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5/6/14 8:51 A

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I'm so happy I found this group. I have been a night nurse for 27 years and have developed a lot of bad habits over the years that aided my weight gain quite well. Now, I am slowly developing new habits and new coping mechanisms. I would often stop and get breakfast on the way home because I either felt I deserved it or that I was starving and would just die if I didn't eat. Now, I save some fruit from my lunch to eat on the way home. I'm still working on getting adequate sleep, I do a lot of eating when I am tired.

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4/13/14 11:10 A

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Hi there,
I am so happy to find this group! I am really starting to get a handle on things and have some really healthy routines in place and then I start on my night shift rotation! Sleeping in the daytime and feeling tired all the time really takes a toll on my body...not to mention all the late night snacking...or early morning snacking, however you look at it. I am so happy to find a group of people who know what it is like.
Lisa

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4/2/14 7:17 P

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HI. and Welcome. It's nice to have a team where we all deal with the same thing- nights and weight gain :-).
Hopefully we can share how it's going and keep each other motivated and happy!!


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4/2/14 12:35 P

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Hi everyone! I am of course a night shifter who needs and wants to get some weight off. I think one of my biggest struggles right now it balancing sleep, family, life in general. I have a horrible habits that I have picked up and all the excuses to keep them up!

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11/15/13 12:10 A

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Hi, THINNER!. You're the first person to respond to me from this team. I was starting to think I was the only one here.

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11/14/13 7:56 A

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Hello,
Im a part time night shift nurse too and I take synthroid too!

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11/8/13 12:24 A

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Hi, y'all! I'm an RN working full-time 7p-7a in an ever-expanding hospital. Background is ER/Trauma, LTAC management, and IV Therapy. Trauma is my first and truest love in nursing.

I just found this team, and I'm so glad I did! It's nice to team up with other ppl who understand and appreciate the special challenges you face with your health and fitness when you live your life after dark. Those who have never worked graveyards can't fully understand just how different it is for us--when your body itself is in a different rhythm from most everyone else.

Glad you're all here, glad I'm here, and I look forward to taking back my life, my health, and my body--all with the help and support of my fellow spark people and a little synthroid. ;-)

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11/4/13 8:23 A

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Hi I'm a part time 12 hour shift night nurse too. Keep sparking!!

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10/23/13 3:43 A

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Welcome to the team, and welcome back to Spark People!

I used to be a traveler back in the 1990's (oh, yes I feel old now!) I loved it. Never made it out to California though. Are they still paying pretty good?

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9/13/13 9:16 A

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Hi all..Not sure I'm doing this right, as I am computer illiterate. I have been an RN for 32 years, and am just coming back to SparkPeople.. I was a member back in 2007 but faded away as was involved in debilitating car accident. I am now a traveling RN and, although my home is Ky, I am currently in California.. Looking forwards to losing the weight again and meeting new people with same issures..

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9/5/13 4:37 A

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Welcome Sue, Amanda, Cheri and Lynn. It's kinda quiet here -, like all the patients have had an ambien and a percocet emoticon . I've just recently come back to spark people. Want to wake this board up a little!

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8/20/13 11:52 P

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Hi my name is Lynn, I work 12 hour night shifts 7-7. The struggle for me is balancing my family life and sleeping. Like a lot of night shifters I end up changing back and forth my sleep schedule when working and on days off. I sleep at night on days off and then my first day back I end up waking up in the morning and staying up till I get off the next morning. My last night at work I try and stay up when I get home because I'm going to be off that night. I have three little boys ages 9 7 5. My sister stays with me and she watches the boys during the day while I sleep on days I work. My kids and sister try to let me sleep but I always end up waking up every hour or two hearing them talk or being asked a question. I always feel guilty about sleeping because my family is awake and needing me to do things or just spend time with them. I feel sluggish so much. Most of my time at home is spent in pj's and I have a hard time even getting dressed and leaving my house on my first day off. By the time I get rested up it's time to start my next shift. I look forward to seeing how other people incorporate family and work on this shift.

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7/31/13 9:44 A

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I my name is Cheri. I have been a RN for 22 years. The last 12 have been strictly night shift 12 hours on inpatient Rehab...strokes, head injuries, ortho. I think night shift is tough given how we are going against our natural sleeping cycle and when tired or stressed we get tempted to eat stuff we shouldn't. I have been here at spark this time since June and have lost weight and gained it back for many years. I want to find a balance in my life where I can exercise and eat right with having some foods in moderation without beating myself up. Glad to be here.
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7/27/13 6:41 A

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My name is Amanda and I work 7on/7off nightshift in an NICU. I am really hoping that this will be the time I take the weight off for good. I've been struggling with it for so long. I'm tired of always being worried about my weight.

