Horses with ice water

No resolutions, but a diet revolution!



Is it too late to wish you all a Happy New Year? I can’t believe that we are already almost halfway through January. Hopefully we’ll notice the nights getting shorter soon – it’s still pitch dark when I arrive at QVC for the early shift but I’m sure the afternoons are stretching out a little. And that means that it seems easier to avoid hibernating as soon as I’m home after work and maybe get myself outside for some exercise, or into the garden to plan a vegetable patch for this year, or any of the other projects I might have in mind.

I don’t ‘do’ New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s good to have a few plans to aim for. Some have been regulars in recent years – such as streamline my wardrobe, de-clutter the house in general and get on top of my paperwork with a sustainable system of organisation. The sort of things that get relegated to being tomorrow’s chore in the face of anything more interesting to do, which means the box is never ticked and I always have that feeling of unfinished jobs.

This year I’m going to make a conscious effort to live like there’s no tomorrow! I am really trying to ‘enjoy the moment’ and not stress or get anxious about things that are really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things. Olley and I have already enjoyed a few days out this year –  Sunday lunch in the Cotswolds, a fun adventure by car to Portsmouth and then hovercraft to the Isle of Wight for a lovely walk along the beach and coastal path from Ryde to Seaview and back, and a trip to the New Forest on a cold but stunningly sunny day – I hope you like my photo at the top of some ponies breaking the ice on their drinking water!

Of course, a fairly universal theme for many in January is that of trying to lose some weight. I’ve carried at least a few extra pounds ever since I became a mum in 1991, and lately they’ve settled unhealthily around my middle. This year, though, I’ve done most of the hard work already… a couple of months ago I reached the milestone of weighting less that I have done for over TEN YEARS!

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It’s all thanks to Body Rescue, a system developed by leading celebrity trainer Christianne Wolff (the lovely sister of our equally lovely Kipling guest Marie-Francoise). Christianne is joining us on the Morning Show tomorrow (Friday 16th January) with her book which guides you, step by step, though a 12-week programme. It’s more than a diet – using visualisation, meditation and positive thinking, Christianne tackles the reasons so many of us never quite reach our weight targets.

I plan to lose another half stone, which would take me to my pre-baby weight – my lightest for 24 years! With Christianne’s help I’m confident I’ll get there. If you’d like some inspiration, make sure you join us on Friday. Christianne will be talking to Catherine Huntley who has followed Body Rescue with fabulous results. You can see her stunning before and after bikini shots on her blog, and my slightly-less-dramatic-but-nonetheless-very satisfying-for-a-54-year-old-menopausal-woman ones (I’ve lost over a stone so far!!) right here!

Hope to see you on Friday!

Take care

Kathy x


  1. loraine January 16, 2015 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Kathy well done on your weight loss you look really trim its not easy like you said it seems to settle around the middle I’m speaking from experience nice picture of the ponies I live in the new forest (ringwood) lovely part of the country I keep in contact with Ali Keenan too I know you two are good friends and spend time together both of you seem lovely people anyway good luck with your continued weight loss love Loraine x

  2. Debbie January 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi kathy lovely inspiring blog &pictures love the bit about living for the moment &not stressing about trivial things its so true just wish i could get past that block!!! you look ABSATOOTLEY fabulous well done you you always look lovely but its so great that you are feeling happy &where you want to be keep strong kathy &have a great 2015 .

  3. Denise January 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Well done on your weight loss you are doing brilliantly. I’m finding it hard going at the moment the trouble is I want results quickly and being around the same age as yourself that doesn’t happen any more. I had a minor op on my hand in November and so was unable to go to my classes at the gym then Christmas was upon us and all that that entails so am feeling very unfit. Also like you say weight seems to have appeared around the middle – where did that come from?!! Anyway I need to stop beating myself up.think positive thoughts and get cracking. I saw a saying the other day that inspired me and it was that your Summer body starts in the Winter. How very true.
    Good luck with that last half a stone – you can do it.


  4. Wendy January 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Well done you for your great weight loss, your pictures say it all. You have inspired me to try harder with my new eating habits and exercise regime
    Thank you
    Wendy x

  5. Susan January 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, you look amazing! You always do but I knew you’d lost weight!! I don’t think you need to lose any more but do what you feel is right. How did your chef get on at xmas BTW?! X

  6. Susie January 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, when is Morning Style coming back? It’s the only show I make a point of watching

  7. Janet Gwynn January 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy , well done for your weight lose it helps all us others to try and stick to ours. When will you back with your regular feature on clothes and styles. It was really helpful and very enjoyable. Please bring it back if you can. Janet

  8. Kathy Tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Loraine. Thanks for your message. I must admit to having put on a few pounds over Christmas but I am planning to tackle that before it becomes stuck on me for good. I just need to get my head round it again. Christianne is back on air with me on the Morning Show on February 10th so that will help!
    I’m envious of you living in Ringwood – I love it there but the commute to QVC might be a bit too far…
    Best wishes

  9. Kathy Tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Thanks for your lovely comments. I have to say, although I talk about living in the moment, etc, I don’t always manage to do it! I do try to stay aware of how lucky I am but that doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes feel stressed and fed up. I suppose managing it some of the time is better than never though!
    Hope you get where you’re going…
    Kathy x

  10. Kathy Tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    Thanks for your comments and encouragement – you’re right about not beating ourselves up. Also about not expecting too much, although when the weight loss is slow the battle seems to stretch so far ahead of us, doesn’t it? I hope your hand is now fully recovered, and also that you are beginning to find your summer body!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  11. Kathy Tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy
    Thanks for your comments and good luck with losing weight. Christianne will be back on QVC with her Body Rescue book on the Morning Show on February 10th so perhaps tune in for some more inspiration!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  12. Kathy Tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thanks for the compliment – and don’t worry, there is never a chance of me losing too much weight – I love eating too much!
    Charlie did well, thanks – he fed 14 a traditional Christmas lunch and by all accounts he did a good job. He asked for my bread sauce recipe (which is actually my mum’s) and everyone loved it!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  13. Kathy tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susie
    I’m not sure when Morning Style will be back at the moment. I keep asking and I’m told it will certainly make an appearance again soon, but there’s no definite date yet. Thanks for asking – the more people ask the sooner we’ll be back, hopefully.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  14. Kathy tayler January 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Janet
    I’m not perfect (by a long way) and I have set backs too when I eat something I really shouldn’t have. But I think the main thing is not to give up completely, just get back on track as soon as you can and don’t beat yourself up about it.
    As far as the return of Morning Style is concerned, I’m told it will be back in the spring sometime, but no definite date yet. I’ll keep asking and post here when I know – hopefully not too long as I miss presenting it.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  15. Linda January 28, 2015 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Hello Kathy
    I also think you have done well and look good. I had an email from QVC awhile back asking me If I would like the Morning Style Show back of cause I do!! I love It xx so tell them to hurry up!! enjoy your blogs keep ‘em coming

  16. Kathy February 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    Thanks for saying you’d like to see Morning Style again – the more people who say that, the better chance we have of it returning. I was told today that it will probably run as a series for a few weeks at a time, but no definite date yet. I’ll let you know!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  17. brendamcdonald February 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    well done Kathy on your weight loss you look fantastic keep up the good work your a great presenter x

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