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Time to shap
IF YOU have stacked on the pounds and want to do something about it, w
don't you take part in our JOIN BILL CAMPAIGN.
LAC Bill Solomou, a reporter with Air Force News, will launch his traini
regime to coincide with the next edition of the newspapers (June 9).
We want you to share the journey by sending in emails about your
weighty concerns and updating us on how your fitness campaign is going
We will publish your comments along with expert health and fitness advice
gained from within Defence. Simply email Bill at vasilis.solomou@
d don't forget to send messages of support to help Bill redis-
er his Greek God-like body of old.
*NOTE: Before starting a fitness program, it's recommended that you see a PTI and
eek medical advice.
We want to hear from you!
THIS year marks my 47th year,
and with a young family, I
hope to hang around for at least
another 30 years.
In 2007 at the ripe old age of 43,
I joined the Air Force. Upon leaving
recruits I was the fittest I had ever been.
But four years on, complacency has set
in, and I've put on the pounds.
As a member of the
ADF I have a respon
sibility to my mates.
But, most impor-
tantly, I have a
the mirror the
other day, I was
shocked to see
the tell-tale signs
of ageing catching
up on me. My Adoni
body and Greek God
are no more.
I have started to put on weight and
most of it is around my waist. It just hap-
pened. I'm not huge, but my BMI actu-
ally puts me in the obese category.
I can pass my fitness test. However,
the assessment is sub-maximal, and any-
one with half the fitness should be able to
pass. It's amazing to look around at ADF
members of a similar age and see how
many are in the same physical condition.
LAC Bill Solomou
Statistics show that
half of all regular male
are classified as over-
weight, and over 10 per
The last straw came for
when a button popped off
I don't eat a lot of fatty food; it's
just that I don't exercise enough. And as
we know, being overweight can lead to
detrimental health issues such as stroke,
diabetes and other chronic diseases.
I've decided to tackle my obesity
and, in doing so, share my experiences
with our readers. Most importantly, I
want to encourage you to join me on the
My hope is to have as many Defence
personnel as possible participate, and I
put out the challenge to every member.
With the assistance of a trained PTI, I
will undertake a training program.
The program will be published in the
next issue of the service newspapers.
Before undertaking the program, I met
with the PTI and he identified specific
exercises that would suit my require-
I also had a basic medical check to
identify if I had any health issues that
would affect my training.
It was made clear to me that if the
program was to work, I would have to be
committed. Therefore, I needed to set a
goal. My current weight is 98kg. I want
to reduce that to 85kg.
It's going to be a big challenge. But
there's no turning back now. It really is
time to shape up.
LAC Bill Solomou is
ready for the chal-
Photo: LS Paul Berry
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