Weight Loss Support - Are there any college-aged ladies on here?




lumosmaxima
07-25-2010, 12:20 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm eighteen years old, and I finally stopped creeping around this site for one reason: to create an account and ask this question. I'm talking anyone from 17 to 20-something... any other young adults who are also struggling with their weight. I would love to meet more people who are trying to lose more than just five pounds (although, if that's what you're trying to do, more power to you, I'm just saying : P); especially when I'm about to leave town for school!
:hug:


Serbrider
07-25-2010, 12:23 PM
Not in college, but will be a senior this year. 17. I'm currently 211... started at 215... well... to be honest... almost three months ago. *hides face* totally embarassing that I've only lost four pounds since then. BUT... I'm trying to get back on track. I've been wanting to meet more people as well... hence my thread I recently made looking for an accountability partner.

I'm sure we're here... it's just all these... WONDERFUL... 40-something ladies are far more active. :p

(hehe... just kidding... there's a huge variety of wonderful people who are active... old and young)

girlonfire
07-25-2010, 12:59 PM
I'm 20(almost 21) and I've been on 3FC since I was 19. Even though you're 18, you are more than welcome to bop on over to the 20 somethings thread. I started posting there far before I was 20.

Nice to meet you!


FreeSpirit
07-25-2010, 01:10 PM
Hey! I'm 22. I don't have a lot to lose anymore, but I've come a long way! :)

Expunge
07-25-2010, 01:32 PM
I'm 19! I'm still living at home (finishing up gen. ed. credits at the local community college before I transfer), but I can definitely sympathize with the difficulty of losing weight while trying to deal with classes, homework, etc...

Good luck with your journey!

Avezy44
07-25-2010, 01:36 PM
I'm 19! Not in college but definitely college aged. haha

Krazy
07-25-2010, 02:35 PM
Hi lumosmaxima!

I'm 19, and going to be a sophomore in college in the fall. I don't have much more to lose but definitely more than 5 pounds.

Welcome! :smug:

lumosmaxima
07-25-2010, 02:59 PM
Hey guys!
This makes me so happy : ) I'm going to college in the fall, but I've been at boarding school for the past two years (junior/senior year) and it's definitely hard to keep going with the work while you're at school. These past two years have been all falling off the wagon and getting back on...
but now I've got about fiveish weeks before I go to college, and I'm determined to get myself together to be able to make healthy decisions in college. Anybody have any tips on this? My main problem is food - working out is generally not a problem (I actually enjoy it...).

My real name is Paige, btw : )

and congrats to everyone who has lost weight/working hard! You guys are SO inspirational!

neveragainbabe
07-25-2010, 03:41 PM
i'm 19!! sophomore in college! :) welcome!

duckyyellowfeet
07-25-2010, 03:46 PM
I'm 22 and I just finished my degree. But i'm still in school to get my teaching credential. And I clearly have more than five lbs left ;)

Good luck!

asharksrevenge
07-25-2010, 08:06 PM
We have a support forum here on 3FC for 20-somethings, many of which are college students. You can find great support and camaraderie there! I am also a college student (a graduate student) and a 20-something. So come on over and check it out!

www.3fatchicks.com/forum/20-somethings-56

Hamoco350
07-26-2010, 03:25 AM
Hey, chick! I'm 19 (soon to be 20 in August) and I am about to graduate with my Associate's in Business.

If you need to talk, just IM me. :)

carosmith14
07-31-2010, 12:11 PM
Hey girls! I'm 21 and just finished undergrad and am currently getting my masters! I JUST STARTED this 3FC/my workout program, and thus I have about 70 pounds to go! I'm getting married next May (9 months), so I have some big motivation to lose this stubborn weight once and for all.

I was always the heavy girl in school, and it sucks even more to be unhappy with yourself throughout college. GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU girls that are trying to lose it before/during your college experience. Don't gain that freshman 15!

Let's tag team up and motivate each other. I'm a little older than some of you, but it doesn't matter because we all have one goal: to lose weight.

We've got this!

carosmith14
07-31-2010, 12:13 PM
Sorry for double posting, but I have a question for Hamoco:
I see that you've lost 72 pounds! GOOD FOR YOU! Can I ask you these questions: how long did it take you, do you have any before/during/after pics that you'd be willing to share, and do you have your eating/working/dieting schedule that you'd be willing to share? I'm still in the market for ideas on how to finally lose this weight, and I could use all the help I can get!

Congrats! -Caroline

oodlesofnoodles
07-31-2010, 01:25 PM
I'm 20 and in college, pre-nursing. :)

Welcome to 3FC! You've found yourself a really good support system here. I've found it to be a little challenging losing weight while in college. Everyone is about late night Mexican food runs and parties on the weekends. I've had to completely avoid a lot of social gatherings just because I know if I go I'll drink or eat junk food. It's worth it though!

