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  • Jun 26

    How You Can Lose 50 Pounds In 90 Days

    As a nurse, we hear about the obesity epidemic more now than ever. You see it in your patients and sometimes in yourself. As nurses, we are looked up to by our patients and should represent the image of health. Yet, this is often not the case. I realize this is easier said than done and harder for some than others. We should strive to make our best effort at looking healthy and feeling healthy which has benefits for our patients, families and ourselves. When it comes to weight loss, we have been given a lot of information, and most of it is bad information or not sustainable. We should focus on optimizing our hormones (Insulin) and not on counting calories. If you are struggling with losing weight, you are not alone out there. Today, I am going to give you five ways you can start becoming a fat burning machine.

    Decrease Your Sugar Intake

    I know you have heard this before and probably more times than you care to remember, but it works. Depending on your body type you should have the percentage of calories in your diet from carbohydrates be somewhere between 10 and 30%. I must say, it can be hard to separate yourself from carbs since, as sugar burners, we crave them so often. And, let's face it, they are everywhere. They are cheap and convenient, which makes them even more irresistible. But you must resist. I want to challenge you to pull back on the sodas, fruit juice, bread, processed food and items with added sugar. If you are unsure if something has added sugar in it, then read the labels. Even whole wheat bread turns to sugar once you eat it and gets broken down in the digestive tract. Be intentional about lowering the amount of sugar in your diet and carbohydrates and I believe this will make more of a difference for weight loss than anything else you can do.

    Increase Your Good Fats

    So, I just asked you to decrease your carbohydrates, and many nurses will say “So now what do I eat?!” You have three options: meat (grass-fed, wild-caught), vegetables, and some fruits (remember: beware of your sugar intake). Next, fill in the gaps with “GOOD” fats. Examples of good fats would include coconut oil, avocado and avocado oil, butter (not margarine), almond butter, nuts (avoid peanuts), olives, full- fat yogurt, organic half and half or heavy cream, and egg yolks just to name a few. I don’t know about you, but these are some of my favorite foods. “BAD” fats would include vegetable and seed oils such as canola, peanut, soybean, cottonseed, and sunflower oil. These are pro-inflammatory omega six fats which increase inflammation in the body.

    The key to any sustainable weight loss strategy is to feel satisfied, or full, while you are on your journey. Fat is how you make that happen. Fat is the key to having your weight loss experience be enjoyable instead of dreadful. Because if it is dreadful, you will not maintain the weight loss once the 90 days is over, or heck, even complete the 90-day challenge. I know fat has gotten a bad rap over the last fifty years, but just try it. You will be glad you did.

    Sleep Better

    When it comes to weight loss, nobody hardly ever mentions sleep. As nurses, we work all kinds of weird hours and are expected to work longer hours than most other professions. So what does a good sleep routine look like? I would recommend you take 1 to 3 mg of melatonin an hour before bed, wear a sleep mask and keep your bedroom very dark. You should not be able to see your hand in front of your face. Minimize use of electronic devices an hour before bed. I would also suggest blue light blocking glasses and/or put your electronic devices in night mode. Keep the bedroom at 68 to 71 degrees because this helps your body to cool down allowing it to get ready for rest. Don't do any exercise, not even walking, right before you go to bed. Save exercise for when you wake up. Also, limit alcohol before bed since it inhibits your body’s ability to get in a deep REM restorative sleep.

    Reduce Your Stress

    Stress comes at us from many directions in our daily lives. Acute stress is fine for the most part, but it is when it becomes chronic that it becomes a problem. Honestly, by implementing the other four points made in this article, you will greatly reduce your stress level. For myself, I have to pick my battles. Some battles do not need to be fought to win the war (low stress). There are situations and other adults that would get to me in my younger days which I no longer allow to steal my inner peace. I would invite you to try techniques such as guided meditation (start with a few minutes a day), music or if you are feeling stressed go for a walk. Often if I am stressed about something and go for a walk, it will calm me right down as long as I leave my mobile device at home. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise all play a big part in helping you to control your stress levels.

    Move More

    I know what you’re saying, “I move enough at work. Why would I want to move when I am at home or on my days off?” The only reason I give for this is the benefits from movement do not necessarily come from doing it all at once but from doing it frequently throughout the day. In other words, it is not good for you to sit, or stay stationary, for more than an hour at a time. This can consist of doing five minutes of moving around in between forty-five-minute study sessions. Also, I want to say movement does not have to involve lifting weights at a gym or running on a treadmill. Lifting weights is beneficial, but exercise has to be fun. You are the only one who can determine that. If what you are doing for exercise is not fun then it is not sustainable. I still do a lot of exercise on my own because I find that works better for me and offers fewer distractions. But if you have trouble motivating yourself to workout on your own, then I would recommend you workout with a group. Join a meetup group (which are mostly free) that does hiking, kayaking, or yoga. Or you can join a gym or do Crossfit where the workouts are made up for you. Currently, my routine involves forty-five minutes of weight lifting three days a week in a home gym, thirty minutes of walking every day with a twenty pound weighted vest, and five fifty yard sprints one or two times a week.

