WIAW: a day in the life of nursing school

hello and happy wednesday! i hope you all are having a great week!

stopping by to share a little what i ate wednesday post, monday style! mondays are by far my busiest day of the week class-wise, so i thought i’d take you all through what i eat to stay fueled and energized throughout the day. hopefully you’ll get some ideas for quick meals or snacks to include in your daily eats!

i figured since i haven’t done this in a long time, i’d take you through a little day in the life as a nursing student as well. we’re getting down to the last month of the semester, and it’s pretty much so insane that i can’t even look at my calendar for the rest of the month. one day at a time, folks!

6:20am: first alarm goes off, but i’m so tired that i snooze it until 6:40, and then proceed to be rushed the rest of the morning… story of my life!

6:40-7:20 am: the first thing i do after getting up is brush my teeth, wash my face, put in contacts, and then head to the kitchen to make some coffee & breakfast. i went to starbucks the previous night to study and forgot it was buy one get one free on the holiday drinks so i brought an extra gingerbread latte home to enjoy this morning! they’re a little sweet for my liking so i made a cup of freshly brewed coffee to mix it with and make it a little stronger. i pour half of the mixture into a tumbler and drink half while i’m cooking breakfast.

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for breakfast i start making my usual- spinach and feta omelet, uncured turkey bacon, and some toast. i typically make the omelet and turkey bacon every day since i love it and it’s easy, and will switch up the carb source depending on my mood.

after eating rather quickly, i put together my lunch with food i packed the night before, get dressed, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door to get to class.

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(side note: i’m ridiculously happy that i get to wear pants and boots and longsleeves now that it’s colder. i also got to break out a vest that i’ve had for forever and my lululemon vinyasa scarf- aka the best scarf ever)

7:25-8:00 am: walk/take the shuttle to class. i have a bit of a longer commute than i used to at ucla, and overall it takes about 30-35 minutes door to door to get to the nursing school. i actually walk to a parking deck, hop on a shuttle, and then get off and walk to the nursing school. at first i was upset that i didn’t get a parking pass because getting to and from school takes up a decent chunk of time (when in reality it’s about a 5-7 minute drive from my place). but, it helps me stay active and get my steps in so it’s not too bad!

8:00-11:00 am: pathophysiology lecture. our lecture is 3 hours which is pretty long, but i always enjoy this class because it makes so much sense to me and i love this kind of science. we’re learning about all the alterations of the respiratory system today, and it’s definitely information overload! during lecture i sip on the coffee that i brought with me. during the two breaks we get i always go outside and walk around to make sure that i stay awake!

11:00am – 12pm: eat lunch outside with some friends and then i head inside to grab some (free!) hot water for my tumbler and to work on this post. i packed my lunch last night, which is brown rice, pinto beans, cooked ground beef & onion, a hefty scoop of salsa, mexican style vegetables, and a sprinkle of cheddar.

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after i head inside i make some tea with the hot water i got – these two teas are so good together, and the chai has a little caffeine for a boost- and eat these little biscotti my mom sent me in a care package.

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12-3pm: health promotion and foundations lecture. we ended up only having 1 hour of health promotion lecture, which was a panel with veterans, and it was really eye opening and interesting. in between classes i end up snagging a free piece of pizza for a snack instead of eating the yogurt that i brought (honoring cravings yall!). i worked on an online test in the little break between classes and then had my perioperative lecture for foundations. we also ended up getting out of that class early – it’s normally 2-4pm – so i raced home to try to make it to an earlier CrossFit class. on the way home i ate an apple that i brought for snacks!

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3:10-3:40pm: commute back home, change into workout clothes, and head to CrossFit. i was literally running out the door to make the 4pm class!

5-6:15pm: CrossFit. i mixed up some unflavored BCAAs, l-glutamine (both of which you can get at weslap.com and use the code FOSTER for 10% off!), and some lemonade sweetened with stevia to drink during class. we did a really hard workout that was basically two metcons- it was a 7 minute emom of 3 full clean and jerks each minute, and then we did the “nasty girls” workout after. i subbed 2:1 pull-ups for muscle ups and was dead by the end! after class i spent some time working on my kipping pull-ups before heading out the door to go home.

6:30-7:30pm: i make it home and mix up a protein shake with cinnamon swirl whey protein from slap with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. then i hop in the shower, change into pajamas, and light a candle in my room to cheer me up. candles are just the best!

