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Basic Training

Posted on 2010.02.10 at 10:30
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When I signed my name on the dotted line to sacrifice life and limb in servitude to my country I weighed 204 pounds and was 20-years old. They gave my start-date as 30-days out and told me to lose 4 pounds before I got to Basic Training.

30-days of racquetball, Nautilus equipment, ALL-U-CAN-EAT salad bars, and doing pull-ups on the tree outside our house, I arrived in San Antonio, Texas a lean, fit 185-pound monster who breezed through the rigors of Basic Training.

I left the Air Force in 1997, got a job in IT, and have been sitting ever since.

I don't remember when I gave up snuff this last time, or why, but it was a couple of months before Christmas. I remember this because when I became ill with strep throat and went to see the doctor, I weighed in at a whopping 270 pounds. That's about 20-lbs more than I usually carry, and I went into a blind panic wondering why the hell I was so fat.

I decided it was the cessation of tobacco, as that was the only thing which had changed.

I paired up with nicetwins at work on her "ideal" diet:






And have now lost that 20-lbs over the last two months. Sadly, that means I'm down to 'Lardy Bastard' because 250 isn't exactly 'thin' or healthy.

For reasons too complicated to get into here, I'm now learning Taekwondo and practicing three times a week. Let me tell you - its like Basic Training all over again.

Except this time around I'm 40.

And not 185.

And out of shape.

This may kill me.


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-02-10 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
If you think you're going to die, you should leave me your LJ password so your legacy can live on.
ehowton at 2010-02-10 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - I appreciate it. The burden of that responsibility however, falls to drax0r and to a lesser degree, dentin.

That kind of trust can take a lifetime to build.
thesweetestnote at 2010-02-10 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
YOu can do it Brutha!!!

I've been counting calories. I'm trying to get to 150 before I start the weights again. But we'll see. I talk too much shit.
ehowton at 2010-02-10 19:03 (UTC) (Link)
Last night I was wheezing like Adam Sandler's "Fatty McGee."
fionnabard at 2010-02-10 21:31 (UTC) (Link)
"I'm now learning Taekwondo and practicing three times a week. Let me tell you - its like Basic Training all over again."
That's awesome. I can assure you it gets better, though I think you know that. It took me a year to be indifferent to the cardio warm-ups at my martial arts class. I'm 5'8 and weighed 135 when I started, which is thin, but I was woefully out of shape and couldn't go 2 flights of stairs without being winded.
ehowton at 2010-02-10 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
A whole year? Dang. I was shooting for a couple of weeks :(
kat_rowe at 2010-02-10 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
hang in there, man! *pulls out her pom poms (blue and yellow in case you were wondering) and gets ready to join your cheering section* You can totally do it *hug*
ehowton at 2010-02-11 01:55 (UTC) (Link)
irulan_amy at 2010-02-11 02:45 (UTC) (Link)
Good for you on taking action. 20 lbs is a considerable amount to lose.

Tim's cousin is staying with us and he has just opened a martial arts/fitness studio down here. He's crazy skilled (in the martial arts hall of fame), and anyway, hearing him talk about the training is amazing and terrifying. I admire anyone that sticks with any kind of workout. I suck at it. If I could just be miraculously tone...
ehowton at 2010-02-11 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
20-lbs is a considerable amount to lose when you're your size. On me, no one can even really tell. Now *another* 10 and I'm back here: http://ehowton.livejournal.com/97042.html (when I was 240).

The cousin thing is cool - hearing new things from someone that deep in it. My ninja cousin stayed with us for a couple of months once. Spooky and fascinating both...And I can't imagine NOT being miraculously tone after months of what I've been subjected to. So far we're looking at 5-months down the road. That's when the kids get out of school and we'll have to see where we're at. Also, its crazy expensive.

I've never done/been interested in/anything whatsoever martial arts, BUT - its exactly like having a personal trainer, which I've always wanted, so I love it.

But I still might die soon.

And I can't move.

Because I'm sore :P
dawaioser at 2010-02-11 03:12 (UTC) (Link)
Blah. I can relate. I'm in the "losing 35-40" area. I'm so unmotivated after having to quit my Krav Maga - depressed. Keep talking about it so you can mentally guilt me into at least working out. ';)
ehowton at 2010-02-11 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
On your frame, that's a lot of weight. Personally - I don't see it - but I'll take your word for it. On me, 20-lbs has the same effect of pulling a bucket of water out of the ocean.

I'm sorry to hear about your Krav Maga; I know how excited you were about that. About the working out, I keep eyeballing that Bowflex thinking once I stop being so sore all the time, I might want to use it to give me an edge. You should too! If there's one thing I've learned in the past two months - THAT WEIGHT AIN'T GONNA LOSE ITSELF.

I'll miss me when I'm gone.

*single tear*
nicetwins at 2010-02-11 14:22 (UTC) (Link)

You can do this!!!

We are both doing great sticking with the program, and just think.... NO calorie/points/carb counting, you can cook OR go out to eat, you can eat what u want and even have alcohol, no pills or weird supplements to take, and this is so easy you can do it from this point on to... well FOREVER!
ehowton at 2010-02-11 14:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You can do this!!!

I pulled on my belt this morning and was dismayed that I had to "suck in" to get it buckled.

Then I realized not because I'd gained an inch, but because I was pulling it in to the next one down.
anakngtinapa at 2010-02-11 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
I need to lose at least 50 lbs to be of normal weight. .__. Maybe I'll try to lose some weight. [I need to, actually.] But first I need a weighing scale...

I should ask though, is losing weight really hard to do? I've never actively tried doing it.

Good luck!

ehowton at 2010-02-11 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
When I lived an active lifestyle, it wasn't an issue. Getting to where I've gotten today career-wise has involved a lot of very aggressive sitting. I've been sitting for 13-years now, so yeah, its a little tougher.
jaceman at 2010-02-11 15:45 (UTC) (Link)


Cool, I can dust off my old black belt and come kick the crap out of you now. Now we just need to get your wrestling and practicing jiu-jitsu as well so that I can slam you and make you tap. It will be great for ya!
ehowton at 2010-02-11 15:51 (UTC) (Link)

Re: TKD?

You would so kick my ass.
photogoot at 2010-02-11 23:18 (UTC) (Link)

Number One Super Guy

Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy.
Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye.

He's got style, a groovy style,
and a car that just won't stop.
When the going gets tough, he's really rough,
with a Hong Kong Phooey chop (Hi-Ya!)

Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy.
Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye.
Hong Kong Phooey, he's fan-riffic (gong!)

You are my hero!
photogoot at 2010-02-11 23:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Number One Super Guy

hiro_antagonist at 2010-02-12 10:01 (UTC) (Link)
In the exact same situation. Frustrating to be in, but not frustrating enough to make me go out of my way to lose weight (225 instead of 185 in my case). Maybe it will just vanish overnight.

Or I'll suddenly start taking in less calories than I burn in a day. Sitting in a chair. Then sitting in another chair. Then lying in a bed.
ehowton at 2010-02-12 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
I had my first "sitting" IT job at 30* and thought that way for 10-years. Now I'm not saying you could have a different results than I had, but in my experience, that never happened.

* My first IT job was installing HP/UX on Aircraft Carriers all over the nation - not sitting.
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2010-02-12 11:15 (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! It's not easy to lose weight as you get older is it? Which diet are you using? I couldn't see links on either of your sites.
ehowton at 2010-02-12 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
At losing weight gives me something to do. "What are your plans for this weekend?"

"Oh, I'm busy - I'v got some weight to lose."


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