Being healthy has encouraged me to try things I never would have considered before.

I'd always been a size 14 to 16, but when that became a size 18 I got scared and said to myself: "I don't want to get any bigger." This hasn't been my first attempt at trying to lose weight, I've tried other things but now I have managed to maintain a healthier weight and I feel good, mentally and physically.

I've met a new man who is really supportive and also grows his own veggies. He's teaching me a lot in the kitchen and has shown me how simple it can be to cook with fresh produce. My confidence in cooking has grown and I have seen how much easier it is to whip up a healthy meal rather than going through a drive-thru.

My friends thought I should pick up ballet this year to take it up a notch from Zumba. I haven't considered doing ballet before, I would have thought that I was too uncoordinated and that it would be difficult with a bigger frame. Being healthy has really pushed me forward. I find it intense but I love all the new things I am learning and it's really good for the mind as well as the body. I think it's really important to find something you love so you can continue to be active.

I get frustrated if I can't put the time aside to cook and be active. I notice that if I don't keep it up I feel a bit low and I am absolutely dying to get back into my routine. I can't imagine going back to my old unhealthy habits and I certainly don't ever want to.