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UTHOR, cam­paigner, pre­sen­ter and char­ity founder, Katie Piper can now count Strictly con­tender among her list of achieve­ments. Katie, 35, who has two daugh­ters – Belle, four, and baby Pene­lope, 11 months – with her hus­band Richard James Sut­ton, was part­nered with Gorka Mar­quez on the hit BBC show. She reached week four be­fore be­ing voted off re­cently and, de­spite be­ing hit by nerves, de­scribes the ex­pe­ri­ence as a “fan­tas­tic jour­ney”.

Tak­ing part in the show was quite a change from her jam-packed rou­tine: She set up the Katie Piper Foun­da­tion, to sup­port those af­fected by scars and burns, in 2009 – a year-and-a-half af­ter suf­fer­ing life-chang­ing burns in an acid at­tack in March 2008 which re­quired around 250 op­er­a­tions as a re­sult. Dur­ing her Strictly stint, Katie had to deal with the “dif­fi­cult” news that her at­tacker had re­port­edly been freed from prison.

Here, the mum-of-two talks about cop­ing with nerves on the dance show, how she deals with tough times and keeps well, and why she has no re­grets... “I DON’T think I’ll ever have that much fun any­where else. It was won­der­ful, pos­i­tive, and scary and crazy and, as I never imag­ined I’d be able to dance in front of strangers, a re­ally big thing for me. I’m so proud I man­aged it.

“My big­gest bat­tle was nerves. De­spite the fact I’m so con­fi­dent nor­mally – I’ve done a one-woman tour and TV work – there’s some­thing about step­ping onto that ball­room floor! For­get­ting my steps on week one was aw­ful, but at least other celebri­ties like Ruth Langs­ford have ex­pe­ri­enced that.

“I’d read back notes I kept of pos­i­tive things which hap­pened and what I was learn­ing, which boosted me.

“Con­fi­dence is about per­spec­tive and not slip­ping into com­par­i­son. Gorka’s lovely, he was very pa­tient and I’m now hooked on danc­ing. My hus­band and I plan to join a salsa club.” From deal­ing with nerves on Strictly, to look­ing good and stay­ing healthy, Katie Piper tells how she keeps her life in bal­ance “MED­I­TA­TION re­ally gives me mo­ments of calm­ness, in what’s a very busy stress­ful life. I started when I suf­fered some post-natal anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion af­ter I had Pene­lope, and had gone back to work within two months of her birth.

“I be­gan us­ing med­i­ta­tion apps, whether it was anx­i­ety, anger or need­ing to sleep, but now I do it on my own and aim for 15-minute ses­sions twice a day.

“I’m con­scious that men­tal health needs to be looked af­ter as much as phys­i­cal health. I use my new book, Con­fi­dence: The Jour­nal.

“Con­fi­dence is found from within, and writ­ing down per­sonal thoughts, ac­knowl­edg­ing pos­i­tive things and see­ing progress to­wards goals is re­ally help­ful, em­pow­er­ing and calm­ing.” “I DID a half marathon re­cently. Road run­ning is great, I put on a pod­cast and savour an hour on my own, away from the fam­ily, which helps me recharge and re­lax. I also do weight-lift­ing and box­ing. “I’ve grad­u­ally lost around two stone, which I put on in preg­nancy, by ex­er­cis­ing and im­prov­ing my diet. I have a sus­tain­ing break­fast, some­thing like oats and fruit or maybe eggs, which sets me up for the morn­ing. “I try to eat mind­fully, by fo­cus­ing on a meal and not go­ing on so­cial me­dia or watch­ing TV at the same time. “As a mum of two un­der-fives, I have to fit work­outs around them. Some­times I’ll go in gym gear to the park with the kids and while they play, I’ll do a car­dio work­out. “I’m all for treats at the week­ends, like a glass of wine and some dark choco­late. I don’t have to over-pro­tect my skin but I do use a de­ter­gent, Neu­tral 0%, es­pe­cially de­signed for peo­ple with sen­si­tive skin.” “NO, I don’t, be­cause I think if there’s any­thing in your life that you look back on and wish you’d done dif­fer­ently, you still have the op­por­tu­nity to do so. I love the say­ing that there’s no such thing as fail­ure – it’s just prac­tise for get­ting it right and en­joy­ing suc­cess. “My mum’s ad­vice to me has al­ways been: ‘Get on with it, dear!’ And that al­ways rings in my head at tricky times.” Neu­tral 0% is a premium range of laun­dry de­ter­gents de­signed for peo­ple with al­ler­gies and sen­si­tive skin, with 0% per­fumes, 0% colourants and 0% op­ti­cal bright­en­ers. Visit neu­tralsen­si­tive­skin.com

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