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7/24/13 9:58 P

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Hi. My name is Sue and I work full-time nights.(Five 8 hr nights per week). I am the charge nurse in a ICU at a community hospital in the suburbs of Chicago. I had joined Sparkpeople about 2 years ago and was very active but stopped about 8 months ago and now I am back. I turn 50 this year and would like to be at least near my weight goal and working out regularly. I do good for awhile and then I get side tracked plus I am a stress eater so when I don't sleep well or have a bad night, I get off track. Hoping that checking in here will make me more accountable. I think working nights you have to really make sure that you are eating and sleeping enough and making time for exercise.

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7/6/13 8:21 P

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Sam, Welcome to the group. We look forward to helping on this journey to better health.

Blessings,
Amanda, RN

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6/23/13 12:44 P

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Hi I'm Sam a night shift nurse from Australia primarily working in in-patient psych but also in sub acute medical, sleep studies and then agency work when I have the time. Night nursing has been in my life on and off for over 10 years as most of the time I love it but it has contributed to my weight issues. I've just started on this serious attempt at a weight loss journey

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2/8/13 4:54 P

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Welcome to the group Jen. Don't be afraid to ask others questions, as I know they have great ideas or are working through some of the same questions you are.

Blessings,
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2/7/13 12:36 A

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Hi all!
My name is Jen. I work 12 hour nights at a heart hospital. I LOVE working nights, but I do have trouble getting into the groove of working out and eating right sometimes.. Looking forward to getting to know you all and hearing any tips you all have!

"Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don't then who will?" Marilyn Monroe

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2/1/13 6:55 P

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Welcome to the group Crystal. Working nights and a somewhat sedentary job is hard. I have never worked such a combination, but have worked in positions with each of these characteristics. Feel free to reach out to your team members for suggestions. (FYI-I currently do not work night shift, actually looking to make the change to days, but the group needed a more active leader & I loved working nights & the colleagues I worked with.)

Wishing you only the best.

Blessings,
Amanda, RN

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1/30/13 7:14 A

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Hi...I am Crystal....I have been a RN for almost 2 years....I just started a new job (which I really love)....I haven't worked nights in about 15 years...I want to learn how to balance my work days with off days and keep my healthy lifestyle to transition. I also will have a more sedentary position now....so I really need to add more movement so that I can compensate the new positions differences.

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1/19/13 10:50 P

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Welcome to the group Elizabeth. Each unit and faciliity do have slightly different characteristics. I hope this one is a better fit for you.

FYI-I am also right at the 5 ft mark. Unfortunately, I weigh nearly 2X what I should. The important thing is to work from where ever you are at in building & maintaining a healthy life.

Blessings,
Amanda, RN

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1/19/13 3:52 P

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Hi, I'm Elizabeth, age 27, RN. I just started a new nursing job on one of the busiest Labor and Delivery floors in the country. I am still on orientation, but soon I'll be on nights full-time. I worked nights before, on a telemetry unit. I was pretty miserable, but I think (and hope!) it was more because of the hospital and not just because it was nightshift. I like working at night, but keeping motivation and focus on my off days is SO hard! I am 5'0 and I've done well to stay in a comfortable and healthy weight for me (so I'm small), but delivering babies does require some strength (especially if I don't want to injure my back!). I love seeing this community that understands the challenges and triumphs that come with nursing and with nights, and who can be supportive along the way!

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1/9/13 12:28 A

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Welcome to the group Kaley. I am Amanda your team leader and look forward to getting to know you though the message boards & such. I do encourage you to create a personal page when you get a chance, as this will lead to additional ways for your teammates to cheer you on.

I can appreciate how easy those grab & go type snacks from the vending machine are. Would it be possible to have some cut up fruits or veggies with you at work to nibble on?

I not only look forward to cheering you on in your journey to becoming a nurse. You are already a valuable part of the nursing care that your clients need. We appreciate your wanting to join the greatest professional on earth.

Blessings,
Amanda, RN

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1/8/13 7:34 P

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Hi all, I'm Kaley. I work the night shift 10p to 6a at an assisted living 5 days a week as a resident aide. I'm not a nurse yet but I am going to be applying for the nursing program on February 4th, 2013. **crossing my fingers that I can get in** I joined this group in hopes to learn some pointers on fitness/exercise while doing the night shift since it is such an odd shift to work. I am noticing it is really hard to sit down and eat an actual meal on the night shift rather than just pick up a bag of chips from the vending machine and snack on them while I run around doing my checks or cleaning.

