Healthier by the day!


So many of you wrote to me in response to my last blog about my mum and her remarkable bouncebackability. I read every single message out to her and they really touched us both. I had begun replying to all the lovely messages… but then they kept coming! I’m afraid I don’t think I will be able to keep up. Please know that every single comment is appreciated, just like every tweet. We were so surprised by all the messages on Twitter and this blog. Many of you have been through similar experiences and we were humbled that you cared enough to share with us and I must admit to shedding more than a few tears for you, too. Very moving all round.

I thought I’d share with you how we are getting on. I’m writing this on Sunday in between my shows on my second day back since Miniongate. It’s lovely to be back at work and I work with the best people you could ever hope to meet. As I arrived backstage yesterday I was greeted with hugs and kindness; I feel so blessed to know this fabulous lot – they’re amazing.

So, mum’s first day at home on her own for weeks… she did really well. She managed to sit at her desk for the first time in weeks and catch up on some emails. It may sound like nothing but it was a big leap forward as she’s barely been able to walk a few yards without becoming very puffed out. She was up really early with me (I had to leave by 6am for work) so I was able to get her breakfast, line up all her meds, make a flask of hot water so she could top up her drink without getting up or having to lift the heavy kettle, put the house phone, mobile phone and TV remotes next to her on the sofa, make sure she had snacks and asked if it was possible to wait for me to get home for a late lunch. She was fine with that. She wears a pendant with a ‘panic button’ in case of emergencies so I virtually hoopla-ed it round her neck before whizzing reluctantly out the door!

I tried calling mum in between my shows and kept getting an engaged signal and thought not too much of it as she likes to chat but then when I came off air I still couldn’t get through and there was no reply on her (quite new) mobile phone. I started to panic a little. To top it off my one hour journey took me two hours as I was stuck on the M25, constantly trying to get mum on the phone when I finally got through… and she was fine!

She had somehow turned the mobile on silent so didn’t know it was ringing. She had answered the house phone and thought she had hung up but hadn’t hence the engaged signal. Luckily she had gone to put the phone on the cradle to charge and that’s when I got through! Phew! Such relief. Today I called her and got straight through and she’s doing great so I’m happily writing this now.

I’m sure some of you are aware of my weight loss journey with the lovely Christianne Wolff and her Body Rescue Plan. If not feel free to browse back through my blog and find out how I lost 3 stone and ended up in the Daily Mirror. I have tried many diets and just find this works for me as a way of life.

During my house building I had sometimes fallen by the wayside. It was tough without a kitchen and with such a heavy workload of house building, project managing and my day job to keep it all going, on many occasions, I’m afraid to say, I would just grab what was quickest and that often meant fast food.

I put around a stone and a half. Of course I was still healthier than when I had started but I noticed I didn’t feel so great when I wasn’t making healthier choices. When my mum had her setback and ended up intensive care it was a wake-up call for me, too. My mum doesn’t mind my saying this but weight has played a part in some of her poor health and one of the reasons they felt the odds weren’t stacked in her favour when she went downhill. Amongst other ailments mum is diabetic. I stayed at her house while she was in hospital and looked at all her foods, sugar in just about everything. Even stock cubes and chicken! Mum was really surprised, too.

I gave mum the choice when she returned home. “Mum, you know I love you and I’m happy to do whatever makes you happy. It’s your home and your choice. I can make you the meals you’re used to even though we’ve established they’re not as healthy as you may have thought. I’ll be preparing my own food in line with Christianne’s plan. I would love to share it with you. I don’t ever want to have to see you in hospital again like I have now and I believe we can raise your chances of keeping out of there through diet. I don’t want to end up in that situation myself, and this has given me the motivation to get going again. What do you think?”

Well, I was very surprised but she decided to go for it with a few compromises as treats now and again. I’m delighted and so is she! We have both lost around half a stone in a couple of weeks! Yay mum! It’s about health, though, not the looks. It’s about education and healthy changes for life and we are enjoying it!

Christianne and her husband, Robbie, host wellbeing and detox holidays. I popped onto Facebook the other day and saw that she has one coming up from October 1st-4th. It’s a complete wellbeing package including mountain walks, yoga, meditation, nutrition, fresh nutritious foods prepared at the villa in Portugal. I haven’t been away for over a year and half – any holiday time I’ve had has been spent working on the house apart from the odd day here and there, and I’ve had more stresses over that time than I care to admit.

I spoke to mum about it and she said I should go. That’s five weeks from now and the health professionals feel mum will be independent well before that, so I made a big decision (for me) and went for it! I know it may seem an indulgence but, actually, I feel it’s necessary for me to have a few days to recharge, re-energise, connect with likeminded people and get some sunshine, too!

Christianne is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you want to find out more about this. Her website is and well worth a look as she has lots of helpful videos there, too. I’d love to know if any of you are going in October, it’d be fantastic to share the experience with you. It is an investment, though, and if it’s not something you can stretch to right now I’d highly recommend her book which we sell at QVC, The Body Rescue Plan.

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She has written a new recipe book based on the Detox part of the plan and the food is delicious! We are hoping to get that here at QVC very soon but here’s a recipe I made for me and my mum yesterday from the book. It’s cod steaks with courgette and tomato bake. Soooo yummy and really filling, too.

Anyway more on that another time… right now I’d like to finish with a cute thing my funny brother, Mike, did. He sent me a pic of him with a little caption saying “I saw mum’s cool walker and just had to have one!”. He works in construction in the States hence the machinery surrounding him so goodness knows where he found the walker! I just thought it was adorable and mum laughed when she saw it. Welcome to my crazy, silly family! Adorable pair of nutters, I think, but then I am biased.

