12 Weeks to Fitness: Eat This!

Welcome to 12 Weeks of Fitness, a weekly blog series by Kris Mitchell, a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas and alumnus of ThreeSixty Journalism. Kris is involved in a 12-week program at St. Thomas to lose weight and improve his health. A team of videography students will document his progress for a class project. Check back weekly to read about Kris’s experience.
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My second week of the program was full of habit breaking and choices at every snack and meal, although caffeine and junk food continued to be temptations. This week’s post is about my past and current eating habits.

My Past Diet

  • Breakfast:
    1 liter of Mountain Dew
    Gas station breakfast burrito
  • Lunch:
    Cheeseburger and fries
    Mountain Dew from the morning or fruit juice (with concentrate)
  • Snack:
    Rice Krispie Bar or Butterfinger chocolate bar
  • Supper:
    Variation of pizza, wings, burgers, sub sandwiches
    Either Tea or Mountain Dew
  • 32oz of water throughout the day

The previous diet list was a common day for me. I’m very active and don’t have time to sit down and eat healthy. I brought this to a dietician who recommended that I eat more fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy. We made a personalized diet and meal plans. The “meals” are slimmer and more frequent – six per day with a count of 300-400 calories each will get me to a standard 2,000-calorie daily diet. The following list is approved food on my diet:

  • Whole fruit such as bananas, oranges, apples
  • Granola bars (Kashi, Nature Valley)
  • String Cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches with 12-grain or whole wheat bread
  • Milk

Note on the diet: I asked for a Vitamin C enriched diet for healthy skin and boosted immune system.

Temptation has occurred but I have found it easier and easier as I get farther into the program. Determination is a major factor for me to keep this diet going.

- Kris Mitchell, University of St. Thomas sophomore and ThreeSixty Journalism alumnus

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