SparkPeople Nurses on the LOSE Team Messageboard Code of Ethics~5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others...... Nurses joining together to support and encourage one another to make healthier choices for ourselves and those around us. SparkPeople Nurses on the LOSE Team Messageboard Hello from Knoxville! I'm an ICU nurse in Knoxville, TN. I was a Cardiac nurse for 3 years until January when I made the switch to ICU. I've fought my weight for the last 4 years since starting nursing school and becoming a nurse. I don't eat the treats that people bring, I typically bring my own lunch and at least something sweet so I don't go ravishing. My sweets are something a friend of mine recommended who has had some wonderful weight loss. It tastes more sinful than it is. I also started doing power bowls f... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 19:44:10 EST Hello. Nurse from Allentown,PA. Hi.I am a male nurse from Allentown, PA area. New to Sparkpeople. Goal is 40 lbs and healthier in all ways. <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:44:02 EST Hello from canada Hi! New to the team- thought I should introduce myself:) Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:22 EST Medical surgical certification test Have any of you taken the test? How did you study for it? Was it difficult? I'm going to take it in about 6 weeks. Our nurse manager wants us to get certifications or BSN or both. I'm trying for the certification first. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:32:09 EST Graduation = More Fun Times Hello! My name is Aubrey, and I graduate from nursing school in TEN DAYS! I'm beyond thrilled and terrified by this prospect, but greatly look forward to starting my new career. <BR> <BR> Now that I won't be spending all of this time in nursing school, I will have more time to spend on myself and my health.... as well as passing the N-CLEX and getting a job. <BR> <BR> I hope to start on my RN to BSN in the fall. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 01:19:37 EST Going back to school for my BSN I'm considering going back to school for my BSN. I would like to have advice from others who have done this, thought about doing this, or in the process of doing this. I'm 51 and I graduated with a associates degree in 1991. I have 22 years hospital nursing experience. I'm mostly nervous about the computer part of things. I know enough computer for my hospital charting and fun stuff I do at home like sparkpeople, Good reads, and E mail. I also wonder if I can still do classes after all thes... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:33:01 EST Just wondering Is there going to be a December challenge I would love to join one? Thanks Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:26:49 EST Hi from MS Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Charlene. I just graduated in August and started my first job in October!!!! Any advice is welcome! <em>30</em> <BR> Thanks for everything in advance... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00:42 EST Need Help: Just started night shift N nursing Hello everyone, <BR> I am just getting back to sparkpeople and just starting my career. I am also just starting 12 hour shifts on nights. I have adjusted well to sleep but incorporating night shift into my everyday life is TERRIBLE. The gym is the last place I want to go after getting off. I know that some of that is m just being lazy but I would just like to know <BR> a. how do you get the motivation to workout after work? Or when do you workout <BR> b. what helps you stay on track during ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:45:14 EST What Does Your Weight Loss Compare To? I've lost about ten pounds so far, and I thought it'd be fun to Google what that'd compare to in other objects; this is what I found. <BR> Enjoy! <BR> 1 pound = a loaf of bread <BR> 2 pounds = an IPad <BR> 3 pounds = a can of Crisco vegetable oil <BR> 4 pounds = a Reebok 4-Pound Ankle Wrap Weight set <BR> 5 pounds = the world’s largest gummy bear (Five-pound gummy bear is equal to 1400 regular-sized bears!) <BR> 6 pounds = a 4 slice toaster <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= a bag... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:48:07 EST Hi from Baltimore! I'm a day shift nurse on a high-acuity IMC in Baltimore city. I'm single, no kids. Hoping to make some lifestyle changes for myself as I go through this process. Tracking my food and not getting discouraged enough to quit will be my biggest challenge, as always. My second biggest challenge will be adding activity. Since I'm on my feet all day at work, I have trouble convincing myself that a. that isn't really exercise and b. that I need to do stuff on my days off as well. I think I've f... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:00:35 EST Sit too much Hi All... I have been a teletriage nurse for 15 years. It was great when the kids (and me!) were younger- I loved the hours and flexibility. Now that I am a little older (haha!) I find that the weight is stacking on and I am having trouble balancing exercise from work. I sit for most of my shift with very few breaks. I am trying to up the water and stretch/weight lift while sitting. I work from home so it should be easy to fit in short spurts of activity but it is sooo easy to snack all ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:45:52 EST Hi from Fort Walton Beach, FL I'm an Air Force nurse working in the recovery room. In order to join, I had to lose weight, but due to work related stress and other various things, I have gained it all back and then some. As many of you know, patients and other staff members are always bringing in goodies, so that's a challenge. I struggle being a nurse and overweight because what is that saying to patients? How can I tell someone that maintaining a healthy weight should be important to them, while showing them it isn'... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:08:40 EST Hello from Chicago I've been sparking off-and-on for a while and I was wondering if there were any other local nurses? Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:15:27 EST Hello from Georgia, USA Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I am a nurse from rural Georgia. I live in a small town and work at a small hospital. <BR> <BR> I work nights. No, I am NOT a fan of nights. Seems like I am tired all the time. <BR> <BR> I have a total of 135 pounds to lose. I am slowly plugging away at it. I have already lost 5 pounds just by watching what I eat and walking when I can. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:26:06 EST June Challenge Pick one duty or healthy habit that you encourage regularly in your patients and work this month to show that same respect or foster that habit in yourself. Post your answers and progress here..... Mon, 27 May 2013 04:18:57 EST Active? Is this an active board? Tue, 21 May 2013 11:24:10 EST Hi form MI Hi, I have been using sparkpeople for a couple weeks now and so far I am finding it very helpful. I hope I can stay motivated. I have lost weight in the past with weight watchers but gain it it back, so hoping for lifestyle change this time. Thu, 16 May 2013 09:17:52 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. My name is Diane. I work as an open heart surgery nurse. Love my work but with extra weight it can be sometimes difficult...especially on the knees! I'm a fluffy 175 and my goal is 145. Excited to be getting started toward my goal, but I tend to loose enthusiasm fairly quickly. If anyone would like to be my "keep me honest" support person and I could be yours in return, just send me an Sparkmail. Good luck everyone in reaching your goals. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:40:59 EST Hello from Boston My name is Janet and I have been playing with sparkpeople for a year now. I weigh in at 210 and then get down to 200 and then over the next few months, I put it back and then lose it again. I want to get down another 10 and be well below the 200 mark and continue 10 pounds at a time. I thought I would join a team and saw the nurses. I hope that having a team will help. I work at a Univeristy and we are staring a Go Red campaign for the Heart Association. The college competes to walk 5 miles... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:32:55 EST Hello Fellow Nurses I wanted to take the time to say hello to the group. I am a nurse originally from florida whom is getting ready to embark a traveling opportunity. My first location is oklahoma. Besides being excited Im ready to live and love life. Grab it by the ears and just sit within the moment. Looking forward to chatting with you guys soon.. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:20:10 EST Hello from Colorado! <em>213</em> My real name is Linda, and I live in Falcon, Colorado (just NE of Colorado Springs, Colorado). I am a Retired Pediatrics Home Infusion/ Hospice Nurse who relocated to here from Denver when I retired. I had worked my last years for a Private For Profit Home Care, after working many years for Children's Hospital in Denver (now Aurora) when Children's decided to "sell" their Home Health Care Division back in 2003 or 2004. But I am now very Happy to be Retired and doing things... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:22:54 EST Virtual Walking Tour Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ There is a picture change of scenery each time you log your miles in. For you walkers and runners it may be fun to see how far we go! <BR> If you decide to sign up and want to share your ID number or just post your miles here each week, please feel free! <BR> If interested in starting this, go to - you will be able to obtain a number and begin your walk across the U.S. This team is for people who want to record their fitness m... