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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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DANAPRIME 12/23/2012 8:50PM

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JERICHO1991 12/23/2012 8:31PM

    Good example of using whatever resources one has to get fitness time.

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SMCAFEE 12/23/2012 8:04PM

    The youtube clip was very amusing. I loved how she says "Butter, just a small amount" as she dumps in about a pound lol :)

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/23/2012 7:32PM

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LAURIETAIT 12/23/2012 7:14PM

    Nigella on youtube has me jonesing for some of her Christmas cake. Good thing I'm too lazy to attempt it. It's a milestone in your quest for health when closing time at the gym sneaks up on you. Well done!
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JENNIEQKA 12/23/2012 7:12PM

    I love your blog, and love your sense of humor! You are amazing! emoticon

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on the elliptical best !

YOU were definitely
IN THE ZONE today !

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Have a Marvelous Monday


LOVE and BLESSINGS!

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kawaaza, Happy Everything.


! HAPPY DECEMBER !

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L1ZB3TH354 12/23/2012 7:11PM

    Great workout, great blog!

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EJOK170 12/23/2012 7:06PM

    Love Nigella. Have heard her on npr (public radio) in the states. Have also made some of her recipes. (only when I have company) This is a great video. Thanks for posting. And good for you---8 minutes of my watching Nigella just passed quickly....wished I was at the gym. Glad that you found a distraction to keep you exercising. You're so right.

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ROCKYCPA 12/23/2012 6:03PM

    Distractions always help make exercising go quickly. Good for you! I have watched Nigella on the cooking channel here in the States.

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SBITNER1 12/23/2012 5:47PM

    Nigella is great. She's on Food Network in the US. :)

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SHOSHANADP 12/23/2012 4:52PM

    It must be really annoying for the gym to close at 4pm. I'm glad that you were able to get in a quality workout, though.

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LYNCHD05 12/23/2012 3:53PM

    Tv does pass the time and I need it when I am on the machines......so. Oring!

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BESCATS 12/23/2012 3:33PM

    Elliptical is my favorite too !! Can't believe the gym closes early in the winter. You would think more people would use it when they can't get outside as easily.
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PETERMCKIRDY 12/23/2012 3:29PM

    thank you for sharing!

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THEIS58 12/23/2012 3:11PM

    Love watching tv while on treadmill!

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BARBARASDIET 12/23/2012 2:40PM

    If there is something on the TV that I can concentrate on, I am good for an hour, no problem.

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/23/2012 2:26PM

    Oh, my. That cake is vulgar! That would be my kind of Christmas fruitcake!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Glad you had an enjoyable workout!!!

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CORNERKICK 12/23/2012 2:17PM

  I know exactly what you mean about watching the telly while you work out. I will plan my weekend workouts so that I can watch a football (soccer) match while I work out on either the treadmill or elliptical!

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MARILYNBSL 12/23/2012 2:02PM

  Distractions are great way to get through exercise programs but also need to be aware that you are working out strong. Keep up the exercising.

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2012 1:47PM

    Great job!!! I've heard of her over here in the States too.

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HHB4181 12/23/2012 1:40PM

    That's the best!!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/23/2012 1:17PM

  Sounds like your workouts are becoming much easier for you to do and you know what that means..............you are becoming so fit that you don't even look at the clock anymore......... emoticon

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JANETRIS 12/23/2012 1:10PM

    I love Nigella Too! We do get her shows here. She is very beautiful, and her recipes are great. So glad your workout was painless! Happy Holidays to you!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/23/2012 12:24PM

    Thanks for sharing youtube. My favorite equipment for woark out is classic treadmill and stationary bike. Some how the elliptical machine always strain my muscle. may be I am not using right. Anyways ... Have a wonderful Mary X'mas!!

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WALLINMW 12/23/2012 12:21PM

  Keep pushing!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/23/2012 11:56AM

    I use an elliptical at home myself. I know exactly want you mean about how it helps shape you (that is if you use it and not have it as a clothes hanger).

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MOMMY445 12/23/2012 11:44AM

    that's fabulous news! have a wonderful day!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/23/2012 11:36AM

    Maybe if I could watch Nigella I would be able to do the elliptical. I HATE that machine. I think they made it to kill people. Yes I do, they made it to decrease the surplus population. I still haven't made it to 10 minutes yet.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon On BBC Canada we get some of the English cooking shows. Nigella is one that is on sometimes

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STHOMAS1009 12/23/2012 11:27AM

    Great Blog! Way to go on getting your cardio!

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CICELY360 12/23/2012 11:19AM

  good blog

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MARIJO150 12/23/2012 11:05AM

    Great blog, love Nigella we do have her in the states and I love the Christmas markets in Germany when we lived there. I don't really like working out but now I am distracted and I am going downstairs to the treadmill to work out and dream of Christmas's past,the sites and smells and hopefully I will have a sparked workout too.

Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year.
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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/23/2012 11:05AM

    Thank Godfordistractions while on the cardio equipment

Make Today a Great Day and

Have the merriest of Christmases!

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MELISSA5824 12/23/2012 11:04AM

    great job! way to go!

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DAISYBATS 12/23/2012 10:56AM

  I/ve learned to have faith. In God and in myself. My mantra is "have faith Linda, have faith". At times I had to say this to meself repeatedly over and over.
Rough year, happy to start 2013, bring it on..... emoticon

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