Don’t join an airline if you like predictability and routine! After more than 10 years, travelling to different places at short notice still excites me, though. It’s a great job – depending on the flight schedule, cabin crew might stay a couple of nights in the resorts, too. And now I’m slim, I’m enjoying work more than ever.

When I first applied for the job, I was seduced by the idea of free holidays and glamorous women! Over the years, though, my jet-set lifestyle left my uniform feeling tighter and tighter.

I just didn’t feel right at more than 14st and tried some silly diets – I once got down to 11st 7lbs by eating a single meal each day. Of course, I quickly regained it all.

I lost 1st 7lbs for my wedding to Nicola, but it was torture and I gained back every pound lightning fast. I was sure there had to be a better way. Nicola had enjoyed success with Slimming World and, with her support, I decided to go along.

After my first week, I wasn’t expecting to get a good result as I’d been eating so much food. I actually lost 5½lbs!

I told myself this was to be a complete lifestyle reboot, and that meant sticking with it 100%.

Keeping to the plan was much easier than I’d expected, though – I found I genuinely preferred fresh-tasting salads and grilled meat and fish to the fatty foods I’d been eating before.

As time went by and the weight came off, I found it so much easier to wheel heavy trolleys up and down the aisles at work, and to open and close the lockers. Soon I realised it was because my trousers and collar weren’t so tight. And by the time I reached my 11st target, I’d dropped two whole uniform sizes.

My top travel tip

I’ll pack up a low Syn meal to have on the plane, and also take cans of tuna in spring water (Free) or low Syn instant pasta sachets to snack on.

 

*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.