I am currently on a very long and hard journey to losing weight. This is entirely for myself and to make myself more confident, however it is also to ensure that I am as healthy as I can be for when I do have my kidney transplant.
I have tried so many times to lose weight, however my steroid tablets, which suppress my immune system make it very difficult as they also make you hungry and cause you to retain water. When I first had to start taking them I went up a whole dress size in the space of a week from fluid retention, which caused me to also have stretch marks on my stomach. I have always struggled with my weight, but in the last year it has been especially difficult because of my medication. Because of my tablets, I am currently between a UK size 14/16 and weigh around 13 stone 11, with a BMI of 30.3. Ideally, I would like to be about 10 stone 5, which would give me a BMI of 22.7.
I have decided to follow the Slimming World plan without going to any of the classes and doing it all from home, as my mum has been doing Slimming World since August last year and has lost 4 and a half stone which is just amazing. I won't be going to the classes because there are some things I am not allowed to eat because it contains high levels of things I'm not allowed much of, such as wholemeal bread.
I will also be exercising with my exercise hula hoop for 40 minutes a day, I will be doing squats, going for walks every evening (when possible because of shifts), going for bike rides and doing sit ups.
Normally I give up after a few days, even though following this plan I have seen some incredible results straightaway, I just lose motivation even though it is exactly what I should be doing to keep myself well enough for a transplant. Having the job I have also doesn't help, as I have put on at least 2 stone just from working there for 3 years, because you're surrounded by food all day.
However, I am really going to give it a go this time and I will be doing weekly updates on my progress on here (hopefully) to help keep me motivated. I'm excited now just thinking about it and I really want to go and do some exercise right now, however it's 11:40 pm as I write this and everyone in my house is asleep so I'd better save it all for morning!