Once I was a lot heavier than I am now, and it was a tough go to get fit enough to join the military. While I’m proud of my achievement, it was nothing compared to this guy. Great inspiration for anyone considering passing on their trip to the gym. MP+

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Loses 100 Pounds
By Army Sgt. Rebekah Malone
Louisiana National Guard

PINEVILLE, La., Jan. 25, 2011 – Army Spc. Alejandro Zuniga of the Louisiana National Guard scored 401 points on his most recent Army physical fitness test — something even he found hard to believe, considering the state he was in less than two years ago.

Army Spc. Alejandro Zuniga of the Louisiana National Guard runs four miles a day, six days a week. His workout routine -– which led to a 100-pound weight loss — allowed him to exceed a perfect score on the Army physical fitness test. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Scott M. Mucci

Zuniga, a member of the 1021st Engineering Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, overcame tremendous odds recently when he racked up well over the maximum number of points needed to score an excellent rating on the test.

Just 18 months ago, and 100 pounds heavier, Zuniga was battling despair and depression. One day, he’d had enough.

“When I was bigger, I was on the edge of depression. I felt helpless,” Zuniga said. “Just one day something someone said struck me. I am so much more confident now.”

Too large to run, Zuniga started by walking. Within a couple of months, he was able to run three miles without walking. Today, he runs four miles a day, six days a week, then boosts his workout with 100 push-ups a day and lifts weights for at least an hour. This strict program allowed Zuniga to achieve a feat few Guardsmen attain.

Read the whole piece here.