20-Somethings - The Freshman 15... Well, 25...

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06-05-2009, 02:06 AM
I am nineteen years old, and about 25 pounds overweight. I am six feet tall, and used to be about 175 when I was running track in high school, feeling slender and excellent, but not COMPLETELY where I wanted to be... but close. During the AP test crunch in junior year, I started gaining weight, and during senior year I had a car accident that injured my knee, preventing me from continuing with track. Then senior summer...and freshman year (beer, pizza, burritos, very little time spent in the gym), and here I am at 190! My back muscles became so weak that with my tall height, I have thrown out my back several times (once during finals!). I have lost so much muscle mass and gained so much fat! How did this happen? How does weight just creep onto your body like that?

Well, here goes. My goal is to lose at least fifteen pounds, and build muscle mass, in order to prevent back injury. I'd truly like to goal at 30 pounds, bringing me down to 160. It's going to be a rough journey... and I know there are other college students out there feeling the same burn. Anyone have any advice, empathy, suggestions? Thanks in advance!

06-05-2009, 03:12 AM
Yep, but I just graduated. I gained 20-25 pounds in college and have been "trying" but failing to lose it. I am opening a gym membership for the first time, hopefully tomorrow. Maybe that will kick start it officially!

06-05-2009, 10:15 AM
I think it's really great that you're doing something about it now. I gained about 15 pounds every year of college, so by the end I had gone from 145 to 205 (I had been around 190 through some of high school). I think it's totally fine to gain weight, but I wish I hadn't waited until after college to take responsibility and try to get healthy again.

Good luck!

06-05-2009, 10:27 AM
I'm 19 too and though I didn't pack on the freshmen fifteen, I did gain back the ten pounds I lost over the summer. And of course I still needed to lose about ten more on top of that to recover from my senior year summer when I gained 20 :/ So I understand.
Just find a plan that works for you, I'm currently doing the men's health abs diet (it's for women too) and jillian michael's 30ds and have lost 9 pounds in my first month. It took me all of last summer to lose that, so I'm obv doing something right. But there a lot of dietary and exercise options out there! Happy losing :]

06-05-2009, 10:37 AM
Oh, the other thing is, if you don't already see a chiropractor, I would suggest making an appointment. A chiropractor can probably give you some great exercises you can do to build up strength in your back which will make it easier to work out which will make it easier to lose weight.

06-05-2009, 10:59 AM
I would see an orthopedist instead of a chiropractor. I know a lot of people swear by them, but they're not "real" doctors - they don't go to medical school, etc. and at your young age, your body (especially your spinal cord) is still growing and developing. An orthopedic doctor would have the best advice without hurting yourself.

06-05-2009, 11:11 AM
I am 20 years old and going into my senior year of college....I am not technically "overweight" but I need to lose at least 15lbs to be where I want to be, for my height. I also have a weak back, which does not help me every time I try to do crunches and similar exercises...but little by little we can build our strength up! :)

06-05-2009, 11:21 AM
I am 20 years old and going into my senior year of college....I am not technically "overweight" but I need to lose at least 15lbs to be where I want to be, for my height. I also have a weak back, which does not help me every time I try to do crunches and similar exercises...but little by little we can build our strength up! :)

Awww, a Doogie.

I'm a Doogie too.

06-05-2009, 11:27 AM
I hear you on the college weight gain. College is terrible about that. I even tried to get better, but I still gained weight. Now I'm busting my rear and finally showing some improvement.

When I left for college I was somewhere between 165 and 175 and happy in a size 12. I just finished my junior year at 230 and a size 18, pushing a 20. I've already dropped 5 pounds, though, and my pants are fitting better, so I'm going to drop this weight. :)

My advice would be to do it now. I wish I would have tried harder when I was still in your place with 20-30 pounds to lose. Not like 70 to get back down into a healthier range. -_-;

06-05-2009, 11:39 AM
It's been a while since college but I can certainly empathize! I was about 175 when I started and by the time I left I was 215. The first 20 came off easy once I got away from the party scene and started to eat normal home cooked foods again and not drinking every night. I would suggest that your diet be the first thing you tackle. Other than that you have a good game plan with the exercise! Isometrics would really help with developing those core muscles that support your spine.

Good luck! :D Looking forward to having another tall girl here! :D:D:D

06-05-2009, 12:24 PM
Hey honey!
A lot of us feel your pain. I'm pretty short, so I walked in at 140, being just a little teensy bit chubby.. and got up to 176 at one point...! I finally walked out at 160, but... for someone of my height, that's a significant difference. :(

Having the athletic background you do will be helpful! Stick around, 3FC is a great motivator to get'er'done. ;) We'll be keeping tabs on you along the journey! Welcome! :)

06-05-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks so much to everyone! I started keeping a journal on ShapeDietPlan exactly one week ago, and have been tracking down all of my calories, usually consuming about 1400 a day. Honestly, I don;t feel like i'm doign that much with my diet - i'm just eating right! My mom is an awesome cook and uses very little fats/oils, but a lot of nonfat dairy, lean meat, and whole grains. Oh, and a lot of veggies! I've also been going to a gym that offers Les Mills fitness classes, so I've been going BodyFlow (yoga/pilates/taichi) and BodyPump (circuit training with weights), and I try to log a half hour of cardio and do some weight training for my back.

