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Diet Like The Duchess: The Beginnings

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Law school does terrible things to you. First of all, it instills in you an awareness of liability--liability everywhere. Every action has risk and everything is a potential lawsuit. If nothing else, law school makes you an insufferable Christmas companion, as you point out the possible causes of action throughout the holiday festivities. The other thing that law school does to you is it steals your body. Maybe not for everyone, but I just stopped working out second semester of my 1L year. I remember the morning I woke up and realized my abs were gone. Not just taking it easy, but gone. Kate inspires me in so many areas, and certainly she has always inspired me to be fit.  So, as I kick myself back into fitness gear here in 2L year, I thought we'd talk about Dieting like the Duchess.  


Kate first inspired me to pursue fitness more seriously in 2007 when she transformed herself after her break-up with William. Up to that point she had been carrying a little weight left over from university, youth, and likely high calorie cocktails from the hot spots she frequented in London. She was young and beautiful, no doubt, but she was about to transform her image even more radically.  


In April of 2007, when William broke her heart, Kate threw herself into very public clubbing. The gorgeous brunette was plastered across every glossy in town as she partied her way through multiple evening watering holes.  This was Kate's PR offensive. It was her public, albeit silent, statement to William that he had made a crucial error in letting her slip away. It was ultimately a very successful campaign, and one for which I certainly applaud her.  Every now and again, a girl's gotta show her grit. ;)  


In private, however, Kate sought healing via a more organic outlet. She joined a group of women training to row across the English Channel for charity.  While frost still covered the grass and the morning mist hung heavy in the summer air, Kate would make her way to a dawn rowing exercise on the Thames. When the pink and golden fingers of the rising sun poked the horizon, painting the river with gold and orange hues, Kate was already churning the dark water with her team. 


Physical activity is a remarkable therapy. The French taught me to love physical activity. Years ago I spent a very solitary summer in France after an excruciatingly difficult break-up. I passed hours walking Paris by myself. Up to that point I hated walking. It bored and exhausted me, and as an American I felt a car was always far superior transportation, but that summer transformed me. Even today when I go back to Paris I like to spend at least a little time alone walking her streets. My feet find that solitary rhythm and I connect with the soul of the city, with her cobblestones, with the familiar smell, with the quiet nods of the locals. I am in love with walking. Some summers later I visited a new boyfriend's family in Brittany. They planned an entire day hiking a popular island near their summer home. The Jane of five years before would have died, but I relished it. We walked all day exploring the island and ate lunch under the cover of fir trees as a summer shower poured around us. I never walk or hike or run without thinking of France and the French, and being grateful for the gift they gave me: to unplug and connect with nature, to walk and breathe and see and really truly live life.  I think Kate was learning that in 2007:


Those mornings, the sun could have peeked into Kate's flat and found her  bleary eyed and with a buzzing head. Instead, Kate greeted the morning with joy and anticipation.


Kate sought the river to find peace, calm, and the soothing power that the reality of nature always gives to the grieving, but it had a secondary effect. The princess-to-be found a whole new level of fitness. 


I think long-time royal watchers universally agree that this was the summer that Kate's image shifted. She switched up her fashion, but "inside sources" were also quoted as saying that Kate found the increased activity and resulting shift in her body to be a welcome change. The veracity of these reports seems to be borne out in the fact that Kate has never gone back. It was a real turning point for her.


Kate's campaign worked and William wooed his beautiful girlfriend back. Because of the media pressure, Miss Middleton dropped out of the rowing competition, but she didn't give up on her work-out regimen. Next time on Dieting Like the Duchess, we'll explore where she went next. 



