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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!

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!

Vital Stats

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

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