TV Awards and Family Time!

Well done team Corrie – a fabulous night at the Royal Television awards – congrats

Simon Gregson for best performance in a continuing drama, and best storyline in a continuing drama for Steve’s depression.


As always award ceremonies are a lovely opportunity for us to get together and celebrate our wonderful team. Was nice to catch up with the lovely Vic Reeves too – would love to see this chap on the cobbles! He’s such a Corrie fan, I think he’d be an awesome addition! What you reckon Vic?



After some truly busy weeks, Tom and I decided that we would take Alfie for a little break, so we drove over to a gorgeous spa and leisure hotel in Newport, Wales.


Our break was so needed. During my pregnancy I meditated every day – because I wanted the best for my son, since Alfie arrived, I barely get a minuet to grab a bath, let alone meditate for half an hour! But I know its what my mind, body and spirit needs right now. So I’ve started to meditate at work for 10 minuets at the end of my lunch break whenever possible. Hence the break! This break was about pure indulgence and relaxation for us, as a family. We’re BIG ‘Foodies’, and the food here is out of this world, so we were absolutely in our element.

cath234There were some lovely walks to be had with Alfie (not to mention hill sprints!! Still keeping active while on holiday is important to us as a family) and I enjoyed some mummy-down time in the beautiful spa. Family time is my favourite time – Alfie is such a joy to be around. I miss him when he’s asleep! Even if I am knackered!


Back to relaxation and meditations – Visualisation is a big thing of mine. I apply visualisation to everything I do in life. I visualise in order to relax for example by imagining myself sleeping on a beach (lets be honest, we’d rather be there than on a sofa in Salford). Imagining the heat on my skin, the waves crashing on the sand, the sound of the soft breeze…I put my earphones in a drift away.

I also use it for my goal setting, if I want to achieve something I frequently visualise it in my mind, with the outcome that I desire. Visualisation works! The technique of visualisation has long been used by most if not all cultures of the world, by most therapeutic approaches. Imagery is considered to be more effective when we are feeling relaxed.

Visualising can be used to:



•improve future personal performance and development

•bring about future success

•gain confidence

•improve mood states

•reduce distress associated with traumatic memories

•gain understanding, insight, inner wisdom

•help overcome physical illnesses

•improve sports performance

Why not try visualisation this week? Cant do any harm right? And its a welcome get away from the stresses of everyday life – even if its only for 10 mins!

Its getting bloody cold right? I gave you lucky lot this recipe last year – in the winter months I swear by it. Its:

Dale Pinnocks Flu-Fighting Soup!

“This onepot wonder of a soup is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to dealing with colds and flu. Don’t be put off by the goji berries – these sweet treats were once hard to find, and cost the earth, but thankfully they can now be found cheaply in any supermarket.”


Serves 4

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 green chilli, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

5cm piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced, skins left on

1 punnet shiitake mushrooms, sliced

2 handfuls goji berries

vegetable stock, to cover

salt and black pepper

Put the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan with the olive oil. Cook over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion softens.

Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms to the pan along with the goji berries. Stir well, then add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients. Simmer well for 10–15 minutes, until the potato is soft.

Season with salt and pepper. Carefully add the soup to a jug blender in batches, and blend into a smooth, vivid orange, spicy soup.”

I find the soup freezes really well and is so handy to take to work for those cold night-shoots!

Its so important you eat a wide range of vegetables over the winter season – with tempreatures dropping and lurgy’s ‘lurging’our immune system needs that extra boost!

Stay Happy, Stay heathy, Stay warm and DREAM BIG!

Love Auntie Cath xxx

Christmas lights and Buns of Steel!!

This week was so special for my family and I. I was asked to switch on Manchester Christmas lights! I’m so very proud of my home town and Manchester (regardless of it being ‘home’) is my favourite city.

Sound check

Sound check

So it was such an honour to be asked to light up our fabulous city. It was an amazing evening packed with entertainment including the uber talented Lemar (I’m a big fan!) and Scouting For Girls. I was also asked to sing, so I selected two of my all time favourite Christmas songs ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’.


Interviews before the switch on, inside the town hall

Interviews before the switch on, inside the town hall





Selfie on stage

Selfie on stage



I’m slightly obsessed with Christmas, I start playing festive songs as soon as Bonfire Night is out of the way! The crowd were fantastic and the atmosphere was electric! I loved every second! The German Markets are now fully up and running too – I love the German markets! Can’t wait to take Alfie!
This leads me nicely onto my next big announcement !

I have been asked to sing at a very special Christmas concert in Manchester.

It’s in aid of The Christie, which is one of Europe’s leading cancer hospitals (based here in Manchester).
The concert is at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday 8th December.

