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Old 07-14-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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I Think I'm Gonna Join the NAVY

I think I'm gonna join the navy fresh out of high school before I go to college, here are a number of reasons why I'm considering it:

1. I need to get away from my family and fast, need some me time, to think about my future

2. I don't want to be stuck paying college loans in tel I'm 55, personally I think your a fool for not taking advantage of the government paying your thru college

3. And full heath coverage that's a +

4. Other than a select few I don't really have any friends, and haven't had a girlfriend since 8th grade, and with the exception of my HEMI...lol I have and lived so far a very boring and dull life, so I'm a Thrill Seeker

5. I'm very good with computers hardware and software......very good, I could hack this site if I wanted to...........relax I like this place a lot, anyway If I like it and when I get my college degree and if it pays good I'm might go career

6. 8 weeks of PT would do my fat ass some good lol, though I'm am worried what the drill instructors would do to me cause I cant do a single push up......

so I got a question for the veterans that's on this site how is it, and whats it like, and for those that's not in the navy tell your side
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I don't have much experience with the enlisted side of things (the side you'll be entering) but I can try and give you some generic advice that's helped me weather the officer side of things thus far:

A) Train NOW. Boot camp is NOT the time to get into shape. You need to have a solid base in order to save yourself a lot of grief from your cadre/detailers/whatever they're calling them today.

B) Don't just think "I want to join the Navy"... think about what you want to do in the Navy. Do you want to be on ships, on subs, with aircraft or what? If you're as technically savvy as you say you are then I'd suggest looking into submarines. They get paid more and deal with a lot of technology in a hands-on scenario.

C) Look at the other services as well. Air Force might appeal to you more than the Navy (although I doubt Army or the Marines will if you're not really into the physical side of things).

D) Be prepared for a rough couple of years at the least. Yes, the benefits are great and sometimes the jobs are awesome (how many of your high school friends will be on a $500 million ship in the middle of an ocean?), but a lot of the time will not be fun. Time on the ship can be mindnumbingly boring and, depending on your division, the majority of your time might very well be spent painting and repainting the same patch of deck. As a seaman right out bootcamp you'll get a lot of the jobs no one else wants and it'll be that way until you advance beyond the bottom of the totem pole.

E) In short, be completely sure its what you want and then throw yourself into it completely. Trust the Navy (as scary as that is at times) and do what it asks of you and in the end you'll be a better person.

Anywho, hope this helps and perhaps there are some former enlisted out there who can give you a better feel for what the first year or two would be like.
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I think I'm gonna join the navy fresh out of high school before I go to college, here are a number of reasons why I'm considering it:

1. I need to get away from my family and fast, need some me time, to think about my future
this is not a good reason to join the service. EVERYONE wants to get away from their hometown/family/whatever at your age
2. I don't want to be stuck paying college loans in tel I'm 55, personally I think your a fool for not taking advantage of the government paying your thru college
yeah, the military pays for your school...but the availability for you to take classes is a whole other story. you wont be able to just start college as soon as you get out of basic, you will go thru technical training and depending on your MOS could take anywhere from a month to 3 years. the military pays for a lot of things, but there are exceptions and other things you have to do. also as far as college loans go, if you PLAN ahead and get a job now, cut back on reckless spending, save some money. also, dont get caught up with offers to pay all your living expenses and whatnot either. there are plenty of people out there who are going to college and paying off their debts as they come because they are pushing themselves, working odd hours, double jobs, whatever it takes. yeah, its hard work, but the harder you work now the easier you can take it later. (the same applies to high school if you havent graduated yet, buckle down and study your ass off)
3. And full heath coverage that's a +
this is a plus, but there are restrictions. for instance, if you are driving home or wherever and you arent wearing your seatbelt and you get into an accident, you wont get full coverage if you get any at all. because you willingly put military equipment/property at risk.
4. Other than a select few I don't really have any friends, and haven't had a girlfriend since 8th grade, and with the exception of my HEMI...lol I have and lived so far a very boring and dull life, so I'm a Thrill Seeker
no offense, but WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! here is a great opportunity for you to not become a statistic by going military because you havent put enough thought into your life until now and are looking at the easy options. life is only as boring as you let it be. thrill seeker eh? imagine this... you are on a boat/sub for 6 months at a time doing the same thing every day for 3 weeks, then you change up and do a different job for 3 weeks, then another, then you go back to the original job. (navy trains you in multiple things cus there is no sense in having fire fighters on a ship doing nothing until there is a fire, make'm work) add into that, you meet some cute thing out one night and hook up in the military town, she's cute, she says she loves you, you think you love her cus you had sex with her, she gets pregnant then you marry her, she divorces you and takes half your paycheck for the rest of you career. or everytime you are out to sea for 6 months she's at the bar with god only knows what kind of trash doing god only knows what behind your back.

