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Show 2 Blog. Exercise, mindset, relaxation and what ARE you hungry for? Plus liking yourself a bit more!
10 January 2014

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Hi all! Got to say the first Back to You last Monday night received some fab reactions from you and the members of the Facebook group 'Back to You QVC'. (Just click on the blue bits to read more!) Plus if you missed it, Monday’s show (3rd) can be watched here.

Have had some wonderful sharing messages, making it obvious how many people are loving having this support system. Here are a couple of them (details tweaked to provide anonymity where necessary) –

thank you for starting BACK TO YOU QVC it's good to see that you are not the only one with problems, I lost my hubby in June I had been with him since I was 14 years old and we had been married for 44 years he was only 64 so I love being able to talk to all the girls as I sit here at night by myself and just comfort eat I was in a rut but I feel that this is starting to help me so thank you again looking forward to next Monday.”  - Facebooker 1 on direct message.

“Thanks so much for all this really interesting and helpful info.
I read about Till the Fat Lady Slims on Debbie's QVC blog last summer and I bought the kindle version, read it from cover to cover, it was brill and helped me not to overeat on holiday, I'm going to read it again. Debbie's honesty in talking about herself and food is awesome. The book really made me think about what and how much I eat and when. I've never been able to follow a diet, just too restrictive for me, and the book says you don't have to strictly diet to lose weight, yeah, I know, but it's true, just read it. 
Enjoyed the show this week and hope it will continue for more than 4 weeks.”
– Mary-Rose Harris on Facebook group

Many more starting to report their weigh-in has been successful, or tips and hints for all kinds of issues. So thanks to all of you – new or previous readers – and do feel free to contribute by leaving a comment below. If it doesn’t work, (had some glitches) just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We have to exercise, full stop. Our lymph system revolves around movement (google it). And if we don’t or don’t much, then things don’t work like they should. We all know it, it’s just doing something about it, isn’t it. Well this isn’t the place to go into too much depth about why you should exercise, there’s far more online than I could ever put here.


There’s a new book I’d like to draw your attention to if you’re a bit stuck. Plus a couple of thoughts, gleaned largely from discussions on the Facebook group, that I’d like to impart. New info means new ways of thinking, right? If so, read on and maybe my enthusiasm for the Body blade (and the one minute challenge, which will happen again next week! Lol) will become clear…


This was  a post from this week – a ‘thought for the day’ if you like. For anyone with exercise devices still in the box -

“Step one, get it out and assemble it, then just play. Aim to just do a few movements of some of the different exercises - have fun with it! I think half the time we see our exercise devices as tokens of us changing, and it scares us. Or of hard work and feeling exhausted and it puts us off. So just sit on it, watch TV or just sit and read a book on it, but get used to doing something on it each day ... till the day u actually feel yourself wanting to do some reps on it - the rest will follow, if you let it. Our bodies want to move, we’re made to move so do what you can to make yourself move, even if only a little. It's all about going in the right direction, and baby steps is better than no steps.“




We know we should relax, don’t we? Who does it well enough, regularly enough? Not me. I am aiming to get back to doing my daily meditation as I know I breathe more easily once I’ve done my twenty minutes escape into ‘the gap’ as they call it. There are some wonderful videos on meditation on Youtube – lovely music and everything. Just search ‘meditation’ and see what comes up. Pick one you like, switch your mind off, focus on your breathing, and sit still without thinking about stuff. After all, 22 years ago (*gulp*) when they taught me TM (transcendental meditation) it was either that or I’d end up killing somebody. Lol. Joking, but the kids were small and money was tight and learning how to do it really helped my mind clear. I said when I first began to do it daily, that it felt like a huge difference - you walk around your whole life with a motorbike helmet on your head, and doing TM felt like someone had cut a big hole in the top of it and let in the sunlight and fresh air, my brain loved it so much!

One of the hardest things was sitting still and making my mind still too. There are lots of different methods but the one I use has a mantra – a single word that means nothing – which I say over and over and it helps to make my brain calmer. Then of course after a while, you find yourself thinking a thought. But they said that if you realise you’re thinking a thought, all you have to do is bring your mind back to repeating the mantra over and over quietly again in your head till the next one comes along. Of course TM’s not the only method. See above to find some – often they’re called ‘guided meditation’ too. Try one to find one you like or seek advice from an expert or practitioner. But I do find when I’m reading up on all this stuff that if stress is at the heart of a lot of our woes, then meditation helps cut stress and gets mentioned a huge amount. So it’s worth a try. Am sure Hay House will have some meditation products if you’re not sure where to begin.



