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Are you a college student looking to get healthy and fit but think it's impossible with busy schedules and poor dining hall food? Think again! It IS possible. Let me be your guide and answer your questions.

FOOD
Campus dining halls have a reputation for serving sub-par, unhealthy food, but you can almost always find a way around that. First, take a lap around and see what each station has to offer. You may find brown rice at the International station, a veggie medley at the Vegetarian station, and salmon in the main line- a great meal.

Utilize the salad bar. Most schools will have a decent salad bar with lots of veggies. Add a salad to lunch and dinner to get your veggies in. Raw veggies also make a great portable snack for when hunger strikes in the middle of class.

Don't be afraid to ask what's in your food. If you're unsure if the veggie medley is cooked with butter or oil, for example, just ask! Knowing what's in your food will help you make smarter choices and keep you in line with your goals.

Get creative. Sometimes options are limited and you do need to be a little creative. Know how to make a healthy plate and even if foods don't typically go together, go with it.

Have a standard "back up" meal from items that you know will always be available to you for when healthy options are limited. For example, I know that I can always get whole-wheat pasta, tomato sauce, tuna fish, and some kind of cooked veggie to make a balanced meal.

If you're not on a meal plan and live off-campus, you have the advantage of eating exactly what you need to and preparing it healthfully. Still, I know money can be a disadvantage here, but I have solutions!

-Buying in bulk can save you a lot. This doesn't really work for fruits or vegetables, but meat and poultry can be frozen, and things like dried grains, beans (canned or dried), and nuts/nut butter all last a while.

-Buy frozen/canned. Fresh fruits and veggies can sometimes be expensive, especially when they're out of season. Frozen and canned veggies are just as good, if not better due to the flash freezing, and are much cheaper. Just make sure to buy them plain and add your own seasonings and rinse them thoroughly through a strainer if they're canned.

-Have a meal plan. This will keep your shopping list to only the foods you need and can avoid impulse buys that will save both your wallet and your waistline.
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RE: College Students Support Thread
10/21/12 2:01 PM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
I forgot to mention Shakeology! It is a great supplement to your diet and is perfect for an easy grab-and-go meal. With busy schedules it can be hard to find the time to eat, but skipping meals and going too long in between meals is not good for our bodies. It's easy to take a Shakeology packet with you and fill up your shaker cup at the dining hall- and you're good to go!

I'll post some workout tips soon. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, either here or message me privately. Or if anyone has tips to share, please do!
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RE: College Students Support Thread
10/22/12 9:02 PM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
I am in college as well, grad year. One problem with the fitness on DVD is often the lack of space in the dorm rooms. I do manage do to mine but sometimes it's hard to figure out space there. Does anyone else is facing that ? Busy schedules are something too and we all need to manage to fit studying and working out every evening. ShakeO is the best thing to get to help you eat well ; as it replaces a meal it saves times, and it does help with the cravings and also lacks of vitamins one could have. I am on my 2nd month of it and seing results already !
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RE: College Students Support Thread
10/23/12 5:27 AM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
I agree about the small space in the dorms, so I use my laptop and do the workout in the gym since students have free access there. I'll find a corner or unoccupied space so I'm not in anyone else's way. And I can use their dumbbells and yoga mat so I don't need to buy my own. Yes, I get a lot of stares, but some people will come up and ask me about it so it's a great way to get some business if you're a coach!

When it comes to busy schedules, I'm a big planner. I like to plan out my day the night before so I know exactly what I need to get done. If this means that I need to get up an hour earlier to fit in a workout, then so be it. Schedule in a workout like it's homework.
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RE: College Students Support Thread
11/3/12 6:05 PM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
These are great tricks, thanks for sharing emoticon
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RE: College Students Support Thread
12/17/12 8:01 AM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
Hey! My INSANITY schedule has been CRAZY. I was sick for a whole week & only worked out 2 of those days just to keep my body use to it, that next week was Finals week and I got soo off track that I felt like quitting. i HATE not keeping up with the schedule. Now I'm 2 weeks late and a couple of days behind & with XMas coming up idk how it'll go but I refuse to quit.[/font]


Are you guys continuing to exercise through the holidays??

And how in the heck do I know If I'm engaging my core?? lol I've heard of the whole laugh thing but its kinda hard to laugh when the rest of your body is crying emoticon
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RE: College Students Support Thread
12/17/12 3:11 PM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
Hey collegekid09! Don't beat yourself up too much about keeping up with the schedule. It's best to take off when you're sick anyway and as for finals, they should be your priority. You did the right thing for your schedule. Now that you have time off, it's time to dig deep!

You could always just start the program over, in fact, I recommend it, as 2 weeks is a lot of time off. The biggest thing is to not give up! Give yourself this fresh start at the program and GO FOR IT! If you ever need motivation, inspiration, or anything else, I'd be happy to help! emoticon

Yes, I'm exercising through the holidays. It's going to be tough with my new schedule since I'm working crazy long hours, but I'm determined to get it done. My best friend during these times are plans. I plan out every day to make sure I can fit my workout in and eat well.

As for engaging your core, feel your abs periodically as you're working out. If it's tight and hard, you're engaging your core; if it's soft, you're probably not. Do the laugh before you workout and remember that feeling- I know that it's hard to laugh during Insanity!

Hope this helps! I meant to post about staying healthy through finals week, but alas, the craziness got the better of me. I'll be sure to do it for the Spring semester though!
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RE: College Students Support Thread
12/21/12 1:18 AM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
College kid here too emoticon I'm currently studying abroad in London, but I go to school in the States and I live in no particular place really (my family moves a ton). I definitely understand how stressful it gets with finals, schedules, jobs, canteen food, and the craziness of college life in general! I'm in my third year now, but when I started my sleeping schedule was flipped upside down and all my priorities were out of whack. Now that I've been in uni for a few more years, I've got the hang of handling it, but things still get in the way of course.

At the moment I have winter break (until mid-Jan) so even though I've got a shit ton of work, at least I'm back home and can put a little more time into exercise. Sooo I decided to start Insanity - and hoping I won't kill myself for this decision - today (fit test). So YES, I will be exercising through the holidays collegekid09! And I mean what better time? It's probably the most challenging time of the year to make wise choices (and to be honest, I will have to sneak in a treat or two), but there's really no point in waiting until next term starts up again.

Thanks for the tips, Sarah!
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RE: College Students Support Thread
12/23/12 8:28 AM as a reply to SarahECampisi.
Hi, doing2013right! Hope you find this thread helpful!

Insanity is an awesome program- I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Just dig deep and eat well, and nothing can stop you! Let me know if you have any questions or need any advice- I'd be happy to help you out emoticon

Hope you all have a great holiday! emoticon
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