My health journey began when I was 18. I remember within the first month of my freshman year of college hearing about the “Freshman 15” for the first time. I was told a lot of girls gain 15+ pounds during their first year of college. Prior to hearing about the “Freshman 15” I didn’t think much about my health or my weight.
I was a three-sport athlete in high school so I got the exercise I needed simply by showing up for my games and practices. And, like most high school kids, I ate the meals that were prepared for me and whatever was in my house for snacks.
I’m 18 years old, I’m thin and I’m fit, but I suddenly realized that could all change very quickly. And, even though I didn’t think much about my weight prior to that, the idea of gaining weight started to really scare me.