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:26:12 EST Florence Nightingale Pledge I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. Wit... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:32:29 EST Diana from Indiana Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a 43 years old, have been a nurse in long term care for 20 years. I became the facility's MDS coordinator 4 years ago, and sitting at a desk for the majority of my day has not been kind to my already challenged figure! I am here on Sparkpeople for the third time. I start out like a firecracker the beginning of the year and inevitably loose my momentum halfway thru. I have never really joined teams on my previous attempts at a healthy new me. So I am hoping this is... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:35:50 EST We Must First Take Care of Ourselves I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years, and I have learned a lot about the direct role that loving our bodies and ourselves impacts our patients. By staying strong, exercising,making wise food choices, and taking time for ourseleves and our family, we are able to expend all the energy that we must at the bedside. We owe it to ourselves to take time to care for our bodies, and our minds. We owe it to our patients, our peers and our families. GO TEAM! <em>381</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:39:29 EST Deb RN from regions any other nurses in here from Regions hospital Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:52:37 EST 20 Things I've Learned From Nursing/Sally P.Kariot 1. When you're 92, you shouldn't have to beg for the salt shaker, even if you do have congestive heart failure. <BR> <BR> 2. Our profession has no room for bullies or whiners. <BR> <BR> 3. Every day I've held a hand but forgotten to chart vitals, I still may have come out ahead. <BR> <BR> 4. A good doctor is one who'll say, " I have no idea what's going on with this patient. Come help me figure it out." <BR> <BR> 5. Nursing in the hardest and easiest thing I've ever done. <BR> <BR> 6. Wh... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:32:12 EST Christmas Magic- A Chicken Soup Story Christmas Magic <BR> <BR> It was 1979 and took a job at a hospice in Milwaukee and found my niche in my nursing career. As the season changed into fall, the schedule for the holidays was posted: <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 24 3-11 Barbara <BR> <BR> DECEMBER 25 3-11 Barbara <BR> <BR> I was devastated. Newly engaged, it was my first Christmas back home with my family after many years. I had little clout to get Christmas off. <BR> <BR> While lamenting my predicament, I came up with an idea. Si... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 02:02:35 EST December Challenge!! Calling all nurses~ <BR> I must say Gals and Guys, I am at a lose for how to get this team more active! As health care professional, We KNOW the difference support can make! <BR> I am sympathizing of the time strains we all face, but what is 5mins to improve YOUR health? You can't serve your pt if you don't first meet your own needs... <BR> And yet we do that each day. Going on little sleep,less relaxation and every even NUTRITIONAL food. We manage to make it through this day and on to the n... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:03:12 EST Holiday Traditions 4 Work and Home! A home tradition that leaks over into work~ Every yr I make homemade pumpkin bread. I use real pumpkin, not canned. I always take some to work to share. Another work tradition is that I try to leave work before midnight on New Yrs Eve. <BR> <BR> Home Tradition~ The pumpkin bread of course. My grandma started this one. She passed away almost 2 yrs ago. She had Alzheimer's several yrs before that, SO I took up the tradition a long time ago. I have to have my house spotless New yrs Eve and bla... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:01:32 EST November Challenge This November, I challenge everyone to huddle at least once and to post one Holiday tradition you do at work and one for home! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:46:56 EST Anything Goes I wanted to make a message board where we can all post our thoughts, ideas, frustrations, or any other random post. I'm finding that being active in the Sparks teams is helping me be more motivated in my own life. I hope you all feel the same way. I would like to encourage everyone to be more active with posting and huddles. I know its hard to find time. We all lead very busy lives and have hectic schedule (especially with the holidays). I find that logging on to Sparkspeople and keeping the ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 04:34:27 EST Addie From Psych Hello all, <BR> I'm Addie. I'm a 32 yr old nurse from IL. I've been a nurse for little over a yr now. I've done long-term care and am currently in Psych. Neither are my chosen field. Its where God has me for now. I want to get Med/Surg experience so I can move to ER. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I've worked in health-care all my life. I started out in a facility for DD and MR clients. I then became a CNA(Nurse's Aide) and worked in long-term care for 10 yrs. I had a great DON that believed ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 05:01:16 EST Who nurtures you or how do you nurture self ? I am having motivation challenges. Whoever decided that nurses are only at work to nurture and care for the patients was nuts. If we do not care for ourselves, how can we care for others without burnout ? <BR> <BR> I am not going to go into problems at work. i have a choice as to how I view my life and the challenges I am given. I have decided to nurture myself and have created a vision board. I have numerous ways to move my body to torch calories and I am choosing to see the positive ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:28:50 EST Binging after work Hi , am new to Sparkpeople. I am a Psych nurse (forever) who needs to lose 30 lbs before summer 2013, my 40 year HS class reunion! I have identified my main problem that adds weight over time is I come home from 2nd shift (about midnight) & try to eat a little something because I am truly hungry & it ends up in a binge. I also have identified that many years ago I found that food helped me wind down & was comforting after work. So this is how my bad habit developed. Does anyone else have this... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:08:36 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> I am a OB nurse working in a small hospital. I love my job but not my shifts. I currently work 2nd and 3rd shift which I have found very hard to eat correctly. Especially on 3rd shift. I have been a nurse for 10 years. I was a med/surg nurse for 7 years and gave up day shift to work in OB. Some thought I was crazy to give up day shift but I really wanted to work in OB. I do love 2nd shift and hopefully someday will be able to work all 2nd shift. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:51:16 EST Hello out there I have been away from Spark people for awhile, but I am back now. I graduated from nursing school at age 54 and have been a nurse for just over 5 years. I love my job! I wanted to be a nurse from the time I was a little girl, it just took a long time to get the opportunity. I left staff nursing to work in a busy surgical clinic with shorter hours and no weekends. The stress is just as intense as we are always short staffed and over scheduled. I have let the weight creep up, gaining back all b... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:23:18 EST Love to Read? I am enrolled in a Master of Nursing course for the fall. I received my text book in the mail. 'Bedside Matters' a historical synopsis of the history of Canadian nursing. Love this book! Looking forward to this class. <BR> The face of nursing is ever changing but I believe an understanding our our history is essential to confronting contemporary challenges to advance the profession (ie: we have to know from whence we came to understand where we are going and how to get there). One of the t... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:27:53 EST Love Being a Nurse? Why? I love being a nurse because no two days or patients/clients are ever the same. Keeps things really interesting and always room for growth and development. I would love to hear from other nurses about why they love being a nurse! Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:55:43 EST Hello!! I'm a 35 year-old recent grad who will be working on a vascular progressive care floor. I have one little one who I am hoping to be able to spend more time with <em>30</em> <BR> I've been on and off Sparkpeople since 2004 with long stretches of inactivity, sometimes due to a busy life and a few times I left because i kept getting viruses on my computer (so cut out most social networking sites). <BR> But now I'm back! And ready to lose the 30lbs that I've been saying that I'm going to lo... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:47:52 EST Hello from wisconsin Hi, I am in my 40's, a nursing student and single mother. One child married and one that is 12. I have at least 70lbs to lose. Well, I started out good but then went into clinicals. ugh then I fell off the deep end. I have gained everything back that I lost from fast food and what quick food I could make with only minutes to prep. I need to get my head back in the groove of losing. I took the summer off to work on me. So far that has no yet included healthy eating. I could really use... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:42:17 EST Hi everyone! I am a 36 year old RN in Australia. I have been nursing for about 8 years and have found my niche in periop. I have worked in Recovery for a few years and have now also started doing anaesthetics. This year I am also doing a Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing, so with full-time work and part-time study there is not a lot of me-time. <BR> <BR> I am here to get fit, lose weight, feel great, have more energy, live life! