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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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JIBBIE49 12/15/2012 9:00AM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

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MICKEYH 12/15/2012 8:50AM

    Glad you had a nice work out and treat for lemon cake and earl grey tea. Earl grey is my favorite tea too. Thanks for sharing, as usual I enjoyed it. Take care and have a nice productive weekend. *\(^o^)/*

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GARDENCHRIS 12/15/2012 8:20AM

    sometimes you just gotta do it! emoticon emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 12/15/2012 8:19AM

    the tea I just know there would be cake good for you girl I'm so grateful for the lovely sit at the out door cafe my very little neck of the woods doesn't have such lovely spots

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TDWANDD2MYK9 12/15/2012 8:10AM

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NCSUE0514 12/15/2012 8:00AM

    Great blog as always.

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REGILIEH 12/15/2012 7:25AM

    Your paragraph starting with It's 5:30 was so incredible! The words you used in describing everything was beautiful and absolutely painted the entire scene, I know I was there having Earl Grey with you. I too love Earl Grey. And what a bonus! I now know who Vincent is and Deputy Dawg. emoticon for sharing your beautiful words and your wonderful humor with us all, it is a gift. emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/15/2012 7:21AM

    YES! A girl can eat cake...thoughfully, as you said.
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I'm terribly partial to gingerbread this time of year.

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SANDYCRANE 12/15/2012 6:17AM

    WOW, I never knew. Great blog.


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BESSHAILE 12/15/2012 5:42AM

    you are so cute.
enjoy your cake
life is not just carrots

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XTINA46 12/15/2012 5:17AM

    Chantal I hope when you are not writing this blog-- you are writing short stories or a novel. You are superb writer -- that Paragraph about the wInd and the light, that moment you described! Everyone else is commending you on your workout and letting you eat cake -- yes that's all very important and fun -- But The beautiful way you captured a moment of beauty and peace at the cafe? That's talent and you have it in spades!




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DALID414 12/14/2012 11:40PM

    Yes! A girl can have her cake and eat it too!!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/14/2012 10:46PM

    Very good! Enjoy!

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COUPONS0216 12/14/2012 9:34PM

    Tea and cake go together and it is definitely one of life's simple pleasures, enjoy, you earned it, plus you fit it into your calorie range!


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KIPPER15 12/14/2012 9:14PM

    Enjoy the cake. You counted it!!

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ANNESYLVIA 12/14/2012 8:35PM

    I went to the gym today too! And I plan on watching a show with family and having some Boy scout triple chocolate popcorn.

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SUSIESLIM62 12/14/2012 7:31PM

 

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DOVESEYES 12/14/2012 6:01PM

    Love this

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LTMURPHY7 12/14/2012 5:40PM

 

yes. if you want it & worked for it

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DNRAE1 12/14/2012 5:21PM

    You earned it, so go for it!!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/14/2012 5:05PM

  Let her eat (cup)cake! Definitely my kind of gal! Thanks for the laugh. :-)

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MADAMES 12/14/2012 4:56PM

    Love it!
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LAURIETAIT 12/14/2012 4:56PM

    I felt like I was sitting next to you on the terrace. Thanks for sharing the moment. But now I want a lemon cupcake!
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IAMWINNING 12/14/2012 4:20PM

    It sounds like a lovely day, especially sitting after exercising, enjoying a good cup of tea, taking in all the sights and sounds around you, and YES! Enjoying a cupcake. It's a small thing, you're tracking it, and depriving yourself of something (like all sweets, or pizza, or.....) can drive you to overeat something (ANYthing) else in a vain attempt to counter the craving for the original something.

Everything in moderation is the way to go.

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PHEBESS 12/14/2012 3:57PM

    Everything in moderation, right?

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DESERTJULZ 12/14/2012 3:11PM

    Simple pleasure. Have cake & eat it too.

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ANDYLIN90 12/14/2012 3:10PM

    Yes, let them eat cake and you too, especially since you counted it. After all, deprivation is the downfall of all eating plans.

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POPSY190 12/14/2012 2:56PM

    Love those moments when you seem in a small still place with all the noise and activity in the surrounding distance.

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GREENGENES 12/14/2012 2:53PM

    Nothing like a nice hot tea to relax after a workout.

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/14/2012 2:51PM

    Love how you described everything. Made me feel like I was right there. Noticing and acknowledging the little things is something that can really create joy. Cupcakes create joy too :)

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BRAVELUTE 12/14/2012 2:47PM

    Not and have it, too, especially in front of the rest of us!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/14/2012 2:35PM

    A beautiful post today. Kudos to you!

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FIRECOM 12/14/2012 2:26PM

    Wonderful, as usual. And yes, a girl can have cake and for those who say NAY, LET THEM EAT CAKE.

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IMAGINE46 12/14/2012 2:02PM

  Awesome blog! emoticon

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LEXIE63 12/14/2012 1:55PM

    LOLOL Waxing poetical AND comical today. Nicely done! And YES, dammit, of course you can eat a cake! You already walked it off after all. :-)

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MSPATOOTY 12/14/2012 1:49PM

    What a lovely way to start your holiday! A good sleep in and then a surprisingly enthusiastic workout. Not to mention the tea and cupcake. emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 12/14/2012 1:35PM

    Killer blog. I love it. I just love when that happen when I get on the treadmill. I agree with you. I never really know when it is going to happen for certain. Good 4 u!!! Love how you describe your surroundings. And yes indeed enjoy those simple pleasures including the lemon cake.

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SARAALINE 12/14/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds like a lovely evening. emoticon Enjoy!

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SEACHEL82 12/14/2012 1:23PM

    You gave me such a laugh! Eat cake! And live life... And be healthy doing it! emoticon

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MNNICE 12/14/2012 1:21PM

    We can't give up ALL of life's simple pleasures, can we?? So true that just getting started (as on the treadmill) is the hardest part, and it gets easier once we do!

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JESSICABOOTY 12/14/2012 1:21PM

    You are so right. I think that cupcakes were invented to keep us from devouring large pieces of cake. I bet that drinking the Earl Grey tea outsmarted the cupcake and removed the calories. Works for me.
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JODROX 12/14/2012 1:20PM

    If you ask me, you can have your cake and eat it too! emoticon

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SENIMMO 12/14/2012 1:20PM

    As long as you track it and stay within your limits, indulge once in a while. You ARE on holiday. An we all know depriving yourself of treats is more likely to result in an all-out binge. Not a good alternative. You've done an amazing job so far, keep up the fantastic work! Hugs!

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