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You are what you do, not what you say you will do

You are what you do, not what you say you will do

Since Christmas, I had the following words resonating in my head: “Walk the talk” and “What if?”. So somehow I feel that 2015 is the year when I’m finally ready to re-invent myself (wow big words there!).

I have spent the last 9 years trying to lose the weight I put on after being pregnant, working hard to make my business grow and the last three years, really addressing my issues around food and my emotions.
Both spiralled into a mild depression at the end of 2013 for which I’m grateful, because this experience, has made me understand a lot of things and one being that I need to take care of myself.
Upon this challenging phase in my life, I started questioning what the food I was eating was doing to my body and well-being and then started making some changes…

2012: I gave up smoking

2013: After getting ill, I gave up gluten (my breathing and bloating problems disappeared), started drinking 1.5 Lt to 2 Lt of water/day and took up Bikram yoga.

2014: I asked for a Nutribullet for Mother’s Day and started making green smoothies on a regular basis with mini challenges.
In July, I gave up drinking coke zero, reduced my consumption of refined sugars and started drinking green smoothies on a daily basis.
Interestingly enough, I didn’t suffer from S.A.D. for the first time in a year and cruised throughout Winter.

2015: I will give up alcohol (which I’ve actually given up on 26/12/2014)

I’ve spent the last 9 years trying to be the super fit and lean person I was then before having Mila but I came to realise that I was looking at things the wrong way.
A decade ago, a lot of things were different…
I wasn’t a mother or business owner yet and I was going to the gym 6 times a week so of course, I was super fit!

The truth is, I don’t want to go back to my life 10 years ago. I’m a lot happier now than I was 10 years ago. I have an amazing kid, I’m still madly in love with the love of my life after 16 years together and I love my life so actually no I don’t want to go back to the 30s something version of me.

However, what I really really want, is to become a 40 something version of me who is lean, fit, sexy and someone who is ageing gracefully and happily.

So I thought “What if?”…what if I was able to become that person? What is stopping me? Nothing really except myself. So I cut off the noise around me, de-activated my Facebook account and started focusing on how to make my ‘what if’ a reality and big words or not, this year is very much about Walking the Talk and re-inventing myself.

2015 is the year we walk the talk!

Filed under: Well-being


Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. Katrin says

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  2. Esther Zimmer says

    Hi Karine,

    I already stalk you on IG but now I’ve started reading your blog too!

    I love this post, so similar to my own story and one which is going to resonate so loudly with a lot of women – but you already know that by the response you’re getting on IG.

    I think the world needs a lot more role models like yourself who are not 20 and who have families and businesses/jobs and who want to look after themselves but in a way that is sustainable and positive rather than just a quick fix where we beat ourselves up because we didn’t stick to some kind of crazy plan that was never going to work to begin with.

    I’m so glad I found you because you’re certainly inspiring me!

    Have a great day,

    Esther xx

  3. Thank you very much Esther. I think we are finally on the right path and I’m strongly hoping that 2015 is the year to see a real transformation for everyone.

    Personally, I’m very proud of the few lifestyle changes I made over the past few years.
    I havent got the figure I want yet but I’m a lot more at peace with my body….Bikram yoga helped…when you look at yourself in the mirror for 90 min first you are very harsh and then you start to make peace with yourself :-))

    Have a very nice & healthy day

  4. debra says

    I’d like to sign up to receive your blog but don’t see how to do that – can you help? Thanks and Happy New Year!

  5. Great post Karine. Great to share your story and show that what we aspire to, in real life, doesn’t happen overnight.
    Small steps and habit change, make so much difference. You look amazing too, full of vitality, xxx

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  7. Perry Rowland says

    Delighted to read your latest posts! Welcome to a world where bread and pasta are not on the menu.

    Good luck for 2015

  8. Happy New Year lovely. Your fitness dedication is always so inspiring. Love your family stories too. I must get my camera out again and get my blogging mojo back-maybe I should do Emily’s course too! Hope we catch up soon

  9. Happy New Year to you Caroline! You should defo do Emily’s course…I really enjoyed. She made everybody feel at ease and also nobody felt self-conscious to ask ‘silly’ questions so in the end we all got a great course. Hope to see you soon too bises

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  13. Armando says

    Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy
    reading through your blog posts. Thanks a ton!

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  17. Hi Karine

    wow, its amazing how similar people’s journeys can be. I am discovering more and more people who have given up gluten, refined sugar, etc.

    I try to be vegan, but forgive myself a little milk in tea when out and about! At home I have a smoothie every morning, made with my nutrininja, and I do yoga for one hour. I would definitely recommend this yoga website: http://www.ekhartyoga.com. I use this everyday and it keeps my feeling fantastic about myself.

    all the best x

  18. An inspiring and beautiful read. Do you do any work in India? We need your talent here, I love the look of your London home. Can you help create a similar look for us in Mumbai, natural light, spacious and cosy.

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