Like a College Student

in All Posts

I had a meeting on the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus this morning… UCF is SO BIG!  I totally got lost trying to find the right building.


I went to the University of Pittsburgh from 2002 – 2006.  PITT is a medium-sized school, but the campus is open and integrated in the city.  A closed campus like UCF seems so weird to me.


Before my meeting, I had an Oh She Glows bar:


If you’re a UCF student, please come to the Operation Beautiful event on February 24 at 7 PM!  There will be free shirts, free food, lots of fun prizes, and (hopefully) awesome discussions about Operation Beautiful and body image!


I think it’s pretty cool that UCF is publicizing the event via Operation Beautiful-style notes.


Megan said she walked into the Engineering bathroom and saw a slew of them!


After my meeting, I decided to do something very college-ish and eat lunch out.  :)  There are soooo many restaurants around the UCF campus, but I had my eyes peeled for one special place:


The Pita Pit!  I’ve seen it on Jenna’s blog so much, but I’ve never eaten there myself.


I had the hummus and grilled onion, green pepper, and mushroom pita.  Also on my pita was Greek dressing and sprouts.


Were You (or Are You) a Healthy College Student?


I was the MOST UNHEALTHY person in college.   I haven’t exactly made it a secret on the blog that I was a pretty big party animal who drank way too much alcohol for 4 long, long years.  I had a really good time though!  Oh, and I wasn’t a total bum – I graduated with two degrees and with honors.  Party hard, work hard was my motto.  😉


I never thought about what I was doing to my body by drinking so much.  I never really exercised.  And I ate crappy food (or restricted food so I could maintain a “healthy” weight and still drink a lot).  Ugh. 


It wasn’t until I graduated and got a real job that I realized I couldn’t keep living like that forever.  It was fun while it lasted, and it’s great to relive those days when I see my old friends again… but I just can’t do it EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND anymore!  My body freaks out.


Side note:  I found this cute picture of the Husband and I on my 22nd birthday – I can’t believe this was FOUR YEARS AGO because I remember it so well – I can even tell you who else was at the table and what we talked about!  I was very excited because he bought me a Jager Bomb shot and gave me a Little Debbie snack cake with a candle in it.


We’ve been together for SO LONG (6 years or so!).


Were you an unhealthy college student?  Or a healthy one?  Any regrets for living the way you did?



  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 11, 2010, 2:46 pm

    i was actually extremely healthy! i worked out all the time, played intramural sports, and ate very healthfully…i didn’t have anything else to do at the time, which made it easy 🙂

  • BethT February 11, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I was super unhealthy in terms of food – not a big drinker in college. However, I had weekly Taco Bell runs that were pretty epic.

    Also, your being together 6 years and looking young and adorable makes me feel like an old hag, as I’ve been with hubby almost 14 YEARS!! I graduated college 10 years ago! Ack.

  • megan February 11, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I was a pretty healthy college student. I didn’t eat the healthiest I guess, but it wasn’t terrible. And no drinking. i went to a small Christian school where there was no alcohol on campus, and my friends didn’t drink, so I just never got into it. I had no sense of portion control, etc, but I was on the tennis team and a ton of intermural sports, so I was active enough that it didn’t matter

  • Emily Eats and Exercises February 11, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I went to college at Rice in Houston. As a vegetarian in Texas the dorm food was not so hot. I remember one meal which was fried everything: chicken fried steak, fried corn fritters, fried okra. Blech. I remember eating a LOT of pasta which was available at every meal.
    I got a little better when I moved off campus, but there was still a lot of take out and late night eating. Plus I was NOT interested in exercising.
    Grad school was an improvement. I discovered the gym and all the classes they had there.
    School was a great time though. I do wish I had watched my portion sizes a bit more…

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 11, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I wish I lived a little like a real college student some days though! Love the Debbie Cake 🙂

  • Amy February 11, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Its funny you posted Pita Pit in a university themed post.

    My university (University of Guelph, weeeeee!) had meal cards, kind of like a debit card. Pita Pit accepted our meal cards, so it was always our “after the bar” food! lol

  • The Hot and Fit February 11, 2010, 2:48 pm

    The first half year I went a little wild but then I don’t know what happened but I had gotten SO much healthier. I have not consumed much alcohol since. I actually have gotten to dislike it. Shocking, I know.

  • RhodeyGirl February 11, 2010, 2:48 pm

    My story is exactly the same. Party hard, work hard. Two degrees and honors, but a lot of hungover mornings too.

    I can’t even look at a gin and tonic anymore (my late night drink of choice- my friends knew it was time to take me home when i ordered one hahah)

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

      mine was a G&T too!!

      • Laura Georgina February 11, 2010, 3:15 pm

        I third that! So many junior-year papers were written while in juniper recovery, ugh. Why did we pick THE biggest headache culprit… oh yeah, because G and Ts taste AWESOME.

        • Ellie February 11, 2010, 6:18 pm

          LOL! G&T has always been my parents’ drink of choice at home in the summer, so I can make them pretty well. I drank SO MANY my first and second year of college that I cannot so much as think about drinking gin ever again without feeling like throwing up. Maybe it’s just something about gin . . .

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 11, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Oh god! I drank way too much and I yoyo dieted a lot! I definitely don’t miss that part about college! I did start working out in college though! By about by 5th year (yes, I was a SUPER senior who had changed my major 4 times), I was riding my bike to school (24 mile) round trip a few times a week, and running a lot. The whole nutrition part still hadn’t caught up to me yet though!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I was an unhealthy college girl. I drank quite a bit but I ate even less than I drank. Not a good combo! It was in college that my disordered eating hit it’s highest so I did spin out of control a number of times.

    I wish I had started to appreciate my body even just a little bit then, as I do now. I was so young in my thinking and so focused on looks/appearance. More of the reason why Operation Beautiful is such an incredible movement!!!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 11, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Oh dear. Jager Bomb’s bring back way too many memories.

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters February 11, 2010, 2:52 pm

    I was horribly unhealthy in college! I went to “party school” FSU and drank constantly and ate crap all of the time. Of course, I stayed pretty active (working out, being a waitress, walking all over campus) so I didn’t really gain much weight. Post-college, though, I kept up those unhealthy habits — and dropped the exercise! — and the weight started to climb. Thankfully now I’ve lost it and am about the same size I was then. And I’m MUCH healthier now that I don’t drink much and eat real food! LOL.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 11, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I love the older pictures of your guys!

    While I THOUGHT I was healthy because I taught 8 fitness classes a week, I still ate like garbage and drank too much. live and learn. 🙂

  • Alexis February 11, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Congrats on the gig at UCF, that’s going to be great!

