Nurse Teeny’s Boot Camp

Some of you who have read this blog for a while or have glanced at my other blog know that 2008 was the year of the “Healthy Teeny”.  After years of watching the scales tip dangerously and my previously awesome curves balloon out like nobody’s business, I decided that enough was enough and started a journey toward a more healthy lifestyle (having gallstones didn’t hurt as a motivating factor either).  It wasn’t easy, but I also had a lot of support…I was living at home where everyone else ate healthy, my mom had bought me personal training sessions for my birthday and Christmas, and the entire focus of my life was on healing after such a trying 2007.  So taking care of myself became part of the healing process.  And I lost over 40 pounds!

Then came nursing school.  Not that I’ve gained it all back and not that I really have any excuses, but the change in lifestyle, the move to a new environment, and the emotional and intellectual roller coaster of my educational experience have all taken their toll on my previously health-centered mindset.  Ironic, isn’t it, that nurses often take excellent care of others, but leave their own well-being far behind?

I’m the type of person who relies on food to cope, and I’m also the type of person to say “Oh, I blew it, so I’ll start again on Monday.” Five pounds and several fatty meals later, I’m so frustrated with myself by Monday that I come up with another excuse to delay what I know needs to be inevitable.  But am I really that “type” of person or is that who I believe myself to be, because it’s easier in some way to think I don’t have it in me?  So I’ve decided to own the setback, stop punishing myself with more unhealthy choices, and get back on track.

The big kicker came this week when my best friend moved her wedding date up by two months – she’s getting married next year and I’m a maid of honor.  I know she loves me whatever size I come in, but I was kind of looking to her wedding date as my motivation to get my butt back to the gym.  But I was also piddling around because I knew the wedding wasn’t until next July.  13 months no more, Nurse Teeny, now the wedding is in less than a year!!  But I also know that there are many other reasons I need to do this: for my own wedding to come in the (hopefully) near future, to make future pregnancies easier, to make 12-hour shifts a little less hard on the feet, and most importantly, to model for my patients and for myself what it means to be healthy.

So in the interest of accountability, I thought I’d share my idea for a workout schedule with you all (based on our “typical” class schedule that will commence next week, as our clinicals kick off).  Not that you really care :), but if someone else knows what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m apt to avoid the embarrassment of not following through:

  • Monday: Class from 10 am – 4 pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Walk dogs, pilates and/or strength training in the morning before school, 30 minutes of cardio during lunch break at school gym.
  • Tuesday: Class from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Walk dogs, Zumba cardio at home in the morning
  • Wednesday: Class from 1 pm – 4 pm.  Walk dogs, strength straining and yoga at home in the morning
  • Thursday: No class (hooray!).  Walk dogs, Zumba toning at home
  • Friday: Clinical Shift. 12 hours on my feet will suffice, thankyouverymuch.
  • Saturday: Late morning water aerobics at local community center
  • Sunday: Late morning dance class at local community center

5-6 days a week should help do the trick.  The food part is harder because of my history of emotional/stress eating.  If folks have suggestions for how to work on that, I welcome your comments, public or private.

Oh, and I give you all my blessing to nag me about this as much as you want… I don’t want to make this blog about weight loss or dieting – there are plenty of other websites out there – but I notice how poorly we nurses can take care of ourselves and it lights a fire under my bum to be part of the solution, not the problem.

Farewell, Healthy Teeny ’08.  Hello, Healthy Teeny for Life!

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