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Friday, December 14, 2012

Well I promised myself a good solid exercise streak so I have just been to the gym although I didn't feel like it. And I'm glad I did.

It's a funny thing, my visceral response to the gym. Sometimes I get on the treadmill and the whole thing's a chore and I'm counting the minutes. Other times, after about ten minutes my body forgets I wasn't in the mood and takes off on its own, leaving my brain saying 'What happened? What happened?' like Vince van Gopher (I have just had to look on the net for Vince, don't think I have ever known his name before) and I do 45 minutes without losing enthusiasm.

So it was today. As I say, odd. In fact I actually had to promise myself tea at the cafe next to the gym after my workout before I could even contemplate a treadmill.

There I am, post workout, sitting on the little terrace outside the cafe. The weather has suddenly got lots milder, it's at least 50F (11C) where it's been below freezing for much of the last week. It has also of course got wetter, but the terrace is covered and it's not raining.

It's 5.30 in the afternoon and already dark. I'm watching the floodlit sports pitches and can just distinguish the blurred patterns of enthusiastic teenagers playing football in and out of the shadows. The winter branches of trees and shrubs catch a pinkish glow from the floodlights, and there's a strong warm wind so they make tall and ghostly shapes dancing and swaying. I can hear the diminishing rush of blood in my head, and beyond that the swirling wind and whipped branches, and fainter still, a traffic hum.

I've got a cup of hot Earl Grey in front of me and I think how wonderful life's simple pleasures are and how often they have no calories in them.

And I thoughtfully sink my incisors into the inch-thick frosting on my lemon cupcake.

Look, it was a SMALL one, ok? And I counted the calories.

Honestly, can't a girl eat a cake?
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CM_GARDNER78 12/17/2012 11:47PM

    Cake? YES! :-)

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L1ZB3TH354 12/17/2012 6:30PM

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NEWTINK 12/17/2012 3:05PM

    Omg .. i was so smiling thinking of simple pleasures when you smacked me with the frosting lmao .. gee thanks your wonderful

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HFAYE81 12/17/2012 12:59PM

    Mmmmmm lemon cupcake...drool...

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FIRECOM 12/17/2012 12:18PM

    Thank you once again. Love your work.

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JLEMUS1 12/17/2012 11:30AM

    Way to go, it's the simple things in life!!

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FARIS71 12/17/2012 10:09AM

    As long as you did it thoughtfully. And tracked it. Which you did. Congrats!

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RJANECEK2 12/17/2012 12:09AM

    Those days where I zone out during a workout are my favorite! I drop my 2 year old off at the gym's daycare and hop on the elliptical. They actually called me on my cell phone to change a dirty diaper when I realized I had been going, pretty hard, for 48 minutes.

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WEARINGTHIN 12/16/2012 8:54PM

    As long as you can handle the carbs. I did a similar thing today. Went to the gym for a workout, then, as planned, rewarded myself with a zero cal Powerade. What I didn't expect was stopping for a bunless grilled chicken sandwich on the way home. Can't a guy eat a piece of chicken and some lettuce and tomato slices once in while?

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RACEWELLWON 12/16/2012 8:41PM

    What a wonderful feeling ! Awesome

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SJKENT1 12/16/2012 8:26PM

    Simple pleasures are simply... the best!

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    Well done


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    lol. and you were doing so good... emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/15/2012 7:03PM

    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.

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EABL81 12/15/2012 6:17PM

    It was a lemon cupcake, after all. Lemons are fruit!

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WALLINMW 12/15/2012 4:59PM

  Awesome my friend!

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PCASEY7 12/15/2012 4:46PM

    You left the surprise right to the end! It's been counted and so was mine at the birthday party today.

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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 3:26PM

    So funny, do a workout get a reward! You have to treat yourself nice or you tend to feel punished and give up!

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KARRENLYNN 12/15/2012 3:19PM

    Yes you can have a little cake now and then! As long as you account for it and burn it off with lots of good activity. Some times the odd days are the best.

Have a happy and healthy holiday!

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  Oh, emoticon !!!!! I needed that bit of a giggle today.

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    Yes, you can eat a cupcake -- as long as you count it. emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/15/2012 1:38PM

  Great! work -out!!!!

And you earned that cupcake : ))

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DIANNEMT 12/15/2012 12:27PM

    I'd love the cup of tea!


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BRENDAGAIL9 12/15/2012 11:21AM

    Yum! Lemon frosting on a cupcake. Sounds wonderful. I had a very small piece of chocolate cake yesterday with just a drizzle of frosting. I don't often eat the sweets so they taste much better when I do indulge.

I love the way you write and describe your surroundings.

Have a great day.

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PENOWOK 12/15/2012 11:13AM

    Honey, you can eat whatever you want. Any thing in moderation

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MIMIDOT 12/15/2012 10:52AM

    Enjoyed your blog, as usual! Have a great day!

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RBALF1 12/15/2012 10:36AM

    Lovely punch line.
Personally I have to have my earl grey and my cupcake in separate universes. I'm a tea snob.

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MOMMY445 12/15/2012 9:30AM

    i fully agree!

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ROCKYCPA 12/15/2012 9:25AM

    As long as you count the calories, LOL! Enjoy yourself - you did the treadmill - you deserve a treat!

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DJSHIP46 12/15/2012 9:08AM

    Good job... although a protein snack might have been better :)

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