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It’s easy to get stuck in the way things are; nobody likes change. But when changing means for the better, it’s needed—even if not wanted.

Here are five things I’m changing in my life to become a better me.

Being consistent with working out

This is a big one for me because I’m so hot and cold when it comes to working out. Some weeks I’m at the gym every day, but others, not at all. In order to see a change, mentally and physically, I need to be consistent. I need to stay consistent. To do this, I came up with a workout plan that requires four days a week of exercise—not too few, but not too many. It’s just the right amount for me to keep up with it.

Improving my social environment

Maybe it’s just me, but recently I’ve been letting go of a lot of friends. This can be immensely hard, no one wants to admit the end of a friendship. But I encourage you to look at your friendships as they are, which is what I’m doing. If the people in my life are not supporting me, bettering me, and instead tearing me down in some way, shape, or form, resulting in a toxic environment, they don’t have a spot in my life anymore. It’s a goodbye for me.

Being gluten-free

As someone who has constant gut issues, I will try anything. And becoming gluten-free is next on my list. Being gluten-free means cutting out foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat. This means I can only eat whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs. But, I cannot live without my pasta and bread, so I will be trying gluten-free alternatives for those. Will it help? I have no idea. But it doesn’t hurt to try.

limiting my dairy intake

Alike to being gluten-free for health benefits, I am also trying to limit my intake of dairy. Being dairy-free means I cannot eat any foods with ingredients derived from milk. The benefits? The elimination of extra fats, sugar and salt in my food. Not only will this decrease my daily calorie intake, but it will also help slim down my hips, which I swear is where all the fat I consume goes.

implementing a better sleep schedule

Maybe it’s just the college environment, but I have been stuck in a rut of going to sleep late and waking up late. As a soon-to-be college graduate, I will be entering the workforce soon. And I’m pretty positive my work schedule isn’t going to be able to rely on my current sleep schedule. So goodbye late hours and hello early hours.

Change is scary. But the benefits are worth it. I challenge all of you to make at least one positive change in your way, no matter how big or small. You won’t regret it.

Alexa Fricilone

Illinois State '23

Alexa is a recent journalism graduate of Illinois State University and current student at NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. She has been a contributing writer since 2021 and our Junior Editor since 2022. Follow her on Instagram @alexafricilone