Student sheds 85 pounds to become a Marine

Jamie Albonetti, 23, lost 85 pounds in six months after she decided she wanted to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and become a Marine. (Courtesy of Jamie Albonetti)

From Marine Corps Times’ Gina Harkins:

Jamie Albonetti was about to start her senior year at the University of Memphis when she decided she wanted to become a Marine like her grandfather. There was just one problem — she was about 80 pounds too heavy to qualify.

At 5-foot-5 and 230 pounds, the then 21-year-old psychology student knew she’d have to get in shape, so she put herself on a diet and fitness regimen, motivated by her goal of becoming a second lieutenant.

“Initially, I didn’t really know anything about dieting,” Albonetti, now 23, said. “I limited my calories to 1,400 per day and never went over. And I started doing the ‘Insanity’ workouts.”

She used a smartphone app to help her keep track of what she was eating. And she worked out at home using DVDs of the popular fitness program.

“Before I started ‘Insanity,’ I couldn’t even run a quarter mile,” she said. “After I finished the first month of the program, I ran my first mile. That was a huge step for me.”

Because she didn’t want the Corps to reject her immediately, she waited until she lost her first 30 pounds before contacting an officer selection officer.

Read the rest of Gina’s story over on Marine Corps Times.