Motivation Monday

Well I survived the craft fair. Two days! The first day (Friday) was miserable. It was freezing and raining all day and we sold almost nothing.

Miserable, miserable, miserable.

Saturday was a gorgeous day and I personally don’t know how well my cohort fared, but I made more than triple the entire booth fee. I call that a successful day!


Here is an unflattering picture of me nearing the end of the day on Saturday. My table is there on the left. Our items had been pretty thoroughly picked through at this point.

The worst part of craft fairs:

  • Carrying your booth
  • Setting up your booth
  • Nit-picking customers
  • Hagglers (This isn’t a garage sale people!)
  • Price complainers
  • Packing up
  • Carrying your booth

The best part of craft fairs:

  • Making money
  • Meeting fellow crafters
  • Trading with other vendors
  • Compliments
  • Gushers

You can see there are a few more downsides than upsides, but making money — if you make enough — is a big enough PLUS to get over all of the other stuff.

Friday, as I mentioned above, was an awful day. Full of nothing but downsides. I stayed with my in-laws that night and headed to their house feeling very dejected and discouraged (and cold.. very very cold). Had Saturday not been part of the deal, or had it not played out the way it did, I very well may have given up craft shows altogether.

Saturday was a wonderful day full of upsides. I made money! What a bonus! By 11:30 I had made back the booth fee. Once I made more than I paid for parking and food for the two days, I considered it a “profitable” day — we won’t get into materials costs.. I don’t want to dwindle my “profits” too terribly haha! There were a few downsides — some nit-pickers, those are the customers that stand at your table and try to figure out how to make your items, they’re usually fellow crafters and have no intention of actually buying anything. I try to strike up conversation with the nit-pickers. Let them know I’m not “the enemy” so to speak. I’ll just tell them where to buy the pattern for whatever it is they are nit-picking, but typically they are also too cheap to pay for patterns. I had one haggler, seriously.. you’re NOT at a garage sale! In the end, I let him haggle. I couldn’t believe it. I swore I wouldn’t do that, but it was 2 dollars, it was the end of the day, and I could tell he wasn’t going to pay full price. I decided my pride could take the hit in the name of moving merchandise. I also had a few price complainers. These are the people who will just about DIE before they’d make eye contact with you. It’s much easier to complain about your prices loud enough for you to HEAR, but not TO YOU.. They only complain to their shopping companions. Funny enough, my biggest price complainer’s companions both ended up buying from me. So there. Take THAT Complainer!

All in all it was a good experience. I’m going to rebuild my stock (I sold more than half of my merchandise!) and try to get into a show in November. Preferably INDOORS so I don’t have to set up that God-forsaken tent and sit outside in the cold all day. Seriously. Carrying your junk to and from your booth space? Hands down the worst part of doing a craft show. My entire body was sore for 3 days.

I am still not back on track with my running goals. And on that note, I am also going to be changing the format of the Motivation posts. I’ll keep you updated on progress still, but no more pictures. It makes my hubs uncomfortable (I think, he didn’t say that), and I was a little creeped out recently to get a notification that someone had taken one of my pics for some reason (blech!). So, there you have it — from now on, I’ll be focusing on the craft portion of my blog with updates on running/exercise progress, diet (I think we’re going gluten free! Yikes!), but that’ll be about it. I was tired of looking at those stupid pictures anyway.

Happy Monday!


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Motivation Monday

It’s Monday!

I figure if I try to sound excited about it, maybe I can trick myself into it.

I’m not excited to be writing this post. I’ve actually be dreading writing this post. I was SO sick last week that I ran on Monday and that. was. it.

Seriously. I feel horrible about it, but I forced the run on Monday, and it was awful. I couldn’t breathe, my quads were cramping.. Not pretty.

So, I let the illness win. I thought it was just a dumb summer cold, and that I’d be able to push through it. I was wrong. I was winded just walking around my house!

It was also the last few days before my oldest started school (High school! What?!) and we forced a few “last week of summer” activities. We went to the pool on Tuesday, Lilly and I hit the splash park with friends on Wednesday, and we spent Thursday at the zoo. Friday was Kacie’s first day of school, and Lilly and I didn’t really move off of the couch. All the forced fun had caught up with both of us by then. Saturday, I was signed up to run a 5k in the morning, but skipped it (no one wants to be running next to the snot-dripping, cough-er, or have to resuscitate me if I passed out, which was a real possibility ). My fam got up and walked in a parade, then we all went to the Peach Festival and stood in line forEVER, in the scorching heat, so Lilly could have her face painted like a tiger. Last night, Kacie and I went for a walk, but I don’t count it as much exercise because we walked to the grocery store, bought Ben and Jerry’s, and walked home! I DO count the zoo, because I spent about 4 hours pulling a wagon carrying a 40 lb child.

