A TAKEAWAY worker quit his job and lost an impressive 11 stone in just 18 months so he could begin his dream career — in the Royal Navy.
Danny Hague enrolled on a hardcore 13-week course that set him on his way to losing almost half his bodyweight, dropping from a hefty 26-and-a-half stone to just 15st.
The 25-year-old used to gorge on sweets and Chinese food from the takeaway where he worked as a driver, but now he’s swapped Double Deckers for life on deck in the navy.
Super-fit engineer Danny, from Ashford, Kent, always wanted to follow in his family members’ footsteps and serve in the armed forces, but he was too obese.
Danny, who can now run 31 miles with a weighted bag, said: ‘It’s been a long but necessary journey. Looking back now, I can’t believe that was me.
‘I used to do nothing around the house.
‘I used to sit, eat, play games and work at a Chinese takeaway in the evenings.
‘It was pretty depressing.’
The runner said that that his mental and physical well-being were boosted immeasurably after completing the fitness programme run by a Kent firm.
Ashford-based company Concept Training helps 16-24-year-olds hoping to join the armed forces or police to improve their fitness with a course dubbed Impact.
The training involves exercise circuits and high-intensity interval training — including sprints, hydraulic push pulls, rope workouts and squats.
Danny added: ‘I started the course and was surprised with how well I adapted, it’s very full-on I’ve learned a whole new lifestyle.
‘Physically, walking up the stairs used to tire me out, now I can jog for seven hours — I feel a lot better within myself.’
He swapped lie-ins and video games to waking up at 6am and running — and he even managed to lay off the takeaways.
Following his success on the course, Danny was awarded the learner progression certificate and trophy at the Skills Training UK awards.
He is currently undergoing an initial ten-week training exercise with the Royal Navy at HMS Rayleigh and is set to be posted to Portsmouth for 18 months.
Danny said: ‘Joining the navy was always in the back of my mind as a secondary thing because I knew I couldn’t do it.
‘I was too overweight and too lazy, but after completing this programme they accepted me and I’m extremely excited to go.
‘I’ll be proud to serve my country and I’ll see what I can achieve in my dream job.’
Chris Pound, director of Concept Training, described Danny’s dedication as ‘phenomenal’.
He said: ‘When we first met Danny, he was shy, but his transformation has been fantastic.
‘Now he is a leader, helping other people.
‘We think he is amazing.’