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Finals = eating like crap, but good grades?

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I weighed in at 153 before finals week started. I weighed 162 this morning, and that's giving it an extra day for the bloat to wear down. I figure 1 more pound of water, but that still means I gained a solid 8 pounds of fat in about 7 days.

Yes, I belive that number is accurate. 3500 calories per pound. That is how much I ate.

It was utterly stupid, but it was keeping me happy or something and I was doing a good job studying. Like, every 2 hours I was eating a small meal. Study electronics, microwave some chicken and rice, study energy systems, make a PB&J. I would have been ok with that bit of overeating to get some good grades, but then at night I would massively overeat out of either celebration or sorrow. On the last night, myself and one other guy who both have talked about how much we love ice cream killed a quart of Ben and Jerry's and a package of oreos while watching Game of Thrones with everyone else celebrating that finals were already over lol. That was fun, but the problem was I did worse than that the nights I was home alone with no witnesses. emoticon *shame

The only solace I can take is I got As and Bs in everything, and even managed to pull my GPA up a bit this semester. Now I'm home with the family for two weeks and need to just eat sanely and lose this weight. The nice thing is they are eating quite a bit better than we did when I was growing up (they are horribly off track tho, and think all fats are evil but snacking on copious carbs/sugar is fine) So if I just fight a little hunger and don't snack I should be ok. Sun's coming out so I'll be running a bit too.

I'm thinking of keeping a point system or something. 1 pt for each day with calories in or under range, and 1 pt each day I just don't freaking binge. I know that shouldn't be that prevalent a goal, but obviously, as last week pointed out, even the knowledge that I'll feel like crap physically and mentally the next day isn't even to stop me once the full belly bliss kicks in.

Maybe some stupid little game with points to spend will keep me focused here at home. So far so good in my two days here. Maybe a couple people reading this will check my trackers once a day or so to help keep me honest as well.
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    It is very difficult to remain focused and on track during stressful and extremely busy times in our lives. Just don't allow it to become a lifestyle and get back to eating right and staying active.
    1868 days ago
    What I love about your posts is that you have clarity and don't try to BS yourself. You know when you're off track and, without making excuses, you set yourself straight and get right back to business. It's important to remember that a few hasty decisions do not have to negate all the hard work you've done so far...
    You are an inspiration my friend.
    1870 days ago
    Finals week is hard. To be honest, I don't know anyone in college who eats as healthy as you do on a regular basis. You always plan well rounded meals and actually eat breakfast instead of replacing it with redbull or coffee. You may have had some weak moments during finals week, but I think that's totally normal. You're already back on track, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Don't beat yourself up about the past and enjoy the time with your family. You've definitely earned it :)

    edit: I should also add that my water weight fluctuates up to 5 pounds in a day (even on non-pig out days), so you may have even more bloat than you think you do.
    1873 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2013 10:00:33 AM
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    Congratulations on the good grades. Try to stay strong mentally. Enjoy your time with family.
    1874 days ago
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