Kate Kline is a children’s book author and illustrator, and is the creator of the Kate Kline School of Publishers, founded in 2010. She is the author of over 50 books and her work has been translated into thirteen languages. She is also the winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year.

I’m really excited to be working with Kate on this project, and I’m going to be taking a lot of questions from people who have loved her writing and want to know more about her. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about her, and it will also take the focus off of the fact that she is a known Internet personality.

If you visit the PN membership area, you’ve probably seen the name Kate Kline. She is one of the coaches of the Lean Eating program and is a long time participant of the PN’er program.

As a former state champion, Kate has first-hand experience at the highest level. After her injury prevented her from running, she concentrated on strength training.

Kate graduated from Arizona State University and has studied everything from sports to wellness to psychology. She became a certified strength coach by Charles Polikins PICP and a trainer by ISSA. After school, Kate worked with coach Krista Schaus.

Kate wants to inspire people to aim high and go beyond the ideas that limit them. She strongly believes in the interplay between body and mind, and her philosophy is that both must be trained to succeed.

Mind-body interaction? Is Kate some kind of hippy? We’ll find out. I tracked them down to get the answers to the following 11 questions.

1. What 3 things do you think people do to waste their food?

Let’s start with some positive news!

Nah, that’s a good question, because mistakes are really just learning moments. Here are my top picks:


Trying to change too many things at once instead of focusing on small incremental changes over time. You don’t develop a good diet by waking up one day and deciding to follow a diet where you eat the same prescribed foods day after day. Instead, it’s about developing good eating habits that will keep you alive.

The Lean Eating coaching program is based on this principle. And that’s why Lean Eating clients are so successful in their transformation.

Error 2

I try to overcomplicate things. The Be Simple concept illustrates this brilliantly.

Error 3

Failure to consider the role of emotional, psychological, and sociocultural factors in eating behavior. People don’t eat just because they’re hungry. If that were the case, we probably wouldn’t be obese. Emotions and environment have a huge influence on food choices and are often the main limiting factors to watch out for.

2. How have your attitudes towards diet and physical activity changed over the years?

From my own experience and from working with hundreds of clients, I have found that a person’s thoughts, attitudes and beliefs have a significant impact on overall success in any business.

The mind is an incredibly powerful tool that is often forgotten! A simple change in your mindset or thoughts can lead to significant positive changes. The brain is truly the powerhouse of our body!

3. What is your favorite quote?

I have two favorites.

Believe, focus, reach.
-Christa Schaus

This short but powerful quote was given to me by Christa Schaus, and it became the philosophy of Defining Edge. Pay particular attention to the fact that faith is the first step in all this!

Feel the fear… and do it anyway.
-Susan Jeffers

For me, it became a life-changing experience. The possibilities, knowledge, understanding and growth that comes from facing my fears and embracing change are incredible.

I now make it my mission to do at least one thing each week that scares me, and I encourage my clients to do the same.

4. What 3 things do you think people do to mess up their training?


They do the same thing over and over again without incorporating the all-important principle of progression into their program. Whether your goals are health, body composition, or results, if you want consistent results, you need to find ways to constantly challenge yourself.

Error 2

They choose what they don’t want to spend their energy on. If you don’t like it, don’t do it! Find an activity that you enjoy and that helps you stay active. If you hate running on the treadmill, don’t do it! Roller skates. Participate in group classes. Take a walk in the countryside. Play soccer with your kids. The belly dance? The possibilities are endless!

Error 3

They underestimate their abilities (this is related to point 1). Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! It is usually in the uncomfortable zone that we make the most progress in fitness and strength. And nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment after a tough ordeal!

5. What do you get out of bed every day?

Live! The prospect of another beautiful day!

I see every day as an opportunity. An opportunity for growth, challenge, excitement, knowledge, connection, laughter and love.

I am so grateful for my family and friends, for the opportunity to connect with others in an industry I am passionate about, and for a healthy body that allows me to train and perform.

But let’s be realistic. Eight years ago I suffered from severe clinical depression and saw life very differently than I do now. When did the switch take place? When I decided I was worthy of being healthy and happy. That I want to change and when I finally believed I could change.

Do you see a pattern here?

Now, Kate, complete the following sentences.

6. Fast food is…

Prepare a good cocktail. Eat a handful of nuts and raw vegetables. Go to the fridge or freezer and grab some pre-cooked chicken breast and broccoli.

That was fast. It’s very simple. It’s available. Oh, and it’s good for my body.

7. The key to my health success is.

Make health a priority and nutrition and exercise your passion.

8. My three favorite sports are ….

  1. Muscle Training
  2. Towing of sledges
  3. Sprints/jogging on the hills

9. My three favorite foods are ….

  1. Seafood, halibut and opacapaca are my favorites right now.
  2. Steamed spinach (or other green vegetable)
  3. Delicious chocolate cake ….. with added cocoa powder

10. I usually buy my food at ….

Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Sunflower Market, Safeway and Costco (in order of frequency – I wish I could do everything in one store!).

11. My favorite additive is ….

BCAAs and a good recovery drink. I have a pretty demanding training routine, and without it, I notice a significant difference in recovery.

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