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Skate to be back; When it came to getting her figure back after giving birth, Kirsty McCabe did not hang about - she put her skates on to complete a gruelling 27-mile rollerblade marathon.

Byline: AMANDA KEENAN

Television weather girl Kirsty McCabe has never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Just eight months after giving birth to her first child, the Scottish presenter is already back in her size 10 jeans and has just completed a 27-mile rollerblade marathon.

Kirsty is now back on our screens forecasting the nation's weather on breakfast show Daybreak having returned from maternity leave.

And even the demanding 4am starts, as well as looking after little Ethan, can't dampen her sunny outlook.

Kirsty, originally from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, is loving life and despite juggling motherhood and a busy career, she claims things have never been better.

She said: "Life is really good right now and having Ethan has been the best experience in my life.

"I love being a mum and I'm fortunate that he's such a good healthy baby.

"My world revolves around him and I wouldn't have it any other way.

from middle to falling "He just started nursery last week and I was worried about how he would get on but he loves it."

in a epilepsy the cases And despite her busy schedule, the 35-year-old completed the Goodwood Roller Marathon, which she credits with helping her shift her baby weight.

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She explains: "My friend and I both had babies around the same time and we thought it would be a great excuse to do some exercise and lose a bit of weight.

"I'm a bit of a glutton for punishment and I didn't realise just how much training I would need to do.

"Every weekend, I had my rollerblades on pushing the pram through our local park and trying not to fall over."

The annual event is held at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex and raises money to help children living in poverty.

Attracting over 700 entrants, the roller marathon was a huge personal challenge for Kirsty.

She said: "I managed to complete the marathon in just two hours and 40 minutes, which is a personal best.

"I have to admit, I'm not the best at rollerblading and I did fall over a few times, which was a bit embarrassing.

"There were plenty of experienced skaters who kept whizzing past me - but I just took my time and tried not to fall.

"Rollerblading around 11 laps of a racecourse really takes it out of you and by the end I was completely knackered but proud nonetheless."

Kirsty was cheered on by South African architect husband Renato Marchio and little Ethan, too.

Having put on around two stone while pregnant, she shed the excess weight in just three months by following a sensible eating and fitness plan.

She said: "I don't believe in strict diets it's all about exercise and eating sensibly.

"My motto is everything in moderation.

If you try to starve yourself you end up pilling the pounds back on."

Admitting to being a bit of a fitness fan, she attends three exercise classes a week ranging from pilates to body combat and is careful about what she eats.

Kirsty, who lives in London said: "I put on quite a bit of weight when I was a student and the only way to shift it was through exercise.

"It's the only thing that works for me. If I don't work out I will put on weight, so I have to drag myself to the gym.

"I love food and I still allow myself a treat but being on television means there is a certain pressure to look good.

"The one thing I've learnt from taking part in the Roller Marathon is that rollerblading is great exercise and I will be keeping it up."

Kirsty studied geophysics at Edinburgh University, graduating with a first-class honours degree.

She then spent three months as an intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, USA, where she used satellite magnetic data to interpret the underlying crustal structure of parts of the Earth.

She did more studies at Oxford before joining the BBC Weather team in September 2003, becoming the main weather presenter for BBC News at Ten before replacing Andrea McLean as GMTV's weather forecaster in 2008.

Kirsty said: "A lot of people have this idea that people who read the weather are reading a script.

"But we don't, it's a misnomer." While loving her job presenting the weather on Daybreak, Kirsty, would like to become more involved in science programmes on TV.

She adds: "I'd love to present a programme like Blue Planet or Rough Science - that is where my passion lies.

"I find science fascinating and I admit I can be a bit of geek but I find the planet so interesting."

Perhaps taking on a science programme could be the next challenge for the gorgeous star.

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