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.