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Do you make time to workout during NS?

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I lost weight over the year and have managed to keep it off. I've been a little concerned about gaining weight back since I keep hearing/reading that everyone gains in nursing school! How do you maintain weight? I'm a stress eater so I'm trying to use exercise to kick the stress but will I have time?

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I"m a stress eater, too. I used to be a long distance runner, that is, until I started nursing school. I've gained a lot of weight. Then we had the summer off and I lost most of it. But I've gained it all back. I graduate in a few weeks, so I'm not worried because I love working out and eating healthy and I'm very much, looking forward to regaining my health. I probably could have started my workout regimen this quarter, especially since our workload is much lighter than all the previous quarters, but I didn't and I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm always up for a challenge and fat loss will be my next great challenge.

To keep your weight off, you'll just have to be ultra disciplined--more so than now. As far as time is concerned; well, I think it all depends. Yeah, we all have the same number of hours/minutes in a day, but we all have varying situations where certain things just have to take a backseat temporarily. I chose spending any extra time I had with my spouse and kids over working out. My husband works the afternoon shift, so I hardly get a chance to hang with him, and our kids do not see him until the weekends (if he's not working weekends).

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I have also gained a few pounds in the last year in school. I suggest packing your lunch everyday and loading up your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks. My faves are carrots, almonds, apples, bannanas, yogurt and fiber bars. This way, you can bring them with you to school and clinical and not be tempted by fast food. Also, I bought a cheap bike and ride it on the weekends and at night when I have some extra free time. I too, love to work out. However, that extra time I would spend commuting to the gym and actually working out just wasn't as important as studying! Good luck! :spin:

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I agree with the healthy snack idea...a lot easier to eat healthy when the food is there! I don't really "make time" to workout, but I ride my bike to school every day--about 20 minutes each way. I am in semester 3 of 4 and haven't gained weight, probably because of a combination of exercise/eating right.

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I'm not starting until the fall (I hope), but I used to be a personal trainer and I'm a marathon runner. I'm planning to bring my own food everyday, and run when I can. I figure that if I can get 4 runs in a week, with 2 of them being longer, I'll be okay. I haven't gained anything yet and I'm in my 3rd semester of full time school.

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I have no time for it :(

I get to the gym only once a week. I need to lose weight but I'm only managing to maintain my current weight. I have a small child so that's where all my exercise time goes.

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I take walks once a week, I don't have time to workout. I eat really healthy to makeup for it. I miss exercise...

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Nursing school has actually given me more of an opportunity to work on my weight. I was at home with my toddler up until she went to daycare and I started school. I made a committment that when I started school, that I would start to work on my weight. There is a gym at the school (which they make us pay for out of our extra school fees,) so I try to get my money's worth and go ahead and use it. Right now, I am doing 3 days a week on the treadmill. Thats really all I have time for. Its not the most strenuous workout, but I figured its some (especially since class has started, my BP seems to be elevated. I wonder why?)

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Never had the time. Now that I've graduated, I'm hoping to take off the weight I gained. We'll see. :)

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Thanks all. I'm hoping to make as much time as possible to continue working out...even if it means studying notes while jogging on the treadmill or doing pushups/crunches/etc during my study breaks when getting sleepy. My biggest fear is the food part... it takes TIME to make a healthy meal and my problem with gaining weight before was resorting to fast food meals and pizza delivery when busy. Maybe with portion control and healthy snacks, I will keep a good balance? I guess the goal is to have a game plan... I wish my husband loved to cook but he is not a fan of doing it :( so it's all up to me. Up side: he never complains about what I make.

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I took a PE class when I was in nursing school - I got my ADN at a Community College.

And I ran or walked the track in between classes.

I didn't gain weight in nursing school but I did when I got preggers right after nursing school:coollook:. I'm still working on losing weight. I go back and forth.

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I am starting my pre-reqs this semester and am so glad I am able to see all this great advice in advance!

I was home schooled all my life, so eating healthy was easier when I had my own fridge to draw from.

However starting school I notice myself eating out WAY more...and in 3 weeks I've gained 7 lbs yuck!

So I looked into the PE classes at my school, I'm taking a swimming class (have swam competitively since I was 6 years old) and am using the Student Weight Room alot after class. This has been helping me a ton and I feel so much better about being at school.

:-)

Good luck everybody hope you all find a retinue that works for you.

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