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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The gym I use closes at 4pm on weekends in the winter. This is irritating, but so long as I remember to leave home by 3pm I can get my workout in.

So today, this is what I do. Arrive, sling coat in locker, get on treadmill etc etc. Keep an eagle eye open because I want one of the two elliptical wossnames that are in pole position, right under the telly. After ten minutes, the person on one of them feels my eyes boring into the back of her head and hops it. I grab.

This is my favourite piece of gym equipment (apart from the water dispenser. And the cafe next door). I love the way you get hot and sweaty without having painful muscles, and I ADORE what using it does for the shape of my posterior. So I'm on the elliptical, and Nigella Lawson is on the telly in front of me.

I don't know if you get Nigella in the States? She is famous for many things, including a book called 'How to be a domestic goddess' which is about baking, and for making cookery programmes that should be X-rated, just for the way she can lick a spoon. She's amazingly beautiful and rich and the whole time you're watching her programmes what she says and does is very tongue in cheek and she includes you in the joke. This bit off YouTube is one of her Christmas programmes, not the one I was watching today but you get the idea. www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Where was I? Ah yes, wearing out the elliptical. I stayed on it half an hour, a personal best. Nigella was my inspiration. She's nearly 53 and looks stunning. If she eats the stuff she cooks she must work out for about three hours a day.

Then I moved over to the stationary bike, and a different telly, and was just getting settled in when the BBC's 4pm news came up.

4pm? In other words closing time at the gym? I had completely lost track of the time. I did 45 minutes without counting them, and would have gone on for longer had it not been chucking out time. This has never happened to me before.

So thanks Nigella and I really don't mind that you are beautiful and rich and slim and charming. Not much.
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DEEEBEE 2/18/2013 12:44AM

    You are so right! Nigella is fabulously beautiful and a fantastic cook. I copied her fruit cake recipe because it looked so gorgeous and I might try making it next year. Thanks for including the video link.

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NASFKAB 2/10/2013 11:37AM

  great job

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4RASCALS 1/19/2013 6:41PM

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URBANAUDREYE 1/12/2013 12:14AM

    Congrats on putting in that awesome workout! emoticon

Oh... and that is some straight up food porn right there! I might have to upgrade our satellite package just so we could get BBC! I wish I could be the type of cook that can just eyeball things like she does. My grams used to do it on some of her recipes, but I think it would just be asking for trouble if I ever attempted it.

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AMANDEES76 1/2/2013 4:01PM

    Take your mind off of what you are doing and the time just flies by! Sounds like you had a great workout!

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DANILYNNG 12/27/2012 9:21PM

    I got my favorite brownie recipe from Nigella... she's awesome! Plus, come on! Who doesn't want to look like her?

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TULAA3 12/27/2012 3:05PM

    This is exactly how I work out! You've got a great attitude, good luck with your goals!

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DEBLYNN323 12/27/2012 9:18AM

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MAIDAMONTREAL 12/26/2012 4:43PM

    Are you not able to go to the gym earlier in the day? Glad you are able to go and get your workouts in. Good job.

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ADELCASALE 12/26/2012 12:57PM

    I love you accounting of time passing and getting in all of the exercise!

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MASE72 12/25/2012 4:11AM

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MOMMY2MADILYN 12/24/2012 10:34PM

    So awesome that the time on the elliptical went by quickly for you!! Such a great workout!! emoticon

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MOWINELADY 12/24/2012 4:41PM

    Glad your time flew by while watching the telly.

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AJB121299 12/24/2012 2:12PM

    Nice

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/24/2012 1:51PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing! I don't think I have ever watched Nigella on You tube. I have however watched my share of tv while working out on the treadmill! It really takes your mind off of what you are doing! emoticon Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 12/24/2012 12:39PM

    The local gym that we are members of is open 24 hrs a day. They issue card readers that give access at night. Convenient and there is no one around to snicker at my expense.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/24/2012 12:05PM

    Great job

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KHALIA2 12/24/2012 9:04AM

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NILLAPEPSI 12/24/2012 8:54AM

    You crack me up!! I always, always, always giggle when I read your blogs. In fact, if my hubby is nearby, he always asks me to read him a bit of your blog. You have 2 fans in my house. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 12/24/2012 8:46AM

    That's why I like having my gym at home. I am afraid I wouldn't make it to my workout on a regular basis if I had to go out again after I get home from work! Great job in doing your routine and even for being ready for more if not for cl emoticon emoticon emoticon osing time!

