Bikini body blues!


February February February… you're here already! And my bikini body is not!

Still, I now know I have a body… if you read my last blog, you'll know I have eventually committed to pilates and goodness is it good. It's been wonderful to feel every little bit of me, NOT so wonderful to realise that it's a weak, trembly mass.

I have to remind myself that the reason I signed up was for strength and to lesson the hurt that had become a common daily/constant occurrence…

That said, bikini days are looming and whilst the six pack is there (my core is strong, I'm told) there is a delicate matter of a layer covering it. So I'm not sure I shall be posting up the bikini shots in my next blog… unless the light is kind of course!

I'm feeling the need at the moment to spring clean, even though spring is so far from springing. Funnily enough I am about to present the H2O show with Phil Parker and having finally put the H2O through its paces I have enough horror shots of filth and 'yuck' to put you off your food for good… (A-ha! The bikini body will emerge after all!)

It all started when Gus decided that the windfall apples, he had so greedily scoffed, were in fact not to his liking. Why is that he always goes to my doors and proceeds to 'empty' right down the edge of where my rug nestles into the glass doors?…

The rug has tufty bits. The rug has long tufty bits. The rug's tufty bits were well and truly submerged in Gus' tummy contents. SO… off I went, found my H2O and fired it up. Mrs Impatient was satisfied as it was immediate and off I went… it was incredible!

Not only did it blast it all off, it also blasted it out from all the crevices under my door… I am so sorry to be so graphic but, I'm not joking, it was BRILLIANT and I reckon got out all the previous 'emptying moments"' my boy had done!

Now your own tummys are feeling a tad queasy, I shall continue and share the fluff…

This, my friends, was blasted out of my tumble dryer… I know, vile! But fabulously vile! Dog, cat, three children, and a landscaper means quite a lot of filth and fluff is generated… at least when I do succumb and put on the tumble it will dry my clothes and NOT this load of yuck! Money saving… oh yes!











I'm smiling as I write this realising I have not added myself into the equation regarding the filth and fluff…. of course not 'Lady Claire' as Mr Will Gowing calls me!

I must share this little batch of pics with you as I found them so lovely…

Joe and Maddie's school have done some work on heroes  and what the term means to them. Their research made them realise there lies a hero within all of us.

They were asked to collect examples of heroes and then they made a  'hero skin' for their mannequin.

Here is Joe posing by the 'Hero' fresh from swimming hence the snugly onsie!


Hero display









Claire as Wonder WomanImagine how choked I was to see this… Lurking underneath was Joe' s hero! His big brother Tom and then on closer inspection… ME! Well, half me and half Wonder Woman (you can see it in the pic at the top), that's what Joe said I am… Still makes me gulp! 

Also, a little snippet from family life. Tom is currently rehearsing for a dance show at his school. He attends a street dance club weekly and was thrilled to tell us he is doing a duet to Candy Man (Robbie Williams) along with an older student, who happens to be fabulous and wants to make dance his career.

Next thing we know he is instructing his brother and sister and I captured him in action, it was so very lovely to see. We are looking forward to watching and cheering for him when he does the show in April.

Tom and Joe

Tom teaching









Right, bikinis to pack… yes, sunshine beckons… I so hope!

Before you blink I shall be back with you on air on Monday 24th with the Morning Show and then YBF at 10am and 2pm. Will I be in rollers and bare faced? We shall see!

And then on the 25th I've got Fab at 40 and Beyond at 5pm and Lulu Guinness at 6pm.

Until then, it'd be lovely as ever to hear from you and I will be in touch,

Lots of love,
Claire xxxx


  1. Marion Madden February 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Candy Man by Sammy Davis Junior is one of my favourites. Robbie Williams did a fair rendition but Sammy Davis’ version is in my opinion still the best. I admire anybody who can get up on stage and perform. Of course children have not got the inhibitions adults have but when I taught at Sunday school I was in charge of the boys and when it came to putting on plays and concerts the little girls couldn’t wait to get in on the act so to speak whereas the boys were much more reticent. Good luck to Tom and I look forward to hearing all about it in the weeks to come.

  2. Gwen Tugwell February 11, 2014 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Hello Gorgeous Girl,
    Thank you for another insight into your very lovely family,so sweet to see the pictures of Tom giving instructions to his Brother and Sister and to see how much they were enjoying themselves as I’ve said before you must be so proud of them, you and Dan have done such a wonderful job with them, and I know you are a really fun Mummy and Daddy.
    Happy Bikini Days, looking forward to your return,hope the sun shines on you.
    Love Gwen,

  3. Pseu Donym February 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Well Claire, where to start…? Lets start at the bottom and work up! 🙂
    I am mightily impressed with Tom’s part in the dance show. He must have his mum’s flare for dancing and performing! That is hilarious that he got everyone else to join in the practice. I’m sure you didn’t need much persuading too! 😉 I’m glad my sisters never managed to get me involved with their “dance shows”!
    That’s a great idea to get the kids to think of heros as not just the characters in Marvel films, but as people that they meet every day. Love the photo of you, but I must admit I prefer the blonde side! 😉
    I know I shouldn’t but I did find the story about poor Gus rather amusing. I can just imagine you revelling in the thought of getting out your H2O and putting it to good use. If you ever want to give it a good work out, you are more than welcome to come and clean my car as it’s disgusting! (Have we had this discussion before?!)
    So, the bikini body. We both know you have an amazing figure, and now that you have mentioned it yourself, you can’t go away somewhere hot and not post some bikini photos! Seriously, you always look amazing on QVC. I’m sure you’ll wow everyone on whatever sandy beach you care to lie, while sipping your Pina Colada!!
    Thanks again for another super blog post. They are always entertaining.
    Keep spreading the love!!

  4. February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Marion, great to hear from you. I shall find Sammy’s version and play it to Tom! And yes, I look forward to letting you know if he remembered his moves! Have a super week- lots of love C x

  5. Steven February 13, 2014 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Have a great break Claire. I’m off the next week too as I turn 30! yikes scary writing that! Good luck with the bikini bod too. Definitely think you should post weekly updates lol only joking!
    Good to hear Tom is getting on so well. Do you have the next Robbie on your hands
    Take care bikini bod!
    Steven xx

  6. Marie Beglan February 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as always Claire.
    Tell you what for ladies our age a little secret, hurts a bit to start with, but go for the one piece and ditch the bikini!

  7. Claire sutton February 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Back from the hols and it was a treat not to be encased in waterproofs, that’s for sure! We had a lovely chill-out time and I have to admit today I’m a tad yawny, as 5 a.m has not been a part of my day for a bit!!!
    Lots of love/ yawn! Claire x

  8. Claire sutton February 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    You’re a star and appreciated!!
    No pics posted though, that was more because we were hit by the bug and so pictures were a little few and far between! I can confirm though that there are brown and white parts! Just no evidence flying around, as far as I know!
    Speak soon, C x

  9. Claire sutton February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Oh, happy birthday Steven! If I search my memory banks I can recall turning 30 – just! Have a lovely celebration, won’t you!
    C x

  10. Claire sutton February 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Marie, sage advice I’m sure, but I reckon I’ve a few more years in me yet! I reckon lay prostrate and swoop the sarong on and the vital moments! Sorted…worked a treat and everyone’s tummy looks better golden! I’d post a pic, but….!
    Love Claire x

  11. Steven February 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Claire I did. Oh I’m sure you can recall it – after all it must only be a few years ago!
    Take care

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