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August 3, 2010 9:33 AM
In a month Im going back to school and I'm scared because... I'm living far far away from the campus gym, i have no idea what the nutritional facts are in the dining hall food, last year I drank 3 days out of the week.. up to 14 shots anight.. 1400 calories... that scares the crap out of me cause i can only eat 1200 a day.. my boyfriend is there and he is so laid back he makes fun of me for losing weight or trying to because that's "vain" and he likes me the way i am.. and all my friends are super skinny and gorgeous and I hate comparing myself to them but it's inevitable. Just a rant.
  1559156
August 3, 2010 9:41 AM
ugggh i feel the same way.. my freshman year last year i actually started off losing weight.. twenty pounds.. bc i kept myself so busy and i wasnt even using the gym.. but by the end of the year i was getting stressed and gained back 25 pounds.. awwesome.. i even went to the gym too but i couludnt control my calories haha.. well the good thing about my school is it has the calorie and nutritional value on almost every food.. but idk how accurate that is.. do you have meal plans at your school? bc that could help, im doing only two meals/day this year so i wont be eating as much.. heyyyy well good luck
  1550585
August 3, 2010 9:46 AM
My school had a bunch of healthy options:

salad bar
turkey burgers
sandwich station
soups
steamed veggies
sometimes grilled chicken
omlete station (for bfast)


I suggest, take up running and track your distance run and the time it takes you to complete it. You can log your cals burned by how fast you were going (mph wise).

If I were you, I would keep with the make your own, type foods in the dinning halls. Do you have any of that stuff I mention above at your school?
  167401
August 3, 2010 9:47 AM
OK - I am not a Mom - or a "prude" but you are 19 years old. Isn't 14 drinks in one night dangerous? I used to party in college too but it was beer or cheap wine - and perhaps only 2 or 3. So - cut the major drinking out and save yourself and calories!

Enough about that - you know what to do. Ignore those who are telling you NOT TO GET HEALTHY. Just say "Hey" - I want to be healthy so cut it out!

I would bet your could pick the healthy items out of the cafeteria - and I know they have them because I recruited from colleges for many years.

Light Yogurts
Eggs or egg beaters
Canadian bacon over bacon, sausage, etc.
Grilled or broiled anything
Lots of veggies but not those in butter
Salads with the low calorie option dressing (bring your own if you have to)
Fresh Fruit
Healthy grains like brown rice, quinoa
Sweet potatoes - or white potatoes (roasted with herbs- no butter)
Water, Iced Tea, some Coffee - no sodas or sugar (OK maybe a diet soda or two a week)
No fast food

Good luck - don't be scared of those bullies! Take care to be safe!
Edited by 4lafz On August 3, 2010 9:51 AM
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August 3, 2010 9:48 AM
Ah, the days of being a college student. Actually, I'm still a college student- but I've got 2 kids, so I'm "adult learner" now, even though I'm only 26. Anyway, here are my suggestions and what I tried to do while I was living on campus- 8 years ago (not THAT makes me feel old!).

Salads! You can fill up on all kinds of good veggies, and it's a low calorie option.

Drinking? Just don't do it. Find other fun things to do at night, that will help you stay away from alcohol. It's empty calories, and just not worth it. It will also save you some money, if you're drinking at bars. If you want to go to a party, drink water with a splash of fruit juice to give it some flavor. You can have fun without the alcohol.

Exercising- Put some added weight in your backpack, or strap on some ankle weights and go for a walk. It might look silly, but do some lunges while walking up and down the hallway with weights in your hands.
  1564146
August 3, 2010 10:28 AM
I go back in 3 weeks also and I'm pretty nervous! My school's dining hall isn't the greatest so I often went for the old stand bys - pizza & french fries. I was able to find a couple better options though. I started getting whole wheat turkey wraps, even though it meant I had to stand in a long line. I admit I didn't totally deprive myself of french fries (I could never) but I kept it to a very limited amount, and didn't go back for more. Also I suppose this depends on your school, but I stopped using a tray when getting food, since it made me able to carry so much more stuff! I only take what will fit on one plate. I also kept better options in my room for snacking, which I know is tough sometimes because its harder to keep fresh stuff. I liked Special K, Bagel Thins, & fruit cups. If the gym is really too far then try walking around campus, or workout DVDs that don't require a lot of space. Right now I'm doing the 30 day shred and I really love it, and you only need a set of 5lb hand weights and enough space to do a jumping jack, so I'll be able to stick with it when I go back to my tiny room on campus!

