I love my job but I want to be a good wife and mother: Kirsty Gallacher reveals she gave up presenting breakfast TV for the sake of her family
15:09 GMT, 2 July 2012
TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher has admitted she gave up a job presenting breakfast TV so she could be a better wife and mother.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two revealed she was struggling to strike a work-life balance thanks to her early morning shifts on Sky Sport's Good Morning Sports Fans. The 3am wake-up calls meant she was unable to take son Oscar, five, to school and left her so tired she would become bad-tempered with him and two-year-old Jude.
'I was just so tired.
/07/01/racy-lady-kirsty-gallacher/”>Fabulous magazine. 'I’d feed the kids and then I'd be shouting at them at bath time because I didn't have any patience. I'd apologise to Oscar for being bad-tempered and try to make him understand that it was because I was tired from work.'
Happy home life: Kirsty and her husband Paul Sampson have two sons. She changed her working hours so she could spend more time with them
Kirsty, who is married to former England rugby player Paul Sampson, 34, said she realised she had to put her family first and so told Sky bosses she was quitting the breakfast show.
'I love my job, but I also love my kids and I love my husband. I want to be a good wife and mother,' she said.
Luckily for Kirsty, she was able to transfer to a different role within the broadcasting company and now presents on Sky Sports News – which involves afternoon shifts.
Kirsty admitted the change in working hours has meant she is 'so much happier' and able to do the morning school run.
Fitness fanatic: The presenter keeps in shape through exercise and healthy eating and recently ran with the Olympic Torch
The size 8 beauty also revealed in the magazine how she maintains her enviable figure by keeping fit and eating healthy.
She said: 'I try to exercise twice a week – either a 20-minute sprint or rowing. I eat as much clean food as I can – lots of salads and raw food – but it’s just all about balance really and I don’t snack.'
KIRSTY'S HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS Exercise at least twice a weekEat salad and raw foodsAvoid snacking out of boredomDon't comfort eatAllow yourself the odd treat because complete denial will lead to cravings
Kirsty's healthy eating extends to her sons, who she said have never had a McDonald’s or Coca-Cola, but she does let them have the odd treat.
'They eat well at home, but they do have chips and chocolate, because they’ll crave it more if you deny it,' she revealed.
Kirsty's new role on Sky Sports News will mean she's at the forefront of coverage for the London 2012 Olympics and she was given the opportunity to run with the Olympic Torch when it passed through Wigan recently.
She said is she looking forward to watching the Games and there's one competitor's performance she'll be taking a personal interest in – Zara Phillips.
She is good friends with the Royal, who will compete for Team GB in the equestrian, after they met through their rugby-playing husbands and she attended her wedding to Mike Tindall last year.