Rugby, Greek weddings and Diet Chef!


Billy with his rugby trophy Hi all!

I'm so cross with myself. I was doing really well, not exactly sticking religiously to my Diet Chef plan, but certainly losing weight slowly, surely and consistently. Now I've blown it. I put on FIVE POUNDS in one week!! How bad is that??

The touchline munchies

It all started with a rugby tournament last Sunday. Billy was playing (not me!) and I was supporting his team, but not equipped for the unexpected wet weather the day threw at us. 

Kathy out in the rain All the parents were cold and wet (but not miserable, as we played well and eventually won – see pix of Billy with trophy and me looking cold and wet but not miserable!!) so one of the dads nipped off to the local supermarket and came back with hot chicken and French bread, flapjacks, strawberries, doughnuts and even cans of gin and tonic for us all. What a star!

Well, I resisted the alcohol, but hot chicken in fresh bread – no way could I say no. I should have taken a steaming thermos of Diet Chef soup to help resist the temptation – next time I will be prepared.

One day falling off a diet shouldn't be too bad, so where did those five pounds come from?


Colin and Sue on their wedding day My friends' big, fat, Greek wedding

Well, that was later in the week. They came from a big, fat, Greek wedding!
Olley and I were invited to join some special friends at their midweek wedding in Corfu. It was a wonderful excuse for a couple of nights away to catch some end of season sunshine and join in with the celebrations.

The whole day was wonderful, from the fantastic views at the ceremony to the Mamma Mia style arrival by boat at the beachside taverna for the reception.

Colin and Sue arriving at the wedding Colin and Sue have known each other over 20 years, and have lived together in Corfu for some time now. They made a pact that when their project of renovating an old stone village house into a stunning home was complete they would turn their attention to themselves, and get married.

Marriages in later in life – what do you think?

It's a second marriage for both of them, and I think it's wonderful to make that commitment to someone when you're both older. I remember how different I felt once Olley and I had made it clear to the world that we loved each other and planned to spend the rest of our lives together. Making that public statement gave me a very warm and secure feeling. I wonder whether Olley would choose to marry me now, over 22 years later? (He says yes, bless him!)

If you have married later in life, I'd love to hear how it made you feel. Better, more in love, or no different?

Trying to get back in Diet Chef mode

Anyway, back to my suddenly expanding waistline. The food at the wedding was fabulous – all my favourite traditional Greek favourites. It would have been so rude not to indulge!

But that got me into the wrong sort of eating habits and I've not really got back into the Diet Chef groove. I know how well it works as I lost 10lbs in 5 weeks when I first started. So I'm using you as my confession and vowing to get back on track. Julian said to blame the dodgy weighing scales, and Glen told me not to worry, life is full of peaks and troughs.

He's right – without my current trough how could I feel as pleased with myself as I know I will, when I'm blogging to you in a few weeks time about how I've lost pounds again thanks to Diet Chef. As of now, my mindset has returned to Diet Chef mode.

Diet tips and advice

If any of you out there are following the diet too, I'd welcome any advice or tips you may have. I'll be presenting Diet Chef on air again next month, and I'll read out any particularly helpful comments. Losing weight is never easy, but with Diet Chef, I know I'll get there. I hope you do too.

Take care, and don't let the doughnuts get you!

Kathy x


  1. P Johnson October 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, so sorry to hear about your weight gain, I do know how you feel,it seems you are like me, not a lot of willpower when it comes to saying no. To date I have lost nearly a stone in 7 weeks, but I am going away next week for 5 days for a early bird xmas so there is going to be plenty of food and drink, will try my hardest to have smaller portions,and not to many glasses of wine, so wish me luck, will let you know how I get on.

  2. Sally October 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Don’t worry about the few pounds you’ve put on. You will find that if you go back to the diet chef you will start to lose again. The same seems to happen to me. I try to eat healthily over the week and then one ‘normal’ meal and any good that I thought I had done just evaporates. If it’s any consolation you can really see that you are losing weight, so well done and keep it up. Oh I can recommend a good exerices regime that I have found..unfortunately it’s not sold by QVC..but it’s fun, only takes me 18mins a day and it’s working for me.

