Being a nurse in the health care industry has really changed my perspective on a lot of things in life. The obvious area that is has affected the most is how I view my health/body. As our intro mentions, in high school I was a cheerleader. We had practice for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week plus hours of tumbling classes and privates on the weekends. Being in that type of sport (yes, I said sport) really pushes your body to the limit but also whips you into shape. I had lean muscle and almost no body fat because of all the exercise I was getting. I loved my body and thought “I’ll always look like this”. After high school I still kept my shape by going to the gym a couple of times a week and doing mainly cardio. I would say about 2 years after high school I started noticing that my body wasn’t looking the same as it used to. I had lost pretty much all of my muscle due to not continuing to lift weights and I just felt that I was “squishy” so to speak. Yes I was still “skinny” but I was so used to my muscular body that I felt disgusting.
Over the next two years, I started gaining weight but in the way that was unavoidable because that’s what happens in your twenties, nobody can stay 110 lbs forever (well, in a healthy way at least). My brain was so used to seeing myself a certain way that my “grown-up” body confused me. This society puts so much pressure to be “skinny” and “thin” and to have the oh so weird obsession of “thigh-gaps” which I will never understand. Because of this pressure, I didn’t know how to feel about my body anymore. I liked feeling thin but I felt that I deserved to treat my body better. Throughout the last two years that I have been in nursing school, I have struggled to figure out how to keep a balance between being a student and being healthy. I will be the first one to admit, I do not eat good 100% of the time or workout as much as I should. Life gets in the way some weeks more than others but as long as you have a balance, a healthy lifestyle can be achieved. I have learned that eating healthy is easier if you see it as a lifestyle instead of a “diet”. If you use the word diet, you’re more likely to stray eventually because it is a plan with a time limit. Lifestyle means for the rest of your life. I know that sounds daunting and impossible but nobody eats like they should 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As long as I eat good 90% of the time and work out at least 3-5 days a week for at least 60 minutes, I am happy.
Being in the hospital and taking care of really sick people has made me think differently about myself. I would say at least half of the patients in the hospital are there because they don’t take care of themselves so they develop a disease or have a disease and don’t take care of it. Because of this I have learned that your health is what really counts, not your outer appearance. I have learned to love my body regardless of what shape I am. Sure, I am not at my ideal body but I know that I am healthy and that is all that truly matters to me. Part of growing up is about learning who you are and how to accept who you are and how you look. It can be tough but if surrounded by the right people, you can learn to love yourself.
Most of my posts from now on will be about my fitness journey. This will include my workout routines, exercises you can do, recipes (both healthy and non-healthy 😉 ) and sometimes opinions on health care related stuff. I am here to answer any questions about fitness or health. I didn’t become a Registered Nurse so I could keep my knowledge to myself, right? I am also open for suggestions on anything you would like to me to post about. I hope you enjoy my journey and that it will inspire some of you to obtain a healthy lifestyle
Written by: Morgan Reneau