here's a thrill, its called REAL LIFE. you are about to enter it. prepare yourself.

5. I'm very good with computers hardware and software......very good, I could hack this site if I wanted to...........relax I like this place a lot, anyway If I like it and when I get my college degree and if it pays good I'm might go career
might? now is the time you need to be deciding what you want to do with your life and how you will go about it.

6. 8 weeks of PT would do my fat ass some good lol, though I'm am worried what the drill instructors would do to me cause I cant do a single push up...... if you cant do a single pushup, then (and im using your words here) you need to get your "fat ass" into some kind of shape or that 8 weeks will turn into 12 or 20. the military would rather "recycle" you to a beginning week of training and keep you in training till you are fit enough to graduate than kick you out. trust me, ive seen it done.

so I got a question for the veterans that's on this site how is it, and whats it like, and for those that's not in the navy tell your side
why navy? not knockin it, just wondering your personal motivation towards navy over the other services? as for my other comments, I may come off as harsh, but im not going to sugarcoat shit for you. i was told all sorts of things when i joined the service. "oh yeah, we'll put you at this base. Sure, you can do that. You can turn down a TDY." id rather you think hard about this decision instead of sitting on your ass till you realize that you didnt do anything with your life while you were in high school, barely passed, and now you have no options for your future.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:54 PM   #6
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if you cant do a single pushup, then (and im using your words here) you need to get your "fat ass" into some kind of shape or that 8 weeks will turn into 12 or 20. the military would rather "recycle" you to a beginning week of training and keep you in training till you are fit enough to graduate than kick you out. trust me, ive seen it done.
That's the truth. Quit playing happy hacker and go do something.

I had a friend that joined the marines because he thought his uniform could be used to pick up girls, but he couldn't do 3 pushups. He had bad reasons for joining in the first place and a lack of desire to put forth the effort they required. And like Spike said, he spent extra time in training until he graduated and was kicked out shortly afterward. He was in long enough to get a tattoo and a couple beers and that was about it.

That said, if you do want to get into computers, the military is not a bad choice. I'm a developer myself and many of the people I work with were in the service. My IT manager was a Marine, our dba was in the Army, our network guy was in the Air Force. Another developer was in the Air Force for 10 years, worked on F15s in Korea. Another one of our helpdesk technicians was in the Navy.

The company I worked for prior to my current job was federal government and if you have prior military service it not only gets you hiring preference, it also counts toward your retirement points / vacation time.

If I had to do it again, I might have joined the Air Force. When I was about 19 I went down to the meps station to do my physical, but my father had a stroke that very same morning and so I never went in. Because my asvab was so high, I was set to ride in the back of an awacs plane. That was the plan anyway. I really don't regret not joining though. I was always into something so I never got bored and my career turned out pretty well.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:27 PM   #7
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Ive been a Missile Technician working hands on with neclear weapons/systems. less than 1% of the global population can say that. I can also say that I hated it, just as much as I loved doing my job. I spent 5 years aboard a submarine and the only thing I've seen is nothing literally. So if you want to see the world and get the "sailor experience" dont go to a "Boomer" (ballistic submarine) and dont become a missile technician, because the trade off for being in that 1% is being stuck in Georgia, and Washington. the good thing about being on a boomer is the rotation (time out to sea, and in port). Every one I know thats been booted to the surface community loves it. And be prepaired to spend

A LOT OF TIME CLEANING AND SITTING AROUND WITH YOUR THUMB UP YOUR A$$

or pretending to clean. Everyone's gonna say dont waste your benefits but using them wont be as easy as just using them. Some commands require that you qualify every thing before they let you use tuition assistance, and there are restrictions on how many credits you can get per fiscal year.
Being on subs you tend to get paid more. If you want to know anything else about being a MT just pm me. If your in any Mechanical/Electrical rate get in to the Navy's apprentanceship program! No one will tell you about it (I just learned abourt it on my way out the door) and by the time you get out you can already me at a journeyman level making an automatic 35+ dollars an hour as an electrician/mechanic. Dont forget this because you may never hear of this again. If you do forget your smart transcripts (you'll know what they are) will give you credit. As a MT Washington's giving me 4000 hours based on my rate's training.