79 comments:

  1. Jennifer from the SouthAugust 30, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    I spent summer 2007 in London, going to many of the same night spots Kate frequented - Boujis, Mahiki etc - never saw her although that wasn't the goal (but I did lee my eye out ha!). I was studying law at Notre Dame's summer program. And I vividly remember Kate being splashed on the front pages of all the DAILY newspapers. I followed her before then of course but remember how jarring and surreal it was to see her on the front pages every.single.day - I can scarcely imagine what it was like for her. In any event I shopped a lot that summer, too, at places Kate shopped and I remember seeing and trying on some of the dresses she was photographed in - you guys, those suckers were SHORT, and I was in the shape of my life from a strict 1L schedule and walking everyyyyywhere in London. I had the figure Kate had before she rowed. (Would kill for it now, or Kate's current figure ha! After two babies) I tried on the blue Zara (I think) dress - you know the one, where it looks like she is doing the Thriller dance - and it was SHORT SHORT SHORT. I am 5'7" and likens said, super fit. I put the dress back on the rack though because you could basically see my rear end. Same for the other dresses she wore that summer - flimsy and sexy and SHORT. I never did buy any of the same dresses and I to this day cannot comprehend how she pulled them off.

    Anyway, Kate is my fitness idol.

    Where many people say she is too thin, I disagree wholeheartedly. I have a friend with a similar figure - medium build, lots of super lean muscle. Tiny beyond belief. But NOT unattainable for those with the discipline and effort. The same build I had, but these two girls just went a whole new direction. This is attainable with a lot of hard work and will power. I am intrigued to see what else Jane has to say.

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    1. Jennifer: the Duchess gets a lot of her clothes tailored to her specs - if not totally revamped (see the yellow dress she wore to Wimbledon...among other places - and it was a brill choice, too!). Maybe in her rebound days she wore her clothes shorter, but a good tailor is gold! -Cheers, Suze

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  2. Alejandra RamΓ­rezAugust 30, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Uhhhh! Excellent post!
    These type of posts are my favorite because you explore a topic that no one elses does and you give an insight that is far overlooked!
    I love your capacity of going beyond what others think and see!

    So thanks a lot! Can't wait to see what your next post is going to be about :D

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  3. The title of this post does not sit well with me. I can't yet put my finger on why that is..

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    1. Perhaps, but this blog is beautifully written:

      "While frost still covered the grass and the morning mist hung heavy in the summer air, ... When the pink and golden fingers of the rising sun poked the horizon, painting the river with gold and orange hues.."

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    2. Jane is an excellent writer - I loved those sentences. I don't find the title offensive in any way.

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    3. Slightly controversial, I would say.

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    4. I concur. For me, it's because the post - which is great - is all about becoming a healthier person. Dieting is something different, and it implies that it's all about the food one consumes as opposed to the life they are leading (holistically).

      I just don't think the title and the substance of the post match, with the added kick of the word "dieting" having a negative connotation for many.

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    5. anon 2:21- I agree-but it is almost impossible to find any topic relating to Kate
      that brings universal approval and agreement.

      She has become a darling of the media -their bread and butter. Even stories about her charity work bring controversy:
      not enough visits, the wrong places, too public a visit, too private, solo versus duet, no speech versus words spoken but wrong words or imperfect delivery..and when she knocks it out of the park with charity choice etc., her outfit becomes the focus; when all else fails, discuss her person-her hair, her eyebrows, her lack of chest, her
      weight.
      Controversial-you bet.You can also bet that as long as the Princess/Duchess Catherine
      Cambridge, /Kate Middleton (yeah,
      there is even controversy over her title and name) as long as she remains the meal ticket of the media, there will be controversy. We are , many of us,the subjects of
      media manipulation, both by the news outlets and royal PR teams.

      And sometimes there are bored and/or cranky/disgruntled people who just feel like kicking somebody.

      My personal take on Jane's tagline is either she was making a play on a popular phrase or she was pointing out that Kate is so active she doesn't need to diet.
      It took commenters to seize on the headline instead of the body of the story to
      critique and discuss. Which kinda illustrates my previously pointed out theory that some people get their news from headlines and don't bother to read the story.

      I can't even fathom how Jane finds the time to bring us her unique perspective and
      painstakingly-chosen photos. I'm just grateful she does.
      Blogging is tricky.

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    6. Are you ok Jane?

