Everyone talks about the “Freshman Fifteen” and how you gain a bunch of weight in college. I don’t know who came up with that idea. I lost a lot of weight in college. I was walking everywhere: class, work, chapel, the cafeteria, etc. I wasn’t eating as much because the food I had in college was not great. I didn’t have time to be stationary: when I wasn’t in class, I was socializing, when I wasn’t socializing I was in class or studying in the library (which I had to walk to and from). I was pretty much always on the go. I didn’t even exercise in college: I ran for a while, maybe twice a week, but that didn’t last long because winters in Michigan are no fun. Every once in a while, I’d collect a group of friends and we’d work out, but that never lasted long. Regardless, I lost weight.
After college, though? Whole different ballpark. I work during the day, and since my husband is at the seminary, there’s pretty much always some activity that we have to go to: meetings, Bible studies, social events, shopping days, etc. By the time all that is over, I have no motivation to leave the house (or the couch). I’ve put on some pounds.
Today I told my husband that I want to change that. I’m unhappy with the way I look, and a lot of my old clothes don’t fit anymore, and we cannot afford to buy more.
So. We’re going to change that.
We’re going to workout. Every day (except Sundays) we’re going to wake up at 6:00am (I actually shuddered just typing that) and go to the weight room to workout. We’re going to be switching between weights and cardio, in order to have some variety.
I’m not going to set a goal of losing x amount of pounds, because I don’t care what the scale says. I just want to be comfortable, happy with myself, and healthy. And I have some really cute outfits that I want to be able to wear again.
I’m writing this post so that I have some form of accountability. I made my plan public, so I have to follow through. I’m really good at giving up before I’ve even started, so I’m doing what I can to avoid that.
Wish me success!
Image taken from Fit is a Feminist Issue “Fasted cardio, fat adaption, why?”