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So, I'm looking for a couple college-aged girls that would like to hold each other accountable and motivate each other!

 

I'm currently about 156 lbs, 5' 8", senior in college and I'm looking to lose 15-20 lbs. I also really want to run a half marathon at the end of May! I think that it will help me to have a few people to check in with daily or a couple times a week,  so we can help each other stay on track. I'll especially need help with finals week so that I don't overeat when I'm stressed!

Anyone interested?

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Hi! I'm 23, college senior.

I have already lost my weight and am currently maintaining.  I will help keep you on track and impart my pearls of wisdom if you'd like.

I am 5'3.7", SW: 155lb, CW:~122-125lb. My first goal was 140, but it was so easy for me to lose I got down to 125.  That is the cut off for me to still look healthy and svelte with my body type.

I go to college in Rochester, NY, USA.

Hey! I'd love to get in on this!

I'm Jenna, I'm 19 and a college sophomore.

I've already lost 27 pounds, going from 172 in June to 145 currently, but I am still losing so it would be great to have people to check in with.

Hey girls, thanks for joining me! And congrats to both of you for already losing weight! I lost weight a year ago, but unfortunately gained it back, so I'm trying to get my emotional eating under control.

I'm hoping to get an hour workout in today after class and work. I really love running outside, but I go to school in WI so thats not really possible right now, so the gym will have to do!

Hey there!

 

I'm Taylor. :) I'm 19 and a sophomore at University of Washington. I don't know my exact weight right now, but I'm guessing around 135 at 5' 6.25". I have a really nasty courseload which means that I don't have much time to work out, so I am going to try to get into a routine over xmas break. 

Nice to meet you all!

Hi everyone!  I'm Jenny, a 18 year old freshman. I put on a lot of weight my senior year in high school due to stress and too much eating out with friends. So here I am to take it back off!

In general, I have been overweight for my whole life. I am 5'9 and around 210. We are in our finals week now, so I've been having some trouble with stress eating. Like Taylor I hope to work out more and eat better over break.

Anyone have advice on eating better in the dining halls? We have a decent salad bar, and some fresh fruit and granola/yougurt that I tend to eat. But the fresh fries look rather tempting sometimes! Haha. I just think it is so much easier to eat well when you are cooking for yourself, but school rules mean I have to eat at the dining halls for the rest of the year. Oh, and I am vegetarian, so it can be hard to find food that I can eat anyway.

Oh, and it is snowing here! I love running around in the snow, so I think I may not go to the gym and just go run around instead. Smile

Everyone, good luck on your finals (if you haven't had them yet)!

I'm 20.. junior in college.  CW: 127. 5'4 Goal: 120

Hey Ladies! I am not here to lose weight but I love health and nutrition! I am 22 and a senior at CU-Boulder!

College sophmore

Freshman yr 130-135lbs

Current 145lbs

Goal : 130-135

I've gained the weight to lack of self control, being lazy and low self-esteem. I went through a period this year where I just had a tough time with my self image for some reason. My friends noticed and said something to me about it. I felt so stupid that people noticed and I knew that wasnt me, so I started to over eat to show people that I was comfortable with myself. I lost my selfcontrol and determination to have a slim, fit body. But starting today, I HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES!!!

I'm going to do this by using portion control, and totally and completely NO SWEETS! Its serious now, no more over eating just for the hell of it. I'm a mean, lean eating machine who has powerful self control. Everything I eat counts. Thanks for starting this post and getting me started!

love this!!! currently 5 feet. my healthy good weight i like to be runs from 100-103 and i gained weight this semester so i am 108. 5 pounds should be easy! neeeed motivation so this is perfect yay!

"I've gained the weight to lack of self control, being lazy and low self-esteem. I went through a period this year where I just had a tough time with my self image for some reason. My friends noticed and said something to me about it. I felt so stupid that people noticed and I knew that wasnt me, so I started to over eat to show people that I was comfortable with myself. I lost my selfcontrol and determination to have a slim, fit body. But starting today, I HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES!!!"

this sounds EXACTLY like me!

hey, I guess i'm looking to drop a couple pounds so I'll pop in here and share my journey as I go, but you said you are looking to run a half-marathon at the beginning of may? Where is it? I'm running one on May 1.

Hello! I'm actually currently maintaining right now.. I am a junior at Georgia State University.

Age: 22

Height: 5'3

Starting weight: 130 (the dreaded freshman 15 actually was more like a freshman 20) and never worked out a day in my life

Current weight: 115 (give or take 2 lbs) and fitness/nutrition junkie 

what are your thoughts on counting calories verses strict diet? when i gained weight freshman year I went on scarsdale diet (you can look it up online and see it )-- its super strict but it works well and forces you to lose the weight which is nice but its hard when you factor in social stuff etc.  do you think i should stick with counting calories for the week and see how it goes or go right into scarsdale diet when i get home wednesday?

 

 

Welcome everyone!

