Matthew Briggs from York got rid of an amazing 17st 7lbs with Slimming World. He toned his muscles through Body Magic! And running in marathons.
“I’ve battled with my weight ever since my teens and I put on more weight when my mum was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Being the eldest, I became her main carer and we relied on convenience food and takeaways. I also started comfort eating to cope. Then in March 2000, just a month before my 18th birthday, and after 6 months of progressively getting worse, my mum passed away”, he shared.
He gained even more weight in the course of 10 years. His step-mum tagged him in some Facebook photos during one Christmas holiday and he looked huge. Later his dad asked him if he’s happy and he admitted that he wasn’t. His life has a routine of going to work, coming back home and sleeping then the same routine goes on over and over. He wanted to change but he had no idea how.
“In January 2010 I went along with my step-mum to our local Slimming World group. I sat through the New Member Talk and couldn’t help but think ‘wow – this all sounds too good to be true! And it wasn’t, I lost 12½lbs in my first week!
Soon enough after joining, he discovered a love for cooking. He enjoyed going to group and sharing in IMAGE Therapy. He adores wonderful dishes like and spinach omelettes and chicken stir-fries. His own special favorite and takes pride in cooking is homemade chicken curry and rice. Strawberries dipped in melted chocolate is one of the many fresh fruits that he usually snacks on.
“My family and friends have nicknamed me the ‘Duracell Bunny’ as I’m always on the go! I started by parking my car a mile away from work and walking there and back, before taking up cycling, running and joining a gym. Last April I cycled 50km for charity – I was so proud when I finished in under two hours. I also climbed Ben Nevis with friends last summer and I was part of Slimming World’s London Marathon team in April”, he said.
He’s enjoying life now, he’s happier and healthier than he was ever before. He draws inspiration from his late mum.
“I inherited many of my qualities from her. She used all her strength and determination until the end to try and fight her disease, and that is what I used as part of my weight loss journey.”
For more of Matthew Briggs’ story, see the video below:
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