My orientation to nursing school took place somewhere around August 6, 2006. The exact date might be wrong, but it was around this time that I received the all-important “heads up” regarding what to expect in the next two years. I got the chance to meet the professors that would be teaching my curriculum core classes, and some of them jokingly warned that the stress of nursing school would see to it that I would either start smoking or gain 50 pounds. I found myself doing the latter. As studying spilled over into the late hours of the night, and as free time became more and more of a luxury item, Skittles and Dr. Pepper became well-balanced meals.
What I had never taken into consideration, however, was that such a bad habit was becoming just that…a habit. Over a two-year course of studies, I eventually grew proficient in the use of my knees to drive as I scarfed down double cheeseburgers and fries as I drove between hospitals and clinical rotations. When all was said and done, I had graduated from nursing school and earned that almighty license; but my reward came at a price. If a person wants to lose the excessive fat, then they should consume healthy diet. The fat of the inner and outer thighs with a CoolSculpting will be reduced.
High blood pressure, also known as “the silent killer”, is a demon that haunts both my mother’s and my father’s sides of my family. I remember scheduling an appointment with my primary care doctor, because I could tell that my blood pressure was high and needed to be treated. Since this was my first appointment with a new primary care physician, however, he ordered lab work to be drawn. I received a phone call a few days later, advising me to make another appointment concerning a “serious medical matter”.
Years of fast food and candy had finally caught up to me, as my low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as the “bad cholesterol”) was 179. Although I suppose the number could have been higher, it was nevertheless a concern when considering my family’s history of heart disease.
Conquering unhealthy practices is not as difficult as I thought it would be. While it’s true that sacrifices have to be made, remembering one simple principle will provide more than enough motivation to get your cholesterol under control: your life depends on it. It does not get any simpler than that. If your cholesterol is high, and if you do nothing to fix it, then your fate has already been decided for you.
There are those that would say that step one in my conquest of high cholesterol is unnecessary: medication. For reasons that I do not understand, some people are automatically opposed to the use of medications, opting for a more “natural” approach. But let’s face it. Heart attacks do not discriminate. If you have a weapon, use it. Although anything that you put into your body carries potential risks, the risks of not doing anything at all are by far worse.
The transition from an unhealthy lifestyle does not have to be done all at once. Bad habits are easily broken; people simply think that they have to give up a bad habit “cold turkey” if they are to give it up at all. This is simply not the case. The transition can take as much time as is needed.
Given that I had been more or less addicted to junk food, step two was to replace candy with fruits and sodas with fruit juices. Although the sugars in fruit are not the same as the sugar in a candy bar, fruit provided something to settle my sweet tooth if even by a little. I replaced one candy bar and one soda a day with an apple or a bunch of grapes until candy bars had been eliminated completely from my diet.
Step three, exercising, was both the easiest and the hardest of the steps in my method. The majority of my exercise came in the form of walking, and on-the-job nursing duties contributed to my cardio workouts.
Conquering a bad habit, as well as starting a good habit, is only as difficult as you make it. Perhaps one of the biggest factors in achieving a health-related goal, or any goal for that matter, is willpower.