Now I’m slim, I’m reaching new heights
36-year-old Adam Morrison is cabin crew for a holiday airline. He’s 5ft 7½ins and weighs 10st 13lbs, having lost 3st 4½lbs*. Adam attends Emma Ball’s Slimming World group in Crewe, plus other groups in Crewe, depending on his flight schedule.
"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! Less glamorous were the long hours in the cabin, grabbing the most convenient food available in between serving passengers. Over the years 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. When I started dating my wife, Nicola – also long-haul cabin crew – I soon regained it all.
"Sustaining a romance with someone likely to be on the other side of the planet half the week was difficult. There were occasional opportunities to stay abroad overnight, but we were more likely to snatch a quick hello in the car park at Manchester airport.
"I lost 1st 7lbs for our wedding in August 2014, 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 in June 2015.
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!
"If I felt tempted by high-Syn hotel food, I’d think about the next half-stone award that was within reach, and that usually did the trick. I told myself this was to be a complete lifestyle reboot, and that meant sticking with it – which was much easier than I’d expected. I found I genuinely preferred fresh-tasting salads and grilled meat and fish to fatty foods.
"As time passed I found it so much easier to wheel heavy trollies up and down the aisles, and 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 in December 2015, I’d dropped two whole uniform sizes!"
How I make it work…
- If I can’t make Emma’s group because of my shifts, I’ll go to another Slimming World group that’s more convenient.
- 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.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
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