I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been really struggling this last couple of weeks with the passage of time… I don’t seem to know one end of a week from the next! I guess the best way to look at it is we are already two weeks closer to the end of this difficult time and I am certain, now that the vaccine has been rolled out and people are being protected in this way, things will gather momentum and the restrictions will begin to be lifted.
Talking of time, I happen to be in the process of trying to renew my passport which runs out on the 26th of June this year. For some reason I had kept the passport photograph that was taken on the 26th of January 2011. It was a very strange time for me as I had only been told a week earlier that I had cancer and I really wanted to get my passport renewed in case the worst happened and I needed to travel to see my brother in Australia. How blessed am I to still be here 10 years later and feeling well! I thought you might like to see the two photos next to each other. Apart from looking even more grumpy in the new one it was an extraordinarily accurate way to see the difference in my appearance over the last decade! Were we ever allowed to smile in passport photographs? I seem to remember some years back there is a photo of me looking pretty jolly 😊. To be fair this last decade hasn’t been the easiest for me or for anyone, and I have found it very inspiring to listen to the Mental Health and Wellbeing, Inside QVC podcasts that I mentioned last time on the blog. There were so many interesting stories and ways to cope with difficulties, and lots of positive messages on social media too. I also watched a TV documentary looking at the way we are now living our lives and how we can help ourselves get through it all with exercise and diet.
The Podcast Will Gowing and I worked on will be available from this Monday 25th January and if you fancy a listen, you should be able to find it using this link. It was quite cathartic for me to go back over times in my life when things have been challenging and to see how much better I feel I am at coping with things than I used to be years ago. Some of it was quite difficult and painful to revisit, remembering my dad’s death and my son’s accident, but I guess it’s all a learning curve isn’t it? None of us really know what is around the corner but I hope if you do get the chance to listen some of it will resonate.
Quick question, have you had a chance to Spin to Win in the Great QVC Giveaway? We set this up on 4th January and it finishes on 24th. Over 350 of you have won instant prizes – a diamond bracelet and a Julien Macdonald mirror just a couple of them – and of course if you have taken part you will automatically go into the draw to win £10,000! Anything you buy from us will have an order number and you just use that to enable you to spin the wheel. You can try up to three times a day with three different and current order numbers – so give it a go and be lucky! All the details are on our website here qvcuk.com.
I was lucky enough to have my dinner cooked for me not once but twice this last fortnight by lovely husband! He followed a Gordon Ramsay recipe and made this fabulous beef wellington complete with roast vegetables and delicious gravy. Then he created some spicy red cabbage to go with gammon and mustard mash.
I love a challenge so I came up with a lamb casserole and dumplings! Went down a storm 😊
Suffice to say all this eating has put a few pounds on and so I’ve been trying to spend more time each week not just walking, but also using my AeroPilates reformer. I bought it a couple of years ago and have had great use from it, particularly because I struggle with back pain and my surgery makes upper body exercise for weights very uncomfortable. That’s the great thing about this machine it helps to strengthen muscles, improve your posture, flexibility and balance but it enables you to customise the exercises to suit your needs. It doesn’t matter what age you are, whether you’ve exercised all your life or never exercised, you can make it work for you.
With all the gyms closed at the moment and little opportunity to exercise other than outdoors or at home you may well be pleased to know that for the first time ever we have the AeroPilates 4 Cord Reformer 435 and a complete DVD Library (401348) on FIVE interest-free instalments.
It’s launching at 9pm tonight and will cost you £79.99 with the first pay and you’ll automatically have 60 days in which to try it! If you don’t get on with it, we will come and pick it up. Our full price is £399 but it would cost you £649 direct from AeroPilates so we’re saving you £242.05. It comes complete with the rebounder – a kind of vertical trampoline – that I have found absolutely brilliant for working my tummy and leg muscles. I know for a lot of folk it’s the thought of setting something like this up, and then where to store it but it arrives almost fully assembled so all you need do is attach the wheels and the risers and then it folds down flat enough to go under a bed, behind a door or in a cupboard. I do hope it might be something you’d find useful.
It’s going to be a busy weekend for me as I’m working both Saturday and Sunday and as well as demonstrating the AeroPilates, I will be getting the chance to show off the brand new Dyson Red Supersonic Hairdryer. It comes in the most fabulous red presentation case and has all the attachments – what do you think? Not just pretty but a great drier too and with lockdown continuing and no hair salon to visit I need all the help I can get!
Before I go, I just wanted to recommend a wonderful book I have been listening to; it’s called The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – such a clever idea and beautifully written. It’s all about being given the chance to choose another life path – making different choices and changing your future – I’m loving it.
On TV, Bridgerton on Netflix is perfect for a spot of escapism and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying Rick Stein’s journey around Cornwall – great scenery and great food too.
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments last time and I look forward to hearing how things are working out for you at the moment. Take care, stay safe, stay well and I’ll see you soon.
With my love,