Monday, November 19, 2012
After I gave birth to my second son in Feburary at a whopping 222lbs, I started sweating bullets. I didn't know how in the world I was going to get down to 156lbs by November...when I had to take my first post-partum Physical Readiness Test (PRT). For anyone that has no clue about the Navy, the PRT is a semi-annual physical fitness test. For someone of my height, I have to be at most 156 lbs or no greater than 33% body fat. If I didn't make weight, I wouldn't be allowed to take the physical part of the test (1.5 mile run, push-ups & sit-ups).
At 5 weeks post-partum I started running. At 8 weeks pp I started counting my calories. The weight was coming off, but not fast enough. I was exclusively breastfeeding, so I had to be mindful of that. At 6 months pp, I was really starting to get nervous, which led me to my trainer, Justin Mulligan @ Rawmana Fitness. The day I met him, he could tell how upset and stressed out I was about my upcoming PRT. There is no way that I would ever fail one of these, it would be too shameful. Not to mention, I have a selection board on the horizon and I can not afford any blemishes on my record. A failed PRT would most likely be devistating. I hired him to help me get to my goal. I weighed in at 183lbs and 32.7% body fat.
After working out with Justin for 3 months and eating the low-carb diet he has me on (although, I have cheated a little), I weighed in at 163lbs and 24.5% body fat. I ran 1.5 miles in 14:05, did 45 push-ups in 2 minutes and 71 sit-ups in 2 minutes. I managed to get an overall rating of "Good" on my test. I was shooting for "Excellent," but Good will have to do. I PASSED!!! I no longer have to worry about my physical readiness being a factor in my career.
My goal for the next PRT is to get an overall rating of "Outstanding." For that I would have to run 1.5 miles in under 12:05, 35 push-ups, 88 sit-ups. I have no doubt that I'll make my goal in May!
And since I've been doing really well with my diet and exercise, I'm having a difficult time picking my maintenance weight. I'm thinking I should be at least 146 or 20% body fat, but a part of me wants to go way lower than that. Looking at all these Fitness/Figure competitors has me dreamin' big.....