A former drug addict has completely turned his life around in just 24 weeks after following an intense exercise plan.
Before his weight loss journey, Matt Ellengold, from London, enjoyed a life which revolved around drugs, alcohol and partying.
While the 39-year-old has been in recovery for four years and sober for three, he added that throughout his recovery period, weight wasn’t a priority so he ate what he wanted.
But after coming off the drugs, Matt was keen to start dating and it was only when he took photos for his dating profile that he was horrified by his appearance.
Matt turned to Up Fitness to transform his health where he lost an incredible 4.4st (28kg) in just 24 weeks.
He explained: “Prior to joining I had a lot of self-doubt, questioned myself and had no self-believe. I believe in myself more now.
“I used to go to bed at night and hope I wouldn’t wake up. Fast forward to now, with my experience at UP, I go to bed at night looking forward to wake up.”
Matt, who has been in recovery for three years, revealed how he started drinking in his early teens.
He continued: “Through my 20s I was out in bars and clubs all weekend, drinking but using drugs more and more drugs, and more frequently.
“Then through my late twenties and onward I found myself leaving nights out early and going home and using by myself.
“Eventually, I didn’t even leave the house. I just stayed at home and used drugs by myself.
“And I started to think about drugs all the time – I'd be thinking about using them, I'd be thinking about not using them, I became obsessed with drugs.”
Matt decided to get help and was put in touch with the City of Westminster Turning Point Drug and Wellbeing Service after a failed suicide attempt in 2011.
He added: “I used the service for about six months and went to a few narcotics anonymous meetings, but I didn’t continue with it.”
But a turning point for Matt came when he was out for lunch with his brother and his partner.
Matt saw photos of himself and couldn’t believe what he looked like so decided to sign up to Up Fitness.
After he joined the regime, he swapped takeaways for protein and remained focused on his exercise plan.
Speaking after his transformation, he said: “My experience at UP has made me feel like a better person and version of myself since I joined. I can't describe what an improvement this is for me.”
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