Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I have FAT QUARTERS!!

Last night, I came to a realization. As I become more absorbed with quilting, I spend more time sitting. This goes with the territory. But last night as i tried on shorts and (UGH!!!) bathing suits for our upcoming vacation, I realized that I have fat quarters!! and I'm not talking about the 18 x22 inch squares stacked three rows high and two rows deep in my stash... Seems that while I've been quilting, my FQs have been S-P-R-E-A-D-I-N-G!!

I had been pretty religious about getting on my treadmill 3-4 times a week. I felt that if I was exercising, it was OK to watch my TV shows which I Tivo'd - like Sex & the City and Simply Quilts. But the last few months, I have been slacking off. I tried to blame it on Alex Anderson. Since "Simply Quilts" has been all reruns, I stopped taping it. I had little to watch while I walked. It doesn't help that the treadmill is located in my DS's room. It used to be in my sewing room but once the Gracie II frame arrived...well something had to go! His room was fine since he is in college and is only home occasionally. But now with summer here, I have to coordinate around his sleeping schedule. I have also had some back problems which is another hurdle to climb over and then there is the HEAT of late here in the Northeast. At any rate, the treadmill has been used more for holding errant shirts and shorts belonging to DS than by me.

Sewww, here I am two weeks before vacation which is actually going to be sort of physical. We are doing a white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon with camping, hiking, etc. I have decided that I need to get back to the relative shape I was in a few months ago. I know that this won't happen overnight but starting today, I promise to get back on that contraption at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I'm hoping to report at the end of August that my FQs measure less than 18 x 22!!

I notice that some of my blog gals are going FABRIC FREE for the month of August. I don't know which will be harder not buying Fabric for 30 days or exercising 3 times a week!!!!

9 comments:

Libby said...

I'm right there with you. Our daughter was home for a month in June, which gave me the excuse to not use the elliptical trainer every day. I had a good routine going and was up to almost 40 minutes. We don't often get to see her, so I thought I should spend every moment available -- even though she didn't get up until 9 most mornings. Now she has been gone for almost a month and I still have not been on that machine. I dedicated myself to beginning again today, Aug 1, a new month and a new plan. I'll be thinking of you as I'm sweatin' away.

Dawn said...

You are so funny! I don't know if I could choose between not buying any fabric or exercising either! And I for sure have many many FQs.... !!!!

Screen Door said...

This happened to me last winter. The daylight hours are so short and kids have ballgames after school it seems like every night. You're helping with homework (even for high school kids---they like talking about their victories). It seemed like I had very little free time. If I did---I didn't want to be exercising I wanted to do something fun...aka quilting. Come spring, my husband used the 'F' word around me...Flabby that is... I was crushed.... So the labordor and I got motivated. At least through the summer, I'm finding I'm having more energy to quilt later. Hang in there... I'll be your cheer leader!!!
Melanie

Patti said...

For me, the exercising is definitely harder! I've managed 4 days in a row on my "new to me" exercise cycle - I'm hoping if I do it for 21 days straight I'll really develop a lasting habit like they say I will.

Finn said...

I tell ya Ann, those Fat Quarters do spread while we aren't looking..LOL

I'm thinking it might be an occupational hazard for quilters. Not much fun on the treadmill, but getting back to it before it gets worse is a great idea!!!
The vacation sounds wonderful, I'm sure you will make your goal!! AND have a great time..Hugs, Finn

EileenKNY said...

You can do it! At least you caught it before it spread any further. Make sure you drink lots of water when you exercise in this heat wave.

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