I hope this is not an egotistical thread to make, but I would like to journal the steps I'm taking towards my goal here. I've seen similar threads, but if its against a rule please close it. So, to preface, I was raised in a traditional okinawan karate dojo since I was 8, and my Sensei was a SEAL prior to opening his own dojo. He's a true father figure in my life and is the closest to a hero I have. The entire idea of the SEALs stems from my relationship with him, and that its an extreme extension of my own training. After graduating High school I wanted to live a little, I traveled the entire country, went to college and met a great girl whom I live with currently. But after 4 years of civilian life I am officially sick of it and am ready to pursue my goal. I could keep going as I am forever and ever, comfortable in a nice house with a great girlfriend, but I'm not that kind of person. So now that its been confirmed that I can get PRK surgery for my eyes and that the Navy can let me take the PST for SEAL boot camp 6 months afterwards, I am aiming for March of 2009 as a start date. This is definitely bound to fluctuate depending on when the Navy has enough SEAL candidates, but hopefully not more than a few months. As long as I can pass a PST every month, consisting of: * 500-yard swim using breast or combat side stroke in 10:00 minutes * 79 push-ups in 2 minutes * 79 sit-ups in 2 minutes * 11 pull-ups from a dead hang (no time limit) * Run 1.5 miles in boots and long pants in 10:20 I need to add some pull-ups and improve my swim technique ('m not a great swimmer, I never had lessons so I need proper technique) but besides that I would already qualify. I really want to be able to blow these requirements out of the water though, so for the next three months especially I am hitting it, hard. I feel behind because I've had very bad shin splints the past few months because of gymnastics, and I've had a bruised rib the past month from karate, so my running and cardio has been negatively affected. Today Weight: 144lbs I am struggling with probably the biggest obstacle: My eating. Not in the sense that I eat too much, I'm the exact opposite. I eat very very slowly, and I feel sick if I stuff myself quickly. My stomach feels tight and my mouth gets dry, and I feel full after half a sandwhich. I do not starve myself, rather I eat about 3000 calories over the course of a day but rarely have big meals. I made myself eat a sub from arby's in one non stop sitting. Time? 30 minutes. Hard work! I'd normally eat the whole sandwhich over about 3 hours. I'm experimenting with different ways of eating a full meal quickly. Ive figured out that I chew too much, like 30-40 times a bite, so now I chew about 10 times then drink some water and swallow. This works but I feel full faster because of the water. To at least start slamming on calories, I bought the generic weight gain powder from GNC yesterday and a blender. I make a full shake a day, which is as follows: 1 or 1 1/2 Scoop(s) of GNC powder (Banana flavor) 2 Tablespoon of peanut butter 3 pieces of fruit (From Wal-mart, usually mango/pineapple/strawberry 1 Tablespoon of Honey 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil 3 Cups of Milk About 1200 calories total. I have not yet but I will add some nonflavored yogurt to this soon and maybe 1 or 2 eggs. Ive been recommended the egg part but I am scared of salmonella. It would bring the shake up to about 1500 calories. I am also concerned about the degree of sugar in the shake, but since I drink it over the course of the day I havent felt a sugar rush yet. Training wise today I filled a garbage bag with 40lbs of sand and then wrapped it several times in other garbage bags, then knotted it all off and put it in a bookbag. Did some jogging with that but my shin splints are still crazy from my last class, so scrapped the idea and went to town on variations of pushups with the bag on. Completely burned out my arms and then went on to my stomach. After about an hour and a half I called it, only because tomorrow is a day off and I'm going to get in a lot of training then. A day at a time, but after PRK surgery Ive got weekends planned so that I can stay up for 40 hours training and moving so that when Hell Week comes I can be mentally prepared for the first few days, which are the most intense. Well that was a lot to say but it felt good to put it all out, as I've kept to myself about it in day to day life.