Our weight-loss star, Josie Wheeler, has been blind since adolescence. She tells us the inspiring story of how she linked up with her fiancé to lose weight together
My battle with weight
I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 11 – it recurred when I was 13 and 18. Due to the effects of the tumour and steroid treatment, my visual acuity was damaged and I gained a lot of weight. With the help of my mother, and through sensible eating, I managed to lose it again, but I relaxed my vigilance in adulthood. In 2011, my fiancé Andrew became concerned about his own weight gain, so we decided to tackle it together.
What worked for me
I joined a group fitness programme, and I found the exercise classes and support really useful. Following a healthy eating plan hasn’t been difficult – I feel very comfortable with the amount and types of food I’m now eating. Due to my blindness and poor hearing, I need more space around me to exercise safely without danger to myself or others. Andrew’s mother, Rachael, helps me by relaying the instructions and guiding me through any moves I may not recognise.
My new routine
I lost 2st comfortably in one year and achieved my target weight, and I feel confident I can maintain it by continuing to follow a sensible eating plan and taking regular exercise. Losing the weight has made me feel so much more self-assured.
Josie attends Love My Fitness (lovemyfitness.co.uk).
*Weight-loss results will vary and are down to your individual circumstances and the amount of weight you have to lose.