A MORBIDLY obese woman who tipped the scales at more than 20 stone has shed half her body weight to run the London Marathon.
Liz Adey will tackle the 26-mile run this Sunday (April 26) in aid of Asthma UK after dropping ten stone in just a year.
The 38-year-old hospital worker, who suffers from the respiratory condition, decided to ditch her poor diet after her asthma began to worsen and she saw a picture of herself.
She said: “I was classified as morbidly obese and I knew I had to do something about it, not least because of my asthma.
“I found that having colds during cold weather really impacted on it, meaning that I spent at least one week of every winter in bed with bad asthma symptoms and chest infections. I was constantly tired, despite sleeping long hours and was generally in poor health. I found my asthma very hard to manage.
“The moment I realised I just had to lose weight was when I saw a photo of myself that was to be used for my work newsletter. I hated what I saw and what I had done to myself.”
The Church Hill North resident began an intensive fitness regime and within one month she had lost a stone and her asthma began to improve.
She added: “I started to experience fewer and fewer symptoms and need my reliever inhaler less and less. I found that I quite quickly started to really love running and felt so much better for all of the exercise I was doing. “
“Having had asthma for such a long time, it made perfect sense for me to want to do something positive in aid of Asthma UK, the charity that aims to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma by funding world leading research, campaigning for improved care and supporting people to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
“I know that there is no cure for asthma yet so what’s really important is people with asthma getting the best advice and support to manage their symptoms – and I know that Asthma UK are the best people for that.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Liz-Adey2015 to support Liz as she takes on the challenge.