    I was a **very** unhealthy college student. I lived in a sorority for a few years, so I didn’t have much choice when it came to meals, so it was a lot of fattening food. Like you, I drank too often. I didn’t exercise very much (besides walking around campus, I didn’t have a car).

    I don’t regret it, though … I’m done with the partying stage of my life. I enjoyed the heck out of it, but the way I felt and looked give me an appreciation for how I look and feel now, as I’m more responsible choices. When I have hangovers now, I lay there in bed and think, “how did I DEAL with this for four years?!” 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful February 11, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I think that is great that you had such a good time in college and still graduated with such high accomplishments. I definitely partied too much too, but we all do. It’s great when you can change your life around for the better. I think what you are doing with Operation Beautiful is amazing. So inspirational.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 11, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I am pretty unhealthy! I drank a lot ate badly…no good. I am better now, but I still drink a lot of beer!

  • Kate February 11, 2010, 2:55 pm

    My first year wasn’t too bad, I walked everywhere and even if I didn’t eat the most healthy foods, I didn’t overeat. Then things got crazy, I had panic attacks and major depressive episodes, so any healthy eating when out the window–I once ate ben and jerry’s for breakfast because it was the only food I had in my dorm room! I also had a car so I drove everywhere. Later I joined weight watchers and tried to eat better, and even though I was losing weight I started having unhealthy behaviors–binging, obsessed with points and activity, saying I was “vegetarian” so I could skip eating what I thought was high fat foods at people’s houses. The sad part was there was oodles of help I could have taken advantage of–free counseling for one but I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact I was heading for an eating disorder, I just thought I was fat and lazy.

    I’m on the right track now. Better late than never!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 2:57 pm

      sometimes we dont realize how unhealthy behaviors are when we are so entrenched in them! you are right, soooo many great and free resources on college campuses. maybe your comment will make someone else check out their school’s counseling center.

  • Lizzy February 11, 2010, 2:56 pm

    i like to think that i was a pretty healthy college student (i’m still in college, but now live back at home) my first 2 years of college i went away, and i ate crappy all the time. When i was living in the dorms breakfast, lunch and dinner were all eaten in the cafe and i tried to make them healthy, but after a while i just gave up. I didnt gain the epic freshman 15 but i sure did pack on a little bit of weight. i wasn’t a drinker, so that wasnt the problem. when i moved into my own apartment, i ate pretty healthy too, but the unhealthy stuff snuck in there all the time (chinese takeout, fast food…we all know the drill, when fast out weighs cooking)…but since i moved home and am now eating all my meals at home, i eat more healthy then i ever have and it makes me so happy! my body feels a million times better when its filled with healthy eats! I think it just takes each of us different times to realize that the unhealthy stuff just isnt good!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 11, 2010, 2:57 pm

    i was pretty healthy — I’m much more healthier now, but all things considered, I worked out, ate healthy most of the time and didn’t drink EVERY weekend — actually, probably only once a month (still not a big drinker)!

  • LindsayH February 11, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I was not a healthy college student! My first year of college, I was a vegetarian at a tiny private liberal arts college in the midwest. This was almost 13 years ago, and there were zero healthy food options for me. I ate carbs carbs carbs and tons of fried and fast food. I dreaded even walking up the hill. I became severely depressed and even dropped out of school after finishing one year! I took a break, during which time I worked in the kitchen of a European Bakery. That did not help my diet at all. By the time I went back to school I was up around 200 pounds. For me it wasn’t until after I graduated and got a “real world” job that I started thinking about my health.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair February 11, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I am in my fourth year of college right now and I’m WAY healthier then I was my first couple of years. I partied all the time and ate SO MUCH JUNK. It wasn’t until half way through my second year of college that I started eating healthy!

    Right now I don’t feel like a typical college student. I work three jobs and run and train for races. Since I work A LOT and go running in the morning I NEVER go out on weeknights anymore and only rarely on weekends. And, when I do (like last weekend) it really makes me feel gross to be so unhealthy because my body is used to healthy foods!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 11, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I’d say I’m a pretty healthy college student 😉
    I think it’s sad- a lot of people my age are familiar with the whole story of “I used to be so unhealthy in college and then I turned my life around.” So then, they think it’s acceptable to be unhealthy because it’s part of “life.” Not okay!

  • Grace February 11, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Sounds like most of us were over served. The binge drinking I did my freshman year was insane. I don’t know how my liver survived. By sophmore year I wised up and realized that the beer gut was not sexy or healthy. I stopped drinking completely for a few months and started working out more. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a good balance and fell back into an eating disorder.

    College seemed to fuel my disorder because it was so easy to isolate myself. My family was in another state and I just stopped socializing. There really wasn’t anyone to monitor me.

  • Freya @ February 11, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I’m a healthy college student and proud of it!! 😀 I did my crazy binge-drink-eat-crap days in High School actually :s
    It’s so difficult being healthy at uni though – on a student budget!! But I could never go back to how I used to be cos I know too much info about all the damage that happens to my body if I eat/drink junk; I just couldn’t do it anymore :s

    That looks like such a beautiful campus, I wish my uni looked like that!

  • Leah @ L4L February 11, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I drank a lot. I went from one extreme to eating a lot of junk to eating a lot of diet food (sugar free, fat free, etc). After I graduated, that’s when I got on the healthy eating band wagon. When I was out of that college atmosphere. I still drank like a fish but I started cooking a lot more.

  • John February 11, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I didn’t drink but I ate and ate and ate with no exercise. I regret it as it’s a lot harder to lose it than put it on!

  • Jolene ( February 11, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I was a pretty healthy University student – I was very health conscious throughout my university years … but I drank on the weekends 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 11, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I was pretty unhealthy but THOUGHT I was healthy. Eating lots of Lean Cuisines, Slim Fast shakes and then having pizza and crappy takeout Chinese for dinner. Ugh. I’m only about 10 pounds lighter now than in college but feel a million times better.

  • Alisha February 11, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I was the most unhealthiest University student around!! Currently I am in the process of trying to pick up the pieces of my life, well what’s left of it and it’s been hard and a slow process, but I’m getting there everyday.
    I know you don’t really like it when people advertise their blogs on your blog, but if you visit mine and read “The Reason” – you’ll see just how healthy I was. Not fun. It’s weird because being a student and in university you spend so much time challenging yourself academically and wanting to prove your smarts to your professors – you in turn end up doing and making a lot of STUPID choices, how does that make sense? haha.

  • pen February 11, 2010, 3:02 pm

    PITA PIT! I love Pita Pit. It was my go-to food when it was 3am and I was drunk. Well also when it was 1pm and I was hungry. Oh, Pita Pit. So many fond memories!

