I was the only one in my family to tell my nephew to his face that I was happy for him that he joined the Marines and I meant it. We're not a family of military people and I'm not a rah-rah patriot or anything like that. I thought he would get to see other places in the world and have an amazing adventure. I felt bad for him that his experience was so damaging and that he struggled when he returned. And being a college student he's still got a tough road ahead of him what with how they front-load young people with so much college debt these days. But I'm still happy for him. We all have our paths to follow and it's good to see him succeeding after taking a different path from most. That's success in my book. I work at a university and see a lot of people who are probably just going through the motions, following a safe script that's been laid out for them. They look sort of lost. My nephew took his life by the balls, made his own decisions even though they were unpopular, and came out the other side. Something to be celebrated.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs