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NSV and compliments

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

I returned to West Point this summer after being away for 6 years. I have had a number of the long term faculty and staff compliment me for looking fit/trim and losing weight.

I was only about 10-20 pounds heavier when I was here from 2003 - 2007. I was not obese and I was in good physical shape, but I could have done with a few less pounds to carry around. Over the past 10 years or so, my weight has been up to a high of 215 lbs to a low of 175 lbs. It is good to be back near the low end of that range and I am committed to not letting it creep back up!

A little bit of context for those not familiar with the army or the armed forces: As many have commented/blogged, "fat bias" is real and is prevalent everywhere. While it is prevalent everywhere, it is rampant in the military. Military personnel are required to stay fit and look professional (i.e. not look overweight). Overweight leaders (officers and senior NCOs) are seen with scorn and are subject to negative counseling, negative reports, and ultimately dismissal from service.

I have been able to lose weight before, but when the diet is over the weight creeps back on. I wouldn't say losing is easy, but it is definitely easier than maintaining! I appreciate the tracking tools and resources to lose the weight and keep it off that I have found here on SP.

Maintenance can be challenging because your motivation has to come from within, the regular progress that you saw during loss gives way to preventing creeping weight regain, which is not as much fun! It is a nice boost, however, when someone recognizes your efforts and success!

Keep up the Spark everyone!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPOOKYTHECAT 8/16/2013 8:50AM

    I hear that~ I am a musician , & there is a huge bias against the overweight.
You can get old- but don't get fat!

I am working on the last 8 lbs, good luck to you, you are doing great!

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MJREIMERS 8/12/2013 8:55AM

    So true on all levels of your blog. I had one bump in maintenance and gained 10 lbs back, but that was over a year ago. Maintenance is challenging, but does get easier with time. Time seems to help internalize the habits that are needed for maintenance. At least in my case.

My son wants to go into the Army or Marines. I worried as he isn't very big, but he's a little behind when it comes to puberty. He's on the thin side so maybe this will ultimately be a plus for him. (It hasn't been when it comes to playing football.)

Thanks for the blog. So many of us can relate!

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WILSONWR 8/8/2013 9:31PM

    That is absolutely the best feeling when people recognize your success!

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MERRY_XMAS 8/8/2013 6:00PM

    Maintenance is hard indeed! The things that help me stay or track are: my clothes and all the effort to get this far. After a while it's a way of living but the difficult part will be when I find a boyfriend; this will test my control.

You are doing a great job! Keep it up!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/8/2013 10:17AM

    Wow, I didn't realize that about the army, but then I have to say I never saw an overweight service person. Good for you not only losing the weight but keeping it off.

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AMANDANCES 8/8/2013 9:56AM

    Way to go! It's nice to be acknowledged for all our hard work. You're a great motivator yourself, you know!

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FITFOODIE806 8/8/2013 7:42AM

    High five on getting down and staying at your lower weight. You are absolutely right: maintenance is the challnnge.

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STRONGDAWG 8/8/2013 6:45AM

    Feels good when people acknowledge your hard work.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/8/2013 6:25AM

    Sometimes it seems like "fat bias" is the last socially acceptable form of discrimination.

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THINRONNA 8/7/2013 3:32PM

    I agree! Maintaining can be really hard. I am impressed with how well you are doing! emoticon

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COOP9002 8/7/2013 2:51PM

    Nice job on staying fit. Thanks for serving our country and helping to keep us safe.

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JESSIKA_56 8/7/2013 2:40PM

    Keep on sparking! You can do it!

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GOING-STRONG 8/7/2013 2:39PM

    I agree that losing is easier than maintaining. I constantly have to keep myself in a "losing" frame of mind to prevent the weight creep. Congrats on the non-scale victory!


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    You have exercise that you enjoy and can do with your kids, so that should help you stay fit and trim so long as you keep it up and don't get too fond of overeating. Good luck and congratulations on the NSV!

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VISUALLYRICS 8/7/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon with your maintaining!

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    Keep it up.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2013 1:57PM

    And it all gets even harder when you get older! Keep up the good work.

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LEWILL1982 8/7/2013 1:01PM

    Maintenance is so much harder than losing the weight, there is a shift in goals once goal is met and with that, we tend to fall into the status quo, which can often lead to becoming complacent. I am terrified of complacency. I think once I get (back) into maintenance, I will always be looking for some physical challenge to do to make sure I keep pushing myself. Congrats on the measurable difference that your faculty noticed. That's a great feeling!

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