Pandamouse - When I was a freshman I had so much trouble trying to eat healthy in the dining hall. Does your dining hall always provide a vegetarian option? I think all the insight I have into eating in dining halls is to watch the portion size they give you, and try to stay away from the fries!

smokinvapor -  you definitely have determination! I struggle with sweets, but I've noticed that the longer I go without eating them, the less I crave them.

alyssa - I'm doing the Madison marathon, well the half marathon, and its on May 30. Eventually I really want to do a full marathon! How far/long do you normally run?

I made it to the gym today and I really want to work out a lot this week, but unfortunately all of a sudden today I got a cold. I'll just have to make sure I keep my eating in check.

Good luck everyone!

Hey!

I'm 20 years old, in my 3rd year at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. I think I started gaining about 1 lb a month since my first year in school, so I didn't really notice it until I looked at old pictures and finally bought a scale. So, I am starting over. I'm 5'9" starting at 231.3, and trying to get down to about 150.  I've always been a little overweight, although I was very active in high school so it was a lot of muscle... I usually weighed between 160-170.. so I can't remember when I actually weighed 150.... it will be interesting.

Hi :)

I'm 21 & a 4th year student in pharmacy school. I'm 5'10" and started around 235 lbs. I was athletic all throughout high school but the lack of sports in college lead me to gain a lot of weight. I've lost about 60 pounds already but need a little push to get me through these last 15-20.

Starting weight: 235

Current weight: 180

Goal weight: 160-165

Height: 5'10"

Anyone out there have any ideas to get me through this plateau I have been at for about 6 months???

Original Post by babycurlz427:

Anyone out there have any ideas to get me through this plateau I have been at for about 6 months???

Do you work out regularly? If so, try changing up your normal work out routine or putting in an extra 30 minutes a day.

Also, what is your calorie intake? Maybe, try eating at maintenance for a week or so, and then drop back down to a larger deficit.

Hello! I'm a freshman at Columbia University in NY, just finishing up my first semester. I'm maintaining my weight at 125 lbs, 5'7" with intuitive eating, but I'd like to get in to a more regular work out schedule. Plus it would be nice to have a little group of college-aged girls!

Our dining hall sounds like yours, pandamouse. I'm a vegetarian too, but they always have a vegan soup and a vegan option here. I get a big salad for both my meals and complement it with reasonable portions from the hot bar. Nothing wrong with some fries once in a while! It's helpful if you can serve yourself.

I'm in the middle of finals right now. Treated myself to a hot cocoa last night before my Art History final - maybe it helped, I think I kicked serious butt! I'm hoping to be an Art History major.

Nice to meet everyone. Feel free to add me as a buddy or send me a message any time. I often need some emotional and motivational support so I might be coming to you guys!

Good morning everyone! Phew, three finals done and one more left! Too bad its on chemistry, my least favorite subject. Oh well, at least it is almost time to go home for Christmas.

Man, oh man have there been a lot of cookies around this week! I think everyone got a huge care package from their parents, full of homemade goodies. Everyone keeps offering me some. I have said a lot of "thanks, but no thanks" this week - except for a piece of homemade peppermint bark (which I don't regret, it was awesome). But I must persevere! Smile

My friend made me stop studying yesterday and go to the rec to work out some stress. What a great idea! I think I got in the best workout I have had in a long time. They are also offering all their fitness classes for free this week, so I think I will try and check one out later on.

Ruffian, I wish we had vegan/veggie soups more often. . . They have three different kinds a day, and most days they are ALL non veggie. So that stinks, but it is a good change of pace when the veggie ones show up. But we do have at least one veggie hot dish a day, so that is good. Now, if only they could learn how to make those dishes without so much grease and delicious cheese.  *sigh*

Oh, and I am planning on going on to Veterinarian school after my undergrad work on Wildlife Ecology. 

Original Post by pandamouse:

Man, oh man have there been a lot of cookies around this week! I think everyone got a huge care package from their parents, full of homemade goodies. Everyone keeps offering me some. I have said a lot of "thanks, but no thanks" this week - except for a piece of homemade peppermint bark (which I don't regret, it was awesome). But I must persevere! Smile

I have a tip to deal with cookies.   I don't think it is in our best interests to completely cut out things like cookies (especially now).  I am proof positive that you can indulge and still maintain a good weight.  What I did at a function a few days ago where there was a table laden with Pepperidge Farm chewy cookies and Entenmanns donuts (which i love) was take the cookie i wanted most (oatmeal raisin) and the donut I wanted and take one big bite (equivalent to about a third of the cookie and a quarter of the donut).  Then I marched over to the trash can and threw the rest in.  It goes against my morals of wasting food, but I know all I really wanted was to have the taste of the treat.  I spared myself all the calories but still indulged.

Besides I had just worked a 5 and a half hour shift at work...I think I deserved it.

 

Oh and if someone sees you toss out the cookie and looks hurt...my advice is to lie and say you didn't like it. :P

I always just give myself one or two days during the holiday season that I deem "cookie days," where I can eat any cookies guilt free :)

 

As for just being a college aged girl in general, I find that the best way to eat healthy in a money pinch (a plight of many college students) is to go to the nearest whole foods and make my rounds on all the samples. It might be a bit sad, true, but it's a great way to get some healthy foods in there that you might not otherwise have (especially since they usually have several various fruit samples)

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