As for the drinking... obviously the best option is to not. However I know that when I go back I am probably still going to go out and party... it's college! I guess my best advice in this area would be to stay away from sugary drinks & maybe at least cut back. One thing I would say is definately don't skimp out on meals in order to save calories for alcohol... I know people that have done that and it never ends up well because its never good to drink on an empty stomach and you won't be getting any nutrition.

Good luck! smile
  1308466
August 3, 2010 10:33 AM
Thanks guys,
as for drinking.. i really don't see myself stopping. I dont drink really at home, but at school it's all there really is to do I guess. All my friends drink, and I go to one of the biggest party schools in new england. I need to budget my calories and try to only drink on friday and saturday. I think that if I eat less during the day then when i drink at night i wont need to drink as much.. resulting in less calories overall i guess. The good thing is that i live on the biggest hill in campus and i have to walk back up it after every time i eat and after class.. it sucks.. but its a good workout. thanks for you're suggestions guys, my school does have a lot of those options, but i think i really just like to know what is going into my food.. how it's prepared.. etc. I might just eat clear soups, sandwiches w/ turkey veggies on whole wheat.. and the vegetarian food they make is really good and light.. i think. My favorite thing they make is sushi.. but i dont know if that is even that healthy and def not that filling.
  1559156
August 3, 2010 10:36 AM
I graduated a few years ago and I know how hard it is to keep a healthy routine in college. My first year I gained weight, then I transferred schools and changed majors and lost 25 lbs due to stress and really poor eating habits and overexercising.

I know its not fun to sit and watch your friends drink and not participate. Switch to vodka with club soda (sparkling water), you'll only drink calories from the vodka (64 per ounce). You also tend to make bad food choices when you've been drinking, either late night food runs or morning hangover cures can be horrible for the diet, although sometimes a plate of eggs or breakfast tacos is a necessary evil.

How far away from the gym are you living? Are you living on campus? If you're living on campus, make the trek and include it as part of your workout, or if you're too far from the gym to walk there go run laps around the football field or track or something. If you're eating in the dining halls, it differs by school but they should have salad bars and other decently healthy options. Avoid anything processed.