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1/7/13 4:11 A

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Hey I am DeAnna a RN. I have worked night shift since I was 21. I find work to be the place where I have the hardest time with my over eating. So I joined spark for the great nutrition and fitness tracker.

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1/6/13 2:56 P

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Hi, my name is Angie. I am a LPN workibg third shift and also on my BSN I do not at the moment have children but, we are trying to adopt so we have a busy full life at the moment. I know it is going to be completely worth it though. Nice to meet you all.

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12/30/12 1:33 A

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Welcome to the group Lisa. It sounds like you have great goals in life. Stick to them. We are here to encourage you along the way.

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12/28/12 10:29 A

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Hi my name is Lisa. I am an Lpn working 11-7 shift fulltime. I go to school fulltime during the day working on my BSN. I have three children 18,17,and 12. My husband is brain injured and is very much considered my third child. I am often exausted from taking care of everyone but myself. I have let my body go balloning to 371 lbs. I now have hypothyroidism, gerd, lymphedema as well as high cholesterol. It hurts me so much that I cant be physically active with my kids. Especially my youngest who is twelve. When im not physically active it slows him down and he has put on weight also. I know the physical and emotional pain that it caused me as a child. I dont want that for my children.

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11/8/12 11:24 A

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I am a night shift home care nurse..I go to Curves after work...a 30 minute workout and burn 350 to 380 cal a day. I need motivation....to keep on track..and need to find healthy snacks that will fill me up...I find that I eat snacks and a meal during the night...I am 53 and have been a nurse for 33 years..

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11/7/12 5:27 P

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I'm not a nurse but I work with surgical nurses all the time. I'm a certified instrument technician I work in the SPD department I deliver instruments to the OR and I am in constant communications with the night nurses.
In the Fall of 2013 I will be entering the nursing program to train as a RN.
One of my fears is to NOT get too huge do to the lack of sleep and poor eating habits while working nights. One other fear is lack of sleep..sometimes to compensate 'night sludge' is to eat carbs..or crap. I'm just happy that the hospital that I'm working at doesn't have a late night cafe..unlike my last job. That is a blessing. I am new to sparkpeople and I hope to get the encouragement and the inspiration that will send a spark into my soul. Good luck to all of you.

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11/2/12 4:25 A

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Hi there, I am Amanda. I am a LPN, working overnights 3 nights a week. I have 5 children, so when I get off work, I head home to be sure my oldest 3 (14, 13 and 11) get off to school in time and then am home with my youngest two, 3 1/2 year old twins. So, I really struggle with getting any sleep on those days after working, meaning I struggle with staying on track with eating and getting to the gym. I'm hoping to find some helpful tips and information in this group! I really am in some serious need of help!! Oh, and to top off my already full plate, I will be begining to take 2 online courses this month, getting ready to work on my associates degree once my twins start kindergarten....a glutten for punishment! emoticon

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9/20/12 3:49 A

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Hello team. I'm RE-introducing myself since it's been a very long time since I've been a regular visitor to the site. I've finished my RN year but have yet to gather the funds to take my NCLEX. I put my fitness goals on hold while I was back in school. Unhealthy eating and a total lack of regular exercise have left me feeling terrible about myself and my body. It's time to get back on track....

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My name is Jess, 27, from Oklahoma City. I graduated nursing school in December 2011 and have since been working in Labor & Delivery (which encompasses all aspects of pregnancy from antepartum to postpartum) at a large urban hospital. Before becoming an RN I worked as a unit clerk in an ICU at a smaller suburban hospital.

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Hi, my name is Sarah. I'm not a nurse, but I am a graveyard registrar in the ER. I'm not sure how other hospitals works, but I'm running from room to room all night, arriving medics, spending time in the blissful craziness that is the hospital just the same as the nurses do. I am excited to find a group tailored to night-shifters, and not just that, but to hospital night-shifters. I have been working nights for three years now, so of course I am over the worst of the zombie-queen side effects. However, it's almost impossible to keep any sort of routine whether it's a sleep schedule, eating schedule, or exercise schedule. Like most of you, I don't work a standard 5-day work week. I work Mon,Tues,Weds and every other weekend. So sometimes I have 2 nights off (which, let's be honest, only counts as one since you spend the first day sleeping), and sometimes 4 nights off. It's hard to switch from days to nights and keep on a schedule. I'm hoping to get tips from people who have gotten it down to a science. Thanks!

