Nursing Student Life

They say everything is about balance, and that couldn’t be truer. But there are some challenges we face that really through us for a curve ball on the balanced path.

I’m about to finish up my first year of becoming an RPN (registered practical nurse), also known as a licensed practical nurse in a lot of places. I am obsessed with this profession, I love my future career – but it is definitely a lot of work.

I know I’ve posted before about my hourly commitment for school being equal to that of a full time job, but I struggle with turning off the “work” part of me and enjoying everyday life. For me I prep for school/placement, do homework for school/placement, and actually attend classes/placement. It feels like there is no off switch, but I am trying.

My weekends usually are swamped with school work too, so it makes it a little harder. But I prioritize. For me school and my mental health are tied at first. Then family + boyfriend for second. Then everything else. I tend to be more anti-social during the school time, just because I love my friends but I have so little time in a day to balance. And with my mental health being first that means incorporating down time where I don’t have to think at all. Family is next because they fill up my good vibes and I always feel better after being with my family and my boyfriend. They don’t expect me to be anything but myself – good and bad moments.

What I’m trying to work on (as I obsessively watch other nursing students / healthcare workers youtube videos) is finding an exercise routine. Not only is it good for me physical but mentally as well. It calms, and releases those “feel good” endorphins. It is also good for coping with high stress. So I keep looking for something I like, and am actively working towards that.

Any workout ideas that work for you – please let me know!

 

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Losing how much?? Fitness plan and routine*

Save to say we all go through phases of wanting to lose weight/tone up/lean out/build muscle/etc.. For me this is losing weight and being strong. My 2 body goals.

So my overall goal is to lose around 100 pounds and build my strength. I realize this is not going to happen even close to over night but I’m willing to work at it for a long time because I want my lifestyle to change not be a fad.

So being a previous athlete who has gained weight from medication and health, and bad eating habits – I know a little about working out and nutrition. It’s just about getting back there. So my plan for now:

Nutrition: High protein, low carb. Eat eat eat your meat (and alternatives). And some low carb veggies and low sugar fruit. Some people go extreme but if I’m craving and pb & j sandwich I’ll have it but I mainly strive to eat clean.

Workout: I range and aim to hit 20-45 minutes of cardio (been loving cycling) and then weights for about 10-20 minutes. I write out a plan for myself and target different muscle regions on different days to alternate and allow for max rest and push when each is needed.

So far I am down 6.4 pounds! Only 93.6 left !

If you have any workout tips, people to follow, articles to read, hit me up and let me know please!!