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11/17/12 4:00 A

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Everyone knows the saying "when one door closes, another one opens". Well for me, a door just closed and the door that opens is stuck and a little WD-40 isn't cutting it. It seems that my dream of joining the service has been cut off due to a disqualifier that I was long over with. When I was very young (single digit age) I used to have what's called "exercise induced asthma". Anytime my body was put under heavy stress, I would start to hyperventalate and need to use a nebulizer to breath right again. Since about 8 or 9 yoa I've never had a problem and the machine collected dust. I was never really put under any heavy stress and I never took exercise seriously (explains my weight now lol). Most sports I did were in short burst of energy so lung capacity, endurance, and stamina never played a part. Now that I'm taking exercise seriously and working hard and beginning to run long distances, it seems the asthma never left. I kinda felt it in the police academy but I just chalked it off to being overweight. Then just recently I looked up some of the problems I've been having: wheezing, coughing spells after a hard workout, headaches that won't go away (though not really part of the asthma), and when I'd breath it was like breathing through a straw. So although I won't quit working out for health reasons, I still lost my true motivation to why I've been trying and pushing myself. Just another reminder of why when I moved back to my hometown after college, I keep calling heads and the coin keeps coming up tails.

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10/30/12 10:40 P

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I'm still active. Though not as often as i could be. I understand what you mean though. It seems like all the "joining the military" type groups are dead though. I keep trying to get a couple going, but it's more like a hit and miss. We'll most likely get more traffic once January hits because of New Years resolutions.

You're free to hit me up though. I'm losing weight to join the USMC.

Later

When you have nothing left, maybe it's time to go right.


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10/30/12 5:21 P

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It seems like this group is dead :( IS anyone still active on here? I need to lose about 30 more pounds to join the NAVY!!! I've already about 35 pounds since July...I'm not stopping until I can join :) IF anyone wants to talk..lets connect!

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10/19/12 9:45 P

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Well, since joining this group with the intention of getting fit enough and loosing enough weight to join the Air Force something like nearly 3 years ago, a lot has happened! I've been a serving member for over a year now and I'm LOVING it.

It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here but believe me I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. It took time, first to loose the weight and then to get fit enough. But I never gave up. I never took my eyes off the prize. And even when I stopped working out for two months due to a hip injury and needing recovery time I always told myself I'd be back on that bandwagon the second I was healthy enough to.
I lost over 80lbs to join and I hate working out so BELIEVE me, if you can't believe in yourself then you should believe that someone else does because I KNOW you can do it! If I can anyone can :D:D:D.

It doesn't matter how many times you fall so long as you keep getting back up.


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8/24/12 5:38 P

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Let's start at the beginning, a very good place to start.... I have toyed with the idea of joining the military, specifically army, since I was a teenager, but I have always been overweight and it has always stopped me. It was a bit of a wake-up call when I realized I only have two and half years before I'm too old to enlist in active duty. This my "Do it now or you NEVER will" moment. I have 60 lbs. to lose and I want to enlist in the spring of 2013.

In the past I have lost weight and gained it back over and over again. So I'm starting slow and small. Last week I cut out all sugary foods. I wasn't perfect, but if I slipped I forgave myself and tried again. Every time I told myself "no" and didn't indulge, it made the next time easier. I said "no" more often than yes and my yeses were small.

I also learned that in basic training you get up at 5:00 a.m. seven days a week. Ugh. But, I told my boyfriend that I needed to get up at 5:00 and exercize every morning before work this week. I'm glad he kept me accountable because I hit the snooze every single morning. Thankfully a 300 lb man literally jumping on you makes it impossible to stay asleep. So I was up at 5:00 a.m. three times this week. And two nights this week I took an evening walk with my kids. I started with walking because I have been sedentary too long to jump right into jogging, but in two weeks I plan to start the couch to 5K program. Even with just those small changes I have already lost 6 lbs. It's great motivation to keep going. Soon all those great benefits will be mine. Base housing, free medical for my family, and ridiculously cheap travel. I can't wait!

You can do it too. Small steps every day will get you (and me) where we want to be, shouting "Yes Sargeant!" in formation and army crawling through the dirt and mud under a net and being scared out of our minds rapelling down the side of the "Confidence tower." Wait... why do I want to do this again? Lol. Good luck all. Feel free to message me if you want an accountability buddy.

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8/7/12 11:38 P

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Well... here I am in my journey...

I've been saying, quite adamently might I add, that I want to become a marine for the last couple years. And what have I done? Nothing. Nothing. I've actually gained more weight when I need to lose it! What the french toast right? I've never been so disappointed in myself as I am now. Not only am I now closer to being 75lbs too heavy to enlist, but not I'm also constantly winded, and have very very poor self esteem.

I really thought I'd never get out of this rut. But you know what? I am. It all started with a 40 minute walk with my boyfriend of 7 years. Both of us came back winded after walking 1.5 miles. I've never felt more embarrased before that moment. Did that really happen? I kept asking. It did.

