20-Somethings - College Students Weight Loss Support




Deana509
09-26-2013, 01:31 PM
Any other college students in the house? (Or rather on their computers? haha)
I am a senior in college, and this has been super tough on me, but I know I can't be alone!
I thought this could be a great place to vent about cafeteria woes, and exercise woes, or just support in general for us college kids!
Please share your story, or any struggles you have had, or are having, and hopefully we will have advice for you!


Please Do Not
09-26-2013, 02:41 PM
I'm also a senior in college but I don't live on campus (therefore, no cafeteria woes for me). It's nice meeting others who are in the same year/age range!

Runnergirl00
09-26-2013, 04:33 PM
Yeah, I totally understand.

I'm not a senior, but I'm in college and it's really hard to find time to eat right and cook and exercise regularly while doing homework and studying too. Plus I tend to stress eat late at night...


fuma
09-26-2013, 04:55 PM
By next year I'll hopefully have a bachelor of science in math (I live en Europe, so the education system doesn't quite compare :) ) But I would like to join. How old are you all?

Deana509
09-26-2013, 05:11 PM
I am 22

Fuma, Where in Europe?

Davikatl16
09-26-2013, 05:14 PM
I too am a senior at college!
I live in apartments that my school owns, so technically I am on campus, but I can cook for myself. The meal plan here sucks and the food provided on campus is terrible for you (and over-priced).
As for working out, I walk everywhere and go to the gym for half an hour every other day or so. I found that by figuring out a time or an exercise that I like doing, I could find an excuse to fit it into my day. Also, making to do lists is fantastic!

Also, I am 21. :)

lilsquirrel
09-26-2013, 05:27 PM
hiya!!

I'm a 2nd year at uni in the UK, and I'm 23. I live in a rented house with some friends and cook for myself.

Unfortunately, 3 of the 5 of us are boys and they eat a ridiculous amount of food on a daily basis, so I have to be careful not to be tempted by the endless cake on supply. I've only been back for 7 days, but so far so good!

Fortunately there is a brilliant sports facility right on my doorstep and it only costs 30 a month for students.

fuma
09-26-2013, 05:36 PM
I'm 24 and from denmark :)

I share a kitchen with 10 others, so I cook my own food. But I think the hardest part about being in school and trying to loose weight is that social stuff is almost always about drinking and eating food. And I suck at saying no - big time xD

Davikatl16
09-26-2013, 05:38 PM
I guess that's where I luck out. Usually if there is social things with my friends we all get together and bring food to share. It is super fun that way! Also I have two roommates from China this semester and we all share food :)

Espronceda
09-26-2013, 07:25 PM
Hey there! I'm also a senior in college, studying Spanish and Chemistry.

Being back at school has been awesome, but also sucky. We have a great cafeteria, but it's hard to estimate calories. I work in the bakery, and once I calculated that a single cupcake had nearly 500 calories! And while they have a great selection of different veggies, half the time their covered in oil.

But I also have a bunch of friends that are into fitness and health; I know one group of friends that lifts together a few times a week, and my roommate came on a run with me this morning. Plus I do yoga, and dance all the time with my friends, and just started Taijitsu classes!

alicrimson88
09-30-2013, 06:27 PM
I'm not technically in "college," but I'm still a student! haha. Last year law student. We think it's different...probably isn't.

Since starting law school, I have gained a good 30lbs. Part of it was the shift from Varsity athlete to Varsity page turner, and part of it was eating terrible foods.

I think the toughest part about losing in college or law school is budget. I know I don't have a steady income during the semester. I work as a graduate assistant for the MBA school, which pays part of my tuition, but that's about it. I know everyone says healthy food doesn't cost more, but idk...I understand the idea of time sacrifices to cook the healthy food, but sometimes convenience is key. I'm not sure where I'm going with that but...lol.

Anywho, glad there are other students here. :)

Davikatl16
09-30-2013, 11:07 PM
Oh goodness, do the rest of you also have those moments where stress from the sheer amount of work due affects your sleeping/eating/exercise habits?

I realized today that I have less than ten weeks to read, research, and write my senior thesis paper. I'm freaking out about it. In a way, this is good, because I will actually work on it. But it is also a terrible state to be in this early in the semester! AHHHH!

almostaginger
10-03-2013, 12:45 PM
hello I am a 24 year old college student. I was wondering how everyone balances working out with a heavy course load? It seems like I have my diet down but between work school and homework I have very little free time to want to workout and when I do, lets just say most days I would like to mindless watch Dr.Who instead of sweat my butt off, especially since I've been working on a couple major papers and sadistics I mean statistics.

pnkrckpixikat
10-04-2013, 06:41 PM
Hey all, I am a junior and we live on campus but in the campus owned apartments. Between part time work, classes, and working as a research assistant my schedule is CRAZY.

I eat at the dining hall for lunch a couple days a week, its ok-ish because they have calorie counts and usually really decent veggie items and grilled meats with not too horrible counts, I just with the had measuring cups so I am not guesstimating, I eyeball what I think is one serving and count 2 just to give myself leeway.

