Good evening everyone,
Around 2 and a half years ago when i was 21 i decided to become a Marine. At the time i pushed the scales at 395, and being the height of 5’8 didn’t make it look possible.
I started the journey, and had my share of ups and downs along the way but was blessed when i creossed pathes with a Recon Corpsman. Where i worked at the time i kept my dream underwraps. It was a gym and we had physical trainers and other positions filled by ex military people. Every time it ever came up as to what they did my iterest of becoming a Marine would be brought up. Most of the time with serious doubt involved with my ability to make it to my goal (leads to my personal hate for most ground pounders).
Now at this time i had dropped about 90 poiunds and was right aroudn the 305 mark. John; the Recon Corpsman, came in to play because we where working in the same department while he was studying to pass quals to become a physical trainer. Not only did he encourage me to follow my dreams and motivate me with bootcamp stories (thats all he would share and i wouldn’t push him for more information on what he did during deploments), he also gave me alot of knowledge on what to eat and how to work out. I still had the mentality of a powerlifter that helped me durning football while in highschool but didnt translate to being a Marine.
Because of him i can do 90 situps in 2 mintues run 1.5 miles in under 13 mintues and do 2 pull ups(This is a major source of shame for me but something i strive to change).
Only hang up is now we no longer work together and we are still in contract but are no longer able to train together. I’ve hit the wall, i do warrior training 3 times a week with poolees at my recruiting station here in Michigan, and i still go to the gym but im stuck at 235 weight.
Now keep in mind over the weekend i ran with a 30 pound pack for 4 miles with a female poolee to work on her confidence (shes a turtle so we are working on her ability to trust her body to do the work) and on sunday i ran 5 miles with the 30 pound pack for a 10 mintue a mile pace. So i put in work with the goal of being 6 times a week.
All im asking for is advice and direction for those who have come before me and any helpful tips that might of got you to your goal or allowed you to accomplish what people told you could never be done.
Thanks for your time.