The Freshman 45
not all of you might now what the title of this post means, especially my German friends. In the US, there is this thing called the “freshman 15”, which refers to the weight gain of young people in their first year of college. This is probably due to the fact that they now eat in cafeterias for all three meals, where there is generally a lot of food available.
Well, I am in my first year of culinary school, and I have gained a lot of weight. It started before I came here, but nevertheless, being constantly surrounded by food, it is really hard to resist snacking, tasting, and eating all the time. Plus, I try things out at home, so I get to eat my mistakes, etc.
Right now, I am about 30-40 lbs overweight, which is the most I’ve weighed in my entire life. My clothes don’t fit my anymore, and I feel fat and sluggish. I am disappointed in myself, but am mostly at a loss as to how to fix the situation. I need to lose weight, but I know it’s going to be very hard to achieve since I now work around food.
Exercise? There is very little exercise in my life. The most I can do is a short walk sometimes. Other than that, I did sign up for a pilates course once a week, which I am looking forward to. Overall, not much exercise. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, either.
So I need to reduce the amount of calories I eat. My plan is to eat very small portions, since throughout my day, I generally taste things to make sure they are fresh, or because someone has cooked something that needs tasting. I can count on the fact that I will get enough calories.
But it’s very hard to be disciplined, so wish me luck. I will need it.
To a slimmer future!