  3. Mary October 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, first time for blogging you but seeing you on The Morning Show and admitting your weight gain was amazingly brave of you. I am larger lady who has battled ( and still battling) with my weight since I can remember. My twin and I were always known as the fat twins but sport was our saviour and we played county hockey for 3 years during school and swam for a local club. I developed asthma at 17 and have had a deterioration in later life meaning I take high doses of steroids to keep my lungs going! I still face deamons in me that make me feel that I am a fat lump of lard and no matter what my husband or friends say thats how I feel. I only want to be a size 14/16 i will never be skinny but keep battling with Slimming world and have so far lost 2 stone ( lost 4stone 3 years ago but took high doses of steroids for a year and put half back on.)However, I have a wonderfull husband, two great healthy kids and a great family, am I searching for the impossible and feeling a failure fot something that may never happen. You look fab and i like your open ness and honesty Kathy and its nice to see someone on TV who is not stick thin ( meant as a com pliment and not an insult!) Good luck with diet chef, a little too expensive for me though, and hope you get the results you want soon. My tip is small steps at a time, not great big ones that may be too hard to reach. Think I need to take my own advice!Love Mary

  4. rosie October 26, 2009 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    kathy,your hair makes you look so young – even in a rain soaked picture!! rosie x

  5. Mavis Allan October 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Cathy, don’t beat yourself up about gaining a few pounds. As Glen says, life is full of ups and downs. I have had a lifetime of weight problems and am trying to eat sensibly at the moment – NOT dieting! This seems to be working but I know that I am easily led astray and will have to keep focussed. The main thing if you fall down is to put the episode behind you and move on. Just keep going until you feel happy with your weight or have reached the target you set. Your QVC fans are with you all the way. You are my favourite presenter and I enjoy your presentation style very much. Cheers, Mavis

  6. Kathy Tayler October 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear P
    Well done on losing nearly a stone in 7 weeks – that’s fantastic! The hardest thing is finding the balance between enjoying yourself and not blowing everything – and I think a couple of glasses of wine certainly make it harder to make the right decision! But enjoy ypurself you must do, on your early bird Christmas, just make sure you knuckle down again when you get home.
    Have fun, and do let me know how you get on. Good luck!
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy Tayler October 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sally
    Yes, I’d be interested to know which exercise plan has worked for you, even though we don’t sell it at QVC! I’m finding exercise hard at the moment, as I injured my knee way back in June, and I’m still seeing the physio for it. But you’re right about getting back on the diet – I’m already losing weight again. And thanks for saying you notice that I’ve lost – TV definitely adds a few pounds so if you can see then it must be working!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy Tayler October 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mary, really nice to hear from you.
    I identify with a lot of what you’ve said about yourself – struggling with your weight, sporty when you were younger, coping with asthma and sometimes feeling like a failure. But most of all is your tip about taking just a small step at a time. So right. I can add that if you ever take a step back, as I did in Corfu, you just have to get back on track without regret or looking back. Sometimes easier said than done, though!
    Like you, I will never be skinny. I’m a size 16 at the moment, not especially large but humungous in the world in which I work. In TV you’re considered big if you’re a size 12!! If i can get to a 12/14 i’d be really happy.
    What you say about your husband, children and family is the most important message, though. Lose weight so that you can stay as fit and healthy as you can to enjoy life with those you love, that is what this is all about.
    Best of luck
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy Tayler October 28, 2009 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Rosie, on a day when I am struggling with a chest infection and asthma and feeling pretty low, you have MADE my day!! Thanks!
    Kathy x

  10. Kathy Tayler October 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mavis, how full of wisdom you are. Everything you say is true, and I know it, but sometimes it’s hard to follow what you know is right. I am following diet chef in a ‘sensible eating’ sort of way – adding to it or ignoring it when I feel the need or I want to eat with the family. The trouble is that if I’m not careful I’m more off it than on it. As soon as I shake the bug that I’m suffering from at the moment, and have a bit more energy, I’m going to attack Diet Chef for a few weeks and get that feeling of self belief and pride back.
    Thank you for your lovely comments. Just what the doctor ordered!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  11. Sally November 1, 2009 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Just thought I’d let you know that the exercise routine that I have found is the shadow boxer workout. I purchased mine on line from a well known I allowed to say? Well it’s JML!!!!I think you would be ok with your knee, because some of the moves can be done using low impact. Continued success with the weight loss….
    Kind Regards Sal

