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Lose the Freshman 15: Getting Ready for Summer (and Home Cooking!)

 

Hey collegiettes! It is absolutely insane how fast this semester has flown by. Just a few weeks ago I was toiling away til the wee hours of the morning working on papers…and I’m still doing that, only difference is after my last final tomorrow I won’t have to for 4 months! This beautiful sunshine Michigan’s been sporting lately has me so excited for summer – no stress over papers, tests, projects, or the brutal Michigan cold. Instead, I’ll be looking forward to actually relaxing, spending time with my family and friends from high school, and working in the beautiful and scenic downtown NYC once more. One thing I’ve noticed though is that transitioning from college to home while trying to stick to the Drop10 Diet plan may present some challenges. Here is what I am planning to do to make the transition into summer a bit easier, and I hope these tips help you too!

Celebrate (cautiously): Sure, let your parents celebrate their baby being home by cooking up your favorite dishes, or taking you out to a restaurant – just be cautious and aware if what you’re consuming is healthy or not or just empty calories. Instead of reaching for seconds (and thirds), exercise portion control and fill up just one plate with a small amount of all your favorites.

No late night snacking: At school, there was always the 24 hour café, the convenience store open until 1:00am, multiple restaurants to order from, and the dining hall’s random late-night breakfasts. At home, there’s most likely none of that. Instead of instinctually wandering around your kitchen late at night looking for something to whip up, “close the kitchen” at 8pm. Your tummy will thank you later.

Embrace family outings: I’m most likely not the only one who refused to join my family in a lot of outdoor activities because I was afraid of being embarrassed or judged by passersby. Now that I’m in college, I’ve learned the all-important and extremely obvious lesson: NOBODY CARES. Whether it’s wearing yesterday’s food-stained sweatpants or walking with your friend dressed in a chicken suit, most people are too preoccupied with their own goings on to notice what you’re wearing or who you’re with. Enjoy your family and go for a walk in the park with them, go to the pool, or play touch football – anything to get your heart pumping while also having fun. Before you know it you’ll be a real, working-world adult and won’t be able to spend time with them as easily.

Summer sports!: Take a swim, play outdoor Frisbee, or even walking to your friends house can all be great activities to partake in when the weather is gorgeous outside. I know the temptation to lay in bed in the air conditioning all day is all-too tempting, but the weather won’t be all sunshine and smiles for long (unless you live in Florida…lucky people) so get outside and enjoy it while you can.

Hope you collegiettes are having a great end of the semester. Keep sticking to the Drop10 Diet, documenting your progress on Dietbet, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Until next time, bye guys!

With love,

Nicole E

student at the University of Michigan, native New Yorker and downtown nyc / pop culture enthusiast. One of the 7 Her Campus + SELF Magazine "Lose the Freshman 15" bloggers!
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