I had reached the stage in my life when I was beginning to be aware of my upper arms – they had that ‘chicken wing’ look. About to embark on filming the sixth series of Ladette to Lady, I discussed with him if there was any hope for me to reverse my ‘upper arm’ situation effectively. Marek suggested a course of resistance and boxing sessions – fun I thought, and also useful for some of the situations I occasionally found myself in with those unruly Ladettes!

We also discussed my health issues, including hayfever (from which I have suffered acutely for the last 30 years from June to July, occasionally having to cancel arrangements to stay in a darkened room).

Marek suggested a daily course of various vitamins and minerals and, since the middle of February this year, I have duly taken this blend of nutrients every morning. I had also stocked up on the various eye drops and allergy pills but, now in July, I have just realised I have not touched them at all! I have had a carefree season, and not a single hayfever attack! Marek describes this as rebalancing the Th1/Th2 arms of my immune system.

Also (again without really noticing it) I have, in the last few weeks of good weather, reverted to sleeveless tops and dresses and I am acutely aware that the tops of my arms have what is commonly referred to as DEFINITION!