I’ve been posting on this forum (albeit under KyleWitter99) for quite a while now, so I’m not TRYING to make this post sound like, “I’m fat and I don’t want to work, who knows of a miracle cure?”… So here it is.
3 years ago (when I was 20 y.o.) before I joined the Navy I found this awesome website, which opened my eyes to the real world of training. At that time, I lived the nice relaxing life of a full-time student and henceforth could eat and train as I needed to. Besides needing to put on some mass and expand my training knowledge (using compound lifts, periodization, etc.), I was doin’ pretty good. I was approx. 10-12% body fat for the first time in my life and really kickin’ ass physically.
When I joined the Navy, boot camp was the first let down. To sum things up, it was a 9 week program that gleefully donated about 10 lbs. of adipose to my physique. When I arrived at my first training command I worked very hard to cut the fat, but since I lived on base my food selection was limited to crappy cafeteria food. I seemed to be able to maintain about 14% or so for the next year or so, though I did gain some decent muscle and set some PR’s in the DL and Chins.
After about 14 months from arriving, I graduated that training school and was sent to another. This time I was subjected to rotating shift work, working 12-14 hour days, 7 days in a row with only an average of 2 days off in between shift weeks. Whether I’m just a big p*ssy or not, I was unable to sustain my most cherished of pasttimes; I simply didn’t have the energy or desire to drive my ass all the way to the gym and back on my relatively sparring free time. My diet rapidly deminished to crap as time went on.
After 6 months of that training, I was selected to stay at the command as an instructor. This meant that I got 8 hour days instead of 12-14! I paired up w/ a co-worker that would be in NY for another 3-4 months and started kickin’ ass again. During that time, I dropped from the 18-19% bf that I had incurred to an improved 14-15%. We didn’t have access to a gym, so we used k-bells, jumprope, and the local track to do sprints.
When he moved away, I moved and no longer had that parter for motivation. Not only that, but I decided to go back to school for my nuclear engineering/engineering physics dual major which would require me to do 12, 16, even 18 credit hours per semester on top of the rotating shift work of an avg. 55 hours per week. Unfortuanately this led to cessasion of training once again. I’m in my 2nd semester now, and I have 3 to go. Luckily, the next semesters are only 13, 12, and 15 credit hours respectivly.
What’s my point? My point is that I’m sick of having excuses. Ever since I graduated high school, lifting had been my priority and had paid off well. Since I’ve joined the Navy my physique has been forced to be put on the back burner, and I want it to end. What am I to do? I know I’m not the ONLY one that has a hellaciously busy life.
My concern is that I can’t fail this school… I must get my degree, as I want to become a navy pilot. If I lift like I used to, I run the risk of both failing out of this school and overtraining due to the cumulative stresses.
First and foremost, I must get my diet in order… I know WHAT to eat, I just don’t know what approach I should take. Should I do the don’t diet profile and slowly peel the fat off over time? Should I T-Dawg it and try to hammer it off in a reasonable amount of time? Should I bombard it and pull a 2-3 week Fat Fast? I’m lost…
Second most, training. What type of training should I do? I know what my options are (at least reguarding programs that have been posted)… Theres, Fat to Fire I and II, which I am definitely leaning toward. There is Meltdown I and II, which has worked AWESOME in the past, but I think I’m to weak for at the moment. There’s kettlebells ONLY, which hasn’t proved too helpful in the past.
I know that the solution to my problem doesn’t lie in supplementation, but more of a lifestyle change. I’m not looking for the easy way out, I just need some help. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I want to work, I just don’t know which way to go… Please Help (and give me that proverbial smack in the face I need ).