The TV and Radio Presenter 41 Explains How Giving up Booze Helped Change Her Life

Do you have a personal trainer?

‘I had one to help me lose weight after I had my daughter, Nelly (3). I gained four stone during my pregnancy and afterwards struggled to lose the weight. Sleepless nights meant I had no energy and I was in a rut. My trainer taught me lots of bodyweight exercises and I quickly returned to my pre-baby weight. Now I maintain it with Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis DVD (tracyandersonmethod. com).

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Nelly dances with me and loves the stretching exercises. I did it every day in the run-up to the Baftas – and as a reward I went home and ate cake! I have a treadmill and a crosstrainer at home, so I use those too.’‘I had one to help me lose weight after I had my daughter, Nelly (3). I gained four stone during my pregnancy and afterwards struggled to lose the weight. Sleepless nights meant I had no energy and I was in a rut. My trainer taught me lots of bodyweight exercises and I quickly returned to my pre-baby weight. Now I maintain it with Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis DVD (tracyandersonmethod. com). Nelly dances with me and loves the stretching exercises. I did it every day in the run-up to the Baftas – and as a reward I went home and ate cake! I have a treadmill and a crosstrainer at home, so I use those too.’

Are you active as a family?

‘Norman and I take the kids on bike rides. Nelly has a seat on my bike and Woody (12) has great fun. I’ve also arranged for Woody and I to have tennis lessons. He’ll probably be totally embarrassed by his mum’s lack of skills‘Norman and I take the kids on bike rides. Nelly has a seat on my bike and Woody (12) has great fun. I’ve also arranged for Woody and I to have tennis lessons. He’ll probably be totally embarrassed by his mum’s lack of skills.

What are your diet rules?

‘Breakfast and lunch are my healthy meals of the day. I normally have eggs or some porridge and nuts in the morning, then I won’t eat until lunch. I avoid sandwiches as much as possible, if I have bread at lunchtime I want to sleep the rest of the day, which isn’t good when you’re on early evening TV! My trainer told me about the importance of eating protein with every meal. I carry a tin of California almonds* around in my handbag and in my jacket pockets! It stopped me reaching for the cakes when I was presenting It Takes Two.’What are your diet rules? ‘Breakfast and lunch are my healthy meals of the day. I normally have eggs or some porridge and nuts in the morning, then I won’t eat until lunch. I avoid sandwiches as much as possible, if I have bread at lunchtime I want to sleep the rest of the day, which isn’t good when you’re on early evening TV! My trainer told me about the importance of eating protein with every meal. I carry a tin of California almonds* around in my handbag and in my jacket pockets! It stopped me reaching for the cakes when I was presenting It Takes Two.’

How do you stay healthy?

‘Cutting out booze [in 2009] has made the biggest change to my physical and mental health. I no longer wake up in the morning full of self-loathing. I used to laugh when people asked me if I’d donate my organs, but I love the thought that my body has been able to regenerate itself after all the abuse I put it through in my 20s and early 30s. My attitude towards my body has completely changed now; you have a responsibility to yourself to make sure you stay as healthy as possible, especially when you have children. Although when I’m out with friends I love the occasional boozy dessert!’How do you stay healthy? ‘Cutting out booze [in 2009] has made the biggest change to my physical and mental health. I no longer wake up in the morning full of self-loathing. I used to laugh when people asked me if I’d donate my organs, but I love the thought that my body has been able to regenerate itself after all the abuse I put it through in my 20s and early 30s. My attitude towards my body has completely changed now; you have a responsibility to yourself to make sure you stay as healthy as possible, especially when you have children. Although when I’m out with friends I love the occasional boozy dessert!’

Do you look after your skin?

‘Yes, because I’ve done a lot of damage to my skin over the years. I used sunbeds and smoked for 10 years so it’s about damage limitation now. The creases above my top lip look like a moustache! I love facials by my beauty guru Debbie Thomas (debbiethomas.co.uk). She uses red light therapy and dermabrasion to help my prematurely ageing skin. I tried Botox once on my forehead, but it was pointless because I have a fringe so you couldn’t tell the difference! Cosmetic surgery is like a game of snakes and ladders – you look younger for a short time but then it wears off and you look even older. Debbie introduced me to SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF Gel (£150 for 30ml; dermacaredirect.co.uk), which is packed full of antioxidants and I use it under my make-up.’Do you look after your skin? ‘Yes, because I’ve done a lot of damage to my skin over the years. I used sunbeds and smoked for 10 years so it’s about damage limitation now. The creases above my top lip look like a moustache! I love facials by my beauty guru Debbie Thomas (debbiethomas.co.uk). She uses red light therapy and dermabrasion to help my prematurely ageing skin. I tried Botox once on my forehead, but it was pointless because I have a fringe so you couldn’t tell the difference! Cosmetic surgery is like a game of snakes and ladders – you look younger for a short time but then it wears off and you look even older. Debbie introduced me to SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF Gel (£150 for 30ml; dermacaredirect.co.uk), which is packed full of antioxidants and I use it under my make-up.’

Which celebrity do you admire the most? ‘

I saw Jennifer Lawrence at the Baftas and she is gorgeous, but I prefer to aspire to women like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench. I want to be a classy woman like them at their age. They’re great examples of older women who know how to dress for their age without succumbing to a twinset and pearls!’Which celebrity do you admire the most? ‘I saw Jennifer Lawrence at the Baftas and she is gorgeous, but I prefer to aspire to women like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench. I want to be a classy woman like them at their age. They’re great examples of older women who know how to dress for their age without succumbing to a twinset and pearls!’

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