Only another 10lbs to go!


Diet Chef logo Thank you to all of you who've noticed that I've shed a few pounds recently, and as promised, this blog is about how I've achieved it.

It was on March 1st that I finally decided to start my weightloss programme. I've had a box of Diet Chef sitting at home since before Christmas, but with not feeling too well for most of January, I'd put off even looking inside it! I think you need to be in the right frame of mind before you attempt to make any lifestyle changes.

But once the box of chocolates from Valentine's Day was finished my moment had come. So I started the Diet Chef programme on March 1st with a weightloss goal of 20lbs, although more importantly I wanted to be able to fit into some clothes that I haven't worn for a while, and to feel more energised too.

The breakfasts for me are very similar to what I normally have, Lizzi's granola or porridge, it was just the quantity I was surprised at. Immediately I realised that part of my problem is not what I eat, but how much of it I eat… too much!

I found the porridge tastier if I cooked it on the stove for a good five minutes rather than microwaving it, and I must admit to adding a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of sugar. I figured that if I was going to stick to the regime, the food had to suit my palate.

The soups for lunch were very tasty, particularly the minestrone and sweet potato and coconut, and depending on whether I was doing any exercise I would have one slice of bread with it. I found the dinners were a little repetative in the veggie option (apparently there are some new dishes in it now) but my absolute favourite is the three bean chilli, which I have with a little steamed rice and broccoli. The snacks felt like naughty treats, and if I needed anything extra I'd have an ounce of nuts or four ounces of cottage cheese.

For the first two weeks I stuck to the plan rigidly and was amazed to lose 5lbs. For the next couple of weeks I was more relaxed, allowing myself to have the same main meal as the rest of the family on occasions (I love cooking!) just a smaller portion of it, whilst sticking to the breakfast, lunch and snacks from Diet Chef. By the end of week four I'd lost 8lbs and lots of inches all over, especially around the midriff area.

At this point I should also say that it wasn't just watching what I ate but also getting back into using my Pilates machine regularly, and by that I mean at least three times a week. The machine I have has a cardio board, which is fantastic for low impact aerobic exercise whilst strengthening the core and helping to flatten the tummy – I can highly recommend it!

Pilates TSV I can't run or jog because the two sides of my body are so imbalanced, so if you have an issue that you think prevents you from exercising, then check out Saturday's TSV, which is a three cord Pilates machine with a cardio board. If you're concerned then check with your doctor before using it, but do try to take advantage of the special TSV price and Easy Payment options.

Incidentally, because of the flight cancellations due the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, our Pilates guest Marjolein Brugman hasn't been able to fly in from America, so yours truly is going to be guesting on all of the shows – it's a good job I genuinely do LOVE it!!

So, not only have I lost pounds and inches, I've also toned up my muscles. In fact my son Daniel, who's a qualified personal trainer and nutrionist, is very impressed with me, particularly as he says that muscle is denser than fat so it weighs more too.

Earlier in the week I was in Spain with him, helping him to set up his first Reviva Fitness bootcamp – all healthy eating and lots of exercise in a sunny, luxury environment. Did I say sunny? It poured with rain on Tuesday morning, but by the time I left for the airport the sun was doing it's best to shine and it's only April!

The good news is that I've lost another 2lbs this week, so after a week 'off' for Easter, my total weightloss so far is 10lbs!!! So I'm halfway there, thanks to Diet Chef, Pilates and a little bit of willpower!

Much love,
Julia. x.


  1. Morag April 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Well done Julia, and hope you continue to have success. I really feel that in your, dare I say, fifties, your metabolism does slow down, so you need to give it a bit of help with the exercise. I have been doing an exercise programme in the gym for over a year now, and I am delighted to have lost 8 kilos and overall, 40cms. I started off measuring myself rather than just weighing myself, and it was so encouraging to see myself getting smaller, after all as you and Daniel correctly said, muscle is heavier than fat. It really is a long term work in progress though, so it has to be something you enjoy, as you do with your Pilates. I think I will treat myself to a Decleor facial or something once I have lost 10 kilos. Good luck with everything.

  2. Anita Belding April 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Well done Julia, i know its very hard to lose weight , its not losing it, its keeping it off, that the problem !…
    I to, am a Pilates lover, I have had a machine for years, the first one i think, it was brown and cream in colour ! then a few years ago I upgraded to the pilates areo with the cardo board. I use it every day and LOVE the trampoline. my blood pressure has come down a treat ! …… keep up the good work, will be tuning in for the pilates, by the way my daughter and her family are stuck in the U.S.A too ! !……

  3. Pam Davies April 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You always look so lovely i must admit that i had not noticed your weight loss but well done you!
    I have lost nearly 3 stone (and gone down from size 22 to size 18) since August last year…. and can’t tell you how much better i feel. I have been going to my local Slimming World group, which was a brave move on my part and think i took about 3 months to get there but its been great and the support has kept me on track.
    I am now in training for the Race for Life here in Harrogate at the end of June which i am walking with my daughter Megan. I can’t run either as i have arthritis in my knees but i am determined to be at my target weight and in size 16 shorts by then!!
    Will let you know how we go on!
    Take care

  4. Susan April 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well done on the weight loss. My Mum has also lost about 10lbs and wants to lose another stone or so, so you are on the same track! I am also very proud of Mum as she is putting her heart into it and taking it very seriously! I am a Nutritionist and am working in Health Promotion which I think is so important especially these days with all the trouble we have in the UK!
    I have a quick question if you don’t mind. You always mention about your difficult dancers feet..and I’m the same! I have a really high instep!! I used to, and sometimes still do hate shoe shopping! My feet are also only a C fitting!! So you’ve met your match!! I love Birkenstocks as they are supportive for my feet but a lot of the styles I seem to like can’t be adjusted for really narrow feet. I was just wondering if there was a range they do for narrow feet as I think they do ones for wider feet.
    Many thanks.