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6/11/12 4:46 P

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Hello everyone! So I am a New Grad and get to start night shift for the next 6 weeks as part of a new grad program, I just finished up 6 great weeks on Surg/trauma (days). I do believe that I will be starting my career as an RN on night shift and it's a little scary to me, It has been a long time since I worked night shift, I was single and had no kids at the time. I an starting back on getting some weight off and don't want night shift to throw me off, any suggestions would be great!!!

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5/16/12 7:47 P

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Hello!

I am a night shift nurse, and I LOVE it! This June will be 25 years as an RN. I am what I call a half and half, I worked Pediatric ICU on dayshift for the first half, and have worked nights in a level III NICU this second half.

I will turn 50 this year, so will have been an RN half of my life.

I have been a yo-yo loser, I have lost 50, gained 80, lost 80 gained 100....
I am married with two grown stepsons, three dogs, four cats, and five birds.

I am so glad that I found Sparkpeople, I am ready to make a change, and there is so much to do on this website!!!

Pam

One cannot discover new lands without consenting to lose site of the shore....

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4/28/12 10:00 P

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Hey y'all,

Just wanted to write and say hello to all!! I'm a night shift nurse working 12.5 hour shifts on a telemetry unit. I enjoy the night shift and need to add some exercise and healthy foods into my diet. My wife just had gastric bypass and I need to lose weight to keep pace with her so we can both be healthy and accountable to each other involving our choices. Nice to meet y'all and I hope to hear from you all soon!!!

Sincerely,
Kenny

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4/17/12 3:35 P

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Welcome to the team! I love going for walks with my youngest, or taking him on bike rides! Anything I can do with him!

Phillipians 4:13: l can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.


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Hi everyone! I'm Audrey a pediatric hem/Onc nurse of 5 years in Indy. Love my job, love my family (I have an almost 2 year old and awesome hubby), and love my weekend option nights! When am I going to make a lifestyle change to love myself??? I would really appreciate info from moms on how to deal with the guilt of taking time away from the family to workout. When do you do it and how with a 2 yr old on your hip? If I do it when hubby comes home I won't see him ever. I'm thinking naptime which means I will have to workout only at home so what workouts do you do at home? I can use my treadmill for cardio at least. :). Ok enough questions for now! Nice to meetcha!
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Hi, I'm Bonnie, a friend and coworker of Jane (aka Tundralodger) who introduced me to this SparkTeam. I am a 12 hour oncology night shift RN. I switched from all days to all nights last summer to have more time with my family. So far it is working out pretty well for me, and I do see my family more during normal waking hours. I have 3 boys at home, ages 11, 8 and 4, so it can be pretty hectic at times! I joined SP in January looking to make some healthy lifestyle changes, and it has already made a BIG difference!! I am always recommending SP to friends and family!! I love it!!! Other oncology nurses out there, we did start a Spark Team for Oncology Nurses called OncStars, check it out!! Pretty small so far, but we would love to get more members!!

Phillipians 4:13: l can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.


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Hi Jane! Nice to meet a fellow Oncology RN :) I know...my '12' hour shift is really 12.5 with lunch break (yeah right, what is a break, lol!). After giving report, I am lucky to get out by 8 am...

Welcome!

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Greetings everyone! I'm Jane, an RN/Lead working 12-hour nocs (funny how they get to be 13 hours long, isn't it?), on an Acute Oncology unit in a mid-sized hospital on the frozen north. Also, caregiver to disabled spouse. Woke up one morning awhile ago and realized I didn't like the direction MY health was heading in, so here I am. Very happy to be here, and looking forward to getting to know you all! emoticon

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Hi, I am Deb and work 12.5 hour shifts (NOC) on an acute oncology unit. I just joined SP and am really motivated to lose 15-20 lbs that I have been carrying around the last couple of years!

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Hello everyone, I'm Liz, and I just joined SP. I work nights half of the time and afternoons the other half. Often I work a 16 hour shift from 2p-6a. I am finding it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with the crazy schedule I work. I'm looking forward to meeting new people in this group!

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I'm back! After being on days for 10.5 months...noc shift begins tomorrow (Sunday) for me again. I have missed being on the team and look forward to being reunited with old friends and meeting new ones :)

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Hi Everyone,
I am starting back on SP as of today. I am an RN..work 12 1/2 hour shifts as charge nurse on a chemical dependency unit. I feel tired all the time on this shift..just started it about 4 months ago. I'm a single mom of 2 teenage daughters...we are always on the go...Having oatmeal & coffee now...

