Balding: Mum got me to shed pounds

Congleton Guardian: Clare Balding said her mother's remark prompted her to lose weight Clare Balding said her mother's remark prompted her to lose weight

Clare Balding has revealed how her mother motivated her to lose weight - with a casual comment.

The 42-year-old presenter, who shows off a slimmer silhouette in the January issue of Good Housekeeping, admitted that a chat with her family inspired her to shed the pounds.

"I got a bit lazy about it and then my mother said something. That always wakes you up a bit. She is very pleased with me now, though!" she told the magazine.

"Sometimes you do need a kick up the bum, and I think I did. I wasn't feeling great last summer, and I thought it would be a good time to start eating more salads, fruits and rice cakes."

Clare, who is in a civil partnership with newsreader Alice Arnold, said taking their Tibetan terrier Archie for walks helped her stay healthy.

"The main thing is I walk like crazy. I walk the dog every day for an hour in the morning and 40 minutes in the evening. I walk at 4mph, which is pretty quick," she said.

"I also play golf and go to the gym occasionally with Alice, but not often, as I'm not a member. I do lots of special sit ups, too, which my sister-in-law showed me. They really hurt."

She added: "I'm not obsessed about losing weight, but I feel so much healthier. It can be depressing to go shopping when you're not the size you want to be, so it's much more fun now."

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