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 06:11:12 EST RNBSN with some xtra "stuff " to shed Hello All, I'm here to make the committment to lose some of the xtra baggage and keep it off. Hope to meet some new professionals in the process. Hope to see some results and encourage others :0) Wed, 30 May 2012 20:00:44 EST NEW GRAD NEEDS A JOB! IF ANYONE KNOWS OF A HOSPITAL WHO IS HIRING OR HAS A NEW GRAD PROGRAM IN CALIFORNIA, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I LOVE MED-SURG, DOU OR TELEMETRY. I live in Southern California but am willing to go anywhere in California. Thanks! Fri, 25 May 2012 01:27:30 EST I DID IT!! I DID IT! I passed the NCLEX! I thought I failed, cried for two days only to find out I passed at 75. glad God is faithful!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 13 May 2012 01:18:09 EST Hi I'm 53 and I'm going to school for my ADN. I've been an LPN for 7 years. So I say " you go girl !" Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:57:09 EST Shaking in My Boots! Hi All, I'm taking the NCLEX on 4/17/12. The closer the date, the more nervous I get. Some study days I think, "I got this!" Other days I feel as if I need to began nursing school again. Wow, what an incredible journey this has been. Please pray that I don't allow my nerves to get the best of me, I get a good night's sleep prior, and I put all my confidence in God. AND REMEMBER TO BREATHE! <em>198</em> Mon, 2 Apr 2012 14:34:37 EST Going midnight I am starting midnight shift this week and was wondering When do you weight in and what time do you usually eat breakfast. I know it sounds silly but I know my whole routine is going to be doing a 180 and it is a little scary <em>56</em> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:44:25 EST Okay Now What the Heck is Happening? Since I was sick last week, I am having something weird happening during my work-outs. <BR> Everytime I have work-outed since I was sick about 10 minutes into it, my legs start getting really weak and feeling like mush beneath me. Sometimes I had to stop and sit down for a few to let them rest a few minutes before going back to exercising. At first I thought it was just because I was still weak from being so sick, but now I'm beginning to wonder. <BR> Am I not eating the right things before... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:29:22 EST HCG Yay or Nay? I have alot of friends that are taking HCG for weight loss. Their calorie count is only 500 per day. I keep telling them this is unhealthy. But they keep shedding the pounds. They are following a 500 calorie diet, not exercising, but are losing weight like mad. I tell them that this is only a short-term fix, because when they go off of it they will return to their high-calorie diets and continue not exercising. <BR> <BR> I hate that my weight loss is slow and I do mean slow, but I'm making ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:31:36 EST Losing for good, this time Hello. I'm a previous weight watcher and over the past four years have gained all my weight back and then some. I began Ideal Protein on Feb 1st of this year and have lost almost 24 pounds so far. I'm excited to be doing this! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:45:47 EST Norovirus Yes I have had this for 2 days now and it is horrible. Nothing but water for 24 hours and can't even keep that in. <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:17:27 EST I NEED SUGGESTIONS PLEASE! I cannot seem to meet my calorie or fiber needs. I have been here a month and everyday but 1 I have been under on both of these. I eat oatmeal, 100% Whole Wheat Bread, I drink a protein smoothie every morning. I eat 5-6 servings of veggies/fruits everyday. I don't know what else to do. If anyone has any low sodium suggestions please respond. I say low sodium bc I have high blood pressure. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:55:38 EST Prison nurses out there? I work in a prison. It is in a small town that sells t-shirts 'we live in a gated community.' Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:57:13 EST Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be starting a whole new journey in my life. A journey that will lead to a better healthier me! I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences and sharing my own with you. I really want to change my life and this is the first step! Hooray! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:50:20 EST New to the team. not new to Spark Hello, I am an LPN that works night shift. I am 49 years old , have OA , and find it hard sometimes to have the energy to work out, But most recently I have been doing 60 minutes 5 days a week when I come home from work in the morning. I try to keep my calorie range in between 1200 and 1550 a day , some days i go over , but I just try harder the next day. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of work out DVDs that I use, a treadmill, 5 lb and 8 lb free weights, a mini trampoline, and if really motivated ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:06:18 EST Being a stress eater is not good for RNs So I have been a nurse at a small community hospital for 2 years. I have been on this "eat better" kick for about 2 weeks and was doing well. I think partially because I work nights, so what I bring is what I can eat. Well last night we started our EMR. Everyone was there all the big wigs and they brought cookies, pizza, cnady. And boy did I eat!!! I must say I am very very disapointed in myself. I was like a little piggy. UGH. I can only hope that in 2 days when I go back to work the... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:00:00 EST Hi There! Just checking in. I am looking forward to vacation in May and want to feel good about how I look. But motivation has really been a problem, not to mention time. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:41:11 EST Hello I am a retired RN who joined SP last month. I am learning to use the website to track my calories and activities. So far it has been very helpful. Enjoy the rest of the winter. Spring is on the way. <em>437</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:41:48 EST rock5383 Here to lose 43 lbs. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:07:11 EST Changed sites, anyone live in Michigan? I was using another site, but it don't have much social support. <BR> Looking for a walking buddy. Contact me...thanks! <em>244</em> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:59:19 EST What is a 'good nursing day' for you? I work in a pretty busy med/surg unit at a small(ish) regional hospital. We work 12- (or 13- or 14-) hour shifts, and most days seem to be filled with nothing but passing pills and desperately trying to keep up with charting (I'm sure many of you can relate!). <BR> <BR> I just love it when I have a day where time and circumstances 'gel' so that I can actually do some of that 'nursing' stuff I went to school for. Today was a good example: I spent the morning working with 2 nursing studen... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:47:58 EST Obviously too old to be a nurse I'm getting ready to take the NCLEX at age 54. One day during my very first clinical rotation, an elderly (more than I) lady on a walker came to the door of her room as my classmate (who was about 35) and I were walking the floor. She looked at us and asked if we were doctors. Proudly, we said "No, we're nursing students." All of a sudden she tilted her head to the side with a strange look and said, "Aren't you too old to be students. How you gonna learn anything? Shouldn't you have star... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:39:43 EST Determied to lose it!! I am a NP and a mom of 2 who will be celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary in August. This was my prompt to lose my weight prior to my anniversary date. I am very determined to do this!! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:31:46 EST Greetings from SoCal Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently joined SparkPeople and am so glad I did. I look forward to talking to people who could possibly give tips to developing a healthier lifestyle. I am definitely a stress eater and have gone through quite a bit of stress. Currently, I am preparing to take the NCLEX next month and, of course, that's a big stress so all I want to do is eat. Prayers are definitely needed for the NCLEX and the weight battle. But, I plan to conquer both!! <BR> <BR> Shar Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:14:27 EST Thanks for helping me! I'm so sick of losing and gaining it's the same 20-30 pounds. I am almost my heaviest (again) and I don't know what to do. I just want to feel good. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:41:28 EST hello from Colorado Hi all, joined spark end of December and am still learning my way around the site... Work too many hours to spend much time online... <BR> <BR> Have been up and down the weight realm always ending back up on the high side and higher each time... Have pledged to myself that for the first time in maybe ever that I am going to make me a priority to myself this year and take control of my health back... <BR> <BR> So far its working out great!!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting and shari... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 04:24:57 EST Night nurses - Any suggestions for the 24 hour day Currenty I'm working 12 hour night shifts (which, as you know, are really 13 to 14 hours long). <BR> I drive an hour to and from work, and usually work my three shifts on consecutive nights, leaving not a lot of time to sleep. I don't sleep extra before I go in for my first of the three nights and so am up for over 24 hours in a row. <BR> <BR> If this is familiar to you, can you share how you spread a day's worth of food over this longer timeframe? Once I make it through that first night... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:21:03 EST New Grad Finally done! Waiting to take my NCLEX and under a ton of stress! I cant believe all the weight I put on. I'm working out an hour a day (1week) and it really helps clear my mind and study before the kids get home from school. I hope to keep up with this plan after I begin working as an RN. It helps me to decompress. 2lbs lost!!!! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 12:14:53 EST new to SparkPeople today Hi, I have just signed up but not sure if I am able to follow the nutrition suggestions for the tracker, as I am awaiting testing for Celiac and even if I do not have it will likely have to curb wheat and gluten. Is there a group for that here? Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:28:00 EST Hello from Massachusetts Hello fellow nurses...I joined (started my get healthier adventure) on Jan 16th..just now getting around to introducing myself. I am a fairly new nurse, graduated June 2010 at 49. I so appreciate what all you seasoned nurses have done and gone through in your careers and hope to learn from you. Best of luck to all of you at reaching your goals. <BR> Elizabeth Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:55:32 EST Hello! Hi I am new to this site. I am currently studying to become a nurse. I have had issues with my weight for several years( I have had to babies). Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:52:26 EST new to site! Hello all, <BR> I am a post gastric bypass patient (10-2010) who did not get the results that I anticipated. Has anyone out there experienced the same with gastric bypass? I could use any advise you have! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:58:44 EST Hi Hi Everyone, I am new to the team and back on Sparkpeople.. Since starting night shift about a year ago I stopped using Sparkpeople and I have put back on some weight and never reached my goal!! I am here to get back on track and see the pounds come off with the support of fellow RNs!! <em>8</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:04:54 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> My name is Kim and I live in sunny Florida and I just happened upon this team! I am an RN and I work night shift and love it. I am looking to get in shape and be healthy and happy! <BR> wish me luck, <BR> Kim Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:55:49 EST First day here Hi everyone first day at sparks site finding my way around the pages, feeling abit overwhelmed by all the information, but going to try my best to get to know the site and work on a better happier healthier me. Hope to find inspiration, guidance, and motivation to get me started on loosing weight becomming more healthier emotionally, physically and mentally. Look forward to sharing and reading stories. Emma Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:54:27 EST Hello From Australia!!! Hey everyone!!! <BR> Just joined the group. Been a SP member for a couple of years now but never used it to my advantage. Looking to lose about 50 pounds, or a little more. Looking to make new friends and give and gain support along the way! <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all. <BR> Caz Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:34:59 EST Hello , new person here Hello , I'm an LPN , I work night shift in a skilled care facility for the elderly,, ( I hate the term nursing home) , I am 48 soon to be 49 ,. have dealt with up and down weight all my life, battled the bulge , osteoarthritis, and my love of food all my life. I am a Wife, mother , step mom, and grandma , I most work out at home, don't care much for the GYM scene , plus I have a treadmill , ab lounger, exercise ball, mini trampoline, exercise bands , free weights, and tons of videos , to w... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:35:13 EST hi my doctor suggested i join sparkpeople to help me lose weight. i need help! i need a diet that is easy, tells me what to eat and is simple to prepare. would appreciate any ideas and help from the members. (i have enough diet books to open my own book store but I don't follow any of them and it shows on my scale) Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:04:18 EST Hello Thank you everyone for your help in choosing a gym. I probably should introduce myself. My name is Sara and I live in Papillion. I am a 30 year old nurse practitioner with a wonderful husband, mark, and a terrific 2 year old son, Tristan. When mark and I first met I weighed 152 lbs. I gained 20 lbs during the first two years we dated. I got pregnant and my weight went up to 210. Post pregnancy, I was so tired that I ate what ever was around... And I continued those habits until now. Si... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:41:01 EST Things patients say! Have you had your patients say anything funny to you about your weight? I can think of two patients who meant well but.... <BR> The first patient said "I think the chunky nurses are always the nicest" and I think truly believed this was a compliment. I remember thinking that I'd like to try being a slim nurse for a change (even if that would boot me out of the "nicest" category). Another patient recently gave me a double whammy and first said "I like you older nurses" and then went on to ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:00:35 EST HI Hi everyone, I live in Iowa and I am fairly new to the field. I have been a nurse for about 2 years now. I work in a small hospital which has its positives and negatives. I love the atmosphere of a small hospital, but I would love to have the action that a bigger hospital has. Anyways I work in a small ICU now, but I would love to work in one in a larger hospital where they get to see more critical patients than we do. Right now I am back in school to work on my BSN, but I still work ful... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:22:29 EST Hi there I've been a nurse for 26 years, can't believe it. I love nursing. I have been able to do a variety of things. Currently working as a manager in Vermont. At times this is very stressful, I think I am a stress eater. Even though I try hard not to. <BR> For the last week I have consistantly not had food in the car on the way home from work. Its so easy to put away the calories without thinking while driving home. I do like to exercise but feel I am not getting very far. <BR> Would love ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:38:22 EST good morning from texas hello everyone. i am an lvn here in texas. have been a nurse for 27+ years and currently working nursing/rehab on the overnight shift 10p-6a. hate the hours but the work isnt bad except for the shortage of staff and supplies due to budget cuts. my hours have been cut to 4 days a week. love the 3 day weekends though so it all works out. its hard for me at night to eat right. i bring in my food but the hours are hard. then i get home and my significant other wants a big breakfast just ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:22:10 EST Hi from Baltimore Hi there. Part time psych nurse from Baltimore excited to find this team! Good luck everyone. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:12:54 EST hello ny name is Shellie I'm from Ohio,I had an accident. On 12/1/2011 which landed me on bedredt for 6 weeks. I up and on my feet in another 2 weeks. Prior to accident. My weight was approx 210,being on bedrrst there was nothing to do but eat. I have decided today its time to stop eating due to boredom. I estimatemy weight to be around 220. I'm currently. No able to bear weight on my riight ankle,due to a break. So I cant weight myself. Today is a day of change. <BR> y <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:11:55 EST Nurse practitioner I tired after work. How do you motivate yourself to work out?? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:52:32 EST Old nurse entering the forum I have been a nurse for 37 years. I have worked night shift for approx. 33 of the 37 years. Every now and then I attempt to work the "normal" shift, only to find, my body (nor my brain) can handle the "normal" shift. I have been overweight all of my life. <BR> So far in the last year, I have lost 105 pounds. I still have to lose another 60-70 pounds. <BR> I have started working out at least 3-4 times a week, on the weight machines at the local YMCA and walking on my treadmill at home. ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:16:50 EST From the world of Neonatal... Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Just found this group a few days ago and figured it might be time I introduce myself. I am a mother of two beautiful little kids, Alex age 7 and Gabrielle age 3. I have been married to a wonderful man for the last 10 years. I am a nurse, of course and I work in a Neonatal Intensive Care unit in New Brunswick, Canada. I have been at this job just a little over a year and a half and I have to say, although it was really challenging at first, I am starting to like ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:55:09 EST Hey there Hi everybody I'm an Icelandic nurse, currently working two jobs. I work in the ER every other weekend, and 3 days a week I manage the occupational health care for a smelting factory. I have 3 children. I have never been the slim type, but after I got pregnant with my second child I put on a lot of weight. In 1003-2005 I got in really good shape, but a few years later it came creeping back. Now I'm weighing more than ever :( and I hate it, I want to be able to do the things I like, like Lindy ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:11:35 EST Hi All! Just wanted to say Hi! <BR> My name is Amanda and I am an RN in Kansas. I currently work in administration... I am the branch admin for a company that does home health for special needs kids. I started out in the nursing home; then moved to this job working directly with the kiddos and moved up the ranks. <BR> I love what I do; but I DON'T love the fact that my job is largely sedentary at this point - I spend my days shuffling papers, attending meetings via conference calls, and trying to... