Man once left for dead by bul­lies loses over four stones

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­[email protected]­plc.com

A MAN who was once left for dead af­ter be­ing bat­tered and bruised has turned his life around by los­ing more than four stone and is now the new con­sul­tant of a slim­ming group.

10 years ago, Mat­tie Docker, 31, ex­pe­ri­enced a trau­matic event which led his eat­ing habits to spiral out of con­trol, con­se­quently lead­ing him to binge on cho­co­late, bis­cuits and cakes.

“I was beaten se­verely by three men, bit­ten leav­ing scar­ring I can­not get rid of and left for dead in a gut­ter,” ex­plains Mat­tie.

“This is where food be­came my pro­tec­tion, a bar­rier so peo­ple could not get close to me or hurt me again.

“I wasn’t prac­tic­ing self-care which re­sulted in me ne­glect­ing my­self, I helped oth­ers and then never got around to check­ing I was okay.

“I was a com­fort eater and what I call a dazed eater, some­times I would eat and eat and not even regis­ter I had eaten, crazy but true.”

Af­ter his ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal, Mat­tie sunk into a deep low, de­spite de­scrib­ing him­self as the life and soul of ev­ery party, he said that get­ting home was when his iso­la­tion over­whelmed him.

It got to the point where he would avoid re­flec­tions and mir­rors, his chest got tight af­ter walk­ing for 20 min­utes, his clothes were cut­ting his skin and his legs would be­come sore from rub­bing and this was when he knew he had to do some­thing to re­gain his life back.

In April this year, he plucked up the courage to visit a local Slim­ming World group.

He said: “The night be­fore my de­ci­sion to visit the club, I just broke down, I was a sob­bing mess but enough was enough.

“It’s so pow­er­ful that from join­ing Slim­ming World I have been able 10-years-on to self coun­sel my is­sues. My eat­ing habits are now ed­u­cated habits. I food op­ti­mise now.

“I am knowl­edge­able about the nu­tri­tion in food. I can make in­formed de­ci­sions and weigh up whether I want that par­tic­u­lar food and drink or not. I feel in con­trol, I feel em­pow­ered to make clear choices to food op­ti­mise. I never feel re­stricted or de­nied any­thing on Slim­ming World.”

Since join­ing the group in April, Mat­tie has lost al­most five stone on the pop­u­lar diet-plan and his in­spi­ra­tional story has not gone un no­ticed.

“Be­ing asked to be a con­sul­tant was huge, it was a shock be­cause I didn’t re­alise how many peo­ple I was in­spir­ing. I was just be­ing me and to be hon­est I was hon­oured,” said Mat­tie.

“Be­ing a con­sul­tant has many lay­ers and com­mit­ments that are car­ried out out­side of the group, each and ev­ery mem­ber is im­por­tant which means you don’t want to let them down but em­power them to work hard for them­selves.”

Mat­tie says that the thing about his trans­for­ma­tion has been the change to his thought process, he be­lieves he is no longer ex­ist­ing but liv­ing and states that his weight is no longer an is­sue that leaves him hid­ing away from the world.

“It’s more than los­ing weight for me, this process has given me the time and tools to en­joy life and press play as it’s been on pause for a long time. I am truly happy, like and love my­self.”

By tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a con­sul­tant, Mat­tie hopes to en­cour­age more men to at­tend.

He wants them to feel em­pow­ered and con­fi­dent know­ing that if they want to be health­ier and lose weight, then they can walk into his group and be wel­comed with­out be­ing judged.

“As a new con­sul­tant I will sup­port, un­der­stand and en­cour­age ev­ery mem­ber to reach the goal(s) that they set. This will be my com­mit­ment,” Mat­tie prom­ises.

“I am en­sur­ing I read all the lit­er­a­ture, re­search­ing new and ex­cit­ing ways to in­spire mem­bers and get to know each mem­ber so I can be­spoke the sup­port to max­imise their po­ten­tial in and out of the group.”

And for those who feel in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to where Mat­tie was prior to his first visit, he is en­cour­ag­ing new mem­bers to at­tend in the New Year and lis­ten first hand to his story, the highs, the lows and his on­go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I would say give me a ring, let’s talk and maybe meet for tea in town if it helps you. It can be daunt­ing and easy to back out when you walk into a room full of peo­ple you do not know but all I can say is the ex­ist­ing group are kind, friendly, sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing. Just like me,” Mat­tie re­as­sures.”

Mat­tie launched his po­si­tion as Slim­ming World con­sul­tant at the start of 2019.

His group meets with his con­sul­tant, Michaela Dick­in­son, from 9.15am on Fri­days at the Ashby Road Sports Club, Hinck­ley. For more de­tails give him a ring on 07891 948423.

31-year-old Mat­tie Docker is now the new face of a Hinck­ley Slim­ming World group af­ter trans­form­ing his life and body by los­ing al­most five stone on the pop­u­lar diet plan.

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