Although I didn’t see it this way while I was in, one of the beautiful things about being in the Navy is the regular physical exertion required to stay in shape and the periodic weigh-ins you had to pass in order to stay in. Once I retired, I ceased doing any regular exercise, and I certainly stopped trying to maintain in-service weight standards. The result? Not good.
Six years into retirement and I tipped the scale at more than 40 pounds that of which I left with. I really didn’t notice the weight gain; I mean, you look in the mirror everyday — the change is so gradual that you just don’t see it. Sure, the scale keeps telling you, but what does it know, I still look as good today as I did yesterday! Enter the before and after shots…
Earlier this year, I had a few pictures taken at a fiends retirement ceremony. Looking at those pictures…geez, I looked fat, and for the first time, I felt obese. I had to do something.
I am not one to take pills. I know I had to make a lifestyle change, and in March of this year, that is what I did.
First thing I did? Start exercising. Every day, I walked about 2 miles, and that led into a walk/run. Today, six months and two pair of running shoes later, I run three miles every morning.
I changed more than my exercise regiment. I reduced portion sizes. I changed to sugar-free drinks and cut down on red meat; I increased the amount of fruits and vegetables. When I need a snack — grapes, and sometimes, pretzels. I do not count calories. This change was much harder for me than the exercise… I really like food.
Currently, I have lost a total of 40 pounds, and I am back within the Navy’s weight standard. I still have about 15 pounds to lose to reach my target weight — I am confident I will get there.
Feelin good :)
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