- Posted December 22, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
from fatso to Army officer in 2010
In 2009 I wanted to get back into the Army National Guard, but I had to lose a lot of weight to do it. These pictures show how much weight I lost - around 135 lbs to date, including an unknown amount of muscle gain.
I started in August of 2009 walking 4-7 miles per day. By October 2009 I was also riding my bike, and by November I was walking, riding, and swimming at the gym. By January 2010 I was walking, riding, swimming, lifting weights, walking the stairmaster and so forth, for up to 4-5 hrs/day.
During this time I modified my diet so that I was eating on average around 1500 calories per day, which was enough for my body to recover from all the exercise I was doing, but was also little enough to create a calorie deficit that my exercise could build on to lose the weight.
By the third week in February I was down around 113 lbs., and passed the Army bodyfat percentage measurement and qualified to re-enter the National Guard, which I'd left in 1997.
I was accepted into the Officer Candidate School program in Arizona, and over the summer I attended the Accelerated OCS program in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Arizona Army National Guard on Oct. 13th, with my swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 6th, where my wife and daughter each pinned one of the gold bars of the 2nd Lieutenant's rank on my shoulders.
I am currently exercising around 2 hrs/day on average, and eating around 2000 calories per day. I have put on an unknown number of lbs of muscle lifting weights, biking, running, and hiking, and am currently at around 245 lbs, from an all-time high of 380 lbs. In these "before" pictures I was around 370-375 lbs or so.
My end goal weight is around 200 lbs, and I'm working hard to continue my downward trend and achieve that final weight.