Matt Plumer has always had an oversized personality. That hasn't changed.
“I was wearing it [size] XXX well,” he laughed. “Size 44 pants -- let out."
But his oversized waistline has changed. Now the 35-year-old from Reston, Va., and his wife could fit in his old jeans.
“I think a lot of it starts with just getting you right,” he said.
Two years ago, his life was a smoking, drinking, 295-pound train wreck. His wife, Malinda, was healthy and fit. He wasn't.
“I could do, I don't know, five pushups, 10 sit-ups,” Plumer said.
He got off the couch, started working out, quit smoking and drinking.
“It got to the point where it became habitual,” said Plumer. “I started seeing some wins on the scale.”
He used meal replacement shakes and supplements and slowly started making healthier food choices.
His wife saw a changed man.
“He became happier,” said Malinda Plumer. “He became more pleasant to be around. His style started changing a little bit in his clothes, so I was excited to see that. It boosted his ego too.”
What worked for Matt were small short term goals, using 90-day challenges to compete for prizes and money to lose weight.
“That gets exciting and when people see results and they get encouragement from the social aspect of it, it was so inviting and encouraging,” he said.
And he's got a physique his wife admires.
“Now you can really see some nice muscle tone, some definition in his arms,” she said. “He's got some biceps. He has some triceps going."
And on their annual trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Matt and Malinda rock-climbed to Lover's Beach. It was something he had never been able to do.
“It just symbolized a lot for us,” said Malinda. “Just climbing over this rock that I've been wanting to do for so long and now he's in a position where he can do it."
“Maybe down the road, I'll do a challenge to do some sort of Ironman or a triathlon,” said Matt. “I’ve never done it. It’d be fun.”
After losing 100 pounds, he can conquer anything.
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