The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful, steeped in history, and the acoustics are wonderful. I will be singing a couple of festive numbers, and a very special duet with singer Alexander Stewart, which will be very exciting for me as I’m a huge fan of his.


The tickets are Adult: £12 Concessions: £8 (kids and OAPs) and you can book your tickets on 0161 446 3988

One has been grafting one’s asciender off all week! My results at the gym continue to improve on a weekly basis – feeling healthy and strong is the best natural high there is!

Here’s another fab exercise from @mattwarnerpt. Be warned – stairs will be an issue the next day! But your backside will look fab!

The Hip Thrust

The hip thrust is extremely effective at improving glute (butt!) and hamstring strength. There are many ways in which this exercise can be manipulated for the beginner through to the more advanced lifter.

Beginners are advised to start this exercise from the floor. Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor about 6-8 inches wider than shoulder width with your feet close to your heels.

When starting this movement ensure that you flatten your back into the floor to activate your abdominals and allow the movement to be entirely glute and hamstring focussed, thus not allowing the lower back to come into play.

Once activated squeeze your butt hard and drive up through heels while keeping the abdominals tight until your hips are fully extended. Pause at the top of the movement for 2 – 4 seconds and slowly lower back to the start position. Repeat for the desired reps.

Once mastered with body weight begin to load this with a Barbell ensuring you can keep tension in the working muscles throughout the exercise.


To progress this further you can do the following:
– Use Load in the form of a Barbell.
– Raise the shoulders onto a bench
– Use a specialised hip thrust bench as seen in the photo
– Utilise different implements including resistance bands

Thank you Matt! Forever saving the world from saggy bottoms!

My pals at Printers Playhouse have an awesome play on this week if you get chance.

Andy Olsen and John Berry opened Printers in June of this year- turning an old battered restaurant into a 3 story arts venue. They have live music, spoken word and theatre spaces for a community venture that has taken steps in being the south coasts most exciting hub for emerging works and talent.

The play is set in London 2014 just after the riots. It talks about Adam, a CID officer who believes persecuting his next door neighbour will help justify everything he believes to be right. However, he might be wrong.

It’s a dark, intense piece that makes you listen. The main theme being, that we should listen to children. We should, as a society help in dealing with the trauma and heartache of child abuse. As yew tree and historical abuse claims continue to sky rocket, we must make a change. Could you forgive the unforgivable? Is closure a choice or do you believe in justice?
It’s a fine line between the man and the monster. Who can we trust? Even our shadow leaves us in the darkness.


BOOK NOW online @
Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne 12 station street. Bn21 4rg STARTING TO SELL OUT FAST X
Until Next week!
Stay Happy, stay healthy and dream BIG

Auntie Cath


Ghouls, Boobs and Choccy Treats!

Did you all have a fabulously ghoulish Halloween? Alfie had at least four costume changes. I think he was pretty over it by lunch time… Bless!


This week has been as frantic as ever, but I’ve managed a good few gym sessions this week . I’ve spoken before about how important it is to get a good sports bra. I know if I don’t wear a good one I start to get achey boobs over time – so it’s something that I invest in. Let’s face it, splashing out on a decent sports bra is much cheaper than having to splash out on a new pair of boobs further down the line!


A decent sports bra is so important for maintaining the integrity of the breast wall and the shape of the breast. Too much intense movement can cause ligaments surrounding the breasts to stretch and tear. This damage can be irreversible – leading to droopy or saggy boobs (not ideal!) However, the right sports bra can stop this and keep Betty and Bertha perkier for longer!!


The right sports bra will hold everything in place without making your breasts feel squished and uncomfortable. The best sports bras will also be made of material that should help absorb sweat – nice!



I made a fab paleo chocolate cake for Halloween! It’s so simple and without blowing my own trumpet – it was a taste sensation!! Here’s the recipe:


  • ½ cup coconut flour (75g)
  • ¼ cup almond flour (28g)
  • 2 teaspoons grain free baking powder (7g)
  • ½ cup unsweetened raw cacao powder (59g)
  • 13.5 ounce can full fat coconut milk (400ml)
  • ½ cup honey (125g)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)



  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease two cake tins of 6 inches.
  • Sift coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, and cacao powder into the bowl of your stand mixer (or large mixing bowl).
  • Mix your dry ingredients until they are all combined.
  • Place coconut milk, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract inside your blender. Blend on low speed for 10-15 seconds until all ingredients are throughly combined.
  • With your stand mixer on low speed, slowly pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix just enough for everything to combine. Stop the mixer once or so to make sure there are no dry ingredients left at the bottom.
  • Pour chocolate batter evenly into cake tins and bake for approx 30 mins until cooked through in the centre.
  • Create paleo butter cream for the centre using a cup of organic grass feed butter, 1 tsp of vanilla essence , 3 desert spoons of coconut flour and half a cup of maple syrup!