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:19:32 EST Hi My name is Vicki. I am an LPN phone triage nurse for a busy Internal Medicine doctor. So, I sit in a chair attached to a phone all day. I am also a single mom and a part-time student trying to reach my goal of becoming an RN. I am nervous about if I can meet my goals, but I am going to give it a try. Any support or ideas would be greatly welcome. Thanks and good luck to all of you as well. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:39:50 EST Hello Hey out there! I was gone from SP for a while, but now I'm back. Even though I said I was ready at that time... I don't think I was. Now, I am in a better place mentally and I am ready to let it show physically. I would love to be a motivational partner/email buddy. I would love to give the support and I know I need it in return. Good luck to everyone. May God bless you in this new year! <em>9</em> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:24:24 EST Hey Im Nadia I am 20 yrs old and looking to lose about 25-35 pounds. If anyone needs a motivation buddy, i am your girl! I as well would like to have someone to give me the motivation i need when i need it! <BR> <BR> Dont be afraid to friend me :) Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:08:05 EST Newest Member Hello, my name is Melissa, and you can call me Missy for short. I am a 33 year old woman, soon to be 34 the 19th of this month. I am a mother of one child, a son, he is 12, and just recently found my soulmate. I am currently planning our 2015 Fall Wedding, and loving every minute of it! I am just learning and starting to crochet making a hobby that I love to do hopefully a side bussiness out of what I love! I love to garden, and gardening is my zen. My indoor plants are like my children, and ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:07:24 EST Adult Stem Cell Nutrition Hi! I have been working on getting healther, so I have been taking adult stem cell nutrition from, and having great results. Our body can and will heal itself with the right nutrients. God bless everyone, to your health and wellness. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:24:02 EST Adult Stem Cell Nutrition Hi! I have been working on getting healther, so I have been taking adult stem cell nutrition from, and having great results. Our body can and will heal itself with the right nutrients. God bless everyone, to your health and wellness. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:18:47 EST Hello! Just a quick message to say hi, very excited I found Sparkpeople and the group! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:00:07 EST Hi all!!!! Hello everyone! My name is Holly and I just finished my first semester of nursing school. After being in the hospital environment, I realized that I truly do need to lose weight. I have tried before, and had success until I reached a plateau and could not break from it. I am ready to get this weight off, eat healthy, and get into a very, very good gym habit. Has anyone here lost weight while in nursing school? I thought that it was going to be easier for me to get on the weight loss bandwagon... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:06:12 EST Just found this group! Hi there. I am an RN on a busy medical/nephrology unit. I work "part-time" (I get asked to work every day, especially this time of year), so I work all shifts (often all in one week). I am looking forward to chatting with other nurses here "on the lose". I am really struggling with my eating when on night shifts. Some of the other nurses that I work with say they can't eat at all when they work nights, and I feel like I could eat 24 hours a day! <BR> <BR> I also want to be a good exampl... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:40:15 EST Introduction Hello!! I'm a LPN in a doctor's office, cancer survivor, mom to 2 wonderful daughters and I'm tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. I've been fighting my weight for as long as I can remember and now I'm watching my 13 year old follow in my footsteps. It's time for my whole family to start on a new path!! Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:59:54 EST (Almost) a Nurse and ready to lose! Hi everybody! I am a second year nursing student and have decided that I want to lose about 80lbs, however long that takes. I am from the Portland, OR area and am using this site for nutritional advice (printing out meal plans, recipes, grocery lists) in addition to using the Xbox Kinect "Your Shape:2012." We just ended our term on Monday so I am just getting started...we are off for a month so my goal is to get my food/exercise habit started now while I have more free time and then incorp... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 19:47:45 EST Hello All Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Chrissy and I am from the twin cities area. I am a 26 year old registered nurse and have struggled with weight most of my life. I recently joined the YMCA and they told be about this website. I had been about the same weight for years and then in 2007 got in a car accident and began to gain more weight. I hope that this site can help me out and getting it off and getting into shape and starting a new lifestyle. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 19:15:48 EST Knock me off the top! As cool as it can be to be on the top of the fitness minutes standings, it would be awsome if everybody challenged me and knocked me off the top! <BR> <BR> I post this for motivation, c'mon you all move move move <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 03:16:35 EST Hi Everybody! Hi everyone!! I am new to this team. I am a RN in Portland, OR. I am a graduate of the University of Portland. I also work as an group fitness instructor and have worked as a personal trainer. a lot my co-workers either think I am nuts or want me to do a class at lunchtime. Glad to be on this team now! <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:32:34 EST Working nights... Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am currently a psychiatric nurse working PM shifts (3-11:30pm) and at the end of this month I'll be transferring to med/surg working straight 12 hour night shifts (7pm-7am). <BR> Do any of you more seasoned night nurses out there have any advice on how to stay healthy and feeling your best? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:57:36 EST What's your biggist work pet peeve? Mine is having 2-3 nurses who are always on time, always pitch in to help each other and then have the same 1-2 nurses who are always late, take long breaks and lunches and never get called on the carpet because they buddy buddy with the boss. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:36:53 EST Introduction Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am a acute dialysis RN. I want to feel better and help others to feel better about themselves. Looking forward to meeting you on the forum. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:30:20 EST Hey everyone!!! Just thought I would stop by and say hi- I look forward to chatting with all of you! Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:05:58 EST Hello I am relatively new to sparkpeople. Work in long term care and have for over 20 years. I am now an MDS coordinator. I have a lot of weight to lose and now that I am sitting in my office in front of the computer decided it is time to do something about it. <BR> For years I have tried to follow a low carbohydrate diet so now am trying to teach myself to eat normal food again. It wouldn't be so bad but I managed to gain over 70 pounds while doing this. I am just now coming to the realization of... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:40:04 EST Introduction My name is Lisa and I've been in hospice nursing for 23 years. I look forward to becoming healthier and losing with my colleagues! Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:25:23 EST INTRODUCTION Hello, everyone. I am new to sparkpeople and I just joined this group. I am a Lpn, female, working in the geriatric field which is a new career move for me. It is challenging going from hospital mode to long term care mode,LOL, I love this new job but it is hard. I started loosing weight befor the change and somewhere in the mist of the journey I started a 3-11 pm shift and my eating habits got screwed up! This is a challenge, trying to get on track again. I want to loose weight and feel hea... Sun, 22 May 2011 01:33:31 EST Introducing myself Hi everybody! I have been on this journey to being healthy (not fat) since September 2010. So far I have lost 43 pounds and still have about 50 to go:-) I work as an RN on a busy med/surg floor on the weekends, work prn at another hospital, teach nursing clinicals two days a week and attend graduate school part time. My ultimate goal is to teach full time once I finish my MSN. <BR> <BR> I am married with two little boys, Devin 12 and Tommy 11. My husband is a retired USAF SMSgt and currently... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:01:42 EST Start of a new week! Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a past NICU/ER nurse that became a case manager to ease the stress. What a joke, right? I have found new ways to stress eat that I never thought possible. 