#DefineBrave Spotlight: Leah

Recently I was contact by Leah, after she discovered Katie K Active. She was so excited to find our inclusive brand and loved that we promote health at every size. I looked her up and immediately knew she had her own inspirational story to tell. Read Leah’s empowering #DefineBrave journey:

 

I am 35 and a mum to a 2 1/2 year old Miss named Sachi. I have struggled with my weight since I was very young and remember seeing my first dietician at around the age of 4. I began what I now know was disordered eating at around the age of 7 years and subsequently suffered from binge-eating disorder up until around 2 years ago.

Shortly after my daughter Sachi was born I was diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease. I felt stiff, old, and questioned what sort of mum I was going to be for this beautiful little child. Despite all of the causes for this condition, I could not escape the notion that it had come from a lifetime of excess weight on young joints. I knew that the only way I could get quality of life and be able to play with my daughter was to get moving. Having been that person who paid 3 different gym memberships at once and used none, I decided that if I was going to do this, it had to be for life and it had to be my way. I knew my background with food meant that I could not diet, so I simply started moving every day. First it was walking, then I taught myself to run up and down the side of our house and yard whilst my daughter slept.

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Once I felt confident, I hit the pavement and just started running and walking intervals. One day something just clicked and I promised myself that whatever happened I would not stop running – I was no longer that person who gave up. I ran 6.0km pushing Sachi in her jogging trailer through these crazy winds and up a long, gradual hill, and although it bloody hurt after, I knew that the ‘old Leah’ who gave up when things got tough no longer existed.

Running has always been a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who just ‘goes out for a run.’ Completing a triathlon had always been a dream too that I had never expressed just due to the sheer absurdity if the concept of ME doing it, but I knew the game had changed and if I could run, then what was stopping me now? What I have since discovered is that nothing stops us except the limits we place on ourselves. We really, truly are capable of anything we put our mind to, you just have to be willing to work hard along the way. Know that it’s going to hurt but know that it’s going to be worth it.

 

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After my first triathlon I was hooked, so I joined a specialist training squad and decided to get my own qualifications in fitness. I felt really passionate about becoming a trainer because I know that for some people weight loss isn’t as simple as calories in vs. calories out. I believe that many people require a ‘big picture’ approach to their health and well being and this approach is the difference between a trainer who works you hard and a trainer who helps you change your life.

In June this year I ticked another goal off my list and finished my first half marathon. A week later I fell pregnant with my second child and despite the old hack of morning sickness, thanks to my life change I am experiencing a whole different pregnancy. During my first pregnancy I stopped weighing myself at 140kg – and sadly I have weighed this at other times without being pregnant. Now, four months into this one I am 92kg, which means I am no longer classed an ‘at risk’ pregnancy. To me this is ultimate pay-off for all of my hard work. Yes it’s great to go for a size 22-24 to 12-14, but better health and well being is my big ‘win’.

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If I could sum up my greatest tips to better health it would be these:

1) Think ‘sustainable’: good health and fitness is a life long journey, so every time you are tempted to try a certain diet or exercise regime ask yourself ‘am I going to be able to do this for the rest of my life?’

2) Do today what you can do tomorrow – Don’t work so hard one day that you can’t do anything for the rest of the week. Find something you enjoy and just do it.

3) Observe your food habits and don’t fight them – imagine you’re following yourself around like a science experiment and observe your behaviours. Ask yourself why you have suddenly arrived at the pantry? Are you really hungry? Or are you stressed, bored, or happy?

4) Learn about nutrition and then think about the energy value you are getting out of your food choices – for example, if you have an option of white bread or grain bread, think about what is going to give you better energy – you’ll soon realise that if you choose the white bread you may as well eat a piece of cardboard ;)

5) Be prepared – carry fruit or nuts with you and try not to put yourself in a situation where you are hungry and don’t have any healthy options. Eat before you go out if need be and always carry water on you.

6) Never ever fear someone judging you for having a go – by getting up, getting out and having a go you will be surprised by the amount of people you will be inspiring!

