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7/31/13 1:24 P

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working 12 hour shifts, especially nights, you eat at weird times, might be 1:00 in the afternoon is your breakfast, eat before work, then midnight comes, and you eat again...and depending how busy you were during the night, your starved when you get off work in the morning..

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5/26/13 7:53 A

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I agree about the stress! I am a big stress eater.

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5/23/13 7:25 P

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I blame Stress!! LOL

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5/17/13 10:57 A

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We spend so much time taking care of others we don't leave much energy to take care of ourselves. Our job is not only physically demanding but also mentally and emotionally challenging at times.

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I work in a 15 bed rehab unit in Texas. The corporate division I work for has some pretty strict policies which actually help to keep staff healthier. For one, absolutely no food or drink at the the nurses station or anywhere, for that matter, except the staff break room. Second, nurses are required to punch out and in for lunches. I always give my phone to another nurse while at lunch and this is policy. There was a class action suit a few years back by nurses who were not getting lunch breaks but time was deducted from their paychecks anyway. Millions of dollars were paid out in a legal settlement. (As one nurse on this forum said, no one is going to die because you took your full lunch- demand it from your employer.) Last, vendors are not allowed to bring food to our staff as this is considered unethical (i.e. buying business through favors). Doctors and staff never "just bring" food as gifts to offer. There are occasional parties but I avoid the cakes and sweets. Families do sometimes bring gifts but because they never see food sitting around the desk it is definitely NOT encouraged. On the down side, our cafeteria serves the usual burgers and fried food because that is what people want. I found that eating the cafeteria food was a major problem for losing weight. I have since left all means of easily paying for food in the cafeteria at home and always pack a lunch the night before. This saves me lots of time and allows me to relax for the full 30 minutes instead of spending half my break in the lunch lines. The one thing I find hardest to overcome is the stress-related eating. After a 12 hour shift, food and wine make a wonderful stress reliever. Since it's just me and my boyfriend, I've assigned healthy meals to him on my work days. As long as he gets specific instructions and we shop together it works ok. All you nurses, I encourage everyone to problem solve these issues. That's what we do best!!

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3/30/13 5:52 P

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For me, I think its the hours we work, I work 12 shifts at night. and I know when I switched to the night shift it certainly changed my whole eating pattern. And working on the surgical floor, the stress level can be through the roof, some nights. so I think it can produce some emotional eating also..and the fact that we grab food when we can it makes it even more difficult.

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12/21/12 4:59 P

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I feel like it is those very things not eating correctly and then being to hungry when we do eat, high stress job which slows or stops weight loss, not the proper kind of exercise, esp working nights -not the proper sleep, putting everyone else before ourselves.
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Goodies brought in for us by Drs, Administration, and families, Not getting to eat for long periods sometimes most of a shift then we overdo it when we do eat. Neglecting our self care then indulging in comfort eating later. Eating goodies on the run during our shift, taking in alot of calories this way, then eating a full meal later because it doesnt feel like we ate. These are some of the reasons I overeat anyway. Sometimes I eat too much just before my shift because I dont know when Ill get to eat again.

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12/5/12 6:42 A

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I want this answer too!! Though working night shift does allow me time to keep up on Sparks!

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That is the problem I am having. I want to know the secret to working nightshift and losing weight. I know there has to be someone who was successful at it.

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11/29/12 1:18 P

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The main reason for me is that we hardly get time for a break and so grab chocolates. Also doing a night shift, and waking up when its dark in the winter and so then don't want to walk in the dark. Also after doing a night shift, sleeping, and then working the next day at 7am always puts my body out of sink and my appetite for sugary foods iincreases. I feel I need/deserve comfort food when I do 'bad' shifts. Shift work is a definate cause of illness. I have been doing shifts for nearly 20 years and everytime I have 2 weeks off and get in to a normal pattern I feel amazing, and eat really well. May be its time to get another job!!

