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Old 09-13-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
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Needing help with college weight gain

I lost a lot of weight in high school so when I entered college I was pretty small, through my freshman year I gained 20 pounds and got myself back down, then i Yo-Yo'ed through the next couple of years. Now that I am graduated I am 40 pounds more than where I started in college. I have access to a medicine ball, elliptical, and i need some help on what would be the best way to get the weight off and tone up. thanks!

 
Old 09-27-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
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Re: Needing help with college weight gain

I was exactly the same way. I was always really athletic, but I lost a lot of weight right before I went into college- I think I was under 100, I was a vegan for a whle. Over the next year or so I gained about 30 lbs back. I yo-yo dieted for a while also. You just need to get yourself active again. Try warming up on the elliptical for 10-15 minutes than start doing some easy training, stuff you can do aroud your house. like arm dips (works triceps), leg lifts, crunches in different positions, step-ups on any bench or chair you have, lunges and squats. You can do all of these without any equipment. do you have access to a gym? if you have weights than start working on your arms by doing bicep curls, work your triceps, or use the weights for more resistance when your doing walking lunges or squats. you can use that medicine ball when youre doing crunches, it helps a lot if you're working your obliques (side abs). Then try getting on the elliptical again and work your way up to longer periods of time on the machine. You can really do a lot with what you have, you just have to have motivation. You can get the body you want, just work hard.

 
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:09 PM   #3
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Re: Needing help with college weight gain

When I started college, I weighed 99 pounds and I too slimmed up for no apparent reason my Junior/Senior year and was about a size 2. My first year in college, I gained nearly 75 pounds and went up to a size 14. I graduated in 2000 and am just now able to get the weight off. It is never too late to lose the weight and yes I yo-yoed for the past 9 years and after marriage and children, I gave up. Then one day, I had my reality check when my brother-in-law lost 20 pounds and weighed exactly what I weigh! I started decreasing my portions and eating more frequently. The day I started this, I also started to walk, work out with weights, and do stretches. I started all of this in June and as of today have lost 37 pounds and am down to a size 8/10. Trust me, if you can find the motivation (I know how hard that is), you can do it. Also, don't forget that it is a very long hard process. I am now in the slow plateau stages and have to remind myself daily that this is okay and is all part of the vicious cycle. My trick for myself is when I hit the next level of 159 or 169, I tell myself aloud, I will NEVER see 170 or 160 again. I also weigh every day to make sure I am not overeating. It is hard to undo these things and college is so hard on us. You can do it, I promise.

 
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