How’s your week been? Mine has been a busy and triumphant one.
My resolve with Diet Chef has paid off. Remember I didn’t lose anything after week two? I lost 2lbs this last week and I am thrilled. The scales tell me I’ve come just under a very significant weight milestone for me – I’ve not been in this range for years! Not going to lie to you though; I am finding it very hard, because – despite the lovely food in the 28 Day Hamper – I struggle to walk past a Greggs or a chippy.
I used to just eat anything I liked, whenever I liked, and the same with beer: so obviously it was all to excess. I’m trying mind over matter to stay strong and remind myself that smaller portions are best, and saturated fat and sugar in extreme amounts are bad for you. One more week on the hamper and then I’ll decide if I will do another month of it. It’s taught me to eat more fruit and veg, and drink lots more water. I’ve developed an insane passion for fresh raspberries (easier on my teeth too!) and I haven’t forsaken wine or beer: just had LESS of it!
I’ve got some exciting beer plans ahead. Writing about beer (www.beerbeauty.co.uk) is a bit of a hobby for me. Beer is a fabulous low-alcohol alternative to wines and spirits, and is a tasty drink for ladies when you find the right one. In the past I’ve arranged and hosted elegant beer-tasting parties for women, and I’m proud to say I’ve converted over 500 women from being staunch wine drinkers into enjoying beer.
Granted, since arriving at QVC and blogging here I’ve had less time, but one thing I did find time for was an article for BEER magazine. It’s the mag that all Campaign For Real Ale members are posted every quarter. This Spring/Summer I made the front cover: all about how beer is often sidelined by wine, the way I’ve championed beer on the telly these last three years, and it has a particular focus on how my appearance on THIS MORNING worked out. So if you or anyone you know is a CAMRA member, tell them Marv from QVC wrote the article!
P.S. Watch out for a BEER & BEAUTY competition coming up on my blog soon!!!
And here are a clip of me with Holly & Phil on THIS MORNING:
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I often mention my wonderful Mum on air and she’s had some fabulous news this week. A potential date’s been set to move her into a retirement village, which she has very much been looking forward to. So we shopped for carpets, a new bed and a new sofa suite. We had a right good giggle testing all the chairs and bouncing on beds. Like a couple of kids, we were.
Fun at QVC
This week I feel like I met something of a soulmate at QVC: Ingrid Tarrant brought along the fabulous Yong Kim tunic TSV. We had a lovely time nattering backstage about our mutual backgrounds in journalism, and Ingrid’s experience working with Nick Owen back in the days of TV-AM. She remembers him with such fondness and they had some fun times. I spent four years working alongside the dashing Nick as a Producer, Reporter & Newsreader at BBC Midlands Today up in Birmingham, where he still presents the 6:30pm weeknight news bulletin! Small world, eh?
Smoothies for charity
You’ll recognise Sharon as one of our regular models on many, many QVC fashion shows over the years. Well, earlier in the week she and the FOR THE LOVE OF JUICE team set up outside our staff canteen. They set up a fresh juicing bar and offered healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies in return for a donation to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, in honour of a good friend of ‘Stretch’ from our Backstage team, who sadly passed away last year. I downed a Carrot & Orange smoothie, and £125 was raised on the day. Fab work, team! I hope they’ll be back soon!
Where you can find me this week!
Monday 3rd February:
9am – Morning Show
10am – Dennis Basson Boutique
11am – Cleaning Solutions
Saturday 8th February
9am – Richard Jackson’s Garden
12noon – Benefit Cosmetics
Tuesday 11th February
4pm – Country Candles
6pm – Richard Jackson’s Garden
Thursday 13th February
5pm – EasiYo yoghurt
6pm – Trinny & Susannah Outlet show
8pm – Anuschka Handpainted Handbags
Don’t forget that when I’m not on-air at QVC, you can find me on Twitter or on my Facebook page. I always love to hear from you about the brands you like on QVC, what you’ve bought from us or anything you want to tell me, so come over and say HELLO anytime!!