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

How to Survive Finals Week: A Day by Day Process

Happy Monday everyone!

This week, I will be posting each day about surviving finals week. Today is all about surviving Monday and preparing yourself for the rest of the week.

So, its finals week. I’m so done with school and homework and studying. But this is the most important week of the semester, I’ve gotta try extra hard this week and study my butt off and stay up late and survive on potato chips and coffee. WRONG!

Here are somethings you need to remember about finals week in order to come out of it alive and still human:

  1. Sleep is your friend, but consistent sleep is your best friend! It is necessary for your brain and your body to be in a consistent sleeping pattern this week. This means no staying up till 3AM cramming or watching Youtube (guilty). This also means no sleeping in till 3 in the afternoon. Figure out when your finals are and where and then create a sleep schedule. I suggest keeping it the same every night, but I understand if you a have a day or two between some of your finals. You should sleep  no less than 6 hours and no more than 8. Why? From personal experience, sleeping too little causes you to feel sleepy especially when sitting for more than an hour. Sleeping too much can also have to same effect and personally I think it’s even worse than sleeping too little. If you have trouble falling asleep, drink something hot before bed and study a little. Do not drink coffee (duh) try hot chocolate or I drink warm milk (nummy). 
  2. Food is good for the tummy and the grey matter. By grey matter I mean your brain. The very first thing you must do when you wake up is eat something! Before you shower, do make up, go potty or whatever else you do eat some food! Satisfying your hunger keeps one more thing off of your mind and helps your brain to concentrate on more important things like your stinkin’ final. It’s also rather embarrassing when your tummy growls like a lion in the middle of a dead-quiet classroom.
  3. Talk to your room mate to let him/her know when your finals are and when you plan to sleep and wake up.  There’s nothing like being woken up at 6 in the morning by your room mate stumbling around getting ready for their final. It’s especially nice when they were up till 4 studying with the lights on and music playing while your trying to get your 6-8 hours of Zs in. So talk to your room mate and figure out when each other’s finals are and when you plan on getting some sleep. If your room mate is like a stinkin’ ghost and you only see them maybe once a week, write your schedule on a card and tack it to your day. This also lets other people in your hall know what’s going on. (This picture really has nothing to do with talking to your room mate, I just thought it was cute!)
  4. It’s ok to have a cup of coffee before the final.  Caffeine helps to get you moving! Just don’t drink five gallons of the stuff. I also suggest chewing gum right before your final, especially mint gum. Mint helps to keep you awake, just don’t be that annoying person who brings hard candy to class and opens the plastic wrappers while everyone else is trying to take a test.

This is basically what you need to think about today. Now I’ll go through and tell you how I personally prepared myself for finals.

Over the weekend, I studied in shifts of an hour to half an hour. During my breaks I would do stuff like laundry or dishes to get my body moving around. Keep the blood moving! I took two hour breaks for lunch and dinner but my normal breaks were about an hour. You may not be able to study they way I do, but it’s good to consider taking time for yourself and do something not class related.

I went to bed around 10:30 and my final today was at 8AM. I woke up at 6:30 cutting it close to over 8 hours of sleep. I made myself some coffee, ate a breakfast bar and did not worry about make up or showering. I just put some sweatpants and a t shirt on and pulled my hair back so it didn’t annoy the heck outta me while I was bent over my test paper. If you have early morning finals, you don’t need to worry about taking a shower or putting on your make up. Just wait till you’re done with your final and then take care of all that jazz. If you have to look super good when you take your final with 20 other people who could care less how you look this morning, get up earlier.

After my final I had to work which actually turned out to be a good thing. Most people will probably go back to bed after an early morning final, but if you keep yourself busy with something you feel refreshed. I had planned on sleeping until noon after my final, but since I stayed awake I feel productive and good about myself. Plus, it gave me time to write this for you guys!

So that’s it for today, think about the points I mad earlier and prepare for your last week of the semester!

~J

No Need to Stress

Finally it’s the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing as how I only have not even a full week of classes left, I have decided that instead of stressing over grades and studying and what-not I’m just gonna try and relax. Yes, I will study for my finals but I can’t promise to put in 110% in my last days of classes. Luckily, my last day in most of my classes we are simply going over what will be on our final.

And you know what’s awesome? Only on of my finals is cumulative and we are allowed to use our handy-dandy notebooks on it! And seeing as how I have never skipped this class once and I take careful notes, I’m fairly confidant in getting a good grade outta that final. I’m actually really hoping I do cause I have a crummy overall grade in that class anyways : P My other two finals are in classes that I really like and in subjects that I’m actually good at (cough art history cough).

So I’ve basically decided that it’s too late to change anything and I can only keep going forward and planning ahead, like I said earlier this week “Keep On Truckin'”

Have a great weekend!

~J