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11/8/12 11:33 A

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I am a night shifter home care nurse..and eat mainly at work..so I grab chips or pretzels to munch on so I know that is my main problem..I eat a healthy meal also..What type of snacks do you all take to munch?

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10/29/12 8:52 P

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I am a stress eater. I may not eat much all day while at work but when I get home I just want to eat and I take my stress home with me. Plus I have 3 year old twins that only want to eat quick things that are not the best for me. Eating right is a challenge but I am working on it.

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2/28/12 5:43 P

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Hi everyone! I'm pretty new to the site, this is my first post!

I know one problem for me is getting home so late (I work evenings). I barely eat all day, then end up so hungry that I eat a TON right before bed! My total calorie intake doesn't look TOO bad on paper, but the timing is sure not healthy!

Also, I think nurses are pretty notorious for lacking sleep, which doesn't do our metabolism any favors!

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ASHARPE06 :

I work in a Long term care facility , with 120 patients, Night shift, Most nights I am the only Nurse there , and let me tell you ,, I never get a break,, I am lucky if i can take 5 minutes to go to the bathroom. between getting and giving report, charting, treatments, passing pills, doing Assessments on my patients, signing in meds that come in from pharmacy , helping the aides, , filing, making copies, etc. and not to mention If someone is really ill, needs to go the hospital,, falls, is dieing or dies or what have you,,

I just bring my lunch ,, I make a sandwich or some kind of non messy finger food, that I can eat while i am charting, I have tried to just go take a 15 minute break and I can't do it ,, if I do it puts me 30 minutes behind and I have to run like hell to get every thing done so I don't get that , "why didnt' you get this or that or that done " from the day shift which has a nurse and cmt on every hall. and then I have to stay till i get it all done. so then I dont feel like exerciseing or eating when I come home. But most nights I work from 10:30 pm till 8:00 am with not so much as a pee break .

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2/21/12 7:00 P

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Is someone really going to die if you eat a lunch?.They might die while you are having your lunch, but it wont be because you took a lunch break. Take care of yourself!

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I have been working nights for about 2 years now. I am lucky that I work in a small community hospital, but many nights that means that we have less staff and I am doing lots of extra work. For a long time I thought I "didn't have time" to take a break or eat healthy. My husband kept saying "you make the time" so this last 2 weeks I take the 15 minutes to leave my desk, and eat and just take a breather. I think part of the problem is that as nurses we just want to take care of others, and forget about ourselves. I realized also that I was a hypocrite telling my pts to watch what they eat, take the time to walk, reduce stress when I was not doing the same. As my husband tells me since RN school "is someone really going to die if you eat a lunch".

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2/20/12 11:03 P

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Yes, we all eat way too much, and the constant availability of goodies is impossible to resist. But that is just part of the story. Most nurses work in extremely stressful settings: You run at full speed over long shifts with no breaks. Your body is flooded with cortisol, making all those calories convert straight to fat. You dedicate you career to promoting the health of your patients, but, in so doing, condemn your own body to poor health. My question is: what can nurses do to protect themselves, individually and as a profession, from this all too common outcome?


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Im a new grad in psychiatry and Ive found that I am SO BUSY my entire shift that I rarely eat anything because its so hard to catch breaks. Ive started packing healthier 'on the go' snacks for myself though just to get me through the day... cheese strings, sliced apple or veggies that Ive cut up the night/a few days before hand, yogurt... things that I can grab easily and snack on while charting or something. I find that this has been helpful, but my weight has stayed the same (i believe) because im not getting ENOUGH calories. I find this SO frustrating. And its so hard after your 3rd 12 hour day shift to do anything besides come home in a semi comatose state, shower and crawl into bed. Cheers to you ladies that have been doing this for many years. I am humbled every single day by your continuous dedication to your profession! I have no doubt that each and every one of you can be just as dedicated to your health goals and journey and be successful in that as well :)

