Weightloss ups and downs - page 2

by WildcatFanRN | 2,861 Views | 15 Comments

After reading recent postings where some feel that someone who is obese is less than a person and even less than a nurse I decided to tell a bit about my struggle with weight. I started life as a really skinny kid, long and... Read More


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    WildcatRN,

    I applaud your efforts, and appreciate your post.

    I too have recently joined WW after being so frustrated being as overweight as I am. I'm 5'10, and a little under 300, so I've been told I 'carry my weight well' but that doesn't help how I feel about me. I'm not focused on getting down to a size 10 (I haven't been there since jr. high some 30 years ago), but I sure would like to be in the low teens size wise instead of the 20's.

    One foot in front of the other girl, one day at a time, and remember that the little victories are still victories!

    I'm with you on the gastric bypass. Not an advocate for it under most circumstances. I've seen patients almost die d/t the surgery, complications weeks and months down the road, and even folks who have had the band and have to have their stomach resected, and end up with an n/g tube for several days after wards and on TPN. NOT to mention all of the FAILED weight reduction surgeries I've seen. They had the surgery 18 mos ago and eat dinner like a college line backer. It's not the ideal solution in my mind. Even if $ was no object, I wouldn't consider it.

    On the topic of so many nurses being overweight or obese, I have to say that I don't think most of our employers whole-heartedly support our well-being. So many of them think standing in the break room downing a bag of chips out of the vending machine, or eating a "hot-pocket" as soon as it's cool enough to swallow and getting back to the patients is an appropriate lunch. I'm not advocating an hour lunch break, but we do need time to actually sit down, chew first and then swallow, a decent lunch. I vaguely remember hearing something in college about a mental break and maintaining blood sugar (even in non-diabetic folks), for our benefit, as well as the benefit of our patients. Most of us feel better when we eat, think more clearly, and our patients get better care.

    The other thing about our nursing culture/work environment for those of us in hospital/acute-care settings - has to do with 12 hr shifts and/or no rhyme or reason to a work schedule on the night shift. There have been many 'studies' that indicate that those of us who work 7p-7a gain more weight than our conterparts d/t sleep disturbance and less than healthy food available at 0200 at the corner cafe in the hospital. I know - take your lunch to work and put good things in it. But life happens - you get an admit at 0600 and don't get out of the hospital till 0800 can't unwind to get to sleep once you do get home and squeeze out the last minute of sleep you can till you have to be back at 1900, and lunch doesn't get made. Life happens some days. Anyway.

    Good for you for your efforts with WW! Keep up the good work!!!!
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    Awww, thanks for the support everyone. What's really hard is also coming up with healthy snacks a 2 year old will eat. Fortunately she does like fruit, melons and pineapple. As for me WW, getting back to tracking what I'm eating helps show exactly how much or little I'm eating. I end up undereating at times which for weight loss is terrible.
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    Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More here i am. I will say, I have several topics in the "Notes" section of my page. I think my profile is set to private, so you will likely have to friend me on there to read it. All of the nes pertaining to the weightloss journey will benamed as such "weightloss update" etc...I do have photos of the "fat" me as well as progressive weight loss pictures. Hope it helps. Also I just want to add that I AM NOT on a DIET. And I will not condone any. A lifestyle change is the only SOLUTION for health and weightloss that really lasts a lifetime.
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    As for healthy snacks a 2yr old will eat...i have found if u get creative kids will eat more stuff like veggies and such that they wouldnt normally eat. If it looks "fun" they are more inclined to take interest in it. Try a veggie tower. cut up raw veggies and use a toothpick to make the tower, or even a skewer to make a big tower. or blend veggies with apple juice for a smoothie...we call them "milkshakes." Even better, if you use more green veggies then its a nickelodean slime milkshake! or if you use reds and yellows like peppers and squash, even throw in a watermelon slice, now its a "princess milkshake." also, it may make more of a mess and take more time, but if you let the child help make things they will be more likely to eat them as well. One of my kids favorite snacks is fruit pizza. I cut up fresh fruit and toast whole grain english muffins. they each get half a muffin and we top it with a thin layer of low fat cream cheese. then THEY pick the fruit tot op it with. You could do the same thing with veggies and have a veggie pizza instead. They love to create it and they are quite tasty.
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    I hear you, and oh boy, do I feel where you are!! I am an "old" Nurse, around your weight class, and not as healthy. Arthritis is kicking my butt, and yes, I know if I lost 150 pounds I would feel much better.. hummmmm or would I? arthritis affects not only the weight bearing joint would still hurt, My neck and fingers don't bear weight and they hurt, I would still have a balance disorder, hearing loss and asthma. BUT weight loss would fix everything..... or so THEY say. My cholesterol is less than 200, my triglicerides, HDL and LDL are all great. Except for being diabetic, my labs are good, so no too unhealthy a person, I guess.

    I know of many who have had gastric bypass and they have had varied success. I get so annoyed, though, that there are individuals who would truly benefit from gastric bypass (if that's what they want) but don't have insurance, and since they are working and not on Medicare/medicaid, they cannot afford it. I don't want to think that someone would have to consier trying to get disability inorder to get bypass surgery paid for.. One would thing the government would want to help whose working individuals as well,,, oh wait, was daydreaming that te government cares...... sigh.

    I am trying to lose weight too and I seem to have 15 pounds that yo yo and yo yo and yo yo. maybe we should start a AN support group!!!

    Anyways, hang in there OP, and know that you are NOT alone!!!!
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    Quote from mds1
    I hear you, and oh boy, do I feel where you are!! I am an "old" Nurse, around your weight class, and not as healthy. Arthritis is kicking my butt, and yes, I know if I lost 150 pounds I would feel much better.. hummmmm or would I? arthritis affects not only the weight bearing joint would still hurt, My neck and fingers don't bear weight and they hurt, I would still have a balance disorder, hearing loss and asthma. BUT weight loss would fix everything..... or so THEY say. My cholesterol is less than 200, my triglicerides, HDL and LDL are all great. Except for being diabetic, my labs are good, so no too unhealthy a person, I guess.

    I know of many who have had gastric bypass and they have had varied success. I get so annoyed, though, that there are individuals who would truly benefit from gastric bypass (if that's what they want) but don't have insurance, and since they are working and not on Medicare/medicaid, they cannot afford it. I don't want to think that someone would have to consier trying to get disability inorder to get bypass surgery paid for.. One would thing the government would want to help whose working individuals as well,,, oh wait, was daydreaming that te government cares...... sigh.

    I am trying to lose weight too and I seem to have 15 pounds that yo yo and yo yo and yo yo. maybe we should start a AN support group!!!

    Anyways, hang in there OP, and know that you are NOT alone!!!!
    Ahh yes, the yo yo pounds I know them well. Loose and gain the same 12-13lbs over the past several months. Now if I can just convince some of their friends to join them on the loosing end :-)


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