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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hey I haven't written in a few days and thought that I would. Today I exercised for the first time this week! I rode my bike to bayshore mall, which is over 2 1/2 miles away and then I rode my bike back. It was hard because it was really hot today and I had to go uphill on the way back, but I did it! I was exhausted by the time I was done with it, but am happy that I went. Earlier this week I kept on making excuses as to why I didn't exercise, but today I decided to just do it.

Oh yeah, here are the results of what happened when I went to the doctor. It is good news, my ankle is not sprained. I just hurt it by running, but it feels fine now. The doctor says I should avoid running for now and do low-impact exercise. She also gave me some ankle exercises to do to strengthen my ankle. The only bad news was that I could not go to the Klotche center for pt because they don't do the kind that I need for my neck there. I also tried to work out at the klotche center that day, but was told that it was closed until the 29th. I am finally going to pt tomorrow. I can't wait. It has come to the point where I dread riding in any vehicle and am avoiding going anywhere because I don't want to hurt. I hope I can get it better enough before school starts, I have to ride the bus to school and riding the bus really causes me to get bad tension headaches.

On the business side I started a blog on wordpress called and I already had a pinterest page, but I changed my user name to my business name so it is now: if you want to check that out. Also I got accepted to a show, well I don't know if show is the right word. here is a link:

I am really excited. The event is on september 22nd, so I need to figure out what I need before then to get ready.

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CLPURNELL 8/28/2012 4:26PM

    Glad you got out and exercised and hope the Physical therapy can help!

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JWOURMS 8/24/2012 3:54AM

    Excuses! Who needs em. Glad you worked it through. Happy cycling.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/23/2012 10:42PM

    Sometimes you have to just go for it before the excuses can get in the way.

There's truth behind the saying "you must walk before you can run". Trying to do too much too fast will cause problems. With PT, make sure you know what exercises you can/should do at home to keep your progress moving forward. That's the best chance at doing well enough when school starts.

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BANANAFANNAH 8/23/2012 8:30PM

    Glad to hear your ankle wasn't sprained, and way to go on the bike ride!! that is awesome!! (Just thinking about it exhausts me lol)



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monday morning

Monday, August 20, 2012

Well it is monday again. Today I finally have the doctor's appointment, so I can get my ankle checked out! I am planing on working out after that. I don't know exactly what I want to do to work out, but I want to go to the koltche center (I'm not sure how it is spelled). That is a fitness center on campus that is free to use durring the semester, and I think that it is free as of today, but I am not sure. I will check it out and see. I plan on canceling my membership to planet fitness later then, if I can go to the klotche center, there is no point of having two gym memberships.

I hope I can get a new bus pass today, as my old one expired on the 19th. They never know when the new ones are in. At UWM they give away free (its included in our tuition) bus passes called a upass. I don't have a car so I rely on the bus for transportation. I had signed up for a summer class and got the pass for the summer, but I couldn't afford to take the class so I had to drop it. I kept the bus pass and used it though.

Oh I know what I will write about here! I don't think that I have written about this here before. I am trying to start my own jewelry making business. I have been making jewelry as a hobby for years and would like to be able to make money selling what I make. I have been taking the slow route in starting my business because I would like to do it right. The name of my business is "Crafts by Knight" originally I was going to call my business "Carley Knight Crafts," but I like my new name a whole lot better. I need to register my name somehow, but as of right now I don't have much money.

I got into an art fair recently! It will be on september 22nd at downtown Milwaukee on the riverwalk. It a the first anual event and there is no entry fee. I need to steep up my production as I want to sell as much as I can. I don't know exactly how much stuff to bring, but I a super excited. I will use this as an opportunity to see who my clients are. I don't really have a customer profile to market to yet, and I hear that it is good to target a specific type of customer if you want to sell.

