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Weight loss and the busy nurse lifestyle

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I use to grab a buddy and go for walks during our break or downtime (night shift).

Start a weight loss challenge and get some of your coworkers to get on the diet train with you. Have everyone pay $1 per week and whomever lost the most weight at the end of the time limit (whatever y'all choose) gets the pot of money.

On your off day pre-make meals/snacks that suit your diet plan and put them in stored containers so you can avoid the cafeteria or junk food at the job.

Offer to walk to the pharmacy, blood bank, etc for other nurses to get your exercise in. Take the stairs. Walk around the unit to keep moving.

But really, low-carb/keto diet helped me lose 80 pounds. The only hard part was my willpower to avoid junk foods, pasta, and bread. I think I was Italian in another life, but anywho, there are tons of low carb recipes online and many of them are unbelievably good. Thing is, it's a lifestyle change, not a diet cause the weight will come back. The way to keep from going super low-carb, so you're not stuck in that diet plan forever, is to treat your carbs as you would a diabetic diet. That way you can still have some guilty pleasures without breaking the weight-loss bank.

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