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Embarrassed about being obese

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I start nursing school in the fall and despite trying to lose weight, I am still very heavy :( I worry that I'll have a much harder time finding a job of I stay this big.

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When YOU get ready to lose weight you will. Yes, it's easier to get hired if you are thinner and it's easier to keep up with pace of a 12 hr nursing job too.Good luck!

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Don't give up! Think of losing weight as being a slow run at a steady pace. It's not a sprint, unfortunately.

I am cheering you on.

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You need to remember that this weight didn't get put on quickly, it can't come off quickly. As long as you are moving forward in your goal, you're doing amazing. I would like to be able to say that your weight won't matter, but, unfortunately, it will. Employers will sometimes judge your weight. They will worry that you won't be able to do the job and that your weight will cost their insurance company more money. Just do the best job you can do trying to lose the weight for your health. You will have at least a couple of years while in school to get the weight down to a manageable amount. Good luck and I hope you are able to stick with it. :)

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Before you start nursing school, look for a 'dude's job' --- a physically demanding job that'll make u sweat for hours. At the end of your shift, you'll be sticky and just flat out tired. You will suprise yourself on how much you can lose in just a few weeks! Bright side is: you lose weight (work ur muscles without even noticing it and you get paid for it!) -- nice huh? lol. Down side --> the job gets old after a while, you would want to take it easy and look for another job... haha.

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Hi Calipso, I'm so sorry that you're having a hard time losing weight. It can be very frustrating. How much are you trying to lose?

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I had no problem securing a job after graduation despite my obesity..however my interviews were all over the phone due to significant distance ;). So I really can't comment in that regard.

I was worried that while in school, my peers (fellow students) wouldn't fully accept and include me. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded as years later some of them are my closest friends.

However, I was a bit bullied by my nursing professors and clinical instructors; I believe this was due to my weight. :sniff: It was totally unexpected, unfair, and disheartening.

We all have different experiences. Hopefully yours will be a positive one. Good luck in your journies, both weight loss and nursing.

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Try and take it slow, pick an activity you enjoy.

Never give up, you can do it!!!

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I think that there are interviewers out there carrying preconceived notions about people who are obese and what they can and can't handle. I also think that there are a lot of obese people who can't handle a 12 hour a day nursing shift (I am certainly one them), but also, many obese people who can. So, I think that the real motivation for losing weight ought to be your health and happiness. Job related benefits will be the figurative icing on the non-caloric cake! :)

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As a person looking to enter a job field where you will be telling other people what they have to do to maintain their health, you should be embarrassed to be obese. You will have no credibility with those you intend to instruct, much like nurses who smoke.

Here's the thing: you recognize the issue. Now, are you ready to do something about it?

I started Weight Watchers Online on Sept. 9th and have lost 30 pounds. My BMI was in the obese range when I started, and I am now approaching the top end of my healthy weight range. My ultimate goal is to lose 47 pounds.

I can't recommend Weight Watchers enough. The Points Plus system is easy to understand and use, and I have their apps right on my phone so I can track my eating anywhere and everywhere. I won't tell you it's easy, but it works if you work it. I plan to stay on WW for life. For $19 a month, it's the cheapest yet most effective investment I can make in my health.

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The bad part is extra weigth to lug around,the good part is that you are not alone in this.

I think most mature / intelligent people understand that tossing rocks at somebody for them being fat is not productive or helpful at all.

Being fat is not a crime but a challenge. Media brainwashing people into unrealistic standards (skinny) and judgement of fat persons is a crime. Socio economic factors play a big role in a person's weight and health, and as we know,the gap between rich and poor are widening. This is not a healthy direction in a society.

So, what can a fat person do on an individual basis?

It starts with the mind: Drop the embarassement, just don't give a hoot about what some think, you need to do your own thing that will work for you, this is your trip, not theirs.

Facilitate: decent shoes, comfortable clothing, if getting too hot,try a cool cloth around your neck.

Stretch before and after exercise. Start slow.. as muscles soften up you will automatically pick up pace, go with it till you feel enough is enough. Stop when you don't enjoy it anymore, that way you will be more likely to do it again, it is supposed tobe fun and enjoyable.

Take a look at what is eaten, prefab foods are boobi traps, attempt to cook from scratch. If a recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, use maybe 1/2, same with oil, use your judgement. Make a habit of throwing in one cup more veggies with every meal, if too much, then eat less of the potatoes/rice. Have 3 bean suppers per week, there are some really yummy bean dishes on the net.

Just my 2 bits for now. Wish you fun in your adventure and satisfying results. Also, as in nursing, keep resetting the careplan, reset the interventions and outcomes, you are smart and can make it work for you.

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