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Hello all. I am a float pool nurse who has been in the ER for the past 3 years, but also do critical care. Because of varying needs of the unit, I am daily on a different shift. I left consistancy of a schedule 2 years ago when I took this flex job and it has been difficult to maintain ANY type of "schedule". The flexibility of this job has helped me to be off the days my husband is, but it doesn't help me find a routine. A healthy lifestyle is where I'm trying to keep my focus, but vanity is making me want to lose weight even more. I am very active, but those pounds have crept up a bit. Looking forward to improving with everyone while on this journey of life!

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1/15/12 11:19 A

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Hello everyone!

I am an RN and work as a night time charge nurse on a cardiac care unit. I work 12 hours shifts, and work 4 nights/week. I love my job, my patients, and my coworkers, and now it's time to love MYSELF. I am looking forward to the insight that you all have about balancing working nights, family, exercise, and eating healthy!

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1/9/12 2:02 A

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Hello all! I work 12 hour night shifts in an ICU in a small community hospital and I have 3 young children at home. That pretty much means I take care of everyone except myself and I do it on very little sleep. Time to change that (well can't help the sleep part!!). I have noticed my weight creeping up every few months and I frequently use the excuse of my crazy schedule. NO more excuses, time to do something about it. None of my family nor close friends quite understands the physical exhaustion that comes with working nights. I am hoping to have a place to talk to people who understand this and to maybe get some pointers on eating at the right times, etc. I am sometimes awake for 24 -26 hours straight on my first night back to work, eating 5-6meals during that time, and exercise has become a thing of the past. Looking forward to hearing what others have to say!!

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Greetings fellow "zombie" nurses! My name is Sue, I've been an RN for 1 1/2 years, and work 12 hr night shifts in a small community hospital that is an hour away from my home. Because we're a small hospital, my Med-Surg floor covers adult and geriatric patients with acute & chronic conditions, as well as Telemetry, Stroke, and Oncology patients. We also have a great many custodial patients who are awaiting nursing home placement. While it's been a great learning experience, sometimes I wish I were at a larger facility that had more specialized floors because I'm never quite sure what will be presented to me when I walk in for a shift and get report! In any case, I let the stress of nursing school (at which time my mom was also diagnosed with cancer), and empty nest syndrome (both of my sons leaving home and moving far away) add to my already chunky figure by using food as an emotional outlet...and out it did as my clothing kept needing replacement to the next larger and larger size. Now it's "me" time to get healthy once again, and as a plus be able to help my patients out there struggling with weight as well.

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Hi, My name is Deneen and I am a nurse associate at a large scale trauma hospital in Jersey. I have this job to gain experience while going to Nursing school. I have about two years left to have my BSN and I can't wait to start this new adventure! I am not married nor do I have children, but I am looking forward to having all those things when I am finished school. I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me (and if this website helps me, he is signing up :D)
I am so glad to find this group because I am definately struggling with time management and how to add exercise and cooking to my already wacky schedule. I'm sure as all of you know, night shift and making sure there is adaquate sleep is a task in itself.
I have been eating healthier and lost a few pounds when I found this site, so I am new at all of this for now. The site is intense, there is so much information to take in. I am pumped to get started though! If there are any tips that anyone could share I would be very greatful!
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Hi! Just call me Essie! I'm a Registered Nurse in an critical care step down unit. I recently started working nights because the rotating was killing me. This decision is reinforced when the experience mix on my unit requires that I fill in on a day shift and I'm forced to remember how chaotic it is and how much some of the interns need their hands held. I love my job, I like my schedule... now just to stop the weight ballooning!

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Hello,

I am DisneyNurse4244. I am a registered nurse here in California. Right now I do full time nights (5 days a week 8 hour shifts), in an orthopedic/surgical unit. I am hoping for helpful pointers, advice and motivation from others here to finally get on a more healthy track and lose those last few pounds I have been meaning to.

Happy to be part of this group!

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Hello every one , My name is Ruth Ann , I am new to spark people, I am an LPN , I work night shift in a nursing home. and am finding it hard to sleep , loose weight and just plain not feel tired and blah all the time. A freind told me about spark people so I thought i would give it a try . I am 48 years young, A Wife , Mother I have a daughter, 2 step daughters and a step son,, Grandmother, i have a grandsun and grand daughter and 2 step granddaughters and a step grandson. and I have my spoiled rotten cat.

Any way hope to get to know everyone soon

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Hi. My name is Sue and I am back to SP to try to get back on my program. I lost weight and then let life get in my way and gained back my weight and stopped working out. I now work full-time nights and have had a hard time making time to workout. I work in a community hospital on the south side of Chicago in the ICU. I am the charge nurse. I have been a nurse for 25 years.