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MOMOSG 12/24/2012 8:40AM

    Good for you on the exercise! About Nigella .... love her recipes but low-fat it is not. I do use some of her recipes from time to time simply for the fact they are tasty and always work out for me. Now all I need to do is remember to limit my portion to a proper reasonable serving ... or hide the Nigella cook books.

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PENOWOK 12/24/2012 7:24AM

    Great fun to be moving so well and not even notice! Well done!

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LOONYGIRL 12/24/2012 7:05AM

    Fun blog - thanks for writing it and cheers to more distracted workouts! Merry Christmas from NH - USA..

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1DRWOMAN 12/24/2012 6:57AM

    Congrats! You should find an Anytime Fitness or a SNAP fitness ...some 24 hour gym! They are the best! Love controlling my time and not being a slave to someone else's! Especially since this whole country like shuts down from last Friday for 2-3 weeks!
I'm not a fan of Nigella...she always eats so sloppy and like a pig...but love her chef skills and she is sexy...as long as she's not eating., :) lol have a merry Christmas! Xo

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LEANMEAN2 12/24/2012 5:45AM

    Thanks for telling me how to find the recipe for Nigella's cake.

I'm not sure that I can find some of the ingredients here in Kansas but I'm going to try.

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DENRNAJ 12/24/2012 5:24AM

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TORTISE110 12/24/2012 5:05AM

    Fun blog! Hope they didn't lock you in the gym...

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BANNERMAN 12/24/2012 2:27AM

  Sounds like a good program to watch and take your mind off the machines.
Have a great holiday

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SJKENT1 12/23/2012 11:20PM

    I love when the time goes by without me watching the clock move minute by minute. I have seen Nigella on TV in the US, she is quite entertaining and the food looks fabulous.

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NELLBELLA26 12/23/2012 11:15PM

    Isn't it awesome when you get in those minutes without them dragging by? That's how you know you're on your way to good health. It just becomes another part of your day instead of dreading and crawling by.
I was able to meet Nigella a few years ago when I was a Merchandising Supervisor at a Borders Books store here in the states ( California) when she was promoting one of her books. I had no idea of her age because you're right, she's gorgeous!
Keep writing your blogs because I love them! Happy Holidays! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOUISE3518 12/23/2012 11:07PM

  wow........... you really give me the feeling I should be at the gym... and enjoying the time fly by.... as I realize I too can go on and on.... depending on the day that is. CHRISTMAS CAKE..... site was amazing. I was drooling. Loved looking at it being made and enjoying watching her eating it. I WAS EVEN HAPPY AS I ENJOYED IT ALL, THERE WERE NO CALORIES FOR ME TO COUNT. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Happy day emoticon

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SIMOFDIM 12/23/2012 10:53PM

    Nice! Good for you!

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/23/2012 10:26PM

    There are times when the telly is my ally and others when I need to free my mind it is an adversary!....It just depends on what's going on in my life.
I love your posts...keep them coming!

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DIANNEMT 12/23/2012 10:00PM

    Isn't it a shame that they close so early?

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BUSMOM27 12/23/2012 9:49PM

    I like the eliptical too.

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HEARTS116 12/23/2012 9:33PM

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XTINA46 12/23/2012 9:20PM

    Hi Chantal!, so lovely to hear you are buzzing around and getting workouts done.
Ever since i saw the photo of your ankle, I have been SERIOUSLY worried if you are OK: I pictured you in hospital, without your computer unable to send out messages about your state. Today, your e-mail was such a treat! partly, just because you have risen on the radar again! It would be a dull life without you my dear -- much duller than if Nigel Lawson disappeared! That's what I think!
Glad you got your workout done, and glad you are making strides with your improved posterior! LOL! emoticon

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HLOCHRIDGE 12/23/2012 9:12PM

    Glad you got your workout in!!! Great job!

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