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December 8, 2011
ADF Transition Seminars have been
designed to assist with preparing your
transition from Defence by providing
information and directing you to additional
sources of information.
The following topics are addressed during
Your Career and You
Your Money and You
Transition Support Benefits
Transition Support and Administration
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Veterans and Veterans' Family
To fi nd out more about the
ADF Transition Seminars contact your nearest
ADF Transition Centre:
WELL, it's been a hard slog but I'll not be play-
ing Santa this Christmas. Trim, taught and
terrific -- that's how I proudly describe myself
after six months of training.
Way back in June I put out the challenge to mem-
bers with weight issues to join me on a journey
to better health. The response was outstanding. I
received support from all over Australia. Members
sent in letters of encouragement and dietary tips, and
most importantly they joined in. I even had encour-
agement from a member posted to Malaysia.
Initially I started off with a bang. Under the guid-
ance of PTI SGT Shane Duncan and dietitian Tiffany
Peddle it wasn't long before the fat was coming off.
Training up to six days a week and cutting my
overindulgence of food by at least half put me on
the right track for regaining my Adonis physique and
reaching my goal weight of 85kg.
I leant how to portion my meal size and to iden-
tify when my body actually needed food rather than
eating food because it was available.
Well I can say that even though I have not reached
my goal -- sorry to all those guys who placed bets --
my best result so far is weighing in at 89.5kg.
I'm not disappointed -- I am well on my way to
reaching my target and also need to point out that since
returning from deployment in January, I have actually
During my deployment I was one of the few ADF
members who actually put on weight. I found food was
readily available and my training motivation was low.
As you know, scales are not my best friend and
are often a source of disappointment. Thankfully my
measurements, and the fact I was no longer popping
buttons, assured me I was losing weight.
In fact, I went down two clothes sizes and lost my
love handles and man boobs along the way.
I am no longer in the obese range and my blood
pressure has improved dramatically.
Personally, I think losing more than 1kg a month
and maintaining it is a great achievement.
With the knowledge gained over the past six
months, I will maintain my schedule and by January
next year I should be closer to my goal weight.
Reflecting back on the journey, it was interesting
to see how different life situations and work require-
ments affected my training.
After two months of training it was obvious I
wasn't going to maintain the pace -- I was not balanc-
ing my commitments. So I slowed down on the train-
ing, but most importantly I continued the diet. I still
trained and discovered I actually enjoyed running. I
completed two fun runs -- that's two more than I ever
imagined I would do -- and I bought a bike.
My next challenge is to learn to squad swim. I can
swim but I want to be able to do more than two laps (of
the toddler pool). Move over Thorpedo, Adonis is on his
way.Once again I thank all members who joined and
encouraged me on my journey to better health.
The Christmas period is here, but for some mem-
bers this time of year may not be as happy as it is for
others. I encourage them to talk to someone and/or
use Defence's health services.
Please stay safe over the holiday season. The jour-
It's been a long, undulating road
LAC Bill (Adonis) Solomou is we
the way to his ultimate destinati
The Adonis is back
Here are some of Bill's tips for success:
Take your body measurements, waist, chest,
thighs and calves monthly.
Only use scales monthly.
Your motivation will fluctuate. If you find yourself
in a rut, seek help from a PTI.
Watch your sugar intake -- no more than three
pieces of fruit a day.
Reduce meal portions but don't starve yourself.
Enjoy your exercise.
Start off slowly and build up.
Seek specialist advice from a PTI or dietitian.
Encourage others to join you.
Walk, walk, walk.
Try a new sport.
Ride a bike.
Do cardiovascular workouts.
There is no shortcut to healthy weight loss.
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