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Anyone trying to get fit before NS?

  1. 8 I start in August... I'd really like to lose about 20 pounds this summer and get a bit more cardiovascular-ly fit before school starts! Anyone else in my boat and want an accountability partner?
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  3. Visit  LifeIsGood76 profile page
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    Oh yes! But I have alot more to lose (about 80 pounds). I won't start the nursing program for at least a year (I am still doing pre-reqs), but I would like to lose it before I start. I feel like I have to be a good example to my patients, ya know? I am planning to do Weight Watchers (I have lost weight with Weight Watchers in the past). Good luck !!
  4. Visit  nursing_student93 profile page
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    I start in Sept, and yess! I am short (a little under 5'1) so even though I only would like to lose about 5-7 pounds, it's a bit of an undertaking on my small frame. Plus, they always say the last 5 pounds are the hardest. I'd also really like to lose the serious flab on my stomach, legs and arms and get more toned. Partially this is for looks, but I think it will be really helpful to NS as well!

    I ran yesterday 1.4 miles, stopping in the middle to catch my breath. Today I ran 1.8 miles without stopping. I used to be able to run 4 miles when I was in better shape... trying to build back up to that!!

    Now, not eating when I'm not hungry, that's gonna be an even bigger challenge..
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  5. Visit  bravera profile page
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    I'm totally with you! I recently broke my sternum and was diagnosed with patellar tendonitis, so I've been forced to take way too much time off of working out. I've recently gotten back into lifting and am so happy to be doing it again, but definitely discouraged by the amount of strength and fitness that I've lost. I took the stairs to my 9th floor classroom the other day and almost broke into a sweat! I like to use the Fitocracy app to log my workouts and meet others to buddy up with
  6. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    Yes! I am weak.

    Over the past semester I started working on my diet, cutting out fast food and sodas mainly. Then I realized I was snacking all the time for no reason except that I like eating. I started replacing snacks with water and that has helped me feel a lot better. Also, adding lots of fruits and veggies; best part of spring and summer to me!
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  7. Visit  mindi26 profile page
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    I need to do this too!! I have about 40 pounds to lose and I start in August! I feel like an old person some days (I'm 30) and I'm terrified I won't be able to put up with the physical demands of clinicals (they start in Sept) I already upped my water intake but I really need to lose weight. I'm about to start yoga and pilates to try to build up core strength, and then try to add in cardio and strength training.
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  8. Visit  megank5183 profile page
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    I'm finished with nursing school, but need to lose some serious weight so I can fit into my damn wedding dress. Would love someone who wants to be an accountability partner. I would love to do a weekly weigh in with someone....PM me if interested. I used to have a really nice body....not sure where it all went wrong??? i just am so hungry all the time....has anyone tried Alli? I'm nervous to take it.
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  9. Visit  JerseyGirl6 profile page
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    Yea I'm also trying to lose weight but first I'm cleansing than dieting and exercising afterwards. During my cleanse imma figure out what diet will work for me and come up with a work out plan. I want to lose 30 to 40lbs then see how I feel then. Good luck to you all!
  10. Visit  july06 profile page
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    I hope I can. I have about 80-90 pounds to lose. I can keep up with physical demands, but I don't want to be the fat nurse telling her patients they need to lose weight.
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  11. Visit  lauraline profile page
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    Me! I have been monitoring my diet through Choosemyplate.com. I eat maybe 1200-1400 calories per day, with a few exceptions. And I've been doing the Insanity DVD workout and I love it! I started about 2 months ago, working out everyday, but my body couldn't handle it. I had to cut back to only working out 3-4 times per week. Otherwise my back, knees, and ankles will hurt for days. I have lost about 5 lbs, and I want to lose at least 5 more before I have to squeeze into my bikini this summer.

    By the way, I used to run 2 miles every other day, and I felt really good, but didn't really see any weight loss or definition until I figured out how to adjust my caloric intake and use Insanity to really maximize with interval training. I highly recommend it!

    I have gone from a size 6 to a size 4 in these two months so far. And if I had been able to keep up with the routine every day, I'm sure I'd see an even bigger improvement.
    Last edit by lauraline on May 27, '13
  12. Visit  nursing_student93 profile page
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    Hey Lauraline, that's good advice, thanks! I was wondering, do you ever feel tired on 1200 calories? That seems a bit low. I've been shooting for 1500-1700 + working out and even with this I sometimes get cravings. Any advice on coping with a lower calorie diet??
  13. Visit  lauraline profile page
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    Quote from nursing_student93
    Hey Lauraline, that's good advice, thanks! I was wondering, do you ever feel tired on 1200 calories? That seems a bit low. I've been shooting for 1500-1700 + working out and even with this I sometimes get cravings. Any advice on coping with a lower calorie diet??
    It was really hard for me at first to cut down my calories. But once I figured out what meals and snacks work, it became pretty easy. For example, I switched my cereal to whole grain Cheerios and soy milk. I also eat a lot of fish and chicken breast. I never eat the skin, and I eat lots of veggies. When I cook veggies they are just plain with garlic and salt, no butter or oil! When I eat eggs, I only eat egg whites. And my only snack foods are whole fruits, which really help tide me over. You should find a fruit or something super low calorie and just designate it as your go-to when you have cravings. And if you cut soda or other recreational beverages you will make a huge dent in your calories too. I only drink water or unsweetened tea. If you get bored, you can get those 0 calorie water flavorings, they taste pretty good. And the hardest part was switching to black coffee, yuck. I think the main thing I do is I eat low calorie meals and low calorie snacks in between. I don't really feel tired, but if I only eat 1200 calories that day, I will probably do a very light workout or use it as my rest day. Oh, and make sure you are taking a multivitamin.
    Last edit by lauraline on May 27, '13
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  14. Visit  lauraline profile page
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    Quote from nursing_student93
    I start in Sept, and yess! I am short (a little under 5'1) so even though I only would like to lose about 5-7 pounds, it's a bit of an undertaking on my small frame. Plus, they always say the last 5 pounds are the hardest. I'd also really like to lose the serious flab on my stomach, legs and arms and get more toned. Partially this is for looks, but I think it will be really helpful to NS as well!

    I ran yesterday 1.4 miles, stopping in the middle to catch my breath. Today I ran 1.8 miles without stopping. I used to be able to run 4 miles when I was in better shape... trying to build back up to that!!

    Now, not eating when I'm not hungry, that's gonna be an even bigger challenge..
    What is your daily calorie requirement? What calorie deficit are you going for?

    Mine is around 1700, and I try to eat at least a 300 calorie deficit. If you want to lose 1 lb per week thru diet, you need to be at a 500 calorie deficit. But if you don't change up your exercise routine, your body weight may plateau--which is why it's harder to lose the last 5 lbs.
    nursing_student93 likes this.


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