  • Sarah February 11, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I most regret not using our AMAZING and FREE gym while at college. I was just to intimidated to go 🙁 At the time it was really new and supposedly was like, the biggest best gym for a student body (e.g. not athletes only) this side of the Mississippi. Go Cougs! (WSU Cougs :))

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 11, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I was a relatively healthy college student–always a very healthy eater, but definitely didn’t do the whole “alcohol in moderation” thing. The only thing I hated about college eating was the repetitiveness. I ate SO MANY egg white omelets, soups, frozen veggie dinners. Oh, and chipotle. A lot of chipotle haha

  • Nicci February 11, 2010, 3:05 pm

    I was semi-healthy in college.

  • Kelly February 11, 2010, 3:06 pm

    I was pretty unhealthy- I worked out but not consistently and even when I was being consistent about working out my eating was terrible. And obviously I drank, often. It was not good haha. I’m much healthier now.

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 11, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I partied WAY too hard at the beginning of my freshman year: kissed a few too many boys 😉 and ate way too many 3am slices of pizza/White Castle burgers. Things changed after an especially terrible hangover and I took a step back from drinking and going out 3 nights a week. I have some regrets — I kissed a few too many frogs and made an idiot of myself a handful of times — but I wasn’t all that bad now that I think about it. I needed to come out of my shell!

    Then, I met this brilliant guy that made me want to work harder and generally be a better person…and in a few weeks we’ll be celebrating our 8th anniversary/2nd wedding anniversary 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat February 11, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I actually was too healthy of a college student. I almost NEVER drank because I was afraid of the calories. I missed out on a lot of parties and dinners because of this. I regret it big time. I would have rather lived it up then, and changed my ways later rather then felt like I denied myself that part of my youth.

    • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 11, 2010, 4:36 pm

      Monica, I was the same way! I never drank with friends in college. I started my drinking when I was 23. Sometimes I want to party with my 21 year old sister but I’m 26 and married now! So I feel like a dork.

      • Carrie H February 11, 2010, 5:50 pm

        Don’t feel like a dork! I used to party a lot and was unhealthy in college, and now I’m almost 26 and married too … and the only time I really indulge anymore is once in awhile with my 22-year-old sister! She’s very welcoming and we’ve had some fun times together! Lol. (But I do prefer my regular, day-to-day healthy lifestyle now FOR SURE!)

        • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 11, 2010, 5:53 pm

          Aw thanks Carrie! It’s fun to party with your siblings every now and again!

  • Mellissa February 11, 2010, 3:11 pm

    I wasn’t too bad, I drank but not all the time. Most of my unhealthy behavior came from working 30 hours a week and going to school full time. I did belong to a gym and was pretty decent about working out but my food choices were not always the best.

  • Niki@ Niki's Neverending Adventure February 11, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Congrats on your OB opportunity at UCF!! That’s awesome!! I was a pretty healthy college student. I lived at home most of it so I always had healthy food around. College is also when I started long distance running!! I was much healthier than in high school! I think it’s funny how all my friends say that they wish they were as thin as they were in high school and didn’t have to worry about what they ate!! I don’t! I am at my healthiest now!!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 11, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I’d like to think I’m a pretty healthy college student- I am a health blogger, after all 🙂 I’m lucky to live in New York City though, where it’s super easy to find cheap and convenient healthy food. Alcohol is one of my biggest “health” issues, I have to say. I want to enjoy college as much as possible, and I know that means drinking with friends, but at the same time I know how bad it is to drink excessively. Everything in moderation, though, and I guess I’m still young enough to be able to handle late nights and jager bombs!

    Oh my goodness I wish I went to UCF! I’d love to see an Operation Beautiful event. If you’re ever in NYC, consider doing one at NYU if you have the time 🙂

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 3:20 pm

      you should organize one at your school! 🙂

  • Diana February 11, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I almost went to the pita pit just last night! their falafel pita sounds really good.

    I was pretty unhealthy in college, though I did try to get more healthy towards the end.

  • D February 11, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I went from being healthy and fit in highschool (I played field hockey for years, and would go to pilates classes before school started, and step aerobics after) to being unhealthy for freshman year, and then back to my normal habits for my second year, and now my final.

    I totally just got carried away with the fun of freshman year, and I don’t regret it at all! I was too intimidated to join a big city gym, and I didn’t know how common it was for students to work out, so I figured I would wait and see if it was “normal”. Not surprisingly, no one really worked out, so apart from the occasional run, I didn’t either. I also got overly excited about food I hadn’t had since I was growing up, I didn’t have access to any organic or natural supermarkets like I was used to at home, and cooking seemed like it would take up too much time…that I could be spending at a bar. Oh, and I also got a boyfriend, which is like an automatic 5 pound weight gain.

    Then, I ended up in the hospital, (sadly, for an ongoing and unresolved issue) which made me feel super out of control and sad about my body. It wasn’t food/alcohol related, but I felt so powerless that I committed to getting back to my healthy habits, because at least then I could do everything possible to keep healthy. Alcohol is the biggest downfall, but I feel like it’s automatically easier in the last year because everyone has more studying, and going to clubs is less of a novelty.

  • Madison February 11, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Whew… Oh the college days! Here’s my breakdown:
    Freshman year: Alcohol is the devil (didn’t drink), Subway is great!
    Soph year: Started drinking. Less Subway, more Taco Bell
    Junior Year: same as sophomore year
    Senior Year: More Subway, Less Taco Bell, fewer Vodka Tonics and an more balanced lifestyle. Basically, I did well for two years, and TERRIBLE for two years!

  • Emily February 11, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I’m a college student right now and am actually very healthy and work out daily. The 5 roommates I live with are NOT healthy though, and they don’t understand my lifestyle so it can be hard to live with them.

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 11, 2010, 3:29 pm

    For my first two years of college, I didn’t drink, stayed in all the time, did work all day, didn’t eat much at all. Then my best friend helped me see that I simply wasn’t living. Come 21, I started going out every weekend, eating healthy during the week and letting loose on the weekends–both with drank and food. It’s pretty much how I am now and I love it. Speaking of, why isn’t it 10pm yet??? I just need to dance!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 3:33 pm

      when are we going to meet, because we need to do tequila shots together.

      • Kailey (SnackFace) February 11, 2010, 3:36 pm

        Hahaha YES!!! I have to get my a$$ to Chicago around the time of the HLS even if I don’t get a ticket.

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 11, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I was so similar to you in college- I have NO idea how I went out that much or that often and still never missed class, got great grades, and was involved in tons of clubs and activities. I basically slept less than 6 hours every night, varied between eating healthy or eating unhealthy and then not eating enough, and sporadic exercise plans. I think it was definitely an accepted way of life in college and I never gave it too much thought until I was OUT of college! Worked heard and played hard and it’s fun to relive those days once in awhile a few times a year now- how did we do it every weekend!?