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2/13/12 12:24 A

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All those treats that patients bring in. I work in the NICU and we have parents bring cakes and donuts all rhe time. We uses to have a parent that used to bring in fresh strawberries. That was the beat. It is hard to walk past the goodies at the main desk.
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2/7/12 12:44 A

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Yes I hear ya GRLTAZ, The same happens for me.. It is not safe. We just keep pushing through


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2/6/12 10:13 P

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I don't know about anyone else, but i gain weight because of anger. I am all for giving my all to my patients, peers, doctors but in a 12 hr shift if we actually get 30 minutes for lunch it is a miracle. I wear a pedometer to work and most days are 5 miles on my 300# frame and busy days are 10 miles, no lunch, and the body thinks it is starving so the pounds stay on. Then when I finally get off work, feet hurt so it is easier to drive through for fast food on the way home. Most states do not require employers to give employees a break ( as a law) so we are worked to the point of not being safe to our selves or our patients.

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2/1/12 3:12 A

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Yesss! all that food at work is so hard to resist. I am finding that drinking a lot of water helps me feel more full. But my cravings for snacks is terrible. If they are little snacks I will squeeze them in.. Just terrible! The ten min challenge to exercise is helping me think about what I put in my mouth a little more. I plan to keep swimin, just keep swimin... swimin, swimin

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1/31/12 5:59 P

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I did great after nursing school and training on day shift, I ate healthier and worked out now on night shift I have a hard time getting to the gym and an even harder time resisting the snacks! Because at 3, 4, or 5 am when I finally if ever get a break in the ER I never want to eat what I bring and the snacks get me through those hours. I am bringing healthier snacks now and try to avoid the breakroom!! There is always a new company or someone bringing in pizza or some kind of snacks! I really have to work on going to the gym before work or after work its always a mental battle for sleep!! emoticon

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1/30/12 12:06 A

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My hospital carries on about being a healthy place to work. They even have this giant health campaign going on. But the cafeteria is a nightmare. I gues there is healthy food but it is horrible! You end up getting a cheeseburger at the grill. They offer vegetarian soups but by the time you get there on night shift it is dried out and the hot bar is often out of whatever is good. I realize I could bring my own food but I just don't want to get up early or eat the same dinner twice. I just want them to feed me and it to be healthy. Is that too much to ask?

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1/28/12 7:50 A

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Yeah...the holidays are the worse! Glad they're behind us now!

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I guess as far as the holidays with people bringing in chocolates, and cookies and such, I'm lucky ,, in a way cause we have a doctor that brings in crates upon crates of Apples, and jokes about keeping him away. LOL

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1/26/12 2:23 A

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Quickest thing for me to grab and eat and is satisfying to me, may not be what most find appetising. but it works for me. Tuna and cottage cheese mix. I just mix together, throw in a container and take to work. I will eat fresh fruit in between. I try to drink lots of water.

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1/25/12 5:43 P

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Everything that you guys are saying is SOOO true. Between night shifts and using carbs and caffine to stay awake when your trying to chart, lack of breaks (like someone said when was the last time you got to pee during your shift) I'm all about the water thing but seriously in our world that can be a major problem. Our cafitera food is SOO bad too (I can account that for a major part of my weight gain)- that and drug reps - they are just as bad. I've been getting better about packing my lunch. (positive thinking - "today I will get to sit down and eat it." ) but my question is have you found anything that works to pack along to quick grab and go for those few minutes you can find a minute to eat while your charting, or when you get a second to sit and eat?? That's when I find I'm the weakest...I have two minutes, I'm in the breakroom, and oh look it's someones birthday - perfect - cake will at least make my stomach stop growling. I feel like I'm running all day long but boy my scale says otherwise. ;)
Like it's been mentioned I feel so guilty talking to patients about healthy lifestyle, and BMI's when I'm not exactly one to talk...nice to know I'm not the only one! :)

