Wed, Jul 30, 2008
I find your site entertaining, real, and informative. I’m a 21 year old college student and I’m pretty sure most of your demographic is older. However, I find that your site is value and applicable to me.
But college is a whole different ballgame as some would say. Constant eating, constant drinking. Activity isn’t encouraged. I eat very well and exercise a lot. I was involved in two rigorous sports in high school and I miss the intensity of them. Back to the point. You’ve referenced your “freshman 15 and then some” many times. Do you have any tips for me… how to live healthy in college?
I’m going to be a junior. I want to be healthy and fit and still possiblyperhapsmaybe have some alcohol. It’s certainly a question for the rest of life, not just college. I think there are are bunch of inherent questions/issues within that post. Perhaps you could pose these to the Bumbling Band?
Quick question, I think I’m missing something — What does “please to” mean? I see it all the time on your site and don’t understand its usage!
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your site and more than that, your attitude. As an athlete, I struggled with an ED my senior year. Now, I’m at a point where I exercise regularly, eat well, and have a few lingering “where the heck did these come from?” pounds that I’m pretty OK with but would rather lose. So I know what obsession (exercise, food) is and I don’t want to go back there ever. But college is quite a strange place and can be confusing when it comes to health.
This email stuck so many chords with me on so many different levels that I immediately responded & asked to share it with all of you as well.
The first remark that started me thinking was this: I’m a 21 year old college student and I’m pretty sure most of your demographic is older.
I concluded, after I pondered for a bit, that she’s correct. Although the more I thought the more I realized Im pretty clueless with regards to any of your ages.
(Ill start us off. Im 39. And yes for the first and only time. can NOT wait to be forty but that’s a different post.)
Which then led me to mull whether it really matters? whether there is a difference in the way we (the royal) approach this whole endeavor depending on age (not a rhetorical question. please to discuss in the comments.)?
I think that it’s easy to look back and think “ahhh it was all so easy when I was XYZ age. I had fewer responsibilities. I could workout whenever I wanted to & cook healthy elaborate meals for one.” yet I fear Im too much of a realist to fall into that pattern.
I know that when I was in college/grad. school/out swinging single in the workforce my life was pretty dang busy & hectic.
Sure, it’s *different* busy & hectic now (that’s a shout out to you potty training & terrible two tantrums) but different isnt necessarily harder. I do believe that, no matter where we are in life (20-80) or what our goals are (to lose one hundred pounds. to lose ten. or to train for a marathon), at the core we are all the same (cue sentimental music. I know.).
Id thought of a target MizFit before launching (an individual seeking health, fitness and balance in all aspects of life) but age? not so much.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see MizFitOnline.com through the emailer’s eyes (for lack of a better phrase. through her fingertips?)
And then the college question.
I have mentioned a few times that I gained my Freshman Fifteen and a few other people’s as well. I dove headfirst into my freshman year with all the socializing & all the beer and late night pizza it entailed.
And Im so very thankful that I did.
Yep. I got chubby.
So fluffy, in fact, that the buttons on all of my jeans refused to go together. For some reason, instead of becoming filled with self-loathing and growing depressed, I merely strutted around with the button undone & a big sweatshirt over top (thank you, Ohio, for not having many warm days during the academic year).
I think for me the key was that I gained weight while having FUN.
I packed on the el bees while making new friends & experiencing new things (from late night delivery of fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies to Long Island Ice Teas).
After that first year I found that I naturally reigned it all in (even the gooey chocolate cookies lose their luster if you have them too often), decided to move more & drink less, and the pounds came off.
Im taking the long, rambling, MizFit route to say that Im glad I spend not a moment of my college career obsessing about food or weight or looks or calories and, if I could tell every freshman that one thing I would.
Life is too short. You’ll have plenty of time down the proverbial road to fret about how you look, how often you should exercise, and if you (fingerquote) measure up (unFQ) should you choose to do so—-but you only get one chance to enjoy the camaraderie of college.
In my opinion it’s about the constant striving for moderation.
- Drinking (if you dont have a problem with alcohol) but not to excess.
- Indulging and enjoying food with friends—but keeping an eye on whether the indulging becomes more & more a ‘done alone’ event.
- Exercising in a way that builds social connections (from sports to tennis with a friend) and not in a form which isolates or is all consuming.
Im not denying the fact that, even in the Dark Ages when I attended college, there’s a lot of pressure to look a certain way to be accepted or viewed as sexually attractive. Im simply pointing out that there’s plenty of time to worry about that (or *not* — who can say?) later.
If your ‘where the heck did these come from’ pounds are a result of some memories created with friends (perhaps passing up a workout in favor of a girls night out) I say leave em be.
MizFits? I know you all have some suggestions for our emailer. I stayed away from giving specific structured tips in favor more general thoughts—but I may have to hit ya’ll up in the comments as well.
(oh and this: What does “please to” mean? I see it all the time on your site and don’t understand its usage! It’s just me being, well, silly and a MizFit. I love that you asked and please to remember if any of you have any other questions: email me!)