  5. Steven April 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Well done Julia. I might be joining the gym in my work that was before I read your blog! Think your story might have inspired me to go ahead and do it.
    Keep looking fab xx

  6. Susan April 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well done on the weight loss. My Mum has lost about 10lbs too and wants to lose another stone or so, so you are on the same track! I am a Nutritionist and am very proud of her for taking it so seriously this time! I have a question if you don’t mind. I know you always talk about your difficult dancers feet..and I am another one of those! I think you may have met your match! I have a really high instep and have to watch my tiny little bunions don’t develop! I have the added problem of my very narrow C fitting feet!! They are a nightmare! Oh and they are pronating so I have special orthotics needless to say! I love Birkenstocks as they are good for my feet and comfy. I wonder do they do narrow fitting sandals though? Many can just about be adjusted that narrow but the ones which can’t be like the lovely TSV Betula ones you had…were useless on me!!
    Many thanks.

  7. Annette Roberts April 17, 2010 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I know I’ve said it before, but good for you…keep it up and the lbs will fly off, but as you said it is a little harder to shift these days.
    I know that you like ‘Pilates’ and it certainly works for you, but I discovered ‘Kettlebell’ training, where you swing a shotput type weight with a handle on top, between you legs and use your hips and bottom for the momentum, rather than your arms. It is the fastest fat burner and muscle toner you can get and because you do most of the exercises standing up there is no fiddling around changing positions. It is extremely portable and I took one kettlebell on holiday and did the exercises before breakfast.
    I get monthly free emails from a personal trainer at Kettlebell Union in London and they also have a website, have a quick look, if you get the chance. I also have the total gym and a twist stepper, but this is the only thing that has kept my interest going for any length of time.
    QVC’s Diet Chef Forum, is brilliant for getting you out of a rut with loads of encouragement from ladies and gents who are all in the same boat…trying to loose weight and look gorgeous!
    Keep up the good work and take care
    Annette x

  8. Hefina April 17, 2010 at 11:30 am -  Reply


  9. Rebecca Brwon April 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your sucess and I am thoroughy enjoying watching you on the pilates shows today. I admire you sharing such a personal thing such as weight loss. I have really got into my pilates machine with the help of the lighterliving forum since Feb this year, it would be great if you mention the site as I know Marjolein usually does.Enjoy the rest of the day, I wish more people knew just how great these pilates machines are.

  10. Kathryn sheehan April 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Julia
    Well done on the weight loss, like the other lady i didn’t notice you looking slimmer(sorry).I have the same problem as you have, the larger tummy area, and i’m trying to lose the pounds for my holiday in september. I own a cross trainer so i must get going on that again.Its true, as you get older it’s harder to lose the weight. But i will persever
    All the best.

  11. Claire Upton April 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Julia, I have been watching some of the pilates shows today (sat) and feel inspired again, I have the original four cord aero machine, but admit that I have not used it for a few months. I am fit although slightly over weight, but the machine has been put back out, as it is in the living room. I am looking forward to using it again and been using today while watching you. As it is there, I will feel guilty for sitting on the sofa, so will be using it while watching TV. I can’t wait to make a difference to my posture and general well being. Thank you and I will keep you updated about how I am getting on. Claire x

  12. Gemma Grierson April 18, 2010 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Firstly congratulations on taking the first step towards achieving your goal. I too have decided to take action. I’m getting married next July in Crete, and even though i thought i had a good body picture in my mind, i have been trying on wedding dresses and my ideal style (Grecian) at the moment doesn’t seem to work on my 12/14 frame. so, i bit the bullet and joined a gym last friday. I think i need the discipline and need to be pushed so a gym environment is what i have gone for. Plus on the gym induction i spied a pilates machine so think i will be on that quite a bit to help tone and strengthen my core muscles. Will keep you updated on the search for the perfect dress, if you have any suggestions then i’d love to hear them.
    Looking forward to the FA cup final. My partner can’t believe his luck Pompey against Chelsea! Keep your fingers crossed for us. Glad that Crystal Palace kept to a draw against derby, looks like we’ll be playing you next season.
    Kind Regards Gemma xx

  13. Von April 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congratulations on your weight loss. I always think you look stunning, and you have motivated me to get my pilates machine out again and use it. It is such an energising way to improve fitness. One little question, mine is pre-cardio board machine, is there any chance QVC might stock cardio boards for people like me? I watched the TSV demo and it has got me wanting to try one, but you are not advertising them seperate from the pilates machine, at the moment, on the QVC website.
    Look forward to seeing you on QVC, I love watching you and Simon presenting Butler and Wilson, you are a great double act. And yes I got my Butler and Wilson TSV in lilac, its stunning.

