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!
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!