If you're living off campus, find a cheap gym close by! I would be willing to bet that gyms will give you a student discount rate. And cook your own meals.
August 3, 2010 10:36 AM
heart yeah drinks are NOT healthy ... my college has a food court AAAHHH it'sli Mcdonalds and papa jones- pizza hut stuff !!! it'a hard but i try my best to resist smooched and if i want to buy anything i'd choose a salad or something ... sometimes i bring with me hommemade food heart ^_^ let's just try our best
  203303
August 3, 2010 10:51 AM
I was in military. While isn't college, during our training (formal education in electronics/aerodynalics for 2-3 years, not running around the forest field stripping weapons) we would eat as much as we wanted - like a sumo wrestler - in the mess, and, workout like crazy some time in the mornings. Yes, our days were structured to include this hourly workout because we'd then spend 7 hours in a classroom afterwards, but the thing is, it was working out, everyday.
It'd be things like going for a run, playing a sport, circuit training etc. Just something 5 days a week for 60-90 minutes.
Now, we'd also drink like you wouldn't believe. 14 shots was a warm up. We'd drink to passing out, 4-5 days of the week. The local college kids couldn't hang with us .... but they certainly tried to and prior to meeting us, would think they'd easily drink us under table LOL. The good old days. I guess they thought that that extra layer of lard would help then stay vertical longer..
Anyway, because our day was structured, it didn't matter how hung over we were, or how bad we were feeling, we'd HAVE to get up and go for that run. We didn't put on a pound either, we were fit as anything.
Now, once we finished our education, we'd go on squadron where the exercise portion of or lives, was basically entirely up to us. We didn't reduce our drinking and eating, but without fail, probably at least 70+% of us would reduce our exercise to the bare minimum (none ?). We put on weight basically overnight ..... which is what happened to me and 10 years later (after leaving military too), I decided to do something about it.
So, what I'm trying to say is. That there is absolutely no reason why you cannot go to college, eat and drink and generally have fun, and still stay in shape or work towards being in shape. Just encorporate an ounce or more of discipline, no matter how bad you are feeling, or what excuse you can make, get up and go do that exercise. You have time, it's not like you're in class 8 hours a day, and working another 8 hours, you can find that hour or so in a day where you go for a run, a swim, go to crossfit, do something high intensity. You can find the time and you can do it. It will also benefit you later in life because you'll know what it actually means to work a full day and have a life too. Time Management and Motivation. It's all up to you.
You can also watch your diet too. Stay on target as much as you can, and when you have a bender with alcohol or food, so be it, just get back on track as soon as you can. Don't necessarily dog yourself for doing it and then starve yourself to get back calaories, just start back on your healthy ways the very next meal. So long as you're trying and perhaps doing 80% good work with the 20% living life, you'll be in better shape than simply giving up all together.
August 3, 2010 10:56 AM
When you go out, prepare a salad to come home too. When I have been drinking, I always want to have some food at the end of the night, and its usually a pizza, that I dont really need. So I started to make a salad before I go out (bit of a hassle) and then when I get home eat that, am just as satisfied as I would have been with a pizza but saved around 1000cal!

Good Luck

smile
August 3, 2010 10:59 AM
I gained the freshmen 15 (literally), but lost it by sophomore year. In addition to changing eating habits and exercising, these things helped me lose the weight:

- NO drunk food. I always used to get pizza or some of the other horrible stuff on the way home from the bars.
- I used to be a beer person, but I switched to mixed drinks with diet sodas which is like less than half the calories of a beer
- I also was lazy and took the bus to class (we had a good bus system at school that took you almost anywhere on campus). I made myself walk a whole lot more
- Get to the gym!! I lived very far too my sophomore year, but think of that walk over as the warm up

It also helped that I was no longer in the dorms my sophomore year so I could make my own food. I know you said you live in the dorms but do you have a mini fridge? You can get some lunch meats, bread, cereals, etc, so that you're only eating dinner in the dorms.

Good luck!
  1495491
August 3, 2010 11:04 AM
QUOTE:

When you go out, prepare a salad to come home too. When I have been drinking, I always want to have some food at the end of the night, and its usually a pizza, that I dont really need. So I started to make a salad before I go out (bit of a hassle) and then when I get home eat that, am just as satisfied as I would have been with a pizza but saved around 1000cal!

Good Luck

smile




omg heidi thanks thats a really good idea. it reminds me of when earlier this semester when me and my best friend (skinny vegetarian 5'10" never works out blahhhh my thinspiration) were trying to save money on our drunk munchies and brought a tupperware box of pickles back from the dining hall and pigged out.. cant blame a girl.. haha
  1559156
August 3, 2010 11:25 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks guys,
as for drinking.. i really don't see myself stopping. I dont drink really at home, but at school it's all there really is to do I guess. All my friends drink, and I go to one of the biggest party schools in new england. I need to budget my calories and try to only drink on friday and saturday. I think that if I eat less during the day then when i drink at night i wont need to drink as much.. resulting in less calories overall i guess. The good thing is that i live on the biggest hill in campus and i have to walk back up it after every time i eat and after class.. it sucks.. but its a good workout. thanks for you're suggestions guys, my school does have a lot of those options, but i think i really just like to know what is going into my food.. how it's prepared.. etc. I might just eat clear soups, sandwiches w/ turkey veggies on whole wheat.. and the vegetarian food they make is really good and light.. i think. My favorite thing they make is sushi.. but i dont know if that is even that healthy and def not that filling.

