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The Freshman 15 and the Full College Experience The freshman 15 has always been one of my biggest fears. I was fat until about 3 years ago, and I knew that college would put my body to the test. I aced the test, but was it safe and healthy for my body? Food is the first thing I cut when I am trying to lose weight. One of the things I never cut is alcohol. I learned that food has taken a backseat to my relationship with my weight and drinking. After studying my habits, my choices regarding alcohol are not healthy, and they need to be addressed. I feel like I have done freshman year “right”; I made the memories, formed the relationships, and drank the alcohol. Everyone does it, so what is the big deal? After studying what I put in my body the past week I wonder if I truly did freshman year right. I may have had a great time, but what if the memories and fun came at a cost to my body and mind? Food and I have always had a love hate relationship. To me, there is nothing better than a good meal. I love the feeling after stuffing your face with great food. This has made me struggle with overindulgence my entire life. I was over weight for 10 years of my life, and a few years ago I decided to take control of my body and get in shape. Today, the effects of my dieting show up in my eating habits. I am a huge calorie counter. I used to be very exact, down to every crumb, but now, I am point where I estimate, and get a rough idea of my calorie intake. Some days I only consume minimal calories because I try to counteract the calories from the day before. My goal is to stay at 14,000 calories for the week. Whether it is 500 one day and 4000 another day, I meet my weekly calorie goal. On Tuesday, April 15, I limited my calorie intake to try ... ... middle of paper ... ...nsequences of my actions, I will be a much less reckless person. I have never been one to dwell on the details of my life, but after studying my eating a drinking habits, I have discovered a great deal about my life, and it is not pretty. I have a drinking problem. Whether it is something that I could stop right now, or it is an addiction, is something I have to find out later in life, but this journal helped make want to take a proactive approach to a healthier lifestyle. I have had the revelation that calorie counting is not the healthiest habit, and that does not mix well with my drinking. I need to focus on a healthier lifestyle, not just a body that looks skinny. No matter what happens, I have had the greatest year of my life, and I can only hope that the repercussions from this year will not effect my future, and that I can learn from my mistakes and triumphs

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