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Location: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Great Military Adventure

Maybe.

I've decided (well, about 80% decided) to join the military. I know no-one reads this so I'm finding it pretty safe to think about my feelings about this.

I told my wife last night - she sort of decided me. Here's what I expected.

Me: Well, I've decided I might join the military.
10 second pause
Her: Well - if you think it's going to make you happy.....

What happened.

Me: Well, I've decided I might join the military.
Her: Ok, If it'll make you happy, I'll support you in whatever you need.
Me: Um...did I miss something, you're ok with this?
Her: Sure - not that I'm super happy about it, but I'll support you 100% no matter what.

Wow. I love my wife. That short conversation made me very glad I married the girl I did.

Ok - with that out of the way - down to business. I need to lose about 35 lbs. I weighed myself this morning at a chubby 198 lbs. I'm about 5'5" according to my drivers liscence (168cm) and google's turn any number into another measurement thing-a-ma-jig. That puts my BMI somewhere above 27, or the "you're going to have a heart attack and die" rating, as the BMI people like to think about it.

I need to be able to do 19 pushups and 19 situps to even meet the minimum physical requirements. Right now, I think I might be able to do 1 of each - if I try hard.

I need to be able to run 2.4 km in under 11:00 - 10:13 if I want to meet the "superior" rating.

I need to be able to do 6 chin-ups. I think I might be able to do 0 if I really, really worked at it.

I'm out of shape.

Add to that I'm not sure what my transcripts say was the last grade I completed because of the wierd stuff that went on in my high-school life, though I've started (oooh - one course) my BA at university. So I have 3 credits of University learning - wonder if that counts for anything.

I have a long way to go. I'm setting a six month time frame to make my decision. I'm going to start training my mind and my body as if I'd already made that decision, because in all honesty it's only for the good.

I started my diet yesterday too. Not sure what it is yet, but it's something along the lines of "whatever I want to eat, eat half as much. If I want coffee or pop forget it." I need to see my transcripts, my doctor, a nutritionist and a physical trainer. This is looking like a busy couple of months.

I can do it though. I'll try to keep a semi-regular diary here - a way to track my progress as it were.

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