AshleighAO
07-31-2010, 01:39 PM
I'm 23 but a junior in college (took me a while to settle :p) anyways, I found college to be so hard to stay on track! I was working and in school and in my free time I studied and got around 5 hours of sleep night. Needless to say I wasn't working out and making terrible diet choices. So I have worked on this summer making exercise a part of daily life so when my schedule gets busy it won't feel like something I am adding on top of everything else, but rather something I am used to doing everyday and making my other life happenings fit around it.

But you said exercise wasn't an issue for you, so I would just focus on making sure you think about what you are eating. I know it's not easy when lessons and tests are occupying your mind. I decided this year to start taking lunches to school because I would either just skip meals then binge once I got home, or eat what was close and quick on campus--- usually not healty options. I even got a cute insulated bag so I can take cold stuff like carrots and fruit. (I'm in school alllll day so I would always have to bring non perishabes since I don't live near campus)

PlaygroundLove
07-31-2010, 01:55 PM
I'm 21 and heading into my senior year...which reminds me, question for you ladies:

How do you deal with dining hall food? I still live in the dorms, meaning I don't have access to a kitchen and need to eat dining hall food. My school's dining hall always tries to have one "healthy" option, but 50% of the time it's either a) inedible compared to everything else or b) a side dish, like steamed carrots. Our dining halls are big on "comfort food," so it seems like everything else there is loaded with carbs and fat (like macaroni and cheese, pizza, and french fries). I only started eating healthily this summer, so it's my first year having to worry about this. Any advice?

Luna1982
07-31-2010, 02:11 PM
Okay, a little bit older...27. But I'm in my senior year of college, majoring in Journalism.

lylmeg
07-31-2010, 02:13 PM
Does your dining hall have a salad bar? with maybe just plain grilled chicken/ fish/ turkey? Maybe just choosing 2 out of 3 meals a day to stay away from that "comfort food"... that would make a really big difference. =) It's definitely hard, I understand. That food is so easy and tastes a lot better then the other options. Also, maybe getting breakfast bars or protein shakes to have for breakfast? Fruit, veggies, and lean meats are always a good option. (It's a lot easier said than done, of course... but you can do it!!)

PlaygroundLove
07-31-2010, 03:04 PM
They have a salad bar, but it doesn't have any protein options--it's just a variety of veggies (which I am definitely planning on loading my plate down with). What I meant earlier is that in the line of entrees, there's usually ONE "healthy" option (like a piece of fish or chicken), but some days the only healthy option is actually a side dish--not an entree at all.

I do, at least, have a fridge and a microwave, so I think my game plan is to keep it stocked with things like cold cuts and greek yogurt. That way I can always have back up options, and I won't need to rely on the dining hall quite as much. Hmmm...I guess I'll just have to plan carefully!

oneoftwelve
07-31-2010, 06:11 PM
I'm a college student! :) Going into my junior year as an English major and Secondary Licensure candidate (meaning I will hopefully graduate with an English degree and a Tennessee state teaching license).
For all you college 3FC folks, what are your best cafeteria-eating tricks and tips?

luciddepths
07-31-2010, 07:42 PM
hey! going on 24 here shortly (omg.. i cant believe that is my real number AHH!)

5'6 - 189 as of this morning! woot woot.

Not in college or anything, waiting for when my DH is out of school and i MIGHT go back no idea though.


WELCOME, you will love ALL the ladies and gents on here no matter the age :) all are welcoming and ready to try and help!

asharksrevenge
07-31-2010, 08:42 PM
At 28, I am near the end of my 20's but still in college (graduate school at least). I don't live in the dorms but do deal with school fare when I'm having a long session at the library or something. Here in CA we always have a lot of vegetarian, vegetable and fresh fruit choices, so making those calls isn't particularly difficult. But staying away from all the other unhealthy, high-fat foods is hard sometimes. I go for the salad bar, order hot vegetables or have a veggie wrap made. Sometimes I have a healthy sandwich or something with black beans from the Mexican food section. It can be tough sometimes but it is definitely do-able. Good luck to all you new students this year!

duckyyellowfeet
08-01-2010, 01:58 AM
I had a lot of trouble when I lived in the dorms and was never able to successfully diet. However, we almost as had an option (if I was willing to look at it)...grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, etc. A plain burger with no fries or cheese isn't horrible. Watch out for portion sizes...ours were always HUGE.
Or you could always buy grilled chicken at the store, get a big pile of veggies from the school meals and combine the two.

Hamoco350
08-01-2010, 02:01 AM
Sorry for double posting, but I have a question for Hamoco:
I see that you've lost 72 pounds! GOOD FOR YOU! Can I ask you these questions: how long did it take you, do you have any before/during/after pics that you'd be willing to share, and do you have your eating/working/dieting schedule that you'd be willing to share? I'm still in the market for ideas on how to finally lose this weight, and I could use all the help I can get!

Congrats! -Caroline

Wow, it took me quite a long time to reply. I'm sorry for that, I've been on vacation.

I started losing weight September 27th of last year. So it's been nearly a year for me; and of course, I still have a long way to go.

