I'm a 20 year old junior at college and to be honest I'm having a really hard time doing it all. I live in a sorority house where, lets face it 90% of the girls living here are the epidome of a model. Skinny, rich, georgeous, and I am none of those things. I'm putting myself through college, I weigh about 215 lbs, and no where near anything these other girls are. I have a chef who will cook anything I want for me and that doesn't help either. I guess having the support from my skinny friends doesn't quite do it for me. Having the support from people who are doing it too, really would. Even if i dont know them, just having those who are doing what I'm doing, in loosing weight in a healthy way could really help. My goal is 150, and i know it's a lot. but i could do it, i know i can. So i dunno. this is my Introduction i guess. haha
You can do it, I was 286 when I decided to be a dancer... now I'm 178, and I'm trying to get down to 145... Im right there with you... surrounded by perfect bodies, but you will appreciate yours much more because you worked for it.... disappointment and stress factors suck, but try running it really releases stress and anxiety...
I'm with you. About a year ago I hit my goal weight of 140, but now I'm back up to my original starting weight after losing all my motivation to exercise. Now I'm trying to get back on track to lose 30 pounds.
I've done it once and I know I can do it again, it's just hard to find the energy sometimes. I made myself a deal that I would work out 4 days last week while maintaining 1,200 calories a day, for only that week. After that week I'd see how I felt. Sure enough, I lost a little over 2 pounds, and that has given me the boost I needed to get back in shape. When you start seeing results, you won't be able to look back.
Anyways, like mmv said, you can't definitely do it, and you'll be so proud of yourself when you hit your goal. There really is no better feeling I don't think :)
You CAN do it!
Losing weight in college is hard, but you have an advantage. You have resources available to you (college physical education classes and probably a free or discounted gym you can attend). Plus, you have access to social networks (people who like outdoor activities, etc.) that you may not find easily in "the real world".
In college I tried to lose weight, but I didn't have good eating habits, though I went to the gym. I was at 235 pounds throughout college and I didn't start losing weight until 3 years after, when I started eating better. In retrospect, it would have been easier for me in college to lose weight because of the resources available that I didn't take advantage of.
However, getting out of college is where I ignored the people around me. Meaning, if a group was drinking/partying it wasn't until after college that I felt it was okay NOT to drink when everyone else was or eat healthy/good food instead of fattening nachos and burgers.
My advice: 1) Be strong, don't compare yourself to other people, don't let people pressure you into eating/drinking anything you don't want. 2) Utilize the resources available (gyms, classes) to learn good habits now. 3) Have fun! This is an exciting time in your life.
You can improve yourself no matter what obstacles you face. It's about organization/planning ahead and have the strength to say no when you may not want to (and others may not want you to, either). Empower and educate yourself from the nutrition classes/students/teachers and physical education classes/students/teachers. And always remember: You CAN (and will) do it!
you can do it!!!! it will be alot easier when you really want it and make that committment to yourself. i too am way over weight for my height, and always made excuses as it was not easy to eat right. i am also much older and more set in my ways, but when i had trouble doing basic things in my day(shortness of breath) i knew i had to change my life around. i started counting calories and seeing what items were doing me wrong. 1 item adult beverages was killing me on weekends. i've tried before but never this seriously and at first i had really bad cravings, but they seemed to pass.
stick with it and once the lbs start coming off it will be a new addiction to lose weight. stay focused on your goal weight(make it realistic for your frame) and when you reach it go into a maintance mode and keep there.
Hang in there. You already have the right attitude, by saying you can do it. Don't compare yourself to others. It is a bad idea as we are all different, have varied metabolisms, and are shaped differently form the start. How boring would life be if everyone looked like a cover of a magazine.
Remember you are doing this for you. I'm sure all the model types in your house will respect you and admire you for trying so hard to loose weight. One thing I've learned though is that if you only do it for others...the road will be much more difficult. Take pride in you. So what if you are over weight. It doesn't make you a bad person. In fact it is your actions not your looks that make you good or bad in my opinion. Judging by your attitude, dedication to join a site, and hopes for the future; YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON. You deserve your love. As corny as that may sound. Many feel (as do I) that because we don't look like the ones around us, because people stare and judge us, because some may not like us for our appearance; then there is something wrong with us. I prefer to look at it as there something wrong with them. It has taken almost 20 years to learn that. I need to change for no one but myself.
As it has been mentioned. Take advantage of low cost gyms and beautiful walk paths, support groups around campus, a chef that will cook you anything (not a bad thing if you use them right), and most of all...believe in yourself. You can do it and are well on your way to finding that you that you are proud of on the outside. Just begin with being proud of yourself on the inside first.
Good luck and all the best,
Consider yourself lucky that you are among skinny people. If you were among obese people there would be no chance you would lose this weight, and maybe you would feel "at home", but in the long run, it will take a toll on your health. Take this as an opportunity. Watch your skinny friends. How do they eat? Do they eat a lot?
Chances are they eat very little. All my skinny friends were always full after two bites. Maybe you can try changing your behavior to match theirs.
What has helped me shed 15 lbs (so far, 15 more to go) is to eat very very very slowly, and pay attention and enjoy every little bite. When doing this, I can eat much smaller portions and not feel hungry. I did have to limit sweets to one tiny piece of chocolate daily. But I eat everything, except sweets, two meals a day.
Also, you may want to take up rowing. It is low impact, burns calories and exercises your entire body. Colleges would always have rowing machines in their gyms. You might get hooked.
Good luck, get in a "no excuses" frame of mind and you will shed it all, you are young!