  14. dee lyons April 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congrats on your weight loss. I always think you look stunning on tv and much younger than you really are. Congrats on a fab job on the pilates shows on Saturday. You really inspired me. It was lovely to see a real person showing the machine as opposed to a fitness expert. I would love to see you doing more of them

  15. lpatricia gardiner April 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    hi julia you look fantastic i am 56 in july and need to shed some pounds when i see you you inspire me i look after my self but shedding those pounds i am finding so so hard 10 years ago it was a lot easier well i am going to show my self and realy realy try oh by the way is that you in the fairey liquid advertisement look forward to seeing you soon love trishp

  16. Caroline Murray April 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well done on your weight loss programme. I watched you on Saturday presenting the pilates machine most of the day and I would just like to say you were terrific at explaining the exercises to Charlie and Debbie. You obviously have expert knowledge of the machine and it is apparent that you use it regularly. You have inspired me to order the TSV especially since I have just lost one stone using Tesco diets on-line but with no exercise at all as I am extremely busy – working full time, single mum and in my final year of studying for a degree on a part time evening basis. I hope having the pilates machine at home will make it easier for me to incorporate 30 minutes exercise every other day and help me continue with my weight loss aims – I want to lose another 3 stone (all the weight I gained while studying!) Thank you for inspiring me to try the pilates machine – I am so looking forward to trying the cardio board – it looks like fun.
    Well done on losing the first 10 lbs and I’m sure you’ll stick to the programme to meet your next target especially with summer on its way now!
    take care,

  17. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Morag
    Congratulations on your weightloss ………. I think a Decleor (or maybe Elemis) facial sounds like a great idea!!
    I know what you mean about it not just being about losing pounds (or kilos) – my clothes feel much better now and I agree about taking your time too. The slower it comes off the more likely it is to stay off!! I’m aiming to have lost the other 10lbs by my birthday on June 10th ……… THEN I can enjoy a piece of chocolate birthday cake!!!!!!!
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anita
    So pleased to hear you are a Pilates fan too! My first machine was a brown and cream one also – I still have it at my house in Spain so I’m never without it.
    I hope your family manage to get home from the States soon and that they are being well looked after.
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pam
    Thanks for your lovely compliment and your words of encouragement too. And big well done to you that is a massive achievement in just 9 months.
    Good luck in your ‘Race for Life’ and in reaching your target weightloss too.
    much love
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Say well done to your mum for me, and wish her luck with the next stone …………. WE can do it!!!!!
    Re Birkenstocks, as far as I know they just have the 2 footbed widths. The narrower one is the ‘regular’ one that is featured in most of the styles. The wider one is in the toepost styles such as gizeh. One of the 3 strap styles such as Florida would probably give you most adjustability.
    Hope that helps
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Did you join the gym yet???
    love Julia x

  22. julia roberts April 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I think Daniel has mentioned the Kettlebell training to me and it certainly sounds effective. My issue is that I am not ‘level’ when I am standing up so I would be putting too much strain on the stronger side of my body ……… that’s why I love Pilates so much as it balances me out better, and also why I love swimming as the water supports me.
    I will achieve my target weightloss – I’m very determined, even though it is much harder the older you get.
    Thanks for the encouragement
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Hefina
    Thanks for your kind words and pleased you enjoy my shows.
    In honesty I can’t advise you about the cardio board you need to ask your doctor BUT there is minimal impact so it would be much better for you than jogging for example.
    With regards to supplements for veggies I can tell you what I take, but again it is not advice as I’m not a professional nutritionist.
    I take daily: aloe vera, Vit c 1000mg time release, evening primrose, vit E (in veggie capsules), vit B complex and Omega 3,6,& 9. I know what you are thinking, shake me and I’ll rattle!!! I also take Echinacea with Goldenseal drops and I’ve just started having the Linwoods ground flaxseed and nuts mix stirred into my porridge.
    Make sure you get enough protein to replace the meat you have given up – pulses, nuts and grains are a really good source.
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hello Rebecca
    So pleased to hear you are such a fan of Pilates. Sorry I didn’t mention the lighterliving forum on Saturday, but we’ve mentioned it here so maybe a few people will have a look.
    Funny thing is I didn’t want to mention my weightloss until it was already happening, otherwise I would have put too much pressure on myself. I know I’m no replacement for Marjolein who has been an inspiration to me but I actually quite enjoyed the different ‘role’!
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Thanks to Diet Chef and Pilates my tummy is not as large as it was ……… actually the cardio board on the Aeropilates is fantastic for flattening the tummy so I’m glad I’ve got back on mine. Good luck with the cross trainer, although that doesn’t particularly target the tum, more of an all over aerobic toner.
    Enjoy you holiday
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire
    I’m so pleased that I’ve inspired you to get back on your Pilates machine – sometimes we just need a little nudge don’t we?? Being fit is the most important thing, and if you drop a few pounds in the process that’s even better.
    Keep me posted
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Gemma
    Lucky you getting married in Crete – sounds lovely! I think it’s great that you’ve joined the gym now, and once you are more disciplined with your fitness you can get a Pilates machine at home ………… much cheaper in the long run!!! A Grecian style dress sounds very appropriate for the location!
    Well done to Pompey on reaching the FA Cup Final – my friend Gary Sadler is ‘your’ physio.
    I am keeping everything crossed that we will be playing you in the Championship next season – 2 games to go and the last game away to Sheffield Wednesday ……… I will be a nervous wreck!
    Good luck with your fitness regime
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Von,
    Thankyou for your lovely compliment and so pleased to hear I have motivated you to get back on your machine.
    We used to sell the cardio boards seperately, in fact mine is an older machine that I added the cardio board to, but I think we stopped doing it because the new design is better suited to the additional stress put on it by the jumping. I don’t think there are any plans to bring it back as a seperate item but I will ask the question for you.
    So glad you got the B&W TSV in the lilac – isn’t the colour beautiful!!
    Julia x

