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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (34,628)
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10/13/13 5:04 P

Just a word of caution: Be very careful about night shift snacking. I had a horrid job where I rotated 12 hour days and nights, often in the same week. I found that I did a lot of snacking on night shift as I was so tired I ate to stay awake. I put on 25#s that I attribute to the shift work.
Track whatever way works, just be careful.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,804)
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10/13/13 3:39 P

My day starts when I wake up and ends when I go to bed.

For example -

When I have "snack" at 3am Wednesday morning, that is still on Tuesday's tracker because to me it isn't officially Wednesday yet.

I hope this helps

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,066)
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10/13/13 3:44 A

You know what that say .......... "Practice makes perfect" :-)

Kris

MACKIEFISMOM SparkPoints: (40,171)
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10/13/13 1:59 A

Thanks everyone!! It's strange to be awake at night, but I hope I'm getting the hang of it. I'm trying to track from when I get up in the afternoon, about 2pm to 3am. (It's my personal cut off hour.) When I'm not at work I can get into trouble snacking all night at home, so I stop eating after 3am and usually hit the hay by 4 or 5. I know it's not as hard as it seems, so with time I hope it will make more sense and be easier.

Thanks again!!

SELENITYLUNARE SparkPoints: (16,509)
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10/12/13 12:22 A

What I do is I count everything from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep as one day. The only time I have trouble with determining tracking is if I stay up to flip back to dayshift mode. Then, I just start counting the next day as whenever I get out of my car at the house.

I can be difficult to track when flipping back and forth but I definitely do not do the midnight to midnight because there is absolutely no telling when I will get a lunch on my nights. Sometimes I get it at 10, sometimes at midnight, sometimes at 3am!

But honestly, choose one of the ways mentioned and stick to it. You may want to create your own tracking plan, though. I say try them out and see how it works with your schedule.


Good luck!

EDEILAYNE SparkPoints: (2,276)
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10/11/13 4:58 P

Indeed. Make tracking as easy as possible. Just track it like you if you lived a day shift life.

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10/11/13 11:42 A

Track it whichever way is easiest and makes the most sense for you. When I worked the overnight shift I found it to be simpler if I considered the day as starting when I woke up and ending when I went to bed. If I woke up at 6pm on Sunday that's when Sunday would start and if I went to bed at 10am on Monday that's when Sunday would be end.

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10/11/13 5:07 A

I work night shift and I use my personal "sun up" rule. I count everything from sun up to sun up, as opposed to midnight to midnight. Midnight to midnight wouldn't work for me, personally, because I don't always eat at the same time in my shift, so it might fall more before or after midnight on certain nights. I count everything from the time I get up in the afternoon basically until I get off in the morning. Once I'm off and the sun is up for another day, that's when I reset and start counting it on that next day. For instance, say I work Monday night. I'll count all day Monday and that whole night shift on my Monday tracker. Once I leave work, if I eat anything else before going to bed, I'll put it up as Tuesday's breakfast. Then, I continue on Tuesday's dinner when I get up that evening. I made a third meal section in my tracker to count meals during work. On days where I'm up all day and work that night, it requires being a little more careful because you're trying to pack 24 hours worth of wake time into your calorie range, but knowing that, I can make it work for me. With that being said, I also get a little wiggle room on days I'm not going back to work where I've slept during the day and will sleep again at night. I get the afternoon and evening (a short time) to eat all of my calories if I want. You'll figure sometimes out that works for you, but it may take a little experimenting. Good luck!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,066)
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10/11/13 4:15 A

I always choose to track midnight to midnight regardless of what I am doing. Whatever you choose, consistency is the key - stick to the same time-frame. It doesn't matter if you put breakfast in the dinner section, etc. Just so long as you record your food and eat all your meals.

Good luck, - with the tracking AND the night shift :-)
Kris

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10/11/13 12:52 A

Hey All,

I'm new to night shift and though my body is adjusting I'm not sure how to best track my food intake. Start my 24 hour "day" when I get up until I go to bed? Track as normal, but break my daytime into before and after midnight? Confusing!! I know as long as it all gets tracked it doesn't really matter, but I'm struggling. Any ideas to make things easier? Strategies??

Thanks,
Rachel

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