I’m not one to do a lot of guest posts but when I discovered Kate Key over a year ago I knew that I wanted to feature her on my blog at some point, since I’m focussing on maintaining weight loss and finding a healthy balance I thought her story was perfect to feature on my blog! Unlike a lot of weight loss stories that are told many of them aren’t maintained and it’s heartbreaking, I too have lost weight twice over so I understand the struggle. Maintenance really is the hardest part and I think we all need to hear that it can be done and to help us strive to find balance, however that looks to you is very personal.
I love Kate, we relate on many levels and have a huge love of Sushi and all things creative! I hope you enjoy her story and please feel free to drop her a comment, I’m sure she would love to hear from you. You can find her over on Instagram, Facebook and her website here….Kate Key
Thank you so much for sharing your story Kate x
Age – 24 years old / Height – 1.65cm
We all have a tipping point that propels us to lose weight, what was yours?
I think I was always a bit in denial as to how big I was. I’ve always been pretty body confident so I don’t think my weight was ever a focus of mine. When I started going out with my now husband, we were eating out more and I started noticing how hard it was to keep up with his nieces and nephews when we were all hanging out. Then I jumped on the scales (for the first time in years) and saw a three digit number looking back at me. That’s when it all hit me.
Prior to losing the weight, what was your relationship like with food and what is it like now?
I never really thought about food to be honest! I definitely craved vegies when I was eating badly, and usually stuck with water, but other than that I just ate what I wanted. Now I’m a lot more aware of what’s going in my body and trying to help it function as well as possible. I’m definitely stricter with what I eat, I think that’s pretty common whenever you have an overhaul of your eating habits.
How did you lose the weight?
I started out by cutting out most junk food and takeaways as that was one of the biggest contributors to my weight gain. I also challenged myself to running and while I started out walking more than running, I found it was amazing for improving my fitness as well as helping me to lose weight.
Did you have support from friends and family and how did they respond when you lost the weight?
Sort of! It was quite a private journey of mine, I sort of kept it to myself because all I was doing was eating better and exercising more. When I noticed that I was losing weight, I did share before and after photos and that’s when I got a lot of support from friends and family. Everyone was just really proud of me for making that change.
Most of us lose motivation for weight loss, what kept you motivated?
I think the biggest point of difference for me was that it was never about the weight. It was about getting healthy and fit. More than my size, I noticed how out of breath I was and just how gross I felt. I was motivated to keep going because I loved being able to run, and loved how good, clean food was making me feel.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what do you think are the keys to that success?
I started my “journey” to a healthier lifestyle in 2012 and since then have lost between 30-40kg. Over the last 1 year and a half I’ve mostly just been maintaining my weight, with some fluctuations – usually only around 5kg. I think the fact that my focus wasn’t about weight meant that I’ve spent the last 3ish years working on building a healthier lifestyle with better habits, rather than a quick fix to just lose all the weight.
What were your biggest challenges and what challenges do you still face?
Because I do have some restrictions of what I eat it can result with binges, especially if I’m feeling a bit emotional. And unfortunately those are all habits that you learn all through life so they’re a bit harder to kick. Also just motivation to get out there and exercise, but I’m getting there!
Many people are unhappy with their health and weight, what is your advice to them?
I think my best advice is to just start. Take a look at what you’re eating, your habits, and see if there are small tweaks that you can make that will help you change your habits into healthy ones. For example, if you drink a lot of fizzy drinks or juice, maybe try and cut down to one a day and only drink water for the rest of your drinks. Sit down a bit too much during the day? Make sure that you’re walking around every hour, and maybe ask a friend or family member if they want to go for a walk with you a couple of times a week. You don’t have to go and get a Personal Trainer or sign up to a crazy diet. Just tweak your lifestyle so that it becomes part of your everyday life.
I believe good health is more than just doing the food what other factors helped you? Do you have a self care regime?
I totally agree with this! Our bodies are designed to move and so exercise is really important. Not even just for weight loss but for stress and emotional relief. I also make sure that if I am feeling down or stressed I know what will cheer me up. A walk, some yoga, watching my favourite tv show, pampering myself. It’s so important to not only look after your body but your mind too.
Best piece of advice?
Stop comparing. If you’re happy, enjoying life and feel like you’re functioning as you should, then be free! If you want to change something, do it because YOU want to, not because you friend is doing this or someone on Instagram is doing something else.
Sushi – I honestly could eat it everyday.
I’m a graphic designer so if anything creative always gets me – interiors, diys, sketching, Pinterest.. I’m happiest when I’m creating something.
I LOVE a good tshirt dress. They’re so good for dressing up or down, and suitable for summer or in winter you can wear them with leggings or tights.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working full time as a freelancer designer, maybe with a little Key or two!