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GIACONC,

I also work on a postpartum unit on nights. It's been a few years so I thought I'd share a few of our unit's tricks (especiaally in light of Halloween! emoticon ) We have measured our unit and the outer perimeter of the hospital. At night, we sometimes have downtime - if there's two of us on duty that are motivated, we walk. We use the time to brainstorm about issues as well as get our 10 minutes (or more if we have time). SP helped me to understand the importance of making small changes. I'm not perfect but I LOVE how I feel after a 15 minute walk at 2 a.m. around the hospital. Try it, you 'll like it!!!! emoticon

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Hi, I'm Sharmila. I work 3-4 night a weeks for the last year. I've notice it's harder for me to lose weight because I don't get enough sleep on the days that I have to work nights, I eat during the day and at night, and I'm always tired. Guess I found the right team!

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9/8/11 12:47 A

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HI my name is Rachel and I work on a Gyne, GyneOnc and Antepartum unit in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I've been using Sparkpeople since January while I was on mat leave to lose the baby weight after my first child was born. I was really good about tracking my food and fitness up until about May but then kind of let it go when I went back to work. I started up again last week because I'm still not quite where I want to be yet. Since January I've lost 36 pounds and am hoping to lose 10-15 more. It took me a while to get back into a good fitness routine now that I'm back at work and having to care for my son on my days off. I do a mix of 12 hour day and night shifts and am looking for any advice on meal and snack planning for night shifts, especially starting a stretch of nights when I am up during the day before a night shift. I feel like I could have eaten all of my daily goals before even getting to work for a night shift! Any advice would be helpful. Glad I found this group. There are only so many people who understand working nights.

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Hello all! I've been working nights for 6 years in a busy ER in Oakville, Ontario. I've gone from being healthy and active to overweight and tired. I have about 60lbs to lose. I find fitting in work out time to be a huge challenge when doing 12 hour shifts, I'm just exhausted and want to sleep. I'm glad to find a group that my have the same struggles that I do.

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My name is Shauna. I've worked the night shift for 2 1/2 years and for the most part I love it. I was never a morning person. I work on Surgical floor in a small town in western Kansas and I generally charge. My BMI classifies me as overweight and I've been this size for years. I may gain or loose a few pounds but the last semester in nursing school I lost 10-15 pounds and I had never felt better about myself before or since. I felt skinny and beautiful and healthy. I would love to be that again.

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Hi. My name is Emily and I am from Kansas City, MO. I work the night shift on a ICU step-down unit and have been a nurse for almost 2 years. I have been working the night shift for 5 years and I eat so much at night. Part of my problem is that I stay awake before I go to work because I have two small children at home. I always take a full dinner with me because 12 hours is a long time. Looking forward to getting in shape and losing weight!

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Hello, my name is Mary. I am so glad I found this forum! I am really making an effort to get it together with my eating and exercise. It's a whole different kind of challenge when you work nights. I'm glad I will be able to learn and get ideas from others who are dealing with the very same thing. :)

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Hi Diana!
Welcome to SP. After 36 years I only work per diem nights now, but found it helped me to add a "work food" category to my nutrition tracker to track stuff I eat while at work and keep an eye on my total tracking for the day. When I first started SP I took a couple of packets of instant oatmeal and a grapefruit to work - WRONG! The oatmeal did nothing to assuage my 2am hunger and it was too busy and messy to try to deal with a grapefruit. After that experience I packed a load of raw veggies and a little nonfat dip to graze on through the night as well as keeping a big bottle of ice water by my computer. A kashi bar with coffee and a small container of cold vegetarian baked beans later in the shift kept me within my calorie counts and because of the high fiber I didn't even need breakfast when I got home. The crunchy munching all night helped keep me away from the brownies, cookies and stuff that others had brought. Hope this has given you some ideas.

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Hello all.
My name is Diana and I live in Southern Indiana. I am a critical care nurse in Louisville, KY and have worked night shift for 26 years. I found this site a couple of weeks ago but only started the program this week. I have been doing great, but go back to work tonight (friday) after being off for 7 weeks. (I work at a summer camp for cub scouts)
Does anyone have any helpful hints on how to track your food. On my first night, I usually eat when I get up and then again before I go to work, then about 0200, then something before I go to bed. any suggestions?

