I’m Lorna, a freelance writer, and owner of the healthy living and vegan lifestyle blog, Kale and Kettlebells. I cover a range of topics including health and fitness, food, 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’m a Level 3 trainee counsellor, a Reiki student and a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

I’ve worked in a variety of industries and I’m passionate about many things. Along with my lifestyle choices, this gives me the knowledge and confidence to produce well-researched articles in areas that are close to my heart.

  • Health and Fitness
  • Vegan Lifestyle
  • Travel
  • Well-being
  • Personal Development

Oh, how things have changed during the last 12-months! Before the pandemic, I enjoyed active travel, and I loved exploring both the UK and overseas. My favourite things to do included hiking mountains, running, and finding places where I could eat tasty vegan food. Although, it would be nice to return to some kind of normality, for now, I’m just grateful for my morning runs.

Female runner stood next to a lake

Female hiker looking down on Wolfgangsee in Austria

Healthy Living is a Lifestyle 

My fitness journey began over 20-years ago, 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!

I first started working in the fitness industry over 20-years ago, as an aerobics instructor. Since then, I’ve also worked as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, helping people to live a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise.

The majority of my working life has been spent helping people, and I’m currently half-way through my second year of training to become a counsellor.

My Lifestyle

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, and I like to go for a run or do a workout 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.

Female runner in the mist

Derwent Water, the Lake District

I Love Adventure

I’m an outdoorsy kinda girl and before the pandemic, I loved nothing more than heading up to the Lake District with my husband and going walking. Enjoying the landscape a little closer to home in Lancashire, was something else I’d also learned to appreciate, and exploring the wonderful gardens that the National Trust have to offer, is another thing I hope to do again soon.

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 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 out running, you’ll find me renovating our 1950s bungalow or curled up with a good book.

I’d really love for you to stay a while, so grab a brew and a biscuit, pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

You can contact me via Social Media, on either Instagram or Twitter.

If you’d like to work with me, please head to my Freelance Writing  page and drop me a message.