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8pm-9:30pm: i reheat some homemade pizza for dinner that i made last weekend. i just get premade whole wheat crust (this one was from target) and add sauce (i did half red sauce half pesto), shredded cheese, sliced fresh green bellpepper, and applegate pepperoni. the applegate pepperoni is just the best and it doesn’t have any nitrates or nitrites added- totally worth the extra $. i had my pizza with a simple salad of spinach, carrots, feta, and balsalmic.

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while i eat dinner i study for my health assessment checkoff that was on tuesday and my exam that was today (wednesday).

9:30pm: i’m already hungry again, so i make an evening snack to have before bed. i had a chocolate almond cluster that was in a package my mom sent me, a piece of dave’s killer bread with sunbutter, and the siggi’s yogurt that i had left over from my packed lunch today.

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9:45-10:15pm: nightly wind down. i try to stretch, foam roll, or meditate each night before bed. i also use my favorite destress essential oil, turn down my lights, talk to taylor, and just try to relax before i get in bed in an effort to get a better night’s sleep.

10:20pm: lights out!

i hope you enjoyed a little peek into my life lately! as you can see i eat a lot of food to fuel my day and my workouts- i like showing full days of eating to try to be an example that eating less is not necessarily healthy. and this is what works for me and my body!

and with that, i’m signing off! i just finished an exam this morning and will be working on a project and going to class later this afternoon. happy hump day! we’re almost there!

xo,

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committing to more sleep.

the last couple of months i’ve been really struggling in the sleep department. everyone says that you’re going to give up a lot of sleep in nursing school and i kind of just accepted that it was a given… except for that it’s not. it’s how you choose to prioritize things.

if you know me, you know that i sleep a LOT. you know that i love my sleep and i absolutely am not a morning person. my parents thought there was something wrong with me when i was a baby because i slept so much, and i’ve always slept more than most people. during my last quarter of college i think my sleep average every week was 9 hours. i thrive on 9 hours of sleep, and the last couple of months, i’ve been trying to suck it up and deal with averages around 6-7 hours (and that’s with weekend night of sleep around 9-10 hours).

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i slept about 5 hours last night and then came home from class today because i needed to take a nap. i didn’t even take naps the first month of school because everyone was telling us that we were going to give up a lot of sleep, and i just kept telling myself i’d survive and get through it. but today, i came home and napped 2 hours. and then i started to try to do work on a paper and a quiz that i have due tonight. and somewhere in the middle of that i just started crying. because even that extra 2 hours wasn’t enough.

when i don’t get sleep, the first thing to happen is i start to cry about pretty much anything. add to that the election, the stress of nursing school, and how much i tend to work out, and i was just sitting on the edge of disaster. i called my mom, because that’s what you do when you feel overwhelmed and in tears, and one of the first things she said to me was that this is how i get when i don’t sleep enough. and she told me to go take another nap.

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something that i’ve struggled with, and even more so recently, is how unique my body is in its need for sleep. i don’t need 9 hours because it’s a luxury. i need 9 hours for my body to optimally function physiologically. i just do. i work out harder and more often than the average person. and i also simply need more sleep. but when i see so many other people not getting enough sleep and seemingly working harder than me, i start to tell myself that i can just suck it up and deal with less sleep and that it’ll be okay. but for me, it’s not okay.

my body isn’t anyone else’s body. i know that my body needs a lot of sleep. and just because our culture is telling us that the more we hustle the more we’ll gain, even if it’s at the cost of our sleep and our health. but my health is important to me and i can work a lot better when i’ve slept enough. so i need to start figuring out how to manage that. i need to start prioritizing sleep a LOT more. and i’m realizing that prioritizing sleep is going to mean making sacrifices elsewhere. but this isn’t a forever thing- i’m not going to be in nursing school forever. i’m going to have more free time when it’s over and i’ll get to do more social things then. for now, some of those things just might have to go.

so, this is me committing to more sleep. to actually trying to get to bed around the same time every night and wake up around the same time every morning. to stop “sucking it up” and to start taking care of myself. to getting at least 8 hours a night.

a couple blog posts about sleep by one of my favorite bloggers robyn, that i found extremely useful:

xo,

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weekly workouts & an exciting announcement

good morning and happy saturday!

i’m currently sipping my coffee (yes, it’s 12:37pm and i’m still drinking coffee) and thought that i’d chat with you guys about my workouts this week! before we get into it though, i wanted to talk about my current motivations for working out right now.

to be perfectly honest, i do not think that i would be surviving this semester without CrossFit. i have dealt with more stress than ever in the last couple of months, had days where i just felt incredibly alone, and much more. but getting to go to CrossFit is always the highlight of my day. i get endorphins that help banish the stress, even if just for a little while. i get to interact with some totally awesome people that i don’t spend 24/7 with in the nursing school. i have awesome coaches to push me and help me get stronger. and the tough workouts that i make it through make me feel like i can tackle other hard things in my life.

basically, CrossFit is saving my life and keeping me sane right now, and i am so thankful for that! :) here’s this week’s workouts!

