It's about time I gave you an update on how my efforts to lose weight with Diet Chef are going.
Last time I mentioned it, I'd put on 5 pounds in a shameful week of over-indulgence, and you probably think I've fallen off the wagon completely!
Not so! In fact, since I embarked on a healthier living project, aided by the July Diet Chef Today's Special Value, I have lost ONE STONE FOUR POUNDS!!!! It's taken a while but I think that slow is better as it means the weight stays off.
How I've done it
I've really done it by changing my eating habits rather that 'going on a diet' and I feel that means the change can be a permanent one.
I've lost inches off my waist, which is the measurement that worried me the most as I was bigger than they say you should be if you don't want to increase the risk of serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
Overall, I feel great and am really motivated to go on and lose more weight. I'm doing some exercise now that a knee injury from last June is finally improving, and that helps with toning up the new slimmer me.
I will allow myself some fun over Christmas, but I don't want to go too mad and undo all my good work. And I've got used to eating less, which has been half my problem. I used to load my plate and eat until I hurt!!
I've been feeling more confident on-air lately – you may even have spotted me in an 'above the knee' skirt last week! I don't think you've seen the bending part of my legs since those heady days of shorts and swimsuits when I was on the BBC Holiday programme!
I was well protected with opaque tights and boots, but it was a real milestone for me – who knows what I might wear on my Nina Leonard shows this week…?
I tend to hide behind the feeling that I've always been bigger than your common or garden female TV presenter – even in my fit days of competing in international sport I was a size 12 – but I came across a photo my husband Olley took for a magazine article many years ago (left), well before having the children, and it's given me new hope.
I'm going to put a copy of it on the fridge door – so much more motivating than a horrible fat 'I don't want to look like that again' picture. More 'Yes! I can do it – I WILL do it!'
Have a wonderful Christmas,