SCA’s dirty little secret – By @LeonoreLeitner

By Leonore Leitner


SCA’s dirty little secret

Before we started, I was reading a lot of the past years’ SCABs. A lot of ‘warnings’ about how SCA will change you. Most of them have proven themselves to be true so far. But there’s one I wasn’t really prepared for.

SCA is very time consuming. And also, you get consumed by it. It really is like a cult. Swallowing you, but in a good way. A lot of people are struggling to keep in touch with their family and friends, as they used to. Luckily I’m foreign and still find the time to call my loved ones, so this is less of a struggle for me. Relationships started breaking, since the beginning and there is no time for making new ones.

You start arranging your priorities differently.

I was prepared for all of these things and more. But now I’ve realised there’s something else you need to be prepared for. Maybe other people warned us and I just didn’t listen close enough or simply didn’t believe it. New intakes must know:


I’ve never in my life gained so much weight in such a short amount of time. I actually never know how much I weigh, but my clothes can tell. Everything got tighter. Skirts got shorter, jeans got more taut.

I always knew I had no self control when it comes to eating, but till now it wasn’t as bad as it is now and my diligent metabolism saved me. It’s time for me to start taking care of what I eat again and set boundaries for myself, because I don’t feel any satisfaction anymore. Craving that sweet sweet dopamine.

And be warned, it’s not only me. It’s a lot of people. Even if you couldn’t tell – everybody keeps complaining about how they gained weight.

It’s understandable. We are all stressed. A quick snack here, a bit of sugar there. We all need a bit of compensation when you are working hard, some good old dopamines.

With D&AD it seemed like the perfect excuse. Even better than our usual stress. Treat yourself, is what I told myself for 2 weeks. But just because New Blood ended, me treating myself because I’m ‘so busy’ didn’t end.

My conclusion for this is, from now on we will always be stressed and busy. So just ‘treating’ yourself because you have sweet cravings and because it’s easier to just eat quick unhealthy junk without an end is not the solution. I gotta start to not slip deeper into my unhealthy eating habits.

I have also never moved as little as I did the past 6 months. And it’s not good for me.

I love a good fight and I actually miss the times I went kickboxing regularly.
Starting to go boxing in Brixton is a beginning. But my weak arms hitting against a punchbag is not enough. I want to really start kickboxing again and smack someone with all the power I have to get rid of my excess energy and also gain back some of it in reward.

So with people reading this I hope I force myself to change my habits again – and warn future intakes to take care of their bodies. Because what you eat comes back to your physical and mental wellbeing.

*obviously not really everyone, some are in control of themselves



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