Amongst all the dreadful things that I had heard about university, first year spread was what I feared the most. First year spread is a phenomenon where first year students gain weight as a result of the stressful routines they are thrown into when they commence their studies at university.
I assumed that my home-dwelling status would provide me with immunity from this awful trend but alas, it was not to be. I have gained approximately 11 pounds in a period of 9 months !
Being the hypochondriac I am, I went on Web MD and researched all the illnesses that are the causative factors of dramatic weight gain. After hours of research, I was able to confirm that I was indeed possibly suffering from a variety of illnesses. These range from diabetes and hypothyroidism to pregnancy and cushing syndrome.
I then made an excursion to my local physician and apprised him of all my symptoms ( fatigue , nausea, joint pain and excessive hunger) and he came to the conclusion that I need to . . . exercise !
He said that my sedentary and stressful lifestyle had caused this dramatic weight gain that I was experiencing and that all I needed to do was exercise.
Denial was my initial reaction but I have had some time to think about where and how I went wrong and I came up with a long list of felonies I committed throughout the year.
Lily’s list of exercise related felonies (2014 edition)
1. I did not prioritise exercise. I put my allegiance and devotion towards studying ardently for my assessments and examinations – which, in retrospect, was not a bad idea because I did pass- but it contributed to my massive increase in weight.
Other excuses I have made in order to avoid exercise
*I have not eaten yet and I should therefore should not exercise at the risk of lowering my already lowered glucose levels. I should probably eat something first and then wait for an hour before exercising
*I have eaten recently and should probably not undertake any form of exercise as this may result in gastrointestinal problems , nausea and vomiting
*My training clothes are really dirty and it would be really shameful for me to go out in public and exercise in clothes that are dirty.
*I cannot pin-point the exact location of my workout clothing.
*The sun is shining too brightly and its glare might give me a headache .
*My room needs spring-cleaning.
5. Auntie Flo’s visits. She is my favourite auntie and I love hear dearly . She always insists on visiting for at least 5 – 7 days and we have such a wonderful time bonding with each other. She is such a lovely person and always reminds me to take my iron supplements.
6.Eating the easiest / most convenient option which was usually cafeteria food or fast food. We have a most unhealthy menu at our cafeteria and since I do not have the option of driving myself to decent places to eat, I have to eat there.
My padre is telling me not to worry about this increase in weight because I am still growing. He makes an valid point but if I were to gain 11 pounds every year until I graduate, my BMI would sky rocket straight into the obese category and he would have to fit my medical bills.
If I were taller, my excess weight would be evenly distributed throughout my body but I’m only 5’3 and the weight has nowhere else to go except around my tummy. I now have an unwelcome addition to my stomach called “pooch”.
I’m going to spend the rest of holiday devising a plan on how to get rid of “Pooch”. Pooch has got to go. Pooch is not healthy. If I let Pooch do whatever she wants , I will probably suffer from central obesity and die from a myocardial infarction in the next decade.
Lots Of Lily Love ❤ (LOLL)