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Lose the Freshman 15: A Final Stretch Pep Talk


Every once and awhile, I get all “life coach” on you guys and today is one of those days. Nothing like Mondays to put my mind into overdrive and making me think about everything I’m doing wrong. Jokes! I’m not that morose. But I am in serious need of a kick in the pants.

Here’s my problem: I make a lot of promises about later. I get in a mindset where I think an upcoming stretch of time will be better suited for my fitness and diet goals and consequently let myself slack off in the meantime.

I think, “Oh, I’m in the middle of exams right now. But as soon as they’re over, I’ll use the start of the new quarter to start fresh!”

I think, “It’s Christmas break. No way am I going to be able to keep my eating clean over the holidays…but definitely after New Years.”

I think, “Obviously I need to sync up my fitness schedule with the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Just…you know, for the cool factor. Next week!”

And now, most recently, I think, “I’ve been doing so well, but things are picking up at work, and I’m so tired, and know the Drop 10 Diet is delicious, but there is so much good food in NYC that I should try while I’m here, and I only have a month left ‘til summer, and then, I will have nothing but time to dedicate to my body. I will be a workout and diet beast. In a month. Later. Totally. I promise!”

Basically, I frequently fall victim to a really sucky mindset, which is why I have been on and off the fitness wagon for so long. It’s a vicious cycle.

Here’s the deal: it may seem like there is always a “better” time to turn your lifestyle around, but the truth is, there is never a good time to do it. It’s never going to be convenient, and it’s never going to be easy, so there’s nothing we can do but suck it up and do it now.

Say it with me, collegiettes. Now.

This blog post has been brought to you Real Talk: I Needed To Hear This And Maybe Someone Else Did, Too. Stay strong, guys! We got this. 

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Anna Borges

Northwestern '14