Staying Fit and Healthy at College: Day One

I’m sure you’ve heard of the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen”, where in your first year of college you gain about fifteen extra pounds. For me, I actually lost about twenty from all the stress and a really bad diet. Both of these are NOT good for me. A lot of other college students have these same problems it seems like. They either gain weight they don’t want or lose a lot of weight that makes them more unhealthy than before.

So I have decided that this year, I’m gonna try to get fit and stay as healthy as possible. And I’m gonna keep track of my progress on here and share my tips, trials, and errors with you!

Get Some Goals!

First off, a specific set of goals should be figured out. I mean, if you just start eating lettuce with ranch and jogging once around your dorm for a week and then quit, what’s the point? If you have a certain goal in mind, it helps to keep you motivated and on track with your plan to get healthy.

I made some sticky notes with a bunch of different goals I have, and not all of them are about losing weight or getting six-pack abs. I considered other things that also affect my overall health like stress and not sleeping. 

To start thinking of your own goals, think of three things that you would consider to be obstacles that you create yourself, both physically and mentally. For example, I’m REALLY good at procrastinating which is REALLY bad for school, and I also have issues keeping with something that I started. It’s fine if you have more than three, but don’t get too crazy!

After you think of obstacles, think of strategies to overcome those personal obstacles. Instead of wasting my time on Pinterest (my favorite past-time) I could be using my spare time to work on homework so I’m not up till 3 in the morning. And I can keep myself on track by setting goals (Ah-ha!) and keeping myself motivated.

Now think of ways that can help you to use these strategies and overcome your obstacles! Keeping in the theme of procrastination and perseverance, I plan to use available areas like the school gym and the library to help me from giving up on my goals and from procrastination.

Your main goal may be to lose 25 lbs but that’s a mighty big bite to chew. Break it down into several mini-goals with specific dates you want to achieve them and rewards you plan on giving yourself. I plan on getting my work done first, working out second and then treating myself when I finish with either a little dessert or a movie night. I have a specific goal of how many sit ups, push ups and squats I want to do easily and a date to go with it. I haven’t decided on a really good reward for that goal yet, but it’ll be awesome!

Let’s Get it Started.

So now you have goals with rewards and a deadline. How are you gonna do it?!

It all really depends on what your specific goals are, but researching methods online can really help. You can try basic things like sit ups, push ups and jumping jacks (like me) or if you have the time and money, you can attend classes at a local community center or YMCA. I suggest Zumba classes or some kind of dance-ercise class. It’s a lot of fun even if you feel a little silly at first. Plus, it doesn’t really even feel like a work out! If you do want to do something that feels like a workout, talk to a trainer and you can either work with them or ask them for some tips.

The best time to start a change is NOW! Make some time as soon as possible and GET ‘ER DONE.

The Plan…

Alrighty so here’s my personal plan to getting fit and healthy (so far). This “plan” will most likely change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t through trial and error. But BASICALLY, this is how it’s gonna roll…

The Munchies

  • breakfast: either a bowl of cereal or a protein bar
  • lunch: either, half a sandwich with some chips, a bowl of yogurt and granola, or some pasta and a side salad
  • dinner: WHATEVER I WANT! No really, whatever I feel like eating. But I’m only gonna limit myself to one serving of whatever it is.
  • desserts and sodas: only on the weekend or when I go out with friends (which is hardly ever)
  • liquids: fruit juices and milk

The Workout 

  • Monday: 10 push ups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg) and 80 jumping jacks + stretching
  • Tuesday: dance practice, 10 push ups and 20 sit ups
  • Wednesday: 10 push ups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg) and 80 jumping jacks + stretching, rest 1 hour and then repeat
  • Thursday: dance practice, 10 push ups and 20 sit ups
  • Friday: 10 push ups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg) and 80 jumping jacks + stretching

**This specific workout is planned by myself with the help of some research and personal testing. I made sure that I can physically do these things without hurting myself. PLEASE set your first workout schedule as something that is not too over the top hard. Start slow and work yourself up.**

Check back in tomorrow for my report for the day and for my tips to motivate yourself while you work out!

Stay positive and keep rollin’

~J

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My attempt to write a book

So here’s the story.

About two years ago I read an amazing series of books written by Shannon Hale beginning with a book entitled Goose Girl. It is a beautifully written tale of a princess’ fall from the throne and how she survived in secret from a murderous power-hungry girl who faked as the real princess. It is based on the Brother’s Grimm telling of “The Goose Girl”.  There are three other books that follow that are centered around a different character from Goose Girl, each with their own unique and inspiring story.

So I decided after reading those books that I would write my own book. Well, I hit a dead end, got busy and forgot about the whole thing. About a week ago I was cleaning out some old files from my laptop and found the first portion of my unfinished book. I started reading and then started editing and now I’m continuing to write more! My plot line has changed from the original idea, but I believe it’s for the better. So as soon as I have the first chapter written and edited I will post it up on here. I don’t know who actually reads my blog at all but maybe if just one person read it, liked it and shared it my writing could be taken seriously. I really miss writing for fun and college is starting to take all the fun out of writing anything.

Hopefully, I will get the first chapter up next week but we shall see what happens…

 

 

Mother Nature- Daily Seasonal Changes…

We all know about the tornadoes that ravaged parts of the country a few days ago, wiping out whole towns and causing devastation everywhere. I was in school at the time the first of the storms hit our area, and we were very lucky we were south of the worst of it.

The crazy thing is not that we were having tornado warnings in early March, but that about a day later I woke up to a snowy landscape outside my window. There was a heavy blanket of snow over everything, giving the feel of a winter wonderland rather than a recently-tormented-with-tornadoes mud spot. I walked to work singing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” under my breath, to my greatest dismay. Christmas was three months ago, and we didn’t have the idealized white Christmas that Bing Crosby sings about in his most recognized recording. Was Mother Nature hearing us celebrating an early spring and almost non-existent winter?

I like to think that Mother Nature sleeps during the snowy times, like she’s hibernating, and every now and then she feels like sleeping in and gives us a harsher winter. But then, much like this year, she decides that she doesn’t want to sleep in and stays up all season. In my head, I imagine this twelve hour snowy period as a nap for her. After all, she stayed up almost all winter! I know how it feels to pull a few all-nighters in a row, and a nap goes a long way.

To top off a week of strange weather, Mother Nature decided to tease us all with a cloudless sky and comfortable seventy-degree weather with a slight breeze. Maybe she’s energized from her nap the other day and is encouraging us to go outside and soak up the sunshine. Or maybe she has finally decided to get the spring season officially started. Or maybe she just feels like giving us a sunny day to enjoy life. No matter what her reason, I spent my free time out in the sun energizing myself and preparing for what is to come, be it tornado-like stress, snowy sleepiness, or sunny happiness. Everything in the universe has a voice, but you are the only one that can interpret it for yourself.