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JIMBUNNY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/21/13 11:22 P

First of all congratulations on medical school. Secondly, i agree with the person that said not to take an all or nothing mentality. Anything you do you can use to build on telling yourself and teaching yourself to be a healthy person with healthy HABITS. There will probably be lots of times in life that will be overwhelming. Use this experience now as a challenge of how to deal with the hard to fit in fitness & proper meals. Easier said than done, I know and sympathize. What I would suggest is to concentrate on the food part. 75-80% of weight loss is a reflection of what you eat and you are going to eat no matter how busy you are. Then maybe do 10 minutes of "moving" like dance, mini-trampoline or jogging in place as a little study break. It's actually bad to sit in one place anyway for long periods of time, which i'm sure you know. I honestly believe that at least a tiny bit of activity will help with your studies. Just a tiny bit. And good nutrition will probably help a lot. Maybe don't focus so much on what you can't fit in. I read an article in one of my fitness magazines this week that said there was a study that people who view their efforts weight loss/health-wise as positive are most likely to stick with it. Any effort--even small ones. Lastly, I think when you have a chance adding back in exercise is a good thing--not so much as a weight loss tool primarily but because it connects you to your body and what it can do and has more of a mental effect on weight loss. I have exercised MANY hours a day without changing diet and saw no real results. However, in long run exercise is needed to "keep a person focused and connected with oneself". In short run, which is what you're dealing with now, focus on how you eat.

Edited by: JIMBUNNY at: 4/21/2013 (23:23)
SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,370)
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4/21/13 4:47 A

I know that there is a lot that you can't avoid, but sometimes there are ways around things. A few nights ago I watched a program that had someone on it who is extremely busy and doesn't get time to work out AT ALL. He resolved this problem by investing in a Treadmill and having a 'table' made so that it fitted around the front of the control panel and down the arms. He put his work (reading material) on there, and walked - every day! Another way is to invest in a Gym Ball. They are marvelous to use as a chair - and just sitting on them actually exercises your core muscles. Another one is to get those little foot pillows that are sort of like two joined hot water bottles, but with air in them. You can use them for walking on the spot while you are sitting studying or on the computer, too. What wonderful ways to kill two birds with one stone! Doing this will also allow you a little down time - also much needed for keeping the brain fresh.

Ensure that you continue to get good nutrition - I am sure that you don't need me to tell you that without it your brain can end up a bit of a fuzz!

Good luck with your exam :-)

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 4/21/2013 (04:49)
TAPPER1023 Posts: 3
4/21/13 12:10 A

Thank you for your well wishes. :) I would LOVE to be able to get out of the house and study while walking or on an elliptical, but unfortunately everything that I need to study is online only. For the next 3 weeks I'll be stuck inside on my laptop. If not, flashcards would absolutely be my go-to study aide.

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4/20/13 11:44 P

One of my very favorite ways to study when I was in college *might* work for you....

While getting my Microbiology and Med Tech degrees, I had a tremendous amount of memorization and review to do also. I know that most of you probably use computer notes now, but have you ever considered the old fashioned note cards? I wrote out flip cards (which in itself is a great review!) and took them walking with me. You wouldn't believe how many miles I put on around the campus walking, memorizing and reviewing, quizzing myself, reviewing some more.... I was in probably the best shape in my life!! :) With the computer notes, perhaps you could chart them, print and cut up...and get in those 10 minute walks!! :)

Anyway, the very best on both your Medical studies and to your Military Man! All who serve deserve our gratitude!! (I've two nephews who are currently active duty Army, and my sister was an Army Nurse!) Take care!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

TAPPER1023 Posts: 3
4/20/13 7:52 P

Thanks for all of your responses and your support. I've started getting back on track these last couple of weeks - logging what I eat and sticking to the healthy foods. You're right, I have to start working in more exercise, even if it's just a few minutes. I guess I'm struggling to adjust to the new me. Ever since I got sick I'm not the same person that I was before it. I can't work out the way I used to, I can't study and have things stick as easily as I used to, everything takes so much extra time and effort to get done. It's frustrating to think what I used to be able to do and know that it's never going to be like that again. I have to find a new way to move forward without getting so discouraged by these things.

