1. So, here’s Matthew Wong with Rob Ford in July 2013.
He was at the Corso Italia street festival when he bumped into him.
Matthew tells BuzzFeed: “I was seeing a woman. We had been an on-again, off-again item for several years. It was starting to look like we were going to end up together for the long haul. One day as I was walking her home she told me that she was worried that if I didn’t get healthy she would outlive me. I knew that I had to make some changes, so I did.”
2. And here’s Matthew with Rob Ford on April 7 this year.
He says: “Jokingly a friend suggested I get an after picture with him.
So, I emailed the mayor. His chief of staff set up the meeting. It was great, I’m very thankful that Rob Ford took the time to see me. I was expecting that this would generate a little attention but I didn’t expect it to blow up like it has.”
3. How did he manage to lose the weight? He says:
Counting calories was how I started, losing weight really comes down to burning more calories than you consume.
Since healthy food has a better quantity to calorie ratio I started eating better and exercise was a way to ensure that I was burning more calories.
Early into changing my habits around the woman I was involved with left me. I focused on myself and really committed to sticking with my routine and working out my frustration at the gym, it helped a lot. I stayed sane and I didn’t fall off the wagon. It would have completely broken my heart if I hadn’t been doing all the cardio.