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1/18/12 11:28 P

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Bingo!! lol That is totally what I go through at work.. Pack my lunch, then don't eat it. Can't get the will-power to stick to my plan.. What is wrong with me.. Today is the first day that I did exercise. I am going to St Lucia in March and I want to lose at least 10lbs. Solid. I need something to keep me on track. I am getting really angry with myself. Work is stressful... I do not want to be depressed. Errrrr! Deep breath... I will keep swimming... This evening is a better time to refocus. emoticon

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For me, I'd have to say the 12-hour shifts are a big problem. Working out on days that I work is almost impossible. I can't seem to drag myself out of bed any earlier (most days) and I get home so late that a) I'm too tired to even think about exercising b) I need to eat supper NOW and c) if I exercise at that hour, I'll never get to sleep...leading back to the 'drag myself out of bed' problem, lol. Since joining this site, I've made a point of really working out on my days off, and I have managed to get up early for a mini workout a time or two. Baby steps...

The other problem for me has been that I'm lousy about packing my lunch. I either don't pack at all, or I pack but then don't want to eat it when the time comes. So I end up in the cafeteria -- and our cafeteria serves the most unhealthy crap imaginable. Usually, the only remotely healthy choice is the salad bar and 9 days out of 10, the food on there is slimy and spoiled. I think they're trying to drum up more business for the hospital or something. emoticon

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I'm a transplant coordinator and see patients in the outpt clinic. I've really packed on the pounds in the 15 years I've been doing this! The pace is slower....but just as stressful. And then there's CALL. Taking call is better now that there are 9 of us to share it....but still, 4-5 days/month of call means no sleep which leads to stress eating. Trying to get more exercise to combat it....as well as packing healthy lunchs. Good luck everyone!

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Wow! lol Now I know where I get it from.. I am new to this site as well. I am a nurse at an Alzheimer's facility and boy!! The food and the snacks there plump us up good. I need to plug my nose from the smell so my appetite is not so stimulated. I yoyo diet all the time, and want to make this my final spin. I have to teach others too, and it just doesn't look good when I am so obese. It really is time to finalize the changes I need to make. Well I am only 6lbs into it, but it is a start. We can do it!

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I am a public health nurse, working in a county health department and we also do WIC nutrition/etc...I feel like a horrible role model when I sit and teach parents about nutrition and healthy growth and development and I am overweight and unhealthy myself. I think since starting this job, it has opened my eyes more. I gained weight in nursing school and then I was a labor and delivery nurse and night shift work on a busy unit plays havoc with nutritional choices. I'm hoping that working a day shift and having nutrition ed in front of me every day, I'll make better choices for myself as well.

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1/10/12 11:52 A

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This is a great question because I feel like I am walking for 12 straight hours and you are right...I may or may not get a lunch break. I am in a fast paced ICU and I wouldnt say that I gain much weight, but I sure dont lose it either. I guess maybe because the work doesnt increase my heart rate enough, and there is a lot of quick snacks and maybe our bodies have gotten used to the work. I read somewhere recently that you have to change the activities up but a lot of our work is using the same muscles daily just different patients.

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Family members bringing food!!! And lots of it!

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I just came back to nites and that midnite craze will put the pounds on you. I try to eat the snack at 12mn and flush with 2-4 cups water throughout the nite and then have my breakfast before going home so that I can either go to sleep or exercise after i get home. Still working on exercising after I wake up perfer to do it before I lay down. Work in progress. Weighting in @ 218 pounds and want to be down to 150 by June/July. emoticon

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I work nights and know I sometimes use grazing as a way to distract myself from being sleepy and tired. I also have a rather long commute, so I usually eat something not-so-healthy on the way home to stay awake, I think I'll start leaving a piece of fruit in the car for that!

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All these answers are so good and true. I have been a nurse for 15 years and most recently took a job on a cardiovascular unit. I work days and nights and have gained 30lbs since starting 14 months ago. I do good during the day but on my night shift eat dinner with the family, eat again around midnight and either order chinese, pizza with the group. then raid the vending machine at 3am. Easy to see where the pounds came from.
Also every weekend shift we have theme parties we bring to work, guaranteed not healthy food. It will be difficult all the temptations the next couple months but so worth it.

