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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Have You Decided It's Time For The Weight To Come Off?

Did you retain a lot of extra pounds after you had your baby? Or, it might be that you have been overweight for most of your life. No matter the reason that you have decided that it's time for the extra weight to be a thing of your past, maybe you have a plan in place already. If that's the case, you are to be applauded. Losing weight is not necessarily the easily thing to do, is it? If you don't have a plan already, from studying in order to create your own nutrition program to being faithful in your exercise regimen, here are some ideas that might help you.

Create Your Own Nutrition Program - You've more than likely seen advertisements of food packages you can buy that will help you to lose weight. While those might be very effective, they may also be too expensive for your bank account to handle. With that in mind, consider studying to create your own nutrition program.

As you do your research, don't just focus on calories. Instead, find out about what foods will be the most nutritious. For example, if you see how many calories a single avocado has, you might not consider adding that food to your diet. When you study a little bit further, you'll find that avocados might be one of the very best foods you can eat. 

You can study in order to make substitutions, too. For example, you might adore spaghetti, but it might not be great for your new diet. Instead, consider buying spaghetti squash and putting your favorite sauce on it. Just check on the calories the sauce has. Another idea for substitutes is to use stevia instead of sugar. Use other seasonings instead of high-calorie butter, too. For example, a baked potato might taste really delicious when you sprinkle lemon-garlic salt on it instead of butter. 

Think of keeping a food journal. That will help you to see where your trouble areas are.

Choose An Exercise Regimen - Do you know from past experience that you won't stick to an exercise program when you do it by yourself? If that's the case, think of joining a gym and working with a personal trainer. Or, join a dance class. For example, if you tap danced when you were young, there's no reason that you can't take that up again.

Even seemingly little things can make a big difference. For instance, park your car far away from your destination so that you'll have to walk. Take stairs instead of elevators, too.