HELLO SABRINAFAYE, I WAS A MATURE STUDENT ALSO. I THINK I WAS 35 WHEN I OBTAINED MY B.S. AND WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AND RECIEVED A MASTERS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING. NOW I'M AN LPCC AND WHO KNOWS I MAY GO FOR A DOCTORIAL DEGREE BEFORE I PASS ON TO A BETTER LIFE. I HAD FOUR CHILDREN WHEN I GOT MY B.S. SO I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. HANG IN THER YOU HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT. BUDDY!
current weight: 174.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 301 4/9/07 4:24 P
Sometimes I would hardly call myself mature. I am giddy with excitement exploring my new life. My ex tries to protray that I might be acting a little too young for may age. I must admit that I have alot of energy, I take dance lessons (belly, salsa, west coast swing - not consistantly lately - too much studying), work 2 part time jobs (gives me flexibity. Yep, my plate is full. However, there are days I wonder how in the world I am ever going to do this. I make good grades but the strain of having little money and juggling so much is enormous. A little depressing even. But ... I will always have little mone, with no career ... if I don't succeed. I put alot of pressure on myself to do well. Mediocre just won't do.
When I lost 70 lbs before ... I wasn't working or going to school (unemployment) so I had a chance to focus only on that. It was so rewarding. I have not had a hard time keeping it off because I have truly changed to way I eat. The occasional pasta, rice or noodle dish. And I mean occasional. Nothing but Pepperidge Farm Low Carb Multi Grain Bread. I do watch portions. And I do slip up once in awhile. But .... this tracking is just what I needed to get me going again. I am really motivated.
And thank you for your kind words and advice. I have a pedometer .... I will get it out and see if that will also inspire me. You are right ... every little bit helps. Have a great day!
Fitness Minutes: (7,514) Posts: 195 4/9/07 9:20 A
Hi and welcome! Reading through your original post, I see that you are a mature student making a new start in life! I admire you greatly. You have such courage and determination that I am sure you will succeed. I like your plan for tracking your eating. I may try that myself, especially the keeping it simple part.
YOu might want to try wearing a pedometer each day. With that, you can see what your average steps are each day and work on increasing your steps as a way to compensate for the absence of formal exercise on some days. I am doing this with a friend at work and we are pleased to see that our steps per day are gradually increasing as we find time to take short walk breaks, 10 minutes or so. Every little bit helps!
Pounds lost: 0.2
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 301 4/8/07 3:22 P
I just want to thank you all for the encouraging words. This is just great. Yes, Sandy, I will definitely be part of the team! And I am already recruiting - my sister joined last night just before she left town to go to our mothers for Easter. They are in Louisianna and Arkansas.
I love tracking my food. Since I had to work today, I made my whole days worth of food and then went and entered every little thing. I am doing a more Atkins type of approach so I have to add alot of things to "My Favorites". But when I was losing before the thing I learned most was to keep it simple. I don't do "recipes" when I am losing. Too many ingredients and that allows room for additional calories that I don't need. I started tracking 3 days ago ... I am down 2 lbs this morning. I work 10 hr. shifts on the weekend at Muhlenberg Medical Center in NJ and I have not found time for a workout just yet but I well try to make it over to the gym tomorrow BEFORE school. Class is at 12:30 I should be able to do it.
Sabrinafaye It is always good to see other people join Sparks. i have only been here a month & love it.i have been a nurse for 35+ yrs. Done a lot of areas, presently in LTC. Always have worked night shift with occ on other shifts when I worked 2 jobs(years ago). It is good to see someone wanting to go into nursing. It is a rewarding and frustrating profession. But I always come out more satisfied than frustrated. Study hard. We have lots of candidates around here for nursing school, but not enough openings for them all. The waiting list is long. Do not give up on your nursing or weight loss dream. We will try to help when you need. But only if you will also help us....we all need each other to succeed. Sandy
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face ... we must do that which we think we cannot. Roosevelt, Eleanor
I AM a winner !!
current weight: 204.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,162) Posts: 833 4/8/07 4:19 A
Hi SabrinaFaye! I'm new to this team and relatively new to SP. So far I love it. It sounds like you have your plate full, but you sound very determined. Good for you! Life is too short not to be happy. I am a RN (for 25 years) and I currently teach nursing. Keep your grades up and hopefully you will not have any problems getting in your program. If it's anything like here (Illinois) I'm sure you have lots of people vying for not too many spots in the nursing program. Don't give up!
Mary Beth Joined Sparkpeople 3/16/07
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Just joined last night. I am 49 and a college student. I know I am crazy .... hahaha!!! But I wanted to be in the health profession before I got married. So .... now that I am not married anymore .... I am determined to finish this time. I was accepted to LPN school but decided that was not what I wanted. I am in an open nursing program working on GERs and waiting to apply in January. Making great grades etc. Having alot of fun; hard work though. It's ok. I know I can do this. Lots of support from my 2 sons, sister and brother (both nurses) and a few really amazing friends.
I lost 70 lbs. 2 years ago through diet and exercise. Have maintained it, but am ready to lose 50 more lbs. I hate having to say that. I can't believe that I allowed myself to gain 120 lbs over the years. Lots of things contributed to it though. I was just in a toxic part of my life and now I am FREE ..... to do what I need to do for Me. Lots of personal growth and emotional healing going on right now.
So ... my plate is full and I know I can use all the help I can get. I am happy to be a part of this group. I know you all will be supportive and this will be a great addition to my efforts.
I live in central NJ and would like to hear from others in my area.
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