Getting Fit 2k18
Hello and welcome to the fit life!
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As you probably read in my about page, I’m just your typical college student trying to not get winded walking to class. I’m certainly not an Instagram model, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know the importance of working out. Let me give you a little more background about me:
I am 20 years old and have lived in the Midwest my entire life. When I was younger I danced, played softball and I was a cheerleader all throughout high school. Those scheduled workouts helped me to pretty much maintain my weight. I slowly gained weight in high school, but it was nothing noticeable. I would guess that I gained about 10 pounds from the start of my freshman year to the August before I started college.
I am currently a junior at Drake University, where I study Secondary Education. Hopefully one day I will be a high school English teacher. When I got to campus I joined a sorority and currently live in my chapter house, which I will stay in until I graduate. I spent my first two years living in the dorms, which meant dorm food. Now that I live in a sorority my meals are made for me Monday-Friday afternoon.
While the typical “freshman fifteen” wasn’t something I suffered from, I definitely gained weight over time and it was more rapid than high school. From the start of my first year to the winter break of my junior year I had gained almost twenty pounds. My weight gain wasn’t super sudden but comparing photos from my high school graduation to now was certainly startling for me.
Time for Change
When I got home from school for break I stepped on the scale in my bathroom and I knew I needed to make a change. I was 167 pounds, which at my 5’4 frame is overweight. I got a fitbit for Christmas and use the app to track my water intake and challenge myself to get at least 8,000 steps a day.
From December 25 to February 2 I had lost 10 pounds, but I’m not done yet. My goal is to be around 140 pounds or to a point where I feel comfortable in my body by the end of summer. I want to build my strength and cut down on the fat areas in my body. It’s always going to be natural to have some amount of fat, especially as a woman. My problem is that I have too much and was too comfortable eating junk food to realize that I was setting myself up for a lifetime of health problems.
What have I been doing?
I went to the gym almost every day of January. Currently, I try to go at least four times a week now that classes have started again. I dramatically increased my water intake. My biggest achievement was probably making sure that I was eating when I was actually hungry not just when bored.
My snacks have switched from what ever is near by to protein rich foods. If I eat something that is really carb heavy I try and balance that out with some high protein snack. I also balance out my fats to make sure that even though I am eating fatty things they are good fats.
At the end of the day
The most important thing for me from a food standpoint is that I’m not limiting myself or punishing myself. I’m in college. There are going to be days where nothing sounds better than pizza or french fries. I shouldn’t punish myself for not sticking to a diet. It’s just important that I don’t let my entire weekend be pizza.
I’m not perfect, but as long as I work on myself continuously, I’ll be happier in the end. This isn’t some fad, this is my life and I want to make it the best it can be. I don’t have any clear picture of what “fit” is but that’s probably for the best. I just want to feel good and be comfortable in the skin I’m in.
Thanks for reading, let me know if you have questions or want to see me write about something specific. See you next week!