This much I know: Lisa Fitzpatrick, Stylist

I am a very happy person — I wake up happy and go to bed happy.

I drive some people bananas because of this but I feel happier and more confident now than ever. Probably because I am older and wiser — I am 42 this year.

As a child, I was like sporty spice and very outgoing.

My earliest memory is my first day at school. I couldn’t wait to get in and make some friends. I was so excited.

When I left school, I did a health and fitness course for a year to become a gym instructor.

I started working in retail first, that’s where my love affair with fashion started. Then, I worked in fashion wholesale manufacturing. I enjoyed working from the design concept stage to selling the collections. I bought a clothes shop when I was 26 and then I bought the hairdressers next door when I was 28. I spent my time running between the two, managing both for seven years.

One day, I picked up the phone and called the producer of Ireland AM at the time, Debbie O’Donnell, to ask if I could come on and talk about my clothes shop and thankfully she suggested I do a regular slot which I still do and enjoy as much as when I first started.

I’m happy to say that my relationship with food is now really good and very healthy. When I was 25 I was an absolute disaster. I ate the wrong food and unfortunately it made me bigger and bigger. I’m delighted to have changed my attitude towards food and now I feel great. I don’t deprive myself of treats; I just try keeping them to the weekend.

I walk our dog Snowy every day. I never take the lift or escalator when I can take the stairs. I park my car at the furthest point from my destination, so that I have to walk further, and I cycle rather than drive whenever possible.

Work and life are all about balance. I have a system that works. My husband drops the kids and I have a window of opportunity from 7am-2pm every day before I collect them. I make my lunch and theirs most mornings before I go to work. It definitely helps to be organised.

I’m disciplined Monday to Friday up until 7pm (after that a glass wine might come into things). I think the biggest problem some people have is telling themselves they can’t have something. It’s important to allow treats every now and then so that you don’t feel deprived.

The best advice I ever received was from my good friend Noel Kelly who said, ‘Decide what it is you want to do and do it’.

I make a list of what I want to achieve and I get great pleasure ticking off my dreams as I achieve them.

I love my husband’s laugh, it is infectious and it makes me laugh. I love my daughter’s smile and I love my son’s warm heart. I love to see kindness in people. I always say if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.

One of my main faults, when I was younger, was never finishing with one boyfriend before lining up another… that was bold!

My idea of happiness is getting into my pyjamas and watching a movie with the children.

My idea of misery is hearing that someone I know is unwell or going through difficult times.

If I could be reborn as someone else for a day I’d choose Beyonce.

I think many Irish women can’t accept compliments. The immediate response is to put themselves down. I’d like to see us change our attitude, it is important to acknowledge compliments and they often make us feel great.

Lisa Fitzpatrick’s new book Diet SOS is out now, an honest first-person account from someone who knows what it is like to struggle with her weight. See more at: www.fitzpatrickstyle.com/about.html 


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