Amidst all the activity during the week, I did manage to write the pattern for tomorrow’s How-To Tuesday and get it sent off to testers! I’m very excited about this one. It’s a little more complicated than any I’ve posted so far, but I am confident that my testers will help me explain it in a way that most crocheters will be able to follow. Today I am going to get the pictures taken and edited. My goal is to hit the publish button bright and early tomorrow morning.

So — Fitness goals for last week — FAIL

My diet for last week — ALSO FAIL

I’m forgiving myself, because hey, everyone gets sick. My body needed the rest (and left to be “the cook”, my husband will just order food lol). I’ve got an appointment today and Lilly is going with Grandma and Uncle. That usually means a sleepover, but I’m going to take the downtime to get in some much needed running on the treadmill. This week, we have Lilly’s back-to-school (or just, TO school.. since she’s never been). Once she starts, I’ll be adding some weight lifting to my weekly routines.

I’m going to set a tentative goal for 3 miles 4 days this week. I’m still not feeling totally better and I don’t want to push it too much.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Did you meet your fitness goals last week? What are they THIS week?

*I’m skipping pictures this week.. haha, I just.. can’t today. Next week.*

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Motivation Monday

Here we are.. Another MONDAY. And it’s one of those Mondays, too. Stupid Mondays.

Well I have to report, sadly, that I did NOT accomplish my fitness goals last week. I’m not beating myself up too much over it, because I did manage to fit quite a bit into a pretty full week. It looked something like this:

Monday – I got a nice two mile walk in on the treadmill at a steep incline in the morning, squeezed in a three mile run in the afternoon, and 60 squats for the 30 day squat challenge. Not too shabby.

Tuesday – We hung out at the pool after swimming lessons, and I put off my run until after dinner, which was a mistake. I ran a mile before developing a horrible stomach cramp. I hopped off the treadmill and went for a two mile walk around the neighborhood with my oldest.

Wednesday – I don’t know how I managed it, but I fit in a three mile run after swimming lessons, an afternoon at the pool and park (while Kacie was at piano lessons for an hour), and my bi-weekly grocery shopping trip. Oh yeah, I didn’t shower until 7 PM.. That’s how I did it (sorry fellow grocery shoppers lol).

Thursday – I ran three miles before going to book club, then I went for a walk around the neighborhood with Kacie (two miles) when I got home.

Friday – I totally slacked and didn’t run at all. I DID, however, complete the hat/pattern for tomorrows tutorial! I’m pretty excited to share it with you all! Still.. I felt like a slug.

Saturday – I ran three miles before dinner. Actually — WHILE my family was eating dinner. I didn’t want a repeat of Tuesday’s stomach cramps. Then, while Jake was putting Lilly to bed, Kacie and I went for our two mile walk around the neighborhood.

Sunday – I drove Kacie up into the mountains to drop her off at camp for two weeks. By the time I got home it was 5 o’clock and I was beat. I took a rest day.

You’ll notice no mention of any ab work, which was part of my goal for the week. I did none. I did start the 30 day squat challenge, but didn’t do any squats other than Monday haha, so I’ll be starting that over again this week.

Totals for this week — Miles Ran – 13, Miles Walked – 8 for a total of 21 miles for the week.

60 squats

Not terrible, but not my goal, either. I’ll be working on it this week.

Goals for this week – 5 miles/3x, 3 miles/3x, 50 Ab exercise reps every other day, complete week one of 30 day squat challenge.

Last week I also paid more attention to my diet and these are a few things I realized, that could be holding me back.

1.  I don’t eat breakfast – I didn’t realize this fully. I was under the impression that I sometimes don’t eat breakfast, but I don’t. Ever. Unless I make a conscious effort to do so (which I will from now on — although, I didn’t eat breakfast today, either, so I guess that will start tomorrow).

2. Because I don’t eat breakfast, I fill up on coffee. This results in me, suddenly starving part way through the day. Then it’s like my body goes into panic-mode and I ravenously devour any and everything that sounds good — ie: unhealthy food choices. I end up overeating at “lunch” time.

