Drugs, or Run Like You’re Being Mugged

A few days ago I met a fellow nurse who was walking/running in a neighboring park.  I was encouraged by her tenacity to run/walk 6 miles that evening then head on into work.  She has taken up the challenge of getting herself back into shape as she is aware of the health risks that comes with being a nurse.   Partly due to the work being very demanding, working long hours of shift-work, ever expanding role, working under stress and not making time for their own health, nurses or any healthcare professional can set themselves up to be overweight/obese and unhealthy .  It’s no wonder our waistline keep blowing up and many of us are taking some of the same drugs our clients are taking, “One for you, and two for me.”

A good nurse on her days off could feel tired, drained, and wasted, and may desire to spend her/his time spaced out in front of the TV just… breathing.  On off days she/he may engage in unhealthy habits for the shear lack of a four letter word.  REST!  So, instead of slaving away in the kitchen an some organically healthy meal, fast food or the processed boxed meal with all it’s quick tricks and appeal may win the deal.  Instead of lacing those shoes and hitting the road to burn off the awful fast food, it becomes easier to hit the couch,  tilt the rump, and becoming more plump.

People, life isn’t so easy for a good nurse! I know you are now reading this blog kinda crossed-eyed, and yes you probably have a right to exclaim that health professionals should be the ones to “lead by deed,” but the profession can make you big and sick!  So give us a break while we get our business straight.  Please.

Many nurses and healthcare professionals desiring to set a good example sometimes find themselves resorting to short-cuts such as fads and diets that can make one sick and mad.  Some people may use powerful prescription weight-loss drugs like phentermine (appetite suppressor),  Xenical (fat absorption inhibitor also known over the counter as Alli) and the newest drugs on the scene like  Belviq and Qsymia.

This might sound like a disco rayado (spanish for scratched record), but some people do what they have to do.  I’m just saying, there are better ways to do certain things.   But first, I have to remind you always seek the advise of a doctor before engaging in any activity that can alter your life in any way, shape, or form.  My opinion is not worth a heap of rotten beans, but I can tell you that according to what I was taught in the decent schools I’ve attended, and what recent authorities suggest, modest lifestyle changes could put you on a road to real health and these do not come with potentially dangerous side effects that one could experience from taking powerful weight loss:

  • increased blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • restlessness
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath                                       VS
  • chest pain
  • swelling of the legs and ankles
  • difficulty doing exercise that you have been able to do

OYE!  Let’s get ourselves healthy by running a better course.  A  healthier long-term solution will entail changing the way we eat, sleep, move, and think.  Take it from this experienced critical care Running Nurse, there are many people inflicted by chronic diseases such as heart diseases, high cholesterol, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and the likes, wishing they had taken a simpler and healthier path through lifestyle changes.  Today the offer still stand, would you choose a lifetime of taking drugs or just run like you’re being mugged?  Well, I’ve taken up running.  I will run as far from lifestyle disease as I can and hope to leave them in my dust, so look out for me!