I decorated mine with melted organic dark chocolate and chocolate chips!! So naughty but so nice!!


Having an indulgent weekend has meant I’ve upped my game at the gym this week. I’m loving discovering all these new muscles that seem to be appearing! Don’t get me wrong – I love my curves and I want to stay womanly – but I love the fact that I’m getting stronger! It’s such a buzz feeling this strong and healthy. My energy levels are the best they’ve ever been too!


My co-star Katie (Sinead) has been training at the same gym as me and is doing so well with eating healthy and getting strong! Go Katie! Keep up the good work Mrs!!


Until Next week my Health Bunnies!
Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream Big!

Love Auntie Cath xxx

Nesting, Butt-Crunches and Guilt Free Pizza!

Busy week of nesting! A few finishing touches to the house before baby arrives. Gym mirrors are up…reflection has changed somewhat but we’ll get that back

;-) and my lovely, talented friend from ’60 Minuet Make-Over’ Rachel Robinson (@rayssewingroom) surprised me with the most beautiful new curtains for the nursery!

I shed a tear when I walked in – it was the finishing touch we needed! Thanks Rach! I’ve also been putting prams together, sussing out car seats and practising nappy changes with any baby I can lay my hands on! So were all ready to welcome this little bundle.
HUGE congrats to my Brother and Sister in law to be -Ian and Sarah. They have just welcomed their beautiful baby girl – Penny!! Tom and I dropped into one of our favourite little tea shops ‘The Secret Garden’ (Such a cute little place – check it out : @secretgardentearoom) and we raised a cup of peppermint tea along with a cheeky flap-jack to little Penny :-)
Were off for a cuddle tomorrow – I can’t wait to meet her. Hurry up bump! Penny wants her little pal to arrive!!
Also had some last minute pampering before the little one arrives , with my lovely pal Natalie Whitfield. Nails , facial and massage ahoy!
I have been drinking lots of Raspberry leaf tea these past few weeks. After reading up on this tea, I figured it was worth a shot. Not only does it taste bloody good, here’s the benefits of drinking it during pregnancy. Now obviously everyone is different, and you shouldn’t start drinking Raspberry Leaf tea without consulting your midwife or a doctor. Some people really believe this tea has a positive effect for the following reasons:

It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep during pregnancy. The specific combination of nutrients in the tea makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labours. The evidence for the effects on labour for raspberry leaf tea is mixed: One small study found that women who drank the tea regularly towards the end of pregnancy had a shorter ‘pushing stage of labour. They were also less likely to have a birth assisted with forceps. Some users have also claimed it has really helped to reduce morning sickness.
As I have already mentioned you MUST consult a doctor or midwife before taking any herbal supplements whilst pregnant. Got to be worth a shot right ladies?!

Here’s an über gentle exercise for us heavily pregnant ladies!
You can do daily to help maintain some kind of structure to that expanding backside! With days to go till my due date, exercise has been very gentle. Remember – exercising during pregnancy should NEVER be about weight loss- that isn’t our goal. Its about keeping that muscle memory active and keeping healthy and fit for birth and your little treasure :-)
Simple Glute Crunch

Assume start position as shown by kneeling down and supporting your upper body on your forearms.

Keeping your right knee bent, slowly lift that leg behind you so your foot raises up toward the ceiling.

Return to start position and repeat with left leg.

Pre-pregnancy I’m a HUGE fan of HIIT training. It really is fantastic for weight-loss. Confused at to what it is?? Tom Pitfield explains (TP_PTFitness):
HIIT training VS Steady state cardio

HIIT Training – High Intensity Interval Training. Why? Fast effective way to burn fat.

Steady State Cardio – Why? Build up fitness and general well being.

“Up there with being asked “why can’t I eat bread” this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get asked every week by clients. HITT training is all you read about in all the magazines these days and it’s confusing people somewhat. As always it all depends on your main goal. Do you want to loose body fat?

Yes HITT training is by far better for you in terms of burning fat than steady state cardio. BUT if are training for a specific sporting event and want to improve your cardio vascular fitness, steady state cardio has a place for you.

Both have there pros and cons. HIIT training is time efficient and can be done in less than 20 minutes. But in my opinion you do have to have a decent level of fitness first to take full advantage of HIIT training.

Steady state cardio can be done by all levels of fitness, whether it’s a light swim or walk. But isn’t always the right choice for people wanting to loose weight and can often misleading.

