Hi everyone! I've just joined this group (thanks to seeing it referenced in a post of Brib's - hi brib!) and am, like the rest of you it seems, trying to figure out how to eat healthier and fit exercise into my busy schedule. I've already gained the freshman 15 from a starting weight that was in need of improvement, and I've decided to get serious about fixing bad habits.
I'm a first year college student, and my biggest struggle is the dining hall. The dining hall has very a limited selection with few healthy choices and tempting bad ones. It's "all you care to eat" style, so I can't simply buy something healthy and refuse to purchase more. It's far to easy to simply throw something bad on my plate or take more than I need in the name of "getting my money's worth". Ideally I would avoid the dining hall for a good portion of meals and prepare my own, but not only is grocery shopping wasting time and money when the dining hall plan is already paid for, but I'm at a very high-intensity college and meals are an ideal time to merely sit and relax with my peers without feeling the stress of work. Excercise is equally a problem as I have a serious lack in self motivation and all the classes are low-intensity, scheduled at bad times, and/or frequently cancelled.
What I'm hoping to find here is a health buddy, someone in my same situation (a college student surviving on campus dining and with high school stress and too little time), to help me find solutions and get motivated. It would be great to be accountable to someone for all my bad habits, and to have someone cheer me on when I'm doing well, and I'm willing to return the favour in kind.