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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,299
11/10/12 10:22 A

Maybe a different attitude might help "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.” ...don't know who said that but it's very true!

College may seem rough, but opportunity in America is what you make of it... and as far as diet is concerned.. pick enegry foods...processed ingredients in snack foods can kill your energy levels...Avoid Pasta & bread they make you tired.....if you eat bread, eat Rye it takes a long time to digest, keeps you full and shouldnt make you tired.

Reach for bell peppers. They're full of vitamins A & C (antioxidants with powerful skin and beauty benefits), they're great dipped in salsa! Eat lots of raw veggies like carrots, cucumber, radishes, grape tomatoes are a good snack, fresh berries, grapefruit, oranges.
An apple a day may just really help keep the doctor away but it can also boost energy. Avoid gragnola and energy bars as tehy usually have sugar and additives. Your better off eating 20 almonds. Walnuts are good too! Remember portion contol when eating nuts.

B Vitamins are called brain food for a B-complex helps break down fats and protein and is especailly good to relieve stress. B-complex vitamins are water soluble which means they dissolve in water and are not stored in your system. They can not hurt you. Eat Broccoli, Spinach, almost all leafy greens, Asparagus and your mood will improve. B-complex vitamins assist in energy production. Get Some!

Oatmeal, the old fashioned type provides energy because of the B vitamins and add seeds like chia, hemp seeds and flax have all important proteins, and they all have an energy time released affect on our bodies.

Coffee also contains large amounts of antioxidants which are good for you, JUST GIVE UP THE SUGAR AND CREAM. Herbal tea is a great option to boost energy.

Eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters too.

Also, consider yourself lucky...think about that girl Malala who got shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban because she wants all her sisters to be able to go to school and learn....that may give you more incentive to study hard & be the best you can be. Knowledge is power!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 11/10/2012 (10:33)
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11/10/12 4:37 A

Can you join a fitness activity or class like volleyball, dance, tennis, kickboxing, spinning or something else that you'll enjoy? It'll be a fun way to burn extra calories while making new friends. Also, I'd say minimize the stress associated with eating healthy by picking out easy meals that you can repeat and that will keep you within your calorie range (e.g oatmeal + banana for breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch and a bowl of salad with fat-free dressing for dinner)..Remember, you're worth making that extra bit of effort and if you find ways to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, you'll be more likely to stick with it..

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11/9/12 2:19 A

I am in college too! I started this journey last semester during finals time... I did not have time to exercise then but during summer I added exercise in. There were times when I was overwhelmed and felt like I wouldnt be able to do it, I sometimes maintained and sometimes put on some weight but it all came out just fine. You will be fine :)

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11/8/12 11:27 P

For what it's worth - I'm in college as well. I do college full time, I work part time, and I'm still losing weight. I eat within my calorie range every day and I work out only as much as I need to, I don't go overboard. You can do it too! If you'd like someone to talk to about the struggles of losing weight while in college, I'd be more than happy to talk with you! Send me a message and we'll chat. :) We can motivate each other!

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
11/8/12 11:14 P

Maybe you could just work on maintaining your current weight/fitness level? That's what I did at the end of last year up until a couple weeks ago when I was in a good enough place to start losing again.

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11/8/12 10:31 P

Hi Kari - I can see that you are undoubtedly overwhelmed with everything. College is a huge change in your life and that in itself, or coupled with nutrition/exercise changes can compound any movtivational problems. Ensure that you are getting plenty of sleep, and limit partying because that will add to the weight/lethargy/motivation issues. Ensure that you are getting plenty of good quality food, eating plenty of fruit/vebes. If you prepare all of your own food that would be easy to do, but if you rely on the college for food, then make as wise a choice as you can, but still have your healthy snacks, and a fruit bowl on hand. They are easily transportable! Ensuring that you remain well hydrated, mainly with water (no calories or additives) will also help you. As far as motivational ideas, check out the articles on Motivation in the Healthy Lifestyle section above. They are fantastic and cover heaps of angles/tips :-)

Ensure that you get some good walks into your life - they will actually help increase your energy, and refresh you for your studies, as well as help you with your weight-loss journey.

Good luck,

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11/8/12 2:16 P


Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Start with some simple goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings a day for one week. if you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

One small change is all it takes to change your life. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. It takes time to create a habit. No one ever became a healthy eater over night.

Also, you have to learn how to forgive yourself. Don't beat yourself up if there are days you eat more than you want. these things happen. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Think moderation, not deprivation.

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11/8/12 1:29 P


Remember you don't have to have a perfect life to embrace healthy habits. Many of us think we have to eat PERFECTLY (whatever that is) and exercise for hours a week to get results and the reality is, that by integrating small changes into our lives, our weight will follow. Becoming more active during the day. Replacing your soda with water. Eating a fruit and veggie at ever meal/snack. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. When these small changes become habit than you can move onto other areas.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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11/8/12 1:24 P

College is the worst. I have NO motivation to do anything, much less exercise and eat healthy. How do I change this? What should I do?

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