A YOUNG mum has taken on a big challenge in a bid to battle her weight.
When Kayleigh-louise Wilkinson realised the scales had tipped at 20 stones she knew it was time she had to take action for her future health.
The 22-year-old university student, decided to give herself a goal of completing the Great North Run in September and through her training has already shed two stones.
Kayleigh-louise, who lives with her husband Paul, 21, and three-year-old daughter, Katie, at Town End Farm, is also raising money for the British Heart Foundation, which works hard to help people like her grandfather, James Roxburgh, 66, who lives in Chilton, County Durham, who has battled heart problems for more than 25 years.
She said: “My grandad is very special to me and it has been hard watching him being ill and I don’t want my little girl to go through that, worrying about my health.
“I knew my weight would cause me problems and I want to tackle it now while my daughter is little. In years to come I want her to remember me as a fit, healthy mam, not one that struggles to do things.”
Kayleigh-louise, who is getting a huge amount of support from her family and friends, said she had always been quite big, but the weight just crept on and on.
She said: “My whole family is pretty big and the portions we eat are too large.
“I suffered from depression for a while and used food as a way of coping with that. I didn’t realise just how big I was and that I had reached 20 stone.”
Kayleigh-louise said at first she didn’t know where to start to tackle her weight, but by changing her diet and keeping up her running regime the pounds are falling off.
She said: “Before I used to use any excuse not to exercise, but I knew it was time to change.”
Kayleigh-louise said running is great and it doesn’t cost anything either. Anyone who would like to sponsor her in the half marathon can visit www.justgiving.com/Kayleighlouise.