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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

Life is always full of changes, sometimes expected and other times not. I suppose it would be pretty boring if everything stayed the same. Sometimes maybe we do get too comfortable in a habit and need something to shake things up. For me the biggest change recently is that I have a new personal trainer to work with. This was a lot more emotional for me than I thought it would have been but everything happens for a reason.

My old trainer got a new job and I’m so happy for him. I fully support anyone that’s trying to move forward in life and if getting a new job is the way to do that then go for it! He’s a great trainer and person so I know he will do really well at his new job. It’s going to be a little hard going to the gym for a bit and not seeing him but I’ll adjust.

I met with my new trainer, Andrew, yesterday and he had me do some circuit type training to get an idea of where I am fitness wise. Most of the things we did I was familiar with – step ups, chest press, lunges – but then we also did this thing when I had to pull a long rope and then run and pull it again. That was tiring but actually kind of fun. Apparently it’s personally owned rope so I think we’ll be using it again. He’s pushing my cardio as well, wants me doing 30 minutes at once on a machine. This will be the longest I’ve pushed myself on the elliptical so hopefully I’ll make it!

One of my next projects is going to be on how to workout when you have a lot of weight to lose. I’m only just now working on the framework but hope to have something put together soon.

Have an awesome day everyone!

Vital Stats

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

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