Hi Julie - I wonder if perhaps each time you try a healthy lifestyle, you change loads of things all at one time. It would certainly account for what happens to you - it is a very common consequence.
Try starting off with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with and allowing your mind/body to get used to the changes. If you drink soda, reduce it and replace it with some water. If you don't get any exercise, start off with a 10-15 minute walk. Because you work 3rd shift, it would be best if the walk is outside in the fresh air.
You may not have a lot of time, but I am sure that you do get SOME down time. Take advantage of that and bulk cook some meals. Containerize them in single serves and freeze them for when you are busy or very tired. This has the added benefit of saving time and money - you can take good advantage of the specials, and only use one lot of gas/power with the cooking/cleaning. I do this all the time, and it really DOES work.
You CAN do this, but you need to have faith in your ability to do it. By starting off with baby steps you will find that the first couple weeks become a month, and then a second month, and then a third, etc. etc. You CAN celebrate reaching your goals along with many others of us who have reached it AND maintained. In my case I have been maintaining for over 2 years after having been overweight for about 30 years. I STILL weigh all of my food and enter it into the tracker, because that is what gives us the power to make informed changes, and also to stay on track!
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