This was something that I’ve wanted to do since I was 17. I actually went to MEPS five years ago when I was 21 but I was rejected due to being overweight. at 5’3” 200 lbs was 40 pounds over the maximum, and realistically 65lbs overweight. So I gave up on it for awhile.
Then for some reason when I was 24 I got my butt kicked into gear. I went vegetarian, lost 45 pounds, went back to school and finished my associates and got myself all but $1000 out of debt. Everything was going well for me except my situation at work. So after a particularly bad argument with my boss, I printed out the application for enlistment and sent it in. When I went back to MEPS I was actually expecting to fail, but I made weight within 5 pounds.
Four months later I’m just waiting for the credit check to go through and I’ll have a ship date. 1 week ago
It’s a great online resource for Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and even German! So far I’m sticking with the Spanish Module, but once I remaster the past tense I’m going to get started on French. 1 week ago
How I did it: Current time is now one mile in 7:30 or 1.5 miles in ~ 11:30. My new goal is to get down to a 7 minute mile before I ship off to Coast Guard Boot Camp in January/February (haven't received the ship date yet :( ) Read how I did it… 1 week ago
Cultural Anthropology – A+
Networking Essentials – A
Visual Basic I – A
Intro to Sociology—Credit Via CLEP
All good so far…
Database Design I – F
The good news is that I can take the database class over again this semester and override the F. The bad news is now thats one less class I can take in the spring, which I either need to make up via CLEP or in the summer.
so yeah… :( 11 months ago
How I did it: I went a little faster, a little longer each day. Eventually I was able break 9 minutes, but 8:30 as well. My current goal is 8! Good luck to everyone, this is entirely worth it! Read how I did it… 11 months ago
Car Loan: $800 <
- paid off monthly
Personal Loan: $350
Fall 2012 Tuition: $250
Credit Bill: $85
The good news is that this isn’t nearly the amount of debt I was originally in. The bad news is that the only way to get rid of this is to consolidate. That might not sound like bad news but I don’t qualify for a loan and I refuse to take out a cash advance (money mutual is a scam!).
So the only way for me to consolidate all of my debts is to literally pull all my money out of the bank, then overdraw more money to cover what I owe. That way I’ll owe the bank the money instead of three creditors and the only ‘interest’ I’ll be charged is a single overdraft fee of $35. Then it’s just a matter of using Walmarts check cashing service and paying the overdraft off a little bit at a time.
I can hear you all screaming at me now, trust me I reacted the same way. But this is the advice that was given to be by of all people the bank manager of my local branch. And after thinking it over, it might just work. 13 months ago
Canceled AT&T’s Privacy Assist @ $13/mo. Shutting my phone off during most of the day to keep data charges at bay & making my own ice coffee at home. 15 months ago
I’ve been trolling amazon and ebay for days now and I can’t find anything to help me study this language. The most I found was an iphone app that cost almost $10. 16 months ago
Running or swimming. Trust me, it provides the same relief and it isn’t nearly as destructive as cutting. 16 months ago
I used to do 20 minutes of yoga almost every night. Then I stopped shortly after I started going to the gym after work and I just didn’t have the energy anymore. But I think this would be a good way to start off in the morning. 16 months ago
Networking Essentials I
Intro To Operating Systems
Liberal Arts Elective (undecided: will probably be either Geography, Chinese or Anthropology)
Advanced Network Systems
Software Engineering I with C++
Liberal Arts Elective (again: undecided.)
Goal: Earn an A.A. in general studies as well as a certificate in computer networking technologies (with a few industry certifications thrown in for good measure) and transfer to a four year university. 16 months ago
Slowly inching my way closer. Not sure if I’ll complete this goal by summers end. But I’ll definitely have it by new years. 16 months ago
My advise? Get rid of your debit / credit card. Or at least don’t carry it with you on a day to day basis. You’ll be less inclined to make smaller purchases if you only have a set amount of money in your pocket. 16 months ago
inching closer to my goal 16 months ago
So yeah, I stopped cutting myself in Late December. It’s mid July now so I figured it would be a good time to update on my status. I haven’t cut since I last wrote in January. I’ve done a lot change my life situation and make it better. Because that’s what started this whole mess, was my dissatisfaction with life.
I took a good hard look at myself and made some major changes: becoming vegetarian, going to the gym more, running every day, getting out more, and going back to college. I’m studying for several IT certifications, and I’m collaborating with my boss on a couple of projects involving web design and marketing. He had one of his friends stop by the office and train me for weeks on marketing: Writing ads, organizing content (web design), and using MS powerpoint. I was the only one who received this training, and it really meant something to me that my boss choose me for it.
So all in all things have gotten much better. But I’m still afraid. I don’t want to fall into the trap I did six months ago, but I’m worried it’s part of my nature, that I’m just one bad day away from cutting again. I still have the marks on my arm and get questions on them regularly. I haven’t been able to tell anyone, don’t want this stupid mistake to cancel out everything else that I’ve accomplished. I don’t want to be viewed as crazy. 16 months ago
After going vegan/vegetarian – has anyone found themselves losing cravings for other things, like junk food or alcohol?
I ask this because before I went veg last year I was a huge red bull addict. I was drinking two a day on a regular basis, and spending about as much as my mother does per week on her cigarettes. After I went vegetarian the urge to drink red bull – or any caffeinated drink for that matter – just tanked. I still drink them occasionally, maybe once every other week. But the dependence is completely gone.
I’m just curious to see if this has happened to anyone else. 16 months ago