The freedom when I first went to college felt amazing. I could nap when I wanted, go to class when I wanted, and eat whatever I wanted. So that’s what I did. I had (what felt like) an unlimited meal card and would pile as much junk food on my cafeteria tray as my heart desired. I fit into the typical college kid stereotype and easily gained the Freshman 15 (or maybe it was the Freshman 20?) in my first year.
My wake-up call was in the middle of my sophomore year and I couldn’t fit into my “baggy” jeans. I looked at where I had come since I graduated high school and decided I needed to change. Just because I can eat whatever and whenever I want, doesn’t mean I should.
The road back to a healthy weight and lifestyle is a very hard one. Only someone who’s actually worked to lose weight knows what I’m talking about. You almost have to reteach yourself how to eat — what kinds of foods are good for you, what nutrients you need daily to fuel your body, the combination of exercise to see results, and the discipline to stick with it.
Because a healthy lifestyle is so important, I have decided to start a little series called Wellness Wednesday. (I’m kind of stealing this brilliant idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Naturally Nina, who sadly no longer blogs.) This will be a weekly post on health, recipes, beauty, exercise, and anything else that may apply under the “wellness” umbrella.
I am no expert, but am excited to share more of my journey and hopefully hear from you on your tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Let me know if you have any questions or would like me to discuss any specific topic!
Did you gain the Freshman 15 (or 20!) when you went to college?