go to the fridge and pantry and just get rid of all of the junk food right now. Water is now your new beverage and the gym needs to be a twice daily event, with cardio and strength training....
And the next time you have to choose between completing a work assigment and going to the gym, PICK THE GYM!!! The military is not looking for dedicated workers, just people who look good in a uniform... if they get both, that is good but if they have to choose, they are looking for the people who can look good in a uniform.. this was a different story over the past ten years when they just needed bodies and deployed everyone, no matter what their weight was, including us.
we just got our walking papers because of APFT failure and being overweight... yeah, i know we got what we deserved but after mulitple deployments, being hit with an IED, and 15 years service with zero disiplanary issues.. we just lost the opportunity for retirement. we chose to work long hours on deployments instead of cutting out early and being gym rats!! we clearly should have made a different choice!! some peoples metabolism are better thans others, we are people that have to spend a lot of time in the gym and use food journals to lose/maintain weight.
I am saying this because there is a lot of talk about downsizing and we are those people. we just lost everything because we had a rough patch after mulitple deployments.
We submitted medical documentation to prove why weight gain and APFT failure occured and it wasn't even considered. We also successfully completed the Army move program, lost weight, got within standards and were told, sorry but it was too late.
Again, I know that many will read this and think, oh what shitbags for gaining weight in the first place, so to those folks... god bless you, you are entitled to this opinion but I am writing this to those who might be in a position where they are struggling to stay in and I am writing to let them know that the Military is serious about cutting and what may be required if they want to keep their lifestyle in tact.
Be proactive, rather than reactive. Get your profiles in tact and start getting very serious about working out and eating right!! If you have already failed weight or APFT, despite your best efforts it may already be too late, but if you haven't had any problems, start now and you might be able to save your careers!
Get all of your medical conditions documented, if the doctors won't help you, go to the hospital's patient advocate and keep your profiles CURRENT.
they are dead serious about kicking both enlisted and officers out.
Good luck and god bless to everyone serving and their families who support them.