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Saturday, June 14, 2014

I don't know why, but sometimes just the slightest change in my routine can throw me totally off my game.

I have been working since I turned 16 and I have done shift work, first in fast-food, then as a Nursing Assistant, for most of that time. I did mostly Evening (swing) and Night (graveyard) shifts, with the occasional day shift. When I switched to Unit Secretary in Late 2011, I worked strictly days. It was an adjustment, but I worked it out and settled in. This past April, I left the Unit I worked on for the last 19 years for a position in a new Facility. I am still working for the same company, but we have a new, campus that is half the distance from my home. I am in the Emergency Room, and they have a secretary 24 hours, so I am back to shift work. I was hired for Evening Shift and I can work either an eight hour shift (3pm to 11:30pm) or a 12 hour shift (11am to 11:30pm or 3pm to 3:30am). The eight hour shift isn't too bad, but the 12's are taking some getting used to. This past Sunday I covered a 12 hour night shift, and it was an eye opener. First of all, I was not able to eat all my food or drink enough water, because we were so busy. I got home after, and tried to sleep, but it was so hot, I only got about 3 hours. We went shopping when mom got home, and then I just crashed. I got called in early on Tuesday, to cover for a co-worker who was sick. Instead of starting at 3pm, I punched in just after 9am. I was going to do strength before work. I got off at 7:30, but I din't get home until 9. Dinner and bed after. I have just felt like I have been chasing sleep the whole week. I have done some cardio every day, just havent gotten any strength. And as far as tracking food went, It didn't. I don't think I got enough water, either. I have my fingers crossed that the damage won't be too bad when I weigh in tomorrow.

Well, today has been a day off and I finally feel rested. I need to get off my okole (butt) and do some exercise. I can't let it be about how I didn't succeed last week, but how I will do better this week.

Have a great week all !

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ONEDERLAND199 6/15/2014 9:20AM

  I admire your strength and determination. Enjoy your day off.. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/15/2014 8:48AM

    Changing around your sleeping schedule is TOUGH. Give yourself some time both to make the adjustment and figure out how your nutrition/exercise fits into the new routine!

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LIVEDAILY 6/14/2014 11:34PM

    I wouldn't call that a "slight shift"! You worked strictly days for 19 years, and now you're back doing shift work, and the shifts alternate between partial days to all night. That's a tremendous change that you've found out this week is going to take some getting used to! Give yourself time to adjust to that. Buy a new fan for your bedroom so you can sleep better (do you not have ac?). Bring a jug of water to work, and keep it handy so you can sip from it. I'm glad you rested today! Hope next week is a little easier on you!

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