Mum-of-three Kayla Martin has lost an impressive 31 kilograms after overhauling her health and fitness – a feat she's shared with nearly 4000 followers on Instagram – but she’s recently revealed the heartbreaking incident behind her transformation.
The New Zealander was on a flight from Auckland to the Gold Coast when she was fat shamed by a flight attendant because her seatbelt wouldn’t fit.
“The airline hostess found it appropriate to announce in the middle of a quiet plane that due to my size, I would need to use the seat belt extension that mums travelling w babies needed and maybe next time I should consider booking 2 seats to accommodate for my size to ensure a more "comfortable" flight for myself and other passengers.”
She says she will never forget the feeling of “pure embarrassment and shame”.
“I loved myself so little back then that I let that airline hostess treat me that way. I believed I wasn't deserving of the same respect that she was showing the rest of the passengers because in my head, I was worth less than every skinny person on that plane.”
But Kayla says her entire mindset has changed and she wishes she had the same self worth then, as she does now.
“The day I started LOVING myself enough to start taking care of ME and nourishing my body was the day I turned a new page. Both my physical and mental health have transformed so much since then and I am so PROUD.”
"The girl on the right side is a lot healthier, a whole lot happier and has so much confidence now (maybe a lil too much 😂). More importantly she LOVES HERSELF! Don't forget babes, no matter your size or shape, colour or culture, you are worth just as much as everyone else. Love yourself enough to take a stand for yourself and doing things for YOU. The rest will start to fall into place from there. I am a walking testament to that."