As Nurses, or anyone in the medical profession, you want to lead by example, at least that’s what I want to do. Being overweight, smoking, or taking part in anything that is reckless to my health is bad for me as well as the patients I care for. This is what I always think to myself as a part of my mantra to getting healthy. I do not smoke, but my weight is not where I want it to be and my eating habits are not great either. Putting change off will only lead to a bad outcome so I will not call this a diet, but a lifestyle change. This change will include these things:
- Exercising at least 3x a week
- Eating 5x a day including snacks
- Speaking daily positive affirmations into my life
I have to practice what I preach to my clients and adding these lifestyle changes will help with that. How do I sound telling a diabetic client they should cut down on sweets and carbs to improve their insulin levels when I need to do the same? It doesn’t matter that I don’t have diabetes but I could become a Type 2 because of the excess weight. Being a hypocrite is the last thing I want to be seen as or called. Our families, clients and friends trust us with the knowledge we have on health issues. I believe we should be a part of those voices that are trying to drive our country into the healthy kind of eating and living.
I am going to merge my journey into this blog as a way to be accountable to myself and others. I know the right things to do, I just have to do them with consistency. Preparation and meal planning will definitely be key things for me and help me to be successful and these will be the first things I tackle. I know this will not be easy, but nothing beats a failure but a try.