• Alexa Lee

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN

    Alexa's Bio:
    I was born and raised in the Twin Ports area and am the youngest of five kids. I always wait until the last minute to do really important things (bad habit). In my spare time I love to dance and was on the Dance Team here at CSS.

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

My Fitbit

So…. Freshman 15…. It’s a thing. Not for everyone, of course, but it is for some. I am not sure what I weighed before coming to college, but I definitely know I gained at least 10 pounds, and I blame GDR. Seriously. For every meal I had a buffet at my hands and since sometimes it wasn’t the greatest food, I would load up on pasta and bread… Two things that really make you gain weight. So, this summer, I invested in a Fitbit to try and find some motivation to get back into shape, and it worked! My daily goal is 10,000 steps, and I have a nutrition app that keeps track of my caloric and other nutrient intake. My Fitbit connects to that app, and adds in calories that I’ve burned from exercise. I got the Fitbit zip which is one that sits on your waist. I am not a fan of wrist gadgets, but I actually am thinking about buying either the flex or the charge being that I use my Fitbit everyday no matter what! Some days I’ll run before practice or walk after if I don’t get all my steps during. 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with it or get sick of it, but I stuck with it and definitely think it was the best decision I made, for me. I won’t speak for anyone else but it personally made me want to get back into shape and eat right again. It’s not that I don’t eat yummy goodness like pasta ever (which is actually my favorite food to eat ever), but it helps me with portion control and I usually only splurge on pasta every once and a while and try to eat fish or chicken or something else less carb-filled on the daily. I once had a 23-day 10,000 step streak, but I broke that just last weekend 🙁 that’s okay, though, I typically do pretty good and usually only miss one day a week. I have also started doing other things besides cardio like core exercises and weight lifting even. I find myself with more energy, and believe it or not, I am becoming a better dancer because I have much more stamina and our turns come entirely from our core, and I can feel myself getting stronger. 

Getting into shape and losing my freshman gains was a personal goal that I set for myself, and it felt good to watch myself get stronger and healthier. Especially because I feel like I did it in the right way. I hope that all the young girls who are affected by the media and what is “beautiful” according to magazines realize that that is actually crap. Every body is beautiful, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to better oneself for oneself, not because society says you need to be skinny in order to be beautiful. You don’t. I personally think that the media and size zero models are so harmful to everyone’s body image, males included. Healthy is beautiful. You are beautiful, just so you know. 

 I am posting a picture along with this so you can see what the Zip looks like and you’ll see my total steps for today… I made my 10,000 🙂  I recommend a Fitbit or any other kind of fitness tracker to anyone who is looking at getting healthier or want to see how active you are and maybe set your own goals. After all, you only get one body and one life, so you should take care of it. But it’s always your choice what you do with your life. 


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