Finding time to exercise has been what has suffered most this semester and I would bet that is the main reason my weight has stalled out since september

versace
10-08-2013, 01:08 PM
Oh my god, yes, come here thread, let me hold you close. I'm a first year med student, and this semester has been k i l l i n g me. I'm thankfully not living on cafeteria food, so I can monitor my food intake just fine, but my biggest problems have been finding time to exercise, and for awhile there at the beginning, I was forgetting to pause to take food breaks in my studying. With that last one, though, setting an alarm for every three hours to remind me to eat has saved my life.

almostaginger: I was having that same problem, but I sort of solved it by doing a 20 minute strength training workout when I wake up, letting myself watch one episode of one of my shows each night after all of my homework is finished, and dedicating my one free day, Mondays, to running. Depending on your course load, you might be able to squeeze in some workouts between homework assignments. :)

luzitania
10-08-2013, 03:52 PM
I am finishing up college (I will be graduating in April :carrot:. Real salaries, come to me!!!) and it has been really hard. I don't live on campus so I didn't have to fight the temptation of the cafeteria, but there was still the supermarket right outside the door. And who wants to cook when you have finals/midterm/a social life? Frozen dinner and snacks are so much more faster (they go on my thighs faster too). Nice to know other people are in the same boat. :hug:

gonnabfitmom
10-10-2013, 02:52 PM
I'm in my first year of graduate school and yes, it is extremely hard to keep up with school work while trying to find time to eat healthily and get to the gym. But I still get up every morning to get in a workout. I want to walk across the stage at my goal weight.

My gown was tight for my last graduation ceremony I'll be damned if I have to repeat that horrid experience.

thewalrus0
10-10-2013, 03:59 PM
I'm a language major so my course load is, to me, not that bad. I also live at home so I don't really have to worry about food.

My biggest issues are that my sister loves eating out and I have a hard time getting myself to exercise regularly.

Actually, the most upsetting part for me has also just been feeling incomplete in myself at school. I haven't put myself out there the way I'd like to because I feel so overweight. I know it's silly and when I do put myself out there people usually respond very nicely but I still catch myself not jumping into conversations with my classmates and not going to clubs and stuff. :(

But now that I'm almost 30lbs down and I've been binge free for a few months I'm starting to feel a little more open.

pnkrckpixikat
10-11-2013, 09:22 PM
My biggest problem the last couple weeks has been the fact that by the time I get home I am too lazy to cook. And my husband doesn't cook. So we keep eating out :( I've surprisingly somehow managed to maintain this past month or so.

Davikatl16
10-13-2013, 10:55 AM
Oh lordy,
How do you all stay in control of your stress? I find when I am stressed I make terrible food choices.

I came home this weekend to relax a bit with my family, ended up going to Home Depot with my mom, fixing our one toilet, throwing away a mouse that one of my pets killed (I have six cats and two large dogs), having tacos, being called up by my sister around midnight and told to lock down the house due to a creepy person outside trying to enter my neighbor's house, calling the police, being and then around 1:30am my kitten found an open space in the window (my room is the attic and does not have window screens) and decided to go be a Tomcat.

Don't even get me started on how far behind I am in my thesis work either. >.<

pnkrckpixikat
10-13-2013, 11:20 AM
Oh I totally feel you on the stress eating Davi!!! If I can make myself go to the gym and do a long sweaty cardio workout helps ALOT with the stress cravings. It exhausts me and I feel a little less stressed.

The hard part is making myself to do it, when I'm stressed I do not want to expend energy, I want to veg on the couch and not think and eat things that are yummy.

Davikatl16
10-13-2013, 05:55 PM
Eating and naps. That's all that is on my mind now lol. It is terrible!

pnkrckpixikat
10-14-2013, 03:09 PM
I'm hitting that wall too with midterms coming up! Im serious tho, try adding in a short workout, it can help alot

alicrimson88
10-14-2013, 06:08 PM
I find with exercise and school work, scheduling is key. I don't know about all of you, but I'm practically obsessive compulsive with a planner. If I pencil in a workout, I will do it. No matter what. Even though I've put on a fair amount of weight during my 2 (soon to be 3) years of law school, I haven't stopped exercising 4-6 days a week.

Now if only diet could be as easy...lol...I guess we all have our tough spots.

grapefruit
10-16-2013, 11:08 AM
I'm a student too, agree that scheduling is the key - just need to schedule in a time to make a schedule ;)

aka8941
10-16-2013, 02:11 PM
hi everyone~

goldengirlamy
10-19-2013, 08:57 AM
Special Education Grad student here. Working full time in a school as a para. Husband is in the Army and we live overseas and we're moving back to the states next summer but we have no idea where yet. Can you say stressed? I really need to find time to exercise for my mental health too. If exercise were a class I'd be at the gym all day, but it's not, so it's not a priority, but my body needs to be.

Deana509
10-20-2013, 02:52 AM
Hey all!
Glad to see we have some support going on from people of our own point of views!
I seriously understand the stress and not having time for ANYTHING.... I think my freshman year we came up with a saying (heard it from somewhere I think) That you only get to pick 2 out of 3: Social life, Sleep, or Education... Mostly I have to choose Education, hands down, because thats what Im here paying for, and then I struggle with choosing between Sleep of Social life... Social ususally wins....
I've found that sleep is a rare commodity here at school... I am lucky if I get 6 hours of sleep during the weekdays (usually closer to 4).... I don't know how I function half the time...
I mean seriously... I just took my midterm for my Senior Capstone class, and didn't sleep more than 6 hours in 3 days because of trying to finish other hw, do my other obligations, and also study for the dang midterm...
I usually take walks at night to relieve stress, as well as try to get my daily exercise in....