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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Monday, September 5, 2016

My exercise program and work out gear

I notice that the really good bloggers often post information about their workout routines, usually in response to requests from readers who want to know how they stay in such great shape.

I also note that none of you have asked me that.

But just in case what is holding you back is shyness, here we go.

The sharing of my fitness secrets.

But first the background. As I have mentioned before my niece is now happily resident in the basement floor of my house (not as bad as it sounds it is a walk out basement with full windows.) 

This means that I am now cutting out on a table upstairs. What you see below is my workout routine shot by the resident photo/journalist/cook. 

I am wearing my standard workout outfit which is an apron. I wear an apron all day because I am messy and because it has a pocket in it that I can put my iPhone in which counts my steps. Sort of a improv Fitbit. 

I keep an eye on my steps and when they are running too low (below about 12,000 a day) I go outside and walk up and down the hills of my neighbourhood, go on the exercise bike and watch Netflix or in the summer go for a swim.

Then I get back to sewing.

Enjoy my fitness routine, short but educational.


Lyndle said...

You took the words right out of my mouth... Of course I'd been wondering how you stay in such great shape. Oh my. Love this post. Your blog makes me laugh the most. And I too am a fan of aprons. Sometimes I go to someone's house and ask for an apron to do the dishes, or something, and they don't have one! How do these people live? (Very tidily, I'm guessing).

Kathie said...

Barbara, you always make me smile...or laugh out loud. I seem to wear aprons more and more often. My favorite is one that is almost like a dress or a tunic. On Pinterest, there are some great examples, especially the one called "cross-back apron dress". I even wear mine when gardening. The big pockets hold my small clippers and my phone. By the way, what app are you using on your phone to keep track of your daily steps? Thanks again for your lovely blog posts.

Angela said...

Barbara, I love you. That is all.

SuzieB said...

After numerous interruptions (even while home alone) I finally listened to your entire podcast. It's wonderful - and so YOU!
Loved your stories. I relate to Heidi's tactile learning style (teach her to hold a pencil in her hand when she absolutely has to sit still & listen- it helps), your growing up in a small town without planned kid activities (so we learned to be storytellers, sewists, & candy makers), and your chain stitch sewing machine with the crank handle. I received one of these for Christmas when I was 4. It was made of metal & painted pink. I'm guessing it would be frowned upon now to give a child that young a toy with a needle! But those were different times. You have made me nostalgic.
Re: saving money by sewing- I know you don't like home decorator sewing, but I'm appalled at the decorating blogs which suggest custom made pillows and state that the ones pictured can be purchased for $90 each - for sometimes not-even-corded edges - no zippers - with no particularly wonderful fabric or decoration. I'm just old and grumpy apparently. You kids get off my lawn!

Amy Jo said...

Barbara, I just love your blog! Thanks for the giggles today:) I needed a smile! --Amy Jo

Leigh Wheeler said...

I've been absolutely DYING to know your fitness routine!! ;)

I used to have a very effective fitness routine. My sewing machine was upstairs, my cutting table was the dining room table on the first floor, and the quilting design wall was in the back bedroom on the first floor. Makes my house sound large, but it was very small and that's why I was spread out all over.

That was before the phone counted my steps.

Anonymous said...

I tried an apron for mess-reduction but kept dipping the ties in the back in the toilet. The step counting actually seems like a great idea, if I ever graduate to a grown up phone that's going to be my next project!


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Susan C said...

Not sure what I'm missing but I want to know your fitness routine!