College Student with Unhealthy Habits

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I am a college student who lives on campus. Our cafe has very few healthy options and little to choose from in terms of good food. The only good food that they offer is the pizza but it is so greasy that you can see the drip off of it when you pick it up. My mom gets on to me when I go out to get food and my mini fridge is too small to fit any good food into except maybe 2-3 frozen meals. We have an on campus gym but my classes get in the way of me being able to work out. Does anyone have any tips on how I can stay fit or lose weight without having to spend money on expensive meals?
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  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
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    Eat less of the foods you're eating now. Do little things to take in less calories. If you're eating the pizza, use a napkin to blot off the excess grease. And eat less of it. Eat 1-2 slices instead of 3-4. I have a hard time though imagining there is a college campus that ONLY serves pizza. You may need to consider eating some things just because you know you should - like veggies. You may find that by trying different foods made in different ways, you like some of them. Also realize that if you're drinking calories in the form of soda, tea, juice: look for ways to cut that back as well. Like drinking more water and less overly sweetened products.

    As for activity: if your class schedule interferes with when the gym is open, walk more. Walk outside. Walk up and down the halls of campus buildings if the weather is poor for walking outside. The more active you are, the better.
  • pinggolfer96
    pinggolfer96 Posts: 2,248 Member
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    Set a caloric goal and stick to it, regardless of whether the food is considered healthy or not, it's all about calories in vs calories out. I understand wanting something healthy though. Do they not have a salad bar with a protein option? I know most colleges around me have to incorporate those options for people's diet preferences and it's almost a must now a days. What else do they have? You can keep oatmeal, canned meat or seafood, bread, peanut or almond butter, cheap fruits such as bananas, apples, and pears....etc
  • KrisiAnnH
    KrisiAnnH Posts: 352 Member
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    You would probably be able to fit a lot more in the mini fridge if you replaced the frozen meals with other things- for example chopped raw veggies (Carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumber, etc) in small sealable bags.

    If there really is no other option but pizza at the canteen, try making your own foods (bread etc doesn't need to be refrigerated, so its quite possible to make your own sandwiches to take to classes with you. Although most of the fillings may need to be kept cool, fillings like tinned tuna could be kept in your dorm/room.

    Another option would be to only have one slice of pizza and have it with some salad you bring from home (including the chopped veggies I mentioned) so that you fill up on low calorie alternatives. Or you could go even further and bring ALL your food from home. Plenty of 'snack' foods can be put together to make a decent meal- crackers, low cal spreadable cheese triangles, veggies, fruits, low cal crisps, jelly pots, etc are all good alternatives that would probably come in at under half the calories of the pizza you're eating.

    At the end of the day though, there likely is a healthier alternative to pizza. You mention it's the only 'good' food- good how? If it's the only good tasting food then you may just have to sacrifice taste for the healthier/lower calorie option. No one LOVES eating salad over pizza all the time, but it's necessary to make better choices in order to lose weight. If we could all choose the 'good' food and still lose weight then none of us would have to be here! ;)

    Failing that, appeal to your college to put healthier options on the menu. Writing a letter or getting a petition started can often get surprisingly fast results, even something like a salad bar is pretty simple but can make a huge difference to students diets.
  • MelaniaTrump
    MelaniaTrump Posts: 2,694 Member
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    The only good food is pizza? I guess bad food is salad or grilled chicken?
  • pondee629
    pondee629 Posts: 2,469 Member
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    "We have an on campus gym but my classes get in the way of me being able to work out." Really?

    What hours are the gym open and what is your class schedule. I'm gonna guess you can find a time when you're not in class and the gym is open. Failing that, walk to the gym to check on if it is open and, if not, jog back to your room to study. Workout complete.
  • mblalock39
    mblalock39 Posts: 7 Member
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    The lettuce is always old and sour the chicken that the have is under cooked we also have a subway but we have to use our meal exchanges and we only get 7 meal exchanges a week and $200 on our student card per semester
  • mblalock39
    mblalock39 Posts: 7 Member
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    I've been to the gym a couple of times and it's open until midnight on the weekdays and 7pm on the weekends but the problem is being a nursing major I have no time except maybe 3 or 4 hours during the week and 4-6 on the weekends to go to the gym.
  • callsitlikeiseeit
    callsitlikeiseeit Posts: 8,627 Member
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    You are making excuses.

  • mblalock39
    mblalock39 Posts: 7 Member
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    I need motivation. I've easily gained 30 pounds since I've started school. I'm really stressed and when I'm stressed I eat. But since I've gotten this app it has helped me control that.
  • KrisiAnnH
    KrisiAnnH Posts: 352 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    The lettuce is always old and sour the chicken that the have is under cooked we also have a subway but we have to use our meal exchanges and we only get 7 meal exchanges a week and $200 on our student card per semester

    then make a complaint to your college. They shouldn't be serving undercooked food, as undercooked chicken can make you seriously ill. I'd focus on getting your calorie intake under control first, as it seems like you're making excuses for everything and anything. Once you have a firm grasp on your diet, then focus on working out. There isn't much point in working out (aside from fitness) if your calories are way off- you cant out-exercise a calorie surplus.

