Care­ful to keep spring in step

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - COLIN VICK­ERY

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.

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