'Up-hill battle was inspiration I needed'
DIABETES and high blood pressure could soon be a thing of the past for this determined mum, who is delighted to be shedding the pounds.
Lisa Ridley, of Lamour Road, Grimsby, has lost more than five stone since she decided to change her life around in January.
The 44-year-old, who has struggled in the past to keep the weight off, realised she had to alter her ways after returning from a holiday in Egypt with friends.
"There was a lot of walking on the trip, especially up this one particular hill," she said.
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"However, I could not do it without getting out of breath quickly and I was constantly falling behind everyone else.
"It got to the point where I would choose to lay on a sun lounger rather than joining in with games and activities others were doing.
"My confidence was at its lowest and I felt as though people were looking and judging me on my weight."
Lisa was only home a few days before she got in touch with a Slimming World group at the Humber Royal Hotel, Littlecoates Road, Grimsby.
She also began exercising, firstly joining a Bokwa class at the Fix n Kicks martial arts centre, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes, before turning to a variety of exercise classes at Grimsby Leisure Centre, on Cromwell Road.
The mum-of-two says determination is what has pushed her to lose the weight so far but her ultimate aim is to get rid of all medication she has been on.
She said: "I have type-two diabetes and high blood pressure all because I let my weight get to a dangerous level.
"This will be my biggest challenge to get off the various tablets I am taking for good.
"I visited the nurse a few weeks ago and she could not believe the difference I have already made to myself."
However, Lisa is still not done losing weight and has a target of losing six stone in total.
She continued: "People have already started to comment on how good I look, but I can not see it yet until I have reached the six-stone mark.
"I have had to set myself mini targets along the way to make me realise that things are working.
"Seeking advice, recipe information and listening to other people's experiences at Slimming World really helped me to understand my own diet and where I needed to change.
"I already feel a lot better and I am able to do more physical activities then this time last year.
"I can walk for miles now without getting out of breath which is great.
"I am going back to Egypt with the same group of friends next month and I hope to do everything I found hard to do before.
"That means the hill I could hardly walk up last time, I now aim to run up twice a day."
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