3. Sometimes this means I don’t eat dinner (because I am still so full from earlier binge), further propelling my body into an unhealthy, poor metabolic state.

4. I eat fast food about once a week. This has been a shocking realization for me. I did not consider myself a weekly fast food patron. I, honestly, used to proclaim that “we don’t eat a lot of fast food”. Hmm.. Apparently I am delusional, because once a week IS a lot of fast food. Once a week probably doesn’t even give my body enough time to fully rid itself of that junk!

5. Lilly tries to get me to eat snacks ALL DAY LONG. Seriously. She is forever sticking something in my face trying to get me to “just try a little piece” until I will usually, finally just eat it to get her to stop.

All five of these things are problems that I intend to fix. I know it won’t be as easy as I think it should be, but I am going to try.

My scale is broken (needs replacement batteries), so no update there this week. I feel about the same though, weight-wise.

What are your goals this week?


Motivation Monday

Welcome to week 3 of Motivation Monday!

I didn’t get around to picking a Pinspired workout last week, but I really like that idea, so I’m not shelving it yet. I just didn’t have much time to spare last week. I won’t really this week, either, but I’m going to throw something extra in anyway.

On with the report.

Monday – Lilly had swimming lessons last week (and this week), so we headed there after I finished up last week’s Motivation post. I’m having a difficult time remembering exactly what I did that day lol. I know I ran my 3 miles, but I cannot seem to remember at what time of the day.. Hmm.. At any rate, I got it done.

Tuesday – Jake got home a little earlier than normal, so he did me a HUGE favor, and took Lilly to the park so I could run without distraction. I took the opportunity to get a 5 mile day out of the way.

Wednesday – After swimming, my step-mom treated us to lunch, and took Lilly to Build-A-Bear, and home with her to have a sleepover. I took it as a sign, and got my second 5 mile day taken care of (plus, hopefully burned off that Chik-Fil-A lol).

Thursday – I ran 1.5 in the morning before I met Lilly at the pool. I was supposed to have a pool day with friends, but it was raining/lightning(ing?) all day, so we cancelled. I felt bad about splitting up a shorter run, so I ran another 2.5 in the evening (total 4 for the day).

Friday – I was supposed to have a pool day (again) but when we got to the car to go to swim lessons, I found we had been vandalized, and our back window had been shattered out. I spent the day vacuuming glass out of the car and street with the shop-vac instead. Fun. It was such a bummer day, and I was pretty sore by Friday, so I took a rest day.

Saturday – I ran 2 miles in the morning while Lilly was playing with neighbors and Jake was cleaning out the garage. I had plans for a little while in the afternoon, and ran another 2 miles later in the day. I don’t know why I split it up that day, but I ended up with an extra mile (4 for the day).

Sunday – I had more than completed my promised mileage, so I took another rest day.

Total Mileage for the week – 21 (Yay me!)


I just did a weigh in and am at 124 lbs. Woo.. Kind of.

This week’s plan:

This week I am going to add one more 5 mile day for a total of 3, with two 3 mile days. One of the 5 mile days I am going to walk (quickly) on a steep incline. I’m also going to add 3 ab days. I have an “ab-roller” that I actually really like, so I’ll just use that.  I’m going to add some kind of stretch routine in there somewhere too. Maybe yoga or something. My quads have been killing me after the longer runs.

What is your workout plan for the week?


Motivation Monday

Welcome to week two of Motivation Monday! I can tell you that I already feel so much better than last week. I’m pretty sure this was just the kick in the pants I needed to get going in the right direction. I mean, it’s one thing to let myself down. It’s another thing completely to publicly fail!

So. This is how my week went (exercise wise).

Monday – I jogged 3 miles, but not all at once. I run at home on my treadmill, and sometimes my youngest makes it her goal to keep me from doing whatever I’m trying to do. Nothing like your preschooler standing dangerously close to the treadmill repeating, “Can I touch it now? Can I touch it now? How ’bout now? Now?” while reaching toward the running belt with her tiny finger. Puts an end to things pretty quickly, but I did get it done!

