Saturday, December 11, 2010
Recently, I retired from my job as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). While working as an SLP, I was a day person who usually rose at 4:30, exercised for and hour, went to the office by 7:00, drove to various schools all day and got home by 6:00. This schedule allowed me to have breakfast at 6 AM, lunch around noon, and supper around 6:30.
Now, I am working as a voice over actor recording audio books, auditions, demos and podcasts in my home studio. I have to do the recording when it is quiet in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the quiet time is between 2 AM and 7 AM. So, I've become a night person. I rise between 1:30 and 2:30 and try to get as much recording done as I can before neighbors start slamming car doors, mowing lawns (or now clearing snow), running their cars and making the noises of life. By the time 4:30 or 5:30 PM rolls around I am so tired that I must nap or sometimes just go to bed. Then the cycle starts all over again. My cats think it's great because they are nocturnal creatures anyway. But, I don't think it's such a great thing.
These new hours have made it very difficult to stick to my diet. My neighbor, who is a nurse, likens it to working a shift. I need to talk with her and others who keep such hours as this to find out how to cope in a dietary fashion. Anyone out there who might have some advice would be most welcome to advise me!