Two weeks ago, 20 Oct, I had my PT test. I did great on the run and pushups: 1.5 miles in 14:34 and 45 out of 40 pushups. I did decent on situps--29 out of 42. Unfortunately, to pass, I needed to have a 35" or less ab circumference. I measured at 37". So, now I'm in Fit Camp a.k.a. mandatory fitness. Today was day #6. We did a "mock" PT test. I wasn't going to kill myself if it didn't count. Plus, we ran on the road instead of the track and the route change affected my run time...by two full minutes. :(
Anyhow, I also measured at a 38". I tell you...I hate how it's so easy to be inconsistently measured. There is no one spot to measure around. It varies from person to person from measurer to measurer. A situp is easy--start in the down position, come up, one; down again, up again, two; etc. Pushups you start in the up position but it has the same finite points of measurement. Not so with ab circumference. Don't believe me? Grab your tape measure. Okay, now find the top of your hip bone. Measure around. Take note of inches. Now, fully remove the tape measure and do it again...and again. Did you get exactly the same measurement each time? I didn't think so. Unless you have very definitely protruding hipbones...which I don't know anyone who does. Shoot! I feel bad for the ladies with a little bootie in the back cause their butt's getting measured too; not just their abs.
I'm in this program for the next 3-6 months; longer if I don't "test out." We go five days a week, M-F. I have no question that I will be able to kick butt. I do my best to get a great workout every time. PLUS...I'll be working out at other times as well. Tuesday nights, I go to the gym to watch the Biggest Loser. I tell you...watching fat people sweat and work hard inspires me. Wednesday afternoons, I do the HAWC walk. The HAWC is the Health And Wellness Center. Military just loves acronyms. Then Thursday is the running clinic. Both Wed and Thur are during lunch so I don't have to worry about staying up late on any day but Tuesday. I'm determined to get down to 160-165 in the next three months. For goodness sakes, it's only 15-20 lbs. I WILL SO DO THIS!!!