I'm in the Air Force and we have a fitness test that includes running, push-ups, crunches, and an abdominal circumference (AC) measurement.
If you have some physical limitations, you can get permission to do a speed walk instead of the run or you can be exempted from any or all of the components except the AC.
I'm not a skinny guy and have almost always just scraped by on the minimum abdominal measurement. Right before Christmas, I tore the meniscus in my knee pretty badly. I finally had surgery in February and the surgeon took out most of the meniscus and also performed a microfracture on a portion of the joint where I've totally worn away the cartilage.
To make a long story short, for this and some other health issues I'm currently exempt (not allowed to perform) from all the components of the test except for my old friend the AC. I met the minimum, but still failed the test.
I've heard that a ten pound loss will translate to about an inch off your AC, so I'm currently trying to lose 20 pounds in seven weeks. Pretty sporty, but I don't have a choice. Failure will have a serious impact on my career.
I'm logging my food and have very recently become bipedal again so I'm exercising as much as my knee will allow.
The toughest thing is staying motivated and trying not to think about food all the time. I'm so fipping hungry!
SP seem like the right kind of folks to be around. Wish me luck!