Escape from the Freshman 15

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The very first thing I did when I landed in California, was stuff my face with some delicious fast food; let’s just say the American commercials I saw back in Africa accomplished their goal. The first few months in California were hard, especially being alone in a new country; therefore I made two new best friends, food and social media. When I finally became accustomed to this strange land, I kicked the excessive eating and social media to the curb, but they left me a present in the form of thirty pounds of fat. The American diet turned me from a pebble on the seashore to a mountain in the Himalayas. I always thought that I had a fast metabolism, but instead I got a double dose of the Freshman Fifteen. Today I’ve turned my situation around, so I conducted a survey to see if students in De Anza are keeping a healthy lifestyle. I gave out twenty-nine questionnaires to my English classmates; the questionnaire consists of seven questions that asked about: rating how healthy the person’s lifestyle currently is, knowing if they exercise during finals week, finding out whether the person worked, played sports or if they drive, seeing the person’s views on veganism and if they believe exercise can relieve stress. I took the Lifetime Wellness and Fitness class at De Anza College which gave me a substantial amount of insight in living a healthy lifestyle. I also interviewed one of my classmates, Timothy Suprapto, who gave me his views on a healthy lifestyle (Ethos). When one begins college, one may feel a sudden change of pace in their life, like many having to begin working and others having to start living on their own; therefore it’s understandable for students to think that thei... ... middle of paper ... ...ing of this year; my new lifestyle has brought me down to 169 pounds. There may be many excuses for not maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the most common being time; though one should not forget that “Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively” (King, 13). I understand that many feel that maintaining a healthy lifestyle only adds on the stress of college; however maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not adding on to the stressful load of college life, but it acts as an amelioration to college life. As I made the mistake to lose control on something trivial as eating fast food; I now understand that one should not allow something that seems trivial; to corrode the foundation that is our health. Now when my family comes to visit during the Christmas holidays, they will see the son that puts his father’s old beach body to shame.

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