I started school this week and I'm extremely excited about this school year. I will finally make some friends that live closer to me rather than downtown Chicago, and I'm also excited to get involved in the different clubs and organizations at school.[no_toc]
So I'm sure you and everyone else has heard of the “Freshman 15”. Starting school can be such a stressful time, especially if you have to work during the school year as well.
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Below are my easy and simple ways to stay on track during the school year. There are no excuses and no one has to ever gain that freshman 15! There are other ways to eat cheaply without buying ramen all year round.
Eat at home as much as you can.
First off, if you have an Aldis in your area, GO TO ALDIS. It is a small store but you can buy almost anything you need here for drastically cheaper. I make a trip to Aldis before I go anywhere else and then I go to a regular grocery store to buy the other things I need.
I highly recommend checking out the 14-Day Lean Clean meal plan if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier. The book is filled with tons of useful information (over 200 pages worth!). I am using this meal plan to hit my health and fitness goals.
Have a schedule.
Secondly, I find it a lot easier to keep up with my school and work schedule when I have it all written out in a calendar or planner. When I can visually see everything that I need to do and what time I need to do it, it makes it a lot easier to schedule workouts in.
What does your school offer?
Next, take advantage of what your school has to offer. Universities have some of the best gyms in the world, yet so many people don't use them at school. I have a gym at my school so I won't be spending any money on a gym membership. I can workout in between classes or whenever I feel like at my own convenience.
Find a workout buddy.
A tip that most people would find obvious yet don't use, is finding friends that also workout and like to eat healthy as well. Finding friends at your university/college will be also easy and there are usually health clubs as well that you can join. I didn't have many friends in the St. Louis area that were into working out and eating healthy like me so I'm really hoping that I find some friends that are fitness fanatics like me.
Prep your meals.
The last tip is pretty obvious and I've said it time and time again.
Prepping your meals and having healthy snacks on hand is so important. There are going to be times when you are stuck at school for longer than you want to be and you'll get hungry quick. Most schools only offer salads as a healthy option and salads aren't always the most satisfying thing.
I make sure I'm always carrying peanuts or some kind of healthy bar in my purse so I don't get tempted to buy pizza or any of the other junk foods that are at school.
I'm excited for this school year!
I've had people tell me time and time again to not take this experience for granted because it will go by so quick.
I went to a community college for a year and it wasn't an experience that seemed like the normal college experience. I took mostly online classes so I didn't really converse with anyone around me. Now that I'm at a university and taking classes in person, I'm quite excited for all the benefits it will bring me.