Diet Chef and my girly trip to Dorset


Debbie and her Mum at Lulworth Cove Hi everyone,

Well, the Gatineau TSV seems a long time ago now. Apologies for a slightly delayed blog post – I'll try to make sure a new one is always up by the end of each week for you regulars! Plus, do look out for the next wonderful beauty TSV from Decleor – catch it on Sunday 22nd November.

I've been using the Gatineau, and a little of the Prai, and finding my skin's got an extra glow to it, which is lovely and specially handy when I don't get enough sleep due to early starts (I'm not a morning person for sure!).

Last week I loved doing the Pilates hour – that also brings a glow to your cheeks, bouncing on that rebounder, I can tell you! But no stress on the joints. I'll definitely add it to my list of purchases from QVC to tie in with the health kick I'm putting myself on. Yes, I got a little lazy over the last few years.

I'm back on a health and fitness regime

Part of what I did during my nine-year absence from QVC was work in an office for a few years. I actually ran my own company then branched out into my original career – finance – and ended up managing a team of lovely mortgage people. Trouble is, so many colleagues were bringing in sweets and cakes for every birthday, success or commiseration! I ended up gradually slipping up the scales, and didn't look my best by the time I got back into shopping telly again.

When I knew I was coming back to QVC I figured there was bound to be a product to help me out, rather than just use the system I used originally to lose 35lbs. Sure enough, I soon heard about Diet Chef. I'm still going to rely upon the safety net of some of the freedom eating rules (more of that another time!), but thought it'd be lovely to try these delicious meals everyone's been raving about! I've just received my first delivery of the Diet Chef pack so watch this space…

A girly trip to Dorset

One of the things I love to do is walking with Labradors in the Dorking countryside near to where I live. But, I also like to go exploring. So for Mummy's birthday, part of her pressie was the two of us going to Dorset together.

We visited Lulworth Cove and then went walking round Monkey World for an afternoon. I love Monkey Business and Monkey Life – both shows follow the fortunes of the various fun primates rescued by the famous animal sanctuary.

I asked Mummy would she prefer a personal tour guide to show us round, or would she like to sponsor a monkey. She said I already sponsor a monkey! (I didn't ask which of her five children she was referring to!). Anyway the clips are below – enjoy them!

Have a good week and I'll bring you some more behind the scenes stuff in the next blog.



P.S. Don't forget to register for QVC's Facebook fan site if you're a member – I posted a little update there this week and there's often fabulous inside knowledge and advance warnings about what's going on your favourite shopping channel!

Videos from Monkey World

One of the monkeys playing up to the camera

Debbie and her Mum in the souvenir shop



  1. Pauline Johnson November 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with the diet chef I have been on it for 10 weeks and pleased to say I have lost 1 stone only another 9lb to reach my goal would highly recommend this diet, also great to see you back on QVC XXX

  2. Sue Jennings November 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb Great to see you back on QVC. I went to Monkey World a couple of years ago it was fab. Love your videos.
    Sue Jennings Warrington

  3. Martin forbes November 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Enjoying your blogs and back at qvc.
    Ps hope you got my xmas card.
    Also enjoyed when you did the cd hours with tony blackburn.
    How did you get on with him

  4. angie November 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hey good to hear/see u back at QVC and WONDERFUL to see you at my most fave holiday destination MONKEY WORLD we come down as much as we can we LOVE The place

  5. Nicola Rippon November 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Debbie and it’s lovely to read your blogs!
    My great grandma was born in Dorking (although that was in the 19th century so it has probably changed a great deal!). I have a friend who was interested in the Diet Chef but was disappointed that there was not a vegetarian option – all but one meal, I think being based on fish or meat. I understand that Diet Chef do provide veggie versions of the plan, and wonder whether they will be doing this for QVC?

  6. debs November 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    my goodness Pauline – that’s fantastic! What a feeling to be only 9lb away! good luck with it! Have you posted your recommendation on the forum and on the product? New pack in Jan tho – I mention it on the blog vid for the latest blog – posted today! – so \Nicola watch this space!
    – sue – glad you loved it! Have suggested that Charlie bears do plush monkeys with matching faces for some of the fave characters there! What do you think?
    – martin – yes card thanks so much! Tony was and is fab – loved him. We’re still in touch incl on facebook!
    – hugs all!

  7. Pauline Johnson November 23, 2009 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Deb’s thanks for your comment have tried getting on to the forum but not having much luck, I am not that good on my laptop and not up with all the lingo, my grandaughter is coming down this weekend for her 12th birthday we are having a family party for her so I hope she will be able to show me how to do it, keep up your blogs love to read them

  8. Gail November 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie we love going to Monkey world as well it’s a place for all ages we also lucky enough to sponsor a monkey we love the place,great vids as well and your mum looks so young.

  9. lynn bayes (nuttall) January 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. I’m an old friend of yours from when we were 16 …. i too am dieting!!! boo! must be the age. I’m following your progress and its giving me incentive to continue with the diet. Love your leaning tower video!!! Lynn – south norwood

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