A DAD has misplaced a staggering ELEVEN stone in simply 14 months – after he “fell aside” when his son requested him if he was going to die.
Matthew Riggs, from Markhams Chase, Basildon, discovered the motivation to reduce weight after his son, then aged seven, got here residence from faculty after studying in regards to the physique and requested him if he was going to die .
The 33-year-old is now sharing his unbelievable weightloss journey, after dropping 11 stone and 1lb, to encourage others to get match and wholesome.
He advised the Echo: “It began at my son’s soccer match. I used to be getting out of breath going from pitch to pitch with him. One in every of my buddies mentioned to me that I wanted to kind myself out.
“I didn’t suppose there was any points with me on the time however then my son got here residence from faculty after studying in regards to the physique and stuff and he mainly came to visit to me and simply checked out me and mentioned “dad are you going to die”. That was it. I actually fell aside.
“I requested him why he thought I used to be going to die and he mentioned it was as a result of I used to be obese and fats. Clearly they’re so harmless, youngsters, and he was simply studying in regards to the physique and wholesome consuming in school. For him to come back over to me at seven and say that, that was it.
“Even now it’s like my motivation to listen to it repeated in my head.”
Initially of his health journey, Mr Riggs recollects attempting to think about each excuse to not go to his first fitness center session.
Since then he has educated each single day for greater than 625 days – even doing a exercise on Christmas Day.
He mentioned: “I made a dedication with considered one of my buddies. I spent all day attempting to think about excuses to not go however I knew I needed to go.
“It was the perfect factor I’ve ever accomplished to be sincere with you. I really feel loads more healthy.
Matthew’s son is now eight and is “satisfied” along with his dad’s progress.
Matthew evokes others by posting his health journey on his Instagram account.
He added: “The quantity of folks that message me each day to say I’ve impressed them. It’s a pleasant feeling and it’s all stemmed from my son.
“You must discover that one factor that motivates you. For me it was my son, however it’s essential to discover that one factor and simply give attention to it.”