trouble stayng slim when in nursing school - page 5

I know that we have enough stress in nursing school without bringing our weight into the picture but I put on 10 pounds this past semester! I was wondering if anyone else had trouble keeping weigt... Read More

  1. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Pammie
    Well, my game plan for this semester (until I start clinicals, anyway) is this: I live 15 miles from school and my kiddos go to school 3 miles from campus, so I will be there all day until they are out of school. I am going to eat a balance breakfast and take my lunch with me. I am not going to take any money to school with me, nor my debit card. My kids are dropping me off at school and picking me up when they get out (3:15 PM); I won't be able to leave the campus. I will study in the library where no one else is eating. There will be NO FOOD! I can't eat what is not there. Now when I get home, that will be a different story. Got to come up with something there.
    Definitely the wrong way to approach it. You will find yourself actually gaining weight, as you will be putting your body into a starvation mode. You should try taking healthy snacks with you and eating several times during the day. Just make wise decisions...........you will find that you will lose weight this way, because your body thinks that it will get something everyt few hours so it won't mind burning the calories for you. There are many things for you to take with you............if you do not eat until you get hoem, you will be so hungry that you will anyhting that you can find around, and definitely will not be making wise choices.

    Good luck...............
  2. by   wonderbee
    Since I started school in January 2002, I've gained 40 lbs. With a year to go, it scares me to think I might gain another 20. I've got to get a handle on it right quick and now.
  3. by   RedSox33RN
    I've had the opposite effect - I've lost more than 15 lbs., and well on my way to more. I just don't eat when studying or unless "forced" to take lunch or break, like at clinical. Plus with all the stress of a seperation and reconciliation, I've not eaten much. I think I have to order new scrub pants now because of it.

    I did gain weight last year in college though. The courses weren't NEARLY as tough, not nearly as much commuting, and those Wendy's burgers tasted ohsogood before class to tide my tummy over! LOL
  4. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from NurseBunky
    I'm just to opposite. I lost 10lbs in 2 months by being too stressed out to eat or studying so much forgetting to eat. I remember going to McDonald's after school one day an ordering a big mac, large fries and a coke. I took two bites of the big mac and threw the entire meal away due to sudden loss of appetite. I just didn't want to eat, especially if I started thinking about an exam I had to study for or if I had clinicals the next day. It's weird b/c I use to be an emotional eater. Whenever I'd get stressed I could eat a gallon of ice cream with no problem. I don't understand why I would pick now to become anorexic. I guess I have bad timing. It feels good to be loosing weight though but being a nursing student I realize it's not healthy not to eat.

    After finals I ate so much I gained about 5 lbs in two weeks. I've decided when school starts on the Jan 10 I'll start taking vitamins, working out and try to at least eat twice a day and have healthy snacks throughout the day. I might as well be healthy if I'm gonna loose weight. Spring Break and Summer is coming!!!!
    I plan on starting vitamins also. I'm diabetec and know I'm not getting enough nutrients. It's wayyyyyyy easier to talk to patients about how they should eat than to do it myself!
  5. by   Pammie
    Thanks. You are right. I probably DO need to include a couple of healthy snacks. It will keep my energy up and maybe help me not to overdo when I get home.

    Quote from suzanne4
    Definitely the wrong way to approach it. You will find yourself actually gaining weight, as you will be putting your body into a starvation mode. You should try taking healthy snacks with you and eating several times during the day. Just make wise decisions...........you will find that you will lose weight this way, because your body thinks that it will get something everyt few hours so it won't mind burning the calories for you. There are many things for you to take with you............if you do not eat until you get hoem, you will be so hungry that you will anyhting that you can find around, and definitely will not be making wise choices.

    Good luck...............
  6. by   mjbsn2006
    I gained 15 lbs this semester. We ate out between classes just to get away from campus. I didn't have time to exercise, so I ate when I got home sat down and studied. I have to break this cycle, cause I'll pack on 15 more this semester. I started cutting back this week already, and I'm going to take my lunch q day so I can't go out to eat. I don't know how this exercise thing is going to fit into my already busy schedule. I wish everyone luck w/ this challenge. For those of you who have packed on the extra pounds, does this make you extremely sleepy 24/7? I'm not to hooked on sweets, so I don't think I'm having a sugar attack. I want to sleep all the time, no matter how much sleep I get at night. I wasn't like this before I was overweight. Has anyone else had this happen??



