kateoliver My 🌎 ✨
Had the most beautiful day with my family today. So grateful for one another.
As I was tucking in Harper tonight, he had tears in his eyes saying “you created the best day for us today ever Mum, more chocolate than we thought, beach family time, and a fire pit playing celebrity heads and toasting marshmallows, you put in so much effort. Thank you, I love and appreciate you much” 😭🥰
Hope you all had a special day with your loved ones 💞
kateoliver Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement with me sharing my weight loss journey post a while back.
I’ve had many people message me and ask how I did lose 25kg. It didn’t happen over night, I started last April. All through diet and managing portions. I was definitely over eating! Especially at night, even though they were healthy meals. I started out by calorie counting, only did it for a couple of weeks or so, but it helped give me greater understanding. Like I was having so much coconut yogurt each morning. Did you know that it has more calories in it than ice-cream?! Of course health wise, coconut yogurt isn’t bad for you. But if you’re struggling with weight, it’s good to know! 😅
I also upped my water intake to 3L a day, when beforehand I was only like having one glass a day 😬 Tried to not have carbs at night. So if I made a curry, I wouldn’t have rice, I’d have finely chopped raw cabbage instead or zucchini noodles as pasta. Small dinner portions and no treats at night. But if I went out for dinner with friends I would still indulge, just go halves in a dessert with someone.
Nothing extreme, so it’s been sustainable and I’ve been able to continuously keep it up. I’ve lost the weight I wanted, I’ve exceeded my goal and now I just need to tone up. Doing personal training a few times a week for over a month now. Feels good to push my body. So my goal for this year is hoping to tone up my mega jelly legs #jellyfordayz 😅
Hoping you guys reach all your goals this year too 💪🏼 If you put your mind to it, anything is possible!
kateoliver Little darling was 8 this month.
Super proud with how far this boy has come in life.
He’s had so many setbacks in life, spent the first 2 years pretty much blind, bad hearing, autoimmune disease and lots of speech therapy.
But with his strong determination, he’s totally killing it at life.
He’s come SO far, so proud of him 💙
Last weekend we had a 10 pin bowling party for him. He had so much fun. I loved watching Finn interact with his school friends. After each of his friends turn he would pat them on the back to tell them what a good job they did and always cheering them on and all his friends were encouraging Finn. It was super sweet. Makes me happy to really see the friendships he’s formed. With having a child that’s got a delay, it’s all you ever want. For them to be accepted and loved by their peers. And he is 💞
kateoliver As this year comes near to an end, I reflect on this year and it’s ups and downs. Was a tough year with my husband being so unwell, he still isn’t 100% himself, but he’s so much better and life feels somewhat normal again. I can’t tell you how much of a relief that is.
A big ‘up’ this year was that I lost 25 kilos! (55lbs). And yesterday I wore a bikini out for the first time ever! Yep ever (have always covered up with board shorts since a teenager, embarrassed of my curves). Was a huge thing for me. I’m still not completely comfortable and confident in my own skin, have a lot more toning up to do. But I’m getting there. Just started doing personal training in the last few weeks and am loving it.
Yes this photo is a little cringe for me, but posting this because I hope I can encourage others who may feel defeated by their weight - know it is doable! You just need to have the drive and determination.
Happiness and health to everyone 💙
PS hit me up with your favourite swimwear brands!
kateoliver As requested by so many.
Here’s a video of Finn reading and at the end you can hear him chatting a little to me about the story to get a sense of how his speech is. He still struggles with L’s, but he’s come SO far. To think he couldn’t really talk properly when he first started school. He was so hard to understand. Early intervention was key, he saw a speech therapist before he was 2 years of age, before we even knew he was pretty much blind 😬. It helps having a very very determined little guy too! He’s always so keen and puts in 100% whatever you throw at him.
To review his speech journey -#talkingwithfinny 💞
Felt a pull to add these sentiments in...
Much love to those who have had or are on similar journeys. I know it can be tough. When there’s speech issues or like Finn an intellectual delay, there can be a lot of frustration on the child’s part (and the parents! 😬😅). When Finn was younger he just used to scream, scream and scream, always on the run and have crazy tantrums. He was incredibly emotional about everything. We hardly left the house because he was too hard to handle out and about and always left events early. I felt trapped by Finn and his behaviour and was so depressed, he made every situation difficult. So I can relate and feel for those who have had a similar journey to mine. Sorry, that sounds like I’m being so negative, but sharing hard truths about a situation with a positive outcome I think is important. I remember praying that in 5 years I’d laugh about how ridiculously awful my life was at the time. And you know what? I can! (Just! 😆). As Finn has progressed and understood more, life has gotten so much easier. I know no child is the same, so you can’t 100% compare mine to yours, but I share to give hope that it does get easier! Hang in there Mamas, the progress can be slow but the hard work pays off. Think of the end game 💖 #anotherhonestgram
kateoliver The face you pull when you eat your first donut in over 2 years. Pure bliss 🤤☺️ Made a special trip on the train whilst in Sydney to grab this little donut to take back home with me to Finn. /////// @wearenutie thanks for providing delicious treats that are safe for Coeliacs. You have no idea how happy this boy is 🍩💖
kateoliver Quick city getaway with my darling husband.
I tagged along with him as he had a specialist appointment. It’s been one of many that he’s had over the last 7 or so months.
A while back I mentioned that my husband was in a car accident where someone ran into the back of him. We didn’t think it was a big deal at the time, wasn’t very high impact, just some whiplash. But not long after, things very quickly unraveled for him. Constant pain, vertigo, constant dizziness, not sleeping, then he’d stress about not sleeping, then anxiety would creep in. Now 8 months later he’s still suffering. It’s been a really tough time, not just watching your partner suffer and crumble. But for a while there I felt like I lost my husband. His essence was gone as he was in survival mode. He wasn’t present and that was super tough to handle. You know it’s nothing personal, but it still really effects you after months and months. Hence the reason for my big Instagram break. He’s slowly been getting back to his usual self but it’s been a lot of work, like an hours worth of neck/back exercises to relieve his symptoms each day, massage, osteopath, psychologist and acupuncture. But this most recent appointment provided some more insight and will hopefully help him fully recover.
It’s been a tough time on our family and marriage, but coming up through the other end now and only getting stronger.
Love you Damien 💖 ~ Please appreciate your good health whilst you have it ✨
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