First off: hi, I’m Jaime and I am a senior at Texas A&M University!
I have never been a big diary person but I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of our blog. This semester I am interning here at iGoPink/Breast Cancer Charities of America and am loving it. I love the staff here but I am also loving being on my own for the first time living as an adult.
Okay, backstory. I have always been a good student and cared about my grades a lot. When I got to college I kicked that into overdrive. I would study almost obsessively for an entire week before a test. I would stay up until 1 or 2 (or 3 or 4 or I wouldn’t sleep) studying for tests. It was almost like I competed with myself to see how high a score I could make. Not only that, but I was also very involved in my sorority, was a counselor for our freshmen orientation program, worked part time and in my last few years also joined a health honor society. By now, I’m sure I sound like a crazy person but I swear I had fun in college too and tried to say yes as often as I could when my friends wanted to hang out.
I thrive when I have a routine and in school my routine was wake up exhausted from the day before, school, meeting, meeting, homework until 12, an episode of Netflix if I could peel my eyes open, rinse and repeat. By spreading myself so thin, obviously, something had to be left on the back burner and for me that was my health. I, in my three and a half years in college, worked out maybe 25 times. I ate out constantly – like my Instagram bio used to be “large fries, diet coke”. It started because I am very outgoing and I need to be surrounded by people and, between all the other obligations I had, mealtimes were the times I could best catch up with friends. Then (this is so embarrassing as a Community Health major to say) I got completely addicted to all the chemicals in junk food and would eat it at least once a day. I was lucky that I didn’t gain a super noticeable amount of weight but I felt gross all the time.
Now that I am living in Houston and working full-time, it is the first time that I don’t have other obligations to tend to after I’m done with work for the day. I had to set a new routine and I decided that it was time for me to grow up and take care of myself. I have started to meal-prep for the week so I’m not tempted to eat out at lunchtime (talk to me about my turkey chili recipe – lifechanging…). I track my food but not just to monitor my calorie intake but also so I can keep track of the macronutrients I’m eating. For example, if one day I have eaten very lean foods and haven’t had enough fat, I’ll treat myself to an avocado to balance my diet. I have made physical fitness a priority as well and can already feel myself getting stronger. My philosophy on working out is even if all I do is walk around the block, it’s better than bumming around on my couch. So whether I burn 500 calories in an intense HIIT cardio session or just walk on a treadmill for 20 minutes, I am proud of myself. These lifestyle changes have made me feel happier and healthier. I love how much energy I have getting out of bed every day and I fully intend to keep this up for the rest of my life.