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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 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.

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!

I started my job last week and right now I’m working from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM CST. I decided the best way to get to the gym would be to just get up at 5:45 and go before work. This leaves me plenty of time in the morning to get ready for work too.

I have started focusing on swimming as my main form of exercise right now. I like to start out with a little water walking and then do some body weight exercises like squats, leg lifts, etc. The water really helps me a lot because it takes the impact off my joints plus it feels great.

I took swimming lessons as a kid so I do know the basic strokes but I am way out of practice. I spend part of my time in the pool working on fundamentals so I can start doing laps. I am currently working on being able to put my head under the water and time my breathing. Today was the first time I was able to swim a crawl stroke across the deep end, which is about a third of a lap lane long, and get my breathing under control.

I know with time this will get easier because I will learn and train myself to swim better. That’s pretty exciting really because I can do this and I’m already showing improvement. Plus, just being in the pool floating around feels awesome.

Time to get my act into gear. Many changes have happened – I finished school, graduated, got a few jobs in health care but ended up losing my job. I have been unemployed since February and despite many applications and even some interviews I have yet to land an actual job offer. I had one that looked close, I even had two interviews, but they never called back after the second one even though it felt like it went really well. I have decided that it’s time to get back to my health. I’m going to start slowly with walking and swimming.

I plan to start going to a morning water pilates class at the Y and go for lunch time walks around my apartment complex to start. Then I need to work on really cleaning up my eating. I seem to have developed fructose malabsorption issues and I really should clean out a lot of fructose and sugar from my diet. I need to get my kitchen cleaned up and re-organized so I can cook easier in there, right now there’s not enough good counter space. I plan to move an extra tv stand I have into the kitchen to hold my microwave which will free up space. It will also give me more storage space for my crockpots and cookbooks.

I’m bringing the blog back because I need something to be accountable to and it worked before so I’m making it work for me now. I’m motivated by posts I see from Steve about his CrossFit workouts so I’m going to also try to create a bit of this for myself at home. I have some fitdecks that will help me pick out workouts to do as well as weights and such still.

So let’s do this! I need to get back to biking, hiking, and racing!

I read somewhere about how everything in life is just a series of choices. Each choice that we make either furthers us on towards our goals or sends us off on the wrong path. These decisions are neither right nor wrong, they are just different. I have been making choices that take me down the wrong path for too long and it’s time to turn around. I want to keep going on this journey and the only way to do that is to solid my resolve and make the decisions that best support the outcomes that I want.

I tried to do the 2 week goal plan, and I still think it’s a great idea, only I’m not so great at setting proper goals. I need to take some time to focus on what I really want to be doing and then make goals that lead me in that direction.

One of my current goals, however, is to start keeping this website updated. I need to be accountable to something. From now on I’m going to consider the decisions that I make and hope I start making the ones that take me in the direction I want to go.

My time schedule is finally evening out but it leaves little flex time and even less time to get to a gym. I’m debating just suspending my gym account and doing workouts at home. I’ve added volunteering two afternoons a week to my already full schedule so that doesn’t help. My issue with the gym is that it adds at least 30 minutes to my workout time just in getting there and home again. I have not made a decision on this yet though.

A sample day for me, a Tuesday:

5:30 – 6:30 AM : get ready for work, feed animals
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM : work, lunch
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM : volunteer
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM : study, take exams, homework, feed animals, eat dinner
10:00 PM – 5:30 AM : sleep (I rarely get to sleep this early though)

Rock Star Bracelet

I am calling this year, 2011, the year of the rockstar. I challenge you all to be your own rockstar and do all those things you know you should but sometimes don’t. Reach inside, find your inner awesome and create your own rockstar persona.

I’m starting new with a fresh outlook on things. I weighed in this morning, I’m tracking my food again and I have a couple of fitness plans ready and scheduled. I’ve been to the gym twice this week and I’ve worked out at home. I put all my workout plans on my calendar and stick to them like I would meetings or other appointments. This is a commitment I have made for my life and I’m sticking with it.

So with that in mind it’s time to announce that I am training to run a 5k, possibly at the end of March or early April, depending on which one we pick. I have a few friends joining in so that will keep me motivated.

I am also participating in the Live Healthy Nebraska challenge through work and am happy to have something to show my progress and a team to work with to stay motivated.  I’m feeling a lot better than I have in months so it’s time to get back to living the life I want.

It’s a new day, it’s a new plan, it’s a new deal!

Over the past few weeks I have been regrouping and thinking about what I want out of life. I don’t have a lot of answers yet but I have come up with a new plan of action.

Monthly Weighing

I decided, for my own mental stability, that I could no longer be so scale/weight oriented. Yes, I want to lose weight, but it’s not the deciding factor in this journey. I was going to go with weekly weigh ins but I need to make a break. I am going down to monthly weigh ins because I’ve seen it work well for other bloggers. It’s a healthy approach because I still keep tabs of my weight without that number becoming more important than it needs to be.

Calorie Counting

For the last year and a half I have spent a lot of time counting every calorie in and trying to estimate my calories out. This is an exhausting approach and it was starting to wear on me. I still think it’s important to know what you are burning so you can compensate accordingly, for health reasons, but I want to focus on something I can maintain for my whole life. I cannot maintain counting calories so I need to learn how to make good choices without tracking everything I bite. I know what I need to do so it’s just a matter of doing it.

Fitness Plan

I’m still trying to work out a new fitness plan but what I do know is that I need to slow it down a little and be smart about it. I get over committed to the things that I am doing and I end up either injuring myself or getting burned out. The things I enjoy are walking, biking and weight training. I think I got to aggressive with the bike riding and started putting in too many miles for my actual level. I am still dealing with post-surgery rehab, to some extent, but I’ve also created a new problem – hip bursitis. Now this new injury probably began from my bike accident (which I forgot to blog -oops) but my near unwillingness to rest has created a bigger problem.

My thoughts right now are to back down a bit from the crazy fitness and focus on a normal level of exercise. I’m going to start with keeping my treadmill times to 20 mins and using weight equipment when I have access. I’m back to debating if I should join a gym again and have been eying Anytime Fitness. The nicest thing about Anytime Fitness is there is one in the town where my brother lives and I’d be able to go there too.

So my focus is on keeping up with recovery while moving forward with new plans. I really want to start running and once my hip issue seems cleared up, I can start training. My physical therapist even gave me a plan to try that should, hopefully, keep me from injuring myself. I’m going to basically be doing a couch to 5k type program and will chronicle that here when the time comes to start. I’m hoping to be able to start at the end of November or beginning of December.

The Blog

I really want to work more with my blog and start posting more often. I’m still trying to figure out what I want from my site but I know that I have some amount of value to add to the world, I just need to figure out how. Hopefully good changes will be coming soon.

Life Plan

My life planning has taken some turns and I still don’t know what it is that I really want to do. I applied to the Medical Assisting program at Southeast Community College and I’m still waiting on confirmation that I was accepted for March 2011. The problem now, though, is I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. I would like to do Physical Therapy Assistant but I’m wait listed for that program until July 2013. I’m now leaning towards not doing the MA program and just focus on my current journey while waiting to get into the other program. I could save more money this way and spend more time figuring out a good plan.

What I want to do, really, is work with people and help people. I want to motivate and cheer on others and help them see whatever it is they are trying to accomplish. I wonder about other things too – personal training, coaching, sports related fields, etc. I want to do these things but I think it’s important that I finish working on myself first and I’m still a work in progress – but then again, aren’t we all?

Vital Stats

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

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