I generally eat healthy, with exceptions of depriving some foods, but I work out every day too. I watch what I eat, because it will benefit me in the long run, and not drown me in this profession, that has taken control of many lives of nurses. It sort of annoys me when I see a tremendously obese nurse. In my opinion, how are patients suppose to take you serious?.when telling them to be healthier. not to say they would not make fun of a skinny nurse either, clearly, FIT is the goal here. but. .. a patient who comes in with chest pain receiving education from a clearly unhealthy looking nurse, may or may not take you too serious or atleast have a thought in their mind " s(he)'s teaching me about being healthier, this is regrding chest pain, but what about your weight".
I just think as health care advocates and promoters, we need to take care of ourself, and lots of nurses im seeing are completely opposite of this.
As I get more stressed from this job, I just feel obligated to push myself when Im not at work, sleep, eat better, work out, and mentally guide myself. Alot of the defeat has happened mentally, as this job drains us, and we just dont want to give ourself personal time.