    I hope you have found this article inspiring and enlightening. Being overweight is not a disease itself, as is commonly believed. In my opinion, it is only a symptom of an unhealthy lifestyle. I understand losing weight is easier for some than others, but I feel confident the choice is yours to choose a healthier lifestyle by applying the five points mentioned above. As nurses, we should know better than any other profession that you do not realize how important your health is until you lose it. Today, I want to invite you to come along on this journey with me to a healthier lifestyle. Don’t do it for me, but do it for yourself, your patients, family and anyone who loves and cares for you. It is always easier to prevent a disease now by adopting a healthy lifestyle instead of trying to reverse the damage later.

  • Jun 24

    I am an ally, and these events have made me heartsick. Praying for healing for the wounded and comfort for the families and friends of the dead.

  • Jun 24

    I'm not gay, but I'm human. This was a crime against humanity. My heart is broken, and my heart goes out to the gay community, and all the families of the dead and injured.

  • Jun 23

    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I love this thread. I cannot wait to be a nurse.
    THIS thread provoked that response!?

  • Jun 23

    Quote from Julius Seizure
    THIS thread provoked that response!?
    It did. I'm a sick, sick individual.

  • Jun 23

    I work ENT, so every day is pretty much gross. We've had a LTC resident with maggots in their ear--TWICE, but last week we pulled something out of someone's ear. Not sure what it was, but it had its Red Bull--that thing had wings! At least it was dead!

  • Jun 20

    It worked just fine on the lawn.

  • Jun 20

    Once helped a med-surg patient transfter onto his toilet and he promptly started urinating... forward, all over the floor and my shoes. But that's pretty tame.

    My most impressive BM story is the LOL who was hospitalized after a fall at a nursing home. She said she needed to have a BM, so I assisted her on the commode. And waited... and waited... and got lots of charting done... while the smell built up in the room... Finally she said she was done, but she felt like she had been straining and not gotten much out. When I helped her off the pot I discovered that she had indeed been successful! She felt like it wasn't coming out because it just never ended. This lady was probably 100 lb soaking wet, and she had a formed stool that snaked around and around in the pot. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a 5 lb evacuation. Unfortunately for everyone else on the unit, I had to open the door. For HOURS people were going "What's that smell?"

    Wound care had endless adventures, from the enterocutaneous fistulas (gifts that keep on giving... good luck keeping the skin dry long enough to get a new wound manager on!) to stage IV pressure ulcers. I had no idea I would touch so many living people's exposed bones. Once the wound doc was getting a sacral bone sample to culture, and the piece of bone went flying through the air and hit me in the face. Another time we had a patient with severe dementia and contractures (whose family wanted us to get him strong enough to ride his exercise bike again... there was some seriously delusional thinking in that situation...) and many, many severe pressure wounds. He had an ischium with a large area of eschar with surrounding tissue edematous, red, streaky... it opened during the course of the full wound assessment & care, and was a seemingly endless fountain of bloody brown goop. The wound doc, the other wound care nurse, and I were all dry heaving and taking breaks darting out into the hallway to breathe. Oh, how I loved wound care.

  • Jun 20

    Quote from Nurse Leigh
    I hear there are YouTube videos that cater to that...

    A little over my personal gross meter.
    Three words: Doctor Pimple Popper.

  • Jun 19

    My first week on the job at a LTC facility, I was walking my hall when I noticed the smell of bm. This is not unusual, but it was very strong! I entered a room to find a middle aged resident had taken off his attends, was covered in what looked like a gallon of stool..... AND HE WAS MASTURBATING USING THE STOOL AS LUBRICANT!!!! It took me an hour to get him and everything else cleaned up, but once I was done, I knew I could handle anything!!

  • Jun 7

    Quote from FranEMTnurse
    I did have 4 bottom teeth left when the oral surgeon decided to pull those 4. I was sorry he did, because I could have had partials on the bottom jaw and still be able to wear my dentures. However, since he made them so cheaply, I now am not able to wear dentures at all.
    Here I thought it was just me, lol! I feel so self conscious about my bare gums showing when I smile but I've learned to live with no teeth

  • Jun 7

    I think what you're going through is normal. I have been a nurse for 21 years and all but 2 1/2 years spent in LTC. True, others feel it's not the most glamorous of nursing jobs, but the people you take care of and their families will appreciate you. I still go back and visit residents that I used to care for. There is plenty to learn in that setting. Get some experience under your belt and then make the decision about going elsewhere. You just may find you like it. Good luck!😊

  • Jun 5

    Anyone else find it ironic that content about what they don't teach you in nursing school is sponsored by a nursing school? LOL

  • Jun 4

    I actually have said something similar to a doc...he asked the scrub tech (I was the circ.)to get NurseR so she could do crichord pressure on the pt... I looked at him and said "I've been doing crichord since you were in diapers...lets do this."

    Might have a spelling mistake, please let it go. It's my day off and a warm sunny day in the Seattle area, which is rare before July 4th.

  • Jun 3

    Pre nursing student, working CNA/ER clerk. First code I witnessed was, to be perfectly honest, a very blessed and peaceful event. Drive up patient, daughter notifies triage that pt is "passed out in the car". 2 RNs take stretcher to patient, move her to a code/trauma room. 12-lead shows a reasonable rhythm based on pt history (afib?). Less than 2 minutes later, physician notes Cheyne-Stokes and requests more nurses in addition to the 2 in the room with him. Two rounds of compressions and one shock later, the daughter asked the recorder "how likely that she will come back from all this effort?" She was very calm and collected even though she was crying some; the recorder told her that at 98 years old, it's not very good. The daughter called it instantly, to our great relief. Never saw a family more in tune with one another to unanimously make the right decision.


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