    Quote from Pammie
    Well, my game plan for this semester (until I start clinicals, anyway) is this: I live 15 miles from school and my kiddos go to school 3 miles from campus, so I will be there all day until they are out of school. I am going to eat a balance breakfast and take my lunch with me. I am not going to take any money to school with me, nor my debit card. My kids are dropping me off at school and picking me up when they get out (3:15 PM); I won't be able to leave the campus. I will study in the library where no one else is eating. There will be NO FOOD! I can't eat what is not there. Now when I get home, that will be a different story. Got to come up with something there.
  7. by   sabrn2006
    I maintained my weight for the first half of this last semester by working out during my lunch hours. Then the work load got crazy and exercise time became study time. I put on only 3 lbs but I feel like it is more. Everything is tight. Blah. I lost 40 lbs in 2003, and I just don't want to balloon up ever again! I am taking a weight training class 3x a week this semester. I need to add cardio to that and strategize for better eating habits. I know what's right but just have to follow it. My budget is limited, so eating out is not my downfall. My problem is with unhealthy stress-induced snacking.


    So should we have a healthy eating for nursing students support thread? I want to lose about 20 lbs over the next year. (About 10 this semester)
  8. by   Pammie
    Support would be wonderful.

    Quote from StudentNurseInWNY
    I maintained my weight for the first half of this last semester by working out during my lunch hours. Then the work load got crazy and exercise time became study time. I put on only 3 lbs but I feel like it is more. Everything is tight. Blah. I lost 40 lbs in 2003, and I just don't want to balloon up ever again! I am taking a weight training class 3x a week this semester. I need to add cardio to that and strategize for better eating habits. I know what's right but just have to follow it. My budget is limited, so eating out is not my downfall. My problem is with unhealthy stress-induced snacking.


    So should we have a healthy eating for nursing students support thread? I want to lose about 20 lbs over the next year. (About 10 this semester)
    :wink2: :wink2: :wink2:
  9. by   johnnrachel
    Okay so I saw this thread and thought "Oh that does not pertain to me" However I recently bought my brand new spanky scale for the new year and to my dismay I got on it. I am now eating whole wheat toast for a snack and considering joining "Curves" this sounds like a good idea now but when I start back on the hectic nursing school schedule will I really have time? :uhoh21: I will continue on my quest to lose the #$@! pounds that have found their way to my stomach. Please wish me luck.
  10. by   NewEnglandRN
    Anyone looking for an email buddy for support with weight loss? I am heading into my 2nd semester of an ADN program and know it would help with to "talk" to someone else who is experiencing similar stresses/demands of Nursing school.

    Just send me a PM.
  11. by   Pammie
    Ok. Let me expose my ignorance here. What is a PM? I am heading in semester 2 also. I need a support friend, too.
    Pam

    Quote from MichelleinMA
    Anyone looking for an email buddy for support with weight loss? I am heading into my 2nd semester of an ADN program and know it would help with to "talk" to someone else who is experiencing similar stresses/demands of Nursing school.

    Just send me a PM.
  12. by   mjbsn2006
    Send an email to her personal address; I to need all the support I can get!!



    Quote from Pammie
    Ok. Let me expose my ignorance here. What is a PM? I am heading in semester 2 also. I need a support friend, too.
    Pam
  13. by   Constance Ann
    Quote from cingulargirl21
    I know that we have enough stress in nursing school without bringing our weight into the picture but I put on 10 pounds this past semester! I was wondering if anyone else had trouble keeping weigt off in nursing school........I think I ate more due to stress and late night studying....I didnt exercise as much and I just.....felt my clothes getting tighter. I would like to lose these 10 pounds so my clothes can fit me again and also avoid gaining weight this next semester......grrr! Does anyone have any advice or has this happened to you.....my main goal in nursing school is to pass my classes but I also would like to maintain my health and not put on weight. Help!!
    When I started nursing school I weighed 140 which was ok with me. Now I am at 205 and for a 5'2" frame that is terrible. However I started an exercise routine but did not keep it up but thought I would share what I had good intentions of doing. I am going to try to do this again this semester. I would like to add that I am now in my last year of my masters degree so since starting this pilgrimage of nursing school in 2000, my life has been nothing but stress, work, stress, family, stress, tests, stress. If I do not do something soon I will be failing a much needed stress test.
    So back to the plan. I had read somewhere that exercise was cumulative so when I was studying I would set my timer and stop after 1 hour and go to the basement and walk the treadmill for 10 minutes only. Then I would come back up stairs reset the timer for another hour and when it would beep, I would start my trek to the basement again, do the 10 minutes and after three hours I had a cumulation of 30 minutes of exercise. I did this for quite a while however the content I was studying became so demanding that I would not want to stop after the hour of studying. This was my downfall to exercising. It was a good stress buster too. I must say though that you don't want to exercise to late into the evening as it will be harder to get to sleep with all of that energy. I have noticed that I am a very good sitter and can stay in one postion for a very long time, which by the way is not good for us. Since we are notorious for giving care to others we often forget to take care of ourselves. Remember if we are not in good shape it will be harder to give the care needed to our patients. I hope you can find a strategy that works for you.

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