oh to walk in my shoes

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I realized something very important to me after I bought my pedometer and calorie burner watch over the weekend. Can you take a wild guess how far a nurse actually walks on a 12 hour shift? Well, I took a guess prior and I was WAY OFF. I thought maybe on a light day, I might have walked 2 maybe 3 miles. NO people, on a very busy day let try 5-6 miles. Yes, Monday was 5.4 miles @ 990 calories and Tuesday was 6.2 miles with over 1000 calories burned. So this answers some of the questions that I have been asking my self and they are
1. Why oh why i am this busy during the week and not losing any weight even though my calories are still in my Spark People range? Well, I think my metabolism is slowed down because I sometimes go below my Spark People calories, skipping meals due to being TOO busy, not taking enough time to drink water because I am TOO busy- well guess what? NO MORE!!!! I am going to take the time that is needed for me. Last week I did not do this, but even though monday and tuesday were really busy, I took the time that I needed for myself and I felt better. More energy to take care of people, less mood swings, and less shakiness. If I cannot take care of myself, then I can certainly not take care of others.
So this being said, I encourage you to take care of yourself, no more I will wait, or let me just do one more thing, or that can wait until later. Do it now, your body will thank you later.
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    I can relate... I am a nurse who works 12 hr shifts on the night shift. I started wearing a pedometer a few months ago, and I seem to average 5-6 miles too, though lately I've been logging 7+ most nights!

    Finger foods (bags of cutup veggies or grapes) and protein bars help me keep my nutrition good on those really busy nights.

    Something else I recommend is checking out Skecher's "Shape up" shoes. I got some of those for work, and they are AWESOME for all those "miles" we put on!!!
    3365 days ago
    I work in the operating room and I COMPLETELY understand where you're coming from. Some days I wonder if it would be more convenient to install a foley bag and a peg tube on myself since breaks and lunches come few and far in between. It definitely isn't easy to take care of yourself in the healthcare profession...and they wonder why we become the patients that we care for on a daily basis??

    Thanks for the encouragement:)
    3366 days ago
    I am glad to see you do that. Way to go!!!
    3366 days ago
    That's great. Definitely take time out, even if it is a few minutes, for some "me-time". You will feel better and it will allow you to catch up with food and water.
    3366 days ago
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