Just to throw a spanner in the works, there’s a 3rd point you should take note of. If you enjoy running or road biking for example, and find it enjoyable and de stressing… Then I wouldn’t discourage you from doing that. You can benefit from exercise in all areas, not just the physical. Improving your mental state of mind is just as important as your physical goal.”
Antony Cotton has been cooking up a storm this week with one of my favourite Paleo recipes – Cauliflower based pizza!! I made a similar version of this during the summer and you guys seemed to LOVE that recipe – so I thought I’d throw this one at you!
We all went for dinner earlier this week and swapped some fabulous paleo recipe ideas- So I owe this one to Ant (although I have tweaked slightly!) – who we all know Mr Cotton is a fabulous cook! We’re making this at weekend – its delicious!! Tweet me your pizza pics guys! @cath_tyldesley
Auntie Cath’s ‘Sorry- Not Sorry Pizza’

• 340g raw cauliflower, fresh or frozen

• 1 large free-range egg

• 75g low-fat mozzarella cheese, grate 50g and slice the remaining 25g for the topping

• 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

• 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

• 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

• 1/4 teaspoon garlic

• sea salt to taste

• freshly ground black pepper to taste

• 2 fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced (40 calories)

• 1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced (20 calories)

• 2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced (8 calories)

• 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes (4 calories)

• fresh oregano or basil, to garnish

Line a pizza stone or tray with greaseproof paper.
Pre-heat the oven to 200.

Grate the cauliflower, or process it in a food processor – it should be like fine crumbs. If using frozen cauliflower, squeeze excess water out of it and crumble with your hands .

Microwave the cauliflower crumbs for 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft. You can also steam or boil the cauliflower, but you will need to squeeze the excess water out of it afterwards if cooked with water.

Place the cauliflower crumbs in to an large mixing bowl and add the egg, grated mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, you should have a fairly stiff but malleable dough, as seen in my photos.

Place the cauliflower “dough” onto the prepared tray and pat out into a large circle, about 12.5cms (10″) in diameter and about 1.5cms (1/2″) thick. Spray the top with a little low-fat cooking spray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.

Place the sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle the chilli flakes over, scatter over the minced garlic and onion rings, season to taste with salt and pepper, and then arrange the sliced mozzarella cheese over the top.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the topping is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Scatter fresh oregano or basil leaves over and serve cut into wedges with salad leaves.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and DREAM BIG!!

Love Auntie Cath

Corrie Nights out and Splashing With Alfie!

This week has been like Christmas on caffeine!! I’ve loved it! Weatherfield is a rather special place to be at Christmas and this year it’s extra special!!

We’ve been shooting the Underworld Christmas party this week, which has been SO much fun to do. As always our Christmas episodes have it all!! Drama, suspense, comedy and lashings of mistletoe and sparkle!! You’re in for a treat!!




I’ve had a couple of fab evenings out this week with my lovely co-stars. I joined Tina O’Brien and Bruno Langley for drinks earlier in the week, and met up with Brooke and my two pals fashion designer Nadine Merabi and Ashleigh for a fab Brazilian dinner the other night.






Being a new mum means socializing nights are few and far between – so it was a fab opportunity to catch up on all the goss!!


Happy Birthday to best friend Peter who turned 32 this week. Pete and I have been best mates for 20 years now! I think it’s safe to say he’ll never be rid of me!!


My schedule has eased off slightly in the past couple of weeks so I’ve also had more time with Alfie. Smiling face with smiling eyes we’ve been on some lovely power walks in the countryside .

I love getting outdoors – keeping fit whilst enjoying family time makes working up a sweat a lot more fun!! I even did walking lunges alongside the canal!! Passers by thought I’d clearly lost the plot, but Alfie seemed to think it was hilarious!


Making Waves!

Now we all know I love swimming! It’s very important to me that my family are safe and confident in the water.
Alfie goes to a swim class every Sunday. We introduced him to the pool at six weeks old as I believe it’s so important for children to feel confident in the water. He really enjoys splashing around with the other babies and he’s so relaxed in the water.

Each week he improves and it’s truly a joy to see, I think swimming is my favourite thing to do with Alfie so far – face to face and skin to skin – such a special bonding time.

Research has proved that the stimulating effect of baby swimming lessons has the potential to increase intelligence, concentration and alertness. Not to mention social, emotional and physical development.

It takes time, patience and repetition, but already Alfie is confident in the water. He gets so excited as soon as we get in the pool. It’s a great work out for mum too! As they keep you moving and lifting baby throughout! And seeing as Alfie now weighs 1st 4lbs… My biceps are coming on nicely! Cheers son!


