Why Wait To Lose The Weight?

Why Wait To Lose The Weight?

Don't wait till New Years to start your fitness journey when you can start now.
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Why wait for the new year to start your fitness journey when you can start now?

Everyone always has a new years resolution to become healthy and lose weight, but most of the time they stop within the first month. The gyms going to be absolutely crowded the first Monday after New Years and that will definitely make you self-conscious and not want to be there.

I understand that Christmas is right around the corner, but one day of splurging on your favorite treats will not affect you. As long as you have made the decision in your mind to live a healthier and active lifestyle, then no one is stopping you but yourself.

The first step to starting this journey is going to the gym and getting a membership. A lot of people feel uncomfortable working out alone for the first time, bring a friend and y'all can do it together.

You can't be too intimidated to go to the gym, once you get in there it'll be a piece of cake. Most beginners start by going on the treadmill or bike because it's one of those things that you won't be capable of doing wrong.

If you are unable to afford the gyms fitness trainer, then find a friend who knows what their doing and can help you with the weights. If you don't have anyone to help you then honestly just watch the people in the gym and see the different types of workouts they are doing. You are your biggest enemy and only you can make this change.

Make going to the gym a routine and at least give yourself a day break for your muscles to rebuild themselves.

Make a new goal every day before working out, so you can improve yourself and improve your strength. That little voice inside your head that tells you to quit and say that you are incapable of running a whole mile without stopping, prove it wrong.

The most rewarding thing is feeling like you achieved your goal that day and not let anything get in the way of that. Once you start seeing results it becomes an addiction to better yourself because you finally like what you see in the mirror. Do not give up on yourself and make sure you work hard for the body you want.

When it comes to eating healthy, its hard for everyone because healthy foods are pricey and most people don't know exactly what to eat their diets. However, I believe you should be able to eat whatever you want and not feel bad about it.

No, I'm not saying to go overindulge in fast food because that's truly not good for you but if you want to eat your favorite food then go ahead. I believe that you can eat whatever you want as long as it's in smaller portions and that it's not all your eating on a daily basis.

As long as you are cutting back on it and not overindulging in it, then go for it. It is truly all about portions and deciding to choose the healthier option rather than the unhealthy.

It all comes down to you making the decision to better yourself and become a happier you. Once you make the decision to lose that weight and not to give up when things get hard, then you will do just that.

It is your time to love yourself and love the person in the mirror. Take progress pictures and achieve what you've always wanted without waiting for the new year, it's your time to shine!

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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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Sorry, Real Life Doesn't Have A "Safe Space" For Your Excuses

Your excuses are invalid. Take responsibility for your actions.

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If I had a penny for every time I heard a college student use a pathetic excuse to get out of something, I would be a millionaire. It seems like every other person I meet these days has zero sense of responsibility in life. They're too sensitive, too unmotivated and just all around lazy. What's up with that?

Something that I don't think a lot of college students realize is that when this is all over, you get thrown out into the real world. You can't email your boss asking for project extensions; they will laugh in your face. You can't use "I have anxiety" as an excuse to get out of doing something. You can't get butthurt every time your boss comes down on your for not doing adequate work. That is life.

Sorry, but real life doesn't have a safe space for you. Your future employer won't baby you and hold your hand every step of the way. You won't be able to call in sick and skip work 3 times a week like you skip class. The real world has expectations and believe it or not, they are WAY more grueling than college.

People will judge you. You will get yelled at by your boss. Hard deadlines will be expected to be met. If you can't deal with it now, good luck to you out there because it only gets harder. I understand that everyone has their own issues in life, but if other people can get past theirs enough to work hard and be successful, your excuse is simply that: an excuse.

Life was never meant to be easy. The whole reason we applied to college was to be challenged and readied for our future careers. I will bet that almost every college student promised themselves they would work harder in college. Giving excuses isn't working harder, it's looking for the easy way out. The easy way might seem better in the short run, but it teaches you nothing and prepares you for nothing. Not to mention, people will get to know you as "that one moron that always has an excuse to not do their work." I don't know about everyone else, but that is the LAST way I would want to be known.

Instead of making an excuse, work harder. Be responsible. Meet deadlines, do your work early, manage your time. It really is simple when you look at it that way. Yeah, life gets stressful. Are you going to be the person who begs for their "safe space" and cries or are you going to get going and do what needs to be done? I know which person I would hire, that's for sure.

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