Here’s Matthew’s story written by his supermom Erica:
Matthew has always been a big boy and carried extra weight throughout his primary school career, … being at a boys school things have been challenging and he has survived a rather tough journey. He has been excluded, bullied, made to feel different and just generally never allowed to fit in. We as a family had tried numerous ways to help him change his eating habits, but it was always a huge battle fraught with obstacles … there were numerous parties, outings and functions where plenty of tasty and illegal treats were served and it just made him feel worse that he wasn’t allowed to share them. I have since come to the conclusion that your child needs to buy into eating clean for it to be a success.
2014 was a huge year of change for Matthew, he moved up to the High School … found that there were loads of exciting new prospects including plenty of different sports on offer that weren’t available in the Junior School and approximately 80 new boys that arrived from other schools.
A friend of mine had been on the Sleekgeek re-boot programme, and I chatted to her about her success (approximately 30 kilograms down). I decided to join the group, and a few days later found the SG Kids group … and there I found a post about Tyra’s Journey which I showed to Matthew. He was mind blown that anyone could be that successful and to top it all dedicated enough to keep at it … that was the start of his journey, we had to go out and shop right there and then and that was the birth of Matthew’s Mission, he started the very next day …
We made a huge effort to make sure that Matthew ate well…
- A big breakfast to start the day … yoghurt and fruit smoothie followed by egg and bacon or mushrooms and tomato and onion salsa or avo and cottage cheese
- For school … biltong, fruit, nuts, yoghurt and veggie sticks sometimes the leftovers from the night before … it all really depends on what we have in the fridge
- Lunch is either a chicken salad or left overs from the night before, which he eats when he gets home from school. I found a nice pizza recipe, posted by one of the SG Moms … the base is made with egg and cheese and then you load it with homemade tomato paste and veg/meat of choice this is a delicious alternative to salad.
- Dinner is whatever we were having for dinner minus the carbs … I cook with coconut oil for the whole family, use butter instead of margarine. We read labels to see what is in each and every food item we buy and do not buy anything that is not clean!
- Matthew drinks copious quantities of WATER and limits his tea intake to 1 cup a day.
Matthew’s exercise schedule is crazy and I think that a lot of this is what has made him so successful.
He decided that he wanted to ROW and that is what he is doing … he rows almost every day …
Three times a week they row on the Ergo’s at school,
Three times a week they go down to the Vlei – which involves taking the boats down to the water, rowing for about 2 hours and then packing boats back into the shed (including the coach boat)
Once a week they do an hour’s team run in the Forest and he does a few other runs with his brother.
Matthew used to love playing TV games, he however now hates sitting around and feels the need to be on the move all the time … he has so much energy it’s startling!!
Matthew has lost a total of 14 kilograms and is at his goal weight, impressively he never gained any weight over this rather busy Christmas season. His goal is to maintain the weight, get a ‘six pack’ and build some muscle.
Matthew’s message to anyone wanting to lose weight: ‘Losing weight is a difficult thing to do, but if you keep on going with a goal in sight, you will get there. Good luck 😀 ‘
We as parents are extremely proud of Matthew’s journey, and have been blessed with a confident and bubbly teenager … thank you Sleek Geek for showing us the way 🙂
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