Healthy Living - Grace and Angus' story
We don't want to be unwell later; we're doing this to have a better quality of life.
I felt that my weight was impacting on my life and I needed to do something about it. My father was a large man and passed away when he was 54 years old from a heart attack - those aren't good footsteps to follow in. I'd like to not ache anymore, I have sore joints from carrying extra weight and walking up and down hills is really hard.
I need to be responsible for me; being here means being well and I don't think I'm the most ‘well' person I can be. It's not about looks, it's about being able to do all the things I want to do. I would love to play netball and swim again. Angus and I used to go bike riding together, it was a great activity to do together and I would love to feel comfortable enough to do that again.
I hope that by telling my story, people will see it and think to themselves, "I can do that". Don't wait, don't do all the self doubting, take the challenge of making life what you want it to be, not what you wished it was.
I'm aware that I am putting on weight quicker than I used to and if I don't do something about it now it will be much harder later on. When I'm stressed I eat. I don't go out of my way but if there's champagne, cakes and desserts I'll eat them. My family does have health issues associated with being overweight so I need to be preventative. We tell our students that those who are active live healthier lives so I should listen to my own advice.
I am also doing this to support my wife Grace. It has to be a team effort especially as we have two young daughters and we need to be good role models. As we get older we are not able to do the same things but instead of stopping we need to adjust and find what works. I know what I need to do so it's about changing my behaviour and making good habits.
I hope that as a relatively young man, I can show people that it's about living a balanced lifestyle. It's not about dramatically changing things, it's about doing things you enjoy but sometimes you may have to adjust things a little so you can continue to do them. I want to live to see my grandkids and for as long as I am alive, I want it to be a healthy life.