Do I need to lose weight?
A question that I’ve been asked before and seen asked many times is, “Do I need to lose weight?” Or, “Do I need to lose weight to become a pilot?”
Now this post brings a touch of personal feelings to me. The reason for this is down to a single visit to the doctor just a few years ago.
Here’s something about me that I don’t necessarily want to share, but need to as it’s part of the story…
I'm a snorer!
I never used to be a snorer. When I was young, fit and healthy, I never used to make a peep while sleeping. This seemed to change and gradually get worse as time went on. Another factor that seemed to make it worsen was the pounds that were piling on too.
Now I didn’t think the snoring was affecting me. But it was affecting my wife. She recorded me sleeping once to show me how bad it was. After hearing that recording, I decided to go to the GP to see what could be done.
This was the profound moment that made me really begin to look at myself. Not in the mirror or retrospectively, but in a deeper sense. What was I doing? How had I got to this point? Where had I gone wrong? Let me tell you what I’m talking about.
Do you know if you snore and, if so, how has it affected you? Leave your comments in the section below.
A knock in the right direction
So this is what the GP said to me when I went to visit him about my snoring…
So this was an almighty kick in the right direction. Something had to be done, not only for me, but for my family.
I refused to be overweight.
There’s no way I’d let it get worse.
Weight would no longer be the controlling factor in my ability to work well, play with my kids, and feel healthy (both mentally and physically).
I also refused to be an overweight pilot, because eventually it gets to a point where you could temporarily lose your medical! Nope! No way! Not me!
At this point I weighed about 94kg. Do I need to lose weight? Yes! I wanted to get it down to below 90 at least, then continue from there.
Over the next few months, I watched what I ate and began to do some HIIT sessions. Joe Wicks from The Body Coach really helped me get into this, so thanks Joe!
After a while, I went to the GP for a follow up. I got weighed again and (to my surprise) had managed to lose 2kg! I was over the moon!
The doctor put me in contact with some specialists that did some tests and managed to get my snoring more under control, but here’s where I lost the path a bit again.
After I got my snoring sorted, I slipped back into a period of not watching what I was eating, as well as completely shunning any form of exercise! As you can imagine, things started to deteriorate. The pounds slowly crept back on and I started to feel unhealthy again. It got so bad that I was getting out of breath from just going up and down the stairs!
It took a good look in the mirror and an inability to play with my children for long periods of time for me to really get my mind pointing in the right direction again. Do I need to lose weight? Well it wasn’t just that – I had to change. I had to stop this habit of losing a little weight, then regressing and putting it back on. I needed a lifestyle change. And that’s what happened.
I did some research into the weight issue in the UK, and managed to find some shocking statistics. Can you believe that 62% of adults in the UK are classed as overweight. Not only that, but a quarter of all adults in the UK are classed as obese! That’s one in four people! It’s shocking! Well not me. I wasn’t going to be one of those statistics. Have a look at the infographic below to see just how bad this issue is becoming.
And so my Health Journey begins
This is where my Chapter 1 starts. This is me performing something I like to call the noluchbak procedure. Have you heard of this before? I doubt you have because it’s something I just popped out of the brain-thing in my head. This is what it means to me…
So, using the noluchbak technique, I’m pointing my mind in a forwards direction. I have goals that I want to achieve and I have milestones that I can reach step by step.
It’s not all about losing weight for the sake of being slim though. Please don’t misunderstand why I’m doing this.
It’s about doing everything I can to avoid all the issues that comes with an increase in weight. Issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver problems, joint weakness, mental health and most importantly for me, back and posture problems.
In this career, it’s so easy to slip into being a statistic. It’s so easy to just drive to work. time can fly by when you’re just sitting in an airplane and watching the autopilot do it’s thing for hours on end. At times you don’t realise how much you’re eating. Often, you eat not because you’re hungry, but just for something to do. It’s so easy to put on weight!
I’m not going to talk about it in this post, but the reason the back and posture issue is so important to me is because I had to have surgery on my spine five years ago. I will talk about this in more detail in another post, and what things like this means for your medical and general health, so stay tuned and subscribe to receive an email whenever a new post is added.
What comes next?
As mentioned, this is Chapter 1 of my health journey. I have already started running, training and eating a lot healthier than I have been. The noluchbak technique is working well so far, and I am well on my way to reaching my very first milestone, which will be to get my weight down to 90kg. When this happens, it will be the first time in nearly a decade that I have been below that weight! I’ll keep posting updates on my health journey as and when milestones are hit or there is something that I feel I need to share.
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