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FFIT Cymru is a new show on S4C which fol­lows a group of peo­ple from North Wales as they at­tempt to trans­form their lives and lead a health­ier lifestyle. One of those is 33-year-old elec­tri­cian Mathew Thomas from Gaer­wen. In this exclusive column for the Mail, Mathew (in­set) ex­plains what his fit­ness jour­ney has been like so far... “As the weeks go on I think it has been get­ting eas­ier and eas­ier for me. The diet is get­ting eas­ier to adapt to, and the ex­er­cise has been bril­liant. This week I was re­ally pleased to get back out on the rugby field for the first time in around two years.

“It was my first train­ing ses­sion back and I man­aged to keep up with the boys which I was so proud of, and it was so re­ward­ing. My team­mates and coaches were all re­ally sup­port­ive and the ex­pe­ri­ence was bril­liant.

“Be­ing a part of this show has given me such a con­fi­dence boost, and I have been over­whelmed with the sup­port I’ve re­ceived.

“After all my hard work I was a bit dis­ap­pointed to only lose 4lbs when I weighed in. How­ever, after speak­ing to our ex­perts they ex­plained that los­ing 11lbs ev­ery week isn’t re­al­is­tic, and over­all I was proud that I hit my tar­get weight loss.

“To lose 15lbs in just three weeks is a bril­liant achieve­ment!

“But I have to ad­mit re­sist­ing the sweets and choco­lates wasn’t easy at first. As time has gone on we still have sweets in our cupboard, but some have been there for weeks and I haven’t touched them, I’m so shocked I’ve re­sisted temp­ta­tion! “I’ve re­alised I was eat­ing my wife and my kids out of food! I was def­i­nitely over-eat­ing, which wasn’t healthy. The weight gain was also af­fect­ing my moods and my over­all hap­pi­ness too. I was get­ting tired, ir­ri­ta­ble, and moody, which wasn’t great for my wife and chil­dren. Now I’ve lost 15lbs it feels like a dif­fer­ent world.

“My new motto is, eat fresh, feel fresh.”

To fol­low Matthew’s fit­ness jour­ney tune into FFIT Cymru on S4C Tues­day at 8pm. English sub­ti­tles avail­able. Avail­able to watch on­de­mand at, iPlayer and other plat­forms.

To fol­low FFIT Cymru’s nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise plans vis­itf­

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