  29. Julie Lomax April 20, 2010 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have to say you always look good on qvc and well done on the weightlose. I lost a stone at the begining of last year and managed to keep it off, but have been struggling with my sweet tooth recently. I need to lose another stone and am using my pilates machine every day. I’ve just had two hypnopherapy sessions and I’m amazed to say that I no longer crave sweet things!!! Didn’t think it would work on me, so I am amazed.
    Keep up the good work Julia and I must say that you are such a really profesional presenter, I always enjoy your shows.
    Bye for now

  30. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dee
    Thanks for your lovely compliments – we all like to hear we look younger than we actually are!! I quite enjoyed my different role on Saturday although I must confess to achy shoulders today – everything else coped suprisingly well!! I’m glad you enjoyed the Pilates shows though I definitely missed seeing Marjolein, she has been MY inspiration.
    much love
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Trish
    Thanks for your lovely comments – you girls are all spoiling me!!! Getting started is the hardest bit I think but we girls in our fifties CAN do it! Have you thought of trying Diet Chef, even if only for a month to get you started!
    No it’s not me in the Fairy Liquid Ad, but I mentioned it to my daughter Sophie and she says it does look like me. I used to do loads of commercials before I started at QVC but we’re not permitted to advertise anything similar to what we sell ……… doesn’t leave a lot really!!!
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts April 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Caroline
    Thankyou for your comments – I used to teach Body Conditioning for most of the 1980’s so it was a little trip down memory lane for me!
    Congratulations on your weight loss so far and also on ordering the Pilates TSV. Take it easy to start with if you haven’t exercised for a while but I am certain that you will love how it shapes and tones the whole body and the cardio board is agreat low impact aerobic execise while working on your tum.
    Good luck with the degree
    Julia x

  33. Steven April 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    In answer to your question about the gym, I think I am tomorrow! Need to speak to the girl that organises all the admin side of it.
    Big weekend ahead for our teams. The Gers need 2 points to be sure – so a win in other words. You guys play West Brom On Monday don’t you. It’s on Sky so I’ll have my red n blue scarf on! Then it’s Wednesday after that. Are you going to either game? Good point on Sat for you guys xxxxxx

  34. Annette Roberts April 21, 2010 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Having just watched your Pilates show with Charlie, I now fully understand why you love your Pilates machine. Being totally flat, it would be more gentle on your joints, whereas the Total Gym has to be raised one end in order to use your body weight as the resistance.
    I’ve weighed myself this week and have lost 1lb and am quite happy with that, considering I haven’t stuck to the diet religously. Yes it is harder and takes longer to come off, but as long as it’s going the right way we’ll be alright!
    Speak soon and take care
    Annette x
    p.s. forgot to mention that we have yet another thing in common, my partner is also called ‘Chris’!!!

  35. julia roberts April 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie
    Thanks for the lovely compliments. How amazing that you no longer crave sweet things after the hypno therapy, that will help with trying to shift the extra pounds! I like chocolate etc. but my biggest love is bread, so I’ve imposed a limit on myself of a maximum of 2 slices a day. That way I don’t feel deprived cos I can still have it but in moderation.
    So pleased to hear you are a pliates fan
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Good luck at the gym – I’ll get you on the Pilates machine yet!!! The results went our way last night with Watford losing but the weekend is immense. Fortunately with us playing Monday we will know what we need to do. We usually play well against the better teams so everything crossed. Can’t make either game unfortunately – am on air later in the evening on the final day of the season so hope we can stay up!
    Good luck this weekend – not too much celebrating if you guys clinch it, we don’t want anymore damaged body parts!!!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts April 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Haven’t weighed myself yet this week – I try to just do it once a week or I get disappointed if I haven’t lost anything! Well done on the latest lb – idea: if we put a pound for each lb lost into a money box we could have a nice little treat at the end of it all ………. or maybe give it to charity?
    Say hi to your Chris
    Julia x

  38. Susan April 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for the thought re the 3 strap birkenstocks…have to say I’m not a fan of them though! I’ll still keep a look out though.
    Take care,
    PS I’m so jealous to hear you have a house in Spain…and a 2nd Pilates machine out there too!!! How lucky are you!?

  39. Steven April 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    If you were going to be my personal trainer I’d be on the pilates in a flash. Thats a shame about the games. Fingers crossed though. I am at the game on Sunday so may have a few small ibations afterwards! Take care and good luck with the pound losing. I think you look fab anyway. I’ll try and keep you up to date with mine too if you like!! xx

  40. julia roberts April 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I will ask Nicki LLoyd for any suggestions next time I have a show with her.
    Yes I am lucky to have a house in Spain BUT it has been a long hard struggle to get it all sorted out and I do occassionally wonder if it was worth all the effort (and expense!!!) ……. then I look at the view out to sea and think Oh Yes!
    I don’t use the machine as much as I should out there, but I do swim a lot so I guess that makes up for it?
    much love
    Julia x

  41. julia roberts April 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I’m afraid I would be very strict as a Personal Trainer – there is no such word as ‘can’t’!!!!!
    I won’t go on about the weightloss too much but I will let you all know WHEN I get there!
    Don’t celebrate too much
    Julia x

  42. Paul Smith April 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope you dont mind me saying you are looking very trim at the moment. I asked a few months ago about the leather trousers you used to wear and you said maybe etc etc etc. Just wondering if you would now fit 😉
    kind regards

  43. julia roberts April 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Paul
    Yes I remember you asking about the leather trousers – not yet I’m afraid, although when I’ve dropped another 10lbs maybe…………………..!!!!