Unfortunately people in my situation are shafted, my injuries disqualify me for any type of technical job. but If I had been in admin while in the navy, I'd be able to hop right into a government desk job making 50K+. There will be people that you will find hard to tolerate...its usually the people from rich families that join "just cause" and think that they're better than everyone. Or the guy that was picked on in HS and has some rank and wants to take it out on junior guys. Learn how to deal with people, befriend everyone trust no one. Befriend everone because networking does wonders, trust no one because you will get stabbed in the back by people who want to advance in rank, or a snot nose junior officer that will throw you under the bus. and never be the highest guy on the totem pole that knows about any situation. (especially the bad situations)
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I think I'm gonna join the navy fresh out of high school before I go to college, here are a number of reasons why I'm considering it:

1. I need to get away from my family and fast, need some me time, to think about my future

2. I don't want to be stuck paying college loans in tel I'm 55, personally I think your a fool for not taking advantage of the government paying your thru college

3. And full heath coverage that's a +

4. Other than a select few I don't really have any friends, and haven't had a girlfriend since 8th grade, and with the exception of my HEMI...lol I have and lived so far a very boring and dull life, so I'm a Thrill Seeker

5. I'm very good with computers hardware and software......very good, I could hack this site if I wanted to...........relax I like this place a lot, anyway If I like it and when I get my college degree and if it pays good I'm might go career

6. 8 weeks of PT would do my fat ass some good lol, though I'm am worried what the drill instructors would do to me cause I cant do a single push up......

so I got a question for the veterans that's on this site how is it, and whats it like, and for those that's not in the navy tell your side
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I will just say vary your options.
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Plain and simple, here is the best advice I can give. Really think about this decision. Realize that the decision is one that will affect the next 4 to 6 years depending on the enlistment you take. I have watched a lot of people come into the Air Force who after being in for 2 years decide that it isn't for them, but still had to ride out the last 4 of their enlistment and basically in the remainder of the time make it harder on everyone else.
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It is definitely not a choice to be made too quickly.
You will have to be 'within standards' to join, a certain weight for your height, and must be able to do 60 pushups and situps run 1.5 miles....soon. And those standards do not go away, they seem to get harder and harder (lighter and lighter)

As a computer 'genius' the rating I.T. would be for you, for official training and experience.... definitely good for a 4 or 6 year career, to set you up for a follow on career. the rating used to be a slow way to the top, if you stayed in. Now, computers are VERY prevalent, so it could be improving.

Benefits: for a short career (4-6 yr) G.I. Bill just got a BIG boost $$$$ for college, books, rent....
Again training, certifications, work experience all good for resumes...
medical, covers just about anything, some elective surgeries, ATV accidents... ~quality~care sometimes, dental etc...

As with most jobs there will be some jack@$$3$ that you end up working for/with. But you can NOT quit, and you can NOT kick their @$$. Of course there will be great people as well, and then they will move, or you will and you will miss 'em and then you meet new ones... a lot.
How do you feel about boats... BIG ones that do not come home every day, or week , or month.......6 months away from home every 2 years (approximately). But you may get to see parts of the world that most Americans will only see on a screen, some really cool places out there...
If you do not try or get to become an IT, if you chose an Aviation rating, such as AT (Aviation Electronics) or AE (Electrician) etc... you MIGHT go to a squadron that rarely, or never goes to a ship... maybe. Of course even IT people get to leave the ship sometime.....

For a long term career: all the above^^^ and a 20 year retirement plan, that would be EXTREMELY difficult to match on your own.... And lifetime ~medical~care.
Oh, after a few years, you could apply to a program that literally pays you to go to college, then you become an Officer ($$$$ more) and you stay 4-6 years + after college.

