10 years ago, I graduated from my Academy of Fire and EMT School. Outside of school, I was hired to work, where I was assigned to an ambulance and did not adhere to any physical standards. After a few years of this. and marrying the chef, I donned like 60 pounds. A few years ago, after I completed my paramedic course, I wanted to apply to my local fire station. I had to take the CPAT. It is a physical dexterity consisting of climbing a stair mill with 75 pounds on your shoulders. Plus dummy and many other obstacles at set times. And I failed. Just physically exhausted and my legs turned into … jelly.
It hit me pretty hard, and I buried my sorrows in a pile of burritos and tacos. Like a bunch of them. Over the past few years, jumped on the CICO and C25K trains. But I would fall back on my ways. About 6 months ago I decided to try again. I found this guy, David Goggins, talks quite a lot about how … it sucks. It sucks for everyone. When you are ready to quit. Remember that everyone who went through this experienced the same feeling. And those that succeed, those that push it. Every mentally unhappy thing that you pass through makes you stronger. You are not just training your body, but also training to be a callus to these situations in the future. IDK. Sounds silly. But this dude and C25K have changed my life. 6 months ago, 2 minutes of running would make me vomit.
I burn 1500 calories and go to the gym 3 times a week. I ran 5k last week. For the past week, I worked at a staircase factory for 2 days, preparing for the test.
I'm not very thin. Only 15 pounds. But I think it basically shifted from the fat on my waist to the muscles on my legs. I did not pay too much attention to the scales, my physical form was my main goal. And I feel better.
I passed my CPAT today. (Only a few minutes left) I had an unhealthy amount of emotions on this test. And I passed it. I'm not even sure how far I'm going to get to work, my goal was just to get tested.
IDK. I just had a bona fide, tangible proof of progress, not a number in scale.
This is a HUGE milestone for me, and I just wanted to share it. I am going to continue to connect. All the others should too. Because it works.