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) February 11, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I was totally unhealthy. I actually worked out on a fairly regular basis, but the crappy sorority girl way–20 minutes on the elliptical or recumbent bike, no resistance, while reading a magazine. And then I’d go home and eat wonderfully unhealthy sorority dinners.

    Also, I drank like a fish and went through lots of slutty phases. Whoops.

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 3:33 pm

      this comment made me LOL

    • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 11, 2010, 3:37 pm

      haha, ohh those phases..

    • Grace February 11, 2010, 5:27 pm

      That last sentence is hilarious!

  • Devon February 11, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I am DYING for Pita Pit!

  • Jessica February 11, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I was a really unhealthy college student, until I realized how much weight I gained during my semester abroad in Spain junior year. For the rest of my junior and senior year, I was ridiculously healthy and obsessed with eating all the “right” foods and exercising every day for 2 hours. I didn’t find the “healthy balance” until I graduated.

  • Suzanne February 11, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Ugh… college was something else. I was really thin in high school because I was a dancer and worked out a lot, but then I went to college and started drinking alcohol and eating from those all-you-can-eat dining hall buffets. Even though I still worked out regularly, I gained the freshman 15 and then some! Still had a lot of fun, though. I’m glad I got (most of…) it out of my system then!

  • Liz February 11, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I’m pretty healthy for a college student. I eat right, exercise and rarely ever drink… my classmates think I’m weird

  • Tracey February 11, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I was not healthy at all. I was trying to figure out a lot of things in my life and I dealt with it by eating really bad or not eating at all.
    I’ve had a poor relationship with food for most of my life. Still trying to figure out the balance between all things healthy.

  • kirsten February 11, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Ahhh I miss college :/ I went from being kind of unhealthy freshman year to obsessed with being healthy my junior year. After college is when I found a good balance of eating right and working out a good amount.

  • Allison February 11, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I was a regular at the burrito place… but the only employees that knew me were the ones that worked the late night shift. HA. Late night drunk eating anyone? let’s talk 5lb burritos w/ the works multiple nights a week… Yikes.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 11, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I was really healthy in university. In high school I was a slob though.
    I didn’t really star exercising until the end of my first year of university and I lost about 15lb.

  • Jess February 11, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I don’t know about *really* healthy, but I think I’m pretty good at eating well. I cook a lot (combining meal plan and groceries from Wegmans), bring lunches to school, take healthy snacks made from scratch, etc. I occasionally indulge, but not too badly, and now that I’m a senior I don’t drink that much at all. I’m not a very fit person, and going to the gym is out of the way and a pain—excuses, excuses!—but I do yoga nearly every day, plus hand weights and resistance band work.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I used to eat a Chunky Kit Kat every single night. Soon enough I turned into one!
    Lots of regrets about university, but I can only work on the now.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 11, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I was a middle-of-the-road college student, in terms of health. I would fluctuate between being really really healthy (almost obsessively so) and just letting myself go entirely. Two extremes!

    I do think the message that college students should pay more attention to their health is an important one. Of course that’s not to say that drinking games and late-night pizza parties are bad – everything in moderation! But some of the health habits we do or do not cultivate around that age can have long-term effects down the road (for example, since we build up most of our bone density by the time we’re 30, it’s important for college women to be getting enough calcium).

  • Molly February 11, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Healthy? I didn’t know what that meant in college. Restricting, binging on late-night cheese sticks and cookies, more games of beer pong than I can deam necessary, and Irish car bombs. Blacking out was my only form of dieting. Now? I can say that veggies rule my world, and alcohol takes a backseat most days. Pray that I never go back down that road. My liver already has forgotten how to regenerate itself. Out of pure protest, no doubt

  • Whit @ February 11, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Super unhealthy. I would eat fast food probably twice a day. The pizza places around campus also always had really great deals going on, so I ate a TON of pizza. I didn’t really drink that much, which probably helped me not gain 30 pounds, but I did gain my freshman 15. And kept it until I started working full-time. Looking back, I didn’t even know how to eat. I didn’t know what my body needed. I never ate fruit…like at all..I didn’t like it. How I didn’t get scuvy I’ll never know 😉 It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I needed to change. But I have, and I’m learning to love fruit 🙂

  • Meredith February 11, 2010, 3:58 pm

    My husband and I have been married 5 months and on March 26th we’ll celebrate 10 years since he first “asked me out” when we were 16!!! I love looking at old pictures of us so young, too.

  • Nicole, RD February 11, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Not healthy…even though I was a nutrition student. I was a party animal and like yourself, restricted my intake quite a bit so that I could “afford” the calories to drink a lot without gaining weight. Dumb, dumb, dumb! Like yourself, I cannot do that any longer…my body FLIPS out!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 11, 2010, 4:00 pm

    What a great post!
    I was pretty unhealthy too. Long hours, too much alcohol – the same old story really. I did try to fit in gym sessions where I could though.

  • steph February 11, 2010, 4:01 pm

    well i’m currently a college student and while i drink WAY too much and often, i eat very healthily and exercise. i’m lucky enough to afford not to eat at the dining hall unless i’m meeting friends there and buy myself organic, fresh food.

    i know i won’t be in college forever and therefore won’t drink like this forever, so i just call it ‘living the college life’ haha, at least that’s my excuse to myself

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 4:03 pm

      well at least you are balanced 🙂 haha i wouldnt take back those 4 years for anything!

  • Tamara February 11, 2010, 4:04 pm

    I wasn’t terribly healthy, but I wasn’t unhealthy either. I did a lot of walking. After the first year I moved off campus and cooked 95% of my meals–though at first “cooking” meant a lot of pizza bagels! And it did take a while to wean myself from the vending machines.

    I never partied. I wasn’t religious or timid or antisocial, I just didn’t want to. I preferred to cultivate my oh-so-boring long-term relationship and wake up on weekends hangover-free. Boy, did I take a lot of flack for that, even though I had nothing against those who chose to party. I think NOT partying carries more shame in society than bar hopping, despite everyone condemning it verbally. We have a strange double standard in which we’re supposed to apologize for our “bad behavior,” but you’re shunned if you /didn’t/ “party hard.”

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 11, 2010, 4:09 pm

    Purdue (where I went to grad school) was HUGE too…I never got used to it after spending my undergrad at College of Charleston, which is pretty small and integrated with the city.

    I lived it up in college…it was like that Dave Matthews song “Too Much” lol– I ate too much, I drank too much…and like you, after I graduated, I calmed down in a major way!

    That pic of you and your hub is so cute!

