So after leaving first year at university I had put on quite a bit of weight; the dreaded “university weight”. Everyone said I would put weight on but I didn’t quite believe how much.
Scoffing down pasta and different sauces – takeaways occasionally – I didn’t quite realise how much I was putting on until I went home for summer and got on the scales.
It was time to start shedding the pounds.
Luckily, my mum is a clerk at a local Weight Watchers and the Leader was happy with me attending and helping out over summer and luckily with the help of the women there I was able to lose a stone (Thank you Mum, Sonia and the ladies!). Unfortunately it was back to university and back to the dreaded weight… or was it?
After all the hard work over the summer and the motivation I didn’t want to go back to putting on more weight, and being back over a month it has been quite difficult trying to keep on track.
There are many days where I don’t want to stick to the healthy eating and I find it really difficult so I either order in or have loads of pasta.
But sometimes after I’ve flicked through the latest Weight Watchers magazine or looked online at some healthy recipes it’s a lot easier – one of my favourite, healthiest and quickest meals I’ve been having is a bag of vegetable stir fry mix some beansprouts and a Weight Watchers Chinese stir fry sauce, a two minute job and a healthy plate of food – of course you can add in some meat and noodles if you prefer that.
If you’re not a stir fry fan and want to eat healthy, what about salads?
I particularly like warm bacon and chicken salads, but plated up with quite a lot of iceberg lettuce with red onion and peppers. A salad is a fairly quick and cheap meal, and you can change it up so that you don’t get fed up of it.
If you only want a small snack, I like to have a small jacket potato, sometimes I will have a side plate of salad, I used to always have loads of beans and cheese on my jacket potato but to try and stick to being healthy I’ve started having tuna mayo with it and it is actually really nice.
Avocados are a great and healthy food, filled with healthy fats – try having it mashed on toast, with home-made potato wedges, or even just on its own!
Once I’ve figured out what I can have for the week I find it a lot easier, but sometimes when its stressful at university its quite hard to stick to it.
I’m just taking it day by day, trying to eat more healthily than what I did in first year; obviously there will be days when I don’t want to eat healthily and all I’m craving is a pizza from Dominos but all you have to remember is you deserve a treat sometimes and balance is key – everything is good in moderation!
Photo by Jodi Green