Thursday, April 12, 2012

Couch to 5K :: Days One and Two

It felt good to finally start back running again even if it is going to be a slow start. This Couch to 5K plan was the perfect thing to start off my running and get me out of my cardio rut. The first day went fairly well; I did better than I thought I would. Of course you get all excited about starting something new, then you wake up the next morning so sore you can barely walk up and down stairs. But, after all of the soreness finally decided it was time to stop torturing me, I actually felt really good about myself, like I actually accomplished something. Today was my second day of the plan with the same walk/run ratio as the first day. I think I may have done better today. I did not get as many cramps as I did on Monday, and I tried to control my breathing more. Also, I walked at a slightly faster rate than I did on the first day. And... to finish it all off, I did fifty crunches. Success!

Anyone else exercise today?

Hilliary :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I know, it has been forever since my last post. This college semester has completely taken over my life, and many things have happened. Since my last post, I have used my spinning wheel more. I actually had an adventure one Saturday with a local spinning group. We spent all day spinning, talking, and eating. I also got a little crochet done, but not too much. As for my crochet, I finally finished my owl, Rosie, and made another mini version. Right now I am working on a baby blanket, although I have not worked on it this past week. My idea for the blanket ended up changing until I completely started over. Now, I am making a granny square blanket with a fabric back quilted to the crocheted part. Hopefully I will finish it and be able to do the quilted part the way I want to.

As for school, I decided to transfer after the semester and moved back home. If everything goes as planned, I will be able to apply for a co-op job at our local marine base. After I get done with the Business Logistics degree, I plan to start on a Web Design degree. I'm really looking forward to the web design, and hopefully I will actually be good at it.

My Etsy shop never opened like I planned. I'm telling you... school took over. Now that I only have three weeks left of spring semester, I'm trying to figure out exactly what I want my Etsy shop to be... its focus. Crochet in general has a very wide target audience, but if I narrow it down to something like crocheted jewelry or baby crocheted items and make my crochet more individual I think I will be able to stand out, maybe even be successful. So that is my goal right now... who am I as a crocheter?, the first part of my new Who am I? series. Join in! Everyone needs to just step back sometimes and say "Who am I exactly?" Follow along as I learn more about myself and you can learn about yourself too!

In other news, after getting some much  needed inspiration from Ashley of After Nine to Five, I started the Couch to 5K plan for the treadmill. Yesterday was my first day of the plan, and today, I must say, I am very sore. So, in honor of this new fitness kick, I'm going to start a blog series following my Couch to 5K journey. I would love for you to join me! Whether treadmill or outdoors, anyone can follow this plan, so by all means join me in my Couch to 5K journey.

So, new things to be looking forward to...
  • Who am I as a crocheter? 
  • Couch to 5K journey 
  • Finished baby blanket

Hilliary :)