My journey towards a healthy lifestyle began back in April 2005 after I lost my granddad to diabetes. This came as a massive shock to me because he was not just my role model but my best friend. It was hard for me to talk to anybody about my feelings which led me to a depressed state of mind. I just wanted to be left alone. I was driving taxis at the time and this provided me relief as I was working with people I didn’t know, which allowed me to vent without being judged.
In July 2007, I had a major health issue. My depression had caused me a 90 pound weight gain. My cholesterol level was at 6.7 and I was at risk of developing other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. My doctor’s advice was to take action before it’s too late.