My starting weight on August 9th, 2017 when I was weighed at the Homerton Hospital in London. As you can see I am wearing a 5 XL jumper and as much as I tried to stretch it down it simply would not cover my stomach. The scales revealed I was 34 stone and 4 pounds or 218.4 kilos. (However, in the previous January my weight registered 36 stone 6 pounds when weighed in a busy corridor of my local hospital).
I had been visiting the Homerton Hospital for getting on for three years. The support staff informed me to qualify for weight loss surgery I would need to lose up to 10% of my body weight AND prove I could maintain this weight for an unspecified period of time. I was thinking, hang on a minute. If I could lose the weight and maintain the loss, why would I be here in the first place?
By this time I was under the care of a physiotherapist named Alan Myers. Alan had the patience of a saint and despite my weight increasing he still remained positive that exercise was the key to losing the required amount of weight to be eligible for surgery.