  • Ashley February 11, 2010, 4:14 pm

    well, i loved every single second of college but was completely unhealthy. I played field hockey there, so we had strict rules about going out… so when we WERE allowed to go out we definitely went out hard. hard core binge drinking, but always had the best time, and ruled the beer pong table! Also ate out probably for every single meal other than breakfast because we were too lazy to get out of the house for breakfast. It would have been nice if I ate healthier, but I feel like those days helped shape my days now. I had the best time in school and loved every second of it!

  • Lauren February 11, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I was NOT a healthy student. I vacillated between eating very, very little to having alchol-induced pizza binges for the better part of 4 years. I was always a runner, but my running kind of lacked during college, too. I was just sort of going through the motions of it.

    I loved, loved, loved college and did very well, but I cringe at my unhealthy habits now. It was so important to me to maintain a size 1 that I really thought deprivation was key. No wonder I had so many of those pizza binges!

    I think it took graduating and living on my own (and acquiring a wonderful, supportive boyfriend) to make me realize the error of my ways. We’re young when we’re in college! How can we expect to have our acts totally ‘together’ when we’re 20?!

  • Abby February 11, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I was pretty healthy my junior and senior year when I lived off campus and could make my own food. But by that time I ws also more aware of nutrition and was running. Oh, Pitt. I miss it.

  • Nicole (dishin') February 11, 2010, 4:18 pm

    I was a so-so student when it came to being healthy. I remember eating salads and sandwiches but also drank too much and ate too much pizza. And weekend brunches in the cafeteria were always over the top. I lost nearly 20 pounds after college by just making my own meals.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 11, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I college I thought I was healthy. I worked out very consistently and trained for a few half marathons and other races. However, I look back on all that binge drinking and I wonder how much damage I did. If I could go back, I do think I’d do it over again.

  • Jamie Walker February 11, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I drank a LOT in college but I also workout out pretty hard. I’ve always been a play hard, work harder kind of girl. 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 11, 2010, 4:25 pm

    oops! i meant to say “DONT think I’d do it over again!”

  • Beth February 11, 2010, 4:26 pm

    I don’t think you could trump my drinking 😉 I based my studies around 1$beer nights and ladies nights! I also worked out and rode my bike EVERYWHERE and never drove. I still enjoy some nights out, but I know more and respect my body on a whole different level than I did at 21! I know when to say no, which is not a skill I had in college!

  • Matt February 11, 2010, 4:26 pm

    I am in college right now and I consider myself pretty healthy!

  • Nicole February 11, 2010, 4:29 pm

    You looked so cute in that pic of you the hubby.
    College–aaahh college…I was super unhealthy. I played soccer in college but that didn’t stop me from gaining 30+ pounds from eating crap and drinking. After two years of playing soccer overweight, I injured my knee and had to take a year off. I started waitressing on my free time since I moved off campus and that’s when the weight started to fall off. However, I was dating a musician (who was also from a huge Irish Catholic family) so ALL we did was drink. We both worked at restaurants that had bars, so we’d meet up and drink all night after the bar closed. It was BAD. And when we weren’t working at night, he was playing somewhere, which meant we were drinking. We dated for 2 years, and as much as I loved him, I knew we had to break up. I couldn’t live like that anymore.

    My life is 100% different now (100% better!)
    I had an Awesome time in college. I don’t regret a second of it. But I’m so happy not to be living like that anymore!

  • Allison February 11, 2010, 4:40 pm

    I’m a senior in college this year, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job staying healthy. I swam for my college team the first three years, which limited the partying and gave me plenty of exercise, and I’ve been a vegetarian since I came to college. I’ve never been a big drinker anyway because it always makes me feel crappy the next day. In the past year I’ve definitely improved my healthy habits by finding new ways to exercise (LOVE running and spin classes) and cooking my own food. A lot of my friends drink a LOT but I just can’t do that, but I’m lucky they never make me feel weird for not getting wasted.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 11, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I had a strange college experience. I went to a state school and stayed home with my parents. So I didn’t drink or party much until AFTER college. I loved those days and don’t regret them too much!

  • Kelly February 11, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I was somewhat healthy. I exercised about 3 times a week and ate okay..not great but not terrible. I have definitely become a much more active and healthier eater as I have gotten older!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) February 11, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I was NOT healthy.

    Pizza twice a week, $2 Chow Mein every weekend after the bar, beer, beer…and also some beer. 😉

    UGH. I actually tried to workout and in my Senior year I was a little bit healthier. But…yeah, for the most part it was pretty gross what I ate/drank.

    But I had the BEST TIME so no regrets! Never again though! 🙂

  • Katie February 11, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Such a cute pic of you and your hubby! I definitely worked hard and played hard… I ate terribly (fast food, bar food and frozen pizzas, mostly), partied a lot (sorority) and half-heartedly worked out at the gym. I was always thin so I considered myself healthy until I got a wakeup call in the form of my doctor telling me I had high cholesterol! Even that didn’t inspire me to change my habits… I was having too much fun! Looking back I can’t believe how I treated my body.

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 11, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I was somewhere in the middle of the road.

    I walked pretty much everywhere I could, but I didn’t really work-out much. I did do water aerobics my senior years when I was teaching swim lessons at the YWCA since they were free and right before I had work anyway, but that was the extent of my working out in college.

    I drank some, but I didn’t like beer which was generally the only option at house parties so I didn’t do a whole lot of drinking.

    Once I had an apartment, I cooked for myself more often than not; however, there was usually some kind of highly processed convenience foods involved. (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, canned soup, Kraft Mac n Cheese.)

    It wasn’t until I graduated and started my (very) sedentary office job that I really started putting on the pounds. I don’t regret any of it, but I’m definitely much happier having found a healthier more balanced lifestyle.

    I wish I was anywhere near UCF. I would love to come see you speak!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me February 11, 2010, 4:56 pm

    I started off really unhealthy…(hello freshmen 30!). I began to work out middle of sophomore year and lost it all by then. It was definitely tough!

  • Sarah (Shep) February 11, 2010, 4:58 pm

    i’m a sophomore in college and i’m very proud of my healthy habits… i still go out to parties and most of my friends drink, but i don’t feel compelled to do it with them and i have the personality to carry myself without the “tipsy confidence” that alcohol can give. plus, i’m underage, and it’s just not worth it to me to risk the consequences of getting caught. once i turn 21 next january i’ll probably enjoy some drinks every now and then, but for now i’m proud to be the “healthy one” and i like to encourage my friends to come eat dinner at my apartment since i cook every night, or come workout with me.

  • Ashley February 11, 2010, 5:04 pm

    You didn’t have Pita Pit at Pitt (wow that was a tongue twister!)? I went to Penn State and we had one there and there are some in Philly so I always thought it was a PA thing but guess how. Aren’t they soooooo good? MmmmMMM I’m craving one now!

