Avoiding the Freshman 15

Freshman 15 PhotoBy: Eric Hess

On top of making new friends, getting good grades and living on your own you have to worry about the ‘freshman 15’ too? You’re on your own and have the freedom to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, so it’s hard to make the right choices. We’ve all been there, but if you want to beat the dreaded ‘freshman 15’ here are some tips.

Make time for exercise. You may have been an all-star back in high school but if you aren’t playing any sports now and you aren’t getting any exercise, chances are you aren’t going to stay the same weight. Make sure to get involved with intramurals or club sports. Make use of the awesome gyms we have on campus. Go for run around our beautiful campus. There are almost always people playing pick-up games of basketball in the Williams Center, too, and they are always looking for another one to play! It doesn’t matter how you are getting your exercise as long as you are. The Warhawk Fitness Facebook page has all the details on hours of operation, fitness challenges and exercise motivations. Maybe I should be more clear…WALKING to house parties does NOT count!

Plan your meals. Planning your meals allows you for enough time to eat your food and help you make healthier decisions. Running on fast food all day isn’t going to help you stay fit. Set nutrition goals or mentally prepare yourself for the buffets at the dining halls! In fact, you can see what is on the menu before you go to eat. Check it out!

Watch what you eat. Just because mom and dad aren’t around to tell you what to eat doesn’t mean than you should eat cookies and ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have some self-control and your body and brain will thank you. Remember the proportion of food groups you should be eating: about half of your plate should be fruits and veggies, with the other half being whole grain foods and protein! Color your plate!

Avoid stocking your dorm with loads of junk food. Have healthy snacks in your dorm room to help avoid the temptation of having an entire meal of junk food. There’s plenty of healthy food that you can find at the local grocery stores that are cost-efficient options, and just because the food is there doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Eating because you are stressed or nervous aren’t good reasons to be eating. Make sure you are conscious of every food you put into your mouth. This is your body…you only have got one to live in!

Avoid liquid calories. Alright. This one is quite the challenge for most of us as college students, because you’re most likely going to be having the occasional drink or two. Well, when you do, try and be smart about it. When you’re out drinking try and stay away from food. We all seem to want toppers and lots of greasy and fatty foods when we’re out. It may be a challenge, but how bad do you want to keep that freshman 15 off?

With tips like these and a little self-control I have confidence in each and every one of you to keep your freshman 15 off and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We love hearing from you guys, what are your tips to stay healthy during the school year?

Yesterday you said tomorrow.
Eric Hess

Let’s talk about Jillian Michaels

By: Abbey Bowen

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Many of us know Jillian Michaels as the tough, sometimes brutal, personal trainer from NBC’s reality show titled “The Biggest Loser,” but she is so much more than that.

She represents health, strength and self appreciation to Americans, and people all over the world. She also represents genuine struggle.

When Michaels was in eighth grade, she was 5-foot 2-inches and 175 pounds. She had gained the extra weight while trying to her parents’ painful divorce. Michaels said she was constantly surrounded by children who were all too eager to point out her unibrow and muffin top. The tormenting got so bad that Michaels had to move to another school.

 She had reached her breaking point and at age 14, she asked her mom to sign her up for martial arts classes.

“It taught me that if I didn’t respect myself, no one else would respect me,” Michaels said of her martial arts classes. “It helped me to redefine myself.”

Her struggle didn’t stop there, however. When she was 17, she was kicked out of her house to learn “how to fend for herself.” After learning how to live on her own, Michaels went off to college at California State University and worked as a bartender to afford tuition.  

Right out of school, Michaels worked briefly as an agent at International Creative Management, but she hated her job and eventually left to open her own gym called “Sky Sport & Spa.”

Life was finally looking up for Michaels, and in 2005, she got her big break. She was cast as a personal trainer on NBC’s reality show, “The Biggest Loser.”

After seeing Michaels push contestants to get in shape, critics argued she was too aggressive and rough.

In response to the criticism Michaels said, “I really don’t have a mean bone in my body! Do you know how easy it would be to tell people what they want to hear? It would be heaven! But, unfortunately, it doesn’t get the job done.”

Her attitude toward her critics and her overall mantras for life are among the many reasons why I love  Jillian Michaels.

She never lets anything stop her, and I think she is the PERFECT role model for those who are looking to get healthy and in shape.

Sure, she may be a little brutal and relentless at times, and I know, I’ve done her workout videos many, many times, but she is truly trying to inspire and create results.

I recommend Jillian Michaels to everyone I know who approaches me with new fitness goals. In my eyes she is the whole package. She has persevered through pain and come out of it a winner. What more inspiration does someone need?

She isn’t some stick-thin Barbie wanna be who was born skinny. She worked, and continues to work, her butt off to be healthy.

Overall, my message is this: we can all learn a little something from Jillian Michaels. 

Who inspires you? I would love to know! Send me a message on Warhawk Fitness’ Facebook page, (after liking and following us if you haven’t already:]) and I promise to respond!

~Remember, you have to learn to love yourself before you can truly love someone else~

Abbey :]