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  4. Oh, what fun! I've been hoping for this series for ages; I started a business a year ago, which apparently about the same effect on your body as law school. I can't wait to add some Kate-inspired fitness routines to my days! Thanks!

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  5. I love this! And it's so very needed as I have to become more motivated to exercise. What great timing! <3

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  6. Am I the only one who think Kate looked so much better during her pre-marriage years? Healthy, fit, but still with meat on her bones.

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    1. Yes, Martina! I'm with you! Whenever Jane or anyone else refers to pre-breakup (or even post-baby) Kate as overweight and/or unfit or other unattractive terms I always scratch my head. I'd kill to look like Kate did then but find her extreme thiness now makes her look unhealthy and it only inspires my compassion. I hope it's truly a result of her preference for her figure and not pressure from the "thin snobs" whose harsh comments then must have influenced her "goal weight":(

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    2. Just who are these "thin snobs" anyway? Most of the people that I have seen around Kate are not "thin". In addition all of the Middleton women are tall and lean. I think they have a high metabolism and are very active. I personally think Kate was still carrying some young girl poundage on her body like most do. She became more active and leaner as a consequence. I think she looks great. Nothing on her looks like she is too thin or not eating. She has a small frame - small boned and she looks amazing. Bottom line is that apparently she likes and feels good at her weight. Good for her!

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    3. Agree Diane. She was certainly carrying young girl and university weight in her early days of dating and then post baby weight. Her extra weight seems to sit in her face and not the rest of the body. I don't think she answers.to any public pressure when it comes to her weight. It's what she is comfortable with.

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    4. I think it may be hard to parse the two. I believe that what she feels comfortable with is the smaller size she went to post-breakup and goes back to post-pregnancy. At the same time, what she feels "comfortable" at is likely influenced at least on some level by the fact that she is frequently photographed and presented for public "critique" - not that she is entirely driven by public pressure but I don't know a single woman who wouldn't be at least a little influenced by the thought you are 100% sure to end up on a magazine cover.

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    5. That is my take too Anon 3.31

      You are spot in about the weight showing up in her face.

      She always looked very healthy while pregnant too! I find that alone shows that she is not obsessive about her weight. She kept up her yoga and runs and looked great. There are many who have "the look" of not being healthy and Kate is not one of those girls. No emaciated features at all. JMHO

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    6. Sometimes she does have that emaciated look to her-but I guess thats because of her facial bone structure,like Carole.For me she looks healthy 98% of the time which is nearly always.Emphasis on looks there,I think she's healthy all round.Also,people compare her to how she looked pre marriage when she was younger and under less pressure.She also had two kids with little gap between their ages.

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    7. We've had this conversation so many times. I do believe the "Is Kate too skinny?" topic is one of Jane's tabus. The fact that she can get pregnant any time she wants is proof that her body is healthy. Women with "slimming diseases" usually experience a shut down of their reproductive system. (Was that put delicately enough?) Too bad the same doesn't hold true for drug addicts!

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    8. I disagree with that she is not 'obsessive' about her weight. She looked really beautiful and healthy while pregnant. Clearly she intended to lose lots of weight after that. To be on a diet because you have to is one thing, being on a diet to look like she does now, well she misses out a lot of goodd stuff, IMO.

      On fashion front, look at the back of L. K. Benett Lasa dress, she wore the other day. She disappears in it, at least her bum.

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    9. Robin @ 12:06 how does the last sentence of your comment have ANYTHING to do with Kate or the subject of this blog?!

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    10. 8:09 - just referring to what I said in that post about the reproductive system shutdown when one deprives their body of proper nutrition (which Kate obviously doesn't) and how that doesn't happen to people who consume drugs. If it did there would be no such thing as "crack babies" or babies born with the birth defects that happen when mothers take drugs. Read the whole comment in context. Did you think I was comparing Kate to a drug addict? You are reaching just to be contrary.

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    11. No I think that saying "too bad [reproductive shutdown] doesn't happen to drug addicts" is off-topic and unnecessary. Also a bit tone deaf given Kates work with Action on Addiction.

