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05-03-2008, 12:52 PM
Hey all, I just joined 3FC so I don't know if this has been recently posted.....but are there any college students here who are working towards losing that "freshman 15"??? :)

:book2: :cheer:

I'm a sophomore about to go home for the summer, and plan on hitting the gym every day (which I have made excuses not to do here at school) and shopping for my own, HEALTHY food that the dining hall does not offer. I have probably gained no more than 5-6lbs while at college, it's more of a lifelong process that has led me to the state I am now :( but I am ready to lose it ALL and start living healthy!

Anyone else out there who is in the process of working off that late-night pizza and those poorly chosen "study snacks"??


05-03-2008, 01:33 PM
Hi! I am definatly working off more than the "freshman 15" but i understand your struggle. You will find lots of support and amazing people here. I think you might like the group featherweights. Its a group for those who dont have a lot to lose or those trying to lose the last few stubborn 10-15-20 lbs. Good Luck!

05-03-2008, 02:35 PM
I went to college in 1998/99 and I'm working off my freshman 15, plus 60 more :lol:

Ok, but no really..I'm not in college, but lots of the girls here are!! I just wanted to welcome you and wish you luck :)

05-03-2008, 05:16 PM
I actually haven't gained much weight since I began college because I live at home (college is literally 2 blocks away, takes me about 5 to 10 minutes to walk there). It's more of a lifetime thing, gained over the years when I was in my early teens. I'm now 19, going into my 3rd year in September and will be 20 in November, and before my 20th birthday, I would love to completely be where I should be, weight wise.

Good-luck and welcome!

Zen Pharmacy
05-03-2008, 05:53 PM
I'm definitely working off the undergrad/grad school 60 lbs.

Professional school likes to keep you so busy, there's no time to eat. Too many case studies and textbooks to read.

05-03-2008, 05:58 PM
i'm finishing up my first year of college. i didn't really gain the freshmen 15, but i'm definitely working off the fat that has been on my body for waaaay too long!

good luck! i know you can do this!

05-03-2008, 06:49 PM
I am also working off the freshman + rest of college + first couple of years out of college 60. Let me tell you it's a blast.

I feel like it just takes readjusting. Freshman year was a shock and I gained weight, but then I got into a routine and lost some of it. Then I turned 21 and with all of the alcohol I gained weight, and once again got into a routine and lost some of it. Notice I say some and not all, after I graduated college I had gained about 30 pounds from what I was in high school. Now that I'm on my own and living in the city and working I am drinking and eating like there's no tomorrow, thus another 30. I just need to find my new routine I guess...

05-04-2008, 07:13 AM
I've been at City College off & on for 7 yrs now :fr:. I'm actually working off the high school weight :o. Anyway Welcome!

05-04-2008, 07:47 AM
I also gained and lost weight during college. I am trying to find a nice balance now that I am in medical school. I feel like I need to live and convey a healthy lifestyle to my patients. :cool:

05-04-2008, 02:37 PM
I'm also finishing up my sophomore year of college. I need to lose a little more than the "freshman 15," but I'm getting there!

Good luck everyone, and welcome to the site, Kitegirl24.

05-04-2008, 02:46 PM
At the end of my sophomore year of college, I was 250 pounds, up from the 224 I entered college with.

Then last summer I decided to change my life and ended up pretty close to 200 at one point early in the fall semester, but eventually bad habits came back and I am now at 220-ish....so I have about 20 pounds to get back to what I was earlier in the year. Blah.

05-05-2008, 12:16 AM
I would say I probable weight like 225 when I started college in 2001 (maybe less) and when I graduated in 2006 I weighted 300. So on a good note I've lost all of my college weight but I still have a lot more to go. It is hard to stay healthy in college (drinking, dorm food, fast food) but with a plan and a goal you can do it. I'm in law school now and losing and keeping it off. I really think losing weight was the best carrer decision I could have made, I think people take me more seriously, I get more opportunities, and I am just more confident.

I don't know where you go to school but I wish I had taken advantage of all of the things my undergrad offered to stay healthy, IM gym classes, for credit gym classes, low cost gyms, free nutritionlist, ect. You should look and see what your school offers.

Good Luck!!!

05-05-2008, 05:25 AM
Kitegirl24, Welcome! You will deff find plenty of current,former college students who can share your pain and frustration! There are also just plenty of 20-somethings who are great and supportive! I entered college at about 215-220 and i'm not up to 258. I gained more than that frosh 15 but you can deff work it off! I highly recommend packing snack or lunch if you are stuck on campus all day. Eatting on campus can sometimes be tricky and before you know it your eatting something that isn't that great. Good luck, you'll like it here!
p.s. working out at schools allows you to get a boost before you have to study.

05-05-2008, 06:46 AM
3 years after finishing uni....
im still working off school, college n uni weight....

05-05-2008, 08:22 AM
I graduated school in 2006 and I'm working off the 50 or so pounds I gained after my freshman year. I moved off campus which probably a huge mistake in terms of my weight management because I just drove through fast food joints for breakfast, lunch, and dinner instead of taking my time to decide a healthy option from the Resident Cafeteria. I went from 176 to 224 in about a year and a half!

