Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but before I say anything else, I really want to draw your attention to the Aeropilates Today’s Special Value launching at 9pm tonight and available all day on Saturday, or as long as stock lasts. The first anniversary of my ankle operation is fast approaching (it’s next Friday to be precise) and I genuinely do not know how I would have coped trying to rehabilitate my ankle when I was unable to see my physiotherapist due to Covid-19 restrictions if it hadn’t been for this amazing machine. I’ve had this particular machine, pictured above and slightly different from the Today’s Special Value, for over ten years and you can probably just about make out the cardioboard on the floor under the machine and the pull-up bars. I still use this incredible piece of fitness equipment two or three times a week, so if you work out the cost per use, it is excellent value for money.
And if you’re thinking, ‘well I don’t need it for rehab’, I’ve used it over the years to help me lose weight when combined with a sensible eating programme, to lengthen and strengthen my muscles, and as a stress buster. It particularly came in handy when I had a massive psoriasis flare-up a few years ago. My skin was so itchy, I felt as though I wanted to rip it off and I was often on the point of tears. Instead, I would go into my little home gym and work my body very hard, and my workout always included some Pilates.
There is a definite connection between physical and mental wellbeing, which you can hear Marjolein Brugman, the lady who first brought Aeropilates to QVC, talk about on this week’s QVC Wellbeing podcast. I’m very sad not to be on air this Today’s Special Value this weekend, but even if I wasn’t on annual leave, which I am, it would have been my weekend off. I just didn’t want to completely miss the opportunity to tell you about it though – and remember you have sixty days to try it out at home and see if you fall in love with it!
So, as I mentioned, I am actually on annual leave at the moment. Chris and I often take a holiday at this time of year, in fact, this time last year we were on a beach in Mexico to get my mind and body ready for my operation. Neither of us had a clue that it would be the last time we set foot on foreign soil because of the pandemic!
The reason we always used to try and get away in January is because it’s the anniversary of us starting to live together – forty-three years! Now that we’re married, I thought we would stop celebrating the 19th of January, but Chris had other ideas. He got me these lovely flowers and a card, just as he always has.
I thought I’d share the words inside the card too!
No beach, due to travel restrictions; no champagne because all four of us are doing dry January; no dinner out with all the restaurants closed during lockdown – Chris did cook dinner; no walk and then a nice lunch and not just because I have another book to write, but also because my ankle doesn’t love a long walk yet. I’m happy with just the flowers and a very kind and thoughtful partner!
He’s right about me being busy writing the next book. It’s one of the reasons I’ve taken annual leave, the other is that if I don’t use it, I’ll lose it. My next deadline is February 15th, but prior to that, of course, my new book is published on 27th January. To celebrate, I’m going to be hosting a Facebook Live ‘party’ on my JuliaRobertsTV page at 8pm – we’re planning on a couple of readings from the book, a quiz and a ‘Play Your Cards Right’ game to win a pack of cards with My Mother’s Secret on them… there will also be books to giveaway and maybe chocolates too.
Do drop in and say hello if you fancy it and I’ll also do an Instagram Live at some point during the day if you don’t do Facebook. Our lovely QVC guest, Lorna Ko, has read an advance copy of the book, and she says it’s less of an emotional rollercoaster, more of an emotional earthquake… I think she meant it in a good way.
While on the subject of giveaways, you only have a couple of days left (until midnight on the 24th January) to ‘Spin to Win’ using your order number when you make a purchase. There have been over eight hundred winners, but there are a thousand prizes so there are still plenty to be had. One order number gets you one spin, and a household can enter up to three times a day. And even if you don’t have an instant win, you’re automatically entered into the Prize Draw for £10,000, the winner of which will be announced on Wednesday 27th – good luck.
Just before I finish, I thought I’d share these two photos of the bird feeder in our garden containing the Grumpy Gardener fat balls, this month’s Garden Pick of the Month! Our birds absolutely LOVE them.
They demolished the first four I put out in under ten days, and I’ve since had to put a third lot out – it’s a good job there are so many in the Pick of the Month! My birds also get Richard Jackson bird seed, so they’re spoilt for choice.
Speaking of Richard, he has now started selling new season plants and it reminded me of the amazingly big and fragrant lilies of his that I grew last year – the only downside was that I was on holiday in Devon for most of the time they were in bloom!
I’m back on-air on the 28th, one of my first shows is Liz Earle and then the weekend of the 30th and 31st is Beauty Weekend. I’ll be presenting both of the early morning slots on those days if you’re an early riser.
Until next time.