Joined: Jun 10
Posted: 13 Jun 2010, 23:12
Okay, first I want to say that not every person entering their first year of college should be freaked about gaining weight: it's probably going to happen. After having just finished my freshman year, I can vouch for that. However, unlike some, I didn't go to a university where I had to live on campus. Due to high competition and just crappy luck, I was unable to gain admission to my top schools (I guess being placed on a wait-list basically means "hey, we're going to put you in limbo, so just bite your nails for a few months and we'll eventually send you a letter telling you 'yes' or 'no.' It's cool."
Yeah, there's still some resentment and bitter feelings there..
But, I digress.
Anyway, yeah. No four-year, leaving home journey for me. Instead, I went to my local community college (which turned out to be a great experience in itself). So, while most of my friends packed their stuff and moved out and got settled in their dorms, I re-decorated my room (to give it that
dorm-y" feel) and washed some dishes for my mom.
Living home ended up working out fine, because my eating habits, while having increased due to stress and other stuff, pretty much stayed the same. I wasn't on any meal plan, nor could I go to a student store to stock up on all my favorite junk foods (at least not frequently; my college had one and one could find me there every once in a while).
I suppose it was easier for me to avoid the Freshman 15 because I was able to retain a basic food schedule that consisted of mostly healthy stuff due to my living at home. In fact, towards the end of my second semester I actually lost ten pounds. Not everyone can do that, though. Some of my friends and people I know moved back home once the year ended and I was able to see that the whole Freshman 15 deal was legit. Which sucked for them, obviously. It doesn't have to suck for you, though.
Seriously, if you want a snack while you're studying, go for it. MODERATION is key. This website is awesome and has so many ideas that could help anyone looking to avoid gaining college weight. I can't wait to put to use the information I've found towards my eating habits for my sophmore year.