It teaches water safety

Tragically, drowning is the third-biggest cause of accidental death among children under five in the UK. Learning to get to the side, hold on, get out and/or swim could save your child’s life one day, so we teach vital safety techniques from birth. Over the years we’ve been incredibly proud to share the credit for having helped save a significant number of children’s lives. Water Babies have fallen into canals, swollen streams, private swimming pools – and survived, thanks to the skills they learnt with us. ”

I’m very excited to announce that I will be switching on Manchester’s Christmas lights!! I’ll be enjoying this honour on 7 November and performing a Christmassy little number too!! Expect cheese on a stick!! I LOVE Christmas!! I can’t wait!!

Finally – Thank you SO much for your positive comments and support surrounding my Tonight with Cath Tyldesley- Diet Fact Diet Fiction program. So many of you found the program helpful. If you missed it – you can still catch the program here




Training is going well – this week I started properly squatting again… Squatting almost my own body weight. Squatting is something that MUST be performed correctly!! Not just to achieve the best results, but to prevent injury. You engage your whole body when squatting – so it’s a brilliant exercise. Especially for those glutes!!

Until next week my little health bunnies!!

Stay Happy, Stay healthy and Dream BIG


Auntie Cath

More about my ‘Tonight With’ programme and a Corrie day out in Manchester

On Sunday we had a ‘Corrie School Trip’. I booked for a few of us to have a bash at the Escape rooms in Manchester! Which is where… Well…

You escape from a room basically. All rooms have different theme, ours had an Egyptian tomb theme (think Indiana Jones style!) but there are also horror film type rooms and prison break style rooms.


You are locked in, and have one hour to Escape, using the clues hidden in that room. Sounds simple? Well… You know that saying- ‘how many actors does it take to change a light bulb?’….


It was pretty difficult – but we made it out with eleven minutes to spare?


Then we headed to one of our favourite restaurants and had a lovely meal. It was a lovely day – and so nice spending time with the guys outside of Weatherfield..

This week I’ve been in editing for my episode of the ‘Tonight’ program. ‘Tonight With Cath Tyldesley – Diet Fact Diet Fiction’ is on this Friday 23rd ITV1 at 8pm.


With obesity levels rocketing in Britain, many of us want to lose weight or just have a healthier lifestyle. But with thousands of books and websites offering advice, just who and what should we believe.


In this program I investigate the pressure to have a perfect body and attempts to separate dieting facts from the myths.


It’s something I’ve been working on for a while and I’m really hoping it will help a lot of people. If you get chance to watch it – please do. If not for yourself then future generations.


SCREEN_GRABS_DIET_FACT_DIET_FICTION_06SCREEN_GRABS_DIET_FACT_DIET_FICTION_08SCREEN_GRABS_DIET_FACT_DIET_FICTION_07SCREEN_GRABS_DIET_FACT_DIET_FICTION_09We’ve been uber busy in Weatherfield filming Christmas!!! You heard me right… Christmas!! How scary is that?! It doesn’t seem five minutes ago that we were filming last Christmas, waddling around heavily pregnant. Temps fugit !! As ever we have some fabulous juicy storylines for you lot over the festive season. What will Eva be doing this year? More to the point… Who will she be kissing under the mistletoe?


Halloween is near! If your kids are anything like the kids in our family – they can’t wait!! Why not try a healthier version of a kids favourite sweet treat? We all love cookies right? Well this year I’ll be making a paleo batch. I found this fab recipe I’d like to share with you – I PROMISE they taste soon good. Much better than shop bought cookies that are filled with nasties!!

Perfect Paleo Cookies


1. -1 cup almond flour

2. -1 tbsp coconut flour

3. -1 egg

4. -5 tbsp coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)

5. -3 tbsp raw organic honey

6. -1/4 cup melted dark chocolate

7. -1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts, more if desired

8. -1/4 cup good quality cacoa powder

9. -1 tsp organic vanilla extract

10. -1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt

11. -1/4 tsp baking soda

12. -¼ cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life’s or your favorite dark chocolate chunks)


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Line baking sheet with baking liner

3. Mix dry ingredients in one mixing bowl (minus nuts and additional chocolate chips)

4. Mix wet ingredients in another mixing bowl

5. Combine wet and dry ingredients

6. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips

7. Using a cookie scoop, scoop spoonful at a time onto baking sheet

8. Bake for 15 minutes

9. Let cool on cooling Tray

Stay Happy Stay Healthy and Dream BIG


Auntie Cath


Disney dreams and filming for ‘Tonight’

A treat-filled week for the Tyldesley-Pitfield household!! I was lucky enough to catch a wonderful performance of the hit musical ‘Mack & Mabel’ this week starring a firm favourite of mine – the lovely Michael Ball! I’m a huge fan of Michael’s – its one of my ambitions to sing with him one day! The whole cast was fantastic!


