It was a very sad day for me when I heard that Bruce was ‘semi’ retiring from Strictly Come Dancing. The reason I say ‘semi’ retiring as I know he will be back to host some Strictly specials every now and then. Some of the most memorable and wonderful experiences of my life have been working with and alongside the legend that is Bruce Forsyth. He is one of the last all-round entertainers from that bygone era of light entertainment and a true professional. Strictly will not be the same without him. I have posted below a couple of my personal favourite memories from over the years which you can see on YouTube:
Well, I have just passed the 38th week of my pregnancy and feel like the countdown has now begun, as I could go into labour any day. As I sit here and type this blog the baby is bouncing around in my tummy, which these days is pretty normal. I have a feeling I am not going to get any sleep it is so active. However I have to say I am very relaxed with what is about to happen to me – giving birth and the sleepless nights, but it is all worth it to finally meet our little baby.
Even though I only have a couple of weeks left I am trying to stay as active as I can. I am still going to the gym about 3 – 4 times a week and yes I get very strange looks from some of the gym members. Although I have to admit I do look rather strange in lycra these days! My doctor has told me to keep going with the exercise as long as I can manage, as moderate exercise is beneficial for the health of the baby and for me during the birth. I can’t run anymore so I walk with hand weights on the treadmill and use the bike and cross trainer machine. I also try to do a little bit of exercise with light weights just to keep my strength up.
Even though I have been going to the gym regularly I know I have still put on a lot of weight. The nurses keep saying to me that my bump is very compact, it’s just a shame I can’t say the same thing about my backside anymore!!!!
As well as going to the gym I have still been teaching my classes at Kingston Dance Studio. But rather than dancing I have been waddling around the floor showing them how it should be done, but I don’t get any complaints from my class. They seem to enjoy dancing with me and the bump!
I am starting to feel a little more organised now with all the baby gear I have assembled over the past few weeks. But I have to say my latest purchase was slightly more complex. Choosing a pushchair these days is just as complicated as choosing a new car. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit every taste and lifestyle, there are just so many to choose from. As it is something we are going to use all the time it was really important that we chose the right one. So after extensive user testing (I think the shop was getting a little tired of our questions!) and undertaking a focus group in our living room (only kidding) we went for the new i-candy Peach 3 in truffle. It’s fabulous, and can you believe it even comes with a cup holder! Very important these days don’t you think?
My dance partner Anton has just returned from a well-deserved holiday after finishing this year’s tour, which was of course a big success. So while I still have the energy we have been planning our shows and appearances for the forthcoming months. I intend to be back working again 6 weeks after baby arrives and feel having shows lined up gives me a bit of a target to aim for. But I also know Anton will be very supportive and if necessary he will drag me around the floor for the first few shows until I get my fitness back to the required level.
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Well that’s probably my last update before baby arrives so hopefully I will be able to give you another update not too long after the little one makes an appearance. So until then… wish me luck.
Post first appeared on hello magazine's blog.