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  44. Susan April 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    That would be much appreciated Julia if you could ask re any styles for Birkenstocks to suit my feet! I hope I see the show – don’t always get to! Oh I’m sure the hassle was all worth it with the house in Spain!! As you say, just look out at the view!
    Take care,
    PS Your, Claire and Ali’s blogs re family are great. It’s nice to know we all have similar life struggles to face and come through. We have had similar struggles and on the whole don’t do too badly I odon’t think!

  45. julia roberts April 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I’m glad you enjoyed our mum and daughter blogs …….. I read Ali and Claire’s and you are right. The problems may be different but we all have things to deal with. Just remember ‘that which does not kill you makes you stronger’- never a truer word spoken ( in my humble opinion )
    Julia x

  46. Elaine Marsh April 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Julia, you looked fabulous on Saturday night in that lovely dress while presenting the ‘monkey bags’ (forget the name of dress designer you said) and your weighloss is definitely noticeable(have to admit to a bit of envy here). I have been with QVC for about 15 years and always found you very watchable and informative (giving sizes promptly with fashion). Having retired last year myself and now really needing to do some regular core exercise (like Pilates) you are an inspiration, don’t think I will ever become a vegetarian like you or my son, but maybe will have another go out casting off a few pounds myself thus reducing the need to buy or make bigger clothes …doh!
    Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes
    Elaine, from Suffolk.

  47. julia roberts April 27, 2010 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Hello Elaine
    I was having a bit of a Ronnie Nicholl night, I wore a different style from the range for the Elemis launch later. I think the style I wore for the Kipling show ( the monkey bags!!!!! ) is a particularly flattering cut and is one of my favourites of the moment.
    You did make me smile with your comments, but if you are serious about dropping a few pounds I can heartily recommend the Pilates cardio board and maybe a couple of weeks of Diet Chef ( watch this space towards the end of May – but I didn’t tell you, ok? ).
    Keep being fun
    Julia x

  48. Steven April 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    We’re Champions! Was gutted for Palace on Monday – was sure the one that was cleared off the line was in. I was on my feet! Nail biting day ahead on Sunday. Fingers crossed. A draw is enough but sometimes that can be a disadvantage in a way. Fingers croosed Julia. I sent the forms off for my gym membership today so I can start in the next couple of weeks. Just need to work out how to use it all now lol.
    Good luckfor Sunday again and take care. Mon the Palace xxx

  49. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well Done to Rangers – although it has been a bit of a foregone conclusion for most of the latter part of the season!!!
    Thankyou for supporting my team on Monday – not a particularly good performance apart from Julian Speroni, who once again was OUTSTANDING!!!! By the time this gets posted our fate will be sealed and it is in our hands – I am writing this on Saturday morning and am already feeling very nervous. There is a serious danger that Palace could cease to exist …….. I can’t bear to think about it.
    Please keep EVERYTHING crossed for Sunday, not just your fingers.
    Again Congratulations to you guys
    Julia x

  50. Kim May 2, 2010 at 1:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Watched you today on QVC and you are looking absolutely fantastic – all your hard work is certainly paying off. I noticed your arms have lovely definition and tone – please can you tell me how you have acheived this as for some of us ladies bingo wings are a real problem, along with the tummy area. Has Daniel given you any good exercises you could share and what have you found most effective for these problem areas. You also mentioned on the show that as you lost weight you noticed your face showing signs of slackening – please could you share your secrets for preventing this. Sorry for asking so many questions but you look sensational and are inspiring so many of us QVC watchers to get active. A big WELL DONE from me.

  51. julia roberts May 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kim
    Thanks for the lovely compliments and for recognising that it hasn’t been ‘easy’! I’m really pleased to report I have lost another 1lb so just 8lbs to go now. I have been using my Pilates machine and exercises like ‘hug a tree’ and ‘overhead presses’ really help with arm definition. Daniel also recommended that I wear wrist weights (they don’t need to be too heavy) when I’m walking on the treadmill or doing execises like ‘tricep kickbacks’. I love to swim in the summer and that also helps with the arm definition.
    For the tummy again Pilates is brilliant, particularly the cardio board jumping, but also Daniel suggested ‘bycycles’ where you lie on the floor one knee bent to chest and the other straight out at 45 degrees. You bring the opposite elbow to touch the bent knee as you twist slightly from the waist with the upper body raised from the floor. Then change legs – just a dozen times to start and increasing reps gradually. He is also going to be demonstrating a new ab machine as a TSV on June 10th if you can hang on til then.
    The face – applying my creams in an upward motion around the neck and jawline seems to be helping.
    Hope I’ve helped?
    much love
    Julia x

  52. Steven May 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Well done to Palace Julia! Even I was watching through my fingers near the end! I was at Parkhead last night for my first Old Firm game on enemy ground! The result went against us but we put up a decent show and the backing we gave them was tremendous.
    Hope Palace get the financial side sorted out too and we can both enjoy our Summer. You’ll need to start a World Cup blog – although you won’t get my backing on that one I’m afraid

  53. julia roberts May 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    We certainly made it hard for ourselves didn’t we? Thanks for watching – not the most skilful game in the world, but very exciting.
    Sorry about the Old Firm result but you’ve got to let Celtic win something …….. I think Neil Lennon would be a good manager for them and maybe give you more opposition next season!?
    A World Cup Blog????????????????? What a great idea – wish I was going!
    much love
    Julia x