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10.31 – CrossFit

5 rounds for time:

  • 5 squat cleans (i used 115 pounds)
  • 10 burpees over bar
  • 400m run

i don’t remember what time i got but i do know that this one hurt, a lot. haha! it was a long one!

11.1 – CrossFit 

1RM split jerk – i hit a new PR at 145 pounds!

the WOD was a 15 minute amrap of:

  • 21 calorie row
  • 15 pullups- i used a band so i could work on building up my strength doing them strict!
  • 9 handstand pushups (i used 2 abmats)

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11.2 – CrossFit 

7 minute EMOM of 4 hang power snatches (75#)

12 minute EMOM:

  • even minutes: 7 deadlifts (RX was 155, i used 125 pounds)
  • odd minutes: as many wallballs as you can

we scored it by how many wallballs we completed, and my score was 102 wallballs!

11.3 – rest day

i have a full day of clinical on thursdays, so i usually sleep in late and take a rest day because i am completely exhausted by this time in the week!

11.4 – CrossFit 

we are doing a back squat program right now with sets of 20, 10, and 10 reps of back squats with increasing weight each week. i used 125 pounds and it was a bit rough, but i’m so excited to test out my back squat after this cycle!

metcon for time:

  • 21-15-9 power clean and ring dips

i can’t do ring dips right now, so i did 2:1 tricep extensions substitution and my arms were noodles. but i RX’d the weight at 95 pounds for the power cleans which i was excited about! finished in 9:23.

11.5 – TBA

i’m not sure what i’ll be up to today, but i might just go for a long walk or a short run this evening to give my legs a break from studying. we shall see! i also have been meaning to go to Marshall’s to pick up a new yoga mat so i can do yoga at my apartment or check out a studio in the area to try to get a good stretch in (i know my body certainly needs it)!

and the exciting news! 

for those of you who don’t know, i recently was sponsored by slap nutrition! i won the #slap90days2 challenge (PSA: there’s a slap 90 days 3 that just recently started!) and couldn’t be more excited to get to represent a company that i love and support. i’ve been a customer for almost two years and use their products every day. if you want to support me & support SLAP, you can use the code FOSTER at checkout at weslap.com to get yourself some goodies! i’ll be doing a post soon sharing some of my favorite supplements as well!

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so happy to be back blogging, let me know if there’s any types of posts you’d like to see in the future!

xo,

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back to my roots

it seems like nowadays everyone i know writes a blog. and that’s made me start thinking a lot lately about why i took so much time off from writing in this little space of mine.

it’s not that i have less time to (although, in nursing school, i do have less free time overall), it’s that i haven’t made it a priority. that’s something i’ve always said and always will stand by – everyone has time for what they WANT to have time for. no one “doesn’t have time”. it’s just not a priority.

i think that i stopped writing here because i wasn’t sure if i was sharing content that was useful, or helpful, or in any way impacting someone other than myself. blogging started to feel like an *all about me* kind of thing, even though i know it’s not. but i stopped sharing recipes, and i stopped sharing my workouts, and it seemed like every time i opened up my computer to blog it was a post that i spent catching up with you guys.

and then i started thinking about other people’s blogs that i read and why i read them. i don’t read them for the recipes (although i love looking at food), and i don’t read them solely just to hear about other people’s workouts. i read them to hear about other people’s lives. to read advice about something that i’m going through. to know that there’s another nursing student out there struggling just like me but who’s still making their health a priority.

i read them for inspiration, for peeks into other people’s lives – let’s be real- day in the life posts are my favorite,  but most importantly, because it makes me feel less alone & more connected to other people who care about what i care about.

so that’s why i think that i’m going to go back to my roots, where i started blogging. when i found so much joy in food and fitness that i couldn’t wait to share it all. to share my highs and my lows, to celebrate with you guys and to encourage each other through the hard times.

you know when people ask how to start a blog, or how to start a YouTube channel, and people always say “just start doing it!”? that’s how i feel with blogging right now. every time i open up my screen or start a post i feel like i don’t know what to say because it’s been so long or i feel the need to catch you up on everything.