  • Christine February 11, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I’m in college now (At the University of Iowa) and I really try to eat healthy, although it can be REALLY tough sometimes when my friends want to eat out often and the temptations with the chips and queso and oreos….I feel really accomplished when I eat an orange instead. But that’s not to say that I do that all the time…!!! 🙂 Working out is another story, I belong to the gym on campus so I will pack my gym bag and take it to classes with me and go directly after so I don’t have an excuse to be lazy at my apartment. Then when the weather is nice, I have no excuse to get outside and run because there are so many fun places to run in the Iowa City area. Downtown there are a TON of bars and I frequent them on the weekends…haha. But I figure that if I workout regularly & eat healthy a majority of the time it’s okay!

  • Larabel February 11, 2010, 5:20 pm

    I’m actually a freshman at USC (University of Southern California) and I have to say, I consider myself to be pretty healthy! First semester was a totally different story though. I was drinking A TON (I still am though…) but I would eat massive amounts of food late and night and then starve myself all day. I worked out pretty often but I still gained a significant amount of weight. I recently went on the South Beach Diet and have lost all that I gained plus some! I still drink way too much than I should but hey, I go to the most fun school in the world and god damnit, I’m gonna have fun! I workout all the time, eat super healthy (with the occasional splurge, obviously), study hard, and PARTY HARD! I feel totally great about where I am right now because hey, you only live once!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 11, 2010, 5:20 pm

    I gained about forty pounds in college, so no I definitely wasn’t healthy! I didn’t start drinking until after college though, since I didn’t turn 21 until after.

    But I used my freedom to eat whatever, whenever. Plus I was going to school and working weird hours so I would eat multiple times a day.

    I’m so glad to have lost over 90 pounds since then!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid February 11, 2010, 5:20 pm

    3 years of unhealthy, 1 year of going to the gym, and 1 year of gym plus good food (healthy).

    JUST HAVE TO SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE PITA PIT!! Their honey mustard is one of my faves!! I’ve only been to the one by Boston University once, but used to go to the one at Purdue a lot my senior year!

  • sheila February 11, 2010, 5:26 pm

    I just wrote a post yesterday on how to be a healthy college student :). I’m still an undergrad, took me awhile to figure out what I want to do. I believe living a healthy lifestyle as a college student is important. It’s definately hard to eat the right stuff sometimes just because you’re always on the go and you have deadlines to meet. Living healthy have been a part of my life since the beginning of 2009. I love to make my own food, not only because I love to cook but it’s cheaper than eating out PLUS I know what I’m putting in my body. Don’t get me wrong I allow myself to have “bad” foods/drinks once in awhile … it helps me keep sane 🙂

  • Megan February 11, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I’m a healthy college student for the most part. I usually only drink a couple of times per quarter and when I do its not in excess to the point where im flat out trashed. well… st. patrick’s day, my birthday and new years are all special occasions. I pretty much workout everyday and work at my school’s gym. So the exercise part is easy. plus im also blessed with the chicago lakefront. I also have a kitchen in my campus apartment so staying away from dining food is not a problem!

    LOVE PITA PIT. that just needed to be thrown in there.

  • Paige February 11, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I had a BLAST during college – I just graduated last May! I feel like I lived it up those four years and now that that time is over, I’m okay with it! I sowed my wild oats, if you will. Not that I was out of control or anything during college (well…not my junior or senior years at least…), but if I hadn’t experienced all college had to offer at the time, I would have always wondered about the experiences I missed out on. Plus, after college it’s called alcoholism. 🙂

  • Lexie February 11, 2010, 5:28 pm

    I was unhealthy for like… one month, and instantly put on like ten pounds. Never again, never again.

    BTW, going to Pitt makes me think other campuses are so weird as well. They are like… their own little bubbles. Creeps me out.

  • Paige February 11, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Oh but Mardi Gras (I’m from St. Louis and we do it up big here) is Saturday so I’ll be reverting back to my college ways in 48 hrs – temporarily. 😉

  • Evan Thomas February 11, 2010, 5:40 pm

    I like to think I’m healthy. Maybe the vast amount of chocolate I consume brings that into question, but at least I’m happy 🙂 and COMPLETELY oblivious to “real college life”. I was just downstairs and couldn’t figure out for 10 minutes why there was a stack of red cups all of which had drops of beer in them but piled like they were new

  • Shannon February 11, 2010, 5:41 pm

    I was relatively healthy starting in sophomore year, when I went to the gym a lot. However, I think I went TOO much and didn’t work out the right way (all I used was the elliptical, no weights or yoga, etc), and stopped eating all sweets so I slimmed down to a toothpick. Junior year I started doing yoga, sleeping more, and running more, and I developed better eating habits that I carry with me today. 🙂 I will never be as in shape as I was my last year in college though, I was a machine. 😉

  • Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) February 11, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I went to PITT too, whoo hoo. I graduated in 2005, though. I was a mess in college. It started with “Thirsty Thursday”, but then quickly became “Tired Tuesday” and “Wasted Wednesday” lol. We were always out.

    I lived on 5$ Antoons pizzas and O Fries. I would go to Panera when I was feeling “healthy”. Looking back at pics now, Im like Oh dear lord. My lifestyle couldn’t be any more different BUT I wouldn’t trade those yrs for anything 😉

  • Hangry Pants February 11, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I didn’t drink a lot in college at all, and I drink even less now. I wasn’t really thinking about eating healthy then either – I thought about it a lot less.

  • Liz February 11, 2010, 5:53 pm

    i was about as unhealthy as they come in college… which didn’t exactly fit well with my major of health and fitness. Looking back, it amazes me that I could spend all day in class learning about planning diets and workouts and then go home to chicken strips, mac&cheese, and unmentionable amounts of booze. Thursday, Friday, Saturday… booze, bar, taco bell. Don’t get me wrong… I had a TON of fun!

  • Ada February 11, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I consider myself a very healthy college student and work out multiple days per week. I find that living a healthy lifestyle grants me more energy to tackle my coursework.

  • BroccoliHut February 11, 2010, 6:00 pm

    I’ve definitely always been a healthy college students–I’ve gotten much teasing over the years for my love of tofu and veggies rather than pizza and beer:)

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 11, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Well, I’m currently in college and trying to live the healthiest life I can. I like standing out from the the majority of students that have party first, school second as their motto.

    *Cute pic of you and the husband!*

  • Sam February 11, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I’m a senior and I’m a healthy college student. Well, healthy than most college students but I still drink but I’m not piss drunk every night or anything.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 11, 2010, 6:20 pm

    That’s a tough question! I was so bad in university – I would bring a lunch, but then eat poutine from the cafeteria AND my lunch. I wouldn’t exercise. I saw how other girls ate and just assumed I could do that too – unfortunately, they were busy bodies and snacked a little throughout the day, whereas I was lazy and ate a lot.

