Champion Daniel Boulton

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The needle on Daniel Boulton’s scales went past its maximum. The birth of his daughter made him take stock, and so started his fabulous journey on The Harcombe Diet®.

In just over a year, the dad from South Derbyshire lost more than seven stone (47kg) and is following his lifelong dream to complete the London Marathon.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a 33-year old team leader at an automotive plant in Derby. The wonderful Emily became my wife in 2010 and we have a beautiful 18-month old daughter Scarlett.

Looking back across the years, I haven’t really been very kind to my body. I smoked and drank too much, and had a poor diet, which was always strange as I was brought up with home cooked food. I didn’t exercise and worked long hours in food retail, which always meant I was looking at processed food on the go.

I was at my heaviest in 2008. My scales topped out at 19 stone (120kg), but the needle travelled way past it! I would get in from work feeling very hungry and immediately grab a couple of slices of bread while I was cooking dinner. Then I’d grab a couple more slices… and then eat an oversized dinner.

I was always tired, couldn’t motivate myself to get up in a morning and my joints were suffering. My job involved a lot of driving and I spent a lot of time on my feet and walking which exposed my knees and back. The pain in my knees was very bad when I got home and relaxed, I realised I needed to do something.

I lost five stone (31kg) by monitoring my calorie and fat intake, but couldn’t lose any more. So I lost my way, found comfort in my old ways, and soon the needle on the scales maxed out again.

What was the final straw to taking control?
Whenever I looked in the mirror, I thought I looked okay. Then I saw some pictures of myself at weddings over 2012/13 and was really shocked. I was in denial. I looked bad. My clothes didn’t fit me properly; I looked bloated and puffy; and it didn’t help that all my close friends are in pretty good shape.

But the final straw was the birth of gorgeous baby girl. The moment she was born I realised that I had to be there for her for the years to come. I wanted to be able to play and run around with her when the time came. I wanted to be able to run up the stairs, without feeling like I had sprinted a 10sec 100 metres, or walk up the hill without losing my breath. Diabetes was always in the back of my mind and, quite simply, I didn’t want to be her fat dad!!

How and when did you find out us?
I heard a radio interview with Zoe, talking about the ‘Harcombe Diet for Men’. I was interested and intrigued by what she had to say, especially when she said I didn’t need to eat fruit. I don’t dislike fruit, but all together it sounded perfect!

So when I finally got to the point where I needed to do something about my weight, I got the book and it went from there.

I followed the book and pre-planned everything, so we could budget for only those things that we needed. I stayed on phase 1 for approximately five months and was losing a stone a month. It just fell off.

My wife supported me all the way and would eat everything I ate. I don’t think I could have done it without that involvement and support from her. This might seem extreme, but we ate the same things on the same day for the entire period on Phase 1. Then it felt like the right time to move to phase 2 and thankfully the weight still came off!

What has been the biggest benefit to you of getting to your current weight?
Where do I start! It has to be just the feeling of general wellbeing, but the list could be endless: confidence in my body image; being able to buy clothes that fit properly; alertness.

I know it’s a cliché but I feel reborn; a new man!

I’ve had a lifelong ambition to run the London Marathon, so earlier this year I finally took up running. I have never really been a sporty person, but I took to running like a duck to water. I now train at least three times a week – anything from 5K to 18K at the moment – so hopefully my marathon dream will come true.

Do you have any advice to our readers?
My advice is to stay disciplined. This disciplined nature at the start will become instinctive the further you get in to your new way of eating and your cravings slowly disappear. Sticking to the plan is what worked for me. Preparation with menus, meal ideas and shopping is also important.

August 2015 Update
Marathon Man Dan gets closer to his goal

It’s been an amazing few months and I’m enjoying my journey as a passionate ‘Harcomber’.

First and foremost, my daughter, Scarlett is now in her third year, and it’s great to be able to keep up with her! I just feel so lucky that I am able to be her active, healthy dad.

So onto my major life goal: From the start of January I have spent my spare time focused on my long-term goal to complete the London Marathon. That means I’m out pounding the streets four or five times a week.

Cutting a long story short, I reached an amazing landmark on April 26th. Having put my kit on and warmed up, I set off, and only stopped 3hrs 46mins later as I crossed the finishing line of the Blackpool Marathon!

All the emotion of my past year hit me as I saw my cheering family at the finish. It was a fantastic moment, as you can see from the short video!

I’ve now put in my entry for the big one: the 2016 London Marathon! It’s now fingers and toes crossed until October, when I discover if I’ve been successful.

I’ll let you know how I get one!

0 thoughts on “Champion Daniel Boulton

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Your story is so heartwarming and inspirational. Your daughter will be very proud of you when she is old enough to understand .

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Fantastic story and so motivational for others. Well done Daniel!

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Well done Daniel, what a great journey of discovery you have been on. Good luck with the running, I hope you fulfil your lifelong ambition of running the London Marathon. Please let us know how you get on 🙂

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Wonderful 🙂 My money is on you doing that Marathon very soon 🙂

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    What a great read, lovely to hear about your success and you really are an inspiration. Good luck with that Marathon!

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Well done Daniel – your story is so inspirational. You really are a different man altogether. 😀

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    We’ll done Daniel! I am so impressed with your resiliance. All the best with the marathon

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Well done Daniel – very inspiring and you look fantastic! 🙂

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Well I just have to say a massive thank you for all your comments. I hope my story can inspire others to stick with it and lose weight or get healthy, Zoe has transformed my life!! All the very best.

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    so happy for you, Daniel.
    the Harcombe Diet for Men book is a true revelation to so many of my own friends and clients.
    keep up the good work!

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Was fantastic to meet you yesterday Daniel!

    You looked amazing – Totally different from your before photo!

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    I’d never have believed that you before photo was you. Never in a million years. You look so healthy and I’m glad that you could make it to the meal yesterday 🙂

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Daniel, it was a real pleasure to meet you yesterday and, like others, I sometimes find it hard to believe the difference in how you look, let alone how much better you must now feel.
    We showed your before photo to Max last night, he refuses to believe it’s the same person that he met yesterday 🙂
    Well done you. You are a real inspiration.

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    I love to see people who have ‘done it’ and look like they never had the extra weight in the first place, it’s very motivational, for me it’s one of the things that holds me back, I don’t want to look like I am walking round in a deflated balloon! Daniel you definitely don’t look like that, you look very fit and healthy, hope you enjoyed the meal 🙂

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    I should come on here a little more often as I had missed these comments after the meal in Nottingham. Really from the bottom of my heart I thank you for all your kind words. It really is overwhelming to read some of the things people write. I sometimes wonder if that really was me in them old photos too!!

    I am sorry we didn’t really talk at Nottingham cazbah. I am not really that guy that would turn up at them meets and be the chatty one who charms everyone with his small talk so my apologies for not talking and getting to know you. Hopefully now I have been to one and know some faces the next one I can relax a bit more.

    Thank you all x

  • 11th October 2014 at 9:23 am
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    Fantastic to read your update!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that you get the golden entry for London!!! Make sure you let us know on the forum.

    Keep on running….well done Daniel 🙂

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