So far I'm seeing some ab definition and have some awesome bicep muscles, and my back and shoulders feel so much stronger! I haven't lost any weight/inches yet, but I'm not ready to give up just yet :)

Thanks to all of you for your support; I can't wait to comment/receive comments about everyones' journey. Let's DO THIS!!

06-12-2009, 09:32 PM
bluebird19, picturemeperfect, preppingbride, I'm starting to freak out here. Is there something significant about entering college at 175? I too was 175 through most of high school and it was when I went to college that I said the freshmen 35 and got to 212. So many of us seemed to enter college at 175... it's just kind of funny.

06-12-2009, 10:35 PM
I totally feel you. I was never athletic, though, just in control of my eating. It's tough! I have back problems too (minor scoliosis) and I go to a D.O. (doctor of osteopath). They go to medical school are are "real doctors" but also have chiropractic training. That way, they can give you good advice and adjust you!

06-17-2009, 08:17 PM
College is the best time of your life, but not good on your body. I totally sympathize with you! I gained the freshman 15, then the turning 21..20. The atmosphere is really hard. Just try to give yourself a balance. The college I went to had classes you could sign up for and it was like $50 for the an entire semester--I really stayed in shape getting a friend to go with me for a class we both enjoyed. I just got into Pilates and if you have the chance to get a one on one it will really help support muscles to help those injuries.

06-17-2009, 08:21 PM
It's so good to hear how motivated you are to get rid of the extra weight NOW!! :carrot: I just want to echo what others are saying and nip it in the bud at 25lbs over!! I waited until over 100lbs overweight to do anything!!! You can do this!!

06-17-2009, 11:45 PM
It's good that you're doing a class with pilates. I've had chronic back problems since I was 16 when I pulled my back. I saw an orthopedist, but after taking an x-ray, he just gave me pain killers and recommended physiotherapy. I did physio for a while and it helped a little but I finally decided to see a chiropractor and it was almost like an instant fix.

I've been seeing a chiropractor regularly since then, but I started taking a pilates class 2 years ago and it has seriously helped with my back pain by strengthening my core muscles. I rarely go to the chiropractor now.

But if you're just starting out with pilates, I would recommend you go somewhere where you can get some one-on-one help at first because it's so easy to hurt your back if you do an exercise incorrectly (if you're following a video or in a large class).

06-21-2009, 04:58 AM
I am back from my first year of college.
I gained about 10 pounds but i could afford to loose 0 pounds.
I wanted to go back a new person but it doesnt look like its going to happen seeing I have less then 2 months home but i think thats okay. if i start at home and get a routine going i think i can do it. i am only 5 feet and weight 183 pounds. i have always been athletic and rather muscular but i have definitly seen my muscles getting smaller. it makes me sad i dont play a team sport anymore as i did in high school but maybe all the support here can help.

06-22-2009, 03:16 AM
Just finished college, but boy do I know where you're coming from! My first 2 years I ate so poorly and did so little, I gained about 20/year, and my back suffered accordingly. Sometime after, I still didn't eat as well as I should have, but I went to the gym a lot and walked at least 3 miles a day, sometimes jogged, and got down to my lowest weight.

It's important to make sure you don't screw up your back further though, it really sucks to feel like just moving around a bit is enough to cause you back pain.

Then I got sick and was put on prednisone, and the combination helped me gain it all back. I think the main thing is to remember that you probably don't need as much pizza/whatever (a big problem for me! the local place was delicious...) and to find a way to work in exercise. For me, it was walking, because I was stressed out and it calmed me down in the evenings and allowed me some "me time" to think things over.

I remember my aunt telling me about the freshman 15 and thinking it was a joke, I was so athletic in high school, on the cross country team etc. that I thought I couldn't possibly gain weight in college. Boy was I wrong! Between stress and more access to fatty, high calorie foods, you really need to pay attention.

06-22-2009, 11:38 AM
I agree that you really DO need to pay attention, but I also think people should try to make the Freshmen 15 sound absolutely inevitable. Yes, if you don't watch what yiou eat and start pigging out too much now that no one is around to tell you no, you WILL gain weight. But if you already have a reasonable attitude about food and don't go crazy when you get to college, there is absolutely no reason the Freshmen 15 HAS to be unavoidable. I think it's all about AWARENESS.