Either way: a few years, or 20... it is worth looking into.
Of course the Hair force can offer a lot as well... less boats, more time overseas in places like Germany...etc.
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Either way: a few years, or 20... it is worth looking into.
Of course the CHair force can offer a lot as well... less boats, more time overseas in places like Germany...etc.
fixed it for you.

yes the Air force has a lot to offer as well. Depending on career field chosen you would deploy for 4-6 months at a time. if you fix planes depending on the af you could deploy a couple times a year or once every 18 months. just depends on air frame. same GI bill and better medical coverage then navy. only say that because I was stationed at a naval air station and wow was not impressed with the hospital there. but pretty much the same benefits.

as everyone else has been saying. find out what the physical requirements for passing the pt test are and start working out now to meet those by the time you leave for basic. If you don't then you could be stuck in basic longer then the minimum required time. (ie af 6.5 weeks turns into an 8.5 week course). just don't go in blindly as most people do. don't believe the recruiter completely. ask members of the service you are going in to what it's like. try to find people that are in the career field you want and talk to them. all I have to really say.

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You are going to have to do what you feel is right for you, nobody can make that choice for you. I was in the Navy for almost 10 years and would still be in if it wasn't for my weight. If you stuggle with your weight you are going to have to change that now. Get started on a regular exercise program and regulate your diet, I didn't and I am still hurting for it.

Even though I wasn't allowed to stay in, the Navy was the best thing I ever did for my career. Make sure you get a job that can relate to civilian life, it will make get out of the Navy easier. Good luck and follow what your heart and mind tells you what to do. If you decide to join the service, thank you for serving and protecting our freedom.
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You are going to have to do what you feel is right for you, nobody can make that choice for you. I was in the Navy for almost 10 years and would still be in if it wasn't for my weight. If you stuggle with your weight you are going to have to change that now. Get started on a regular exercise program and regulate your diet, I didn't and I am still hurting for it.

Even though I wasn't allowed to stay in, the Navy was the best thing I ever did for my career. Make sure you get a job that can relate to civilian life, it will make get out of the Navy easier. Good luck and follow what your heart and mind tells you what to do. If you decide to join the service, thank you for serving and protecting our freedom.

I agree Ive been in for over six and would still be in if I didn't damage my spine and had that stroke. Ive always gotten rope and choked because Im
5'11" and weight 277, its a solid 277 though. If you have problems with your weight now is the time to change your eating habits and diet. I loved doing my job as a MT so make sure that you get into a rate that you'll enjoy doing. the last thing you want is to realize you hate the military and have 2+ years left on your contract.
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......I fully understand the weight of my decision and I have been thinking about for the past 3 months, and I graduate HS June of '09 so I still have plenty of time to think about it, but I really wanted to be a sailor on a Nimitz ever since I was 10 so its like a goal

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I'm aware of the PT requirement and working on right now, so far i'm 287 lb and falling, diet, walking, and running, and I start football the 6th of august hopefully I'f I stay on this path I would make it

I understand that I would be swabbing decks for probably 2 years but I'm am prepared to invest my time and effort, if I'm lucky I might make an officer rank in a short while

I think I'll do good in the military, hands on training with military hardware and some day get a degree in Computer science/computer engineering
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......I fully understand the weight of my decision and I have been thinking about for the past 3 months, and I graduate HS June of '09 so I still have plenty of time to think about it, but I really wanted to be a sailor on a Nimitz ever since I was 10



I'm aware of the PT requirement and working on right now, so far i'm 287 lb and falling, diet, walking, and running, and I start football the 6th of august hopefully I'f I stay on this path I would make it

I understand that I would be swabbing decks for probably 2 years but I'm am prepared to invest my time and effort, if I'm lucky I might make an officer rank in a short while
I understand your pain Ive been 200+ since I was 13 its genetics Ive always had a heavy muscular build. guys our size (if your solid navy requires 22% or less body fat) always have trouble with the run. Getting through boot will be the challenge, once in the fleet you can swim vice run, and now they have the stationary bike, I think you have to maintain a heart rate for a certain amount of time. its relatively new, but you have options besides running once you get to the fleet.

