Mario mourns semi-death of his own life

  1. Hello superfriends.

    Mario mourns the part of his life he has killed to make way for new birth after nursing school. What this means is that I will give up the 30% of my life I used to spend exercising regularly and kill it off to infrequent exercising. Becoming an RN is my dream in Spring 2004, and this partial death is now accepted by Mario. You see, any spare time has to be devoted to the med-surg book, among others, in order to achieve grace and knowledge. I'm forced to work 24 hours a week for $$$ as a CNA, which is hard to grapple especially during clinicals. Mario is seen spending greater amounds of time on the freeway (traffic).

    In memory of Mario's former fitness and mental health statis, he crys and weeps over his time spend bicycle riding and going to the gym destroyed by nursing school. All the additional time from these deaths will go to achieving nursing knowledge. It's hard to let go, but it's only a temporary killing, and rebuilding will be great. After you get your ass kicked, you have to cut your loses :-( I'm sorry
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Hey Mario...........don't give up on your exercise program just yet, it's obvious that it gives you great pleasure and a sense of mastery of your body. I'm a confirmed sofa spud in my middle age, but I remember how it was to be fit (way back in the day) and how my body cried out for exercise if I didn't work out for a couple of days. You'll need to find a way to fit it in; is there some kind of exercise class you can take in between your RN courses? (I took a walking class in the middle of my 2nd year, which was great for relieving the stress of the nursing program. I also worked a 24-hour weekend as a hospital CNA, AND was raising four kids, plus maintaining a 3.4 GPA.........and there's no way I could've done it all if I hadn't been in decent physical shape.)

    See if there's some way you can keep exercise in your schedule.....I'd hate to see you become depressed and lethargic, and nursing school is hard enough without giving up EVERYTHING you enjoy.

    Please keep in touch with us, Mario...you've been sounding kind of down in the dumps recently, and none of us wants to see you get so overwhelmed that you give up on the things that are important to you. Nursing school does make it hard to have a life, but just remember, this too shall pass.
  4. by   melissa24
    Mario...

    How many hours a week do you spend working out? I know you are busy, but I think you could fit a workout in if you try. Don't give up just yet. Working out makes you feel great and increases your energy...what nursing student wouldn't benefit from that?
  5. by   baseline
    Mario.............. nevermind.

    But don't give up your work outs.
  6. by   thatldo
    Mario,

    Don't think in terms that just because you're not in the gym doing an "exercise program" that you're not getting excercise.
    Don't you consider some of your duties as a CNA excercise? Lifting, moving, assisting patients?? Concetrate on those muscles as you're moving them. Walking stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away, carry your books in front of the body instead of backpack hugged closed to your chest are all excersize! Squeeze the buns as your'e walking, wear ankle weights at home and most importantly remember to stretch throughout the day. This all helps, and will maintain muscle tone.
    I ride my husbands rehabilitation bike that sits on the floor for my legs while I study. I do leg lifts while washing dishes and folding clothes. 15 minutes in the morning yes just 15 minutes strength training in the morning have helped me remain physically strong.
    I'd love to have the luxury of having enough time also to take an hour long power walk or go to the gym for my scheduled workout, but I can relate with you about the time situation, but this has helped me tremoundously!!
    Working out throughout the day, helps me mentally, maybe these ideas can help you?




    Sherri
  7. by   ShandyLynnRN
    what about taping lectures, taping yourself reading notes, and listening to the tapes on a walkman while exercising???
  8. by   Agnus
    Mario, learn to fit it in. Good suggestions from above posts. I made a point of fitting in a fitness class every semester.
    One semester it was golf, one was weight training,
    one tap dance, one it was fencing. Find things you like or in my case always wanted to try. Be sure it is something fun. Completely non nursing related. You need not only a physical but a mental break exercise or sports will give you both.
    I found every waking moment was spent on nursing. Even as I ate I way working on something. When I took one of these PE classes I made it a rule to only think about that class. No nursing allowed. I stuck with it and found the break served my spirit mind and body.