Here are some links if you want to check out my business:

my face book page:

my etsy store:

and my twitter handle is: @craftsbyknight

I haven't really done much with my etsy site or my twitter page. It takes a lot of time to do etsy, and I need to take good pictures and edit them. I sound like I am making excuses don't I? I need to make a schedule and figure out how much time I have exactly to give to my business before school starts. I will write more about school later. I have bought books about starting a crafting business, and I have also checked some out of the library too. I need to read the books and take notes. I need to make a business plan and figure out how much to charge for my jewelry. There is a lot that goes into a business and I want to make sure that I get it right the first time.

In one of the books it was suggested that I make a blog, which I am planning on doing. It will take a lot of time and energy to write another blog, but I am enjoying writing this blog and having people read and respond to what I write that I just might do it. I reserved a blog on blogger called but I have yet to make the first entry.

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RECREATING_ME 8/21/2012 11:00PM

    Have you checked out Pinterest yet? That would definitely lend itself well to your jewelry-making business since it is a visually-based social media platform.

You are right about blogging. It is a huge undertaking and not always the biggest bang for the buck if you don't have time or the resources to put into it (just getting a blog professionally designed can be pricey!)

Good luck with it!

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DAOCCHICA 8/20/2012 4:49PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to do! Yeah, lists have always helped me... even rough drafts.. figure out what you need to do first then go on from that, take it one step at a time, don't look at the big picture all the time otherwise it may get discouraging. But You do need to look at the big picture every once in a while! Sounds like you have a good plan though! You can definitely do it!!

I just looked at your sites and you are doing great!!! Wow! Beautiful jewelry! You definitely have a talent girl!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/20/2012 2:49PM

    You have a lot to do, a lot to learn, and a lot to figure out. Make a list of all the things you need to get done, when they must be done by (if there's a due date) and prioritize. For your business, look around online to find blogs or websites by people who make items similar to yours and see what they have. If you're enjoying their site, try emailing them and asking them a few questions, like "how did you decide what to charge" and "have you ever done a craft show; how many pieces did you take?" That could be a way to get some of your questions answered without slogging through a bunch of books (still read through some books eventually, but this will give you a head start). If you can find someone who will be at the same show as you, maybe you can make a friend there, which will help you share the experience with someone who's been there also. As for registering the trademark (or whatever it's called), do a search online. I'm sure someone has explained the process so you can get that done quickly. You want to be sure that no one else has already claimed that phrase, because if they have then using it online or at a craft show could get you a lawsuit or worse.

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MIAJOEB 8/20/2012 1:17PM

    Looks like you have a lot of information to gather.
Think of each bit of information for your information bouquet
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friday night

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hey just wanted to check back here, I have been busy lately so I haven't gotten around to posting in a while. When I did the exercise thing with my friends I went about a mile doing intervals of running for 60 sec and walking for 90 before I hurt my ankle again. I had sprained it back in March and I thought that it must be better by now, but the running must have aggravated it somehow. I then had to walk the mile back to his house, which I was surprised by how far I had gone in such a short time. I had tried to keep up with everybody else, and they were a lot better shape than I am. That was a mistake, as I had never really ran before. I still have an ankle brace from last spring, and I made an appointment to meet with a doctor on Tuesday the 20th. That is when I can get into Norris for free. Norris is our school's health center and if I go before the 20th it is $50, but if I go after it is free. I am hoping they can refer me to do physical therapy at our athletic center on campus. hopefully they can do my neck as well as my ankle. they are free, so I don't have to worry about if insurance will cover it or not.

I am still struggling with motivation, but have decided to take it one day at a time and do what I can for now. I will write more later, but for now I am exhausted from a long day. The dog barked at 8:30 in the morning and had to go out. I couldn't go back to sleep after that, stupid dog. I normally wake up at 10.

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/18/2012 9:33PM

    Well let's hope they can get you back up and functional.

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MCJULIEO 8/18/2012 9:00PM

    One day at a time is the BEST way to go.... you can do it!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/18/2012 1:05AM

    There's a reason why they say you need to walk before you can run. You probably did too much too quickly. You need to build up to it. Hopefully it's nothing serious and they can help you out, but it's important to be careful until they look at it. Can you wrap it or put a brace on it for a few days?

