Man once left for dead by bullies loses over four stones
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.