As part of his weekly e-mail, my younger brother serving in Sweden mentioned that he has lost forty pounds! I think he’s been in "the field" for almost five months now. That’s nearly two pounds a week he’s been shaving off. I bring this up because, at least in my family (five of us kids having served missions), the mission weight dynamic has varying results.
I’m pretty sure all of us gained weight in the MTC. We’ve all heard the reasoning behind this one: sitting around with breaks only to sit around and eat, etc. But once we get out into the mission field, it’s anyone’s guess what happens. Again, working with my non-authoritative (but fun) limited sample size, I often wonder what all the contributing factors are and how they interplay with each other.
I, myself, gained weight in the MTC (I think around ten pounds) but lost it once in the field. I didn’t particularly lose much more, though. One of my sisters, on the other hand, who happened to serve in the same mission as me (right before me, she came home while I was in the MTC), gained quite a bit of weight in that same mission field (I think close to twenty pounds, probably the heaviest I’ve ever seen her).
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. I suppose I just find it intriguing that I rarely come across a returned missionary who was able to maintain the same weight level before, during, and/or after the mission. I guess it’s a big enough change in life that it’s probably uncontrollable to a certain degree.
In any event, let’s conduct one of those informal studies that don’t amount to much. All you returned missionaries out there, share your mission weight stories!