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First of all I want to say thanks for all the positive encouragement from yesterday! I just read them and I am pleased that I was able to motivate somebody. I need to be less hard on myself and not judge myself against others. I am sorry for all the negativity yesterday, but I felt like I just had to vent.

I just wanted to update on what happened after I posted yesterday. I got a phone call from the library and the sparkpeople cookbook that I had put on reserve was in! So instead of taking the car to the library, I decided to bike instead. It is only a half mile from my house, so I don't want to count it as exercise, because it was such a short distance. Even though it was a short distance, I am glad that I was able to get out of the house and do something physical.

Last night I planned out three dinners with my mother and went shopping with my dad today. I think that I need to start eating a regular planed beforehand lunch. I generally wake up late and have a late breakfast and skip lunch and have dinner early. I also could eat a healthier breakfast.

I am really looking forward to tonight, and nervous as well. I am going to work out with my friends that I mentioned yesterday.

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BERGUETTE 8/16/2012 4:13PM


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    I think I'd probably count the bike ride as exercise. You rode a mile round trip and if it's not something that you normally do, then I'd count it!

Glad to hear that Tuesday was more positive for you. Everyone has their negative days and sometimes you just gotta vent!

Have a great day!

10k leader

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JWOURMS 8/15/2012 4:23AM

    Hmmm...we all take slightly different approaches don't we.

I count all exercise, even the walk to the post box. I'm really rigerous with my food counting too.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/15/2012 1:38AM

    We all need to let things out now and again. We can handle it.

Be sure to write down or make copies of some of the recipes you're most interested in long before you have to return it to the library. Hope you enjoy diving into trying new foods/recipes!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/14/2012 6:29PM

    great recovery. You should check out,The Spark by Chris Downie and Choose to lose :the 7 day carb cycle by Chris Powell. Both are interesting snd beneficial.
Just to the library and back today ,go further tomorrow. emoticon

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Monday again

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hello, it has been a while since I posted on here. I have been struggling with motivation lately. I thought that by posting here I might get some it back. I don't know what it is exactly I have been struggling lately maybe it is a lack of focus, or laziness, I just don't know. I can't seem to get that "spark" back. I sound like I am whining don't I? I have been working out a few times, not as much as I feel as though I should and I keep making excuses as to why I am not tracking and eating right. I feel down right now because I am being so hard on myself. I think I need to go on more, maybe that will help me get motivated again. I think I wil try and read the Spark book again, see if I can get re-motivated. Since school hasn't started yet I have a lot of free time to refocus my energy on my efforts. What I need to focus my energies on right now is the eating component. If anyone has any advice for me I would love to hear it.

Oh I forgot to mention, I think, that an old college friend is coming back to town and he created a facebook group for an exercise group. He is forming 3 levels of groups based on what people responded that they are at. One of the groups is a couch to 5k group. There are 3 sessions this week for group 1 and I am going to try and attend all of them. The first session is on Tuesday night. My friend (Joe) is also making a contest to see who can lose the most body fat, as measured by him, which might motivate me again. I am really looking forward to this, but am nervous about exercising with old friends that I haven't seen in a while. I think that I have been isolating myself lately. I haven't done anything social that I can think of in forever. I want to have a social life, but it is going to be awkward to see these people again.

I think that writing this helped, not everything is negative, I am not working as hard as I could be, but I shouldn't feel guilty, at least I will be going back to exercising this week and if I can start to watch what I eat and eat better I think I will make progress. I am afraid that I have not been losing weight, but I was able to tighten the belt that I purchased on vacation by one notch already, so if I keep positive and keep working I should make progress. I need to focus on the positive and forget about my fears and nerves. Thanks for listening to my rambling this week.