    It might feel like you have no time for this. You may not have as much time as you did pre nursing school, but if you don't take some time for it and some time completely away from thoughts of school you will suffer dearly. Two lumber jacks were sawing a tree. Back an forth back and forth. They had cut a hundred trees that day and the blade was becomming dull and was now harder to cut with and each subsequent tree took longer to fell.
    One of thier wives came out to deliver a message. She saw them working very hard and realized the blade was dull. She said, "you need to sharpen your blade" They responed with, "we don't have time. We have a hundred more to cut before night fall." They worked though the night cutting the 100 trees. Yet the first hundred they cut with a sharp blade was accomplished in 5 hours. The last 100 took 18 hours, and many more strokes.
    You need to sharpen your blade. You do not have time that you would waste with a dull blade. Better to take a short period to sharpen your blad than to work harder and longer to accomplish what you could do easier and in less time with a sharp blade.
    Last edit by Agnus on Jan 25, '03
  9. by   Mkue
    I agree with the others Mario, do something fun, you will be gaining so much in the end.

  10. by   micro
    ditto my friend........
    welcome to the hell of nursing school.......
    mourning the changes that life brings us.....
    but you are fit.......
    and do what gives you peace, fun and health.....
    a least a bit a day.....
    ya' just may have to drive on the freeway.....
    but there are always other ways......

    be well, and nursing school will pass
    with you doing well and breezing through the boards........
    for this weekend.....
    hit a hill.....but only if you wanna

    good english micro xoxoxoxoxx
  11. by   hapeewendy
    dont deny yourself of something that makes you happy or gives you pleasure
    whatever it is find time to work it into your schedule, easier said than done , I know , cuz I've been there, still am there right now actually , with working full time doing my degree it seems like free time is a myth that I hear ppl speak of with great joy and fondness in their voices......
    what I used to do was right after class I would go swimming or for a walk or shopping or whatever it was I wanted to do , for about an hour,although its not a long time, it was quality time...and then go home have dinner hit the books or go to my then part time job and work the evening shift..
    you may not get to do what makes you happy as often as you would like , but for your own sanity and peace of mind, try to work it into your crazy hectic busy schedule somewhere...
    you'll feel better for it, I know I did!

    this is just a temporary inconvenience, when you graduate nursing school it will all be worth it

    success and happy thoughts headed your way!!!!!
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Thank you all very much for helping me. I used to scoff at the saying you spend 3 hours for everyone hour in lecture. It's true. Quizes, reports due, projects...on and on. Life is kinda dead when I get <7 hours sleep EVERY night. Also, working out means to break a sweat and (HR=>150) (hour), for me. Then a little resistance training as tol. Oh - trying to fit in the 1-3 hours a day, 4-5 times a week I used to do, plus the cooking and grocery shopping to fed yourself good/ freh food. The nursing instructors will eat you up if you are late. Then I sound like a am complaining and feel guilty. Nursing school can create a self-induced battlefield within you. Ultimately, having a certain fitness level is a luxuary for me I have to sacrifice for learning. Really I won't die, and I still work out once a week, barely. But better to mourn now and get it over with and to start smiling more. It's so nice to express myself to people who are there, in cyber. I hope what I am saying doesn't bother anyone. Nursing students have no rest and no peace or sleep either :-(
  13. by   melissa24
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    But better to mourn now and get it over with and to start smiling more.
    Okay...as long as you start smiling more... You have really sounded down lately.

    No, you probably won't be able to maintain the level you truly want to be at while in nursing school. But stay as active as you possibly can. Take every day one day at a time and the end will be here before you know it.
  14. by   Agnus
    Mario, I just thought of something. I just got a book Titled 8 Minutes in the Morning, by Jorge Cruise. Basically it says if time is an issue do resistance wt. training for 8 minutes every morning. I got it because I realized even I could squeeze that much time.
    You do resitance wt. training on 2 muscle groups per day. 4 sets of 12 reps each group with not stopping in between sets. You do one exercise for 4 minutes they without resting do the other exercise. Do different ones every day. On the 7th day you do an arobic like power walking for at least 20 min.
    Really from my experience since you are already fit, you really should not loose any muscle if you do this. Even if you dont gain muscle and if you do loose a little you will get it back very very fast. The isbn is 0-6-050538-9 It is $14.95.
    Use dumb bells and they should be heavy enough to challenge you doing 12 reps.

    Monday - two arm row and dumbell press
    Tuesday - lateral raises and crunches
    Wednesday - standing curls and lying kickback
    Thursday - Leg lifts and squats
    Friday - standing heel raises and kick ups
    Saturday- leg raises and doggie (inner and outer thigh)
    Last edit by Agnus on Jan 25, '03

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