With silver screen-style production numbers, and the wonderfully talented Anna-Jane Casey leading the way with possibly the most fabulously camp performance of ‘Tap Your Troubles Away’ I’ve ever seen – would I watch it again?? YES!!


Now I make no secret of the fact I am a HUGE Disney fan. I turn into ‘Elsa’ from ‘Frozen’ at the first sight of frost… I still pretend to be ‘Ariel’ from ‘The Little Mermaid each time I have a bath…and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve held Alfie in the air – pretending he’s Simba upon Pride Rock.

I may look 32, but inside, I’m still 12. So when I discovered that ‘Disney on Ice’ was coming to Manchester, I quickly stole my pals children (Lily and Ellie) and sprinted over to the M.E.N Arena!!


The show was way past Alfie’s bed time, and at 5 years old, the twins are the perfect age to be utterly thrilled to tiny pieces, in seeing their favourite Disney characters grace the ice. What a show!! I loved every second, and YES I managed to meet my hero – Sir Mickey Mouse!! I can’t wait for Alfie to be old enough to go to Disneyland. I still haven’t been, and I have a strong feeling its my spiritual home!


I announced this week that I have made my very own episode of the ‘Tonight’ program. My episode is called ‘Diet Fact Diet Fiction’ and I’m incredibly proud of this project. I have been wanting to make this program for a while now. Its been a fascinating journey and I meet some incredible people along the way. My episode airs Friday 23rd, ITV1- I think you guys will find the show really interesting. Thank you for your supportive tweets – education in nutrition is something I am so very passionate about, and I really enjoy sharing my discoveries with you guys.

With Halloween fast approaching – don’t be wasting the innards when doing your ‘pumpkin carving’! I have a really easy pumpkin soup recipe! Its uber fast, and uber tasty! Winner-Winner Pumpkin dinner!! Pumpkin is one of the very low calorie vegetables. Providing no saturated fats or cholesterol , its is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. So not just a scary face eh?

Power-Pumpkin Soup!

2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1 onion, chopped;
1 garlic clove, minced;
1 1/2 lb pumpkin flesh, chopped roughly;
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped;
4 cups fresh Chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
Fresh Coriander to garnish

Heat a large pot, melt the cooking oil and cook the onion until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add the chopped pumpkin and sweet potatoes and cook for several minutes.
Add the stock, season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil and let simmer for about 25 minutes, until the flesh of the pumpkin and sweet potatoes is tender.
Stir the coconut milk and use your blender to blend to the consistency of a purée.
Serve with an extra dash of coconut milk or cream swirled on top of each bowl. Sprinkle chopped coriander on top.

This week Ive been supporting childrens charity @VarietyGB. Its a fantastic Children’s Charity, supporting children and young people in the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. You can help buy buying a T-shirt or debating here :


One of my favourite exercises for tightening up one’s ‘Mum-Tum’ has been the ‘Swiss Ball Pike’

Here’s me with @heynickmitchell


The Core of The Matter!!

Start with your calves on the ball, body straight. Bend your legs, bringing the ball in towards you, slowly drop back down to the start position and repeat! Goodbye Mum-tum!!

Have a Great Weeks my Little Health Bunnies!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG

Love Auntie Cath


How momma is getting her booty-back!!

We all like a peachy bum right?! There’s been a massive increase in buttock implants over recent years, thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and her uber rounded posterior. The thought of getting silicone in my butt kinda freaks me out… Thus – I lift. Thus – I lift heavy!! There are several awesome exercises you can do to achieve peach-like ‘junk in your trunk’ – I suspect they’re a lot less painful than going under the knife! My trainer @mattwarnerPT has miraculously managed to get my stubborn backside to crawl back up my leg over the past few weeks. With some bloody hard graft at the gym, and the right nutrition you can achieve amazing results!


Matt talks us through one of my favorite exercises below!!


When looking to improve strength and develop your glutes and hamstrings there are many things to consider. Exercise selection, foot position, implement (equipment used) and your own structural limitations to name but a few. How you set up and progress is determined by all of the above.

With Cath we have moved through various exercises that target these body parts effectively, all the while focussing on tension and contracting each working muscle fully.

Starting with Hip thrusts we have moved through several exercises that allow for an effective ‘hip hinge’ (as seen in the picture) The hip hinge allows us to maximise the stretch and shortening through the hamstrings and glutes without compensating through other muscle groups, especially in the lower back. Again the goal here is to isolate and work the desired muscle groups, nothing more.