Kendilynn, I was just telling him the other day that I don't know how the husbands and wives of soldiers who are deployed for months or years on end handle it. I know that this is the best decision that he made for himself and I could never ask him to do anything that didn't make him happy, but I wish he was here with me right now, at least until this exam is past. You're right, it's a whole added level of stress, but you and your husband must be incredibly strong to make it through 8 deployments. I hope that we can be just as strong.

SWIMOM Posts: 366
4/20/13 5:56 P

The massive undertaking of medical school followed by residency is a wonderful, congrats! The ambition to study is there but remember, there it is the practical portions that'll cause you the most physical trouble. Please find the time to devote to good health and exercise a few times a week. Even if it is only a walk and stretching. Eating, you can handle. Once you get up and moving as a habit, you'll want to. With that to the gym for me!

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4/20/13 4:09 P

I find that when I can't (or don't choose to) work out, I have to focus even more on my food choices. I know I can eat more or less whatever I want if I'm working out religiously, or I can eat really well and work out only sporadicaly and my weight stays in check. So ditch any processed snacks you have lying around and fill your fridge with fruit and pre-cut veggies. If you run out for convenience food, skip McDonalds and pop into the grocery store for a bag of salad and a rotisserie chicken instead.

I also know the stress of being separated from your significant other, although not while also cramming for medical boards. We are currently going through our eighth deployment (sixth since having kids) and it just adds a whole extra level of stress/anxiety while trying to keep it all together. Just take it one day at a time and make sure to take care of your mind and your body. You'll get through this!

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4/20/13 3:44 P


I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Studying for any sort of professional exam (say the Bar Exam) is not an easy thing.

You have to set your priorities. If this test is the single most important thing you need to accomplish, then you have to concentrate on studying for that exam. Try to fit in exercise when you can. Remember, you don't have to exercise for an hour at a time to lose weight or be fit. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Working out for 10 minutes three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute workout.

You may find it beneficial to break up your study time with some shorter bursts of activity. I know what it's like to study for an important exam, BUT I also know the importance of taking a break so that I don't get overwhelmed.

So, why not do 10 minute workout three times a day ? You could even do 20 minute workouts if you wanted. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts you can do at home. Take a daily walk. Some times, getting away from the books can help us focus more clearly some days.

Mostly, do the best you can. You're not Wonder Woman. there is only so much you can do. Let's get that test out of the way. As far as losing weight, take baby steps because when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit.

Are you logging your food choices ? If you want to do a little something towards losing weight, try to log your food. You don't have to log it with SP if you find that too much work. You can log your choices in a notebook. That's a visual aid that will help you keep track of how much you're eating. Be honest. Many people don't realize how much they are eating until they start writing it down.

Take breaks from studying. there is only so much a person can cram into their brain at one time. pace yourself so that you don't get stressed out. stress can break down our bodies. thus the need to try to take care of yourself while you're studying for this exam.

TAPPER1023 Posts: 3
4/20/13 3:11 P

Hi everyone,

I've never posted on here before, but I've been a member for a while. I'm 23 and a medical student. I was doing great and then I got sick and for over a year I couldn't exercise at all. In spite of my efforts to maintain my weight, it's not working at all - I gained back everything I lost. Right now I'm studying for a huge exam that basically takes ~14-16 hrs of study time every day and I don't know how to fit in exercise. I feel disgusted with myself for allowing myself to get to this point. My boyfriend of 5 years is now in the army and stationed 2600 miles away and the only times I'll get to see him this year are at my graduation in June and for Christmas. We talk every day and that's wonderful, compared to when he was in basic training, but it's usually not until 1 or 2 a.m. when I'm finished studying for the day. Right now, between struggling with my health, spending all day, every day studying, and barely squeezing in an hour to talk to him I feel completely overwhelmed and lost. I'm sorry this is so long.

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