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There are many reasons we all gain weight. One of companies (elder placement agency) my department works with brings Krispy Kreme"s (sp?) every Tuesday and the vending machines have stickers under some selections that say "healthy choice"-the problem is that when the machines are restocked nobody pays attention to the stickers. Once I saw Grandma's double chocolate cookies as a healthy choice, and the nuts were not.

After working 12 hour night shifts for a long time, I think that the long shifts make it hard to get an effective work out in. Really, who isn't wiped out after a long night shift?

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In my experience, nurses love to bring "treats" to work to share with everyone else. Seems like on any given day there is some sort of food or dessert to be shared sitting in the break room. It's sweet, generous, and a nice gesture to extend to your co-workers, but at the same time it is a threat to my waist line.

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8/23/11 12:33 A

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Hi, I'm new to this forum and only been on SP since 1st of August. I have been an RN for 16 yrs...I love this discussion. You all have hit on some of the many 'reasons' we gain....stress, not getting to realy take a proper 'lunchbreak' and being starved when we do get off work and overindulging. I am trying to stop, take a deep breath and take this one day at a time. Also, I so agree and found it funny too about if we do have time in a shift to drink 8 glasses of water when are we going to have time to run to the bathroom that many times a shift....LOL.

Nancy from the Volunteer state (TN).

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5/31/11 1:22 P

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Hey everyone! I am a labor and delivery nurse and We also get the treats ect.. from pts. But that isn't what I think has made me gain weight. I rarely ever get a lunch/dinner break and when we do, it is always interrupted by some pt wanting something so I take a bite, then work, then eat some more. I get sooo hungry that I will then over eat or worse, eat the wrong things that are available in a hurry. We rarely can leave the floor to get food so if you don't pack a lunch, then either you eat out of the pt snack room..nabs, ice cream, or find a coworker who will order out with you. This is always my downfall. I can't resist pizza or Chinese if I am starving and have not packed my lunch. When it comes, you eat really quick and then overeat. I have been trying really hard to always pack my food and put it in the nutrition counter before I leave home so I am accountable to myself if I chose to eat something else.
Nurses are over worked, over stressed on most days all of which leads to weight gain. Who has time to drink 8 glasses of water while at work? And if you did, who has time to go to the bathroom that much!! I wouldn't trade my job- I love what I do but it sure does make it a challenge to lose weight!

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4/20/11 2:59 P

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It's not just the donuts, etc brought in by the reps. For me anyway, I'm an emotional eater, so the stress gets to me.

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In the hospital where I work we have a canteen on the main floor open 23hrs a day where they will grill almost any sandwich and a Tim Horton's coffee and donut kiosk open from 0600-2130 daily next to the gift shop that sells pop, chips,chocolates and candy. On the ground floor next to the elevator is the vending machines with cookies, chips, pop, and bars. But if you are lucky enough to make it all the way to the 6th floor annex between 0900-1030 or 1130-1315 or 1615-1800 you just might be able to get a nutritious but flavorless semi- healthy meal that even the patients don' t want to eat. So it't packed meals and never leave the floor in 12 hours or run the gauntlet and try to resist temptation so you can loose the extra pounds.

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Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own inperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - everyday begin the task anew._Saint Frances de Sales


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I hate the holidays when families send us cookies and boxes of chocolate. Can't some one send a healthy fruit basket.

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Hurray! A little victory for the office goodies. We keep a small frig stocked with water and pop (diet also). We also stock snacks. They asked for our input as to what we wanted in there. Was successful in getting rid of the candy. Now we have baked chips, nuts, and cheese sticks and trail mix. Didn't get my requested dried fruit, but it is better. I've decided when the reps bring lunch, I will win by always bringing my lunch anyway. Then I pick what is healthy, if anything, from their food to supplement. Don't know about holidays yet. Grrrr...