As for drinking, since i started eating healthier and cutting back on my calories, i get super tipsy off like one drink, no joke. So it def helps in that department. And my thing is i drink clear liqour and mix it with like propel or something diet. Try to stay away from the beer! And jsut dance your booty off, so your burning cals at the same time! Also, stay away form the alcohol that is mixed with super sugery mixes(margaritas, pina coladas) and don't join in at the 3 in the morning jack in the box runs haha. And on sunday and monday lower your caloric intake a little bit, and drink plenty of water. Also before you pass out, drink a HUGE thing of water and take 2 asprins...perfect hangover cure!
August 3, 2010 12:25 PM
hahah do you go to umass?
  1550585
August 3, 2010 12:39 PM
I know how you feel last quarter I gained 15lbs in 10 weeks so not cool. However, you can't live THAT far from the campus gym. I live 45 minutes from campus and I still manage to make it to the gym. Just in the morning pack all your gym clothes up so its ready to go and change in the locker room. Be grateful you live close enough to go home and eat sometimes, I'm super jealous. Last quarter I was on campus from 8am-9pm mwf, with no place to go and make food. Talk about a diet disaster. Also with the drinking I'd cut it down to the weekends, plus sometimes its fun to just sit and watch all the drunkedness from a sober perspective. Just comfort yourself by knowing they are killing major brain cells and destroying their livers while you are not. Plus if you carry around a cup filled with some water or diet coke everyone will assume your drinking and no one will give you a hard time.
August 3, 2010 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

hahah do you go to umass?


hahah yea.. i figure its a big enough school to share this info without feeling creeped out
  1559156
August 3, 2010 1:36 PM
lol omg hahahaha i do too.. hahaha biggest party school in ne.. i was like hmmm.. must be umass
  1550585
August 3, 2010 1:47 PM
haha wow wait did u say there are nutritional values for the food? where can u find them? which dining hall do u usually go to? sorry if that wasnt ur post i have to double check
  1559156
August 3, 2010 2:05 PM
I start university (or college or whatever you call it) this year. I've chosen Self-catered accomedation because the food that they offered looked REALLY unhealthy when I went to visit (asin, the healthiest thing I saw was chips, other than the salad bar but that didnt have much choice). I think if I start out as I mean to go on then I should be OK with continuing my weight loss. (hopefully). I might even get some healthy cooking skills too!
  288385
August 3, 2010 5:20 PM
haaah yeah um the nutritional values are on pretty much every meal.. like theres a little sign.. and on the website go to dining halls then nutritional value and you pick the dining hall you want and it has the menu and calories and stuff.. i usually go to berk but it has the signs at all of the dining halls
  1550585
August 3, 2010 10:37 PM
wow i guess i never paid attention.. well im like obsessing over the menu.. you can plan out your meals the night before or even a few days before, select the food you're gonna eat, then it tells you the calories, and all nutritional values. this is awesome. i feel like i never planned what i wanted to eat before going to the dining hall so when i got there i was bombarded with tons of food and wanted all of it.. not i can figure out what i can actually eat and there are a ton of local options. i could even take the food list with me and enter it on mfp the night before and know that i'm on track. so cool. haha thanks so much
  1559156
August 3, 2010 10:55 PM
try bacardi and diet...its not bad...and very low in calories. I like to mix crystal light and vodka too, but they won't give you that at a bar! light beer isnt too bad either. Stay away from regular beers though, and sugary mixed drinks....and most of all...the drunk binge after!!! Im almost 30, and still earning how to party heAlthy lol
August 3, 2010 10:57 PM
If you can make Pina coladas and margaritas at home, try mixing with real fruit, and not a lot of mixer. that way u get your vitamins too! smile
Edited by lee112780 On August 3, 2010 10:59 PM
August 4, 2010 3:40 AM
What I did while I was in college (when I was my lowest weight 124): I didn't worry about calories so much as the content, making sure to eat lots of fruits and veggies and just let the rest happen. Then, I scheduled all my classes to have an hour break in between. That way, if I had homework, I could finish it right after class, and if I didn't I could go to the gym. And if they canceled my next class, back to the gym! Focus on being fit, and rest works itself out as long as your not going to the extreme with food.

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