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Senior Paige Young describes her misery as she eats vegetables

Paige Young, Reporter

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Senior Paige Young juggles with the benefits and struggles (and fruit) of sticking to a New Year’s resolution.

Protein shake for breakfast, protein bar for a snack, lunch and after school snack. 6 ounces of grilled chicken and salad for dinner. Protein bar after dinner. Water, water, water. Oh, and don’t forget vegetables. So many vegetables.

Yep. I did it. I’m one of THOSE people. I have officially become a New-Year’s resolutioner. This year I decided it is time for a change. I want, no, need to get myself back in shape.

No more Freddy’s, Wendy’s, donuts, chips, cookies or anything deemed by my meal guide unhealthy. Only water to drink, and lots of it. Veggies, veggies, veggies.

Now listen, I wouldn’t consider myself someone with a terrible diet. Don’t get me wrong, I could tear up a double bacon cheeseburger, fries and a drink just like the next girl, but I also love to eat fruit, I prefer crackers and peanut butter over chips, and I don’t drink pop because I don’t like it. So this should be pretty easy for me, right?

Wrong.

Over the course of this ridiculously over-used resolution I have come to the conclusion  that vegetables simply cannot be good for you based on the fact that they taste like rotten garbage dipped in ranch dressing. The amount of water I have been drinking makes me feel bloated, I have to pee what feels like every 10 minutes, and it’s clear??? This is not natural and cannot be healthy.

One thing that is nice about this whole thing is the fact that I have to eat a snack or meal every two hours. It sounds like a lot, but trust me, it isn’t. A single shake or a measly little bar simply are not enough to tie me over for two hours. I’m a growing girl, you know?

But I guess that is why I’m doing this whole thing. Working on growing vertically and not horizontally, if you catch my drift.

The hardest part of this resolution is going to eat with friends. Everyone orders one at a time, “A cheeseburger and fries please,” “Boneless wings and fries for me,” “Mozzarella sticks please,” and when the waitress turn to me I begrudgingly say “Can I get a grilled chicken salad with the dressing on the side?”

Lame, right? And then I get the pleasure of watching them enjoy their glorious, greasy, deep-fried meals of wonder while I bleakly stab and shovel lettuce into my mouth for third time that day.

Not to mention healthy food is so much more expensive than the greasy stuff. I’m going to go broke just trying to live that healthy lifestyle that every influencer on social media hypes up. Well I’m here to tell you, it is not as fabulous as they make it out to be. Listen closely, as I’m not going to sugar coat things: it sucks.

Even after all this complaining, here I am on day 19 of my resolution, 6 pounds less than when I started and growing happier by the day every time I look in the mirror. So I guess you’ve got to work hard and maybe suffer a little bit in order to achieve your goals.

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