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    12. Give it a rest Anon 1.49. Robin explained her comment so let it go.

      I will say that I wish that didn't happen for addicts either because an addicted baby is just so hard to watch. She did not mean it in a ugly manner. I get what she meant. I suspect ..no I know that anyone who has ever worked in the arena would do just about anything to keep a baby from suffering when the Mother is an addict. I would bet Kate would too. No one is tone deaf here dear. You have jumped way off the board.

      The deep end of the pool is over there >>>>> 🏊🏊🏊

      Everyone take a deep breath and say OHMMMMMMMM ❤πŸ•‰πŸ˜Ž

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    13. Thank you, Diane. How can anyone not wish that there was no such thing as a baby born with addictions? Really unbelievable that someone tries that hard to be offended.

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    14. Because I would rather be here than not have ever been born

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    15. Wishing for anyone's reproductive shutdown is cruel and more than a little creepy. It gets dangerously into the territory of regulating fertility of those found undesirable, as it has been done in some of the darkest days in history. Don't forget, as Kate knows from her work with Action on Addiction, addiction is a disease that can affect anyone.

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    16. Not touching those last two comments because that is not at all what was being said. You are assuming and wow that is quite the leap Anon x2.

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    17. Just because you didn't something to *sound* ugly doesn't mean that it isn't a horrible thing to say, particularly in a public forum

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    18. I think we have exhausted this subject. I am sure that Robin did not mean to imply that children with mother's who are addicted should not be born. I was not offended by her initial remark, ALTHOUGH, when several of you brought up your counter-points, I thought they were well made. Life is precious and it is always better to be alive than not to exist. I am sure Robin agrees. I didn't think through all the ramifications of the initial comment, and it seems that Robin is trying to say she certainly was not trying to suggest those ramifications, either. I think (hope) that we all agree that reproductive regulation, which is practiced in places around the world to the shame of those nations, is a grave evil. Let's agree on that, but not stretch Robin's comment to have encompassed that philosophy. It simply isn't what she said and it is unfair to try to force the subject.

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  7. Don't make us wait too long! She is so thin and fit and looks like she could pull off anything and still look incredible in it-can't wait to hear what you know about her exercise/diet regime.

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  8. Great post! your writing is so great Jane! This is inspiring me to get back into my fitness routine - I move this summer and fell out of the habit.

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  9. Yes let us diet like the Duchess! Not being able to run for almost a year now has made this girl a tad pudgy. 😢πŸ˜₯πŸ˜―πŸ˜•πŸ˜” Ugh

    So this gives me hope πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š Actually I am on the Whole 30 plan and walking alot. Maybe I need a rowing crew. They do this on the Erie Canal here... hmmm?

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    1. Ugh...I have to say that I find exercise absolute drudgery. I don't mind walking (especially if it's on the beach) but the rest just makes me cringe. And this from a former aerobics queen - although I never did high impact because I like my knees and lower back too much. If you see me running it's because I'm being chased by a big hairy monster!

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    2. LOL

      It is difficult at first but the more I engage in activity the more those endorfins kick in. Hard to resist that feeling of good energy and the all is right in the worldπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š I love to walk the beach though I have no sand now. Lake Ontario dooesn't count (the locala think so smh) but I do like walking along the Erie Canal. Nice and wooded. Biking is nice Robin

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  10. This is my first time posting here and I am very sorry to say it is to express my profound disappointment with this post. Kate has shrunk *dramatically* from even her post-rowing, post-break-up "transformation" days (and looks far less healthy for it, in my opinion, for what that is worth). To those who praise her "naturally slim" figure, I say there is nothing "natural" about Kate's size. As proof: she was very active during her university days and has always been sporty. And yet she has dropped significant weight in recent years (starting before her wedding). So the only thing that can explain her drastically shrunk state is either extreme dieting or extreme exercise (or both). Otherwise she would have always been this skinny.

