For many of us, New Years starts with resolutions regarding weight loss. For a few days after the clock strikes midnight, we have delusions that we will somehow reach the shape we were in during our late teens. Most fail in this pursuit. Then with the coming of spring and summer on the horizon, we get our second wind and try again. In 2009 my spring weight loss success would be more important than ever.
In this particular spring, I had decided to return to the Marine Corps for another tour of war. This would be my fifth tour of war but my first in Afghanistan. At the start of spring I had received a call from the Marine Corps asking if I would be willing to return for one more tour of war. I had nothing else really going on and decided to accept their request.
My only problem was the civilian life had added some weight to my once war-ready physique. A six-pack had become a keg and I was about 20 pounds overweight. I had about two months until it was time to deploy and went right to work.
Rather than subscribe to a specific diet or weight loss trend I went the extreme way of limited food and excessive workouts. I ate the bare minimum and worked out at least two times a day seven days a week. Often I wore a sweat suit to shed water weight as well.
Within about a month and a half I had lost the weight and was back in fighting shape. Looking back at my methods I feel very foolish. On one hand I did what was needed to serve my country for one final time. On the other hand I did things that were very harsh on my body and definitely took a toll on my system.
My advice to those trying to lose weight and get in shape is to not take the drastic path I did. My weight loss for war was very dangerous and could have seriously harmed me. In the quest for reaching our goal weights we should be smart about the path we take. No amount of weight loss is worth harming yourself. Eat right and exercise. Avoid fads and this year’s latest miracle pill. Be smart and lose weight the right way.