The problem? I don't want anyone who reads my blog to read my little "weight loss journey" story and think I have been the same weight every day since then. It changes. It fluctuates. Life happens. So this is to track those changes and hopefully to help me maintain my weight. 6 pounds in over a year? No biggie. 6 pounds every year for the rest of my life? Not so awesome.
Because a post about JUST my weight would be incredibly dull even for me to read, I figured I would add a little "weigh-in" of my own - as in, my opinion about something. I hope you guys are interested in the same topics I am and I would love for you to share your two cents in the comments.
Should the military adjust their current health and fitness standards for new recruits?
Although sometimes I'm not as vocal about the military as a lot of Americans are, that doesn't mean I don't respect and appreciate the work and sacrifice that many make in order to protect the nation. In order to be accepted into various military branches, you first need to meet some basic health and fitness requirements.
For someone that is my age and gender (female & 24) I would need to adhere to the following:
Complete at least 17 push-ups
Complete at least 50 situps
Run 2 miles in 19:36 or less
Have a body fat percentage below 32 OR
Weigh between 110-145 pounds
*Edited to add: I failed to add an important piece of information here. The weight/body fat percentages are for a woman who is 5 feet, 4 inches (my current height). Obviously this amount will differ with different heights!
(information from here and here)
As far as all the physical fitness requirements are concerned, I think they are fair. (Let me know if you think otherwise.) Strength and speed are important for those in the military and recruits can work toward these goals over time. Weight? Hmm....
I guess we're getting back to the issue of - can you be strong, healthy and overweight? How about strong, healthy and obese?
I have read several articles that show a large number of Americans are simply unfit for service because of their weight. Do you think this is fair? Do you think that the military should lower its standards?
Add your thoughts and let me know what you think about this subject!