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Kate Mary Baum smashes 78kgs in 3 years.

Kate Mary Baum posted her 3 year transformation on the Sleekgeek Facebook group this week and it was so popular that it got 788 likes and 195 comments very quickly. So of course we asked Kate to tell us her personal story in her own words.

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Kate’s story

YOU-CAN_LOGOI have always had a weight problem. I tried diet after diet without success, going shopping was a major issue in my life as I could never find anything that fit properly, I would walk out of the shops in tears, hating life and the way I looked.

I never wanted to be part of family photographs nor did I want to go out, if I was out with the family or friends you would find me in the background somewhere not attracting any attention to myself as I was embarrassed by how I looked.

I fell ill and went to the doctor, he told me that I needed to lose weight or I would not see my son grow up – being a single mom – reality hit.  I decided that I had to do something then and there (at this point I weighed 153kgs).

I went to a dietician and slowly lost weight, in January I joined a gym (I was now 132kgs) and I and everyone around me thought “yes, yes here we go again, wasting more money, I’ll never stick to it”.


To my surprise I did and if I have to be totally honest it was because at this gym I met a GEM called Venessa – she was a personal trainer and gave classes there, not only did I enjoy her classes but she took me under her wing and guided me with regards to exercise and healthy eating.  Slowly but surely the weight started coming off.

I started learning “tips” and “tricks” that worked for me, I started seeing what foods I can and cannot eat and what exercises I benefited from.  I did use Herbex along the way BUT I have always maintained that you can buy any product if you don’t control what you put in your mouth and do exercise you will not reap the rewards.

I have lost a total of 78kgs and although it was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do I can say that every single day was worth it.  I may be average now according to society but don’t every think that my battle is won, I am still a “fat person” and will always be.  I have learned to accept that I will always have to watch what I eat and train to ensure that I maintain my weight.

Things I have learned that might be useful to some of you:  This is a lifestyle, get rid of the word DIET that word makes it sound short term it isn’t, even though you reach your goal weight you will realize that you still have to watch what you eat so focus on becoming healthy and not just losing weight.

We are overweight because we are addicted to food, our relationship with food is the same as an alcoholic with alcohol, we can’t just have 1 “drink” – we are addicts… Acceptance is the first step, once you have done that you can and you will beat your addiction….

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Water!!!! Very important, you need it to flush out the toxins from your body!

Carbohydrates – in my opinion a lot of people are consumed with calories, calories are important since you can’t eat 5,000 a day but carb intake is very important as it takes our bodies longer to break carbs down than protein, you get good carbs and bad carbs, your good carbs are found in vegetables and things like carrots, butternut, sweet potatoes et and bad carbs are things like donuts, white bread, cakes etc (all the “yummy” things)…

I don’t eat any carbs except vegetables after 3pm. At night I only have veg and protein, I try have non-starchy veg like spinach, cauliflower, broccoli or salads.

Exercise – in the beginning I hated it, I started off slowly, walking around the block for 30min and upped it, I then started at gym.

I now gym 5 – 6 times a week cos I enjoy it 3 – 4hrs of exercise a week will help your weight-loss.

Don’t be scared to use weights it helps burn fat and promote lean muscleNot everyone can afford the gym and I respect that, go buy yourself a skipping rope it will cost you R30 – R50 it is a brilliant form of cardio!

It’s a long road, but totally worth it.


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I “fall” off every now and then but the trick is to forgive your slip up and start again and work harder, eventually you won’t want the pizza, burgers and cakes as the time spent working it off is not worth the ten minutes it took you to eat it.

Again I need to stress these are things that worked for me.  I wish every single person who is currently on a weight-loss journey or about to embark on one the best of luck… it is worth it I promise you that.

  • Kate Mary Baum works as a paralegal in Cape Town

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Kate wins a R500 voucher courtesy of our sponsor for the “YOU CAN live life well” series Wellness Warehouse to be spent on their online store with free delivery nationally.

I believe very strongly that ordinary every day people like you and I derive great inspiration from the achievements of people who seem similar to us. If they can do it.. damn.. so can I! Right?

So through this program we will continue to tell people’s personal stories.

I want to great an archive of hundreds of stories of people who have changed their lives while others believe they cannot.


Submit your story to with the Subject line “You can live life well”

We require:

  • Your story in your own words covering at least (How you got to a point of change, how you made the change, tips and advise for others)
  • A selection of before and after photos
  • As many words as you need to tell your story

In advance, we regret that not all stories may be published. Your story is as important as anyone’s story but we can only publish one a week and the editor will make decision on this.

If your story is published you will receive a R500 voucher to the Wellness Warehouse online store with free national delivery.


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