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1/29/11 1:04 A

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Hello all, I am new to this page and just started taking my weight loss serious in the last month. Have been a nurse for 6 years on a Telemetry unit and have gained 40 pounds in that time. Have lost a total of 12 pounds in the last month by working out 5-6 days a week and eating alot healthier. Would like to lose a total of 70-80 pounds. Love the tools available on this site and the ability to use the application on my phone.
I have been resisting the temptation to enjoy the treats people bring in by using the sparkpeople application on my phone and the calorie count for the treat. Skinny feels so much better than any cookie (if I remember correctly...been a few years since I've been considered skinny).

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1/21/11 10:58 P

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You know, I dread the monthly potluck featuring delights from around the world and more food than an entire shift can eat. Christmas, as you all know is especially hard... I relate to the tables so covered with goodies that you cannot see the structure underneath. I am an RN case manager on an oncology floor. I am based on the unit but also belong to the CM dept so I have double trouble. This year our oncology dept provided a tower of Godiva to each floor and to the CM dept. I have 2 offices and found temptation at every turn. It is rare to have our patients love us with fruit. Sees candy is a staple on our floor.
I would love to hear how others successfully resist our many work temptations.

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I've worked in a pediatric office for 23 years. I find it ironic and a little disturbing that we preach to children and have posters plastered everywhere on how to eat healthy, and then feel obligated to eat the fat laden, sugar-filled lunches brought by reps, co-workers (every day is a holiday, birthday, shower, etc), and well-meaning patients. While I appreciate everyone's generous spirit, my goal this year is to gently push for healthier snacks, meals, etc.

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1/13/11 2:25 P

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I work on a 17 bed Cardiac Care unit and we are ALWAYS getting cookies, cakes and snacks from our patients families. Usually someone brings snacks in and we graze all night long. Also the fact that we wear scrubs isn't doing us any favors. Hello, Elastic wasist bands....it takes awhile before we notice how tight they are getting!! hahah. Hopefully we can learn to fight the urge to eat all the snacks this year! :)

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I totally understand what you mean about the treats at the nurses station. I work on a small unit of only 14 patients that are generally with us a couple of months. This Christmas season we received so many box of chocolates' tins of shortbread' plates of homemade sweets' & balls of carmel popcorn that some days you just didn't know where the desk went. The only healthy treats we got were a fresh fruit tray from our resident physiatrist and a box of air pop popcorn for New Years from one of the Neurologists. Here we are the 3rd day of January and all that's left is a few crumbs on the empty plates and the extra pounds we are all complaining about.

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Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own inperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - everyday begin the task anew._Saint Frances de Sales


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11/30/10 12:41 P

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LOL! You are right about people bringing in things and feeling like you deserve it as I sit here with a box of cookies on my desk. Operative word, is SIT. I think I will share them.

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11/29/10 8:31 P

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In my 30 year career, what i see is the phenomenon of daily grazing. whatever anyone brings in gets eaten. You do not know if or when you will get a meal break so we tend to eat whatever we can get our hands on and then it is the reward of, "I deserve this because i worked my ass off today". Funny, but the ass keeps getting bigger!!! I work in a PACU and it can get crazy!!!! People bring lots of carb snacks and they get devoured! Plus, we tend to be stress eaters, at least i am.
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11/29/10 8:30 P

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In my 30 year career, what i see is the phenomenon of daily grazing. whatever anyone brings in gets eaten. You do not know if or when you will get a meal break so we tend to eat whatever we can get our hands on and then it is the reward of, "I deserve this because i worked my ass off today". Funny, but the ass keeps getting bigger!!! I work in a PACU and it can get crazy!!!! People bring lots of carb snacks and they get devoured! Plus, we tend to be stress eaters, at least i am.
Robin

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10/31/10 7:28 A

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This might sound really crazy, but what causes nurses to gain weight if our jobs are so physical, we barely get a lunch break, much less a bathroom break? Is it the cafeteria? Is it shiftwork? Is it stress? Let me know.

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