A MAN who shed an incredible nine stone is now competing in bodybuilding competitions.
Daniel Blythe was 29-years-old and 21 stone in 2010 when he was told by the doctor he needed to lose weight.
But after losing nine stones and starting weight training he is now competing in bodybuilding championships, something he would never have thought possible just three years earlier.
Mr Blythe, of Rhosnesni, Wrexham, said: “When I was in my early twenties I started my own window cleaning business which became quite successful.
“I started to sit back in the office and became lazy.
“I wasn’t going to the gym or anything and I was eating really bad. I would have three or four takeaways a week such as pizzas and kebabs.
“I reached 21 and a half stone.”
It was only in 2010 when Daniel took a trip to the doctors and was told to lose weight that he decided to change his lifestyle.
“I went to the doctors and he told me I needed to lose weight for the good of my health and it really was a kick up the backside,” said Daniel.
“I didn’t see myself as 21 stone and when I looked back at pictures of myself on holiday I thought ‘I need to lose weight’.”
Daniel kicked the takeaways and started going to the gym, initially to lose weight and get back into shape.
He started spending every morning and evening in the Valhalla Gym on the Rhosddu Industrial Estate focusing mainly on cardiovascular work.
But after losing nine stone Daniel began to start weight training and went up to 14 stone adding on muscle, which is the weight he is at now.
“It was really hard and took a lot of getting used to, but now I’ve gone from one extreme to the other,” he said.
“I feel a lot fitter and a lot more confident and I don’t get tired just walking up the stairs anymore.
“I’m 33 but I feel better now than I ever did in my twenties.”
Daniel is still the owner of DSB Cleaning Services in Wrexham, but now leads a healthier lifestyle with his partner Kayleigh Pickup and his 15-year-old son Connor Arrowsmith thanks to help from Valhalla Gym owner Craig Hughes.
Daniel said: “I have to thank Craig and the gym for all the help they have given me.
“Without Craig this wouldn’t have happened, he really helped me with my diet and regime.”
Mr Hughes, who has worked as a nutritionist in the Wrexham area for 20 years said: “It is a fantastic change to lose nine stone is one thing, but to transform three stone of that into muscle is really hard to do.
“All the lads in the gym are shocked.”
Daniel recently competed in the Strong Seniors Class at the North West Bodybuilding Championships finishing fourth and plans to compete in many more competitions in the future.