Yeah this really sucks. I knew I had about 18 pounds to lose when I found out the requirements to enlist. Ok, I lost about 20 pounds last year so I knew it would take some work, but totally doable. I lost about 3 pounds within the first week. Then I went up and down like a yo yo for a few days. Now, I’m stuck at 15 pounds to go for the past week. No matter how well I do with my diet or how much I exercise, I’m stuck…and it sucks. It doesn’t help that the weather has sucked here recently so I’m stuck doing circuit training instead of running. Last night, I admit, I bummed out and didn’t do anything. I had a major headache and fell asleep on the couch watching TV with my husband.
I’ve given myself the goal of June 1st to have lost the 15 pounds. I thought that was plenty of time. Now I’m not so sure. Here’s what I’m doing and my current stats:
Situps: 35 in a minute
Pushups: 17 in a minute
2 Mile Run: about 25 minutes give or take
Circuit: My circuit includes 20 step ups on each leg, 20 walking lunges, 15 squat jumps, 60 second elbow plank with leg lifts on both legs, 30 second wall sit, 10 bicycle crunches, side planks of 30 seconds on each side, 25 donkey kicks on each side, and 50 jumping jacks. Right now I’m only doing this circuit once with the goal being to build to doing it twice through. I work out every day (except yesterday geesh).
I need to weigh 150 pounds to go to MEPS. I am currently meeting the minimum requirements for situps and pushups. I have to do 1.5 miles in 16:57. Because I’ve been so focused on doing 2 miles (Army standards), I have no idea how fast I could do 1.5 miles (Air Force standards). Based on my split times, I’m pretty close.
As for my diet, I am staying at or under 1200 calories a day. I am avoiding sugar and salt and carbs at all costs for the most part. I drink only Propel water. For breakfast I have a grapefruit or banana (or both). For lunch I have carrots, an apple, and 2 hard boiled eggs. Dinner is never predictable and I’m limiting portion size at the very least. No dessert (which totally sucks with all the Easter candy in my house!!!). This is what I’d like to do every time I walk past said Easter candy:
My wonderful husband told me I am building muscle, which will cause me to tone but not lose weight at first. I know I HAVE to do that in order to be able to physically perform the way I need to, but the weight loss is the primary goal right now. And no…I do not have the gift of patience. I never have.
In the meantime, my pastor gave me a tool of sorts to try and figure out if this is God’s plan for me. It’s pretty awesome, and I know I have to go through the process a few times before I will feel like I have an answer. Interestingly, he asked me if I was going to join the chaplain program. Ummmm say what?! That hadn’t even entered my mind…like at all. I mean, I’m on our praise team and I’ve led worship service a few times, but that doesn’t make me a chaplain. I’m basically letting that just sort of hang out for now. I have to meet the weight requirement first. Then, I can see what jobs are even available. After that, job decisions can be discussed. One thing at a time Lord…right?