Ideas on dieting and working night shift - page 3

Does anyone have any ideas to how to lose wt and work nights? I need to lose 20 lbs. and am struggling to find what works for me with my work schedule? :confused:... Read More

  1. by   bagladyrn
    I worked with a nurse like that - every night I brought in my measly little salad, she walked in with an entire grocery bag full or food! (And worse, she wore the same size jeans - at age 30+ - as my skinny teenage son! Grrrr!)
  2. by   New CCU RN
    Heh.... my sister is like that.... tiny little thing... eats like a horse... even genetics let me down..hehe
  3. by   nurseleigh
    I think if i could oust the Mt Dew and drink H2O I would loose a lot. I notice that I seem to "drink" my calories as I don't really eat too much. That is my new goal. I used to only take enough money to work with me for one soda, now I am going to start leaving all my cash locked in my car. Like I'm really gonna walk all the way to my car just to get money to walk all the way back in for a soda. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! My absolute biggest downfall is when I leave in the morning I fly through a fast food restaraunt for a quick breakfast on the way home. I have got to quit doing that but it is oh so convenient.

    Alright, I am focused, I am strong, I CAN DO THIS!!!

    Good luck to all of us.

  4. by   New CCU RN
    Can you try Diet soda? Obviously H20 is much better... but if you find yourself craving the soda, maybe try and do the diet? Dunno... just a suggestion. A friend (guy of course) lost 26 lbs just switching for reg soda to diet!!!!!!

    Know exactly what you mean about the fast food for breakfast.... it just tastes so much better after a stressful shift..hehe

    Good luck to you.
  5. by   NICU_Nurse
    Is it just me, or does that amount of food sound reasonable?

    Let's see:

    -Dinner before work (that's 1 meal)
    -Vanilla latte (non low-fat snack?)
    -Fruit OR rice cakes (low-fat)
    -Sandwich OR salad, with OR without some pasta and possibly fruit (that's another whole meal)
    -Yogurt (that's a snack)
    -Oatmeal OR granola (would that be breakfast?)

    To me, it sounds like she's got a pretty good diet...that's not a whole lot of food, honestly. She's got 3 meals and 3 small snacks...that's what's recommended anyway to keep a consistent blood sugar level throughout the day. Furthermore, it seems like she's incorporated a number of lower-fat choices (oatmeal, yogurt, rice cakes, fruit), fiber, carbs, etc. Sounds like smart choosing, not good metabolism, to me. ;>P
  6. by   New CCU RN
    True...true Kristi... guess the vanilla latte got to me...haha.. I've got a Starbucks addiction that I have decided today I must break..... go there way to often.... So I am now only allowed once a week.
  7. by   NICU_Nurse
    Someone on here said they have toffee flavored's been a struggle ever since not to run over there, slippers, curlers, and shower cap on, not to indulge myself. Mmmm...Skor....
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Mar 6, '03
  8. by   New CCU RN
    They do...heehe... I get it every so often. It's a toffee nut latte.... very very good.... and they top it off with some (nonfattenning....yay right) whip cream.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    There is still a big knowledge void regarding diet, exercise and matabolism. I am struggling with weight and I am doing everything right per my doc...(sigh)

    I know my hypothyroidism isn't helping but it is such a struggle some days. Exercise, eat right and don't lose a #..Oh well, I'll keep on pluggin'...hehe. Eventually my metabolism has GOT to get a's hoping.
  10. by   bagladyrn
    Kristi - I guess it's not an unreasonable amount of food for a normal person. I'm just envious as I have one of those metabolisms that's very efficient at holding on to every calorie I take in! (Seriously - months of 1000 cal/day low fat with NO wt. loss).
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    1000 calories a day!!! No wonder you didn't lose any weight- I don't think a diet that low (I'm no expert, mind you...) actually allows you to lose weight. I am a firm believer in the 'starvation mode' theory, and I am a walking example. I believe everything I've ever read about how, if you deprive your body of enough calories for a certain amount of time, your body hangs on to every calorie it DOES receive to feed itself (in other words, it doesn't know when or what it's going to eat again, so it hoards the calories for future use). I'm no skinny minnie, but since nursing school and until very recently, I ate about one meal a day. Drank Coke like it was nobody's business and only had the time and energy to cook dinner- no breakfast, no lunch...maybe a snack. Usually dinner was NOT low-fat on purpose. I decreased my caloric intake by at least HALF all this time, and continued to stay at almost exactly the same weight (give or take a couple of pounds...fluid weight). The *one* time I changed my eating habits (not including recently, where I'm attempting a total diet/nutrition rehab) I joined WW. I ate more on that plan that I ever ate before- healthier choices, better portions, but I ate ALL DAY LONG it seemed. Had points left over every day and still was full to the gills. I lost 25 pounds in 2 months and felt like a different person. I spent my life in an attempt to be thin, and I've got some horrid stories reaching all the way back to early childhood, but for the first time my body felt good (blood sugar consistent, never hungry, lots of energy, etc.). I also believe, based on years and years of research and reading, that in order to lose weight, your body has to be adequately hydrated. If it's not getting enough caffeine-free liquids every day, your liver, which helps to metabolize fat, has to assist the kidneys, and you therefore lose less weight. I do NOT believe in depriving yourself for weight loss, which, unfortunately, is not a popular train of thought. I am completely against pills of any sort, gimmicks, fads, or trendy 'diets'. I'm not saying it's easy- thighs can attest to that. ;>P But I truly believe that in this case there is a definite right and wrong way to lose weight, especially weight that should stay gone (and not just trying to lose 5 pounds before the high school reunion types of weight loss- know what I mean?). You know, as an aside, she's a complete kook, but Susan Powter (Stop the Insanity lady?) has some very realistic, honest things to say about weight loss and how to feed your body properly. She's a bit of a political and feminist zealot, and tends to promote a more vegetarian-type lifestyle, but all of that aside, what she has written about ingesting chemicals and high-fat/low-nutrition foods really makes a lot of sense (at least to me!). ;>)
  12. by   Crawsu
    I love sweet coffee drinks, so I get Davinci sugar free syrup, made with Splenda, no Nutraweet, and use canned no fat milk, it's almost as good as Starbucks! Splenda is actually a sucrose derivative with NO calories. Satisfies the craving for sweet, and the skimmed milk is concentrated so you have more of a creamy milk taste. It makes me happy, with less calories!!
  13. by   NICU_Nurse
    What is the Davinci syrup? I've never heard of this. My hubby, a diabetic, is a Spleda convert and I love the stuff. I always felt icky ingesting Aspartame. You know, mentally...knowing possible long-term effects and all.