It’s finally here. I wish I were more excited but really I’m just anxious because none of my friends are in my college. I’m at least happy that my family and best friend will be there! Here goes nothing!
Also it’s way to early in the day for this
Obligatory Ash Wednesday Post
So for Lent I have given up Starbucks and at 1pm I’m already struggling. I do it every year but it never gets easier. I’m also going to commit to doing yoga every day which will also be a challenge but I’ll do it. It’s also midterms week so I haven’t been posting much but I’ll be back!
How to Stay Healthy at College?
Many of us fitblrs are broke, college students and one thing we struggle with is balancing our school work, a social life, and a healthy lifestyle. What are some ways to make this work?
It can be tough but it definitely is manageable! College is the time when you are finally out on your own, free to make your own decisions and your own rules. Living a healthy lifestyle in college does not have to be hard though and it does not require hours of preparation! The main key is to key a fairly consistent schedule! Get into the habit of making certain meals on a certain night of the week, going grocery shopping, etc.
How to eat healthy while at college:
- Keep lots of things prepared. I usually make pasta on Mondays (since I don’t have late classes that day), I buy bags of veggies that are microwavable, I have apples & PB, which make a quick&easy snack, I have chips & salsa for another quick and easy snack, etc. Find foods that are easy for you and don’t require a lot of preparation!
- Pack little bags or containers of snack the night before. This way when you are running late to class the next morning you can grab one and go!
- Keep a budget. Since many of us do not have a ton of extra money, limit yourself each week. I have a set grocery list and it is typically $50 per week. I get lots of fresh fruit and veggies, peanut butter, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce(which is the cheapest meal ever), and some snacks.
- Limit yourself to eating out a few times a week. Don’t go out too often, it is cheaper and healthier to cook for yourself! Instead invite your friends to come over and cook a healthy dinner! You can make it fun!
- Find healthy options for when you do go out. There is almost always a salad, a veggie side, whole wheat options, etc. Even if you just switch the fries for veggies and keep your normal meal the same that is still a healthier option!
- Go for water. Wherever you are get a water. Skip the soda or whatever else. Water is the best option there is! I always have at least one of my camelbacks with me! Make a habit of taking water with you!
How to keep up with exercise:
- Walk. A simple way to get in your daily exercise is to walk! Walk around campus between classes and walk to your class! That is a great way to get in some easy exercise!
- Go to the gym! Most colleges have a gym- take advantage of this and GO! You get a free membership (covered in your tuition) and tons of free classes! My gym has tons of different sports going on, equipment, and classes! There is always something for everyone!
- Fit it into your schedule. If you are a morning person or you don’t have classes until the afternoon then go before class! If you prefer your workouts between or after classes then go then! Make it part of your daily routine though! You will be more likely to stick to it!
- Find a workout buddy! This will not only help you to keep up a social life but it will also motivate you to go to the gym! It is easier to tell yourself you are too lazy to go to the gym but when someone is planning to go with you you feel more guilty if you say no simply because you don’t want to!
How to keep up your education:
- Find a study buddy! You can study together and work on homework together! Sometimes it can be more distracting but other times it can be motivating!
- Go to class and do your homework!
- Find a tutor or talk to your teacher if you need help!
How to maintain a social life:
- Get involved! Figure out which clubs you want to join and join a few! Not too many because it is better to be highly involved in a few groups rather than not too involved in tons of groups. Organizations are a great way to meet people with similar interests as you!
- Find your group of friends. This can be one person or 20 people. Whoever you want and like but make sure they are good friends to you and stick with the ones who stand by your side through everything! You may not be close with your roommates but you can meet people anywhere! There are so many opportunities in college!
- If you aren’t into partying don’t worry! Like I said before- find your group of friends! If they are into partying then look for a few others who aren’t and hang out with them on the weekends! Go shopping, have a movie night, something low key and enjoyable!
How to stay sane in college:
- College can be a stressful time and it can be hard for many people. If you are struggling I urge you to seek help! Many colleges offer free counseling if you need to go and talk to someone! If you are struggling talk to a counselor, a friend, or anyone you trust.