    If the gym is open until midnight, set aside 2 hours twice a week and go then. You'll feel a lot better in yourself once you've started going. It's the initial push that's the hardest. If you cant go to the gym because it's not open- do workouts at home. Fitnessblender is great and free.

    Cold hard truth; At the end of the day, there's really no excuse. The only reason you wont lose weight is due to lack of commitment. Once you get past the 'I cant/wont' attitude you'll be able to focus much more on what you can do, and make positive changes :)
  • beemerphile1
    beemerphile1 Posts: 1,710 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    I am a college student who lives on campus. Our cafe has very few healthy options and little to choose from in terms of good food. The only good food that they offer is the pizza but it is so greasy that you can see the drip off of it when you pick it up. My mom gets on to me when I go out to get food and my mini fridge is too small to fit any good food into except maybe 2-3 frozen meals. We have an on campus gym but my classes get in the way of me being able to work out. Does anyone have any tips on how I can stay fit or lose weight without having to spend money on expensive meals?

    My best advice is to stop making excuses and start taking responsibility. How much you eat is important far more than what you eat.
  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,442 Member
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    You are making excuses.

    Yep.

    "Keep doin' what you're doin', you're gonna keep gettin' what you're gettin." ~Zig Ziglar

    It is your choice. You have to choose what you want the most. It sounds like you know what the answer is, but you are hoping we will come in here and offer some magic solution. It doesn't work like that. Eat fewer calories than you burn. How you do that is up to you.
  • beemerphile1
    beemerphile1 Posts: 1,710 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    The lettuce is always old and sour the chicken that the have is under cooked we also have a subway but we have to use our meal exchanges and we only get 7 meal exchanges a week and $200 on our student card per semester

    I'm pretty sure that any school that accepts government funds is required to meet minimum dietary standards of providing nutritionally sound and healthy food. Complain to your counselor if they aren't.
  • pondee629
    pondee629 Posts: 2,469 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    I've been to the gym a couple of times and it's open until midnight on the weekdays and 7pm on the weekends but the problem is being a nursing major I have no time except maybe 3 or 4 hours during the week and 4-6 on the weekends to go to the gym.

    How much time do you think you need? I note that you only cite the closing time. When does it open? Things/workouts can occur in the morning.

    You are making excuses.
    mblalock39 wrote: »
    I need motivation. I've easily gained 30 pounds since I've started school. I'm really stressed and when I'm stressed I eat. But since I've gotten this app it has helped me control that.

    You need to do what you need to do. No one will "motivate" you to get to work everyday. No one will "motivate" you to pay your bills and taxes on time. No one will "motivate" you to do what's right during the rest of your life. I don't understand the perverse attitude on these boards that someone else has to "motivate" me to do what I want to do. Do what you want, do want you need to do because YOU want to do them or YOU need to do them. Why are so many people here willing, if not anxious, to cede responsibility for their actions, or lack thereof, to someone else for failing to "motivate" them?

    "I need motivation" is not a rallying cry, it is an abdication of control over your life. It's lazy, it's counter productive. Stop it! Nike just may have it right: "JUST DO IT"
  • mblalock39
    mblalock39 Posts: 7 Member
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    We are a private school. Unfortunately we spend all of our money from our alumni on a new turf football field instead of getting rid of the roached and mold in the residence halls and getting decent food. Lots of people have complained but nothing has been done about the food.
  • soapsandropes
    soapsandropes Posts: 269 Member
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    If you have 3-4 hours during the week of free time you can exercise (and you don't have to go to the gym). Walk around campus, walk up stairs in buildings, do body weight exercises in your room. In college I would make myself a bowl of oatmeal every morning in my room. Complain about the food if it is that bad. Go to the store, gets some veggies to stick in your fridge to pad out a slice of pizza if you need too. Look into things like cans of soup for quick dinners if you need to. There are lots of options but you need decide to do something different and stop making excuses.
  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,442 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    We are a private school. Unfortunately we spend all of our money from our alumni on a new turf football field instead of getting rid of the roached and mold in the residence halls and getting decent food. Lots of people have complained but nothing has been done about the food.

    You sound like you are parroting someone else. Dump the excuses and make the changes you need to make. Or don't.

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  • mblalock39
    mblalock39 Posts: 7 Member
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    Do you have any exercises that I could do in my dorm while studying or during study breaks? I have a decent sized dorm room. It's about 13X16
  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,442 Member
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    mblalock39 wrote: »
    Do you have any exercises that I could do in my dorm while studying or during study breaks? I have a decent sized dorm room. It's about 13X16

    Google it. You'll find all kinds of things.
  • soapsandropes
    soapsandropes Posts: 269 Member
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    Here is a decent starting point, you can also just youtube for cardio stuff depending on what you like.
    nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/12/09/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/