The College Campus Food Regime

So I’m a pretty healthy person.  When I am at my parents’ home, I am very consistent with my daily run and keep up my eating habits.  However, something happens whenever I come to college.  I started thinking about this idea whenever I scarfed down a Tomato Mozarella Paninni from the Student Union today.  As my stomach still tosses and turns at the moment, I can’t help but wonder if there is a way to stay healthy while in college.

Yes is the first answer that comes to mind when I hear college pose the health question: Can I or can’t I stay healthy?  I believe it is very possible to stay trim and feet while living on a college campus.  It just takes a lot of work and discipline.

I’m not going to pretend like it’s easy.  This is definitely a struggle that I face as a college junior continuously.  As a college student, we have so much stress on us from school, to work, to organizations.  We have to maintain all that while still trying to somewhat have social life.  My reaction to stress is to eat, eat, eat!  A trait my tummy definitely doesn’t support.

Yesterday, I got up for my first run of the semester.  I’ve gone five weeks without running and my body is screaming at me for it! I hate feeling out of shape so I’m going to have to get back in the groove.  My run yesterday showed me just how out of shape I really am.  It also showed me how much work I need to put in in order to stay in shape, let on slim down a little.

There are plenty of healthy options on campus.  Instead of that big greasy sandwich or fries from Chic-Fil-A, why not get a salad or sushi instead.  Instead of the cookie or the ice cream, why not get a health snack, granola bar or a piece of fruit.  Instead of driving every where, how about walking more? Also, a good idea may be to also pick a class at the gym to regularly attend.  Make a promise to only miss the class in case of emergenciences.

Being healthy is definitely a choice but also a series of choices.  Start with good ones every moring, and then later in the day it will be easier to keep the pattern going.  My first four weeks of school, I’ve done okay but for the rest of this semester, I want to make a conscious effort to eat healthy.  It is definitely possible to be healthy on a college campus.  It just takes a lot of hard work.

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A Burst of Energy….Or maybe a Renewed Mindset

So I woke up this morning at 6:15 ish to run….crazy!!! I haven’t ran since school started and I have been feeling really out of shape.  I figured the best way to combat that was an early, crack of the dawn run.  Uuum so I guess I was wrong!

I am in class now and I am having trouble keeping my eyes open…literally.  Every five seconds my eyes are watering, my head is drooping and I can’t stop sniffing to save my life.  Days like today, I would love to stay in my room and watch t.v. all day and soak my feet.  Instead, I am back on my daily grind. Class starts at 8:00 and my day won’t end until around 5:00 when I leave my internship.

But instead of all this complaining, why not try to see the sunny side of things?  1, 2, 3…. positive attitude!  i stole that from my old roommate.  I think a positive attitude is a daily choice.  It is something we choose to have, just like we choose which color sweater to wear or how to wear our hair.  Life is all about choices.  It is a series of results that are the product of actions set in motion by our choices.

This morning I chose to go running.  While the aches and pains,  I feel are a byproduct of this action, also the morning burst of energy that sets in after a good run is also another result.  Running in the morning also energizes me and helps me start my day off with good healthy choices.

So though I am not super excited for classes this week or readings or tests, I am glad that I started off my week with a good run.  Now hopefully, my energy from my run will transfer over to the rest of my week.

Another Week, Another Day

I think Monday, at 12:49 a.m. is clearly the best time to write a blog for Electronic Communication.  Well, I really don’t but I guess that’s what my body thinks because I am awake.  I haven’t blogged since last week and I am falling behind in keeping my entries, so I thought I’d catch up.

I am still not sure what my blog is about and that bothers me.  I don’t feel like there is a central theme to my blogs yet and I really wish that I could narrow it down to a central idea.  But man, are my thoughts scattered! These days more than ever!  Junior year is super busy.  I think college is busy for everyone and anyone and I definitely don’t want to complain.  I feel like I may have added more on to plate than what was necessary.  Two jobs, an officer for two organizations, sorority life while managing school and trying to have somewhat of a social life.  Mix that with applying for internships and looking at prospective jobs (because that’s what junior journalism students do) and you have an overflowing amount of responsibility.

I don’t know what I got myself into.  I tell friends that I am really a slacker by nature but I am an overachiever by mistake.  There are just so many thing that I am interested in: fashion, music, writing, journalism.  There are other things that I simply just enjoy like socializing, working out, collecting music.  Sometimes it gets so hard to balance it all! People say that journalism majors tend to be a little scatterbrained! I definitely agree with whoever made that statement up.

Well I hope I can come up with some more interesting blog topics.  So far really my blogs are just about whatever random thoughts cross my mind.  I’m going to have to find a way to organize my thoughts and come up with better topics to write about.

Love of Words

Today is another rainy, September day.  Tomorrow is my 20 birthday and fortunately for me, it is supposed to be clear and sunny skies tomorrow.  Days like today are pretty awesome though.  Although too many rainy days can definitely get a little depressing, a few now and then are refreshing and rejuvenating. 

Walking in the rain around a college campus is not exactly fun, I must admit.  Yesterday, I trampsed around campus in a dress and sandals.  Needless to say, this morning I woke up this morning feeling under the weather, with a minor head cold and chills.  After a little bit of cold medicine, coffee and granola, I am feeling much better.

Most of my days this semester start off with me putting a few hours in at my internship at the OSU Alumni Association magazine.  Today as I sit at the office, writing interview questions, reading background research and interviewing sources over the telephone, I am feeling very mellow, focused and productive.  It’s funny how the rain can do that to you. 

Even though I have a ton of work to get done today in the office, I must admit one of the first things I wanted to do this morning was update my facebook status.  I am the kind of person who updates my status a few times a week and when I do update, I love to put up a quote that describes my mood.  The quote can come from anywhere, a song, a speech, a movie or a book.  I just love finding quotes that move me, express how I am feeling or challenge me to live better.  There is actually a quote to describe my love of quotes.  It says: “I quote others only in order to better express myself.” -Michael  deMontaigne

I just absolutely love words.  I think it would be true to say that I am in love with words and writing.  In the future, I plan on becoming a magazine editor and screenwriter.  While the two aren’t exactly related,  I love the idea o having my words come to life on a movie screen and seeing them printed in a nationally published magazine.  My other passions are music and fashion.  So if I can mix those three  than I will definitely have the perfect career for me.

Rainy days like today make my kind of float outside of itself and I don’t mean that in a drug kind of way.  I just mean rainy does make me super productive and focused on all that I have to do today but they also have a way of making me look ahead.  Hence, why I needed a quote to up date my facebook status with.

Today’s facebook status reads:  ‎”The most difficult lie I have ever contended with is this: life is a story about me.” Donald Miller

I think it’s a good quote to think about as I get done all my work today.  Life is so much bigger than the here and now.  Even though I am so focused on all the things I have going on and the work I have to get done in the immediate future, there is more to life than me and my stuff.  Just food for thought.