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JOY,

WELCOME!...I've been a member of SP since 2007. I recently started the graveyard shift 5 months ago...I seem to have troubles with being a zombie and not functioning on my days off. exercise is scarce in my life right now d/t exhaustion, which is sad b/c I was an every day gym-goer. I still eat okay, but don't feel it helps without energy to exercise. I work in a residential treatment facility with kids aged 8-21, so I have long 10-12 hr shifts with no interaction...I am the only nurse ALL NIGHT LONG. I try to do little exercises that permit here d/t space and equipment. walking and stairs are my only saving grace lately. I wish you success....if you get any good ideas (same for me) lets share! emoticon

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Name is Kate...started working the graveyard shift 5 months ago...finding it to be quite a challenge to stay fit and eat at normal times! not to mention...I'm queen zombie...blah. any good pointers from anyone would be great. hope everyone has a blessed weekend=)

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Hi SierraMist! Welcome to SparkPeople. And welcome to nursing! But nights is murder on the thighs, especially when your coworkers bring in yummy things to share or they order out from a nearby deli. I've found both in the past and now with SP, that eating dinner before I go to work, then taking lots of raw veggies and legal "snacks" like nuts, fruit, or a Kashi bar to "graze" on through the night helps me resist the oohy-gooey stuff. I also keep a big water bottle nearby to sip on when I'm charting. AND, I've switched to decaf. coffee. Once I got past the massive "I- want-caffeine" headache, I've found I sleep much better when I get home and don't have to pop TUMS during my stressful ER shift like I used to. Hope these ideas help!

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Hello, I just joined this website after working a night shift and reading about it in a womens day magazine. I just finished RN school and really packed on the weight and was hoping that it would kind of fall off once I started working and actually doing more than sitting and studying.
I'm really finding it difficult to get a routine down working nights. I never know when to eat or what to eat especially at night so i end of snacking quite a bit.
I'm really looking forward to being part of this group and learning from the teams insight.

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7/21/11 7:48 A

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Hello everyone!

I am in need of some major support and guidance in regard to eating healthy at work. emoticon Fried food, vending machines, pop, coffee and goodies that co-workers bring in have been my meal base for far too long! The hard part is kicking this habit, so I hoping that this group will give me the strength and will power to say NO to the horrible habits I have become accustomed to.

I am looking forward to our progress! emoticon

Shayna

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Hello everyone!

I just signed up today for SP and I am kind of apprehensive as to how to go about keeping up with my weight loss goals while working at night. I sleep only several hours a day and by the time the shift is over I have been up approx 20 hours. Any suggestions, support and encouragement are welcome!

Thanks!
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Hi all!
I just joined SP a few weeks ago and have gotten my husband to sign up and our 11 yr-old daughter to "sorta" cooperate. After a long career in several areas of critical care, I now work per diem in the ER, which often includes 12-14 hr overnight shifts. Needless to say, eating and sleeping is an issue when we work nights and I'm looking forward to commisserating with some of you as we figure this out together.
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Hi Everyone!
I'm a night shift nurse in Fargo, ND on an inpatient Rehabiliation floor. I love it, but it's difficult to eat well when the cafeteria is closed and coworkers bring goodies in all the time. I've lost about 20 pounds so far, but I have a lot to go so I'm looking for help to stay motivated!

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5/27/11 3:52 A

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I'm new to the board...I'm a night shift nurse in Richmond, VA and i am trying to put my need first...we all know how hard that is sometimes...I'm newlt separated, almost 40, two teens and I'm a little stress.. but that is life...

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Welcome everybody!!!!!!!!

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Hi OHMGIRL and MOLLY! Glad to see you joined us. Hopefully we will be able to help you all with your goals. If you have any questions just ask!

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Hello! I am Brandy and I am very excited to have found this team! I am a new graduate nurse, and will be working nights in the NICU when I am finished orientation. I've worked nights in the past, and am hoping that SparkPeople and this SparkTeam can help me stay on track as I've found that living healthy and working nights can be very challenging (at least for me)!

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Hi I am Darlene and fairly new to SparkPeople and just found this group today, I work 7p-7a on a med-surg floor and have done it for 24 years now. Most of my co-workers are overweight and I am sure part of the reason is our crazy schedule and it's affect on our bodies. That is why I was so excited to find this group--us night-shifters have a unique lifestyle. Anyway I have been tracking my food and exercise pretty faithfully and I am making progress. Looking forward to meeting all of you and working with you all to be as healthy as possible.


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welcome everyone!!!! and CNM2BE14 be assured that you can exercise and eat anytime...your body is a 24 hour machine!!

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Hey there. I'm not really new to the group but I haven't been using the site a whole lot. Lately I have been on more often and am really starting to enjoy the benefits. I am 23 years old and am trying to lose about 75 pounds. I would love to be a size 8 or smaller, but these are long term goals. Meaning I hope by my sisters wedding in december I am the smallest bridesmaid! Anyway, I am a yo-yoer for sure. I am trying to make better life decisions now instead of quick fixes. So I am strapping in and holding on! Here goes nothing!

