What causes a person to reach that point where they decide to get into shape? For Matt Hoover, it was all thanks to a chair.
Matt was unhappy with his weight at 500 pounds, but when he couldn't fit into a chair at a public place, he realized it was time to do something about it.
Here's what Hoover had to say about his embarrassing experience with a chair while out with friends at an Italian restaurant:
"I couldn't fit into the chair they had there. It was really embarrassing — just a horrible scene. They had chairs with arms. You had to be a certain width.
I told them to have fun, that I would go out and meet up with them later. I went to a coffee shop.
My size was preventing me from doing things that other people took for granted."
So sad. We're glad he was able to turn it around!
Here's some advice from Hoover on how to eat healthy:
"When you do exercises, it makes your eating better and gives you a healthy mindset. You don't want to screw up after walking four to five miles by eating a Big Mac."
And here's what Hoover is up to now, 300 pounds later:
"I'm a runner now. I've run 10Ks and trained for half marathons. I couldn't have done that before. Everything about my life has changed. I feel great."
So inspiring. Definitely motivation for sticking to your New Year's resolutions!