But at the weekends my mum would make a real point of doing Sunday lunch, even if it wasn’t with a joint of meat, because she couldn’t afford it. She used to get sausage meat from one of the supermarkets and unwrap it and bake that. But with that, you’d have the cabbage, the carrots, the roast potatoes, whatever. It was absolutely delicious. The losing weight is something that happens alongside making the fresh start. It was a journey of wanting to change. For me, it was approaching my 40th birthday. You start looking at what you’ve achieved, what you’ve done, where you’re at and where you’re going to be for the next 40 years, hopefully. For me, it probably took about 12 weeks, maybe longer, before I made the decision, before I actually made the change. It was January, so it was a New Year’s kind of thing.
You can’t just walk into changing your life. You can’t just wake up one morning and go, ‘This is what I’m going to do’. Particularly for food, which is quite habitual. It’s working out a route that you are going to go down.
A very simple example of this is recipes, an understanding of what you’re going to cook. FOOD FOCUS: You have to plan going out and buying it. We all enjoy a busy day at work, where you’ve achieved something. If you engage with sport, you enjoy putting the effort in to get something back at the end. It’s the same with cooking. If you cook an amazing recipe that, at the end of it, you sit down and go, ‘My God, this tastes lovely’, that feeling that you’ve created it is special. And that, from a mental health point of view, is great and encouraging and brilliant. I’m a normal bloke that has lost a lot of weight, that is still on that daily battle every day, dealing with: ‘When can I get to the gym? What should I eat?’ When you walk into a high street sandwich shop, the reality is that you want the cheese and ham toastie thing, but I have to pluck up all the might and willpower to go, ‘No, I’ ll have the salad box, with the bottle of water’. I have the same battles as everybody else. I find myself in a position to be able to talk about it with a voice that reaches people and I hope it reaches people. I get loads of people telling me they love my recipes. But the majority of people over the last 18 months say how much weight they’ve lost, how amazing it’s been, how inspiring it’s been and how encouraging it’s been that somebody has related to them. It’s not like I’m 11 stone and I run marathons, I’m 6ft 3in and I’m still a massive bloke, so I think there’s the realisation that I’m not different to anybody else. I can’t imagine the amount of weight that’s been lost from people reading my books. It’s truly humbling.” Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start, BBC Two, Wednesday, 8pm SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 FERDINAND (SKY CINEMA PREMIERE, 10.30AM & 8PM) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 ANT-MAN (BBC1, 7.50PM) Cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is desperate to pay child support so he agrees to a lucrative heist set up by his former cellmate (Michael Pena). Unfortunately, the robbery lands Scott in a police cell.
Inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) offers Scott a way out if he agrees to don a superhero outfit, which shrinks the wearer at the touch of a button. Aided by Hank’s feisty daughter (Evangeline Lilly), Scott masters the suit and learns to mind-control four species of ants. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 PHILOMENA (BBC2, 9PM) Jane Lee (Anna Maxwell Martin) discovers her mother Philomena (Judi Dench) fell pregnant as a teenager in 1952 Ireland and was forced to give up the baby to the sisters at Roscrea Abbey.
Jane pitches the story to former Labour advisor-turned-BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), who initially scoffs at the suggestion he should pen an article about the ordeal.
After a reality check from his wife Kate (Simone Lahbib), Martin agrees to help Philomena track down her boy. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 CINDERELLA (BBC1, 2.25PM) Kenneth Branagh’s live-action version of the fairytale doesn’t skimp on the magic. Ella is consigned to the kitchen by her vindictive stepmother Lady Tremaine and brattish stepsisters.
When the name-calling becomes too frightful, she escapes on horseback and catches the eye of the dashing prince, who must pick a bride at the behest of the dying king. So, the prince throws a lavish ball where Ella makes her grand entrance then disappears as the clock chimes midnight.
If you cook an amazing recipe, the feeling that you created it is special
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 ET: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (CHANNEL 5, 2.45PM) The childhoods of an entire generation were moulded by three simple words: “ET phone home”.
The memories (and the tears) come flooding back from the opening frames of Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece.
More than 35 years after its release, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial has lost none of its power to entertain and transport us away from the monotony of everyday life to a world of magic and possibility.