Will Work(out) for Food

Earlier this summer, I had a plan to explore local cupcake shops for my periodic splurges. Unfortunately, holidays and special family meals have interfered with that plan. I’m not complaining, mind you, because my Memaw’s from-scratch banana pudding beats any cupcake any day. But I’m ready to get back to my cupcake explorations now! My plan is to have one next Saturday, provided I have six AWESOME workouts this week. And eat the right foods. There’s always that….

Speaking of workouts, today’s 5k walk was much better than the last one. In fact, with a heat index in the mid 90s, I almost hoped for even a slight twinge. I chose a city park this week, with a one mile loop circling through the park. If hip bothered me, or a rain storm blew in, I was within 200 yards of my car at any given time. It was a good plan, but I didn’t need it. I made it in fine form with a decent-for-me time at 50 minutes.

Two notes from my walk:

1) I am the new proud owner of an iphone armband, and I took it for its first spin today. Verdict: It will take some getting used to, but I loved having my tunes with me. (I’m not sure my co-walkers are too happy about it–I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.) My ipod shuffle died last year, and the replacement player I replaced it with died a couple months ago, so I have been having to carry my iphone with me in my hand. Not bad, since it’s so light, but once I get my arms swinging or pumping, the movement in my lower arms makes the iphone think I’m ready to move to another song. Very annoying. I’m hopeful this armband will continue to work out well, especially since it doesn’t involve buying a new piece of electronics. Plus, now I only have to sync once.

2) I don’t recommend Schlotzky’s Albuquerque Turkey sandwich just prior to walking (even 30 minutes before and even if you omit the chipotle mayonnaise). It’s delicious, but those green peppers linger for the first mile, if you know what I mean.

So what else is happening this weekend? Oh! In a neat follow-up to last week’s Kitchen Aid stand mixer $20 garage sale score, today I found a manual/cookbook for the same mixer! I bought it in a $4 bundle of books and REI fleece pullover. Follow-up score! (Oh, and at another sale, I saw a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Price? $100! Counting my blessings much? You betcha!)

Thinking of mixers makes me think of cupcakes, bringing us full circle. Last night, I watched yet another new cooking show, DC Cupcakes. It follows the daily dramas (real and manufactured) of the owners of Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington, DC. It’s not a bad show, but it occurred to me as I watched it that there’s really no good reason that I can’t have a cooking show of my own. In fact, I think a show featuring me trying to make 1000 cupcakes would garner much higher ratings than one in which professional bakers do it. I mean, c’mon, they’ve been baking for years. It should be easy for them!

I think I’ll write to TLC (back up plan: The Food Network) to pitch the idea. First, I should finish redecorating my kitchen. I can’t have America tuning in to harvest gold appliances (except for the fridge, which is white.)

So what are y’all up to this weekend? Given any thought to having your own cooking show? What would it be like, if you did?

15 thoughts on “Will Work(out) for Food

  1. Isn’t it amazing how the whole cupcake craze seems to have sky rocketed? I recorded that same show and will watch it eventually, all the while trying not to think about food:( And there is also a cupcake challenge show. I am now thinking about what cupcake I would pick for a splurge!

  2. First, congrats on a good run & glad you stayed close to help just in case! :-)

    I watched that DC Cupcakes show.. actually 2 of them. I recorded them & watched later & like Karen said, there seems to be cupcake shows on everywhere.. what started this craze. Did I miss something!??! Sure makes you want to eat one though! I agree, I rather watch you try to make 1000 cupcakes! :-)

    Me, my show would be the challenge to see if anyone could teach me how to cook AND like it too!I am not the biggest fan of cooking & especially cause I hate to clean it up!

    Hope your new armband works out! Here, we are searching out AC this weekend as we have none in the house & the heat wave is UGH!!!!


  3. Too bad you didn’t check out the Sony wearable, wire-free, water-resistant W250 series Walkman® MP3 player. Of course no phone, but easy to use.

  4. Glad you had a good walk–your walking pace is awesome. About the cupcakes. Maybe you could do a Julie/Julia sort of blog about making 100 cupcakes. It could be made into a movie (3D, maybe, 0with aroma effects wafted in) and we’d all watch it.

  5. I’m so glad your hip is back in business… I bought an armband for my iPod, but haven’t used it yet. I will definitely use it this coming week when I start my farm walks.

  6. I like tish’s idea a lot! You would be great at that!

    I heard about the DC Cupcake show and I thought it sounded like a pretty small subject….. Ba, dump, bump….

    Glad that your hip problem has disappeared. I wonder what it was? Something that worked itself out of place? So strange…

    Good affirmation on the Kitchen Aid. You really got an amazing deal.

    Continue your mission and report back:)

  7. I’ll watch your show! I am so thinking of opening a cupcake shop. We need one up here, and maybe I can sneak in some whole wheat cupcakes that are tasty?

    Harvest gold is coming back, you know….

  8. Thank goodness the only cupcake place in our town is gluten free and expensive!

    So glad your walk was successful and that the problem has worked its way out. Hope you have a good week and enjoy your cupcake reward!

    I am spending some time this weekend looking into starting a business with my sister. After 17 months of unemployment, maybe it’s time to do it for myself…

  9. Did all kinds of things this weekend. Fun times!

    I never thought about having my own cooking show, but if I did I would show people that it is possible to prepare healthy, tasty meals in a very small amount of time.

  10. You are such a great example to me. I don’t think I would have let those other things deter me from cupcake exploration. No wonder you have maintained so well! I hope you get your cupcake this week. :)

  11. My cooking show would be me…. making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Really the only thing I do REALLY REALLY well.



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