and that’s where it started to feel self centered. it might just be a blog, but maybe posting what i eat in a day will give someone some inspiration on how to cook a healthy dinner for themselves. or maybe sharing my workouts will inspire someone to go a little harder or do a little more activity in their everyday life. and maybe sharing my nursing school trials and triumphs will help someone out there who’s in nursing school or who wants to be a nurse. or sharing little bits and pieces of my very imperfect life will make someone feel less alone.

all this to say, i want to bring the joy back into blogging. i want to bring the joy back to food and fitness and maybe even a little fashion. i want to have a space to write and be creative and just get inspired again.

so, here’s to old roots and new beginnings. here’s to just doing it instead of thinking about it.

let me know if there’s any kind of posts you guys would like to read! happy to be back!

xo,

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3 tips for managing stress in nursing school (and life)

greetings from my kitchen! i’m currently taking a little study break to meal prep for the week and figured it was a good time to stop by and share a little update with y’all.

we’re about 5 weeks into nursing school, and thus far everything has been going well! last time i checked in i was dealing with a lot of struggles, but a few of those things have gotten better as time has gone on. i’m loving living here in atlanta, have been meeting a lot more people, and just feeling a lot more at home here.

one thing that didn’t just magically go away, though, was the huge amount of stress that i was carrying around on a daily basis. i was stressed about moving and being in a new place, doing well in school, meeting people, personal life issues, and more. we all know that being stressed isn’t good for our bodies and minds, but the issue was stopping the stress before it started taking over everything.

i thought i’d share a few ways that i have been able to combat being really stressed/anxious with you guys in the hopes that it might help you in whatever life difficulties you’re dealing with now! (would also like to note that getting professional help is always important if that is what you need.)

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(aside from these tips, i can’t tell you how magical it was to literally sit in a waterfall last week. nothing but the sounds of rushing water and its pressure on my skin calmed me in so many ways)

1) remind yourself: you are different than everyone else.

this is the most important thing that i’ve learned in the last 5 weeks. it’s easy to say, but sometimes hard to remember, especially if you’re in a situation like nursing school. everyone is constantly doing something, and if i let myself get caught up in it, i started to feel like i wasn’t doing enough or that i should be doing what everyone else is doing.

at this age in life, i know myself pretty well. i know what i need to do to get work done, i know what i need to do to stay sane, and no one else works in the same way that i do.

the best example of this i can think of is feelings i had last monday. on mondays we have 7 hours of classtime, starting at 8am, ending at 4pm, and a full day of sitting. the second that the last class was over, i was ready to run out the door and go workout. sitting for long periods of time is hard for me, my concentration was shot, and i needed to move my body and shut off my brain for awhile. but as i was leaving the nursing school, i heard a few other students saying that they were headed to the library to study. immediately i questioned if i should be going home and spending a few hours going to work out. i started to feel guilty for taking time off of school to work out.

and as soon as those thoughts started, i needed to stop them. because i know myself, and i know that i would not have been productive if i had gone to the library. i know that i don’t study well in libraries, period. and i know that i needed to move my body and workout to decrease my stress levels and anxiety and keep myself feeling good.

so i left, i went and i worked out, and i came home and did work later. because that’s what works for ME.

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2) make a toolbox and use it

what i mean by a toolbox, is to make a list of things that you can do for yourself that decrease your stress. they can be little things that only take 5 minutes or bigger things that take more time. this is the list that i keep in my phone:

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whenever the stress starts to mount and feel uncontrollable, i make myself stop and do one of the things on this list. in the short run, it takes time away from doing work, but in the long run, it makes me more focused because the stress isn’t making me feel anxious.

for me, sometimes i need to work out. but sometimes i’m stressed because i’m tired and i need to take a nap. and recognizing that is key! so make sure that whatever you’re using in your toolbox isn’t adding to your stress.

3) write down three things you’re grateful for every day

put things into perspective. this is something that i was reminded to do in a holistic health class we’re taking. i used to do this all the time but needed a reminder to continue to do this. writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for in the last 24 hours, without just saying broad things like “my family” helps you to focus on all the positive things in life. focusing on the positive can shut those negative thoughts down. and days that i’m feeling especially stressed i go back and i start to read all of the things i’ve written down in the past.

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i hope you can take something from any of these tips and incorporate them into your life! perspective is everything, and finding the positivity in my life has been helping me stay happier and more stress-free <3

xo,

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