Steadily Climbing Up the Scale

"I became a married woman a few months before I started college and thus it was not coincidental that I was in the best shape of my life weighing in at 125 lbs (height 5ft 5in). College was a challenge unlike any other I had ever come into contact with before.

One month into my freshman year severe personal and family problems started…and so did my steady climb in weight. Before my freshman year was over I tipped the scales at 135 lbs. I became depressed about my weight, my family and my now reoccurring stress induced medical issues and completely stopped exercise of any kind. I ate what I wanted when I wanted it - often to just numb the anxiety I was feeling. I registered for more classes than should be humanly possible (up to seven in one semester) while I worked at up to three part time jobs at the same time.

By the end of my sophomore year I was 145 lbs. Junior year began; I had transferred from my junior college to a new four year institution. My GPA was stellar, I was in the top 3% of my college, I was a volunteer for two human rights organization, I still maintained a 30+ hour a week part time job as a server, my class schedule remained intense, my marriage was better than ever but by the end of my junior year I now weighed 164 pounds.

None of my clothes fit me anymore. I am uncomfortable in my own skin. I feel as if sometimes I am desperate to lose the weight but then I get defeated after a few days of dieting and starving and I end up right back where I began. I am about to start my senior year in college and I am working towards the LSAT’s for law school at the same time. I am still very happily married, registered for 6 classes (19 credits) this upcoming semester, still work about 30 hours a week as well as volunteer for human rights groups…however there is one change.

I am trying to become healthy again. I work out at a local gym 5 days a week and I try to eat organic whenever possible. However weight loss isn’t coming as easy as it used to. I have been working out and eating healthy now for two months and I am only down 5 pounds. The thought of starting a new semester while maintaining a healthy lifestyle worries me and I fear that I won’t be able to maintain it especially with the new added stresses of trying to get into law school."

St. John Fisher College


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