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Once again, thank you for all your support and well wishes. Just a reminder if you don’t know, I love keeping in touch here and on Twitter but I don’t accept Facebook requests except from close friends and family otherwise I find it hard to keep up with what they’re all up to as I’d have too many different people on there. I hope you understand, if you’ve sent a request, why I keep it separate.

Wishing you all good health and happiness always.

Lots of love,

Catherine xxx


  1. John Clinton August 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Thats good news catherine

  2. Alison August 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    It’s great to hear that your mum is doing so well Catherine. You must have been so busy and stressed out that you really do deserve a holiday and a chance to unwind. I hope your mum goes from strength to strength and you have a lovely break when you go to Portugal. Best wishes Alison

  3. Pebbles August 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Oh a week in Portugal sounds perfect and just what you need – wish I could come too. Glad your mum B is feeling better by the day too xx

  4. Anna Nowak August 25, 2015 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, I am so excited to learn that you too are going to Portugal. It was you who inspired me to think about a different way of eating and Christiannes plan, I bought the book and felt it was so right for me. So thank you, look forward to meeting you. I too have had various pressures in my life so it will be nice to have some me time.x

  5. Sandra August 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Great news Catherine

  6. Hilary Ware August 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh Catherine, I have just read both blogs. What a terrible yet uplifting time you have had. I too have stated into that abyss so have an idea how you have been feeling. All credit to you for your fortitude and I am thrilled your brave mum has pulled through. Keep going, with love and prayers, Hilary xxx

  7. Michael August 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi catherine , ive been a fan for years although only just turned 30 and with not being a fan of evil social media this is only way i can contact you but think your amazing and caring as this blog proves

  8. Natalie Hollern August 25, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    I have only just read your blog so just wanted to send you and your mum a big hug, you have been through such a tough time but both sound like tough cookies who will get through it together. Well done to both of you on your weight loss so far, and to your mum for embracing a healthier lifestyle. It is hard to watch your parents go through illness, especially when they end up in intensive care. We have been there a few times with my dad who luckily pulled through and is still keeping us on our toes. I think the retreat sounds perfect and not extravagant at all, a few days a way to recharge and refocus sounds perfect, so I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing time. My twin sister and myself met you at this years Beauty Bash and we were tasking to you about our health troubles and you were so lovely and inspirational, so I wanted to say we are both thinking about you, your mum and family. Sending your mum healing thoughts and sending positive thoughts to you both. I will keep you in my thoughts as I meditate later.
    Natalie xx

  9. mary murphy August 25, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy your holidays its important that you keep well toox

  10. Dee August 26, 2015 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    Portugal sounds perfect, you always seem so happy and carefree on tv, shows what good actress you are!

  11. Jackie Elliott August 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    So glad your Mum is continuing to do so well. You really are a very caring daughter. Enjoy your holiday and don’t feel the least bit guilty or indulgent. It sounds as if it is very much needed….and deserved. Don’t forget if you don’t recharge and relax you’ll get ill and then where would your Mum be? Or us viewers for that matter – we miss you when your not on our screens. QVC doesn’t feel like a selling machine, it feels like a family having a lovely chatter 🙂 Take Care

  12. Heather Herbert August 27, 2015 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    I am so pleased to read of your Mom’s on going recovery. I too have been dealing with an unwell Mom, unfortunately she lives in Canada so it’s more difficult for us. I hope to be able to continue to read about your Mom progress and your well being. Do take care. Best wishes to you and your family.

  13. Diane gilbank August 30, 2015 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    Just read your post about your mum and you have been so strong and gone through so much, don’t ever think your break in October is an indulgence!! With what you have been through it is vital to nourish and take care of yourself! You have kept so many plates spinning for so long, and taken care of your mum whilst still working. I would say you are superwoman! I am sure your mum agrees. Lovely to see you with Anna griffin and craft again. I miss craft on qvc.
    Anyway you take care and well done for getting through a very very scary time. Lots of love diane xxx

  14. Susan September 3, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    My my you are just a gem. I am so pleased your mum is recovering. I just read your last blog about her. What a scary time all by yourself. So glad your sister was with you for a little of it. You are so wonderful coping like you have. It’s so full on caring truly properly full time for so long like you have. Well done and there is no one who deserves a break more than you. How have your kids been through it all? Enjoy your quiet break and sit in the sun for some heat! X

  15. Mandy Du Rose September 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    So very pleased to hear your mum is doing so well Catherine. You are remarkable fitting in work and caring for your mum and if you have put on a little weight its a small price to pay to have your mum well on the road to recovery. You will I know get back to the healthy eating plan and it sounds like to you have already started. If people have never had a weight problem they dont understand what it is like. I myself have always fluctuated and now find myself well on the road to a permanent way of life and eating healthily. Having lost just over a stone I see the amazing difference it has made. I love reading your blogs love and hugs to you and your mum. Mandy xx

  16. Maureen Green September 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear that your mum is doing so well. She’s lucky to have such a caring daughter looking after her too. It must be a lot for you juggling between work, your new house and your mum. Don’t worry about putting on a little weight you will soon get that off!!! Now you have decided about your holiday you will focus on eating healthily again. Keep us updated about your mum and give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery. Much love Maureen xx

  17. Kathleen boddy October 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi so pleased your mum is up and about again she’s looking well.must say Catherine your brother is very handsome good to see you back,your looking well.take care and regards to your mum xx

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