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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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MRS.DOYLE 12/23/2012 3:41AM

    Wow! I didn't know she was 53. What an inspiration.
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ANDYLIN90 12/23/2012 2:41AM

    That woman is really sexy! A whole cube of butter....Really? I bet she didn't eat that entire piece of cake.

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KRISUA 12/23/2012 1:19AM

    Wow!

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JACKIE542 12/22/2012 11:55PM

    Good job at the gym, I love my elliptical too, keep up the good work.

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PCASEY7 12/22/2012 11:46PM

    Don't you just love it when you lose track of time when exercising! Great workout!

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COUPONS0216 12/22/2012 11:23PM

    I love Nigella and have all her cookbooks. She has several shows on cooking TV and a couple on Food Network her in the states where I am. I adore her humor and love of food.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:05PM

    Very good!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:05PM

    Very good!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:05PM

    Very good!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/22/2012 9:46PM

    I love Nigella but we don't get many of her programs in the States. She did lose a "few" pounds a couple of years ago but still looks very sexy. I love it when food supports the hedonist in all of us. Bravo on the exercise.

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MARITIMER3 12/22/2012 9:27PM

    Congratulations for getting to the gym, and for working out for so long without realizing it. I work out much harder when I have a program I like on tv.

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MADAMES 12/22/2012 8:59PM

    Bravo for you working out for that long on the elliptical! Most impressive!
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DOVESEYES 12/22/2012 8:29PM

    We get Nigella in Australia, what a treat. She does have a way with a spoon. Even my hubby and son seem to be interested in what she is cooking (ha).

Hope you got to the cafe in time emoticon emoticon

How's the ankle?

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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2012 7:50PM

  I love watching cooking shows - Good Eats, now living eternally in reruns, is my favourite, though Nigella is also wonderful. Glad you got a good workout in!

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RAINBOWMF 12/22/2012 7:21PM

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SLIMLEAF 12/22/2012 7:13PM

    Well done Chantal.

Like you, I managed to get myself to the gym today and, also like you, I wished I'd got there a bit earlier because once I actually got going it was fine and I could have done more. However, I'm really pleased that I managed to get there at all - it's been a real struggle recently (as in 'I haven't been there in over a week, or was it two?').

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CATLADY52 12/22/2012 6:22PM

    Do I sense a pinch of envy? emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/22/2012 4:42PM

    Of course we get Nigella! She's on the cooking channel. what a great workout!

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KIPPER15 12/22/2012 4:05PM

    emoticon way to go, getting kicked out of the gym LOL! Nigella is too pretty, she must, as you said, work out daily to look that smashing. You are on the track to join her. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 12/22/2012 3:41PM

    Isn't it nice to 'lose time' while getting fit?!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/22/2012 3:02PM

    Way to go! Awesome!

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MSPATOOTY 12/22/2012 2:55PM

    Oh yes! I love Nigella Lawson! I wish I could say I loved the elliptical as much as you, though. emoticon I'm a treadmill, bike & rowing machine kind of gal myself. emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/22/2012 2:47PM

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Wonderful "first" to have!!

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IAMWINNING 12/22/2012 2:45PM

    So glad you got in a good workout at the gym before being tossed out. Good planning.

I watched a bit of the video, but I really am no authority on what shows are on our Food Channel.....she could be. Maybe someone else has seen her.

Have a great Christmas.

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DALID414 12/22/2012 2:41PM

    Losing track of time at the gym is awesome. They do say time flies when you're having fun.

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MM165592 12/22/2012 2:28PM

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JULESJET 12/22/2012 2:28PM

    Nigella Lawson? I will have to go find this person... thanks for the link!
Awesome Job on your workout today!

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