    While I always appreciate seeing and analysing Kate's wardrobe choices, hence my interest in this otherwise excellent blog, I find her a very poor role model for young girls in general, for reasons that I don't think will be helpful (let alone welcome) on a fan-site such as this; I keep quiet usually because I choose to come here for the fashion and to appreciate Jane's and the readers' perspectives, not to cause trouble among people who will not share, nor be interested in, my views. But I say this now because Kate's obvious obsession with keeping her weight low is another reason I would not encourage young women to "be like Kate". Hence my strong objection to this post. And "Dieting like the Duchess" is a truly provocative and unhelpful title.

    Just one more thing: I know the comments policy specifically mentions that 'Is Kate too skinny?" is a "topic... we tend to avoid here". I would therefore suggest that writing a post about Kate's dramatic change in shape is somewhat hypocritical, in light of this policy.

    Thank you.

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    1. I agree with you completely. Kate was still thin and in good shape pre-2007. I reckon she was a UK 10 at the most. Women's and girl's perceptions of their bodies these days really frightens me. When I was at school, an all girls grammar, we were all healthy and sporty and the thinnest of us was a UK 8. Most girls were a UK 10 or 12 and that was the norm. I see schoolgirls and young women these days and they look unnaturally thin. It's a very worrying trend.

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    2. I actually have to agree, as well, including everything about coming here to enjoy Jane's writing and the fashion and thoughts of others above all. I think she's had a few times where she's dipped into a dangerously thin, unarguably unhealthy weight; the pink GOAT dress at the MPACT visit in July 2014 was a moment where I thought many people must be concerned (though totally applaud that no bloggers that I read chose to focus on that aspect of the visit at the time).

      I respect the choices she makes about her own body and don't generally choose to focus on them, but if she were still out and about rowing and showing those lovely thigh muscles she once had then I might find her to be more of a role model for my own fitness routine. The only times I've been a size 2 in my life were times of ill health and it's a struggle every day to love my healthier size 6 body without looking back at those times without a sense of ridiculous regret. For my own mental health I have to separate the amazing therapeutic effects of regular exercise from the desire to look a certain way, and Kate doesn't strike me as as much of a role model for the former but primarily the latter, which isn't the mindset I like to keep these days.

      SSM

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    3. Maybe the term diet was not the best for the title because the entire post was about keeping fit through exercise. Nowhere did Jane tell us what Kate does or does not eat to maintain her shape nor did she encourage anybody (except maybe herself) to adopt Kate's regimen.

      I don't know when you were in school 4:05 but I do know the reason women wear smaller sizes now is because the clothing industry has changed the size standards. When I was in school I wore a US size 11. Until I broke my foot and put on a few pounds (which I'm in the process of taking off-don't get me started) I was about 8 lbs heavier than those days of my youth and guess what? Now I'm a size 6. The clothing industry determines sizes - not a person's weight. Girls do tend to be thinner these days than in the past but I think it's because they're more aware of the foods they eat and their nutrition. I am not exaggerating when I say that during the summer vacation months in my early teen years my friends and I walked to the local donut shop and had donuts and a Coke for breakfast every morning. Girls are smarter than that now.

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    4. I agree. I enjoy this blog regularly however specifying that the question of Kate's weight is out of bounds (a policy I agree with) and then publishing a piece under such a title does seem hypocritical.

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  11. Why do you keep referring to kate as a Princess ? This is clearly incorrect - she is a Duchess !!

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    1. Well, you are half correct. Kate is a duchess. She is also a princess. She is just as much a princess as she is a duchess. Fun fact for the day, eh? :)

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    2. Let's not forget Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus.

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    3. πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ˜ƒ Jane

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    4. Technically she is a Princess.She is Princess William.

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  12. Allie in Churchill, MBAugust 31, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    I loved many things about this article. I enjoyed especially hearing about your own life, Jane, as it is always interesting to hear about the blogger whose posts one so much enjoys. I come here daily, and am thrilled when there is a new post, especially one as well-written as this one.

