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So here's the deal. The Army has height-weight standards. I don't meet them. The Army also has physical fitness standards. I don't meet them, either.

I got a counseling statement before I left Massachusetts to come down to Fort Dix, instructing me to get dietary and physical fitness assistance. That had to wait till I mobilized, and I went to the doctor and got cleared to start a PT program on 22 May. I was all set to go back to my gym near my home and hire me a trainer, and they pulled the rug out from under me that very day and sent me down here.

It took me a month to get my feet really under and figure out what's going on down here. I finally got an appointment to see the dietitian, saw her Monday. I have some changes to make -- have already made some of them -- and then Tuesday, when I was just getting my head around the dietary changes, and am trying to get back into the gym... the brigade commander wants to see a packet outlining what sort of dietary and exercise program I'm using. (We won't go into whether he wants to see such things on the other people in the brigade who might be on weight control.)

So what do I do in response to this? Well, since the exercise physiologist at the Air Force Base never even returned my email enough to say "Sorry, too busy to help you," (and indeed, the AF seems bemused when we Army types go over there at all) I did what any American consumer does when faced with a problem: I threw money at it.

I wanted to join a gym close to where I live, so that I wouldn't have a long drive home when I'm already tired. Luckily for me, there's an LA Fitness five minutes from my apartment. (The complex has a gym, but it sucks.) They don't do a contract, and the monthly dues aren't that much more than what I was paying in Mass. I hired a trainer, and have my evaluation session on Sunday.

I pre-planned my food today. I ate almost everything I planned to eat, and I'm stuffed... and I only had just over 1000 calories. I'm not bragging, mind... I'm amazed that I could be this full on this few calories, and I enjoyed everything I ate today -- I didn't feel a bit deprived. It was hard being at the range with a Boston creme doughnut going wanting, though.

This is all a lot shorter than I intended it to be, but it's late and I need to hit the hay. Wish me luck...

i feel: hopeful hopeful

11 trips or shoot the rapids
helwen From: helwen Date: June 30th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
bubbette From: bubbette Date: June 30th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (base camp)
Go, baby, go.
keltoi_manus From: keltoi_manus Date: June 30th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC) (base camp)
Luck and willpower. I know you can do it. Oh and list on here what you are eating, it can help others and give a resource of variety. You go girl!
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: June 30th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
Good luck! I know you can do it. :)

Btw, I am curious what you ate that left you feeling full and only added up to 1000 calories. I know that for my metabolism + the exercise I am doing I am still eating a little bit more calories than I should. It drives me crazy. :)
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: June 30th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good luck!

But- did you talk to a nutritionalist before cutting to 1000 calories? That seems really low- you don't want to let your body go into starvation mode and fight everything you are working for.

And you probably don't want the AF's help anyway- the PT I've seen them do is pretty pointless.
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cellio From: cellio Date: July 1st, 2007 04:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
Good luck!
points From: points Date: July 2nd, 2007 03:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oof. Let me know what those 1000 cals were? I could stand to do with a food plan that kept me full at that, too. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 2nd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)

this is what i ate

It actually ended up being about 1150 calories by the end of the day.

Banana, raw, 1 large, 125 Cals, 1 g fat, 32 carb, 1 g prot
Milk, cow's, fluid, 1% fat, 1 cup, 102 Cals, 3 g fat, 12 carb, 8 g prot
EAS 100% Whey Protein Powder, chocolate, 1 serving, 120 Cals, 2 g fat, 3 carb, 23 g prot
Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad, 1.5 cups, 241 Cals, 9 g fat, 8 carb, 33 g prot
Ken's Ranch Dressing, 2 tablespoons, 95 Cals, 10 g fat, 1 carb, 1 g prot
Corn nuts, original flavor, 0.5 serving, 60 Cals, 2 g fat, 10 carb, 0 g prot
Garlic pretzel crisps, 1 serving, 110 Cals, 0 g fat, 23 carb, 3 g prot
Chicken, breast, with or without bone, broiled, skin not eaten, 1 small breast, 229 Cals, 5 g fat, 0 carb, 43 g prot
Beans, string, green, raw, 1 cup, 43 Cals, 0 g fat, 10 carb, 2 g prot
Jelly Belly Jelly Bean, 5 beans, 20 Cals, 0 g fat, 5 carb, 0 g prot

Total: 1145 cal, 32 g fat, 103 g carb, 114 g protein

points From: points Date: July 4th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: this is what i ate

Hm! Not too bad at all. Thank you! :) Are you using anything to help guide your choices in this? Or just lots of label reading?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 4th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: this is what i ate

Mostly lots of label reading and trying to get more protein than anything else.
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