Monday, August 12, 2013

Food! Om Nom Nom!

College=Freshman 15.
College students eat like animals who haven't seen food in weeks.
College students only like eating junk.

Let's face it, my goal of staying fit, eating moderately, and (ok, fine, totally honest moment here) not gaining copious amounts of weight in college is laced with the grim dubiousness and skepticism of the general public. To speak bluntly, I am not athletic. I am not in tip top shape. I just want to not slip into the whole "shove my face full of food just cuz it's there" mantra. It's easy, I like food. Food is yummy. And prevalent in college cafeterias. I'm just trying to keep the thought in the front of my mind that all of the food that is available in front of me will be available again. It's not as if I am not going to see food again for long stretches of time.
End of that little shpeel.
On to other things.
Like exercise!
Well, I'm in drumline in the marching band, and let me tell you, that's a work out. We practice 1 hour a day M-F, and practice and perform on Saturdays. Heck, when my mom was in marching band in college (playing trombone) she lost weight instead of gaining the "Freshman 15"! All I'm saying it, it'll be a good workout. A good thing to do daily, basically through November.
Also, I won't have a car at college. (Really, it's fine. I haven't had my own  car at home either.) Honestly, I don't foresee a real problem (at least until the winter. Snow makes biking hard.) because Wal-Mart/Hy-Vee/the farthest shopping place is a slick 2 miles away. So doable.
Next, there is band camp. I will be moving in on the 18th to do band camp/drumline from 8-11, 1-4, and 6-8:30 daily for a week. Since I am in band, and my room mate isn't, I will have a microwave, but not a fridge (until Thursday, when she arrives.) The cafeteria will be open, but my meal plan for the year won't start working until Thursday at 11am. I didn't want to shell out money for each one of these meals/food, so I got to thinking and acquired some food that doesn't require refrigeration. Hey, it means peanut butter and honey sandwiches for 4 days straight, but could it be worse? YES! Today, I got some things that I think will last me pretty well through the week.
So here's the breakdown:
Peanut Butter (a gift from my aunt)
Oatmeal (a gift from a friend)
Strawberry Applesauce
1 Instant Kraft Mac 'n Cheese (not the best, but cheap, and better than Ramen)
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Granola bars (I had a coupon for $1 off!)
Kashi Go Lean Crunch (I had a coupon!)
1 Barilla Italian Express meal (I had a coupon!)
1 loaf of bread
(I also have honey)

Between all of that, I think I'll be pretty set. All of that cost about $9.50. Not too shabby! I'll continue to use coupons! Hopefully I can get my hands on some newspaper ones while in college!


  1. Ooh look at you go! Those healthy lookin' snacks just warm the health nut part of my heart :)

  2. I survived all 4 year at NWMSU with no car. You will make friends with cars and be able to get to Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee easily if you need to. I sometimes hoofed it out there and then ended up seeing someone I knew and getting a ride home... You'll do great Kara! I'm already thinking about kidnapping Kelly for a weekend trip to visit you!! <3

    1. Awesome! That would be so exciting!
      2 miles is really not bad at all, and like you said, there's plenty of people around that have cars!

  3. Foooooooooooooooooooooooooooood. I can dig digging food. Especially the food that you dig. Like potatoes.