    In the past 3 years I’ve done a complete overhaul of my eating habits, I exercise, I drink in moderation (though there’s the occasional night I drink someone under the table), and I’m very happy.

    Would I change anything? I think I want to change how I was in university (and the consecutive years after that when my husband and I were first together and I started to eat HIS portion sizes), but I’m not sure I would have known how to change in a healthy way. I’m sure I would have cut corners and just restricted what I ate, ultimately leading to a fail. Now, I know about balance and I’m working on moderation. I still flub up once in a while, but it’s nice to actually know about healthy foods, and eat them!

    My husband is even trying things with me and I can’t believe how far we’ve come. I’m happy that I’ve learned all of this with the help of books and blogs. I’m sure if I went by word of mouth back in the day, I would have a very weird view about food right now.


  • Rina February 11, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I go to UCF and Pita Pit all the time so it’s exciting that you came here today! Could you please tell me more about where the operation beautiful event will be? If it is on campus, I will DEFINITELY be there with my friends! =) You are awesome!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 6:25 pm

      all the info is on the pink post it! 🙂 hope to see you there!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 11, 2010, 6:22 pm

    I wish I had been a healthier college student! I just didn’t know any better– I was clueless that alcohol had calories! Ha ha.

    I definitely went on restriction diets to maintain my size, but they weren’t healthy, and they didn’t really make up for all the crap I was putting in my body the rest of the time!

    Thank goodness I learned my lesson eventually– even though I still consider myself a work in progress. 🙂

  • Ellie February 11, 2010, 6:26 pm

    I’m a senior in college right now and I eat pretty healthy but I drink A LOT. I LOL’d reading Meghann’s description of her night out in NYC where she had three drinks and felt kind of hungover, I was like “Ummmm . . . I had about eleven drinks on Saturday night.” My first year of college I barely ate ANYTHING (way too skinny and nervous) and was pretty anti-social but by the end of my first year I went to parties and stuff and it kind of grew from there. I work out a lot and walk EVERYWHERE so I’m in decent shape but I definitely worry that I’m doing a number on my liver, haha. The one thing that I admit is a bad habit I kind of want to change is that I drink on an empty stomach way too much–I’m taking a medication that a) takes away my appetite almost completely b) makes it MUCH harder to get drunk so those two things together are disaster! I also cracked up at the earlier comments about having a slutty phase in connection with drinking . . . umm yeah. 😀
    I love college though and I’m very successful and motivated in my classes, so I’m just really enjoying school while it lasts! I love hearing people’s college stories on here.

  • Kelly February 11, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Oh god, super unhealthy! I lived on Burger King, Taco Bell, ate a bagel from breakfast almost every day, and my sandwich on one at lunch. On days I didn’t have a bagel my bfast was usually coffee and a cigarette. And I drank at least 5 nights a week. A lot of drinking. I feel so much better about myself now that I broke those habits!

  • Lee February 11, 2010, 7:06 pm

    I did drink a lot but I think what I was the worst about was portion control. I think back to the cafeteria days and just how many trips back to the buffet I went. Ugh!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 11, 2010, 7:12 pm

    I was so unhealthy. I had an eating disorder so I would binge and then restrict and then binge. I screwed up my body so much. I wish I could tell myself that I was worth eating healthy. I constantly felt like crap.

  • Jennifer February 11, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I am still in college and I think I am still trying to figure out if I am a healthy or unhealthy student. I mean I always work out and try to make good food decisions, but I am STILL in college, so I try not to let my healthy lifestyle disrupt a good social event if you know what I mean.

  • Olga @ Healthing It February 11, 2010, 7:27 pm

    I love the Pita Pit! My campus had it too and I went there all the time 🙂

    I think when I lived on campus, I was a very unhealthy student. Freshmen and sophomore year I drank A LOT and then ate a ton a the buffet style dining commons. Once I moved off campus though and cooked for myself, I definitely improved my eating habits.

    Oh and…I got older and wiser and stopped drinking a ton 🙂

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 11, 2010, 7:38 pm

    I love the Operation Beautiful notes from UCF! What a great marketing idea. 🙂

  • Ally February 11, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Mine was mixed – for the first few years I was pretty unhealthy in that I drank a fair bit and ate a lot of late night study snacks. But having said that, I also lived at home and had proper meals and vegies so I think that helped even me out a little!

    I’ve definitely become more consious of drinking too much now and don’t like to do it more than once per week. I think I’m generally a healthier person now but I’m not sure if that’s come with leaving study – I think I just noticed the difference once I started exercising and liked it!

    But I do still enjoy a late night drunken cheeseburger.

  • Melissa S. February 11, 2010, 7:47 pm

    i was way too healthy…and it made me sick. made college super duper lame, boring and uneventful. means i have catching up to do!

  • Stephanie February 11, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I actually think you have perfect hair for bangs! The biggest problem (I think) is that if you have ANY wave, bangs can be a disaster unless you blow dry/straighten. I would go for it– they’ll always grow and you’ll have tried out a cool new look 🙂

  • Melissa February 11, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I LIVED on Pita Pit at Penn State!! I wish we had one closer to us!!! I was healthy at points in college… it depended on the semester.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 11, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I LOVE Pita Pit!! Ps. That pic of you and the hubby is so cute!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 11, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Cutest pic award!!!
    And I am a college student (a senior) and I’m now pretty healthy. I was never a big partier or drinker but I was bad about crash diets, binging, restricting etc. for the first couple of years. No good.

  • Ryane February 11, 2010, 10:07 pm

    This was our idea of “balance” – we went to the gym for 30 minutes and pushed just enough so that we didn’t get too sweaty because we’d change and go to the bars straight from the gym so that it’d get us that much drunker quicker…
    ewww and remember when B^E (Bud Extra) came out? After 5 of those, I would sprint home and bounce off the walls all night.
    Moderation, folks!

  • Jessica Lee February 11, 2010, 10:52 pm

    I’m happy to say that I’m a healthy college kid. Eating well and working out. AND I get good grades. I don’t have the typical social life like a college kid though. I don’t go out and drink and party. I did all that my freshman and sophomore years. Now I just want to concentrate on ME and I’m looking forward to graduating.

  • caronae February 11, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I try to be a pretty healthy person all around. I know that if my body isn’t happy, my mind won’t be happy, so I eat well most of the time, get in plenty of exercise, and do things for my mental health too. I think it definitely all comes together to help make me the best student I can be!

  • emily February 11, 2010, 11:32 pm

    Ohman… college… i don’t even know where to start. AS a freshman, I gained a ton of weight since I didn’t know what the hell to do in the dining hall, and i was veggie with few options. I drank too much, binged, and kissed tooooo many boys. but sophomore year & junior year, i flopped back into severe restricting during the week/binged on the weekends (food, and alcohol, and sometimes boys!)… apparently all my friends were concerned about my rapid weight loss, and my obvious eating disorder, but i didn’t hear any of that until now. i wish they had told me sooner! i’m still trying to figure this “healthy” thing out.

