GETTING BACK ON TRACK!

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Submitted Date 08/19/2019
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Hey guys! After a few busy days including my last week of college finals (ever), moving into a new apartment and traveling, I am finally back and ready to share some more stories. This particular blog post will be about getting back on track in regards to my health (both physical and mental).

I have oficially finished college and I am currently back in my home town for a month. During these first days I have had so much free time, which has allowed me to reflect and analyze my personal growth and my journey since I started college. One of the main things I noticed, which is actually quite common, is that I fell victim of Freshmen 15 (although as a graduate I can no longer call it that way). Graduate 30 is more like it.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this concept, it is basically a saying that came from the statistic that a good portion of incoming college students tend to gain around 15 lbs. during their first year in college. This doesn't surprise me at all; combine processed foods with long study hours, and add alcohol and late night munchies to the equation. As much as this did end up adding up to the weight gain over the years, I wouldn't really change anything about it! My college experience was great and unforgettable, but now it is time to get back on track.

So here are a few tips on how to get motivated and back on track to a healthier life:

1. Find your partner in crime - If it weren't for my sister (Instagram: @Hellobusyladies) who is a devoted health guru and fitness gal, I wouldn't have the motivation to keep working on my health. If I am ever feeling frustrated or down, I know I can text her and find amazing words of advice. Find that person that will help you stay on track, go work out with you and help you when you're not feeling your best.

2. Designate a work out time - This is really helpful for me since I have realized that I am a morning gym person. I cannot, for the life of me, work out after 6pm because I have literally no motivation. Because of this, I always leave an hour-long gap in the mornings so that I can get it out of the way. I also make sure that I have no commitments during that time every day so that I don't have any excuses to skip (or sleep in).

3. Don't obsess - One of the things that instantly make me feel unmotivated is when I look at old pictures (I am talking 2014 guys...) or constantly weigh myself (even though I know I won't lose weight in 2 days). Try to not self-obsess about this and remember that this is a slow yet rewarding process! The results will come through, however, we have to give our bodies time and love. If there are other things that don't help you, such as too much social media, then try to cut back on that. Remember that this is as much about mental health as it is about physical.

 

4. Remember why you are doing this - Whenever you have doubts, or feel stressed and frustrated with the process, take a deep breath and remember why you started! Looking good is really about feeling good, which is just as (or more) important! Remember those little reasons so that you can grow patience. This process will take time and effort but the results will be amazing. And don't forget: you are changing your body, not because you hate it, but because you love it!

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  • Ashley Aker 4 weeks ago

    You have a strong conclusion. I think it is important to make a switch in your perspective and realize that it's about love and appreciation for what your body is capable of, instead of trying to "look better" Bodies change and in 2014 I was pregnant. I saw the changes, and am amazed by what my body can do. The journey to get back to a place of comfort while respecting my circumstances is a work in progress. I hope your post guides you and others. Thank you!

    • Cristy 4 weeks ago

      Ashley thank you so much for taking the time to read. It is amazing what our bodies can do! Thank you and best to you :)