I've been walking steady for 2 weeks, and just last week, for giggles, I attempted the monkey bars at the outdoor workout station at the park. I knew that I could not support my weight, at all, but somehow I was able to make it all the way across that bar without falling. And I did it again the next day, and the day after. I make it a point to do those monkey bars every other day because the feeling I got when I realized I can do something I believed whole heartedly I would NEVER be able to do again, I realized that I can and I WILL BECOME A US MARINE!

My goals are still the same, only now, more clearly within sight. My goal is to enlist by spring. I hope and pray all of you find that inner you and pull her out! Who'da thought monkey bars found mine?

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4/12/12 11:00 P

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I'm joining the National Guard. I passed everything at MEPS with flying colors and was so excited to be done and talk with the Liaisons, but the only thing that held me back from enlisting was my weight. I have never thought of myself as fat. I just ran a half marathon in October! Line me up next to any of those boys at MEPS and I could out do them in any physical competition, but you know the military.. It's all about numbers. So I'm trying to lose 12 more lbs before May 18th (5weeks) so I can sign up for Boot camp in July and August before the new high schoolers take over all the spots. It's rough. down a lb a week thus far, but HAVE to lose at least 3 for now on. Not sure I'm going to make it :/

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4/12/12 10:54 P

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I'm not really just beginning a journey, I'm just restarting a journey I've been on. My dream was to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, and it still is my dream. Only now, I'm 225lbs, and need to be down to 174 to be eligable. I'm starting over, but I'm doing well. My goal is to be eligable to enlist by Fall.

Not sure if that's still doable, but I am really really trying.

When you have nothing left, maybe it's time to go right.


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2/22/12 9:48 A

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I am looking to join the Navy. The main problem for me is breaking habits, but I am working on that. I started cooking healthy and I do try to walk everyday. It is getting easier. My parents and I have always been lazy. We have many TV shows that we like to watch and we like our take-out food. I used to stop at a fast food joint on my way to work due to the fact that I was hungry. Now I eat more healthy food and I don't desire the fast food as much.

I'm working my way toward the goal of join the Navy so that I can be what I want to be.

“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” ~Zig Ziglar
"Sweat is just fat crying"
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1/8/12 11:59 A

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I am just starting , but I am trying to lose 20-35 pounds for my Navy physical so that I can go to BMT right after High school graduation.

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11/6/11 5:34 P

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I'm doing pretty well, I've found myself to be burning more calories than I am taking in, so I need to watch it. To lose weight, I've found that being consistently consistent is a big factor :)

Stay motivated!

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6/2/11 3:21 A

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I'm just starting my journey. Joining the Army was something I've always wanted and I don't think I'll ever be complete if I don't. In the past I've lost a little but then gain it back. I feel like this time will be better I know it will be hard but anything that is is worth doing.

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4/29/11 5:33 P

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I'm really just beginning on my journey. I know it's what I want to do but I'm still not convinced it is something that I can do. I've spent the better part of my life doing all the wrong things when it comes to my body and it doesn't seem to be responding to all the training as fast as I'd like it to. I guess any progress is good but I'd love to be running by now. I'm down about 20 lbs and I still have about 90 to go to be in a healthy range on paper but I think I can be significantly more and meet body fat percentage requirements because I carry a lot of muscle. I've pretty much decided on the branch, I think I'd like to join the Army even though a lot of people tell me I'd like the Navy more. I'm thinking careerwise the Army might be a better fit but if anybody has any suggestions or advise otherwise I am open to it. I'm interested in the sciences and would greatly enjoy a career in the medical field. I enjoy reading people's stories in this group, like AEB1988, because it tells me what I'm striving for isn't impossible.

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4/29/11 12:47 P

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I am currently finishing up my internship next fall then I am thinking about doing OCS feeling confident about my current fitness levels just need to lose that last 15 to 20 lbs

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4/24/11 9:36 P

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Wow, that's great to hear about such dedication! I'm up to 2 miles (only 3x's a week) and my goal is to enlist into the Army by this August at the latest. I think your success shows us all that we can reach our goals if we really want to, they are within our grasp. Thanks for sharing!

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4/16/11 5:24 P

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Pattican. I started my journey to get into the United States Navy back in August 2010. I weighed 210 at 5'5.5' and a size 18. I started working out slow, a mile a day and then within a month I was running 3 and by December I was up to 6 a day.

And now I'm at the end of my long journey or just the beginning depending on how you look at it. I weigh 174 I'm 35% body fat and a size 10.

I swore in to the United States Navy on April 13,2011. I ship out to basic July 20, 2011 as a Machinist Mate and an E-3. If you have any questions dont hesitate to ask!

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4/4/11 10:11 P

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I'm curious to see how everyone's doing! Our dream to join the military is within reach, all we have to do is grasp for it, daily. Every little effort counts!
I would love to hear how you are reaching your goals and any advice you'd love to share!


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