Friday, March 16

Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen!

{Waving hello at everyone!}

Hey gang! Great to see you all here...thanks for checking out our corner of the World Wide Web. I'm Marley Gibson and next spring (that's right...join me in the wait), my sorority sister series from Penguin Putnam's Puffin Books will be released. The first two books, Rush - A Sisterhood Novel and Pledge Class - A Sisterhood Novel, will be released simultaneously, followed by Greek Week - A Sisterhood Novel in the summer and Spring Formal - A Sisterhood Novel in the fall. I'm having a blast writing the books and I hope you'll enjoy reading them.

What's fun about writing my sorority sisters is that I'm really trying to work the whole idea in of how when young women go off to college, they still need to maintain a balance of exercise, sleep and nutrition. It's so easy to fall into the late night pizza fests (which my girls do!) and drinking too much (which my girls try not to do!) and quick delivery and odd hours. That "Freshman 15" is not an urban legend. It's for real, people.

In my books, one of my characters is a diabetic who is struggling with controlling her disease while still participating in all of the activities of her new sorority. Another swims every day for stress relief and exercise. And my third heroine-just like that friend we all know and have-can eat anything and never gains a pound.

But staying physically fit when heading off to your new college life doesn't have to be, like, this total, major overhaul for you. There are easy ways to keep off those dreaded Freshman 15 and still have fun, participate and get the most out of school. Here are a few tips:

    Walk to class. Walk to see your friends. Basically...walk. Walking is one of the best exercises for you. It strengthens your muscles, is good for your legs and helps with good breathing.

    Ride your bike. Instead of driving places around campus, get a bike and literally put the pedal to the metal. Just remember to lock it up so sticky fingers don't walk away with it.

Portion control. Any major weight loss program will tell you that portion control is one of the biggest things you can do to control, lose or maintain your weight. Sure, you can join the gals at the sorority house for just don't have to eat five pieces! LOL!

Get your rest. College is a time for breaking free, enjoying life and celebrating your freedom. Who doesn't want to stay up all night chit-chatting with your chicas, hanging out at the fraternity house with the cute guys or pulling an all-nighter for that big test the next day. Still take care of your health by getting plenty of rest. If your body is well-rested, you'll avoid catching the "germs of the week" that make their way around campus, which means missing out on less things.

Drink plenty of water. Water is the best thing you can put in your body. Doctors recommend it heartily for a healthy life, and, let's face it, water is easy to get. You can carry a water bottle around with you and it's much better for you than all those sugary (and sodium filled) sodas. Plus, lots of water helps you have glowing skin.

Hope these tips are helpful! If you have any other tips, please be sure to post here and let us know what you think.

Back to those book revisions...oh yeah...let me fill my water bottle while I'm at it!

Sorority Rush Begins - Spring 2008!
Puffin Books


Anonymous said...

Ugh, the Freshman Fifteen (or in my case, the Sophomore Seventeen). I eat when I'm bored, especially when I'm working at the computer. I'm not really hungry, just looking to do *something* you know? So I try a couple of pieces of gum first, which usually kills the munchies. That, plus the exercise and good habits you talked about, can make the difference!

bevrosenbaum said...

Sooo true about the rest! I used to get a gazillion colds a year--was a late night TV freak--then forced myself to start going to bed earlier, and now I'm rarely sick.

Anonymous said...

i know someone who gained the freshman forty!!!!!

Lisa Asanuma said...

My biggest advice is simply to get out of the dorm! I'm a study-aholic and can be pretty nervous in new environments, so a lot of times I'd just stay in my room for almost all of the day, and there's not much room to run around in one of those dormrooms! I think that was my biggest problem, over all. I tried to correct that the next year, but it took a while to get back to where I'd been before.

Great post! And your book sounds so interesting! :)

Wendy Toliver said...

Don't hate me, but I actually lost weight freshman year in college. I was really into cereal and salads (the rest of the dorm food was disgusting)and I got so much exercise -- playing sports, walking and riding my bike everywhere (no car), etc.

But some of the girls I know (and quite a few guys) did gain a bunch of weight, and Marley has some great tips here to keep that from happening.

W :)

Marley Gibson said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! And you're so right. Getting out of your dorm room is sage advice! Even if it's to go next door and hang with your neighbors.

LOL to the two Anons with the Sophomore Seventeen and Freshman Forty...yikes! But honestly, what are you going to do when places will deliver to you so easily?

Good advice, Bev!

Marley = )

Marley Gibson said...

Too funny, Wendy!!!

= )

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

I think I may be gaining the F15 after 40. Would anyone like some? I'll share!

Kelly Parra said...

Great tips, Marley!! Looking forward to your novels next spring! : ) :)

Gerb said...

The ironic thing is that in those school years (I'm talking High School as well as college,) we demand so much of ourselves in terms of mental and physical energy, and yet in general that's the time we tend to be the worst to our poor bodies... eating poorly, not getting enough sleep or exercise, partying in excess. Fun? Yeah. Helpful? Probably not...

Gerb said...

grumble, grumble. Wendy LOST weight her freshman year. grumble, grumble...


Sara Hantz said...

I stacked in on in my first year at Uni.... it was regular meals that did it... plus the drinking and the snacks......

christine said...

I luv all the pictures. They are so perfect with what you posted. Where did you find them all?


Kaethe said...

Oh, dear, you're breaking my heart. Studies at Rutgers, Cornell, and other universities have demonstrated that the Freshman 15 isn't anything close to that, with the average gained being as low as 2.75 pounds, in less than half of the incoming class. More students maintain the same weight or lose weight.

While I don't object to anyone passing along health tips, I'm sick of seeing women's weight obsessed over, and compliance reinforced. The Freshman 15, or four, or two, never killed anyone, but anorexia, bulemia, and extreme weight loss attempts do.

Anonymous said...

Kaethe: you clearly misread the entire post if all you see is women's weight obsessed with. It was tipt to stay healthy and shouldn't we all do that? We as a nation are terribly overweight, don't exercise enough, don't sleep enough and don't drink enough water. There is nothing wrong with this post pointing those facts out and trying to encourage people. You shouldn't lash out like that.

My two cents.
Selena Duru

Alyson Noel said...

My husband and I own a classic car that broke down a couple years ago for no apparent reason. When we took it into the shop, the first thing our mechanic asked was if we'd been feeding it low quality gas (we had), and that ended up being the sole reason it stopped working properly. It was like a steady diet of junk food, and we had to put it through a sort of cleansing (not unlike a detox) to get it back in good working order. I try to remind myself of this whenever I'm tempted to fuel my body with junk!
Good post Marley!

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