A more advanced exercise is the Romanian Deadlift or RDL.

In order to complete a perfect RDL you should first test your correct range of motion either using a light bar or sitting in the RDL position on the floor. Mimic the RDL movement until your back begins to round. Once this occurs you have lost form. Come back up slightly from there and you should have a good active range for that exercise. Anything more and you risk injury.

Load your RDLs appropriately to maximise contraction while not compromising on form. This will maximise results.

Other effective glute exercises include walking lunges, squats (when performed correctly), incline hyper extensions and glute/ham raises.

Happy booty building!

Thank you Matt! Saving the world from saggy bottoms, one lunge at a time!!

This week Ryan Thomas (aka Jason Grimshaw) revealed that he will be leaving ‘Coronation Street’. Ryan told me the news a while ago – but now it seems very real!! I can’t deny I’m really sad that he’s going. Ryan has become one of my closest friends at Corrie, I’m going to miss our chats and bear hugs (Ryan gives the best hugs). However!!! I’m SO excited to see what he does next!!! Ryan is very talented and such a gent to work with – I know whatever he does- he’ll do it well!! Go shine Ryan!! We love you lots!


My cousin Ellie (7) is doing something wonderful. She is donating her beautiful long hair to so that another little girl, poorly with cancer is able to have a wig made. It’s taken Ellie years to grow her hair (she loves the film ‘Tangled’) and she’s normally scared of having a trim – so this is a huge think for her. If you can afford to sponsor please do. All proceeds will be going to The Christie Cancer Hospital.

We attended Philip Armstrong’s fashion show this week to help raise money for NSPCC.It was a great night with a fantastic turn out. Raising money for a wonderful cause. The dresses were amazing – and proceeds for the evening going directly to the charity. So Tom and I had our little date night too- and all for a good cause!!


Thanks for tuning into Mr & Mrs too!! It was such fun and we raised £5000 for NHS Christie Cancer Hospital!!


Until next week campers!!
Much love

Stay happy , stay healthy and dream Big!!

Love Auntie Cath xx

Wedded bliss and a new addition to Weatherfield!!

Most importantly – happy RUBY wedding anniversary to my gorgeous mum and dad!! RUBY!!! 40 YEARS!! I think in this day and age, when marriage is sometimes taken so lightly – that is quite an accomplishment! Mum and dad married when they were 17 and 18, the fact they are still together is a massive inspiration to me. Yes marriage is hard work sometimes, but to ride the ups and downs of life with someone you love, and more importantly – someone who loves YOU back is pretty awesome. Well done Janet and Graham!! We had a lovely meal out to celebrate (of course Alfie stole the limelight as per!)


I was thrilled to discover that Coronation Street had cast Ted Robbins to play Mary’s new love interest – Brendan. I’m a big fan of Ted, they’re aren’t many actors/comedians that can make me cry laughing – but he’s one of them! I shot some scenes with him and Patti (Mary) the other day and what a pleasure it was.

The duo work fantastically well together and Ted is like having a cheeky Mr Sunshine on set – I’m really hoping he’s with us for a while. Having been viewer of Coronation Street for my whole life – he’s perfect for the show. I can’t wait for you guys to meet Brendan!

Now – I’m giving you the heads up nice and early – this Wednesday, 7th October, Tom and I are taking part in Mr & Mrs 8pm ITV1. I’m a big fan of the show. We shot our episode several months ago and I have to say – it’s very bloody funny – mainly at my expense (it was a quiet car journey home!). I know we’re up against the ‘Bake-Off’ Final, but you can record that! I promise you’ll giggle more watching us if nothing else!



I’ve only managed a couple of sessions at the gym this week, as I continue to be insanely busy! But as the weather has been so gorgeous here in Manchester, we’ve made an effort to power walk with Alfie when we’re not too tired, which has been lovely. I’ve started a new phase with my trainer @mattwarnerpt – for the next few weeks it’s about really building muscle and getting my strength up. I’m already stronger than I was pre-pregnancy would you believe!!!
I’ve only been training with him a matter of weeks and I’m managing to do ‘Farmers Walks’ carrying more than my own body weight (and I’m no feather-light!). So I’m eating plenty of muscle-feeding foods to keep my strength up (pop-eye eat your heart out).

It’s really important to consume a good source of protein post workout to aid growth and repair. This is when a decent protein shake can come in handy if you’re in a rush. I’ve been cooking one of my favourite Dale Pinnock recipes in the evening and putting it in a tupperware to enjoy after the gym the next day. Dale describes the dish as a ‘Powerhouse’ – packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids, it’s ridiculously easy to prepare!

