A College Girl’s Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

A College Girl’s 7 Step Guide To Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

Being healthy isn't easy, but I can assure you it will be worth it.

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When going to college, you are told that you will gain the "Freshman 15." At first, you have no clue what it is until you look it up. During your freshman year of college, your lifestyle changes and meals become more simple and on the go. With all of that being said, it is easy to lose sight of eating like you did while in high school. This definitely happened to me even though I still lived with my parents in college.

Over the past sixth months or so, I have been trying to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. I'm taking baby steps, but I am making progress. I have found some useful steps to maintaining this change and lifestyle.

1. Fazing out bad habits

Starting a healthy lifestyle does not mean you have to go cold turkey on all the bad foods. What I started to do was take out the bad things little by little. Where I am from, breakfast burritos are the go-to and it doesn't help that a new place opened up right next to my work. I simply started to ask for the burrito without the tortilla and that takes out the unnecessary carbs.

2. Pinterest recipes

Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to healthy alternatives. Being a busy gal you need to find easy and fast things to make that are also healthy. My favorite has been overnight oats. I just put the oats in a jar with some almond milk and it is ready to go for the morning. Its things like that where you can make one change and it is better for you overall.

3. Coffee

Coffee. Every college girl I know relies on their coffee and Starbucks like its water. It is so easy to get caught up in the sugary iced coffees and macchiatos. What I have done is buy the low sweetened cold brew coffee and mix it with almond milk. It can taste just as good, but without the extra calories and sugar.

4. Healthy lifestyle role models

A Youtuber I watch, Whitney Simmons, has a lot of good ideas for easy recipes. I like the ones she uses the crockpot for. You can mix everything together and forget it while you go on with your day. It is time minimizing and you get a good meal out of it. Whitney is my go to when it comes to workouts as well. If you recently bought a gym membership, she has the videos that will help you get through beginners workouts. She will breakdown her sets and how many reps she does which makes it easy for a user to understand. She keeps these workouts on both her Instagram and Youtube channel.

5. H20

Drinking water is essential for everybody. It helps you stay healthy and it also has a lot of good benefits to it. Such as better skin, and it will help you lose the extra weight. Yes, it can be boring but you can buy a cute water bottle to keep you motivated to drink more water. Trust me, I have a cabinet full of water bottles I change out.

6. Working out

Working out doesn't necessarily mean to go hard at the gym right away. You can incorporate small workouts in your busy day by walking to class instead of taking a bus. Also, signing up for different workout classes helps because it feels like you aren't working out, or even sign up for classes that your school offers that way you can get a boost in your GPA just for working out.

As mentioned before, Whitney Simmons is my go to when it comes to workouts as well. If you recently bought a gym membership, she has the videos that will help you get through beginners workouts. She will breakdown her sets and how many reps she does which makes it easy for a user to understand. She keeps these workouts on both her Instagram and Youtube channel.

7. Good music

In order to be motivated to do any kind of workout, you need a good workout playlist. Spotify has a bunch of good playlists just for this depending on your mood for your workout.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn't easy. It starts off slow, but once you get the hang of it it will be easy.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants
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Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

SEE ALSO: To The Girl Trying To Lose Weight In College

The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the sixpack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.

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We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

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This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

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Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

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This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

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There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

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Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.


So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,

Salsa.


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