I’m Kay, and I started my weight loss on May 11, 2014. This is my second true attempt for change; I first started in 2012 but was derailed by getting hit by a car. After the accident, I gained back all the weight I had lost, plus more, with my highest weight reaching 310 pounds.
Last April I decided to try again. I rescued a large dog to get me out of the house more often and, since then, everything has changed.
When did you realize it was important to take care of your health?
“When I realized I was angry all the time. I was unhappy and mean; I distanced myself from my friends and declined invitations to go out.”
What keeps you going?
“Small changes keep me motivated. I love watching my collarbones become more noticeable and seeing my bust shrink.”
What do you find yourself doing now that you thought you’d never be able to do?
“The thing that I never thought I would be able to do is shop in regular stores. I get to choose my fashion (though I have pretty bad style) and I don’t have to wear whatever the plus sized store thinks is fashionable for me.”
What is something that you are really proud of and why?
“This sounds silly, but I’m proud of how out of my comfort zone I get. Recently I’ve started taking voice lessons, I’ve been making new friends and going out.”
Is there anything you would like to do or accomplish in your life that you haven’t done yet?
“Fitness wise, my goals are to strengthen my lungs. My dream is to hike Machu Picchu and I want to travel to South America alone and feel that I can do that when I’m in peak shape.”
Who is your fitspiration and why?
“My fitspiration? I don’t have anyone in mind. My body type doesn’t fit the mold of traditional beauty, and I’m totally OK with that. If I’m not you’re cup of tea, it’s your loss.”
What are you passionate about personally?
“I’m kind of strange with my passions. I’m passionate about welding, rescuing dogs without purchasing from a breeder, music, and volvos. Also, I love being able to leg press as much as most men.”
What would be impossible for you to give up?
“Carbs would be the thing I couldn’t give up. Yay for quick energy! Also music.”
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“The best advice I’ve been given is to “motivate yourself”. My trainer told me this many times and just recently it finally sunk in. I was always waiting for someone to make me work out, looking for a gym buddy, looking for people to run with, but when I started to do things on my own, I became super successful. I’m not waiting for anyone anymore.”
What is your favorite quote?
“My favorite quote is from Papa’s Story. “I think he would die if he hadn’t his tail to wag; he lets his gladness off by wagging his tail, so it shan’t burst his dear, honest, good-dog heart.”
– George Macdonald
What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
“On the weekend you can find me enjoying many beers, walking my dogs or at the workshop making furniture. Weekends are me time and I make sure to enjoy them thoroughly.”
Thanks to Kirsten for being such an inspiration to us!
Client Stories is a regular feature highlighting some of the most motivated and positive people we have had the pleasure of working with.