    Yet I hesitate about the content of this post. It seems to skim dangerously close to the banned "is Kate too thin?" section. I have refrained from saying so, like Anonymous above, but yes, I think Kate is dangerously thin. In light of her late mother-in-law's battle with bulimia, which reared its ugly head as soon as her lovely face was first splashed across tabloids, I have wondered about the coincidence that once Will and Kate were married, Kate became ultra-thin. The media is a hard place to live out your public and private life, and journalists and commentors on news articles are cruel, and I have wondered if Kate saw herself in photos and decided to radically drop pounds. I do not think that a diet that allows Kate to keep that figure could be a healthy one for young women, or insecure adult women to follow, and only disappointment will follow if we do not end up as slim as she is, which, for those of us who are big-boned and a long way from slim, is an unattainable goal in any healthy way.

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    1. Agree whole heartedly and would note that even Carol thinned down quite a bit after she began popping up regularly in the media. I just can't see any way that media pressure doesn't contribute significant pressure to look a certain way.

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    2. Alice- no coincidence. Take another look at the PRE wedding photos. She was at her
      most slender. Check Kate's Clothes. There or somewhere in this blog Jane posted a photo of Kate, Pippa, and Carole the day before the wedding. Many brides -maybe most-lose weight before the wedding, for various
      reasons. No mystery there.
      As Jennifer points out, Kate was seeing herself in the news long before she married William. So that theory is shot, too.
      Dangerously thin? Take another look at her recent yachting photos-someone mention loss of theigh? Arms? No anorexic loss of muscle mass there.

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    3. Allie. I don't know what made me write "Alice."

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    4. Counting the day before her marriage as a good example of Kates "pre-marriage" weight is stretching it a bit anon 1.

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    5. ok 12:12- a month? two months? My point was that it is not accurate to say she only lost weight after marrying William. There are implications in that assumption that
      she can't take the pressure or somehow the marriage is to blame.

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  13. What are we to think of the comments praising her post vacation appearance-relaxed,tanned, put on some weight....
    Less than a week later she's too thin again?
    Obviously, commenters are giving personal opinions.
    I do feel a bit like the lawyer on the previous post upset with people making statements
    about law.I feel the same way about non nutritionists or medical professionals making
    judgemental statements about health. There are specific measure and criteria for anorexia.
    multiple remarks have been made here that are not only unsubstantiated by fact-weight,
    BMI,electrolyte and other studies, some are completely out of line, in my opinion. Such as:

    Saying she is slender is one thing; making statements that she does not qualify as a role
    model, is dangerously thin and the like while feigning compassion for Kate. What a crock!
    Sorry to say-these remarks pop up like clockwork with the slightest encouragement, as well as
    following particularly successful engagements.

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    1. I feel like Claude Rains in Casablanca...I'm shocked, shocked to discover "personal opinions" are being expressed on this blog. It's especially shocking Kate's size should be discussed given an article about her diet and her loss of weight since her mid-20s ;)


      Leaving Kate aside, many people in many professions in many countries have worried about  ultra-thin, super slender fashion models--whatever term one wishes to use--being seen as role models by young girls. Even if those models ARE physically healthy (and some we know are not) many girls/women cannot achieve that size/look, at least not for long, without engaging in unhealthy behaviors. Some studies have found that an alarming number of girls under 10 whose weight is within normal limits view themselves as fat and have gone on "diets." Some think thin role models encourage this. I realize obesity affects health negatively but normal weight young girls "dieting" is likely not great for health either.


      So even if we assume Kate's current size is her "natural" size (despite it being a pretty different  appearing size from her size during her university years up to age 25 several yrs after her uni experience ended), perhaps praising her for her size and for her slender frame isn't the way to go. If we don't "body shame" should we "body praise?" If we praise because we know the person had to work very hard and sacrifice a lot to achieve that size/shape, while a diagnosis of a particular eating disorder may or may not be warranted,  what we praising isn't a "natural" shape either. And if we are praising her "genetics" shall we feel free to freely criticize another person's genetics if the result isn't what our culture currently values?