  54. Steven May 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Julia I know how I felt watching never mind putting myself in your shoes! Yes I suppose we have to let them win sometimes. I know I am biased but we were very unfortunate. Created lots of chances. I hope Lennon gets the job too. As you can imagine he is not exactly my favourite person shall we say! Thought I better tone that down on here! I’m sure Rangers and Walter(maybe Ally McCoist would relish the challenge of a Lennon Celtic team. Gosh – you’ve got me thinking about next season already! Going to Ibrox on Sunday to see the Trophy Presentation and the bus is staying back. Monday off is booked already!
    I look forward to your next blog.
    Take care and keep looking gorgeous – saw one of your shows the other night and all I can say is ‘Wow’

  55. julia roberts May 11, 2010 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I hope your head wasn’t too sore today??? Are you going to support England in the World Cup??? – If the tables were turned I would support Scotland, or any of the other ‘home’ nations taking part.
    Pleased to report I have now lost a stone – only another 6 pounds to go. Did you start at the gym yet?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  56. Steven May 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    No wasn’t too bad at all although the bus journy is a bit of a blur! Always great to see the red white n Blue ribbons round that huge trophy! Heres to 3 in a row next season!
    Support England at the World Cup you must be kidding lol. No seriously I reckon they have a great chance this year. Keeping Rooney fit will be key. A couple of Gers guys will be playing against England in the groups so I’m afraid I’ll be sticking with them! Sorry!
    Funny that I should read that today… I am going for the first time tomorrow to the gym. Been for a look around and have to say it is very good and a lot bigger than I first thought. Just a case of getting to grips with all the equipment now without straining anything!
    Well done on your continued success. I think you look fab. Thanks once again for the reply. I really do think it’s great how the presenters can interact with the viewers. Your not on facebook like a couple of the others are you?
    Long message this one!
    Much love xxxxx

  57. julia roberts May 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Good luck at the gym – just take it steady if it’s equipment you’re not used to! No point hurting yourself!!
    Disappointed you won’t be supporting England – why are you so anti-English?? Even my sister, who is of course English by birth, won’t be supporting the boys. There must be something in the water north of the border!!!!
    No I don’t ‘do’ facebook – only just got the time to keep blogging
    Julia x

  58. Steven May 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Well I’m still alive Julia! Thanks forthe speedy Gonzalez reply! To be honest its the English commentators that do my head in. All we here about is who England will play here and who they will meet in the semis and…. thats before England qualify! The team have a lot to admire about them and as I said previously have a genuine hope of winning it I think. I’m not anti English in general life far from it as I have a lot of English friends. You might be able to change me – after all you had me screaming at the TV when Palace were playing Sheff Wed!
    I’m away for a long soak! I did just take it easy today. Maybe do more of the weights next week. I’m planning on doing 2 mornings to begin with as I have my own exercise bke at home. Do you go to your own gym? I know that you are quite keen on your pilates.
    Keep up the fab blogging. Speak soon
    Love Steven xxx

  59. Pauline Johnson May 16, 2010 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, keep up the good work, I have reached my goal weight of 9 stone so I am well happy , just in time for the holiday season,all we need now is the good weather as we are going to the New Forest for a few days.too much uncertainty about going abroad with all the threatend air strikes and volcanic dust,speak to you soon.
    Regards Pauline

  60. julia roberts May 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    Congratulations on reaching your target weight – I bet you are really chuffed!
    I have now dropped 1 stone 1lb so just 5 lbs to go although I might try and lose a bit more depending on how I look.
    I’m hoping the ash cloud won’t be around in early June as we are going to Spain for my birthday this year … hopefully!!
    Have a good holiday
    Julia x

  61. julia roberts May 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    SOOOOOO glad you are not anti English – I’ll have you cheering the lads on yet!! It was Palace ‘player of the year’ on Saturday and Julian Speroni won it for the 3rd year running – deserved it too.
    Mostly I work out at home – Pilates machine and floor work, but I also have a treadmill and a swingy air walker thing and the gym ball so I mix it up a bit.
    Weights are brilliant – although I only use wrist weights
    speak soon
    Julia x

  62. Steven May 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    I’m going again tomorrow Julia. Getting the bug now lol
    Mr Speroni has been a tremendous signing for you guys. Hows off the pitch looking?
    Keep up the good work with the loss. You are inspiring me!
    Steven x

  63. Mrs Margaret Ngyou May 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well done – congrulations I had noticed that you have lost weight – I am trying to do the same and lost 7lbs since January but am still finding it very, very difficult – I had lost 9 lbs in March while on holiday but now put on 2lbs!! Very, very hard to shift those £ especially when over 60 – need to exercise some more on my pilates machine. Please, please can you inform me of the place where you got those lovely long heart earrings – you wore them on the last hour of the Butler & Wilson show – I have a very poorly aunt Sylvia who has breast cancer and as there is no cure, we are all trying to keep her as happy as possible, she has fallen in love with the earrings and I will move heaven and earth to try and get her a pair. Await your answer with patience and thank you in advance for your help. Love & xxx Margaret.

