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I refuse to be a fat nurse!!

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If I were to agonize over my shortcomings, I don't think being fat would be at the top of the list. Or maybe it would if I were 30 years younger.

Good luck with your weight loss goals.

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I also struggle with weight. I'm not overweight right now, but it is a constant vigil to make sure the pounds don't creap on...

1.) If you can, use your lunch break to walk. Get out of the break room and the constant parade of food. At night, I brought a portable DVD player and would play 10-minute workouts in an empty room. Or bring a MP3 player and march to the music.

2.) DO NOT DRINK!!! After work stress is awful, but avoid the wine, booze, beer.... You feel good and relaxed for a few hours, but the pounds will come on so fast.

3.) Find coworkers who also are trying to be fit and use their support.

4.) Learn to say "no" to the birthday cakes, party leftovers, conference leftovers, doughnuts, etc. It is hard, but this is a big place where people gain weight.

5.) Bring your lunch and snacks every day. This is a good way to control what you are putting into your body.

6.) Stay hydrated.

These are great! Another thing I do is use my fitness pal. I'm not dieting but it's a great way to keep myself aware of how much I'm eating.

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Leo thank you so much for your input. Your post has really put me at ease that I have been doing the right things to stay on track. I actually have lost 25 pounds recently but as we all know losing is only half the battle. Its about keeping it off and I was wondering if other nurses were experiencing the same challenges in the work place.

I do actually drink a post workout recovery drink and i lost my weight by doing the Insanity program. I don't drink a protein shake but i drink a health shake called shakeology. Have you heard of it? I have been trying to find others who are more into fitness to help keep me motivated because sometimes i just feel like everyone else around me doesn't care. It is reassuring to hear that there are other nurses out there making it a point to eat healthy and work out. Again thanks a bunch for your input!

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If I were to agonize over my shortcomings, I don't think being fat would be at the top of the list. Or maybe it would if I were 30 years younger.

Good luck with your weight loss goals.

Well i know that is the title of my post, but really for me its more about being healthy and promoting a good lifestyle. I think nurses should set a good example as health promoters. And yes if anyone could chose between being overweight or in shape i don't know anyone who wouldn't chose being in shape. I apoligize if it came off superficial, but when you can't fit any of your clothes anymore and you can barely look at yourself in the mirror than i think its time to take action, not just for physical, but also for psychological health. I just feel like you should take care of your body no matter what age you are. Thanks for your well wishes

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I will be starting nursing school next month and I already need to lose around 35 pounds, which I have been struggling to do for the last 3 years. I have read so many post from people gaining weight during nursing school. I tend to lose weight when I have a busy schedule and definitely when I have to study a lot so I'm really hoping I won't gain anymore. I applaud you for being determined not to be a fat nurse and I think you will accomplish your goal...you're off to a great start :)

I know exactly what you mean! Being in school was really when i started gaining weight initially. I wanted to go to the gym but i just never had the time. It wasn't until i started working out at home that i was actually able to fit my workouts it. Now i just need to stay motivated and keep my diet in order to maintain my weight loss. Its difficult finding others who are on the same page. I would invest in a good home workout program if i were you and get into some good habbits before you start school. I'm in school now for my masters and I am determined not to put any weight back on this time.

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Also, make it a point to eat lunch (or whatever meal falls on your shift...let's just call it lunch for now). Whether you sneak a sandwich and use your lunch break for a walk, or if you actually use your lunch break for lunch, just be sure to eat.

If you skip meals, you set yourself up for overeating the rest of the day, either through a larger dinner and/or excessive snacking. The "I didn't have a lunch so I can eat whatever I want at dinner" mentality will actually cause you to take in more calories than if you ate regular meals. Ask me how I know.

And I also agree with My Fitness Pal. It got 17 lbs off of me...it took a long time but it worked with minimal misery.

I am horrible at skipping meals on my work days. I work in the ICU and there are times i am so busy that i literally don't have time to pee, let alone eat lunch or snack on something. So i just do the best I can. The of course i am exhausted from working nights and it usually takes me a day or two to recover. So that leaves me a couple days out the week that i can acutally follow the plan of not skipping meals and eating every couple of hours. Congrats on your weight loss. Did you work out also?

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Shakeology is great! Essentially protein anyway...but with added vitamins and carbs...! So yeah, you are drink a protein shake (which is 100% the right thing to do after the workout) and getting some bonus goodies in the process.

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I am horrible at skipping meals on my work days. I work in the ICU and there are times i am so busy that i literally don't have time to pee, let alone eat lunch or snack on something. So i just do the best I can. The of course i am exhausted from working nights and it usually takes me a day or two to recover. So that leaves me a couple days out the week that i can acutally follow the plan of not skipping meals and eating every couple of hours. Congrats on your weight loss. Did you work out also?

Oh, I hear you: more often than not in the psych ER, I don't get to take lunch either. I try to eat something though, even if it's just a cereal bar or a box of craisins.

I used to go to the Y but I can't anymore with my schedule. I do try to get a walk in several times a week...and of course, working the psych ER is a cardiovascular workout in itself. I used a pedometer and clocked 12000 steps (over 4 miles) during the shift.

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I am horrible at skipping meals on my work days. I work in the ICU and there are times i am so busy that i literally don't have time to pee, let alone eat lunch or snack on something.

This is partly my issue too. I work in an ICU as well and this weekend is a good example. I literally can't drink water at work, because there's a good chance I won't be able to take a bathroom break. So by the time I'm done with my 3 12's, I'm exhausted and dehydrated. Definitely don't feel like working out. Last week I started taking Pilates classes and having to pay for the classes definitely helps make sure I'll show up for them regardless of how tired I am. I keep trying to find a way to exercise and be better about my eating so I can lose weight, but in 2 years I still haven't found anything that works consistently for me. There are some good suggestions in this thread so far tho, so thanks y'all!

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Yup, your title was offensive. As a nurse who is fighting with her own endocrine system (Grave's and quite possibly Cushing's, waiting on official diagnosis), I must step up and say sometimes weight gain is through absolute NO fault of the person doing the gaining.

I'm fortunate that my gain is minimal compared to some, but not everyone has my "luck"

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Watching what you eat will help some, but working nights might be responsible for most of your weight gain. When your daily schedule runs counter to circadian rhythms, you produce much more cortisol than normal, a hormone strongly associated with weight gain, plus your metabolism is stunted, and your melatonin production is lower, both of which also contribute to weight gain. When I first started working nights, I was actually eating much less than normal, yet I still gained weight. I found that minimizing the effects of working nights helped much more than diet.

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Yup, your title was offensive. As a nurse who is fighting with her own endocrine system (Grave's and quite possibly Cushing's, waiting on official diagnosis), I must step up and say sometimes weight gain is through absolute NO fault of the person doing the gaining.

I'm fortunate that my gain is minimal compared to some, but not everyone has my "luck"

How is her title offensive. She stated she doesnt want to be a fat nurse, whats wrong with that? Seems like so many people focus on feeling like they need to be offended at everything. She wants to loose weight, good for her. Unfortunately you unwillingly drew the short straw with your metabolic problem but its nothing to do with her desire to loose weight.

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