- Be involved. Being involved helps you to stay active and not cut yourself out of society and let yourself fall into depression. It is hard being away from everything and everyone you know. But you cannot let yourself be alone during this transition! Everyone is going through the same thing and looking for friends as well! Get through this time together!
- If college is stressful or the workload is too much then consider taking fewer credits! It is better for you to feel organized and understand what you are learning, rather than BSing your way through college for grades. The knowledge you gain will be very important in your career.
- Get a agenda/planner and organize your weeks. Help yourself figure out what you need to do and when so you don’t get stressed or overwhelmed last minute when you have so much piled up to do!
- Set time aside to do something you love everyday! Remember to have fun!
College is a great time! Remember to make the best of it! Have fun, do well, stay safe, enjoy yourself, and live your life!
By toethefinishline (:
February 20, 2014
Wake up with the sun
I’m proud that I’ve stuck to getting up early and doing yoga but this weekend will be a bit of a challenge because I have a lot of appointments and people staying at the apartment. Challenge accepted!
I’m currently sitting in the kitchen floor babysitting the dishwasher because it went on the fritz yesterday and tried to throw an impromptu foam party. My life is so exciting
September 12, 2013
Reblog if you’re a fitblr/healthblr/yogi and you’re at Uni/college!
I need motivation from people who have to struggle with the workload and still find time to be motivated. Will check out all of you.
September 12, 2013
I’m an adult aren’t I?
I’m a 21 (almost 22) year old woman in my final year of college and for some reason my professors still don’t think I’m qualified to decide when I’m too sick to attend class. So, today I got up and sniffled/shivered my way through 4 classes. The professors don’t care if you’re learning or even awake, so long as your body is in the chair you can pass for the day. Do you want to know why we all get sick? Because you force us to attend class and spread our germs. What does this accomplish?! And can someone please tell me why in high school I was qualified to decide when I was too sick to attend an entire day of school but as a senior in college with a 3.5 GPA I’m not qualified to decide that I’m too sick to attend one class?!
September 5, 2013
In An Effort to Focus More On The Positives:
these past few days have been stressful ones for me and my IBS just doesn’t do stress. so, in an effort to focus on the positives and hopefully get some sleep tonight, I’m going to list the high points of my day and what I’m excited for tomorrow!
- I went for a run in the neighborhood with my mom this morning and I didn’t get winded at all
- While running errands I found out that there’re not one but two new Starbucks being built in my area
- My boyfriend has been trying to help me in every way possible and even (jokingly) said he was going to hire a “feng shui guy” to arrange the furniture in my new apartment for me to help lessen my stress
- My friend volunteered to help me move and so did my mom so I don’t have to do it on my own anymore!
- Boyfriend and I had a long talk last night during which he declared that we’ll be married within three years (yes I know that’s still a long time but that doesn’t keep me from girl-ing out about it!)
Love these workouts! Spamming workouts since I’m getting ready for Vegas
I also love these workouts because they can be done in a dorm room or apartment where you don’t have much space or machines to work with!
I’m so much healthier at school
Because at school I eat when I’m hungry and I eat the right amount to give me the energy I need for the day.
At home, I eat out of boredom, annoyance, stress, because I’m tired, because something caught my eye, and because my mom made dinner and heaped my plate and I was raised to eat every bite or not leave the table.
I think this last point is a key issue when it comes to the relationship we have with food in this country. How many of us heard, “you can’t leave the table until you eat every bite” or, “eat everything on your plate, don’t waste food” or even, “eat every bite because there are children starving in Africa”? I know I heard all variations of this. The problem is, we are taught as very young children to ignore what our bodies are telling us about food and hunger. We are born with an instinct about when to eat and when we are full. Babies cry when they’re hungry and stop eating when they’re full. Then suddenly, when we learn language, we are no longer trusted to know when we are hungry or full and made to eat everything we’re given, hungry or not, “or else.” Does anyone else see the problem here? This is why, I believe, so many of us have to re-learn how to properly feed our bodies, something that should really just be a natural instinct.