  64. julia roberts May 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I don’t think we are too far away from a deal now – I think the issue is with how much in the pound the creditors (including Simon Jordan) will accept! It looks quite likely that we will have to sell a couple of players to keep the club afloat and topping the list are Julian Speroni and Darren Ambrose – no suprises there then, but I will be sad to see them go.
    How about Rangers off the pitch?
    Keep it up at the gym
    Julia x

  65. julia roberts May 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    well done on your weight loss too – I think it’s easier when the weather is warmer so here’s hoping for a good Summer.
    I am so sorry to hear about your aunt Sylvia – please give her my love. With regard to the earrings I was wearing, they were a present and I’m afraid I have no idea where they were from. I’m so sorry I can’t help.
    much love
    Julia x

  66. Steven May 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Gym again today! I’m doing well! Still a couple of machines I’m unsure of so going to get someone to show me them.
    Rangers off the pitch?? All sorts of rumour going on about takeovers but nothing concrete. I think its going to be a long summer and we will undoubtedly lose a few of the current team. If a takeover happends we may be able to sign but who knows. Fingers crossed for both of our teams. Least we had a successful end to last season!!!!!!

  67. julia roberts May 24, 2010 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Just found this one as I was checking through – I think the deal has been done with Palace now – it will be interesting to see how many players Neil Warnock manages to lure away to QPR – I know he is after quite few!
    Did you watch the play-off final?? Charlie Adam’s goal was AMAZING! Blackpool in the Premiership ……….. I am genuinely delighted for them.
    Julia x

  68. Kim May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thank you so much for your lovely reply detailing your and Daniel’s secrets to slimming success – it was so kind of you both to take the time and with so much detail. I will definitely look out for the new ab machine on the 10 June. I have recently purchase a Pilates machine from QVC but have been unwell and unable to use it. I will make sure I use it now I am feeling better; especially with the exercises you recommend. I am definitely going to start applying my cream in an upward motion around the neck and jawline and am looking forward to Decleor’s TSV on Sunday. A big ‘Well Done’ for another 1lb. Many thanks once again for your lovely reply I am off to put it into practise. Keep up the good work – you are a joy to watch and a wonderful inspiration to all of us trying to shed the pounds. Kim x

  69. Steven May 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just remembered this one too! Yes I did watch the play off final and like you I was delighted for Charlie. Must admit I was one of the ones that gave hims dogs abuse at Ibrox but he has been a revelation since moving South. He can be such a frustrating mix of genuine World Class passages of play like his free kick to trying a ludicrous effort from halfway! I think thats just Charlie Adam!! Take what you get type of thing. Cant see Blackpool surviving but Ian Holloway has done a remarkable job. They are an inspiration to teams like Palace. You never know a year from now we could be talking about Palace going up – why not??!!
    Thanks again for taking such a keen interest in my posts. Really appreciate it and it also means that we(Qvc viewers) are more likely to reply in other threads to you. Personally thats how I see it anyway!
    Hope you enjoyed the weekend weather. Or were you working? It was even scorching in Scotland! I was practising for my holiday. Apparently its only 70 days now till we go! Can wait

  70. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Kim
    I hope you are feeling better now?? Take it easy to start with on the Pilates machine – just a few minutes a day, particularly as you have been poorly.
    I am also looking forward to the Decleor TSV – I am launching it with Fiona Saturday into Sunday. Have you ever tried the Aromessence Excellence and the neck cream? Both favourites of mine and I also love the newly formulated sun products.
    Just 3lbs to go now but only 2 weeks to shift it so willpower and extra exercise required I think!
    keep well
    Julia x

  71. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I just replied to the other post so I’m a bit out of synch now! Thanks for your optimism re Palace ………. you never know!?!?
    I wasn’t working last weekend and was so tired after a busy time at work that I spent 3 days on a sun lounger dozing and reading John Grisham’s ‘Playing for Pizza’ – a good read!
    Batteries recharged I then spent 2 days doing all my tubs and hanging baskets so the garden looks pretty now.
    Where are you going on holiday?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  72. Steven May 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I’ve got about 3 different conversations going with you! I’ll need to give you my email address at this rate! Actually might not be a bad idea! I am going to Bulgaria in August for 2 weeks. I’ve never been before and we usually end up going to Spain or Tenerife so this will be something different. Apparently its cheap out there for a lot of things. Have you got any hols planned? I could fit you in my suitcase if you like lol
    As of said before thanks again for your many replies and taking the time to write. I certainly appreciate it
    Take care
    Steven xx

  73. pauline brown May 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I am 73 years young, been on a cruise, put on weight (5lbs) cant lose it!! willpower gone! I do suffer from osteo arthritis so exercise is difficult for me how can you advise me to get “Stuck” in with a diet, suggestions please, even though I know I have to lose these pounds I just cannot get myself into the diet doctor tells me I have to as I also have high cholesterol but need a massive p u s h!!! thank you Julia you look amazing kindest regards Pippa