12 pounds in 8 month later I found sparkpeople. I have found this site to be extremely helpful and I am trying to get my co-workers involved also. I am excited in this journey and since starting last week I have lost 6 pounds. Can I have a woo hoo?! Of course, reality sets in when I realize I still have 80 to... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:33:17 EST Hi - returning to sp Hi i am an RN in Devon UK, having slipped off the diet wagon for a few months now need some support to haul me back on the wagon and help keep me there. I'll do all I can to anyone else from falling off too! Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:20:26 EST Hello I'm new to this. I was told two weeks ago on January 24 that I've gained 22 pounds in 2 years. Doc wasn't happy with me and I was angry at myself. As a nurse I want to set an example for my patients, family and friends. It is nise to see a team page for nurses. My problems is that I work 3p-11p. Some days I don't get out of work until 12midnight and that is where the stress eating comes into play. I need help in trying to figure out what to do instead of eating when I get in. Help... <em>30... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 03:10:48 EST What causes nurses to gain weight? 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. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:28:51 EST Occupational Health Nurse on the mend! Hey all my nursing friends! <BR> I am completely new to Sparkpeople, and thought who better to get some support from and make some connections with then starting with people in the same profession as me. I am an RN working in workplace health and safety and love it. I have a fairly busy lifestyle and find it hard to balance everything from trying to further my education, spend time with my fiancé, family and friends as well as manage my weight. <BR> As all of you know, nursing can be a high... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:16:13 EST Hi! Hi! I've been a nurse for about a decade. Starting in LDRP then ER and then traveling as an L&D nurse for 5 yrs. I came to MT from southern GA as a travel nurse and fell in love, so we stayed. I've now changed career paths to being a Nurse Informaticist. <BR> I've been a SP since Jan and hanging in pretty well...just thought I'd say Hi! Mon, 10 May 2010 22:05:25 EST I need help with exercise! I have a hard time finding the time and the energy to exercise. I know the weight would come off faster, but I can not get motivated. I joined Curves but never went. I have an exercise bike that is your typical clothes rack. I am just too tired after work and the weekends are usually busy. Am I hopeless? <em>24</em> Sat, 8 May 2010 11:12:01 EST What do you eat on night shifts? ANybody? I work 2 days and 2 nights. At first i used to eat on nights around 1 am like i was having lunch. However since i started spark, i cant figure out what to eat and it doesnt seem right to eat 24 hours. I'm trying to eat more fruits and yogurt now during those hours instead of heavy spicy meals like i used to. Then when i get home around 8 am i eat cereal before going to bed because i wake up extremely hungry around 1pm if i dont eat anything before sleeping. What do you guys do? Wed, 5 May 2010 14:15:47 EST Proud to be an RN!! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a Registered Nurse and I work as a counselor in a Mental Health clinic. I am very proud to be an RN-what a wonderful, exciting profession we have chosen!! RNs rock! Tue, 4 May 2010 21:07:48 EST New here...well kind of!!! My name is Desirie, I am an LPN (I do NCM for workers comp out of the state of SC). I joined SP back in 2008 and did well in the beginning...but I haven't been on here in more than a yr. I am now back with a vengence...I am ready to do this damn thing....I will be looking for motivation and support and will be there to give the same...thank you for having me in this group...I chose it because it was a small group!!! Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:13:19 EST LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANTS???? I am cosidering a career in Legal Nurse Consulting. Are there any LNC on the team? Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:13:36 EST Seminar;Al lternative creers in nursing.. Has any ever attended the Alternative careers in nursing seminar. I am hoping it's worth the cost. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:53:21 EST Attending the Alternative Careers in Nursing Semin Has any ever attended the Alternative careers in nursing seminar. I am hoping it's worth the cost. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:04:16 EST Let me introduce myself. My name is Joann & I have been an RN for 21 years. I have worn many hats in my nursing career. I heard about Spark on the today show. I really like it. I have been spending big bucks on sights that are NOT even as good as Spark, so I am glad I found it. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 08:48:26 EST Peds Nurse Hi everyone- fellow nurses! Nice to meet you! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 18:36:15 EST Travel RN new to SP Hi all-I'm Dawn-currently in Sierra Vista Az working in cath lab in small hospital-glad to be here! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:37:27 EST New member from Pittsburgh area Hello to all...I have been a nurse for 35 years and overweight most of my life. I have tried every diet through the years and have never been able to keep the weight off. I just want to stay healthy as I get older. I also need to stop using my treadmill as a clothes rack and get moving!!! thanks for listening, Micki:) Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:57:30 EST new nurse, new year, new me :) hello! my name is heidi, i'm a new lvn in california and i'm looking forward to joining a team of other nurses to get motivated to get fit! theres a lot of things going on for me this year and i'm excited to get the year going in full swing....without losing my goals of getting fit! :) Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:35:12 EST Hello! My name is Lorraine & I am a December BSN grad. I'm looking forward to living the healthy lifestyle I've learned about so I can inspire my patients. <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 22:41:45 EST Getting back on track Oh the horrors!!Gained 6 pounds over the holidays. Zumba classes took a break, too, and I could only workout at home due to terrible weather outside. But today is a new year and I'm re-committed to getting into swimsuit shape by the time my husband and I leave for Punta Cana, Dominican Republic April 11th for a much needed vacation. I'm about 1/3 way to the goal!! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:39:44 EST Making it happen in 2010 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am a newcomer to Sparkpeople as of 12/30/09. I have been a nurse for 5 years and I work in Hospice. I look forward to getting to know you all and supporting each other along the way to a healthy lifestyle. God bless! Thu, 31 Dec 2009 23:32:23 EST Greetings! I've been a nurse for 20 years and have finally decided to practice what I preach to my patients! Love the SP site and have found wonderful support from people all over the map. I'm joining this team to hang with other nurses and share my experience with those who do what I do for a living! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:18:37 EST New SP! Hello from Michigan! I am a new grad as of May 09, and still looking for a job...after all the hype about a shortage! I just joined SP a couple days ago to drop the middle-age weight I have gained. I'm blaming nursing school for being to busy to exercise, and more reason for take-out! <em>246</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:46:22 EST New Graduate Hello everyone! I'm a new graduate- just graduated in May! I'm working in a long term care facility at the moment. I didn't think I would like it but I really do! A good (or bad depending on how you look at it) thing about the elderly- they will tell you the truth. Such as when they are talking to eachother right next to you- but forget that YOU aren't hard of hearing so you can hear everything they say about you- or to describe you. I'm tired of being known as the "that tall, chubby nurse- s... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 19:46:21 EST Hi nurses! Hey everybody! <BR> What a great thing that there's a group for nurses-I'm glad to have found it :) <BR> My name is Steph, I'm 25, and I've been a nurse for a measley four years. I'm currently working in a little family practice joint, three full-time nurses and two part-timers. <BR> Anyways, I used to weigh 135 in high school, I'd like to weigh around there again, and I'm very eager to get to know my fellow SparkNurses! <BR> Joy, <BR> --s Mon, 2 Nov 2009 18:57:27 EST PA nurse new to the game Hi I have been a nurse for 29 years. All has been in OB or PEDS. I worked 15 years in OB, 5 years in pediatric home care, 1 year in an OB/GYN office,5 years in NICU, Now 2 years as a school nurse. During my hospital and home care I have managed to pack on over 100 excess pounds. Most of it was to battle the fatigue from rotating shifts and the many years of night shift. Two and a half years ago I had a cardiac cath and ended up with two stents and some angioplasty. All this stemmed fro... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 15:40:48 EST Newbie Hello fellow nurses. I have been in the nursing career for over 20 years and love my career choice. I have had so many opportunties in this field the choices and experiences are vast if you take the risk. I am from Canada - Ontario and in a rural area. I currently am doing a project lead - who have thought nursing could offer you so many avenues to explore. I am also contemplating going back to school to get my masters. Learning is never ending. Not sure where this career will take me next. <... