A party… and lots of shoes!

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Hi all,

Can you believe this is my fifth year at QVC? No, nor can I – it’s definitely true that time flies when you’re having fun. Both Chloe Everton and I joined the company as presenters in 2012, and QVC very kindly likes to celebrate staff milestones, so last week we both joined a group of others from the ‘Class of 2012’ for a lovely dinner at a riverside restaurant in Richmond.

I popped round to Chloe’s house on the way (for a small aperitif!) and had a cuddle with her gorgeous dog Teddy (he’s a licky kind of dog – see photo!). We had a lovely evening. I feel very lucky to work for such a great company, and with such wonderful people. Roll on our ten year dinner!

I’m feeling somewhat better now than I did when I wrote my last blog as the steroid injections I had in my lower spine two weeks ago have started to kick in. The pain I was having down my leg which woke me up every night has eased, so I’m sleeping better which in turn makes everything easier! The pain in my lower back is about sixty per cent better too, and apparently the injections take up to three weeks to take full effect so I’m hoping for further improvement. The idea of this temporary pain relief is to give me a ‘window of opportunity’ to have lots of therapy and do lots of back strengthening exercises which should hopefully leave me in better shape when the effects of the injections wear off.

So far I’ve had one hydrotherapy session (which I didn’t really enjoy, and didn’t feel really helped me much), ongoing physiotherapy (which is brilliant – my physiotherapist is fabulous) and am having some one-to-one Pilates lessons so I can learn the best exercises to protect and strengthen my back muscles. I bought an AeroPilates reformer machine a while back, and I’m so glad to have it now. I haven’t needed any time at all off work, which is great – I’ve been managing to fit all the treatment and therapy into my days off, and work has been perfectly manageable with painkillers.

When I look back to last summer though, I find it amazing that I was doing up to two marathons a week as training for my 100km event. I miss it so much, but I’m trying to get this into perspective – it’s just a bad back after all, and so many people are dealing with conditions and illnesses which are so much worse. Onwards!

For the benefit of my back I’m trying to wear flat shoes as much as possible now (when I’m not at work, or going out, obviously!) so I’ve treated myself to some new funky trainers and flats. And when I was sorting out all my shoes, it struck me what a huge number of Clarks shoes and boots have crept into my wardrobe over the past couple of years. I took a couple of photos – eek! And that’s not even all of them. This brand has gone from strength to strength over the years – we often get styles at QVC that you can’t easily find in the shops, so do check it out on our website.

See you soon!

Love Jackie x

24 Comments

  1. Malcolm Jacobus April 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    My two favourite presenters! Congratulations. 💗💗

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:12 am -  Reply

      Awww thanks Malcolm!
      Love Jackie x

  2. Melissa Lane April 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. So glad you did join Qvc . You are definitely an asset!
    Glad your back is showing some improvement. I have fairly regular steroid injections into bits of me and they do seem to help for a good period of time. I am sure with those and core strengthening, you will soon be back to doing things you enjoy.

    Stay happy, much love, Melissa xxx

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:13 am -  Reply

      Very kind Melissa! Thanks so much, fingers crossed for long term relief for this annoying back!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Susan April 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, glad you and Chloe had a great night out to celebrate your anniversaries. You both look fab! And I love the photo of ted and you!! Which shoes do you find the best for your back by the way?x

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:15 am -  Reply

      Thanks Susan, it was fun and Teddy is adorable! I think Vionic shoes are really good, they improve your posture and seem to help take the strain off your back. There are some really funky styles at the moment too, I have bought several pairs!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Linda April 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Just seen on tv next week, visiting Soham 15 years on.

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:15 am -  Reply

      Is it really 15 years? Wow. It was a dreadful time. Those poor families.
      Love Jackie x

  5. Angela April 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    5 years has flown by. You are one of my fave presenters. Wishing you all the very best with your back x

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:16 am -  Reply

      So kind Angela, thank you!
      Love Jackie x

  6. Lynda lynch April 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Jackie I feel for you I hope you get relief from the injections.
    I have had them I have suffered from sciatica and disc bulge trapping the nerve for 4 years however Feb 17th I had discectomy and decompression back pain gone but sciatica worse I’m hoping this is going to get better. I wish you well love your shows and when your with Chloe it’s even better x

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Oh poor you Lynda, back pain is no fun at all is it? I hope it improves for you. Thanks for the kind comments.
      Love Jackie x

  7. Laurence April 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:18 am -  Reply

      Thank you Laurence!
      Love Jackie x

  8. Mrs Judith Dunster April 20, 2017 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hope your back gets better soon xx

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:18 am -  Reply

      Thanks Judith, very kind!
      Love Jackie x

  9. Jenny Wood April 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Inspirational!!
    Love you two ladies!! Xx

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2017 at 10:19 am -  Reply

      Very sweet of you Jenny, thank you! We love our jobs!
      Love Jackie x

  10. Gillian April 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Wow Jackie, can’t believe you and Chloe have been at QVC for 5 years?Congratulations, you are one of my favourite presenters, especially when you and Carla Lazlo get together! Hope all goes well with the back, I have had prolapsed discs for many years and often suffer from sciatica and constant pain. I have had steroid injections too and seemed to work. Hope you are soon feeling a lot better and in less pain. I love Kinsale too, been there a few times and bought two lovely original oil paintings there which hang in my bedroom. Ireland is beautiful though. Take care, look forward to your shows. Gill X X

    • Jackie Kabler April 24, 2017 at 10:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Gillian
      I know, time flies! Sorry to hear about your back, it’s not much fun is it? I’m hoping mine will continue to improve but I’m quite impatient which isn’t good! Thanks for getting in touch.
      Love Jackie x

  11. Judy harper April 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    I used to run marathons and ended up having up having spinal surgery. Take care and congratulations on your anniversary. You look fantastic.

    • Jackie Kabler April 24, 2017 at 10:53 am -  Reply

      Hi Judy
      Oh dear, that doesn’t sound good…what happened to exercise being good for us, eh? Thanks so much.
      Love Jackie x

  12. Isabel Lawless April 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie you are one of my favourite presenters you always look great and love your hair just now, do you have any extensions in or has your hair grown looks fabulous hope you feel better soon 😊

    • Jackie Kabler May 2, 2017 at 10:50 am -  Reply

      Hi Isabel
      Thank you, so kind! I have extensions at the moment, my hair grows really slowly and I was too impatient to wait!
      Love Jackie x

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