Sometimes we don’t help ourselves though, if our whole lives are filled with reminders of a long, long ‘to do’ list, prompted by clutter everywhere we look. So often a good ‘de-clutter’ could help feel like it’s truly a new start! Someone I know de-cluttered her husband out of her life too, but we don’t have to go quite that far! Although they do say that getting rid of toxic people can also free you up to achieve your goals but that’s another topic all together! Lol. This week, I had some tips on having a clear out – do a ‘trial separation’ and see what happens after a year. Doesn’t feel quite so bad! I’m talking about bags of clothes or shoes etc, but works just as well with a husband… Joking.

Wayne Dyer is one of my absolute faves, bit of a guru of mine as you’ll know if you read his books I recommended last week! Well, Hay House, his publishers, do a regular newsletter that’s quite interesting and worth a read. This week they sent round an email with his tips on de-cluttering. Give it a go! Read more here and comment below if you’ve had one recently and it’s really made a difference.

This was my lounge before Christmas, but happily by the time everyone arrived, it was clear and clean and sorted out! Phew!

I did a massive de-clutter with my lovely Lauren, of all the stuff that’s been in my biggest bedroom for about five years - it used to be her room. We filled eight bin bags of charity stuff and four of recycling paper etc and four she took home. Seriously! Now I have empty corners in that room. Soon be filled I’m sure, but whilst the empty corners are there, it feels curiously freeing! So give yourself a thorough de-clutter, especially if you need to distract yourself from feeling down, or from eating rubbish, or just because.



On this week’s RiWiSi page, you’ll see a feature all about how reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist. So choose your fiction carefully! I loved what some people said about how they felt after reading my two novels, Hawaiian Escape and the steamy follow-up, Hawaiian Affair – truly ‘feelgood’ endings – in more ways than one, now we have this new science, eh? That was the plan when I wrote them anyway.

Well knowing how we feel when we watch certain programmes, I think the same is probably true of losing yourself in TV or film too. Therefore, fill your mind up with useful info and give yourself new thoughts to consider, breaking the patterns you may have gotten into over the months or years of being stuck.

Deepak Chopra says ‘we have 60,000 thoughts every day, and 95% of them are the same as yesterday.’ Scary eh? Means that if you can inject some innovation or change into what you’re thinking on a daily basis, your whole outlook may ultimately change too.

So here are some ideas to help!



And of course stress and low self-esteem is at the heart of a lot of the reasons why many of us comfort eat in the first place. My book Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique, and has a big section about comfort eating – or avoiding it – or at least preventing the bingeing.

But one of the top advisors in the world is Louise Hay. Her books have helped so many. This one looks like it could be another of those titles which help tweak the way you think about the world. Do give it a go!

Read more here about Twelve Ways you Can Love Yourself Now – it’s a nice little article and not too long.



This appeared a couple of times on the facebook group this week - thanks to sis Linda Bignell and also Suzanne Way for the heads-up. Now on Channel 4 catch up TV - 4OD (if your tablet doesnt have flash you just need to download the app). Have a watch, apparently there's some scary stuff on here which may help your mindset stop straying from the straight and narrow! Watch Food Undressed - diet special - here - soon!




And finally a fabulous one for Deepak fans, or people wishing to get to the bottom of all the comfort eating for good – ‘What are you Hungry for’ – a wonderful book recommendation for you to help get to the bottom of why you do what you do – in the hope that this info will help you stop doing it! Seems obvious, some of it. But then if it’s obvious, why don’t we do it? If it’s all in the psychology, it’s worth investigating this clever book from one of the best. Try it and tell me what you think.



We’ll be discussing making healthy smoothies, soups and dips etc with the Ninja Today’s Special Value (hope there’s some left!). Plus problem eyelashes and breath. Then as last week, your chance to join in with the One Minute Challenge – just get ready with some form of exercise and join in! All the info on how to, will be on the screen during the show so do take part if you can! More on the QVC Blog too.


NEXT WEEK – focussing on your appearance with a comp to win a Mally cosmetics bundle TSV (on air on 18th) and how to make a difference to how you feel based on what you look like.

See you on air!

Best wishes



KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME! Or take a look at my novels on Amazon f you think a nice read might pleasantly distract you!

Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Hawaiian Escape, the prequel is also available on Amazon in eBook or paperback.

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique.

The Valentine’s Surprise is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad! main blog page –


Facebook group page – back to you page for other features -

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