To start, I am a 17 year old senior in high school who graduates at the end of May.
I'm not attending college, nor am I working full time as some people do.
I'm joining the United States Army as soon as I can sign those papers.
My parents are on board with it and have no problems signing the papers since I am not 18 yet.
The only thing that is keeping me from joining the Army is my weight. I have 75 pounds that I need to lose in order to be admitted into the Army. I have until the day before I graduate to sign my papers.
Let me explain that. I can sign the papers whenever I choose to, so it's not like I either sign then or never get the chance again. I have set this goal to give myself a little more motivation.
So, starting today, I have to lose 25+ pounds per month in order to reach my goal.
Some of you may think I'm crazy for even thinking that I could lose that much weight in that short of a time frame. Well, you thought right. I am crazy to think that but crazy in the sense that a goal like that isn't going to break my will.
I know this journey is going to be a long, hard and painful time. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be Army Strong and provide myself and my future family a life that I couldn't provide otherwise.
So off I go into the wide unknown, and into a new life.
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