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trying to be health-conscious in a dorm setting sucks

Saturday, September 01, 2007

This week: - 1.8 lbs.

This past week was the first week of classes. And boy, it was HOT. I've already dropped one class because the time interval and distance didn't really work for me--so now I've got 4 classes instead of five. Coincidentally, I dropped the nutrition class I was excited about (taking it in spring instead). Since I'm not enrolled in a nutrition class anymore I'm able to participate in Project WebHealth, where you get height, weight, BMI and physical fitness measured 3 times over 18 months. Get this, as a participant in the study I will receive $75. I figure I'm getting paid to do something I'm already doing! Bring it! It'll be a little embarrassing getting weighed and measured, but I just keep reminding myself that I have nothing to be ashamed of having lost over 20 pounds. Now, doing it at 202.6, that would be embarrassing. I go on Wednesday morning, it'll be interesting to see how it goes.

Having been the first 'real' week eating in the cafe was...interesting to say the least. The food choices are not the best, and if you're trying to be health-conscious it's even harder. One of the things I do like, though, is the constant supply of fresh fruit. For maybe the first time ever I'm getting my daily recommended amounts of fruit!

Besides the kinds of food available, it's really difficult for me to eye up portion sizes when it's grab what you want and go. I'd like to think that I have a general idea of caloric values of foods now, but the sizing can really disorient me, especially with the huge plates and portions available. I'd like to think that I'm doing okay since I lost 1.8 this week--and that's including cookie cake from last night (argh, it was sooo difficult to resist) and a shake from Steak 'n' Shake Thursday night (I'm pretty sure Laura thinks I'm starving myself because I was drooling over cheese fries). Since I can't exactly count up calories, I've been trying to eat sensibly and not eat when I'm not hungry, and stop when I'm full. The problem with this for me is that my stomach seems to be telling me that it's full long before I eat a sensible amount of calories. The only explanation I can come up with is that drinking so much water at meals fills my stomach, and voila! not much room for food.

I forgot how easy it is to be active at MSU! With two classes in Wilson on Tues-Thurs I walk 80 min coming and going from class alone. Taking my schedule into account, I am planning on regular trips to the gym Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays for elliptical training (and maybe weights if I can psyche myself up for it??). I have a complete gym pass this year, and in addition to elliptical fun I want to try out some of the group exercise classes offered. I've always wanted to try spinning or yoga! And for more walking, I have a bus pass, but I want to continue walking to classes as much as I can to keep more active. I want this to be a very active semester for me, and there's no real reason it shouldn't be.

Hee, I nearly forgot to congratulate myself for my total weight loss! I've lost 22.2 lbs since May 7 and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself. Today I wore short shorts to the cafe, which is something I NEVER would have done before. As I've said before, if I can keep up -1 lb per week I'll be 167 by winter break (and I haven't weighed that since...August 2004?).

Tonight I'm going out with people and will undoubtedly be drinking, so it looks like a light dinner for me. One great thing I don't ever see mentioned about watching one's diet is that only a couple of drinks knock you on your ass.

Total weight loss: 22.2
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    Congratulations on your weight loss. It sounds like you have a great plan for the next couple of months while you are at school. Stick with it and you will do great! I know how hard it is to lose weight at school. I lost most of my weight over a year and a half while I was in college. I know I could have lost faster if I had been cooking for myself, but all those nights of alcohol and eating with my skinny friends, taught me that weight loss is not an immediate fix and takes time and a lot of habit changes. Good luck to you!
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