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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,466)
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12/14/13 4:16 P

Hi MELL392 - you have the right idea by coming here :-)

If you create a SparkPage and keep active on the message boards you will find that you will get heaps of support. With a SparkPage others can drop by and leave encouraging little messages and tips, and in so doing will get to know you better. It is a great way to make good friends and this can help us immensely. Some of my very best friends are here on SP - people I have only met on the internet :-)

The previous poster has given you some very good tips. In addition the the tips already made, I suggest that you ensure that you start your day with a good, filling breakfast - one that doesn't just relieve hunger for an hour or so. A good breakfast is a very good building block to healthier choices throughout the day. Make sure that you eat ALL your meals - skipping one or two will set you up for issues later - both with your metabolism and poor choices of food.

Good luck,
Kris xx

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12/14/13 2:42 A

Weight loss and being healthy is 80% diet. While exercise is good, start with something you already invest time in anyway: your diet. Your excuse for change doesn't hold up in that area. Start to develop some new eating habits eating better, and possibly less. Start learning how to make better choices when you shop at the grocery store. Eat out less and cook something healthy for yourself, instead.

MELL392 Posts: 3
12/10/13 1:23 A

Hi everyone,

Im not sure if anyone still uses this as a forum but Im a second year medical student and was looking for some friendly support!


NOBLEEQUESTRIAN SparkPoints: (5,640)
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3/9/13 4:28 P

I am in a very similar situation to you but I found that exercising for 30 minutes daily actually helped me get my work done sooner and helped me with my studies. Exercising during the day helps keep you awake and alert so that you are capable of studying and working more efficiently.

JUSTAGRRL Posts: 522
3/8/13 9:55 A

I find the app on my phone helps me...No matter if I'm in an elevator or in a line at the grocery store, I can update what's going on with my food and exercise. I also find that taking the time each morning to plan my day (food) helps me stay on track. Knowing that it's all planned out takes the pressure off. If you have to read alot, then try doing it on a'll keep you moving and focused on your books.


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,587)
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3/8/13 9:13 A


I give all new members one piece of advice when they get started 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 do for yourself today is drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Good health isn't all or nothing. Every little bit DOES make a difference even if it's only drinking your water or taking a daily walk.

Being in medical school isn't easy. I have a cousin who's an MD. she told me how she had to read for hours and hours each day. Finding the right balance won't be easy. that's why Spark People encourages its members to start with small steps first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Starting with 10 minutes of exercise each day really is a good start. Keep in mind that even if you can't exercise for 10 minutes, there are ways to make your day more active. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. If you take a bus or subway, get off one or two stops before and walk the extra way. If you drive to the mall, park at the far end of the lot and walk the extra way. if you take an elevator, get off one or two floors before and walk up the stairs. Those are simple things you can do to make your day more active. Which is the point of exercise.

As you'll learn in classes, the benefits of exercise to the human body go beyond burning X calories in Y time. Regular exercise can not only decrease your risk for diabetes and osteoporosis, it can also reduce depression as well increase your immune system. Being active is an important part of being healthy inside and out.

Take things slowly so that you don't feel overwhelmed.


SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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3/8/13 8:00 A


Eight years into my own journey I still use the 10 minute exercise rule when I just don't have the motivation to work out. More times than not, once I begin I can usually get in the necessary requirement of 30-60 minutes, but if I don't have the time or the desire, I know something trumps nothing. And as a medical student you know that the benefits of exercise are commutative--the more activity you can get in--and I am not talking about structured activity, but just being active throughout the day (taking the stairs, parking far from the entrance wearing a pedometer, etc) the more your body benefits from this activity.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

FOREMACC SparkPoints: (5,482)
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3/8/13 7:43 A

Hello Spark People,

I am a medical student and signed up for spark people right before the new year. Thought it would be a good way to stay motivated and on track...didn't exactly work as I had planned. I quickly fell off and needless to say I have not been working towards my goal.

I desperately want to get on track but it seems so hard. Any suggestions for us people that feel like there aren't enough hours in the day? I did join the "10 minutes of exercise a day" challenge and think I can actually commit to that ...Suggestions? Encouragement?!

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