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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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LTMURPHY7 12/23/2012 10:47AM

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CHOCOHIPPO 12/23/2012 10:37AM

    She is gorgeous. And distractions really do help when working out.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/23/2012 10:33AM

    Sorry about the gym hours. The gym we use is a 24 hour gym. We have electronic pass keys to gain access anytime day or night. There are many security cameras too.

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CARPROTH 12/23/2012 10:27AM

    That recipe sounds like one to try for my family dinner - they can consume most of the calories, and we'll hoist a piece in your honor for the inspiration!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/23/2012 10:25AM

    Way to go!! And wow, I just googled Nigella Lawson, and she is indeed gorgeous!! LOL I could get lost watching her too. :)

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JUNEAU2010 12/23/2012 10:14AM

    I lose track of time at work, but I have yet to do so while exercising. emoticon

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TERRI289 12/23/2012 10:12AM

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FLEURGARDEN 12/23/2012 10:04AM

    I don't watch much TV, but I find it can be a great distraction while working out.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/23/2012 9:59AM

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JEWELRYLOVER 12/23/2012 9:54AM

    Love it! Never heard of Nigella, but will have to check her out if I can find.

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DESERTJULZ 12/23/2012 9:53AM

    This reminds me that I really need to purchase the food I plan to prepare for the family Christmas Eve Party and for Christmas Dinner with my kids!

Totally awesome that you lost track of time and worked longer at the gym!

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SUSIESLIM62 12/23/2012 9:48AM

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NIKKIJ55 12/23/2012 9:42AM

    Great job! I always loose track of time when doing something else while exercising. It's a good thing!!

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WILSONWR 12/23/2012 9:24AM

    That Christmas Cake sounded delicious! Thanks for sharing the British cooking show - it was fun to watch!

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GINGERVISTA 12/23/2012 9:09AM

    emoticon job! I LOVE when we're really into our exercise so much that the time flies by! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 12/23/2012 9:04AM

    You have a great attitude and know how to make the best out of any situation. You are a winner in my book. Happy Holidays.

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NEPTUNE1939 12/23/2012 9:04AM

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DR1939 12/23/2012 8:59AM

    emoticon I prefer the treadmill because my balance is not as good as it once was. I read my Kindle (can adjust the size and it's easy to "turn" the page) while I walk. I also have a stationary bike and last year my daughter gave me a rather expensive bookholder for it. My best gift ever, so now I read as I bike. I can walk 30 min and bike for 20 without even noticing it.

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NCSUE0514 12/23/2012 8:57AM

    WTG!

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KNYAGENYA 12/23/2012 8:55AM

    I love the elliptical as well.

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PHOENIX40S 12/23/2012 8:52AM

    Thanks for sharing the youtube video. DH loves Christmas cake, but it always looked like too much work. I'm going to give this one a try.

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GRAYGRANNY 12/23/2012 8:51AM

    You are an awesome person !!!!

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PYNETREE 12/23/2012 8:36AM

    Yes, We do get Nigella here in US...Love her too!
Merry Christmas!

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THOMS1 12/23/2012 8:31AM

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GARDENCHRIS 12/23/2012 8:30AM

    emoticon cute blog!

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BESSHAILE 12/23/2012 8:22AM

    LOL I love to watch the television while I'm on the elliptical too. If I'm lucky I can turn on the food channel, the news and the home improvement channel all at the same time and just switch whenever a commercial comes on. That happens about once a month.

You go girl

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OFGREENGABLES 12/23/2012 8:21AM

    yessss! nigella and the elliptical? amazing day.

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FANCYFREE15 12/23/2012 8:08AM

    Thank you so much for my daily day-brightener. You never fail to make me smile! (And no, I'd never heard of Nigella but if she can make cooking sexy, maybe I should check into it!) Spark on! :)
I'd love to have an elliptical in my workout room! I loved to use the one at the gym when i went to one years ago. But now I live out in the country many miles from any. Perhaps I should start saving my pennies for one? But there are so many things to save my pennies for that it may never happen. :(
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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FEELINGFITERIN 12/23/2012 7:54AM

    Great job on your workout! It does help to pass the time when you have something else to focus on. I always read a magazine or book when I'm on the treadmill. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/23/2012 7:53AM

    Good for you! Isn't it great to have someone / something to inspire you and keep you going? emoticon

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SHANNONY84 12/23/2012 7:38AM

    Keep up the good work!

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CFMOSS 12/23/2012 7:38AM

    As always, thanks.

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MARGARITTM 12/23/2012 7:38AM

    Nice Job!
What we can do, when we are not focused on the clock!

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TEACHING1ST 12/23/2012 7:36AM

    Way to go....and you know the old adage: time flies when you're having fun! I've never considered exercise fun until I started a water aerobics class. Whatever 'floats your boat' lol! Enjoy your newfound excitement, Chantal!

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FARIS71 12/23/2012 7:27AM

    Way to go!

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LODESTONE 12/23/2012 7:26AM

    I love Nigella Lawson-- we used to get her show on the Food Network, and her midnight fridge raids for leftovers..... I could do that!

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REDEYEMOM 12/23/2012 7:21AM

    You are so funny! I enjoyed your post! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 12/23/2012 7:07AM

    I would like to have the recipe for that cake. It looks so good.

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LRSILVER 12/23/2012 6:47AM

    Great job

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TDEMAIO2 12/23/2012 6:37AM

    emoticon way to go emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 12/23/2012 6:28AM

    glad you had a great work out.... :)

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ILOVEROSES 12/23/2012 6:15AM

    emoticon on getting a great workout while watching Nigella!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/23/2012 6:04AM

  Nice! Time flying by at the gym while you are working out!

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SUPER_ACE115 12/23/2012 5:16AM

    Nigella is a beautiful woman and if she helps you stay on the elliptical, that's emoticon

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 12/23/2012 5:00AM

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That's so awesome that you got sparked at the gym! Keep up the great work (& workouts!)

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/23/2012 4:50AM

    I have never understood why the TVs at the gym I used to go to were tuned to either sports (OK, that one I sorta get, for the guys) or the cooking channels. It just made me hungry!

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