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Dear denise...don’t be too hard on yourself

Undated Handout Photo of Denise Welch. See PA Feature BOOK Welch. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sidgwick & Jackson. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature BOOK Welch.

Undated Handout Photo of Denise Welch. See PA Feature BOOK Welch. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sidgwick & Jackson. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature BOOK Welch.

“Celebrity Endorsement of the Week” prize goes to Denise Welsh for “what price slim?”

Yes, I pondered the question as I read about the actress this week, quoted as saying: “I’ll never be fat again”.

(That’s her, not me – I remain curvy and cuddlesome, as I euphemistically like to call it).

No doubt the rest of us would have had to fork out a hefty price to embark on the same diet programme that replaces your normal food intake with pre-made food packs and shakes. Nevertheless, it has worked for her – she has dropped pounds.

The former Coronation Street star and Loose Women presenter recently gave up alcohol, admitting that her relationship with booze was beginning to destroy her.

She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper last year that she and her new husband Lincoln Townley used to drink every night. “I got to the point where waking up with a hangover felt normal. I’d forgotten what it was like to wake up with a clear head,” she said.

Just as an aside, Lincoln Townley is 14 years younger than Ms Welch, as the media regularly points out. And by the way, is it just me, or does anybody else think he looks just like a younger version of her former husband, the actor Tim Healy?

Anyway, move forward to today, and Denise Welch is a different woman. But not without going through another battle – this time with her weight. The 55-year-old admitted she turned to sweets and puddings to try to satisfy her cravings after quitting alcohol – and the pounds piled on. Two stones to be precise.

With her wedding coming up, Denise Welch said: “I didn’t want to be a fat bride.”

Now, a part of me thinks, good on you girl. Well done on setting a goal and sticking to it.

Another part of me thinks why are we women so hard on ourselves?

Most of us are accomplished in some way, whether it’s in business, home-making, raising family, just simply keeping our heads above water in today’s busy world. Why is it difficult to accept that as we get older, it becomes harder to get back to the size 10 you want to be. Can’t we accept ourselves for who we are no matter what shape we are?

The answer, it would seem, is no.

I like to think that it’s not a myth that French women deliberately put on a few pounds when they reach a certain age because they don’t want that gaunt look that comes with ‘thin and older’.

Not a problem I’ll have to grapple with personally I expect - partly because of the damned menopause that few of us get through unscathed, but also the inevitable gravity means that what was once up and sitting pretty is no longer in the place it should be.

How many women, if we won the lottery wouldn’t think about getting a boob lift, so rather than the spaniel’s ears look, we’d have the perfect set of Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warners (Up Where They Belong). Right now though, a good foundation support will have to suffice. So well done Denise on losing the weight, if that’s what makes you happy. For me, meal replacements worked for a while but they didn’t teach me how to make healthy choices for life about food and exercise. Nowadays it’s not that I don’t try to maintain a healthy weight – I do – but I also just try to be kinder to myself.

 

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