  • Brooke February 12, 2010, 12:10 am

    Well since I have Monday off and it’s thirsty Thursday tonight… by Tuesday I will have ripped approx. 23ish shots. But it’s okay, because I ate vegan chili and salad for dinner. And then will order a large dominos later. C’est la vie!

    • caitlin February 12, 2010, 9:12 am

      this rivals snackface’s comment. LOL

  • amanda@thegrainsofparadise February 12, 2010, 2:31 am

    College was soooooo frustrating for me ( San Diego State 94′-98′)!!! I hardly ever drank, I was a vegetarian, I worked out all the time and I never did the late night pizza thing either? However, I was the heaviest I had ever been! 142 lb was my highest weight in the middle of my freshman year and the scale consumed my life! Anyway, it really sucked…..
    Then, when I was about 23 I gave up on what the scale said and I started to “indulge” a little now an then, like finally having something with fat in it, a glass of wine or two, occasional desserts, I started surfing instead of being a slave to the stairmaster and then slowly over the years the weight melted away???
    I’m almost 34 now and my weight is currently a stable 106-108 lb…I never fret about it anymore and I truly think that’s the key:-) Aloha!
    PS-I also think that the ages 18-22 is a tough time for women’s bodies no matter what you do lol!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 12, 2010, 8:29 am

    i went out every thursday, friday, and saturday. I also LOVED me some Burger King and chinese buffets…my bloated face and body paid for my sins. I had fun but looking back, I wish I had better exercise habits!

  • Jenny February 12, 2010, 8:34 am

    I think it is so awesome that UCF is promoting Operation Beautiful!!

    I was definitely an unhealthy eater and drinker my freshman year. I remember my friends and I eating all. the. time. Just out of boredom, stress, or being hungover. By the end of freshman year I was very uncomfortable in my own skin, and wanted to change my body. I had never tried to diet before, so I went about it the wrong way, ended up suffereing from my ED for 2 years or so…and finally, now, in my senior year, feel like I’m understanding what it means to be balanced. I still struggle with anxieties about food and exercise, but I handle things better now and with a healthier mindset.

  • Kristy February 12, 2010, 9:21 am

    Gahhhh – I want to go to the event so badly but I’m in WPB and that is a long drive for a worknight 🙁 Boo! BTW: I really really really like your hair in that pic. It is full of volume!

  • Angela @ A Healthy Fit February 12, 2010, 9:58 am

    I love pita pit! We don’t have anoy out here in CT. College was definitely one of my most unhealthy times for my first 2 years. Ugh, the drinking, the late night food…makes me sick to think about.

  • Katie February 12, 2010, 10:24 am

    I was a super unhealthy college student…what’s worse is that I thought I was being healthy by going vegetarian. Let me tell you, there are still plenty of unhealthy vegetarian friendly foods (insert all booze, french fries and nachos etc.)

    P.S. I’m new to the blog, and have to say I have never found something so inspiring! I love it. I’m am working extremely hard to get my diet and health back on track, and I look to your blog daily for inspiration. Thanks!

    • caitlin February 12, 2010, 10:26 am

      thank you for reading 😉 Im glad you like it!

  • Miriam February 12, 2010, 11:10 am

    Well… you should define what healthy is! I wasn’t eating crap but wasn’t eating well either. A muffin was most of the time the main part of my lunch : no money to buy healthy food and a muffin was the-best-cheap-thing I could get! and coffee! I guess this isn’t healthy but not crapy either! However I wasn’t drinking much (most of students were, you were getting beer bottle at 1$ all the time – sometime free!!). I don’t like beer! Good thing I guess! I’ve spent 5 years on the campus. I’ve started training during this time, so I had to eat better. I guess exercise HAVE you eat better, no choice!

  • Kristin February 12, 2010, 12:19 pm

    College was such a fun time for me, but also a very unhealthy one! Growing up my family always ate healthy (I never got into drinking soda even), then I went to high school in Virginia where the food was fattening but we didn’t have access to fast food. When I finally got to college, I loved being able to grab yummy fast food at all times of the day/night for cheap and of course enjoyed my share of beer. When I came home for Thanksgiving my freshman year the look on my family’s faces said it all: I had gained at least 20 pounds! I decided then and there that I needed to change things and started exercising. I joined a gym and started doing spin classes and continued it through my 4 years, but still had a bad relationship with food and alcohol. During the week I would eat ‘light’ as in a granola bar for lunch, tons of coffee and soup for dinner. Weekends were my time to enjoy myself and all I would eat was fast food! Ugh! I can happily say that since I graduated in 2006, I have lost all of that weight and completely changed my outlook on living a healthy lifestyle. I’m currently training for my first half marathon and am in the best shape of my life (even after having a baby in September!). College was great, but it feels so much better to live healthy now!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 12, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I’m in college and am definitely trying to be much healthier than I have been in the past! I try to eat healthy and exercise most of the time. My worst habit would be drinking, as you said, but I’m not a big drinker… I probably go out drinking twice a month? But it’s scary how fast those drinks (and their calories!) add up!

  • Noelle Miller February 12, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I was also very unhealthy in college. Way too much drinking, not enough excercise, late night burrito eating, too much caffeine all the time- not enough sleep. I would restrict calories so I could drink more and maintain my weight. Lots of disordered eating, and low fat “diet foods” that I thought were healthy- but actually were not filling and full of chemicals. Ugh.

    For some reason it never occured to me that this wasn’t a normal lifestyle until I graduated, entered the real world and was able to form a routine.

  • Ana February 12, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I am in my last semester of college at UCF!!! I will definitely be there on Feb. 24th, if you need any help you can count on me 🙂 I actually live 2 minutes away from that Pita Pit, I eat there often just because it is one of the “healthier” places around here for a quick meal. It is definitely tough making healthy choices in college because you are surrounded by so many situations where one can make an unhealthy choice.

    • Caitlin February 12, 2010, 2:48 pm

      YAY! please come up and say hi to me!

  • whitney February 13, 2010, 7:47 am

    I have def. always tried to be a healthy college student. I strive for my ability to eat healthy and the fact that I enjoy it but there are times when it goes out the window but isn’t that true with everyone. I love all types of beer, I love having fun, and I love pizza and late night snacks after a night of drinking with friends. I go to a college were there is not much of a party scene so I am lucky in that sense. I don’t think I regret not having more fun but sometimes I wish I let loose more often because I”M IN COLLEGE haha what an excuse.

Healthy Tipping Point