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We all know about the dreaded freshman fifteen.

But just because it exists does not mean that gives us a license to eat as much as we want and work out as little as we want to. As we start off our second semesters and enter into 2011, here are a few things we can do to start the year off right and beat the famous freshman fifteen!

1. Eat right

We all know the dining hall does not offer the healthiest food in the world.

However, you cannot use the dining hall’s limited options as an excuse. Even little things like changing your lunch meat (example: turkey over roast beef), decreasing your cheese intake, or not putting a ton of creamy dressing on your salad makes a world of difference.

Instead of using mayo, try mustard. Instead of creamy dressings, opt for vinaigrette. Drink your coffee black or try tea to cut down on the sugar/milk calories.

Instead of starving yourself, try knocking out the little things (such as the aforementioned) and you will see a difference.

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2. Find a work out friend.

This year, my two friends Leah and Amanda are my workout buddies.

Every Monday and Wednesday before class we make it a point to get ourselves to the gym for an hour.

Having a friend – or two– go with you is such a great motivator. You not only go for yourself but you are encouraging and supporting your friend(s) as well. So get out there and find a pal to motivate your body makeover. 

3. Set goals.

Whether they are big or small, setting goals for yourself is so important. Goals help to put things in positive perspective and keep you motivated.

If you want to lose weight, set a realistic goal so you can actually achieve it. Don’t push yourself to lose 10 lbs in one week; go for a pound every two weeks (or whatever works for you) and you will see results that will LAST.

4. Get some sleep.

Most of us pride ourselves on being able to last on 2 hours of sleep, 5 Red Bulls, and an adderall. Note: It does not work.

What does work is getting at least 7 hours of sleep. Not only will you feel better, but your chances of getting sick are minimized and your ability to lose weight increases.

Head to bed early when you can, and get up early for a workout. Sleep in when you can (healthy sleeping in, not passed out sleeping in), and take naps when you can afford to take them.

Not only will you look better, but you will feel better too!

Eating junk, not working out, and never sleeping may sound like a pretty good idea, but in regards to your future health do yourself a favor and try (in whatever capacity) to follow these steps. The you now and the you in 10 years will thank me!

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