  12. Mary November 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, hope you are feeling better. I have just come back from a week of high activity at Centre |Parcs with the kids and had a hoot. Took the plunge and braved a swimming costume and went in the paradise pool at night as its was dark and had a real laugh in the rapids but covered in bruises! Roller skated for the first time in 30 years and realised that people are not looking at me because i am big, they have other more important things to think about. Also lost 4 pounds whilst away, was definately all the exercise. Hope you had a good half term. Lots of love Mary

  13. Annette Roberts November 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, being an asthmatic myself I know how difficult it can be and how it interferes with your exercise. I had to have a short course of steroids a few weeks back.
    Since starting Dc on 31 August I’ve lost 1st 1lb and yes I’ve had a few naughties too… we’re all human after all.
    I listen to a guy called ‘Glen Harrold’, for me he is far better than Paul McKenna and isn’t so commercialised. I have his CD’s on my Sansa Clip (QVC of course) and listen at night in bed, his voice I find is very soothing, whereas Paul Mckenna’s, to me is quite piercing. The other thing I do is ‘Kettlebell’ training, which really gets your heart racing and is the quickest fat burner out.
    Good luck Kathy, it will soon come off again!

  14. Antonia November 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I have found the best way to lose weight is to imagine all ‘bad’ foods are poison and how if I eat them I will get fat and flabby which realistically is a complete turn off!! It has worked for me, I lost 3 stone and have kept it off. I suffer terrible guilt if I eat a biscuit though!! Good luck, Antonia.

  15. june ramshaw November 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    hi kathy, i think you should not worry about a few pounds gain, i watch qvc quite a lot, and i have to say you are the best presenter there is. i think i can say i have noticed that you have lost wieght from your face and it realy shows, when you put your hair up it realy shows how well you look, your face glows and your eyes sparkle you are raely looking well, keep up the good work, but only do it if you feel good about it. you are realy looking well and you possitivley bounce on air, you are a real pick me up in the morning. keep up the good work

  16. kathy tayler November 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Sally, thanks for letting me know. I saw the physio again today and I’m finally allowed to do a bit more exercise. 10 minutes on the bike and some strengthening exercises. I’ll have a look for the video you use – it sounds fun, which is the most important thing to make sure you do it regularly. Keep on shadow boxing!
    Kathy x

  17. kathy tayler November 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary
    Thanks for telling me about your half term holiday – sounds brilliant! I filmed at the Lake District Centre parcs for the holiday programme years ago – it was Oasis then – but have never managed to take a family holiday there. Having fun while you’re exercising means you don’t notice that you’re working out. Losing four pounds while on holiday is brilliant – you put me to shame!! It sounds like you had a whale of a time, and I bet the children loved it too.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  18. kathy tayler November 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Well done on losing over a stone so far – that’s great! I’m going to check out this Kettlebell – it sounds interesting. And i might try Glen Harrold, although I’m not always very good at cds – I don’t sit down often or long enough to use them, and 5 just fall asleep as soon as I’m in bed!
    I’m back on track with DC though, will let you know how I’m doing.
    Kathy x

  19. kathy tayler November 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for your tip, Antonia. I will certainly try it – it makes sense in a way as it’s my mind telling me I want food when I’m not really hungry, so I should try to turn it around and use my mind to help rather than hinder me.
    Well done on losing so much weight – and more importantly, keeping it off.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  20. kathy tayler November 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Jane, you say the nicest things!!
    I’m so glad you enjoy watching me in the mornings – I love being on the Morning Show. And I’m back on Diet Chef so hopefully the weight will shift again soon.
    Watch this space!
    Take care, and keep on watching!
    Kathy x

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