The solution to University weight gain

September 26, 2018

Hi πŸ‘‹πŸΌ I'm Lydia Mecklenburgh, Lucy's younger sister, and this a short version of my 3 years at Uni with regard to my weight, fitness and I suppose my health.

Starting at Bournemouth University, I was sooo excited. I was on the Marketing Course I wanted on the beautiful South Coast seaside resort, and it was fab. Β 

My Excitement + Freshers = πŸ˜‚πŸΉπŸΈπŸ·πŸ”πŸŸπŸ•πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜±πŸ™ˆπŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ™Β 

I don't regret any of it. I partied hard and made some amazing friends. But most of my first term was a blurrrrr!!! It was when I got home for Christmas that the reality of my actions hit me!Β 

At first I got comments like "good to see you've been enjoying yourself" and thought πŸ€” nothing of it! Then, "wow", "you've changed so much" stillπŸ€”.Β 
Then Lucy turned up and it was, "my god Lyd, what have you been doing? You look like you've just come out of general anaesthetic, all bloated!" And that's when I finally realised! 😒 

I hadn't weighed myself before Uni, and if I'm honest the pounds had already started creeping on over the summer before I left. But I reckon, I'd put on one and a half stone!!Β 

I decided to enjoy Christmas and New Year and then start again!Β 

Whether feeling guilty for pointing out my weight gain so unsympathetically, or just because it was something she knew a lot about. Lucy started to help me get back on track. She put me on a diet that was healthier, but still easy to prep and cook and cheap!Β 

I started following her online fitness programme on her website,Β ResultswithLucy.comΒ and the change back was as quick as my weight gain had been.

Honesty though, I fell off the wagon a few times. I just lost my way, but I didn't give up!Β 

At the end of my first year at Uni, Lucy asked me to help her design and create a fitness plan especially for Students in their notoriously small rooms. Β 

Along with Cecilia, (Lucy's PT, and Partner) we created, AND I FILMED and entire fitness programme. Β 

I was so nervous, and even getting in good enough shape to film them was tough. Let alone when filming started, and we were doing full days, workout after work out. πŸ˜…πŸ˜…Β 

It was a bit weird following myself along in my room back at Uni, but I have to say, I enjoyed the following as much as the making of the whole series.Β 

On my first year of work experience, Results with Lucy opened up the whole entire video library and all of the programmes to students, with an absolutely amazing student lifetime discount. Β 

During that year, I went from New Beginnings -> Wobble to Model -> HIIT Harder followed by the BeachBody programme. After following these programmes, it was the best shape I think I've ever been in, as an adult. Β 

My final year was tough to fit everything in. I focused on getting my eating right and just grabbed a workout from the Video Bank whenever I could find time. I managed to get into a bit of Pilates, Yoga and Barre which I'd never done before.Β 
Now that i've finished my University experience now and have a great job in marketing in London I still follow RwL, and am especially enjoying the new live workout classes. Β 

I've forgiven Lucy for being a bit unsympathetic to my Freshers weight gain and I thank her all the time for introducing me to seeing eating well and working out as enjoyable part of my life.

Good luck with Uni. I loved it, I got so much from it, and managed to keep myself healthy in amongst the potentially unhealthy environment.

Lydia Mecklenburgh xx


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  • Beth September 17, 2019

    I wish I had known about RwL when I was at university!

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