Kate Buckland, is a plus-size personal trainer.
Thee mum of two used to weigh 22 stone and was a size 26 at her biggest. Now she's a size 16. Kate shed the weight because she felt uncomfortable in her own skin.
"My back fat rubbed together, my tummy fat rubbed together. It felt horrible," she told the BBC.
"I'm not doing this [fitness] to be skinny. Body perfection doesn't fit with me and it's not something I aspire to. I am plus-size and I'm cool with that."
"I turned to fitness as a form of stress relief. It's the best thing I've ever done. Sometimes I hate it but I know I'll feel better once I've done it. I push myself to do things I don't think I can do."
Commenting on some negative responses from the general public Kate stated: "I've been body-shamed. I've been called 'fatty' while running down the road. You just have to get on with it. It's not easy and people can be nasty but that is their problem, not mine. Sometimes”, she admits, “it does make me want to turn around and walk away because it makes you feel small. I'm not going to let them ruin my day. You just have to go out there and do 'you'."
Talking about her job as a fitness trainer Kate says: "I'm helping people to be a version of themselves that they want to be but sometimes feel is unobtainable. To me it's really important and fulfilling."
It’s great to see someone take control of their lives and make the necessary changes to improve their overall health, fitness and quality of life. It’s even better when they both inspire and assist others to do likewise. We wish Kate well.