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staceym

RN, FNP student
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    Foods that energize!

    Hey all, I'm starting my nursing program in 4 short weeks and was curious what your go-to foods for energy are? I'm trying really hard to focus on eating foods for energy for long days and lots of studying! Would love to see your thoughts...
  2. 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?
  3. I've been watching reruns while waiting for school to start next week. I know it's not close to reality but I love it anyways!
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    Workout thread...

    ShantheRN, how's the progress going on the gym? I, too, have moments where I make the gym the monster, when rather it's sheer procrastination or laziness that's the real culprit for my lack of exercise. If it helps any, once you put on your clothes and make yourself go, you feel SO much better. I also like to treat exercise like a necessity such as eating healthy-I want my body to be healthy and strong so I feel good and live a healthy life. I also try to use exercise as an outlet for the stress/pressure of my life...I sleep better, I feel more focused and I know I'm doing the right thing. Maybe focusing on all the benefits of exercise will make it more appealing if not even an exciting thing? Good luck!
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    The Vegetarian Thread

    Hi! Still catching up on all the pages for this thread but I'll go ahead and introduce myself... I'm a flexitarian but headed more toward the vegetarian route with a relaxed view on having fish on occasion for the heart benefits. My soon-to-be husband is vegetarian so all our meals at home are generally the same. While I'm not the greatest cool, I'm always willing to learn anything to cook for us that's quick and nutritious! When I have more time I like to look through my "how to cook everything vegetarian" cookbook by Mark Bittman. It's a good tool for cooking new ( to me) vegetables. I'm going mostly vegetarian for a few reasons: it's better for my body, I feel better, after reading and watching several research based documentaries on meat production in the West, I can't eat meat for fear of what it will do to me and out of sadness for those poor animals. I just finished Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma"...don't even get me started on the stupidity and awfulness of the system that was created to manufacture beef. Oh and as far as fish goes, I only eat the Alaskan Wild Salmon (after doing research on that). But I'd love to swap recipes or talk issues or even share my latest obsession ...cold quinoa on spinach salad with avocado, olive oil and toasted almonds anyone? :)
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    What's On Your Plate?

    This is fun! I enjoy eating well but I have a hankering for unhealthy foods more often then I wish but I believe with time, this will slowly go away. I also have recently cut out all meat except fish so officially a "pescetarian" married to a vegetarian :) Therefore, egg/egg whites, quinoa, beans, and greek yogurt are staples in our house for protein purposes. Here's today's menu: B: black coffee, 1 serving of non-fat greek yogurt w/1 tbsp honey and 1/2 cup granola (forgot my blueberries at home!) S: handful of almonds L: bruchetta veggie burger, quinoa w/garlic chili sauce on top (DELISH!) and a few roasted red bell peppers; a dove dark chocolate square S: apple D: sauteed veggies (mushrooms, onions, zuccini) and black bean tacos on ww tortillas & w/cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and spicy salsa; roasted red bell peppers on the side (we are currently obsessed) Dessert: possibly a single chocolate cookie (I tend to bake a lot and give half the batches away to coworkers, family, friends, etc.) I don't count calories bc I really don't want to be obsessed or feel like I have to do it the rest of my life. I try to exercise everyday in some form, even if it's simply taking a 2 mile walk. I am finishing up a desk job this month so once nursing school begins and later being a nurse, I will be walking a lot on a daily basis anyways. I can't wait for that! A desk job is what made me gain weight to begin with....
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    Do you make time to workout during NS?

    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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    Do you make time to workout during NS?

    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.
  9. I'm a foodie...and well, it shows! I love food for it's taste and it has been showing the last year or 2 as my lifestyle has become less active and my metabolism and slowed down. I can't diet. Period. But how does one learn to resist temptation and figure out how much is too much of a "treat"? Balance is hard!
  10. Hi all, My fiance and I are going from both our incomes to just his when I start NS in September. With being incredibly busy from there on out, before hand, I would love to work out how we are going to do this. NS will already be an incredibly stressful time and I don't want to add the burden of cutting our monthly income in half...but yeah, no real choice. Has anyone else had to do this? Any tips? Suggestions? We are already working on paying off all our credit card debt and working on a budget. Thanks!
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    Workout thread...