Tuesday – Life kind of got busy on Tuesday. I got 2 miles in before Lilly went to her summer preschool class, but afterwards I had a friend over to get her hair colored (I’m a hair stylist when I’m not staying at home and/or crocheting). When that was all done, it was dinner time, so we ate and had some wine that she brought over. After wine, I figured I should probably not operate machinery. 😛

Wednesday – I typically get VERY busy on Wednesdays, but I managed to get 5 and a half miles in on the treadmill. I had planned to make up the 1 mile from Tuesday, but I felt so good, I just kept going for an extra mile and a half.

Thursday – I was pretty sore on Thursday, so I walked a mile and called it good.

Friday – We had family in town and plans to go to the mountains, so I got 1 mile in before we left, and ran the other 2 in the afternoon.

Saturday – I was really tired after a late night out with friends, but I hopped on that treadmill anyway and ran as fast as I could for a mile. I completed that mile in about 8 and a half minutes (which is fast for me), and I spent the rest of the day feeling proud of myself lol.

Sunday – By Sunday, I had completed my promised mileage for the week, so I took a rest day.

When it was all said and done, I completed 15.5 miles on the treadmill last week — technically half of a mile more than I said I’d do, but also technically NOT all running. At any rate, I feel wonderful.

Diet is another story. I generally eat pretty well. I buy organic and don’t buy a ton of junk or processed foods. My youngest has a food dye allergy, so we steer clear of a lot of that stuff anyway. We did go to McDonalds on Saturday. The problem I run into when I’m running consistently, is this false sense that I can then eat whatever I want. I had Ben & Jerry’s too ha! But I only ever eat about a third of a small container, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

I’m not posting pictures this week. I can feel that my body is toning up, and I know they’d be better pictures than last week’s, but I’m planning to just post pictures every other week. No weight lost, but none gained either.

This week I’m going to stick with running. I’m going to up the mileage to 5 miles 2 days this week, and 3 miles 3 days this week. I’m going to add to that more focus on my diet and water intake (I drink a lot of coffee..). I’m considering picking one of these Pinspired fitness plans to try for this week and let you know how it works for me. I’ll keep you posted!

Get out there today — do something that makes you sweat for a little while (and I don’t mean eat spicy foods) 😛 You’ll feel better simply by having done it. Plus, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

What are you doing for exercise today?


Motivation Monday

Hello! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

Today I am starting a new weekly series. As you can see, I am calling it “Motivation Monday”. I promise not to divert away from the craft theme more than once a week, but this is something I feel I need to share (if for no other reason, just to hold myself accountable!).

I don’t know about all of YOU, but the hustle and bustle of MY day to day life can really get in the way of things I intend to do (for myself).

This series is personal for me. I’m going to be sharing some very exposing, and embarrassing pictures with all of you in the name of motivation and bettering myself. I guess I just ask that you be kind and supportive.

Like a lot of women, I have body issues. I am incredibly self-conscious about the way I look, how my clothes fit, etc.. Sometimes, I am mildly happy with myself, but most of the time, there is SOMETHING about my appearance that I am stressing over. I’ve tried crash diets, cleanses, and diet pills with minimal results and never any that are long lasting. The happiest I have EVER felt about my appearance was when I was eating right and exercising regularly (and efficiently). This series is all about getting back to that point. Maybe not LOOKING exactly the way I looked 8 (or so) years ago, but FEELING GOOD about the way I look more often than not.

 This first post of the series is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever shared with anyone. Much less a bunch of people I’ve never physically MET, but I’m going to suck it up and post it anyway.

I know I appreciate a blogger who is real. I appreciate a blogger who is honest. I appreciate a blogger who “lets you in” to their personal lives a little so you get a sense of knowing them.


Now for some stats — I weighed myself after taking these pictures this morning and I am currently 125 lbs. I’m just under 5 feet tall, so that is more than I should weigh. I’m going to set a weight loss goal of 15 lbs over the next 6 months. Hopefully that is realistic and attainable.

Let the transformation begin! I’m excited to share this journey with you guys!

Anyone want to join me? I’m not exactly sure what kind of “plan” I’m going to start, but it will involve running on my treadmill. I actually run often, so I will start with 3 miles 5 days per week. Helpful suggestions are welcome! I will say that I am not willing to do any extreme lifestyle changes — I’m not going “Paleo” lol — no offense intended, more power to you if you are able to maintain that diet, I just know myself and my family, and we wouldn’t last. I’m not against trying new things, but I have to make diet changes that fit with my entire family, or they won’t stick. More about our diet next week!

Happy (and hopefully motivatingMonday!