I have less than a month before I leave for basic training, and I am so proud of myself. I have come a really long way since I first started down this path. I started looking into joining in November, and after Thanksgiving, I was pretty much in. Since then, I have lost 20lbs. Something I once wouldn't be so sure I could do, I did. Now, I have less than a month left before I leave on March 24 (the day before my birthday). I am 10lbs away from my goal wait, and I'm pretty sure that I can get there... and in a healthy way by losing about a half a pound everyday.
I know that this last month is going to be the toughest for me, because I get all of these crazy cravings and the pressure is going to be ridiculous, but with a lot of discipline, I know I can do this.
I'm going to start going back to the gym everyday, and instead of running on the treadmill, I'm going to run on the track for 30 minutes straight and see how many laps I can get (this will give me a feel for the running I'm going to be enduring in basic). Each day, I'm going to push myself to get half a lap farther than the day before. Also, my gym has these total fitness classes that I'm going to go to so that I can tone up a little more before I leave.
Not only am I going to be strict with my new work out routine, I'm going to be super strict with my eating habits. Breakfast will continue the same as usual, a bagel with butter, yogurt, and juice. Lunch will be different... no more mini pizzas or stuffed potatoes... beans and rice, bean burritos, my meatless chicken nuggets... anything that is high in protein and fibers. Also in between those two meals, I'm going to make sure that I'm getting plenty of water, at least 3 bottles in between meals.
For dinner, I'm going to eat something light, for instance, a light pasta (that will give me an extra boost of energy in the morning). I will also make sure that I don't get done eating any later than 8:00 pm, my body needs plenty of time to adjust. I'm also going to make sure that I get my full 8 hours of sleep.
I'm going to be really strict with myself, and whenever I'm craving something sweet, I'm going to either eat yogurt, fresh fruit, or drink 100% fruit juice (when I'm in basic, I won't be able to have any of that sugary stuff anyways, so it's best to start the discipline now).
I have never been more excited for anything in my life, and I am counting down until it is time for me to leave. I know that this is the career path that was meant for me, everything just falls into place and makes so much sense. When I get out in six years, all of this experience is going to be on my resume, and I'm going to be so much more mature and disciplined than I am already, and it is going to look really good, and a good public relations firm will want to hire me.
I can already see some change just looking back on my older blog posts, and I hope to continue in a good way.
All of this just goes to show that if you want something bad enough and you put the effort into it, it can and will happen for you, so don't give up.