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:34:49 EST Hello from a new nurse hello I am a new nurse (just got my license this past july) I am still looking for a nursing job but at least i am getting interviews and possibilities. <BR> <BR> I am looking to get healthy for life but my main focus (besides job hunting) is to get into my bridesmaid dress for my best friends wedding this december. i have about 8 weeks until the wedding. I have that time to loose one dress size. *here is to hoping and trying to work towards it* Tue, 27 Oct 2009 19:28:44 EST My daily affirmation. I deserve to be happy. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>246</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:16:57 EST Starting a new I am a newlywed looking forward to starting a family.. I am looking for all the advice that can be given from watching what I eat, to exercises, to quitting smoking, & ttc... I am so excited that my life is finally taking a turn for the better & I can only imagine what it is going to look like a year from now.. Hope to get to know y'all & make some new friends... Thanks in advance... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:10:04 EST Hi I'm back to SparkPeople I'm returning the SparkPeople and I'm going to be healthier. I need to use the help I will get on this team. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 20:34:15 EST Hi -- starting fresh, again. I lost 20-ish lbs a couple of years ago with some help from a good friend as an accountability buddy. My accountability moved away and my motivation went down the drain. <BR> <BR> So now, I'm finally ready to come back to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My big struggle is going to be giving up soda, but I believe I can do it. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:16:10 EST Today I was motivated by........ a blog from one of my spark teams. <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:44:10 EST Hello fellow nurses I am excited about being on this team. I am a school nurse and want to be the role model I need to be for our students. I can't do that in my current condition. So I am sticking to my guns to get back on track. <BR> Beth Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:25:39 EST Hopping back on the Wagon Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a nurse in Allen, TX (just north of Dallas) and am looking for a team to join that isn't so massive that its impossible to get to know people, but not so small that it fizzles out. <BR> <BR> I am back on the SP bandwagon after a couple of years off, but I knew I needed to do something to make the lifestyle changes I need to make. I have about 35-40 lbs to lose. I am lucky in that I don't have any major health problems...just some arthritis in my lower back which ... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 22:40:28 EST hello fellow nurses! Im starting my "new lifestyle" over again. I slipped back to my old ways but thats in the past now. I thought I would join some new groups and make some new friends to help me along the way. Im a nurse on a busy cardiac unit so every day I see what destruction we can do to our own bodies. I dont want that to ever be me laying there! Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:59:22 EST Team Map On another team page I asked how a person gets listed on a team map (button at bottom of team page) and LEAKAY59 was able to answer it. I thought I would repeat the information here so others can get listed too. It would help find each other if we want work out buddies, etc. Don’t worry; it does not pinpoint your address/house on the map, only the zip code area and town. <BR> <BR> Go to My Tools, Start. Under your name there's a link to Account/Email Preferences. Go the Community tab, and t... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:28:33 EST new member Hello from Springfield, IL. I'm a new member and new to this blogging thing! I'm soon to be 55 (6/18) and want to lose 20-30#. I work 10 hour shifts in a busy 16 suite OR and I'm wooped by the end of the day. It's so hard for me to try to workout after that, but I'm going to try my best! Sat, 13 Jun 2009 05:52:13 EST Virtual College Help Needed Hi, just joined this team. I am going to start Ft. Hays State University virtual classes on Monday. I looked over the blackboard format they use and it is a nightmare. Anyone else going to school through Ft Hays? <BR> <BR> I want to get my BSN and they were cheaper than other schools. I can get it for about $10,000 there whereas other colleges wanted $26,000. I thought the price difference would be okay but now I am wondering if I should switch and I haven’t even started classes yet. Just g... Sat, 30 May 2009 18:27:07 EST Hey from Louisiana have been having this weight struggle for all my life and have on and off tried things. But have decided that this time will be the time that I succeed and WILL make this a lifetime thing. <BR> I live in Louisiana and have 2 wonderful boys (my oldest will be 8 in 2 wks (remember when that was so important to add) and youngest is 6 1/2) my husband is very supportive of me and I appreciate this so much. <BR> I work as a nurse in a pediatric office and love all my "chickens/monkeys" (Kid-o's).... Mon, 25 May 2009 12:24:07 EST KS nurse looking for a work out buddy I'd like to find someone who lived close to me that wants to go for walks, to the gym, etc. I live outside KC. Have some physical problems but hope after surgery this summer they will be behind me and I can get down to business. <BR> <BR> I work as a float nurse so never know what my day will be like until I get my assignment. Makes things interesting at times. Been a roller coaster dieter and am tired of it but still struggle with staying on course. Any help is apprecaited. Fri, 22 May 2009 01:05:16 EST Nurse in Texas I am new and just found this Nurses on the LOSE. Sounds good to me. I am an RN, on the road all day and work out of my home. This makes eating healthy difficult. I joined a gym and have already gone twice, actually pretty excited about it. I want to get healthy, and of course lose some weight along the way, like 93 lbs. Most importantly, I want to be healthy, have more energy and get off some of my meds. Thanks for letting me join Thu, 14 May 2009 22:30:50 EST Hello from Kansas! My name is Nancy. I am a RN in southeast Kansas. I am hoping to lose about 40 pounds. I also want to get fit. Mon, 11 May 2009 13:26:30 EST Hi. Hi i'm new to the program. So very glad that I have found this. I have been an R.N. for 3 years now and really do want to be a model for our patients...I want to teach by example!!! Fri, 1 May 2009 12:23:30 EST hi----i am new too! Good evening----It is a little after 11 and I am just getting ready to leave the hospital and Wanted to finish my nutrition tracker ----so I was searching around on the site and found this nurses group----I have been a RN for 16 years and I still love it every day---I am finishing my BSN (2 semesters part time to go) and then I am hoping to start my MSN in Psych RNP----but life is always in flux and I will have to see what the tides wash in----peace everyone---I am looking forward to having a... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 23:06:30 EST DO YOU FEEL LIKE AN EASTER EGG???? Easter is over now and as far as I know the next occasion that people have a tendency to over do the food thing is probably July long weekend! I for one am finished with looking and feeling like an Easter Egg. Spring is here finally and I want to maximize the efforts to slim down even more before the official start of summer. I believe that will be June 22. This give us all approximately 3 months from the official start of spring to max out our efforts and be able to enjoy the summer fun... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 22:41:28 EST Hi I am newbie Hi I am Lori from Ontario Canada. I joined sp about 3 weeks ago. I am trying yet again to loose weight. I work as a community nurse and have done for 10 years. Love my job. Love this site Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:40:49 EST Newbie from Catonsville, Md I'm overweight yes....but I'm ready to shed the pounds. Being in the health profession you need to have stamina and endurance for the fast past of working in a hospital. I'm struggling..would love for someone to be my buddy and help me through this hard journey Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:32:53 EST Hello from wintery Minnesota Hi, <BR> I'm just getting started with this system of losing and keeping off the weight. I'm semi-retired RN-Surgery for 35 years. When I retired I started to walk and than lift weights. I've lost inches but still need to get the unwanted pounds off for good. Also I love to exercise in the AM. So, when I pool, I have a hard time of coming home from work and getting my exercise done. Any suggestions for a tired body after a full day of standing? <BR> Wiggs1 <em>198</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:41:21 EST How are You spending Your Weekend?? Wondering how many people are actually going to spend the weekend doing more towards their sparks goals. I hope to make this an entirely Spark centered weekend. HOW ABOUT YOU??? Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:58:46 EST SUNNY DAYS INSIDE AND OUT! Today was a good day inside because I got a violent Alzheimers' patient into a position with her care that she actually gave me a hug and said "U good". The weather outside today was absolutely great with lots of sunshine and somewhat warmer temps. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 23:59:01 EST March Challenges March. 1: Drink, drink, drink! Drink half your weight in Water <BR> March 2 Track your food today..everything you eat! <BR> March. 3: Strength Training 5 different exercises <BR> March 4: Do Cardio <BR> March 5: 5 ALIVE! Get at least 5 veggies &/or fruits ... <BR> March. 