It is that time of the year again. School is here and that means a whole new group of babies on campus. That’s right, I’m talking to you freshman. Don’t take offense to being called “babies”, you will soon enough come to realize it is the best thing that has ever happened to you, you’ll want the baby lifestyle to stick around forever trust me.
Now back to it, being a baby on campus usually comes with the notorious “freshman 15” (scary I know), but I am here to tell you IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. You can 200% beat the odds if you begin with the right guide from the start. So as someone who loves herself some gym time with a side of cheesecake, I thought I’d share my top 5 very important tips to EASILY avoiding the freshman 15 (and 50 for that matter). With that being said here they are in order of importance (because you always save the best for last, aka why I was always last to be picked for sports teams ik)
#5: STOCK YOUR ROOM WITH HEALTHY SNACKS
If you live anywhere like the midwest, a majority of your time at school will be spent freezing your booty off and refusing to leave your dorm for (at this point in the year) a sloppy dining hall meal. This is when remembering to stock your room with a majority of healthy snacks (grapes, protein shakes, cheese, veggie straws, soups, etc.) is extremely important. Whatever you have available is what you’re going to be stuck eating because being cold vs eating healthy means healthy wins every time. *PS this does not mean no oreo thins, still buy those #fullysupported*
#4: DRESS THE PART
Overall this is a huge tip for everything in life, the way you dress has a huge impact on how you treat yourself. When you dress nice you feel better, when you wear a bikini you want to swim, so like wise when you wear your workout clothes, you’ll want to workout. I personally invest more into my workout clothes than a lot of my others just because I wear them every. single. day. There is no saying you can’t look cute + lift heavy weights at the same time. Look good, feel good.
#3: CREATE A ROUTINE AND STICK TO IT
The thing about college is, if you don’t set aside time for it, you won’t do it. I learned this the hard way. Maybe for me it wasn’t that I didn’t make time for the gym, but more for studying, but overall it’s an important situation to understand early on. The great part of college is that you have classes and that’s usually it (besides srat stuff & clubs). You go, you sit and listen, repeat, then for the typical freshman your day is done for. Everyones days are different, but if you are all in then you HAVE to grab that lily planner and pencil in that workout whether it’s a palates class or grabbing a friend to help keep you going do it because the best advice I have ever been given when it comes to skipping workouts is, “you are only cheating yourself“ so lets not be cheaters because they never win.
#2: IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO
No. This word is the biggest word that was stressed to me by my nutritionist. (Also if you’re a freshman @ PU I highly rec meeting with the school nutrionist at the wellness suite) When you go out with friends and you really aren’t hungry but you eat anyways, you know that feeling of grossness + being waaaay too full to function? It should not be that way. Listen to your body, if you aren’t hungry don’t eat. Just because there is food in-front of you I promise it is not screaming “eat me Ashley eat me” no matter how delish it may be. No one is going to be upset they don’t have to share their cheesy bread and your wallet can thank me later.
#1: EAT WHAT YOU LIKE
I cannot, cannot, cannot stress this to you enough, maintaining your weight in college does not mean you can’t indulge in that beautiful Saturday morning brunch bar you’ve been dreaming about since you got home last night. The key to still being healthy (for the most part) is understanding that a little bit of bad does NOT kill the good. You can eat literally anything you want (including those Wiley cookies ya boilers) as long as you stay within portions. No I’m not saying go crazy and bring a food scale to the dining courts, but use your brain a little so you can keep your body happy. We all know how my love for sweets is undeniable and the very last thing you want is a MAJOR case of food guilt. So eat the cookies and the pastas, but balance your heavy meals with a salad for lunch or a heavy workout to even out the give and take relationship.
*PRO TIP: IF YOU ARE EXTREMELY COMMITTED MAKE SURE YOU CATCH EVERY PLAUGE THAT SWEEPS ACROSS YOUR CAMPUS THIS WINTER FOR A GUARANTEED 10LB PLUNGE* (this is a joke don’t do that, stay healthy, take your vitamins please)
Freshman, you can do it I promise. Follow these 5 tips (if you want), be happy, go to class, drink some alcohol free spritzers and have a damn good time these next 8 months because it will be the best, worst, most amazing roller coaster of your life.
Until next time, stay sweet