So many of you wrote to me in response to my last blog about my mum and her remarkable bouncebackability. I read every single message out to her and they really touched us both. I had begun replying to all the lovely messages… but then they kept coming! I’m afraid I don’t think I will be able to keep up. Please know that every single comment is appreciated, just like every tweet. We were so surprised by all the messages on Twitter and this blog. Many of you have been through similar experiences and we were humbled that you cared enough to share with us and I must admit to shedding more than a few tears for you, too. Very moving all round.
I thought I’d share with you how we are getting on. I’m writing this on Sunday in between my shows on my second day back since Miniongate. It’s lovely to be back at work and I work with the best people you could ever hope to meet. As I arrived backstage yesterday I was greeted with hugs and kindness; I feel so blessed to know this fabulous lot – they’re amazing.
So, mum’s first day at home on her own for weeks… she did really well. She managed to sit at her desk for the first time in weeks and catch up on some emails. It may sound like nothing but it was a big leap forward as she’s barely been able to walk a few yards without becoming very puffed out. She was up really early with me (I had to leave by 6am for work) so I was able to get her breakfast, line up all her meds, make a flask of hot water so she could top up her drink without getting up or having to lift the heavy kettle, put the house phone, mobile phone and TV remotes next to her on the sofa, make sure she had snacks and asked if it was possible to wait for me to get home for a late lunch. She was fine with that. She wears a pendant with a ‘panic button’ in case of emergencies so I virtually hoopla-ed it round her neck before whizzing reluctantly out the door!
I tried calling mum in between my shows and kept getting an engaged signal and thought not too much of it as she likes to chat but then when I came off air I still couldn’t get through and there was no reply on her (quite new) mobile phone. I started to panic a little. To top it off my one hour journey took me two hours as I was stuck on the M25, constantly trying to get mum on the phone when I finally got through… and she was fine!
She had somehow turned the mobile on silent so didn’t know it was ringing. She had answered the house phone and thought she had hung up but hadn’t hence the engaged signal. Luckily she had gone to put the phone on the cradle to charge and that’s when I got through! Phew! Such relief. Today I called her and got straight through and she’s doing great so I’m happily writing this now.
I’m sure some of you are aware of my weight loss journey with the lovely Christianne Wolff and her Body Rescue Plan. If not feel free to browse back through my blog and find out how I lost 3 stone and ended up in the Daily Mirror. I have tried many diets and just find this works for me as a way of life.
During my house building I had sometimes fallen by the wayside. It was tough without a kitchen and with such a heavy workload of house building, project managing and my day job to keep it all going, on many occasions, I’m afraid to say, I would just grab what was quickest and that often meant fast food.
I put around a stone and a half. Of course I was still healthier than when I had started but I noticed I didn’t feel so great when I wasn’t making healthier choices. When my mum had her setback and ended up intensive care it was a wake-up call for me, too. My mum doesn’t mind my saying this but weight has played a part in some of her poor health and one of the reasons they felt the odds weren’t stacked in her favour when she went downhill. Amongst other ailments mum is diabetic. I stayed at her house while she was in hospital and looked at all her foods, sugar in just about everything. Even stock cubes and chicken! Mum was really surprised, too.
I gave mum the choice when she returned home. “Mum, you know I love you and I’m happy to do whatever makes you happy. It’s your home and your choice. I can make you the meals you’re used to even though we’ve established they’re not as healthy as you may have thought. I’ll be preparing my own food in line with Christianne’s plan. I would love to share it with you. I don’t ever want to have to see you in hospital again like I have now and I believe we can raise your chances of keeping out of there through diet. I don’t want to end up in that situation myself, and this has given me the motivation to get going again. What do you think?”
Well, I was very surprised but she decided to go for it with a few compromises as treats now and again. I’m delighted and so is she! We have both lost around half a stone in a couple of weeks! Yay mum! It’s about health, though, not the looks. It’s about education and healthy changes for life and we are enjoying it!
Christianne and her husband, Robbie, host wellbeing and detox holidays. I popped onto Facebook the other day and saw that she has one coming up from October 1st-4th. It’s a complete wellbeing package including mountain walks, yoga, meditation, nutrition, fresh nutritious foods prepared at the villa in Portugal. I haven’t been away for over a year and half – any holiday time I’ve had has been spent working on the house apart from the odd day here and there, and I’ve had more stresses over that time than I care to admit.
I spoke to mum about it and she said I should go. That’s five weeks from now and the health professionals feel mum will be independent well before that, so I made a big decision (for me) and went for it! I know it may seem an indulgence but, actually, I feel it’s necessary for me to have a few days to recharge, re-energise, connect with likeminded people and get some sunshine, too!
Christianne is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you want to find out more about this. Her website is thebodyrescueplan.com and well worth a look as she has lots of helpful videos there, too. I’d love to know if any of you are going in October, it’d be fantastic to share the experience with you. It is an investment, though, and if it’s not something you can stretch to right now I’d highly recommend her book which we sell at QVC, The Body Rescue Plan.
She has written a new recipe book based on the Detox part of the plan and the food is delicious! We are hoping to get that here at QVC very soon but here’s a recipe I made for me and my mum yesterday from the book. It’s cod steaks with courgette and tomato bake. Soooo yummy and really filling, too.
Anyway more on that another time… right now I’d like to finish with a cute thing my funny brother, Mike, did. He sent me a pic of him with a little caption saying “I saw mum’s cool walker and just had to have one!”. He works in construction in the States hence the machinery surrounding him so goodness knows where he found the walker! I just thought it was adorable and mum laughed when she saw it. Welcome to my crazy, silly family! Adorable pair of nutters, I think, but then I am biased.
Once again, thank you for all your support and well wishes. Just a reminder if you don’t know, I love keeping in touch here and on Twitter but I don’t accept Facebook requests except from close friends and family otherwise I find it hard to keep up with what they’re all up to as I’d have too many different people on there. I hope you understand, if you’ve sent a request, why I keep it separate.
Wishing you all good health and happiness always.
Lots of love,