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I Give Up!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bouncing back and forth from days off to 12-hour shifts, trying to eat accordingly, whether I have time and internet access to track or not and I just plain give up!

How on earth do you count a 12-hr shift that includes down time, but for the whole time, I'm wearing workboots that must weigh at least five pounds, coveralls, hard hat, ear muffs, sometimes a body harness, yesterday even included (was that yesterday or today?!) wearing a retractable tether, which has to weigh another five pounds or so, sometimes wearing a face shield and "spoggles", trucking around my tool box that nearly weighs more than I do - and that's without even lifting a finger to do any work!

Today, my day was a little better than the last few and very much like climbing monkey bars for most of the day; in and out of the pit, using I-beams and whatever else I can grab on to to pull myself up or lower myself down and a few ladders, even. I must walk a million miles! My heart can barely keep up! LOL

For the most part, I've been trying to count my activities as "farm labour, general". I'm not sure how accurate it is, but at least it helps give some idea and counts up my cardio points. :)

I LOVE my work! I may have some time off, which is good; I need some recovery time and also to get caught up with life. I just need to carefully balance diet between work days and non-work days. It will take some practice, but I'm sure I'll get it right, eventually! :D I'm only giving up on how to accurately count my Calories, not on staying healthy! :D
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DONNAKOVAC 4/25/2013 6:04AM

    Thanks for all the fantastic replies! I did get a day off, yesterday, then laid off today. Yesterday, I had a business meeting that required about 5 hrs of riding in the car, dear hubby drove. I had a nice, restful day so today, I've already jumped into action and reorganized some of my office, which is half of the living room, over run with boxes full of Bibles! The boxes are very heavy and I've already moved ten and emptied two! It took about half an hour and was labour intensive enough that I would also class it as farm work or heavy cleaning. It's only 6 am, too! :D

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PLAYFULLKITTY 4/25/2013 4:22AM

    It can definitely be hard to keep up with tracking everything when you have such a high demanding job...whether you love it or not...lol. And you definitely get your work out in!! Tracking the food though is the most important right now...just to keep in mind what you are putting in your mouth. Hopefully you will get a day off soon though so you can really get some rest and relaxation :)

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AUNTB63 4/24/2013 7:20PM

    I got scared when I read your title to this blog....but after reading it I can see your dilemma and relieved that you haven't given up on staying healthy. Working the kind of hours you do ( I lived with someone who worked those kind of hours for about a year) I say do the best you can and keep eating healthy.....Stay well, my friend and blog when you can......remember to take some down time for yourself. emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/24/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon You are really getting a Workout every day!! The most important thing is to make sure you are Fueling yourself. Sounds like you are Lifting Heavy Weights, so don't skimp on the Protein!

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AMYTRIPP 4/24/2013 9:08AM

    *nods* It sounds like however you track it, you're probably burning more calories than the tracker will count.

I'm so happy to hear you love your job! That's awesome!

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MISSCUS 4/24/2013 3:06AM

    I used to average 30 miles in a 12 hour nursing shift, nightshift too!! Your job is very demanding of you. I hope you hold on, and eat good and healthy. I would just eat healthy and carry healthy snacks with me to work for those "times" when you need the extra energy!!
I agree with the others too.
Keep pushing, you will get there!!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/23/2013 10:57PM

    I agree with LooseOnTheBruce. Don't try to track it, just eat healthy.

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LOOSEONTHEBRUCE 4/23/2013 10:21PM

    sounds to me like your job is a workout! I wouldn't bother to keep track of calorie so much as eating healthier and making wiser choices. doing what u do for a living sounds like if you eat properly, you're going to lose.

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