Izzie Kennedy was diagnosed with a rare liver disease at just 14 years old, and her doctor told her that drastic weight-loss measures were necessary to save her life.
Instead of opting in for surgery, Izzie turned to her mom for advice – she introduced her to a weight-loss program called Slimming World, which changed the course of her life for the better. With this program, alongside a more active lifestyle (with simple movements!), she was able to get healthy and combat her liver disease.
POPSUGAR: What made you decide to start your weight-loss journey?
Izzie Kennedy: At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with a form of liver disease, which I was told could be greatly improved by losing weight. The doctor at the hospital informed me that unless I took measures to significantly reduce my weight, the next step that would be considered was weight-loss surgery. While I recognize this is an option for lots of people, for me personally, this acted as the real trigger for beginning my weight-loss journey, as I didn’t want to undergo such a life-changing operation at such a young age.
During middle school, I had turned to food for comfort as a way of coping through a difficult family separation. On my way home from school, I would buy things like biscuits and sweets from the local shop and simply eat to eat, which at the time seemed to offer some form of solace. This was the time that my weight began spiraling out of control, and in the five years I was at middle school, I gained around 112 pounds, weighing around 290 pounds by the age of 15.
PS: What’s your favorite way to work out?
IK: I have a beautiful Labrador called Millie, who I love to walk for miles and miles a day with my friends at the beach. At my biggest, I couldn’t even walk for more than a minute due to various health conditions complicated by my weight. Now, I tend to get in over 10,000 steps per day!
PS: What’s your weekly exercise schedule?
IK: I don’t really do any form of really strenuous exercise, so it’s mainly just walking and running. During stressful periods in my life – for example, taking my exams – I find running to be a great stress reliever!
Izzie: AfterPS: How do you keep workouts exciting?