As for before/during/after pics: I have some, but I haven't decided if I'll be posting them or not. I'm a pretty private person and I don't really want to post my picture on the internet. If anyone wants to see my before and after pics they can IM me for that and I'd be happy to oblige them. :D

I do not stick to a rigorous schedule. I just started by cutting out things that I did not need, AKA: useless calories. So out went soda and butter. I was also weary of sodium so I stopped having as much salt. Simple cut backs at first led to cutting out all meat except for fish. After that I began buying as much organic food as financially possible. I just began eating healthier instead of dieting, so I transitioned into a lifestyle change instead of a typical diet.

I am rather intuitive about my eating habits. When I am hungry, I eat. That's really all there is to it. Counting calories bores me, although I certainly do take note of calorie content most of the time.

Exercising has become fun and like a form of therapy. I found things that I enjoy doing - for example, lifting weights is my favorite form of exercise. I also love swimming, tennis, treadmill workouts, and a ton of different things which keep me interested. I refused to force myself to do things I hated. For example, I can't stand jumping jacks so I rarely do them unless I want a challenge.

My whole thing was I had reached a dead end. I had used up all my excuses, I was terribly unhappy, and I just knew it was necessary. My physical and mental health was not in the shape it needed to be in. The biggest part of successfully losing weight is being ready to change.

Feel free to ask anything else! Good luck.

carosmith14
08-01-2010, 11:15 AM
Hamaco-
Thanks so much for sharing. I completely understand about the pictures (I'm not too sure if I'll ever post any!).
I like that you have made this is a lifestyle change and that you do things that you enjoy (ie working out in various forms). Usually I just stick to a run on the treadmill as a form of working out, but I'm burnt out on that, so I need to find something new to satisfy that workout craving.

Thanks so much, and keep up the good work!

-Caroline

katylil
08-02-2010, 09:27 AM
Hi! I'm 18 and about to start my second year at university studying Musical Theatre :)
I'm aiming to lose another 5 pounds before starting back at school again on the 2nd of September, and I want to be at my GW of 127 pounds before May 2011, when my cousin is getting married.
I'm so glad someone had the good idea to start this thread! I've been wandering around here tryign to find people around my age, but I don't think there's that many of us! :P
I'd really love to have a buddy or group to keep me accountable for everything I eat/exercise, maybe we could start something on here?
Good luck to everyone!

katylil
08-02-2010, 09:32 AM
How do you deal with dining hall food? I still live in the dorms, meaning I don't have access to a kitchen and need to eat dining hall food. My school's dining hall always tries to have one "healthy" option, but 50% of the time it's either a) inedible compared to everything else or b) a side dish, like steamed carrots. Our dining halls are big on "comfort food," so it seems like everything else there is loaded with carbs and fat (like macaroni and cheese, pizza, and french fries). I only started eating healthily this summer, so it's my first year having to worry about this. Any advice?

UGH I know EXACTLY what you mean! I was already overweight to start with but this past year (my first) at uni my residence halls were on a catered basis, so all my food was provided, and, same as you, the only options available most of the time were "comfort foods" such as chips, pizza, cheesy pastas...I gained an extra ten pounds. Nightmare!
All I can suggest is fill up on salad as much as possible, keep some healthy snacks in your room to keep you full, and take advantage of lean meats/fish whenever they're available.
Good luck!

chemicalksm
08-02-2010, 02:25 PM
Hi! Welcome. I'm 20 and a junior in college! I'm 5'0 too! Losing weight in college isn't easy, but it's not impossible either. My school's cafeteria food is GROSS so I don't like eating more than the basics there. That's been helpful. Going to the gym is sort of intimidating, though. Good luck and you can do it!

conanedogawa
08-03-2010, 11:32 PM
I am 22 and just graduated from university. It may be difficult to balance going to the gym and eating healthy food in college, but with determination you can do it =D

Elijahs phoenix
08-04-2010, 12:06 AM
I'm 21 with alot to loose! I'm a young SAHM to a 1 year old, though maybe I should think about going back to school.

Crystalynnn
08-04-2010, 01:00 AM
19 years old, sophomore, started at 247, currently 182 (ish) and in the process of losing 47 more pounds.

we could be friends!

Danielle2842
08-04-2010, 03:47 PM
Hi everyone!

I hope I can still consider myself "college age"! I'm 25, 5'7'' and have lost 52 lbs. since January. I have close to 40 more pounds to go!

JennieLovesKisses
08-04-2010, 04:08 PM
I'm 23 and have been on this journey for over a year now. I've lost 125lbs and still have about 35 left to lose before I reach my goal weight. Good luck with your goals!

goreplz
08-04-2010, 08:12 PM
I'm 17! Going into my Senior year at high school. I have been yo yo dieting, never losing more than 10 pounds at a time etc. Currently, I haven't weighed myself. But people tell me that I have been losing weight and some of my pants have been looser (imagination?) I think I have at least been maintaining. I am looking to actually succeed at dieting.