Careful to keep spring in step
EDWINA Bartholomew doesn’t want to do a Grant Denyer. The 31- year- old is determined not to flame out from exhaustion even though she has a massive workload presenting weather on Sunrise as well as co- hosting Dancing With The Stars.
Bartholomew has spent the past two years travelling the country and coping with early morning starts for her daily weather reports for Sunrise.
Bartholomew replaced Denyer, who quit the Channel 7 breakfast show in June 2013 after developing a chronic fatigue- like condition.
Unable to cope with the early mornings and constant travel associated with the Sunrise job, Denyer reportedly dropped to 50kg and couldn’t process food.
Bartholomew has put a number of health rules in place to make sure she doesn’t go down the same path.
Those rules are especially crucial as she balances her Sunrise job with her weekly cohosting stint alongside Shane Bourne on Dancing With The Stars over the next three months.
“I take very good care of myself on the road ( for Sunrise),” Bartholomew says.
“I make sure I go to bed early – around 7.30 or 8pm. It is very tempting when you’re out on the road to always be out for dinner or a few drinks. I prefer to read a book, have a cup of tea and go to bed.
“I always try to exercise as much as I can, although it is hard to squeeze in. When the boys ( crew) are setting up or packing down the satellite equipment, I’ll go for a run.
“I also try to eat as healthy as possible though, like most women, I get the 3 o’clock chocolate hit. You have to be so disciplined.”
That discipline extends to Bartholomew’s home life.
She has a two- bedroom apartment in Sydney which she shares with partner Neil Varcoe.
“My boyfriend and I have a rule that on a Friday night we don’t do anything,” Bartholomew says.
“When I get home after a week away, we order take- out and watch a movie.”
DANCE DYNAMICS: Shane Bourne and Edwina Bartholomew are co- hosts for Channel 7’ s Dancing With The Stars.