Weights, steak, cuddles and crumble
When I’m filming The Gadget Show I don’t get through the front door of my Georgian town house in Bath before 10 o’clock at night. The show’s very high-energy and I’m always exhausted by the end of the week. I’ll make a chicken stir-fry and chop every veg I can find and put it in a wok. Within five minutes it’s done and dusted and on my plate – that’s my style. I’ll put my feet up in front of the television and watch something I’ve missed during the week like Speed with Guy Martin. He’s a TT racer who does all these crazy challenges. By 11 o’clock I’m in bed.
A lie-in for me is waking up at about eight on a Saturday morning. I’ll try and be lazy and stay in my pyjamas for a bit. I’ll have a cup of tea and make some scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Then I’ll go to the CrossFit gym in Bath and do a mix of weights and circuits. I’ve got to be careful with training because my body is quite injured from my previous life as a skeleton racer. I’ve got a lot of disc problems and my knees are really bad. I’ve had multiple operations and haven’t got much cartilage left in my knees.
After that I’ll walk into town. It’s only five minutes to the centre. I’ll see who’s around and go for a bite to eat. I might meet up with skeleton athlete Rose McGrandle at a café like the Boston Tea Party where you’re squashed in like sardines. We’ll look at the weekend papers and chill out and I’ll try to give her my little words of wisdom. After that I might do a bit of shopping. If I need a dress I’ll head to Reiss. The girls in the Bath shop know me and they’re like, “Right! Quick! Let’s get you a dress!”
My fiancé, Craig Ham, would be hanging out with me and joining in. He’s in the Army and I met him on Tinder. We’d both been on the dating app for only a day. We matched each other, got chatting – and that was it. He drove to Bath the next day. All my friends love him and we’re getting married in August.
We might spend the afternoon watching England play rugby. Bath is a big rugby town and I used to train with the Bath rugby team. I have never in my life watched a football game but luckily Craig is like me and more into rugby so we’re well matched.
On Saturday nights we like to go with the flow. We’re quite impulsive. If nothing’s happening and we’re really tired we’ll go to bed at 10 o’clock but we might equally look at our watches and go, “Oh my word, it’s two o’clock in the morning!”
Greasy spoon or Michelin star? Michelin star.
Beach holiday or ski slope? Beach holiday. I hate the cold!
Tango or Viennese waltz? I can’t dance but I’d love to learn tango.
Roger Moore or Sean Connery? Sean Connery. I’m a big early Bond fan. iPad. I like proper books, too.
Most frightening moment? When I had to jump into ice cold water in the Arctic for TV show 71 Degrees North.
Favourite popcorn movie? Pretty Woman.
A-list stars you dream of meeting? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They’re a very inspiring couple.
Sometimes I’ll have a bunch of friends over for dinner, but more often than not I’ll put on a silk top, skinny leggings and heels and wander into town with Craig to meet whoever’s around for drinks and dinner. We like the Hudson Steakhouse which does melt-in-the-mouth steaks. Or we might drive out to Castle Combe, where there are lots of lovely places to eat.
I’m usually quite happy to do the driving and let Craig have the drinks. I love driving my electric car. When I was competing I spent my entire life travelling in airplanes around the world which isn’t very good for the environment so it’s a good feeling to know that you’re driving around in a car that has no emissions or fuel and can just be plugged in at night.
On Sunday mornings I might get into my car and go and have a little cuddle with Noah, my two-week-old nephew. After that Craig and I would probably go for lunch with my parents who live just outside Bath. My grandma lives with them and likes to have a traditional Sunday lunch. My mother always makes a very good apple crumble. After that we’ll get into our wellies and burn off the calories. In my childhood Dad would put his walking boots on after lunch and say, “Right, we’re off!’ Five hours later we’d still be walking. I still love it. The thing that’s really missing from
Bath, my home town Dogs of all kinds Country walks Mynephews and nieces
Art my life is a dog. I’ve wanted one since I was a little girl and my friends know me as “dog sitter Amy” because I’m always happy to babysit other people’s dogs. I almost bought a Hungarian Vizsla but then I got the Gadget Show job and realised I’d be going up and down between Bath and Birmingham, where the studio is, and travelling abroad a lot, which wouldn’t be fair. But as soon as things quieten down I’m going to get a dog of my own.
Neither of us really sleeps on a Sunday night. Craig often has to get up at five on Monday morning to get to his Army camp an hour and a half away. And I might have to catch an early train to Birmingham. But I do go to bed thinking how lucky I am despite all the travelling, the early mornings and late nights. I love the adventure and craziness of my job. One moment I’m on a sofa doing lines to camera, which scares me a bit, the next I’m on a bicycle flying in the sky with a parachute.
Amy Williams is a GoUltraLow.com ambassador demonstrating the benefits and cost savings of the ultralow-emission Nissan LEAF
Go with the flow: after her busy television schedule during the week, Amy Williams has no set routine at weekends, unlike the days when she was competing in the Olympics, below left