How Kurtis did it!
At over 29st, 25-year-old Kurtis Bissett from Swansea worried his weight was holding him back from life. Then he discovered Slimming World and found a new way of eating, and went on to lose over 10st!
"For as long as I could remember my weight had always yo-yoed, and from the age of 19 onwards it piled on at an alarming rate. I lived on takeaways and would often have four large meals a day.
"Working as a hair stylist was a nightmare. Spending 12 hours a day on my feet was exhausting – every night I’d get home and collapse straight into bed. It was difficult to help other people look their best when I felt unhappy about my own appearance. I also had the health issues you’d expect to find in an elderly man and, with Type 2 diabetes running in both sides of my family, I knew I was putting myself at high risk of developing it, too.
"I used food as a comfort and a distraction as I started to question my sexuality. Deep down I knew I was gay, but I didn’t have the self-confidence to do anything about it.
"Things came to a head after a family holiday to Gran Canaria. I’d been really looking forward to it, but I couldn’t fit into the plane seat and I struggled with the hot temperatures because I was too embarrassed to remove my t-shirt. After the holiday I confided in my sister, Gemma. ‘I have to do something about my weight – I feel like if I don’t do something now, I might be missing my last chance!’ I made the decision to join Slimming World.
"Working in a hair salon, I had no worries about being surrounded by women – even so, I was nervous when I went to group the first time. I needn’t have worried, though, my Consultant, Amanda, was really welcoming and everyone was just so positive.
I went home and got stuck into cooking things like Slimming World spaghetti bolognese. I never once felt hungry… so I was amazed when I went back the next week to find I’d lost 19lbs!
"As my cooking confidence grew, I no longer relied on takeaways. If I did have a busy week ahead, I’d stock up on the Slimming World meals from Iceland, which are just as convenient and wouldn’t send me off track.
"And the weight just kept coming off. Customers in the salon started to notice my weight loss, which did the world of good for my self-esteem. I also had the confidence to start exercising. I took it slowly at first, building up to regular 5km runs and going to the gym four or five times a week.
"With my growing self-esteem, I started to socialise more and mix with new friends who encouraged me to accept who I really was. In fact, I signed up to a social media network to help find myself a partner. A year ago, I met Gary online and we arranged to go on a date together. I was pretty nervous, even though I was no longer the insecure man I’d once been. Gary helped me realise who I really am and we’ve been together ever since.
"Now I’m healthier and happier than I’ve ever been. I’ve even become a Slimming World Consultant myself and run my own group in Swansea.
"I’m still shocked when I see my own reflection. I’m unrecognisable from the person I was when I started my journey – not just in the way I look, on the inside as well."
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
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