Heading into grad school, I hope the walking helps me out! Welcome to the forums and good luck with your lifestyle changes. :carrot:

05-06-2008, 12:19 AM
I just finished up my first year of college, and while I did eat healthy most of the time and went to the gym regularly, my main studying snack was a 10 mcnugget meal with a diet coke and a double cheeseburger from McDonalds, and I was an avid snacker on chocolate. In total, I gained about 30 pounds during my first year of college.

Anyways, good luck with your weight loss, and welcome :D

05-06-2008, 04:25 AM
hey college people, im just about to start my exam season, diet is in week 2, and im starting to feel the pressure. i cant imagine its good to be on a diet when your stressed, i never loose weight when im stressed out, weird that.
anyone else in the same boat?>

Zen Pharmacy
05-06-2008, 08:24 AM
Oh yes, I'm there with you.

Our ASB officers are so "helpful" and put out a veritable buffet of snacks in our student lounge during finals week. There are cookies and cinnamon rolls and popcorn (the really buttery kind) and candy galore. If you're there early enough you can get some of the healthy things like fruit and granola, but we're talking like 6 am early.

05-06-2008, 09:15 AM
i know u probably loose more cals when u study, but why do cravings go up? i guess maybe any form of comfort in a time of stress???
last night i think i was near to melting point. i just felt like giving up on everything. i felt like i understood nothing. but oh well im bak on it today :-s
anyone got any helpful tips for remaining positive and keeping your metabolism working for your diet, mine slows with stress...eek!

05-07-2008, 02:44 AM
anyone got any helpful tips for remaining positive and keeping your metabolism working for your diet, mine slows with stress...eek!

I totally understand school stress. I'm finishing up my third year of dental hygiene, and apparently dental students/professionals have the highest rate of suicide and substance abuse... and really over eating is a form of substance abuse.... hence my 30 lb weight gain in the last 3 years!!

This is probably a really annoying answer to your question (cuz a few months ago I would have told myself to screw off) but I just finished up exams and I really found that the exercise I added in really helped my stress levels in comparison to the past when I wasn't exercising. Even a 20 minute run will give you enough endorphins to chill out and boost your metabolism. I swear, cuz most of the time when I was studying I had to almost drag myself kicking and screaming to run, but when I was done I felt like a million bucks.

And for study snacks (a MUST) I go for bulk with the lowest calories:
-Popcorn, veggies, fruit, dry cereal, yogurt and berries, edamame beans
And then I always have a small portion of bad stuff to have a bite of intermittently among the healthy snacks to satisfy the bad food cravings like cheese, 100 cal pack chips, chocolate chips... anything salty.

I hope this helps ;)

05-07-2008, 09:58 AM
I totally understand stress ruining a diet- stress the reason I am at the weight I am now. Last spring I studied abroad in Italy and was in the best shape of my life despite the huuuge amounts of pasta I was eating- walking and a mediterranean diet really do work I guess. Then I got back to my stressful life in America of senior year classes, studying for the GRE, and applying for graduate school and I gained 35 lbs. in three months. I went to the doctor and he said my high level of stress was putting my body into a crisis mode where I conserved all calories. That on top of some emotional eating and I blew up to 165 lbs from 130.

Now I've gotten into my #1 choice grad school (UChicago) and I am having a hard time feeling good about it because I am so depressed about my weight. My whole life I had gotten a lot of attention for being smart and sexy, but now I am having a really hard time with my self esteem. My boyfriend of 5 years has always been supportive of my dream to get a PhD, but even he admitted to me that he doesn’t feel attracted to me because of my weight gain. I move to Chicago in September and I want to be back to my highschool weight of 120 lbs. Sometimes it just feels so hopeless because I will eat 1000 calories or less a day for 2 weeks, exercise etc but then 1 or 2 meals at a restaurant seems to ruin 2 weeks of progress. If I eat more than 1000 calories a day I won’t lose any weight. Does anyone else have such a hard time losing weight due to stress? Any advice, support is appreciated!

05-07-2008, 11:44 AM
hey gradgirl, im sorry to hear life is hard at the mo. And its a shame that your boyf said such hurtful things to u , true or not, i think somthings should not be said. i guess ull just ave to use the negativity for motivation to keep going. I think what is getting me through is thinking it wont last forever, and when these next 4 weeks are over ill be preparing for a holiday abroad and a move ect, lots more stress but nice things to come out of it. You should deffinetly spoil yourself and treatyourself for your achievements, be that educational, fitness or weight loss. obviously in moderation and preferably not food related, but you deserve it. Need to realise you are doing great girl, and your doing all thr right things in life, just need to learn to appreciate what u have rather then what u dont have, because your weight can be changed. (what your doing) so be optimistic in that u have already taken the right steps. :-)

05-07-2008, 11:45 AM
oh and my metabolism freaks right out when im stressed no matter how little i eat, but im guilty for not wanting to exercise when stressed, so im really trying hard on that front. (although its so hot in the uk today i dunno how im gonna exercise and not die!!!)
but enough excuses, must go do some sort of exercise.!

05-07-2008, 01:49 PM
Stress eating is a case of eating to change the way you feel rather than eating becaue your hungry....as we all know eating causes a bunch of things to happen that relax your body.

I'm in this boat as well....gained 20 pounds this semester...senior year sucks