Fitness Friday: No. 1

Friday, March 29, 2019

I wrote a bit about fitness in one of the Catalogues, but I really want to delve deeper into my "#fitnessgoals". Before I begin, I am by no means a nutritionist or professional or whatever other disclaimers I need to give. I gained 25 lbs in college my first year; this was due to a multitude of things such as the dining hall being 5 feet away from my dorm and me eating pepperoni pizza and fries at every meal and going from swimming/playing water polo every day to no exercise at all other than walking to class.

It's taken me 3 years to lose 20 of those lbs, but I did it in an incredibly sustainable way (imo) and have kept off the weight for a good 1.5 years now!

So the two big things I modified in my lifestyle were nutrition and fitness. I'll go deeper into each of these things in subsequent posts, but as an overview I tried to stop overeating and eating snacks 24/7. I always tried to find healthier substitutes for things I love (e.g. getting skim milk instead of whole milk in my lattes, cutting out the caramel part of my macchiatos, etc.) I also began making food for myself after I moved into an off-campus apartment. An unlimited dining hall plan was just too tempting!

Exercise came later... I started with just lifting using the Stronglifts 5x5! It's a really simple lifting workout plan with 3 exercises that you do 3 times a week. The only difficult part of the app is the learning how to do the exercises such as "squats" and "overhead press" with weights. I went to the gym with some of my friends who knew how to lift which really helped in the beginning. This summer I started the Couch to 5K program and now signed up for a half-marathon that (crossing my fingers) I'll be ready for in April.

I'll write more later, but wanted to publish an overview post of a new series on the OCL! Let me know if there are specific things you want me to blog about. The first step for me was just realizing that I wanted to be healthier again and happier when I looked at myself. I still struggle with balancing the happiness I derive from food with wanting to eat healthy, but I am realizing it's all about balance. I shouldn't eat cookies for breakfast and dinner, but if I died, I'd want to have eaten that one cookie or brownie for dessert!

Happy reading,

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