Local man uses social media to track weight loss

Posted Friday, January 31, 2014 ----- 5:20 p.m.

Weight loss is the number one New Years' resolution this year and people are already giving up on their goals. Less exercise and more time on social media. It sounds like a recipe for weight gain. But for one area man, it's the only thing that's worked to keep the pounds off.

Weight has affected Neil Mathweg's life for as long as he can remember. "I still remember going to the husky section with my parents and having to buy the big boy clothes," he said.

He has a familiar story. "I'd go on diets, I'd lose some weight, and then I'd gain it all back," Neil explained. But this time it's different; "there's one morning when I looked in the mirror and said enough is enough," Neil explained.

With the support of his family; "I really appreciate what he's done," said Neil's daughter, Natalie. And a new program with two parts- very little exercise and limited carb intake; "this is my protein bar, I love them, I wish I could have them all day long but I can only have one," said Neil.

He's been able to lose 50 pounds and keep it off. Originally starting at 343 just two months ago, now down to 291. But one other special tool has been able to keep him on track. "I called it the husky section because I feel like I'm walking out of the husky section and into the skinny jeans section," said Neil.

Followers of this facebook page, helping motivate him along; even when he feels like giving up. "One, it holds me accountable because I've got so many eyes on me. Two, it's really empowering other people," explained Neil.

And documenting his weight loss journey is helping change lives. "It's really cool to see that, hey I'm losing weight right there with you," he said.

He's determined to make this happen; for his health, his wife, and most of all, to be around to see his daughters grow up. "I'm going to have the energy to play with them, and right now I don't," Neil explained. His daughter Natalie adds, "I appreciate having him around and I just really love my dad."

Neil hopes to get to his goal weight of 185 pounds within the next year. And when that time comes, he's most looking forward to running a half marathon, and of course; taking his kids to the park more often to play.

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