Hola, I’m Alexis and I lost over 30lbs in college.
I didn’t go into college thinking that I would become overweight. I was always on the healthier side, but I was okay with that. It wasn’t until college that I really became disgusted with my body.
My freshman year, I wasn’t concerned with my health. I was just glad to be out of my parents house. With my newfound freedom, I ended up putting on a few pounds and neglecting my overall well being.
All I was concerned with was having fun. I partied and drank like there was no tomorrow. I slept whenever it was convenient, which meant pulling all nighters and skipping class and sleeping in other times. My body didn’t know what to expect from me. It didn’t know whether I was going to feed it breakfast or if I was going to skip it. My body was not ready for all the crap I was throwing at it, and it starting putting on weight to prepare for the worst.
My sophomore year was more of the same. Party, skip meals, eat crappy food, etc. It wasn’t until the second semester of my junior year that I began to start thinking about my health. Well, that’s a nice way to put it. Really, I broke down. I hated looking at myself in the mirror, especially naked.
I was actually disgusted with myself to tell you the truth. The first two and a half years of college flew by so fast, and here I was looking at the effects every day in the mirror.
I was a complete mess
I began to scrub every day. I would wear baggy sweatpants, hoodies, and Uggs. I thought it would keep people from seeing my muffin top and love handles. Everyone knew I was overweight, so I don’t know why I even did that.
I may have been teedering on the line of depression. I stopped wearing makeup and started drinking more. I had always had confidence issues because I didn’t look like the glamorous women I see on TV, but this was a new low period for me. I had never totally neglected myself like I was doing then.
It wasn’t until I went home for spring break that things began to change. My family saw that I wasn’t happy with myself. They were really supportive and encouraging. They told me I was beautiful inside and out. I know they were just being nice but it really felt good to hear. I began to think more positively and started looking for ways to lose weight.
The Search Began
I tried a lot of different things. I bought a waist trainer and some ankle weights. The waist trainer didn’t work right away because I was too fat. It did eventually help when I dropped some pounds. The ankle weights weren’t any help at all.
I tried the Atkins diet, but felt like crap after two weeks. I lost six pounds, but I felt way worse so I stopped that diet. Of course, I the weight right back on. Eventually I stumbled across a combinations of things that worked for me.
It wasn’t just about diet, and that is why it worked. I began to implement several well being strategies into my life. The first one was drinking more water. I focused on that for one week, and that alone. Then I focused on getting consistent sleep. Oddly enough, by just doing those two things I began to lose weight and feel happier.
After that, I focused on my eating habits. I didn’t abruptly change them, I did it slowly. Slowly removing unhealthy foods is a surefire way to lose weight. If you remove all of the unhealthy foods at once, you’ll end up feeling deprived and going back to your old ways.
I ended up losing over 30lbs because I stuck with my changes. For me, this was about changing my lifestyle. I wanted to be healthier and happier, and that’s exactly what I achieved. You can do it too, just make sure you set a good goal that will motivate you.
Don’t give up and spend time around supportive people. If you have some supportive friends that are making healthy choices, hang out with them. Their healthy habits will rub off.