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– 5’8” -The picture on the left was taken right…

– 5’8”

-The picture on the left was taken right before I started my first semester of college in the fall, I weighed about 165 pounds. The picture on the right was taken in the beginning of my second semester of college, weighing around 143 pounds. I would like to get down to 135 to make running easier, but I am currently at a very healthy weight for my height.

-The pictures are 6 months apart

-My problem was never eating fast food, junk food, or drinking soda (my family is very healthy), it was portion size and eating when I was bored. When I got to college it was much easier for me to only eat one plate of food in the dining hall because second helpings were not right in front of me. I don’t drink soda, alcohol or anything other than water, I don’t eat cheese, dessert, or non-whole grain carbs. I do cardio on average 4-5 times a week (with some additional weight-lifting once or twice a week). I prefer to get my cardio in less stressful ways, like indoor and outdoor soccer, racquetball, swimming and rock climbing. Also, in addition to smaller portion size, walking around campus to get to class or the dining hall supplemented my cardio and helped me feel better after meals. It is much easier to change your eating habits when starting a new lifestyle, and I think going to college was the push I needed! 

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