Seaman to admiral program is a good thing. Officers do less work and make more money, with better retirement options. But they do a hell of a lot more training. If you want to know anything just ask.
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Can't help you with much of the rest but I can help you here.

You're going to need a full bachelor's degree at least to even be considered for any officer program (unless Seaman-to-Admiral somehow waves that requirement) which will mean probably at least 4 years of schooling followed by some sort of officer training, either OCS or maybe ROTC while at school or the Academy. Regardless, what I'm trying to convey is it won't be a quick transition.
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and now they have the stationary bike, I think you have to maintain a heart rate for a certain amount of time. its relatively new, but you have options besides running once you get to the fleet.
Sounds like the program that the Air Force went away from, some people are still allowed to ride the bike for their fit test, but only if they are on a waiver for running. Hope the Navy runs it better than the Air Force did.
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STA-21. "seaman to admiral". is basically all the old Officer programs rolled into one. you can apply for it as soon as you join, and it's recommended that you do so, and keep applying. it shows that you have the drive and the persistance to be an officer.

I've been doing a lot of research on becoming an officer. Im enlisting into the Navy.
I am going to MEPS on the 29th of this month, (Medical screening and other stuff). I just took my ASVAB today, and am hoping to ship out in early September.
Thats one thing to think about when choosing a date to ship out for boot camp, do you like cold weather or hot weather or nice weather. Cuz you will be in Great Lakes, Illinois for RTC(boot camp) training. its going to be cold in the later months and early months, and hot and humid in the summer months.

Train yourself to where you can run atleast 2 miles without stopping.
Im running 5 miles a time right now, and im still kicking my ass with traing.
The best thing for you to do is to go down to your local recruiting office and have a face to face talk with them.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:18 PM   #20
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STA-21. "seaman to admiral". is basically all the old Officer programs rolled into one. you can apply for it as soon as you join, and it's recommended that you do so, and keep applying. it shows that you have the drive and the persistance to be an officer.

I've been doing a lot of research on becoming an officer. Im enlisting into the Navy.
I am going to MEPS on the 29th of this month, (Medical screening and other stuff). I just took my ASVAB today, and am hoping to ship out in early September.
Thats one thing to think about when choosing a date to ship out for boot camp, do you like cold weather or hot weather or nice weather. Cuz you will be in Great Lakes, Illinois for RTC(boot camp) training. its going to be cold in the later months and early months, and hot and humid in the summer months.

Train yourself to where you can run atleast 2 miles without stopping.
Im running 5 miles a time right now, and im still kicking my ass with traing.
The best thing for you to do is to go down to your local recruiting office and have a face to face talk with them.
try to maximize your sign on bonus. going to boot right after high school you wont get that good of a bonus, because all of the high schoolers are joining at that time. you can typically double your bonus by enlisting 6 months later. I tkinda p'd me off hitting the fleet at the same time as people who joined much later than I did, and they got twice as much money as me too.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:34 PM   #21
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Can't help you with much of the rest but I can help you here.

You're going to need a full bachelor's degree at least to even be considered for any officer program (unless Seaman-to-Admiral somehow waves that requirement) which will mean probably at least 4 years of schooling followed by some sort of officer training, either OCS or maybe ROTC while at school or the Academy. Regardless, what I'm trying to convey is it won't be a quick transition.
Then again, you could go Army and become a Warrant Officer like me!
I have a 4 year degree, but it's not a requirement. I fly Apache attack helicopters and I'm in Iraq right now. It's never easy being away from home, but the job itself is rewarding. I still have to do PT and take PT tests like every other service member, but I fly a very complex and technically advanced aircraft. Flight school can take up to 2 years, but it's a blast.

The reality is just what all the others have stressed to you on this board. Being in the service is just that... you are SERVING the American people. Your life ceases being your own to an extent. You become the instrument of our nation's foreign policy. You have to do things that you don't always like doing and may not agree with, but if it's a lawful order, you will follow it.

In the end, the benefits of a military career are pretty good. You'll also develop a better sense of personal pride. You'll get to see some pretty cool places (probably pretty warm places in the near future) and meet tons of interesting people. You'll have to endure hardships that most civilians would balk at, but you'll become stronger as a person than you have ever been and you'll get a feel for your own worth as a human being and as a servicemember. Just my .02
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To all the people who are serving or have served: Thank you.


