Nursing that so-called diet of yours

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The thing I love about being a nurse is our can-do problem solving attitude. Whenever a problem presents itself on the job we find a way around it, over it or through it. No matter how big or how small the problem, we always find a way to meet the needs of our patients.

We selflessly sacrifice our time, our energy and our effort for the good of our patients day in and day out.

I wonder why we nurses can’t find that same kind of attitude when it comes to improving our own health?

I see and hear so many nurses say:

“I’m on a new diet”

“I’ll start my new diet tomorrow”

“I guess I’ll be starting my diet over again tomorrow”

” Next year is my year”

These quips always come right before or after we cave in and have that sweet tasting treat of some sort (and the holidays are full of them). We have such a hard-@ss attitude about doing our job and advocating for our patients but then when it comes to standing our ground about our food choices we get lax.

I wish I had the answer, since we tend to take care of ourselves last. We put our job, our patients, and our family before us. But if we continue to let our health decline – there won’t be any ‘us’ around long enough to keep making a difference!

We’re given the tremendous responsibility to educate and inform our patients on healthy life choices through proactive health maintenance, yet we fail to follow our own words.

Throw those darn diets out the door! Start advocating for yourself and your health! We all KNOW the benefits of improved health, I think it’s time we started practicing what we preach.

Ultimately the weight loss battle is fought and won with the proper mind set and attitude. Anyone have any good tips on how your fellow nurse can adapt their own can-do kick-@ss ‘take no prisoners’ attitude about their health?

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