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    2. Well said, anon 1. People who have not had the experience of being around someone who truly has an eating disorder shouldn't throw around terms without the knowledge to back them up. Also, the "compassion" for Kate while degrading her for being too skinny is what a woman in the south would call a "Bless her heart." Back me up here, Diane. If a Southern woman starts a sentence with "Bless her heart" you're gonna either hear something negative or some good gossip.

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    3. Lizzie soooooo agree every WORD you said.

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    4. Robin it was indeed a Bless Her Heart comment... I do not see any compassion in that thread myself.

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    5. Thoughtful post Lizzie. I agree!

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    6. 20 years old weight and 34 years old weight with two kids are a millions miles in body type now.

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    7. Yesssss delores!

      I have friends in their 20s who were stick thin. Really thin and now are heavier and yet their activity level in their 30s 40s was much higher. I have friends who were heavier and active in their 20s and are now much thinner.... stick thin in their 30s and 40s. None of them are obsessive about diet or exercise. It happens to most of us. Hormones. Children. AGE! I was a 116 pound person @ 5'7". I was called bean pole on fire (auburn hair).... teased relentlessly. I ate very well. I was very sporty. Did I watch food intake? Yes. Watching carbs and sugar and processed food does not make a person obsessive. Now in my 50s I still watch all of that. I have a few more pounds due to health recently but I am not dangerously thin or obsessed. Nor is Kate. I think she decided to get fit in 2007 and she did drop some baby fat and changed her body type. She is not as muscle bound as she was then because while she runs and does yoga she is not crewing ....she doesnt do sports that build mass. This is a big difference. She is lean. She looks great !

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  14. Hmmm... As soon as I read the headline, I knew there would be some criticism of the post, but the one I just read has more to do with health and fitness than dieting to be skinny. :) I see the overall message being more about taking control, than losing it to public pressure.

    Kate looked great in the first photo posted here; her face reflected youth and a bit of the "puppy fat" associated with it, but she looked fantastic. I think exercising made her tone and changed her body as a result, but I don't think she was on a mission to "become skinny". I think she just committed herself to being the best that SHE could be. And that is the message I take away from Jane's post.

    IMO, some of the concern and criticism of Kate's weight overlooks some very important factors... First, Kate has great genes. Just look at Pippa....heck, look photos of Carole in her jeans...then, and now! Second, add keeping up with two children to the mix. Finally, and I hesitate to say this because I am NOT suggesting that there are problems behind their four walls! But just consider the very unique pressure associated with her life. People talk about the perks, but what about worrying about a husband who has a dangerous job, or being in a high profile position (AND raising your children in this environment) in an increasingly insane and unsafe world. Never mind the criticism of every aspect of your life, both public and private. It's obvious that Kate exercises, but I think it's as much about the mind as it is about the body.

    Personally, I do Pilates everyday and powerwalk on the weekends. And I admit that it's as much about fitness as it is about sanity!!! :)

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  15. I personally prefer her look in the second photo than in the last one in this post. Not a criticism...just a personal preference. I believe people can be very slim and still be healthy (or be fuller and be healthy).

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  16. Kate is an intelligent, powerful, and dynamic woman who is actively trying to make a difference in the world. Why on earth are we talking about her body?

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  17. Iris...I could not agree with you more!

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  18. Dang, Jane, you gotta bright future behind you!

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  19. I thought it was a blog rule to not talk about her weight??

    Rebecca

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  20. This post came in perfect timing for me :-). After giving birth to my second child a few weeks ago, I have to involve fitness into my daily routine again (and more ;-) ). Kate inspire's me, too. So, I hope I can realise some of her practices. Looking forward to the next post.

    Sorry Jane, for not having time to comment for so long. But I remained a loyal reader ;-). Unbelievable how many readers and commentators you have now. You deserve it. I hope law school and the blog spare something of you ;-).

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  21. After reading everyone else's comments, I am surprised that you chose not to use mine. They were fairly neutral, easily as long as anyone else's here, and I had finally said something about this whole subject...given that it's none of anyone's business but the Duchess'! And she's very healthy, as anyone can see, so really - what difference does it make?(I'm chalking it up to you-haven't-finished-going-through-all-the-comments yet...)

