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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!
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