Baked Salmon With Herbed Omega Crust

3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 garlic clove, crushed
1 lemon, zested, plus 1 lemon cut into wedges
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large salmon fillets
sea salt
black pepper


Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Combine the ground flaxseeds, breadcrumbs, herbs, garlic, lemon zest and olive oil in a bowl to make the topping, then season with salt and pepper.
Spread the flaxseed mixture over the salmon fillets, flesh side up, and place the fillets on the prepared baking tray.
Roast in the oven for about 8–10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Serve with lemon wedges and a salad of mixed leaves.
Thanks @Dale_Pinnock!! Making the world a healthier place as always!!


We all get a bit achey from workouts, especially you runners/footballers out there who are more likely to sustain an injury. Something Ive found very useful is Arnica. Arnica is a plant based product with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. I buy an Arnica gel that I can rub onto the affected area, and find it really useful. Works well on bruises too!


I’ve been supporting Breast Cancer research this week by wearing my t-shirt from Bows Couture. You can buy yours here:

Earlier this week one of the daily tabloids claimed I was moving house, because I had the ‘neighbours from hell’…
let me set the story straight. That is COMPLETELY untrue. I have never said this. My neighbours are adorable.
I really get on with my neighbours… it must have been a REALLY slow day for news.

Other than this , it’s been an exciting week all round, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing some wonderful bits of news to you I hope.

Have a great week my lovelies!!

Good luck to Corrie at the ‘Inside Soap’ awards too. Thank you to all who have voted.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG.

Auntie Cath


Corrie live – behind the scenes

We did it!!!! Coronation Street LIVE episode went unbelievably well, without a glitch! I can’t put into words how proud I am of my wonderful Corrie family every single person involved – from our wonderful producers, director, crew, actors… to the awesome canteen staff and security staff.


EVERYONE – well done!!!

We smashed it. Our central characters to that episode- Tina O’Brien, Paula Lane, Jack P Shepherd, Sean Ward- you were all phenomenal. Congratulations. It’s was such an honor to be a part of something so special, hard work? Yes! Worth it? Ten fold!


I couldn’t really compare the experience to theatre. It was totally different… I’m not sure I can compare it to anything actually.


During dress rehearsal I had a seriously hairy moment where I had to sprint from one location to the next…losing a shoe in the process! (Told you I was Cinderella! ?) with 30 seconds to spare I skidded into place at the Rovers, followed by a flying shoe – kindly returned to me with 10 seconds left to rehearsal transmission…


My heart was in my mouth!! But, we had a saying in my early theatre days- “if the dress rehearsal goes breast-upwards, then you’re set for a great show”. Well that saying turned out to be true didn’t it?


Our rehearsals sometimes went on into the early hours, but we all rallied together, keeping each other warm, making each other laugh and brewing each other much needed cups of coffee!!


I also supplied the cast with Vitamin B Sprays! The sense of our little Weatherfield community made my heart swell- I love you all so very much and count my lucky stars to be around such lovely, talented people.

I met up with my good friend @HeyNickMitchell this week too, as he officially opened his new gym. It was a fab day- I really support the ethos of Nick’s gyms, with education at the forefront. Joined by my Tom and Of course little Alfie, it was a great chance to chat to several fitness experts and lovers all all things healthy, and get the latest training tips from Nick and Of course my lovely trainer @mattwarnerPT.



Nick and I got together for a wonderful shoot too – with some awesome tips for you guys. I shall keep you posted on that!


Also this week I have been filming my other project- which I can’t say too much about at present but I’m hoping you guys will be supportive as always. It’s something I’m so passionate about and my God has it been interesting!!! Can’t wait to tell you more!

I met a young lady this week who told me she felt she had to miss out on holidays with her friends because she “didn’t have a thigh gap”…

This makes me so sad. This beautiful young girl was truly gorgeous inside and out, but due to silly media posts on Instagram and Twitter about celebs with thin legs (in my opinion some of them far too thin) and this so-called ‘thigh gap’ .

She lost out on happy memories with friends because she felt under pressure and not worthy. What have we done to today’s generation?! I have NEVER had a thigh gap, and due to physiology a lot of women never will as it is about where your hip sockets are and you cant do much about that !

I am strong, I am healthy – I can deadlift more than most men and my baby son has a healthy bit of cushioning to sit on – with no danger of falling through!! So you can keep your thigh gap – thank you very much!


There’s nothing sexier than a strong, healthy, feminine shape. We’re all different, and we all need to embrace what we have!! Stop posting silly pictures! Inspire don’t shame.

Stay Happy, Stay healthy and dream BIG
Auntie Cath

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