    Been pushing the workouts lately and really enjoying it. Spin is my new love... class #3 was the one that made me swear to never stop! I think I burned like 800 calories or something in 1 hour... that's the kind of workout I want for my time! Epic, you are in the program, correct? And if yes, how far along are you? I start nursing school in the fall and just curious about what it's going to be like. And your post made me completely sure that I will be buying some HIGH QUALITY shoes for school. Poi, you better pick it up!! (haha, how's that for making you pick up the intensity?)
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    Workout thread...

    I wish mine needed to be contained....lol
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    What is your motivation for working out?

    Right now: Wedding Dress fitting: 7 weeks Bridal Shower: 10 weeks Bachelorette Party in Vegas: 3 months and 1 week Wedding then off to Honeymoon in St. Lucia: 4 months and 6 days (yay!) While getting engaged means more to me than getting in shape, it is definitely the best motivation I have had in a while. Not only do I want to feel comfortable in my own skin on my special day, but I also want to continue the habits I've started making long into my marriage. I just FEEL better when I do.
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    How to resist temptingly delicous foods??

    I've decided that I will try eating foods I love (that are good for me), skipping alcohol for a while and having 1 splurge meal a week in which I can eat WHATEVER I want, regardless of how many calories it is (but not stuff myself) and not feel bad. I'm also following Poi Dog's advice of not buying bad stuff and getting rid of what's still in my house.
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    Workout thread...

    My first spin class last night was awesome! It was probably one of the hardest workouts I've ever had but when I was done, I was so happy I did it! I am going to try to do it twice a week and move up to 3 days, along with my zumba workout on Saturdays and running twice a week. I also did circuit weights with my trainer before my spin class and focused on arms, back and abs. I'm pretty sore today but looking forward to circuit weights again on Friday. I do circuits with my trainer MWF and I am really starting to see results. Just got to get that eating in check and continue stepping up the cardio. Also, in regards to going to the gym alone, I too used to hate it. But since I got engaged, I really have a goal in mind everytime I go and it definitely helps me enjoy it more. Getting a trainer also helped me feel more productive with my time, especially because I can ask him about cardio and he helps me figure out how to push myself harder. Also, I tell myself just 30 mins and I'm done so I push it and then get out. Incorporating intervals when running also makes things easier because I end up focusing on making it through each sprint of 2-3 mins versus the whole 30 mins, etc.
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    How to resist temptingly delicous foods??

    Yep, that's me!
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    Workout thread...

    Trying my first spin class this evening... I hear it's going to be pretty tough but a good, solid workout. Wish me luck
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    How to resist temptingly delicous foods??

    Thanks all! I've been losing weight slowly... just having a hard time tackling the idea that I can't eat foods I love. I think one option for me is to eat as healthy as I can all week and maybe do a splurge day where I can eat the foods I love...with a close eye on portions. With summer approaching, I tend to lose more weight just because I take advantage of all the different types of fruits and vegetables available and stick to non-fat yogurt for a chilling dessert. I also am going to step up my cardio. I try my first spin class tonight and am absolutely terrified...it's going to be hard workout!
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    Workout thread...

    I have started seeing a trainer since December and can already tell a difference in muscle tone. My issue is making time for cardio but I'm really trying to get in 5 days a week now. My wedding is in 4 months so it's time to step it up! Plus now that all the holiday food is gone and done with, I'm going to stick more strictly to my clean diet. One cool thing: some girlfriends and I are now attending a Zumba class every Saturday morning together. I hope to maintain this little tradition even when nursing school starts up later this fall. Exercise is so important! I will not make excuses anymore!
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    Primal diet

    I'm surprised the "primal diet" doesn't allow for beans and nuts? The beans have carbs but they are usually considered "good" carbs (due to their complexity) and high in protein. My fiance and I are both vegetarians and try to eat a "clean diet" where we don't eat processed foods, try to stick to organic fruits and veggies, consume very little dairy, and stick with raw nuts, beans, quinoa, etc. And if we want bread, I try to make it at home and keep it as "natural" as possible. We definitely have cheat days... I love me a glass of wine! But for the most part, we feel SO much better... but it is a lot of work and a lot more cooking then I've ever done. Good luck to you!
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    Do you make time to workout during NS?

    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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