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Keneal - I took swimming and did the weight room as well. Since I was 70 miles from home when I went to that CC I figured it was a good idea to take advantage of their facilities!

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Saw this post a couple days ago on the main page and didn't even realize this section existed. Glad to find it. To answer the question - yes! I am actually training for my 3rd marathon and won't lie I've been a little stressed juggling my running in with nursing school. (I have lost 80 lbs from my highest weight, but am currently not in weight loss mode, just maintenance.) Anyhow, one of the biggest things that I learned from working on my weight is that one excuse is as good as another. There will always be 100s of good reasons that you can't squeeze it in. Exercise is a priority to me. I dvr all my favorite tv shows now and sometimes will go months without watching tv (or having any personal time) and then when I have down time I catch up. I find that my running helps me to destress with nursing school and keep myself focused.

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I gained weight in nursing school and I am still struggling to lose it. Stress, no time to exercise, blah, blah, blah. Basically, I stopped making exercise and a healthy diet a priority. I'm paying the price now.

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keep good attitude , happy, relax ....and you would enjoy good health.

Best wishes!

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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Nope.

I have this thing where I eat AND study. I always do my studying at Chilis, Carabbas, Olive Garden, IhOp, etc...

At work, it's no better. I frequently rush out of the house so I'm raiding shack machines and heading to Whataburger at lunch break.

I've tried to work out but I'm just too tired to do it during the week.

So, after NS. I'll get back in shape.

I'm juicing. That's about it.

I have no discipline when it comes to food. I've always dealt with the problem by slaving away in the gym 5-6 days a week for 2 hours. These days, I don't have that kind of time.

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I start nursing school this fall and I'm worried about gaining as well. My strategy is going to be to start small. I'm going to try to take a long walk 3-4 days a week, maybe even every day, as my stress reliever and as a break from studying. I figure that way I'm killing a few birds at once. I have dogs so I can combine them into the routine too, though when the winter gets bad (Chicago) then I'm not sure.

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I start in May and am a little nervous about this too. I'm hoping that not working while I go to school will help me to find time to exercise. You said exercise is how you de-stress, so you should think of it as an investment in your grades. When I got my first degree, I would sometimes go for a run (my workout of choice) before an exam to help clear my head. I've also found that while I get nothing out of reading notes or studying new material while I work out, if I go over things I already know in my head, it just helps reinforce them so I don't have to go back over it later. If you husband is unwilling to cook, maybe offer to do the dishes (this works with my better half, though I think he actually likes cooking). I'm actually just starting to get back into the kind of running shape I want to be in, and am hoping i can keep it up during nursing school. Keep me updated on your progress! Maybe we can encourage each other! What sorts of workouts are you doing now? do you plan on changing things up at all when you start school?

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Runforfun, congrats on nursing school this month. Are you going for a BSN or ADN? I enjoy running and have just gotten back into yoga for strengthening and relaxation. I also have different types of exercise DVDs that help keep things interesting...I'm not really a gym girl. I think running before an exam is genius! Clearing the mind and relaxing really help me do better all around. And I'm totally game for keeping each other accountable, maybe we could start a separate thread for that?

While my husband is no cook, he is always helpful about picking up food. We have a few good choices around (Chipotle, sandwich shops, Panera, etc.) but with downsizing to one income, I rather not eat out much. I plan on using my free time before school starts to really expand my cooking knowledge and practice healthy, quick meals and creating crockpot meals for big batches of something savory. My biggest issue will be snacking while studying as someone else mentioned... I will just have to keep lots of fruit and ready to eat vegetables. I will also have summers off for the next 3 years until I finish the program so it may be that summer will always be the time to really bump up the exercise to compensate for a few pounds gained...I may just have to be okay with that.

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I'm actually going for an MSN. And, YES! a separate thread would be awesome, or, if you wanted to "friend" me on the site where I keep my running log, send me a message on here. The downsizing to one income is scary, but it will force you to bring your own food. I got an insulated lunch bag and I'm super excited to use it lol. Crock Pot cooking, I hadn't even though about that! I only used mine once this winter, and I think it's feeling neglected. Even with both me and my better half working full time, we have found that if we cook in advance we are less likely to eat out. We usually cook one or two big meals over the weekend, then eat that for the first few days of the week. By the end of the week, we are willing to cook again, where before we were eating out 4+ times/week (seriously, NO good). No summers off for me, but the program is only two years, so I refuse to complain about that. If your husband is willing to shop but not cook, you are in a better position than some, consider yourself lucky that he doesn't hate both! Some healthy snacks that we eat at home are dry cereal (seriously yummier than it sounds and nice little pieces so you don't end up eating a mountain), or we will bake a tortilla until its crispy and break it up into chips for salsa or guacamole. I eat lots of fruit, but I tend to eat it by myself. I also love celery when studying. A little bit of ranch or cream cheese or peanut butter and it's healthy and filling :)

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oh MSN! I'm jealous... I will be there someday! And I forgot about the baked tortilla trick! I need to start that up again because chips with salsa and guacamole are a staple in my house...but I feel so guilty eating the tortilla chips. LOL. I will friend you now...

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Lots of great info on here. I forgot about all the crockpot recipes I have filed away. I am starting NS this fall and I have clinicals starting as early as 6:30. If I can get everything in the crockpot before I go and have hubby turn it on at 8 when he leaves for work, it should work out perfectly. We will also try to do the whole week's worth of cooking on Sunday so the guys (hubby and 12 year old son) don't have to think too much. My husband will be quitting his job as soon as I get one after school, then he'll take over all cooking and cleaning, but until then, he's working 10-12 hour days. I can't expect him to cook after that. Okay, I can, but he won't do it. ;)

I love to run also, but am so injured right now that I have to walk. It's such a great stress reliever and really gets my thinking centered. I've been using the running before big exam trick for the year I've been in prereqs. It really helps a lot.

Oh, and I just wanted to add that hubby and I have lived off of one income for about 14 years now. It is completely doable, if you're willing to give up a lot of the luxuries. I don't have any expensive bags or designer clothes, but we do get at least one vacation a year. It's worth it to us, and I hope you guys can make it work while you're in school.

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Ok, first week of an MSN program. I was super over-whelmed, we jumped right into it. Three exams next week-that's what i get for signing up for an accelerated program though, I knew it was coming. I've managed to get in a run 5 days this week, with core training one day, and a few light weights the another. I really think that if I hadn't kept up my exercise I would have gone nuts. So many people in my classes were zapped by friday and getting really cranky. I tired to take a few people on runs with me, they said they might join me next week. For me, it seemed like the best way to get into the "swing of things" with a workout schedule was to start right away. I really think I will be able to keep up this level of activity. I've also been bringing my lunch every day-being poor makes that seem like a much more reasonable thing to do lol. Hopefully running and working out will help keep my stress level down, so far it's been working wonders!

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