The ONE Thing That Saved Me In My College Years

I remember back when I was in college. Oh, the days of walking everywhere, eating whatever you wanted to eat (mostly), catching rides off campus when needed, and the late night study sessions at the library and afterwards.

When I think about it, though, I am really grateful for my undergrad years. Not only did it force me to grow up and take care of myself (even though campus was only 20 minutes away from home), having no vehicle helped me keep off those unwanted pounds because everywhere I went, I had to walk.

In the rain, in the cold, in the heat – I was a foot soldier.

Honestly, though, what I ate back in the day was a mess.

I had a kitchen in my dorm room and cooked for myself most days, but I used my Fry Daddy like crazy. Fried fish, fried chicken fingers, fried shrimp, French fries, tater tots, and even fried biscuits stuffed with meat and cheese were mostly on the menu for dinner. I also had a “sandwich maker”, and for lunch I made hot grilled ham or turkey and cheese sandwiches (using margarine to keep the bread from sticking). I did eat veggies, but they were truly a side dish and wasn’t on my plate often.

And when I went out to eat, I walked down to 6th Avenue South, where most of the fast food restaurants lived. Captain D’s Shrimp and More, McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Meal, Burger King Whopper Meal, Taco Bell burritos, and IHOP Belgian Waffles with bacon – so delicious. Healthy options were nowhere in my radar.

I ate this stuff for four years of college campus living.

I also did not have my own transportation for those four years. Walking truly saved my life, because the foods that I ate would have caused me to have a heart attack in my early twenties.

Now look, I am NOT telling you to eat whatever you want as long as you walk 10+ miles a day. I have grown up and I know that doesn’t work in every situation for every body.

What I am telling you is to make sure that a good workout (one that wears you out) is part of your day, at least 4 times a week.

What kind of workouts should you do? Great question!

There are hundreds of fitness programs and workout apps available for you to use. There are classes that you can take at your local YMCA or YWCA or over at the church down the street from you. There is the great outdoors where you can walk, or run, or ride a bike, or hike a mountain. There are even personal trainers who will come to your home with their equipment for a fee and give you (or a group of you) a great sweat session.

However, the best kind of fat burning workout is the one that you will stick with for the long haul. Period.

Come meet up in our Facebook group, Nutrition for Night Time Professionals, and let’s talk about workouts that may work for your schedule.

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