If you want to serve, that is phenomenal, but remember that there is a reason that we are so grateful for our veterans. If they aren't in a hot combat scenario, they still have a lot happening that isn't fun. Serving our country is an honor, but it isn't one to take lightly. You'll be floating in the ocean, cleaning ships and painting decks for our country. It's not glamorous, but you'll still be a hero for it. You won't be as bored working at Burger King, but you won't be a serviceman either.

Just consider whether you really want to serve our country or whether you just want to get away from your current situation. It may seem like a great opportunity to do great things in life and have the government pay for you, but it isn't fun and you can't just quit and go home. You are giving your life to our country if you do this. Is that what you truly want to do?
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287, hope that is a tall #, I know not being tall seems to make the chart work against me....
and my allowed weight has kept going down.............. inversely proportional to my actual weight I am close to my limit, but never failed the weight.... and always get an excellent score on the PRT.

It can be done.... (dropping ##s) I have known a couple guys that dropped 50+ lbs in a few ( 4-6???) months... the key is small meals, 5 + times a day, do not eat late.... exercise your @$$ off ! Jogging really burns calories, but use a bike and treadmill etc. also, to save the knees.

One of the guys I worked with in Norfolk (250lb) got down to 187 quick... AND later got accepted for ECP.... (paid to go to college full time to finish degree) all before his first 4 years were up.
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I'm aware of the PT requirement and working on right now, so far i'm 287 lb and falling, diet, walking, and running, and I start football the 6th of august hopefully I'f I stay on this path I would make it
I used to be in a similar situation. I am your age, and I graduate when you do. I'm 6'1 and about 245 pounds. I bench my wieght, squat about 345, and clean a good 205, so it's not all fat. I played football for 2 years, and I will tell you right now, it will not shave pounds by itself. With the amount that you need to lose in a year, I'd reccomend a water-only diet, maybe cut out a meat or two. I'd reccomend cutting out all beef. You can get the protien elsewhere. At first it will be hard, but once you get on a roll it becomes a lifestyle.
Why do I know this?
I was 272 pounds in May.
How have I lost almost 30 pounds in 2 months?
I did a detox in order to cleanse my system of shit that shouldn't be there, and that included eating only nature-made stuff. So nothing but water, tea, fruit (Make a lot of smoothies) brown rice, and nuts for a week. Nothing processed, basically I wanted all my food to come straight from earth to me.
I picked up a lot of good habits from this, and now I drink about 3 bottles of aquafina a day, don't drink soda, and the only meat I eat is chicken (not fried!)
I also ride my bike to school, I take a summer class at UCR, the local college. I go to the gym about 2-3 times a week, hit the stationary bike for 15 minutes. 3 miles, 15 minutes, at about 95-105 RPM.
I prefer this to treadmill because when I payed football I injured my knee and it's smoother excersize.
I also do some crunches (100), and some chest work. Also some deltoid, back stuff.
This is not hard for me, it is my lifestyle now.
The hard part is the first 2-3 weeks, then it gets considerably easier once you adapt.
You will have to come up with your own regiment, mine won't work. But I do reccomend finding Bear Naked all natural granola bags. Blueberry walnut is my favorite. It has a good amount of protien, it tastes decent, and it's something to snack on rather than ritz crackers or something like that.
Also when you are up in the middle of the night and you want to eat something, make yourself some tea. It will fill you up, with little calories or anything. just don't oversugar it, I use a teaspoon of honey, or 1 sweet and low.
Find a hobby. I found cycling, and now every other weekend I go on cycling rides of 3-7 miles with a group on saturday nights. (the wind feels amazing at 9pm)
Also, having a car does not mean go get fast food everytime you are hungry. It means tell mom to give you money so you can buy healthy groceries. Fast food for me is sushi. It is healthy, and is portioned low, you should also find something that you love, that won't hurt too much as a once a week or so treat.
Well, that's all I can think of for now, so good luck, and remember not to give up, it's intially hard, but it gets easier. And being healthy just feels better. I no longer have to take breaks while playing basketball with friends. You are more active, and let's just be honest, people like you more. It's sad, but true. The girls have been all over me lately
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