6 Post your favorite exercising song here! <BR> March. 7: Send a spark goodie to a member of the team <BR> March. 8: Decorate your SP Page for the St Patrick's Day <BR> March. 9 Welcome a new member <BR> March. 10 Do som... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:06:38 EST BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY...... I had to hold it together as my 8 month old palliative baby girl patient took her last breath. Trying to comfort the parents when your own heart is breaking for them as well as from caring for such an innocent life was beyond difficult. Makes one feel exhausted in a way that is almost impossible to describe. As a nurse we are trained for these situations BUT as mothers ourselves the pain felt by the families in these situations is all too real. No matter how professional we are we still c... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:22:07 EST I am a newbie I am a newbie trying to accomplish my weightloss goals again i will never give up Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:42:25 EST Uping the Anti After reading an article today about the positive effects of losing 10% of excess body weight I feel even more a sense of urgency to up the anti and lose !y excess weight. I have committed to my family that I will lose another 4 lbs this month. By verbalizing this to them and not wanting to let them or myself down I feel I've up'd the anti and will try harder inspite of outside deterrents. Hopefully someone else will feel the same way and commit to something that will make them accountable... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 23:40:51 EST Canada says helllo! Wanted to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. I am a palliative care community nurse. The hours are long and exhaustive in every manner conceiveable. This has led to a creeping up of the scale #'s and I've decided this must no longer happen. With the type of work I perform I want to live a much healthier and much longer life. It was with great joy that I discovered this team and look forward to being part of the group. Take care everyone, have a terrific work and remember to tak... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 22:09:33 EST Hello from VA! Hello everyone! I am new to this team. I am an LPN and I am attending school part-time to get my RN degree. I am a jail nurse and I LOVE IT! Since joining SP I have lost 9 pounds and my goal is to lose 44. I am looking forward to meeting everyone! <BR> <BR> Jenn Sat, 7 Feb 2009 08:52:26 EST The Prison Hospital The Prison hospital <BR> <BR> Prisoner: Look here, doctor! You've already removed my spleen, tonsils, adenoids, and one of my kidneys. I only came to see if you could get me out of this place! <BR> <BR> Doctor: I am, bit by bit. <BR> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:16:42 EST Hello another new member Hi, my name is Debbie, I am a new LPN from upstate New York. That's right at 45 I went back to school and get my LPN. I was a nurses aide for 25 years and never thought that I could make it as a nurse but that was my life-long dream. Well here I am. Not only did I become an LPN but I also gave up smoking at the same time. Between the stress of school and the stress from not smoking (a two pack a day smoker for 30+ yrs) I gain over 60 lbs in that stretch. Not only that But I lost my sist... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 18:27:48 EST Hey from Mo. I work prn (a seasoned nurse, deserving of slowing down)in a physical rehab area of hsp. Sucessful with wt loss past 5 years, breast cancer survivor!! Mom, grandma of teenage girls. I have these last 10 # to lose and am working hard. Looking to encourage and be encouraged. Sunshine melting ice and snow on ground today, Hurrah. Brenda Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:49:14 EST Hi from Canada!!! My name is Alison and I am a 34 year old, married, mother of 2 youngsters. I am a Public Health Nurse working in the Healthy Babies/Healthy Children program. I also teach prenatal classes as part of my job and deal with postpartum moms. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:44:52 EST yeah!!! I am new to the team I am happy to see all of the health care professionals practicing what we preach to our clients. I will be pretty active on this site because I LOVE IT!!! <BR> I live in Milwaukee WI and am a LPN with only one more semester to go to be an RN. I love being a nurse. I will happily take any advice from any of you seasoned nurses. Every body do well and remember treat yourself along the way. Deserve to be victorious!! <BR> Iris Sun, 11 Jan 2009 20:09:40 EST Start the New Year Right - <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> January 1st- Look around Spark People and get back on Track-done <BR> January 2nd-Do at least 10 minutes of some sort of Exercise-done <BR> January 3rd- Drink at least 8 cups of Water-drank10 <BR> January 4th- Update or Create your Spark Page-Updated <BR> January 5th- Give a Spark Goodie to a member of the team done <BR> January 6th- Eat at least 5 Fruits and Veggies todaydone <BR> January 7th- Huddle on the Teams Page Huddled <BR> Jan 8th Welcome a new member Done... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:57:20 EST Challenge till the new year!! What say, we as a team try to keep each other on track. I know I've not done well lately. It seems as though I'm letting to much get in the way. So my challenge is--make an effort to keep up my fitness and post it daily--(not play catch up for 2 or 3 days) start tracking my nutrition daily--again!! and post at least one encouraging message--or send a goodie for a fellow team member each day. Who's with me--can we keep it up until Jan 1 2009???? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 21:37:33 EST Hi from Texas Hi I was on spark before. Got side traked on the weight lose. I have wanted to get back on. I am working on having a baby. I have been married for 2 1/2 years and am ready to be a mom. I am a MA in the Austin area. I work for Scott & White Hospital. I am in school working on becoming a RN. <BR> <BR> My main goals on this site are to exercise more and to eat better. Working at the hosptal I find myself eating more fast food then I should. My husband is not the best help so I am hoping to fin... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:34:56 EST Hi from Tennessee Im Mary. New to the team. I am a Medical Assistant. Love the my career (most of the time)!! Love being on SP! Sat, 4 Oct 2008 16:30:14 EST Hello From PA Hi Fellow Nurses! I am La'Na...I am a 55 year old nurse! I work in a woman's prison..Glad to join you here! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 22:05:42 EST What do you eat for lunch? I have had a horrible time with food at work. I continually snack all day. I have become very structured in the past couple of months about what I eat and when, but I found that in order to eat a healthy lunch I need to go home. If I go to the cafeteria I am too tempted by fries and burgers (that's really all we have). I was just wondering what other nurses do and if anyone else has the same problem. Also we get a lot of food and candy from family members which can be difficult at times. Sat, 23 Aug 2008 18:22:00 EST welcome allie welcome to the msg board. my schedule is kinda crazy too, but so far I've found that sticking to the nutrition goals is best. stay within your goal range no matter what shift you're on. Keep me informed on your progress. This site is great. I've never been this encouraged to keep up the pace Mon, 28 Jul 2008 21:14:00 EST hi hi my name is allie.i am an LPN i work all 3 shifts so my schedule is really bad.I need to loose about 80 pounds.Any suggestions??? Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:18:58 EST HELLO Hi, I'm Suzie and have been an ER nurse for seven years. Very fast paced and not conducive to healthy eating. I'm looking forward to developing a healthy lifestyle. <BR> Suzie, RN <BR> Pauls Valle, OK Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:31:43 EST Hello Hello. I have been a nurse for almost 11 years (wow how time flies!!!!) i have lots of clinical, coronary care, OB and ER. My new job...Occupational Health Nursing. That's right, I am a health and wellness nurse!!! Time to practice what I preach. I feel like I am white knucling my weight loss! I am hoping to stay motivated here and finally lead by example! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you! <em>188</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 17:29:39 EST A challenge for March Hello nurses! <BR> What do you all think of during a challenge for <BR> March? <BR> <BR> Challenge <BR> 8 glasses of H2O daily <BR> exercise (any type) 3 times a week for @ least 30 minutes <BR> and logging intake @ least 3 days per week. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested. Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:46:31 EST What exercise is working for you? I am doing water aerobics 3x/wk and wieghts for my upper body 2x/wk. <BR> <em>34</em> <em>138</em> <em>185</em> <em>260</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Let's get excited about EXERCISE! <BR> <BR> Donna Tue, 26 Feb 2008 11:20:11 EST hello I am new to the team. On my way to a smaller me. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 00:50:40 EST New again Hi, <BR> Gonna try this again. About a year ago I found this site and with support of a very special friend in school, I was able to loose 36 pounds. Now that I have graduated and am working 12 hour night shifts at a busy hospital. I have managed to gain 18 of it back. So, gonna dust myself off, recreate some of the good habits, I learned here and start all over again .I live in WV but work in VA, so in addition to a 12 hour shift, I have a little over 3 hours of driving round trip. convenie... Tue, 5 Feb 2008 20:36:53 EST