Follow Leah here on instagram for inspiration and motivation!

Have your own #DefineBrave story to share? Email Blogs@KatieKActive.com for a chance to be featured!

Leah was recently featured in an article by Born to Reign Athletics about plus size sponsored athletes.

Meet The Faces of Katie K Active! Define YOUR Brave & Join Today! #DefineBrave

Meet the faces of Katie K Active! Define YOUR brave and join today!

KatieK_Ad04 for April 2014 PMM blog

In early 2014, three outstanding women were selected to represent the faces of the Katie K Active including actress and model Ivory May, Fitness Guru Yami Mufdi and influencer Aliah Davis-McHenry, founder of The Get Fit Diva. These women were chosen because they are confident about who they are and it shows. They are comfortable in their own skin, inspirational and motivated. They #DefineBrave with their healthy and active lives!

Katie K Active launched its #DefineBrave campaign in April 2014 to highlight women through their own stories and experiences.  Each woman defines HER brave in a different and unique way to her.  Ivory, Yami and Aliah were asked to be the Lead Ambassadors and model Katie K Active because they are going after their dreams and accomplishing their goals. They are strong women who encourage and inspire others to live their best life.  After the photo shoot in early 2014, Ivory, Yami and Aliah were asked what THEIR #DefineBrave statement would be and this is what they had to say:

Ivory DefineBrave Ambassador

“I love the feel and fit of this fabric and how it hugs my curves! I was thrilled to be a part of the Katie K Active #DefineBrave story when I first heard about the inclusive sizing. Now my girlfriends of all sizes can rock Katie K Active either at the gym or getting coffee. I am especially excited to have this new gear to play beach volleyball. I know it will stay put and stretch with me. The hoodie will be great for warming up. My #DefineBrave is feeling confident no matter what my size. I love staying active and comfortable as I travel around the globe. –Ivory May

 

Yami DefineBrave Ambassador

“To be completely comfortable in your own skin, no matter the size, is to #DefineBrave. For so many years, and for as long as I could remember, I was always the self-conscious girl in the corner never participating in anything. I would work out for countless hours to try and “fix” my body.  I always cared about what others thought and not truly happy because I was always so focused on every little negative thing on my body. Now, I have a completely different mind set. I work out because I LOVE my body, not because I hate it. This is not the end for me …this is the beginning. –Yami Mufdi

 

Aliah DefineBrave Ambassador

“I’m a married millennial working mom of two and always on the go. Being part of the Katie K Active #DefineBrave movement speaks to the way I live my active and healthy life and how I also want to look fabulous while doing so! #DefineBrave means looking good, feeling good, and being confident whether I’m spending quality time with my sons or at important client meeting or at the gym working on my fitness goals. I love that Katie K Active makes me feel good from the inside out!” –Aliah Davis-McHenry

Katie K Active defines OUR brave by being an inclusive brand, using our Double-fit Technology and believing in our 100% Confidence guarantee.  We are an inclusive brand, offering every style in every color for sizes 2 to 3X.  Katie K Active’s Double-Fit Technology ensures the perfect fit through our size range.   By fitting our line on a straight size fit model and a plus size fit model, we make sure we adjust the line to create a flawless yet comfortable fit.  Lastly, we feel that even with our expert construction, premium fabrics and attention to detail, if you do not feel 100% confident in our clothing, then please return your items.  We want to help women feel confident and excited to live their best life.

Katie K Active Ambassadors are fashion, fitness, health/wellness enthusiasts, bloggers or emerging influencers who are passionate about the health, fitness and fashion industry!  The Ambassadors are a wide variety of women but all have a strong passion for life that shines through. Katie K Active’s founder, Katie Kozloff works closely with each Ambassador to get their insight and feedback in order to make sure she is providing fans with the best products in the desired styles and trends.

To learn more about Katie K Active and their Katie K Active Ambassador Program or to apply, email them directly at Blogs@katiekactive.com.

This blog post was featured April 24, 2014 on Plus Model Magazine