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Hello! I'm new to the group and new to SparkPeople...just joined tonight! I've been a night shift nurse for a long time. I get frustrated with all the advise about exercising "first thing in the morning" or "don't eat after 6pm" and everything geared toward banker's hours. I'm tired in the mornings and usually want to go straight home and to bed. Do you all find your workouts are not as effective right after work? I hate to get hot and sweaty just before going to work, and carrying hair products/styling tools, makeup and scrubs to the gym isn't fun either. And eating...there's no rhyme or reason to that either! I need motivation and direction. Hope to find some here!

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I'm soooo happy you finally found us Jen! WOW 100lbs, that's a huge accomplishment! I'm trying to head in that direction....Keep Sparking and KIT!

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Hi! Been on sparks about 3 months and just found night nurse group! I have worked nights for 20+ years and think I have kinda figured out how to eat on this swing shift! I am a L&D nurse looking to shed these last 10 lbs. I hae lost about 100 over the past 5 years. I had gastric bypass surgery in May 2005. Jen

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Hi SparkPeople, My name is Raeann and I am a 38 yr.old mother of 4, from the ages of 21-7. I also have 1 very bright grandson. Im happily married to my wonderful husband who supports me in everything, and also enables me in everything LOL.. At one time not too long ago I tried to do it all: work full time, go to school, volunteer for church, sports, clubs, and be the neighborhood mom. Dont get me wrong, I love doing all that great stuff. Im 40 lbs overweight. When I take a BMI test it says Im obese. I hate to look at photos of me now, my clothes are getting smaller and smaller each season, I dont recognize myself in the mirror any more. I dont like who I have become. Thankfully I found SP while searching the web for some kind of help. So far, it has been great motivation, educational, and awesome support system. Right now I am working on controlling my calorie intake, trying to eat healthy clean food.

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4/3/11 4:42 P

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Welcome Anadel! Working nights really takes a toll on our bodies emoticon

We are happy you have joined the team! Please share with us how we can support you and help you reach your goal.

Together we can!

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Hello my name is Anadel and I work the 7p-7a shift in the emergency department. I have been a night shift nurse for almost 2 years. Working night shift has completely turned my diet and exercise upside down but I'm trying to make the most of it. My quarter century birthday is coming up and I'm wanting to get fit and in shape. I'm currently training for my first half marathon and I'm super excited to see if I can actually follow through! Pleased to meet everyone here!

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Welcome Stacie! I completely agree, our hours are hard. And then add a little munchkin into it...I have great admiration for you and people like you with small children!!

Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate hearing the compliment emoticon

As for my eating- when I wake up (1700) I eat something light, usually a banana. I will have a snack around 2300 (raisins or protein bar). Around 0100 I have "lunch" (turkey chili, yogurt), and then I have another snack (apple) between 0400 and 0600. When I get home from work I usually have something small (like a serving of peanut butter, although yesterday I ate 2 pieces of leftover pizza).

On the nights that I am not working my eating habits are different. It's usually because I am trying to convert to a normal wake-sleep pattern so that I can enjoy the San Diego sun.

Hope this helps! We look forward to getting to know you!

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Hello everyone! My name is Stacie, I am living in the Kitsap area in Washington State. I have lived in Texas and Arizona. I am married to Danny and we have 3 children together. I am a caregiver and work the nightshift. I work in a specialized community dealing with Ahlzimers and dimentia. I have also worked involving hospice and other long term care facilities. I love what I do, just the hours are hard. I am interested in knowing eating schedules you all have. I myself am very confused at when and how much I should eat. My sleep is sparatic due to having a 6 month old that thankfully sleeps throughout the night for Daddy but not for Mommy!! I am glad to be apart of this team! You all do such a wonderful thing being nurses!

Stacie

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Welcome Christina! 30lbs! Congrats! You can do it this time too!

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I'm Christina and I've been working nights about 6 months now. I work on a Postpartum/GYN floor that also just started doing "Couplet Care". I've been a nurse for 2 years now, but only started this new job 6 months ago. I've noticed a lot of weight gain, lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating since I started nights, and I've got to get back on track. I joined Sparkpeople in 2006 and initially dropped 30 lbs and managed to keep them off until now, I would like to lose about 50 now, but I'm more concerned with how I look and feel than how much I weigh. Hope to get to know everyone and get tips/tricks on how to handle the nights :D

Christina

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And WELCOME!

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