I’m Lorna, a health and wellness blogger who lives in Preston. I’m also a fitness instructor, personal trainer, vegan nutritionist and freelance writer.
Although, in an ideal world, I’d be living in the countryside surrounded by cats and stroking kittens for a living.
My short bio looks something like this:
Kale and Kettlebells grew from a love of health, fitness and travel. It’s a healthy living and vegan lifestyle blog, covering a range of topics including health and fitness, well-being, vegan lifestyle and travel. Encouraging people to get fit and healthy, explore the great outdoors and make more conscious lifestyle choices is where my passion lies.
I enjoy active travel, and whether having a stay-cation or travelling overseas, you’ll always find me either hiking a mountain or going for a run. I like self-catering apartments, comfy beds and finding places where I can eat tasty vegan food.
If you want a more in-depth bio, you’ll find it below.
From P.E. Hater to Fitness Professional
I’ve been hooked on exercise since I was 15-years old. As soon I discovered Kathy Smith’s Fat Burning Workout in my local library, there was no turning back!
But my real journey into fitness began when I started college and discovered I could get a free gym pass for my local leisure centres. Even though I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing, I loved the way exercise made me feel. I felt like I could take on the world, and it’s been my coping mechanism for pretty much everything ever since.
My fitness career started in my early twenties, when I found myself training as an aerobics instructor. It was pretty much my dream job. Shortly after, I also began teaching body conditioning, step aerobics and spinning. As the years went on, I found myself training and then working as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and more recently, a vegan nutritionist.
For a girl who used to avoid P.E. as much as possible – I think I’ve done pretty well!
My qualifications are with Premier Training, and the Central YMCA.
I do my best to live an ethical and compassionate lifestyle. I became vegetarian in 2009 and switched to a vegan lifestyle in 2016. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, and just like every other vegan, I often daydream about opening an animal sanctuary! You can read more about my vegan journey here.
Well-being is important to me and I find looking after my mind just as important as looking after my body. Although I feel most at home either running or lifting weights, I still take time to meditate and spend some time in reflection each day.
Exercising daily is non-negotiable for me. I like to hit the gym or go for a run while most people are still snoozing. It’s my favourite way to start the day and once my workout is done, I can tackle anything.
I’m an outdoorsy kinda girl and when time permits, I love nothing more than heading up to the Lake District with my husband and going walking. But more recently, I’ve been enjoying the landscape a little closer to home in Lancashire. I’m also partial to exploring the wonderful gardens that the National Trust have to offer.
Growing up, I was always encouraged to either put on a cagoule or wrap up warm and make friends with adventure. Some of my happiest memories are of me clambering over boulders at the seaside: searching rock pools, looking for crabs and anything else that may have survived after the tide had made its retreat. I think this is where my love of the great outdoors comes from.
When I’m not sweating it out at the gym, or hiking up a mountain, you’ll find me renovating our 1950s bungalow or curled up with a good book.
If you’d like to work with me, please head to my Freelance Writing page and drop me a message.