Post-Drill Weekend


This past weekend was a three-day drill for me in the National Guard, and now it’s time for me to get back to my schedule of proper eating, no alcohol consumption, and exercise.

It’s not that I don’t eat right during drill weekend; I do. It’s just that I tend to eat a big lunch, and then after dinner, I end up imbibing alcohol with the men and women I serve with. It’s not that I drink too much (I don’t), but it’s that I drink at all. I shouldn’t, but I know that whatever weight gain I get from the water retention due to drinking will be gone within a day or two afterward, so I allow myself the indulgence.

I am now working toward an APFT in October. The APFT stands for Army Physical Fitness Test, and I will need to run two miles and do a maximum number of push ups and sit up within two minutes each. I can pass it now, but I want to get faster and stronger to get a better score. I also need to make sure I’m well beneath my maximum allowed weight when the APFT is held. Not because I can’t pass the tape portion (where they use measurements to determine your body fat percentage) because I am well under the maximum allowed, but because I prefer to not even have to be taped.

So, over the next month or so, you will see a heavy focus on running and strength exercises from me accompanied by a renewed sense of urgency to eat right. I’m looking forward to it! I had a great/faster run last Wednesday, and I’m going to continue with that level of effort over the next four weeks to make some progress and to bring my run times down.

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