Weight loss and the busy nurse lifestyle

  1. Hi. I just wanted to get some thoughts and ideas from fellow nurses on some things that they do for diet and exercise? What are some ways you resist sweet temptations at work? (this is an especially difficult one for me) Are there particular diets/programs that you use that work well for you all?
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  3. by   SarahLeeRN
    A couple things that help me (not foolproof by any means, the twelve hour shifts sometimes kill my resolve
    1. Step on the scale at least 1-3 times a week in the morning.
    2. Go to the gym for 45min-1hour at least 3 times a week (or on the days that I am off).
    3. Drink a Protein shake for breakfast (easy with a shaker bottle and a mix) at least in the morning before I leave-drink on the way to work, protein keeps me until lunch.
    4.Salad with chicken from the cafeteria for lunch (more protein). NO major carbs anymore at all until near the end of my shift(if I just have to have it). Things with carbs I avoid- cafeteria food like: bagels, fries, donuts, pasta. That will kill me and make me feel like I want to sleep during my shift and then make me starving again in an hour. And make me gain weight lol
    5. Take a water bottle and drink throughout the shift and refill a couple of times.
    6.Take my break-no exceptions-(unless a really really serious situation is happening)
    7. I'm not saying I don't always eat the sweet temptations at work-I do, but try to gravitate towards bringing in fruit, trail mix etc. although trail mix isn't always the healthiest.

    I'm not thin by any means but fairly healthy. These at the very least help to maintain my weight and stay energized!
  4. by   shell1983
    Those are some great ideas! I started this position (which is about 95% nights) about 10 months ago and I have gained so much weight. I enjoy my job, but the weight gain has been so frustrating. I appreciate your response and the great ideas.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Nights is hard - I was exhausted all the time and I did it for 15 years.

    I'm on days now and walk on the treadmill at 430 in the morning - I've absolutely gotta lose some weight.
  6. by   herring_RN
    Good for you!

    Studies show getting enough sleep contributes to achieving a healthy weight.
    I know a nurse who won't watch TV unless pedaling her stationary bike. She has maintained a large weight loss for more than 20 years.
  7. by   shell1983
    Quote from herring_RN
    Good for you!

    I know a nurse who won't watch TV unless pedaling her stationary bike. She has maintained a large weight loss for more than 20 years.
    That is a really good idea!
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Our hospital is doing a 90-day Challenge for weight loss. Employees walk together around the hospital twice a day. Many of them have those Fitbit things that keep track of steps and calories burned and we have contests to see who walked the farthest each week. We have classes weekly on food/diets, relaxation techniques, BP checks, etc. The hospital arranged a discount at all local gyms and we can use the P.T. gym to work out for free as well. We have a good amount of all staff represented and so far everyone is doing well.

    I do a low-carb diet (I like Atkins). I walk every day. I joined a gym and do a program with weights. I've lost 5 pounds so far.
  9. by   shell1983
    That is awesome that your hospital has a 90 day challenge to encourage weight loss. I will have to check out if my hospital has a similar program.
  10. by   Avid reader
    Flat screen TV on the wall. Treadmill. DVR with Bluetooth headset. One hour goes by like so fast. Three to four days a week. Stay at 115 despite a horrendous diet including Chocolate most days.