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5/10/08 8:28 A

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Hey everyone i'm glad i'm not the only one who finds it hard to stay on the wagon when i'm nightshift. My first week on sparkpeople i stuck to my calories and went to the gym 4 days in the week i lost 6lbs just my first week. This week i've been back at work full time nightshift and haven't lost any weight, i'm feeling really down about it but having read some of your comments i am re-inspired and hope this week will be better i'm going to the gym in the morning as soon as i get home. If others can I can (i hope) lol

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12/31/07 3:38 A

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congrats nursewoman on your rn, thats great.
It is hard to go to the gym after work, yet if your like me you don't feel like it when you get up either, i tend to sleep so much better after a workout and a shower ,
I am going to try to take fruits and veggies to work so that i will have energy yet nothing to heavy.
the nights i work i tend to fall of the wagon .
good luck and keep moving emoticon

 
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12/26/07 10:01 P

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First congratulations to Nursewoman on getting her RN. Thank you all for your suggestions. I hope I am able to get myself on a schedule. You have all made it seem possible. One thing though... if any of you have gone to the gym right after night shift do you feel like you get a good workout? I have tried this a few times, and feel like I'm so tired from the night that I'm just going through the motions. I find it hard to push myself after work. Any more suggestions would be great!!

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12/16/07 11:26 A

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yes congraqtulations are in order.........for your rn......... may/08,best wishes and good luck with the exams.........lita


“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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12/16/07 9:43 A

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Absolutely go to lecture then the gym before you go home, have a nice shower, and get into bed. Congratulations on your upcoming RN!

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12/15/07 8:46 P

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I became an LPN last summer (2007) and will graduate the RN program in May 2008. I just took a part time job on night shift which I've never done before, I've always worked 3-11 shift, so I'm sure I'm in for a challenge. I love what someone wrote about leaving work and going to the gym before going home, but I will be going to lecture before going home...maybe I can do the gym after lecture. I'll adjust whatever it takes, but any suggestions would be welcome.

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12/14/07 10:19 A

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I could never sleep during the day and avoided nights as much as possible!

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12/13/07 10:28 A

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I always packed several pieces of fresh fruit so I could stay away from the chocolate and coffee!

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12/11/07 11:33 P

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many great suggestions here,i have used most..........with good results and occasionaly still had problems with sleep also.........on those days i would take gravol to get me to sleep.........hope this helps............lita


“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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12/11/07 5:40 P

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I used to work nights for a good number of years, and i found it was easier if I thought of my day and night in reverse....my dinner was actually my breakfast, lunch, snacks and what so on, I would make sure to get enough sleep, not so much "when" but " how much and quality of", some days my neighbors were no help! Especially the ones with babies that cry a lott, dogs, cars, talking and stufff like this doesn't bother me, a crying baby for some reason just...I don't know, maybe it's the maternal instinct, but it will keep me from sleeping.

My shift ended at 8 AM, so I would go to the gym after work, work out for an hour, go home shower or take a warm bath and then go to sleep. I was not over weight and i seemed to be better ajusted, however, I didn't have a husband or children so i could pretty much arrange things to my needs. But something like this might help you, program your day as if it was "daytime". Hope this helps.

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Celebrate life.
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12/11/07 4:41 P

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First of all, do you have to work nights? It's a very unhealthy lifestyle. If yodo, I think the 1st response was good. I ate all the time when I had to work nights. Ate just to stay awake, which I did all the time. I was a very poor sleeper. Good luck.

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12/11/07 3:46 P

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I work 12 hour nights but have for the better part of 15 years. I too have problems with eating at night. What I now do is maybe eat something light at dinner time & count this as my breakfast. We usually order out at work and I get a "normal" meal which I consider as my dinner. I eat that about 2-3 in the morning. I then carry a piece of fruit as a snack either before getting off or for on the way home. I also don't have a problem sleeping & can usually sleep until 4pm. I did go to my doctor & get a rx for Ambien because sometimes I do have problems sleeping or to get switched to a normal day schedule on days off.

 
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12/11/07 10:12 A

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Hi. I'm a nurse that works 12 hour night shift. My problem is that I have a hard time sleeping during the day. I usually sleep four hours of so. If I wake up at 1pm I start eating normally, but find that I end up eating all night long because I am up for so many hours. How do you guys keep on an eating schedule when working night shift? I feel like my body is always all out of whack. And let's not even talk about the amount of coffee I consume in a day. Any thoughts?

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