I’m a 47-year-old woman who has been trying to tone up since April. It seemed to work at first — my weight dropped from 218 to 203 pounds. But now I’ve stopped seeing any results.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trans fat is found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils. Unlike other fats, the majority of trans fat is formed when food manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine by adding hydrogen.

This week had some rough spots, but I did manage to maintain at 188.5 pounds. My youngest child was home all week with the flu, so my schedule was off. As far as my diet, early in the week I ate more fat than I should have. I made up for it later in the week, so it averaged out OK.

And that’s why we’re giving you some ways to get around the nutrition hurdle. It’s a whole lot easier to eat well when you live near campus with house mates and have a full-sized fridge likeĀ  Kate does. Here are some ways to maximize your dorm eating experience so that Ramen noodles isn’t your staple food. The ‘staple’ items we suggest getting from the grocery store are mostly non-perishable, or at least, have a very long-shelf life, but they’re really good for you.