Yesterday while working, one of my coworkers got to talking about needing to lose some weight. I mentioned that I’ve taken off 20 pounds since starting this job the first week of May. She jokingly said “be quiet I don’t want to talk to you” before asking me, “What are you doing? How did you do it?”. I told her, I was pretty sedentary prior to working as a nurse aide, most of my jobs were sitting at a desk or rocking babies in my home daycare.
My job is way more physical than I had imagined it would be. To be honest, when I first started it I was SO tired at the end of the day I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep up. But I needed steady income so I pushed myself, tried to get enough sleep, and started drinking more water. I dehydrate really easy and working a job where you sweat buckets full means you need water. I slack off and pay for it, like I did Thursday night into Friday morning when I was up hurling my guts up. All food I had consumed from dinner on came back. My body could not handle digesting food because my hydration was so depleted. I ended up calling off work, something I hate doing because working short there is even more hell physically.
Plenty of sleep, though still not enough, helps. Drinking lots of water helps. And we move there, a lot. I log on average 18,000 steps (on every single tracker I’ve tried so I know that is pretty accurate). In addition we are rolling bodies to dress them, back and forth. Lots of bending to put on wheel chair peddles and remove them. Pushing wheel chairs with residents who cannot do it themselves, or Broda chairs that weigh 75-100 pounds before you put the resident in them. Squatting over and over to hook up the leg straps on stand-up lifts, pushing and lifting laundry bags to the laundry shoots, and so much more. Going from sitting behind a desk to this much physical activity, it was a given the weight was coming off. And of course as the weight has come off, my body getting in better shape, physically I’m able to do more than before.
I haven’t been to the gym in a while because with this job I haven’t felt the need to go. But I am going to return on my off days and some evenings after work, because I need to work on my upper body strength more and hey, why stop now when things are progressing along so well?
And in addition to the physical, I’m watching what I eat. Lots of fresh, raw veggies, smaller meal portions, drinking my Spark Energy drink twice a day, and this no doubt helps. I eat 5 or 6 times in a day just to keep up with the need I have for food supplied energy.
Today I got out another pair of jeans I haven’t worn in years, a size 10. I slid right into them. A few months back I couldn’t pull them up my thighs. More motivation to keep doing exactly what I’m doing, because it is working!