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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 for my lunches at work. I don't take a full 30 minutes for lunch but I do at least try to sit down and eat. I gained about 20 pounds between June and December last year. I wasn't eating poorly, I had been bringing my lunch, I counted my calories, there's really no explanation for the weight gain other than stress. My unit had been moved and I was frequently being left as the only nurse for 5 patients. If someone coded, I had only a CNA and a HUC to help me, which was very unsafe. And I guess the stress of "what if" probably cause majority of the weight gain. I haven't been able to lose any of that weight, but instead have gained another 10 pounds. I've been bringing my lunch, staying away from sweets other than what I've made and put into my calorie tracker. I think a lot of it is because I probably don't drink enough water during my shift. I find that Joint Commission's regulation for no food or drinks at the nurse's station very limiting as it discourages us having water on hand instead of having to walk all the way to the breakroom while performing patient care.

~Celina RN, BSN~

 current weight: 221.0 
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