Welcome to SP!!!
I am a Nurse Practitioner and my husband a Family Practice doc in a rural area. Man, it is hard to walk the talk. We both are emotional eaters and so after a day of very difficult patients, heavy responsiblities, paperwork frustrations, and long hours, we just want to come home and eat "comfort foods." Definitely don't feel like exercise--just want to veg. Unfortunately being healthcare providers and especially in a rural area, being a health care provider is more a lifestyle and not so much a job--there is no getting away from your job, although dh is no longer taking any more pregnant patients and will no longer be delivering babies so that will decrease being on call 24/7. Still...you know as a physician the mental strain it is.
We logically know WHAT we need to do, but it is difficult.
Sparkpeople is such a wonderful site! I have to say, I recommend it to my patients all the time. (Maybe I shouldn't do that, but I feel it is such a great resource and so adaptable.) This summer I started a challenge group and I did pretty well. I was accountable to other people and although when I started Sparkpeople, I was NOT interested in the community part of it and only really wanted to use the nutrition resources, I ended up LOVING the contact with other sparkers and I do feel it is key for a successful weight loss.
I ended up loosing 20 pounds and actually started training for running a marathon! I found out that I actually LOVE running! HA!
Well, I got sick and then had bad internet connection (rural area) and so I was "off" sparkpeople. I have suffered. Illness kept me from exercising and now I am back at square one and have to start my training all over and then I have gone back to my poor eating habits...sigh....
But good ole sparkpeople is there for me 24/7 and I am excited about getting back on the band wagon.
I hope that you will see from my example that sparkpeople can be such a nice help and I hope you have lots of success in not only obtaining a healthy lifestyle but also for example for your patients and family! (I do have alot of people curious at how I lost all my weight.)
Good luck to you!!!!!!!! And again WELCOME!