An Australian fitness blogger who documented her staggering weight loss has revealed she's happier than ever after piling back on the pounds.
Kate Writer became a big hit on Instagram by showing off the results of her 108-pound weight loss back in 2014 — but has now revealed she was "stuck in the diet mentality."
The teacher, from New South Wales, now admits she'd much rather be "curvy" than obsessively calorie counting — and happily has "no idea" what she weighs now.
"I would much rather be curvier/bigger/thicker, be free from diet culture and have freedom around food, than be 'lean' and consumed by weighing less, seeing those numbers go down every day and counting the calories in my lettuce leaves," Writer said.
Sharing a comparison pic detailing her weight gain since 2014 last week, Writer admitted her mind was focused on the wrong goal.
"When I was stuck in the diet mentality, I kept thinking that the smaller I got, the more I’d love myself. That the thinner I was, the happier I’d be."
But the blogger, who has 131,000 followers, found the opposite to be true.
"I got thinner, and thinner, and no matter what, it was never enough. I’d always find something to pick at, to improve on, to fix," she said. "Changing your body does not magically improve your body image, in fact for me it made it a whole lot worse. It wasn’t until I realized that my worth is not dictated by my appearance or my weight, that I was actually able to focus on other things!"
And her followers gushed over Kate's message, with some giving compliments including, "I resonate with this so much," "Gorgeous hun," and "such a positive role model,"
"You are an amazing person to follow! I find myself obsessing over who I used to be then you help me snap out of it and realize I’m happier now. Thank you for being you," one woman wrote.
"I think we also think that nobody will love us at our biggest weight, but it’s simply not true!" another added.
Writer, who still eats healthily and works out, was a U.K. size 18 when she started dieting, saying her love of take-out had left her with swollen feet and crippling pain.
By taking up intense Crossfit workouts, she managed to drop five dress sizes to a size 8, but has now gone back up to a size 14.
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