The Freshmen 15 is something we were all told to watch out for when we first arrived at college. The dreaded weight gain associated with dorm food and the ability to do whatever we want whenever we want without parental supervision. I will be the first to admit that not only did I find the freshmen 15, it’s probably more accurate to say I found the freshmen 50. Over the time I spent at school I gradually got back to a point that wasn’t outrageously unhealthy, and found myself in a good place. What people don’t about is the second freshmen 15, the unspoken 15.
One year into my life in the real world I found myself ballooned up to a very unhealthy weight, I’ll keep the number to myself, but it effected every aspect of my life. If you want proof, take a look of the picture of me that goes up next to every one of my blog posts on the fraternity website. I think Sloth from the Goonies looks more attractive than I do in that picture, but it is what happens to many people as they dive into the real world. Work takes up a solid 40+ hours a week, trying to maintain a social life, a personal life, and a romantic life, who has time to eat well or go to the gym. I didn’t, that is for sure, so what was I to do?
I decided to take action, and for those of you about to leave school, or those who are still in school and notice the belt getting a little smaller, follow these steps and you will be just fine.
1. Water is your best friend, drink a lot of it, I have a Gallon water bottle that I drink at least once a day, sometimes twice.
2. Carbonated beverages are your worst enemy. I’m not saying don’t have a soda or other carbonated drink ever ever ever, but keep an eye on what you drink.
3. Keep a food log. It’s easy to snack and not think about it, but actually pay attention to what you eat and cut out snacking and you will be astounded what you have cut out.
4. Move. If you have a desk job, get out and go for some walks, on you lunch break is a good time to do that, or after work. I try to hit 10K steps a day, but I will be the first to admit I miss it some days.
5. Find time for the gym. I have a Planet Fitness membership and even if its 20 minutes on the elliptical quick after work, it’s better than 20 minutes on the couch.
6. Have someone you do this with. Having someone to keep you accountable is paramount for me, and I help keep them in line too!
By following these six steps I have lost 30 lbs in about 2 months. It isn’t easy and I wish that I knew 2 years ago what I know now, but we grow one step at a time, and every day is a new learning experience. I hope you guys read this and keep it all in mind as you start your own journeys into the “Real World.”