loops back a couple of times but it’s not super long and it’s flat unlike some of the other paths near me. There were some areas of shade but not a lot so keep that in mind. The are places to stop and sit and a lot of greenery to look at. At the entrance is a lot of flowers and information on why the preserve is there and the purposes it serves.

I hope to get more content posted more often but for now, please enjoy these photos from the preserve.

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As in life, things change and you can’t always control that. Did I lose a bit of weight and have a good time back in the day? Sure.

But newsflash – I gained the weight back and some. I got up to 475 lbs. That was the number that really shocked me back to reality at my doctor’s appointment this year (Feb 2019).

So I’m back at this fitness and weight loss game and so far so good. I’m now down about 62 Lbs. I have another follow up appointment on August 8th.

One big difference this year is that my numbers were not good health wise. I currently take a blood pressure lowering medication and that wasn’t needed previously. I was also showing signs of borderline diabetic. My second follow up showed numbers had improved but still borderline for both high blood pressure and diabetes.

This is scary and I know I have to change.

Current plan:

  • Following a keto-esq diet, keeping my carbs under 20 net carbs a day but otherwise not tracking
  • Intermittent Fasting – I try to only eat two meals a day with no snacks
  • Light exercise – I’ve started swimming three times a week and doing some light resistance work at home

I also want to revive my YouTube channel and get back to making videos about my weight loss journey but also my random adventures.

I also want to post more to this blog and post more about my journey to my Instagram.



I’ve started a new blog to talk about my latest return to a healthy lifestyle. You can find me here: http://ketoang.wordpress.com !

I plan to get this blog back up and running as well but I’m not sure exactly how I want to use it. Stay tuned!

Time to dust this old guy off and get going again.


What is Project Rockstar?

Project Rockstar is about being healthy, happy, positive, helpful, wonderful and living life in a positive way. It’s about being a good person. It’s about being good to others and doing good things.

I created the other blog awhile ago and haven’t done anything with it yet but it’s time for that to change. I had been wondering about branching off – should I keep everything under one umbrella in this blog or give Project Rockstar it’s own chance to live? I like the idea of starting fresh, a life reset if you will. The hardest part is going to be taking the time to write blogs, research information, promote the Rockstar lifestyle and encourage others to join.

Can I be a Rockstar?

Yes, yes you can! That’s the coolest part – anyone can join Project Rockstar as long as you are committed to bringing positivity and goodness to yourself and the world around you. It’s about focusing on the good things in life. Eat well, love your friends and family, help your neighbors, and just live life!

I’m ready to rock, are you?


Coming soon to an internet near you – This Awesome Life is returning! I will be bring back Project Rockstar as well because it’s time. Time to get back to what I started. Time to focus on what’s important in life – living it to the fullest.

He only gave me two hours to finish the exam which was normally plenty of time but he never took into account that there could be a T-rex attack. I tried to reason with him about the possibility but he just told me to sit down and stop bothering the class. He has no idea about the potential for T-rex attacks and won’t he look stupid when one saunters into the room and eats the first row of students.

I think about T-rex attacks a lot because it seems like something that no one else is even worried about. Sometimes I talk to Frank about it but he just rolls his eyes and tells me to shut up about the dinosaurs already. It’s like he’s completely forgotten about our trip to the Natural Science Museum in February where we saw the T-rex bones on display. I told him then and I’ll tell him now, our nation is not prepared for a T-rex attack.

I tried writing letters to some scientists and the university but I never heard back. You would think they would be some kind of alert or warning system in place for pending T-rex attacks, I mean we have warnings about tornadoes and tsunamis. I just know the president is going to look really ashamed when half of Colorado is eaten. I wrote him a letter as well but all I got back was a form letter thanking me for contacting him. He doesn’t take the threat seriously either.

People keep telling me I need to stop watching movies but it’s like they don’t understand me at all. Jurassic Park is more than just entertainment, it’s clearly a warning to us all about the upcoming disaster. Why are people not paying more attention to this? Why am I the only one that cares about pending T-rex attacks?

Did you know they won’t even keep T-rex’s in zoos because of the danger? I mean have you ever seen one being held in a cage? No. They roam quietly around in the wild just waiting to reclaim the world as their own. Well I’m getting prepared and people won’t laugh at me when I’m the only one that can save them from being eaten.

Welcome to the year 2015. The year of Back to the Future 2’s future that’s nothing like the predictions so far. Though props to my coworker on carrying around that World Almanac from the movie, awesome.

So I have not written anything here in a long time and I really want to change that. I’m going to slightly modify the purpose of this website and make it posts about whatever I want. I used to just post about my fitness and health but now I want to focus on my life and use this as a path to practice my writing. Things have changed a bit since I last posted so let me bring you up to speed quickly.

1. I have changed jobs a couple times but I feel like the current one is a good fit with a company I love. While I am constantly looking for advancement I am happy with what I am doing.

2. I moved a couple times. I actually moved from Lincoln to Omaha which isn’t a large distance but I finally met my life goal of not living my whole life in Lincoln. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lincoln but I wanted to try somewhere else. The cats did not enjoy the move at first but they are finally settled in. I have an awesome roommate and an awesome roommate dog too now.

3. I spent all of last year working with a personal trainer and while I made some progress I seem to have hit a wall and then took some time off apparently. I am currently looking into joining a new gym and getting started on my own again. Working with a trainer taught me a lot but at this point I just can’t finically make that work. The real issue is getting myself back to healthy eating and working out. I’m pretty sure I’m going to join LA Fitness and start swimming again. I want to try running and biking again too but it’s so cold right now and I want to ease back into things so I don’t hurt myself.

4. I ended up quitting my MBA program and I feel like it’s for the best. I wasn’t happy about the classes and I wasn’t sure what I was going to accomplish with it. I am currently working on applying for a technical communication graduate certificate program through the local university and that seems to fit much better with what I’d like to do. I’d like to work on my freelance company and help other people create documentation and social media marketing materials. Now to just get this application done today because it’s due soon.

5. I’m going to start writing fiction again. It’s been a long time since I’ve really done some good writing. I’m going to try using this webpage as a way to post my writing samples and get ideas for where I can go. My first writing is going to be based around a character who starts getting phone messages and alerts from the future. I’m not sure where I’m going to go with it but I’m interested in finding out.

So here’s to 2015 – a year of opportunities!

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!

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Height: 5’8″
SW (2019): 475 Lbs
CW: 410 Lbs

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