My name is Kate Nankivell and I am 48 years old.
A History Of Dieting
I have struggled with my weight since my university years when a poor diet and too much social beer drinking added on the kilos. I lost around 15 kilos at the end of university through Weight Watchers (felt at a good weight and fit) and kept that off for approximately 2 years. Since that time I have tried Weight Watchers several times more and had great success twice with this method but the weight piled back on and then some. At the start of 2008 at the age of 40 years and at 130 kilos I combined a well known pre-prepared food diet with regular exercise (cardio and strength training with an awesome personal trainer) and lost 40 kilos. Again I felt fit and strong.
Making Work More Important Than Me
Professionally - since 2008 I have been through corporate restructures and three job changes and was focused on work not on myself. During 2011 I broke my foot and was on crutches with a moon boot which meant limited mobility for some time as I recovered. I've had a series of foot injury issues since the broken foot and struggled to get back into being more active as a result. I then started my own business in 2013 and have thrown my energy into this without a healthy or consistent focus on my well being.
I can see upon reflection that I gave up my good exercise habits over time, had stopped the pre-prepared food plan back in 2009 (not a long term way to live and eat either) and have piled on the weight again with poor eating habits and sporadic exercise. I race around in my new business and look after my meetings not myself. I describe the above professional circumstances as big things that happened to me – AND I also acknowledge that the responsibility for my physical state is mine. I let the stress I was experiencing be an excuse for giving up personal responsibility for my health and weight management.
Being Overweight Is Painful
The symptoms and discomfort of overweight are many. I have lower back, hip and now knee pain that I manage on a daily basis. I can’t buy clothes I like as the sizes are limited and so have a small and limited wardrobe which drives me bonkers. I am also not fit enough to do a wide variety of activities that I used to do at the drop of a hat. Socially being overweight is not acceptable either and I feel this deeply and am self conscious about it. Although I do try to not let this get to me too much. I have learned along the way that I am estrogen dominant and that this is the cause of what I experience as hormonally induced depression during my menstrual cycle. My weight is making me unhappy on many levels.
A couple of months ago I weighed myself and discovered to my horror that I was sitting at about 150kg. I’d never been this heavy before in my life and I’d never felt so unhappy about it. I was tired and sluggish and finding it difficult to find the motivation to exercise and when I did my knees started to ache after doing some hill walking. I had hit the lowest point physically and emotionally and I decided enough was enough. I had to take big measures to lose this weight, get fit and create well being and great energy for living my life.
The Shape Of Kate Was Born
My circumstances created a great and exciting idea based on the belief and dream I have that my life can be better. I had been thinking about something like this for a while but had put it down to crazy thinking until recently. I spoke about this with a couple of close friends and they encouraged me to go for it.
So I decided to gather a team of fitness and health professionals around me to help me to embark and travel on the journey to weight loss, wellbeing and great energy for life AND to shape this as a project I could share with the world of people who are or would be interested in healthy weight loss and wellbeing.
This is how The Shape of Kate was born.
My Support Team
Since making this decision in early June, I have brought on the following professionals into the Shape of Kate support team - who are all giving their professional skills and time as supporters and sponsors of my project. They are:
- Jeffrey Isaac Firth - Personal Trainer
- Jane Gabites – Psychologist
- Elaine Bracefield – Nutritionist
- Kath Broad – Physiotherapist
You can read about each of these professionals and their businesses and why they are doing this on the Support Team page.