Commander, Submarine Group Two


Making Exercise and Proper Nutrition a Priority in Life

GROTON, Conn. - Lt. Cmdr. Jason Deichler, Commander, Submarine Group Two officer finished in the top 10 percent in the Naval Station Newport Sprint Triathlon, July 31.
Deichler assigned to CSG Two Material and Readiness department as the Nuclear Power officer has participated and won first place in two out of three Naval Submarine Base New London road races held earlier this year.
Official results from the weekend race placed Deichler 20th out of 273 competitors.
Deichler who has always maintained excellent physical weight standards, also has had concerns with how his family medical background could have an impact on his long-term health. Making exercise a priority in one's life has become the motto for Deichler and his family who have taken this motto to heart, literally.
"My father died of a heart attack at a young age and my grandfather, a World War Two Navy Veteran, passed away of complications from a stroke," said Deichler, who explained a linkage between his family's cardiovascular and diabetic medical histories and the early deaths of his father and grandfather.
Deichler added that another motivator to stay on track is to set performance goals such as road races, triathlons and marathons. 
"My family's lifestyle change is very important and integral to our daily lives," said Deichler. "I want to continue being a leader for my family, community and the Navy, today and for many years to come."
Deichler said it is a challenge to understand that the way we treat our bodies' today impacts on our health and well-being 10 or 20 years down the road.
Deichler and his wife of 13 years embarked on a shared weight loss challenge in August of 2010 to not only lose weight, but also serve as an example for their four children and ward off medical related problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
"In August of 2010, we started a well-known portion control and healthy diet regimen. Our intentions were for long-term health, not a short-term fix associated with supplements or fad diets," said Deichler. "We used each other as a support group and conducted a lot of research on the right things to eat."
And, through this joint weight loss effort, he and his wife grew stronger and realized their team work had bigger implications for their four children, who range in ages, 18 months to 11 years old.
"My daughter and sons are into local sporting activities. Since we have started our weight loss and fitness program, our children have worked to emulate my wife and I. This is beneficial to their success as athletes and their future as healthy young adults," said Deichler.
Deichler added that recently he and his daughter ran a 5k road race together. While they didn't finish first in the race valuable life lessons in maintaining physical standards were shared.
"It's a lot more important to see her running the race than winning the race," Deicher said. 
A balanced nutrition is key to maintaining a successful weight loss regimen according to Culinary Specialist First Class (SS/DV) Allen Williford, CSG Two flag culinary specialist.
"Working out, eating healthy, and staying hydrated are proven to increase confidence, productivity, and health. In my opinion nutrition, exercise, and hydrating define fitness," said Williford.
Williford added that most people don't adopt this mindset and consequently slow their weight loss success.
"Most people assume since they can perform their day to day tasks and they aren't excessively overweight that they are fit, but I have seen plenty of people who look 'fit' but who can hardly walk the mile and a half, much less run it," said Williford, who is also the command's physical fitness assessment coordinator.
He added that Sailors have to understand, when you put something into your body, it is going to affect you in some way.
"You're not just getting full, you're getting fuel, how you use that fuel is up to you; it can be used as energy or stored as fat," Williford said.
Williford is a subject matter expert for CSG2 in the Navy Operation Fitness and Fueling series, which was created in 2009.
"In 2009 the Navy assigned subject matter experts to change the way Sailors viewed fitness and nutrition. The SME's spoke with over 750 sailors and teamed up with the Athletes' Performance Institute to create workouts that increase performance and decrease injury," said Williford.
Williford and Deichler both agree for staying in shape and maximizing the potential for staying in shape is to find someone to work out with and motivate you.
"My wife is my best friend and we have supported and motivated each other in our joint weight loss efforts," said Deichler.  "The key is to find someone who is willing to work with you when you are unmotivated, and keep you on track."
In the end Deichler said one of the key motivators for him is being a role model for not only his family, but for the men and women he serves with.
"The men and women I serve with deserve someone that they can look up to," said Deichler. "If I can get out there and motivate them, I know I fulfilling my duties of being a good leader; emotionally, spiritually, technically and physically."