I'm in the first year of my graduate program and what works for me is making a to do list. I put the homework due for the week on there, prioritize, and dive in. I'm a huge procrastinator so this helps my stay structured. Also when you are feeling too stressed, go exercise. I find that if I am feeling overwhelmed or stuck on a project/assignment the break away really helps me refocus.
I agree with the other two posters! Some great advice really just came your way!
Personally, we have similar start weights and similar end goals, and I'm almost there! As for my story, it's the same as yours - I totally was overwhelmed one of my semesters in college (I was rushing to graduate in 2.5 years) and the weight just snow-balled out of control. I honestly think I was eating out of fatigue from stress (I kept telling myself it was ok to eat more cookies because it was the "fuel I needed to study"). Take a break, go to the gym, walk the stairs of the library, pace while you memorize things, etc. There are ways to incorporate even studying into a work out (I used to read pages of novels while on the elliptical machine). Anyway, I'm about to graduate in 4 weeks, I'm pretty confident with my body now, and moreover, I'm happy of the lesson I learned by gaining that weight. I'm sure that it is difficult to see now, but trust me, most college girls go through weight struggles. Relax and stress less! It'll help!
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41 4/4/13 3:07 P
College is not easy. It is very stressful but you can do things to help manage that stress. I destress by taking walks in secluded areas. Less people=less stress for me. My sister works out as a destresser (Wish I had that same motivation!). What helps you unwind? Be sure to take some time and relax every night, even if it's just for 30 minutes.
For the dietary aspect, college dieting consists of chips and any fast food you can get your hands on between classes. To avoid this, try getting up 10-15 min early to make your lunch or even make it the night before. One thing I'm going to try (I'm not in school but I work 2 jobs currently along with planning a wedding) is having cooking marathons on the weekends to stock up on meals thru the week. I'm going to make meals that are freezer friendly so they keep longer :) Also, a crockpot can be your best friend!!! It cooks delicious meals for you.
Exercise has never been my specialty outside of walking but when I get up I try to do at least 2 minutes of some sort of cardio. Jumping jacks, squat jumps, etc. It only takes 2 minutes and gets the heart going and helps me wake up. Park far away from the campus and walk if you don't have a ton of stuff to carry :) every movement counts!!
Don't worry about the ten pounds. Think of them as your learning lesson. They are going to teach you how to manage a bunch of things at once. Call them your superwoman pounds! When you are able to get rid of them you will certainly feel like the superwoman you are! :)
you can PM me at any time if you need to talk or need some motivation or ideas :)
Edited by: MISSMEGAN90 at: 4/4/2013 (15:07)
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I think many of us gained weight when we were in college. there's a reason it's called the freshman 15. ;)
What to do ? If you know you're going to have a difficult group of classes, then you need to learn how to prioritize and schedule your time. These days, I schedule my day so that I know what I need to do at work. And you definitely want to schedule in some "down" time too.
I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. So, do make sure you take one class (for your core requirements) for fun. It could be a language. it could be music. It could be history. take something to break up your day so that you aren't number crunching every single day. I know it's important to focus, but it's important to have a stress release too.
My niece describes life in college this way. "There are three things you can do in college, study, sleep, party. pick two". Meaning, there is only so much you can do in a day. set your priorities accordingly.
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44 4/4/13 12:13 P
Okay, the past few quarters, I've been taking all the intermediate accounting classes and it's honestly been taking it's toll on me. Besides losing motivation to follow my exercise regimen and diet, I've gained 10 pounds (though I could also account that to some guy problems). I just started my exercise regimen and diet this April but I'm worried I might slack off because this quarter, my class workload is considered "suicidal" in terms of workload and difficulty. I'm not planning on dropping any of my classes this quarter because according to my counselor, I either take them now or take them w/ harder classes in the future, also I want to graduate on time, so yeah...
I just need advice on how to fully prepare myself for a very challenging quarter (it's only the first week and according to all the syllabus I got, it's a very big workload) and at the same time, remember that I need to follow my exercise regimen and diet. This is from a person well known for procrastinating and being lazy as heck, so please, any help would be fully appreciated!
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