An­drea fight­ing fit again a year after ma­jor op

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sam Walker

SHE went through a life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion last year that left her feel­ing weaker and strug­gling to ex­er­cise.

But day­time telly star An­drea McLean is now fit­ter and hap­pier than ever – and has grown to love her scars and ‘grabby bits’.

Pos­ing in a long sleeve swim­suit, the 48-year-old also says a near ve­gan diet helped her com­bat a painful skin con­di­tion.

The Glas­gow-born pre­sen­ter had a hys­terec­tomy in Septem­ber last year after dis­cov­er­ing en­dometrio­sis, where tis­sue that be­haves like the womb lin­ing is found out­side the womb, had spread to her blad­der and large in­tes­tine.

Speak­ing to Fit & Well magazine about hit­ting the gym after her surgery, she said: ‘I’d lost all my strength so I had to start gen­tly.

‘I was lung­ing from one side of the room to the other, stop­ping, gasp­ing for breath and hang­ing on to the wall. I took two months off ex­er­cise and found it de­press­ing – I hadn’t re­alised how im­por­tant ex­er­cise was to me men­tally.’

She added: ‘I have cel­lulite, grabby bits, I have scars, but I think I’m in great shape. I’m two years from 50 and I look fab­u­lous for my age. I’m really proud of my­self.’

Miss McLean re­turned to the live ITV lunchtime show in Novem­ber.

The for­mer model also told how cut­ting out meat and dairy helped her fight shin­gles, a con­di­tion that causes a re­cur­ring painful rash.

She added: ‘I’ve suf­fered with shin­gles-like viruses through­out my life, so I looked into what foods are good for your im­mune sys­tem, me­tab­o­lism and menopause.

‘A ve­gan diet had ev­ery­thing I wanted. But I’m not ve­gan. I’ll hap­pily have a steak. I call my­self ve­gan-ish.’

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