Nursing School is Hazardous to Your Health
Monday, August 17, 2015
When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes (wow, nearly a year ago now) I had to withdraw from school and sit out a semester from the nursing program. I chose to look at that time as being "in training to go back to school" and lost over 30 lbs (even winning a "Biggest Loser" challenge at work). I also took that time to finish the last course for my double-major and got to walk in the graduation ceremony with my classmates, even if I wasn't actually graduating as a nurse. And on May 11th (one week after receiving my Associate of Sciences degree) I started back into the nursing curriculum. It was intense, but I did it! In fact, I came less than one percentage point from having an A as my final grade (*shakes fist at the universe* SO CLOSE!).
Unfortunately, as the semester progressed weight loss (and anything resembling healthy habits) fell completely off my radar. At first, it was little things - like not taking the time to make salad for the week, or skipping a day at the gym because I had a test the next day. By the end of the semester I was drinking Cherry Coke (not diet even!) as a caffeine fix when studying for tests, and rewarding myself (or comforting myself) with food at every turn. And it's shown up on the scale (and in how I feel, both physically and how I feel about myself).
And I'm done with it.
I have classmates who do things like the Color Me Rad 5K last week, and I want to join in! I'm tired of feeling like a failure, like "yeah, I did a Warrior Dash once too...though you'd never know it to look at me now," when I overhear them planning to participate in such things. It's demoralizing, and just plain stupid - if I did it before, there is NO REASON I can't do it again, I just need to make the decision!
So, I'm making the decision. Dusted off the ol' Spark page today, poked my head in my old BLC team thread (just realized it's not too late to join the next round, so yay!), and got my patootie to the gym for the first time in ages! Feels like a good beginning to me!
So yeah, I'm back. I intend to RAWK this last semester of nursing school, and come out a far healthier and happier nurse than I went in!
Let's do this!