Operation Army

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The Road to Boot Camp

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 4:19 PM filed under Weight Loss postings
Ok, so here's my story. I'm a 23 year old female that had a baby 13 months ago. Right before I got pregnant, I had a lumbar laminectomy (back surgery) so I was pretty much inactive throughout my entire pregnant. Well, let me tell you first hand, the weight really packed on. I went from 145 lb size 10 to 204 lb size 16. This has killed my self esteem and my health.

About a month ago, I sat down with my husband and had a serious talk with him about joining the Army. Hence the names of Operation Army and The Road to Boot Camp. I decided officially 5 days ago that I was going to enlist as an OR Specialist. I went to my recruiter to weigh and measure in and I was sooo embarrassed!!! I found out that I was 49% body fat and Army regulations are 32% or under. I knew that I had a lot of work to do.

Five days ago, after weighing in, I decided to come on here and look for somewhere to be able to track my calorie intake along with my exercises to find out how much I was actually losing. I found this site and I think it's amazing.

So far, I have been doing A LOT of cardio and strength exercises along with long runs and walks. I need not only muscular strength but also muscular endurance. In order to be able to enlist, I have to fit the following classifications:

Run 2 miles in 20:36
Do 43 sit ups in 2 minutes
Do 11 REAL pushups in 2 minutes
Be under 32% body fat.

So, I've been working and working and working for the last 5 days and I went to weigh in and measure in today. Let me tell you, the work has paid off! When I started 5 days ago, My waist was at 41 inches and today it's 36 inches. Also, my hips were 47.5 inches and today they're 44.5. I couldn't believe how much my body was changing this fast! Although I haven't lost an weight, I know that muscle weighs more than fat and as long as I can get under my body fat percentage for my height, I'm good to go.

So, tonight I'm going to see how I do with the 2 mile run. I've been running one mile and walking one mile, but this doesn't help with my muscular endurance. When I run, I get really bad shin pains, so I'm going to eat two bananas before I go and see if that helps. I'll let yall know.

So far, The Road to Boot Camp is looking good and I can't wait to see more improvements. Wish me luck and God bless!
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