    I was hit Monday lunch by a Citibike in NYC and knocked to the street: it was miraculous that nothing was broken, and I believe that my efforts throughout my life to eat well, be positive, and exercise (dance, martial arts, tai chi, yoga, bicycling, hiking) helped me recover with only sore bruises and extra tiredness. I am middle-aged, so I can attest to the fact that the Duchess keeping up her good habits will help her as the years roll by! (I DO want to take a page out of her book and crew on the type vessel that races in America's Cup. I get motion sick on land...but not on the water!)

    BTW, Royalfan, Pippa is also an extreme athlete and health food...well, aficionado. "Good genes" or not, there's no way an ounce of fat could make it through her highly physical days!

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    1. Suze, I don't think I saw your first comment. I just checked spam, it isn't there. It would have been denied had it said something like Kate is dangerously thin. I don't let those comments go--they aren't true and they are offensive. but, I think your comment must have gotten lost in cyberspace.
      P.S. So sorry to hear about your accident! It is so important to stay in shape throughout your life for just such things! Glad you are ok!

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    2. Suze, I'm definitely not denying Pippa's lifestyle. I get it. :) The point I was trying to make is that all three ladies do share good genes and this is the main reason that I cannot buy into some of the more extreme concern or criticism of Kate's weight.

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    3. Yikes and sorry! ... I am multi-tasking. I too am glad that you are okay after that accident.

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  22. Suze...I also had a comment that seems to have been lost in Cyperspace!

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  23. My comment is also gone. Probably because it expressed (polite) disappointment to this post. Hmm.

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  24. Thanks muchly, Jane - and Royalfan, Laura, and Anonymous. Feeling much less exhaustion and achiness. Blood draining from contusion into forearm would have scared me witless had I not known some Chinese medicine philosophy, etc. So glad to be living in this day and age - and so grateful to have "bought into" alternative medicine years ago. (Duchess Kate has also looked into nutrition: very proactive and forward thinking - yes, with Pippa's help, actually.) Letting myself get less distracted by alleged problems, too...and taking challenges in stride. It's what TRHs meant, I think, when they said that if their children had mental health problems, they would listen attentively and aid and support them compassionately. Always impressed with TRHs.

    Let's not forget that higher energy keeps weight off. Being in love (but still eating LOL), loving and being loved, having a great life and getting about living it, and giving time and support to people and animals in need all raise our energy. Duchess Kate does this so very well that I am not at all surprised she can keep well and healthy. In other words, it starts on the INSIDE.

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    1. I'm glad you're on the mend, Suze. I too am a big believer in alternative medicine. And I love your outlook on life...wise words indeed. :)

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  25. P.S. I was just reading an article about Sophie, DOEssex's, grueling 6-month training for the DofEdinborough's bike tour. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3791496/Sophie-Wessex-reveals-terrifying-brushes-impatient-motorists-trained-450-mile-Edinburgh-London-bike-ride.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490] While her decision wasn't brought on by a reason as dramatic as Kate/the DOC's decision to be on a rowing crew (because of her [mercifully] brief breakup with Prince William), Sophie's turning 50th birthday gave her a push to commit to something extraordinary, both physically and charitably. The latter's epiphany of actually enjoying that level of cycling and fitness easily parallels Kate's realization that she loves rowing and being in shape. Since they are so often thrown together at events [See this year's Royal Ascot pix, for example.], I suspect that Kate and Sophie have exchanged a story or two about the ordeal...er, experience of pushing oneself to the brink in a good way, physically. It's not a bad way to bond as sisters-in-law. (And another indication that the Royal Trio - Will, Kate, and Harry - have really raised the bar for other royals regarding commitment to the public good and their own health, and shown everyone else that there really is a point to keeping the British monarchy around. And yes, a Yank just wrote this. :) )

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  26. Really looking forward to reading another of your posts on Kate's fitness/diet regime and to hear about your own progress, Jane!

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