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CLPURNELL 8/14/2012 11:34AM

    Eat things that make you feel good. Not feel good as in sugar rush or satisfying a craving but things that give you energy and make you happy that you are making good choices. Everyone can suggest a food but everyone's tastes are different. My favorite thing to eat is fruit. I love fruit. So why it is hard to eat a ton of veggies I can eat fruit all day. So concentrate on those things you like and are good fro you and eat more of them. About regaining your motivation I have found the best way to do that is to make a positive choice. The more positive choices you make the higher your motivation will go. If you make negative choices you start to doubt and feel guilty and that will kill motivation.

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MIAJOEB 8/13/2012 5:27PM

Copy this to your server and read the article.
Little changes done consistently and with the help of community ( like Sparkpeople)
and you too can walk a 5 K ... my next goal is a 10 K and I am 3 times your age.

It looks like you have others who care about you and who are encouraging you.
So be a positive support to yourself and when you have a negative thought ...
Tell yourself to shut up...

Positive encouragement is more productive. emoticon

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DAOCCHICA 8/13/2012 5:23PM

    Sparkpeople and pinterest are the most awesome sites for motivation! Try to find people on sparkpeople that are going through the same things as you or that have and got through them! It may take a while but it helps!!

For eating, take small steps. take a few things out and replace them with healthy options first. Or do what I did and give away/throw away all the unhealthy foods in my house and replaced with clean, healthy options (I don't really suggest doing that but in my situation it worked).

Exercising with friends sounds like so much fun!! Hey it may be awkward at first but once you start doing it I bet it will feel great! And I am sure you will see some awesome results, and learn a bunch too!!

Sometimes it isn't the scale where we see any kind of progress.. like with your belt, that is an awesome way to notice that what you have been doing (no matter how little or how much) is working!! Yay for non-scale victories!!!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/13/2012 4:20PM

    Hmmmm.... Is it because you are still in vacation mode. It is hard to get back to where you left off . So will it take me yelling at you to get back on the bus.Here is me yelling at you,"Get off your butt and get it going." Does not work if you are not willing.Do you know that when i ride my bike i think about what you are doing on your bike? You blog about riding your bike ,so i ride mine.
I like your idea of joining the fitness groups. Wouldn't it be great if you were ahead of them. Working out to prepare yourself for working out,sounds weird, but people do it all the time. I think they call it pratice.
So if you got back on the weightloss wagon you will not have to isolate your self, you can let your creative spirit soar.Be proud of what you have done with your self. Focus on the positive,you are doing so well.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/13/2012 3:21PM

    Forgive yesterday, hope for tomorrow, do better today.

I'd be willing to bet the people who are in the workout group with you are in about the same shape as you, have the same fears and concerns, and are thinking they're going to be judged too. But if you get there and they're in better shape, look better, and are wondering what happened to you, ask yourself this: how can I take advantage of this? Learn from them! If they're in better shape then they'll have tips for how to stay motivated and what you can do to stay on track. Don't wonder what they're thinking - prove to them what you can do! What does it matter what those people think? It's so much more important to believe in yourself and know that when someone judges you, they're showing the world how imperfect they are. You get to choose who you are and if someone doesn't beleive in you then you don't need to acknowledge their flaws!

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    You mentioned re-reading The Spark, have you tried listening to it on audio cd? I did that awhile back and really enjoyed listening to Chris read it. It brought things to life. It also made more things jump out at me. ...just a thought!

The C25K program is great. When I started it a few weeks ago I was shocked at what I could actually do. Now, I didn't keep up with it and will have to start over when I do decide to pick it back up, but it's still a great program!

As for the problem with eating, I'm not sure what to tell you. I am struggling with that right now too. Do you log everything you eat? Do you have healthy things in the house? Do you have not so healthy things in the house? If you have lots of unhealthy thing, then you might want to just get rid of them. That way they aren't around to tempt you!

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    We all have those times where we lose motivation. I always try to stay active with a particular challenge or program, like The Spark book program or one of the official challenges online. Try a bootcamp!

And I totally understand why you would be nervous about seeing your old friends, but I think this a wonderful opportunity that you should seize! I think you'll have more fun than you expect.

All your SparkBuddies are here for you, so if you feel like you're struggling, just log on and let us know!

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