Saturday 10 December 2016

‘I went home and literally cried’: The nasty comment that inspired Tom (52) to shed more than 7st

Published 22/09/2016 | 12:27

Tom Mulhall has shed 7st through Slimming World
Tom Mulhall has shed 7st through Slimming World
Tom, pictured with his grandson as they ran the last 500metres of the Dublin Marathon together
A photo of Tom taken on a golf trip to Portugal which spurred him to lose 7st
Tom Mulhall has shed 7st and run the Dublin Marathon

An Irish man who once tipped the scales at 20st has opened up about the mean comment at a party that motivated him to turn his life around.

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Tom Mulhall (52) from Dun Laoghaire revealed that it was a remark made about his weight that inspired him to tackle his health head on and sign up to the Dublin Marathon.

“My pregnant sister-in-law stood up and someone said: ‘I didn’t know you were here, you must have been in Tom’s shadow.’ I made my excuses, went home and literally cried,” he said speaking to The Sunday World Magazine.

“The very next day, I signed up to compete in the Dublin Marathon, which was only three months later. I wanted to show them,” said Tom.

A photo of Tom taken on a golf trip to Portugal which spurred him to lose 7st
A photo of Tom taken on a golf trip to Portugal which spurred him to lose 7st
Tom, pictured with his grandson as they ran the last 500metres of the Dublin Marathon together
Tom Mulhall has shed 7st and run the Dublin Marathon

The businessman revealed that he hardly recognised himself in photos taken on a golf trip to Portugal in 2009, which spurred him to join Slimming World.

“A golfing trip to Portugal gave me the wake-up call to tackle my weight. At more than 20st, I hadn’t wanted to go because I felt self-conscious, and when I saw the photos afterwards I couldn’t believe how big I looked. I felt so low that I considered having a gastric band fitted.

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“Luckily, though, I discovered Slimming World instead – and thank goodness I did! I used to refuse to wear the green jacket that goes with my role as golf club captain because I thought it made me look like the Incredible Hulk... it goes round me twice now,” he said.

The father and granddad admitted that his family was a huge motivation behind his dramatic transformation and he wanted to be the best he could be for his grandchildren.

“When I joined Slimming World I said I wanted to be able get on the floor and play with my grandchildren when they arrive, I can proudly say I can do that with my grandson Luke, who is now two.

Tom Mulhall has shed 7st and run the Dublin Marathon
Tom Mulhall has shed 7st and run the Dublin Marathon
Tom, pictured with his grandson as they ran the last 500metres of the Dublin Marathon together
A photo of Tom taken on a golf trip to Portugal which spurred him to lose 7st

Shifting more than 7st has also worked wonders on Tom’s confidence, which he said was non-existent before.

“I would crack a joke about myself, no matter how sad I was inside. It was as if I was sitting inside my old self, and the real me didn’t have the confidence to come out.

"Now, I’ll try anything. I’ve done a rock-face climb, I’ve done a marathon. There’s no way I’d have tried any of that before. To the old me, a marathon was the chocolate bar that changed its name. I used to wonder if I was paranoid, as when I was at my biggest I always felt I was the subject of most people’s conversations. Now, it’s gone the other way; I know they’re talking about me, and it’s in a good way,” he said.

Tom, pictured with his grandson as they ran the last 500metres of the Dublin Marathon together
Tom, pictured with his grandson as they ran the last 500metres of the Dublin Marathon together
A photo of Tom taken on a golf trip to Portugal which spurred him to lose 7st
Tom Mulhall has shed 7st and run the Dublin Marathon

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