  74. julia roberts June 1, 2010 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I’ve never been to Bulgaria but I think I am still way too heavy for your suitcase!!!!!
    I am going on holiday on Saturday for near enough 2 weeks – just back in time to present one of the Butler and Wilson shows on June 18th. Just going to Spain but am looking forward to being away for my birthday and to watching lots of World Cup footie!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  75. Kim June 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    It’s lovely to be ‘in comment’ with you; especially as I was not really expecting you to reply if I am honest. I was thinking of you on Friday -I went to a concert at the 02 (with my son) via public transport and spent most of the time either running for the train or dancing – I think this would be a great way to shift your last 3lbs. I am sure you will make it. As I tune in and out to QVC I don’t know if you are losing weight for a special event?? Daniel and Sophie must be very proud of you because you have achieved what you set out to do and look so beautiful. I have cast my vote for Sophie and hope she is chosen for the calendar.
    The Decleor TSV is fab. I have only ever tried sample sizes of the Aromessences so this will give me a chance to try Iris on a long term basis at a fabulous price and with no P&P. I have not tried the neck cream yet but will when I have finished my current cream. I tried Decleor after you mentioned on one of the shows that you always use the body lotion and hand cream so I tried them both and system corps has to be the best body lotion I have ever tried and the hand lotion is great for daytime use. I can’t wait to try the thicker texture of the new cream and no parabens. Sadly ill health plays havoc with skin and hair. I have long hair (same length as yours), wavy, but fine in texture. It is naturally a golden colour but sadly a few grey hairs are creeping in now which I really hate. I use Philip Kingsley intensive conditioner but even this does not seem to be working for me at the moment. Any suggestions gratefully received as your hair always looks in such wonderful condition.
    I know you love your football so I expect like me you are looking to see who has made the England team. If all the gossip is right Theo Walcott has been left out which is a BIG surprise. He is such a talent.
    Hope you have a lovely holiday. Kim

  76. Steven June 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have a great holiday Julia. It’s always nice to get away xx

  77. julia roberts June 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa
    That’s the trouble with cruises isn’t it there is always so much yummy food around. Imagine how much weight I put on when I was on the ships for 6 months!!!
    Now I am not an expert, but if you could just increase your activity a little – maybe an extra walk each day or a little bit of yoga or pilates under instuction it could help – you should speak to your doctor first though.
    Did you get the Diet Chef TSV at the weekend? The 2 week programme is a great kick start I’ve found. I’ve every faith that you will be able to summon up your willpower.
    Thankyou for your lovely comment
    much love
    Julia x

  78. julia roberts June 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kim
    I hope you enjoyed your concert in between all the running and dancing!! – who did you go to see? I have lost another 1lb so just 2 to go to my original target which is supposed to be in time for my birthday next week. Thanks for voting for Sophie – I’ll keep everyone posted.
    Glad you liked the Decleor TSV and that you like systeme corps – I think you will love the new richer formula, I do.
    Have you tried the Philip Kingsley elasticizer – I use that sometimes or the Ojon treatment.
    I am really looking forward to the World Cup and cos I’m on holiday will able to watch loads of the matches!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  79. Kim June 3, 2010 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    We went to see the Black Eyed Peas at the 02.
    My Decleor TSV has arrived today so I can’t wait to try all the products; especially the new ones.
    I can’t think of a better birthday present to give yourself – you look fab – WELL DONE. Hope you have a lovely day. Enjoy your holiday and the football. Fingers crossed – come on England!! Kim x

  80. Joanne Milsom-Taylor June 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You always look so fantastic my husband is always saying how attractive you are its the only time he will watch QVC!!!!!
    Good luck with your weight loss I have lost a stone and half since November so I know how hard it is especially when you like your food like I do!!!
    keep up the good work
    Jo xx

  81. julia roberts June 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kim
    I bet that was a great gig they are so talented and versatile!
    Birthday just a day away now and I will be indulging in a small piece of home made birthday cake, so I will have to put in a few extra lengths of the pool!!!!
    Looking forward to the footie – like you say, Come on England!!!
    much love
    Julia x

  82. julia roberts June 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jo
    Thanks for the lovely compliments and congratulations on your weightloss too. It’s not easy is it, but I think it gets easier when you can start to see the end result and when your clothes start feeling way too big!
    Big hug for hubbie
    Julia x

  83. Jackie June 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congrats on your weightloss. Since end Sept last year I’ve lost 22lbs and still going, despite reaching my target at Weightwatchers (I don’t have to pay now!). Need to tone up a bit though and the pilates machine sounds great. I have a running machine (for walking in my case) and WiiFit – it’s just finding the time! Loved your Butler and Wilson show last night. Your my husband’s favourite! He only has to hear your voice and he’s glued to the screen! It’s great to be able to fit into old favourites isn’t it but sad to have had to send some things to the charity shop!
    Enjoy your hols! We’ve just returned from Majorca!
    Best wishes,
    love Jackie x

  84. julia roberts June 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Well done on your weightloss too – it’a actually quite liberating isn’t it. You know years ago, about 9 months after Sophie was born I was the main feature in the Weightwatchers TV commercial, and the Sun newspaper did a week long feature too. It does work, as does Diet Chef, it’s just remembering the good habits you’ve learnt.
    Glad you enjoyed the Butler and Wilson show and hope you enjoyed Majorca – did you get the 2 days of rain?
    Hug for hubbie
    Julia x

  85. jenny July 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Julia, just seen you on QVC today 30th july and i must say you look amazing,well dont to you,!!

  86. julia roberts August 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jenny
    Thankyou for your lovely compliment – You girls ( and boys ) have really kept me motivated with your great comments.
    Julia x

  87. Maria Mlodzianowska September 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    I am very impressed with Julia’s weight loss. \I have returned to my pilates machine and love the exercises and the board – a good work out. BUT weight is not really shifting – maybe I should try one week of Diet Chef again – just for portion sizes. Need to lose …. oh well, I’ll keep that to myself. You are my inspiration right now though!

  88. Jackie Ruffoni January 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Must get the pilates machine out again, if I can find the space. Does your son do Bootcamp for anyone, and is there a website?
    Jackie R x

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