Choosing Health and Fitness

There is no easy option when you wake up to bad habits, indulgence and modern day rewarding. The bad habits, indulgence and reward culture are the crux of a malaise. Eating processed food, having a cake because ‘you deserve it’ and general snacking is something we probably do without a second thought. Yet we conversely know this is also our undoing. We google endlessly for weight loss solutions, super foods and short cuts when it comes to exercise. When the lightbulb moment arrives you have a choice – to do or not to do!

I choose do. Do something about my middle age spread, my ridiculous faddy approach to food and the knowledge that something was wrong. In my case the something wrong is my autoimmune disease predilection resulting in being thought to be coeliac. It’s ok I don’t think it, well I do now after being to the doctors, but my GP thinks the indicators are highly likely. Hence I am being put through blood tests and an endoscopy. Meanwhile I’m hell bent on #katedoesfitness – a mix of exercise and a gluten free diet. I will have to have a six week period where I eat the equivalent of 4 slices of bread a day before the endoscopy but in the meantime I’m staying away from the stuff. And I actually feel 150% better. Without going into details, my symptoms are going or gone and I can’t believe how different I feel.



So here is middle age spread person on Day 1 of fitness and diet – I’ve used Jeannette Hyde’s The Gut Makeover as my tool/prop.  It has been a fantastic source of information and recipe inspiration. My fitness is all done outdoors or at home as have no time or inclination to go to the gym. One, I don’t really want to pay for one and two, I don’t want to have to drive to one when I can walk or run instead. I do some yoga (following apps) and resistance training with weights and my own body. My goal is to be able to chin ups and press ups properly by the end of the year. Ideally before then but that is my goal


The Bible!

On my Instagram feed there is a lot of images of toil and endeavour and food!


I will master this chin up business!


Blitzing greens


Banana Nut Breakfast loaf – my favourite and you can also add blueberries to it for variety


The Gut Makeover Bread – a moderation choice as it is packed full of nuts and seeds but I find it perfect to take for lunch on a busy working day as keeps me fuelled up and full. In a few weeks I will be posting the horrendous before photo I took, which will hopefully be accompanied by an improvement photo. We will see! However, if nothing else it is enough to be making progress and sharing it all.

Let me know about your health choices and goals.

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Deck The Hall

If interiors excite you then Christmas provides the perfect backdrop to dress up your house and add to the bauble collection. This year I decided to select white, gold, green and wood as my theme for the tree. In a departure from tradition I also went and bought a fake one, tree that is not Christmas.

Yet my small contribution to festive cheer was ‘nowt’ compared to the beautifully decorated show home of Antler Homes at Claygate in Surrey. The house was decorated for This Morning when a section of the show was shot here. The Christmas decorations were fantastic.


The Christmas Wreath

Of course I wished I could make off with the wreath given it fitted it with my chosen theme for the festive season. As splendid as the door looked dressed with the wreath, the hallway and the two tress in the living room and kitchen were beautiful.



Perfectly positioned!





Not only perfectly wrapped presents but the most delightful present guard!

If the splendour of the decorations weren’t enough, I was also able to admire a superior interior styling of a show home. As a stylist I was impressed with the attention to detail and how each room was completed. The overall sense of styling was calm, neutrals with either stark graphic emphasis or blended patterns and injections of colour.

However I was pleased to spy a light shade that looked expensive and dramatic and realised if was from Next!


The hallway needed an extravagant shade and this would translate to a living room or master bedroom when opulence is called for.

My favourite element of detail in respect of the design of the rooms, was the master bedroom’s walk in wardrobe.


In my dreams!


The quality of the house built by Antler Homes is clearly a cut above given that its value is £2.1m. The layout, use of space and finishes are excellent. Even down to detail such as a sun hole in a windowless en-suite.

img_7401En-suite sun hole

Being the sort of person who prefers plain over patterns: (except when it comes to stripes) the wallpaper selections were bold and dramatic, but used minimally on only one wall, which gave the right injection of flourish to the room without overpowering.

img_7395The context of this wallpaper was a single room suggested for a young girl. The style was dreamy and enchanted.


Next to stripes are stars in my wardrobe indulgences and now  I have this wallpaper to covert!


The New York wallpaper was another one added to the interior wish list.

Even though I’ve not got the budget for a £2.1m house I could really appreciate the fact of how one could scale the effort into your own home. Of course Pinterest affords us lots of living space oggling and this was a step up from the gaze to the actual reality of what a company like Antler Homes delivers. It was a splendid way to spend an afternoon appreciating quality.

Kate Battrick was invited to a community event in the Antler Home show home. The community event is undertaken as a thank you to the local community for tolerating a new build within brown belt land. 

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