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4/14/13 12:08 P

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You have the right attitude Tammy. I would like you to think more than just exercise & nutritous food. Are you taking care of your thyroid disease? I noticed you said you don't like to dwell on it. Other things to consider are: Are you getting enough you time? Time to relax, meditate, pray, etc.; Are you envolved in group/family activities, "we time" outside of the work environment? I recognize this can be very difficult when working nights.; Think about who or what motivates you to live a healthier life & try to avoid any sabatours.; Remeber, even if you are not losing weight, it sounds like you are building a healthy life style & you may never know who you inspire by doing such.

The numbers may not lie, but they are only part of the equation.

FYI- When I took Spark seriously, I lost 15 lbs over three months while working night shift. Unfortunately, I let this victory go when I went on vacation. Mom's home cooking was too good to pass up.

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Amanda, RN

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4/7/13 3:16 A

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I sleep between 6 and 8 hours a day. Although sometimes I feel as though I could sleep for another 3 or 4 on top of that. Part of my issue may be that i also have Thyroid Disease but I don't like to dwell on that.....
I have yet to find anything that works but will still keep looking ........

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4/6/13 2:53 P

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Both times I've started working a night shift job I've lost a couple pounds. Some I think is that my body just gets confused about when it is supposed to be hungry, but I think part of it has been job associated anxiety/depression. BUT are you getting enough sleep? Because if not that can slow your metabolism and increase your appetite. Also, if you are sleeping, you are awake less time to eat. I happened to end up with clinical hypersomnia, sleeping more than 70 hours a week, so maybe THAT was why I didn't gain weight, haha, I wasn't awake long enough to eat too much! Or maybe I just got lucky. Even though I didn't gain weight on nights, it is SO hard to be healthy or have any kind of balance in your life on nights! Good luck on finding what works for you!

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4/6/13 5:26 A

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so what is it with the night shift that no matter how hard we/I try -----all that happens is weight gain??
Anyone actually lose anything here ? eat right --- i gain, exercise ---- i gain ---- I feel like I'm ina no win situation


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4/5/13 3:14 P

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People who have never worked nights just can't understand how disorienting it can be! Did I exercise "today"? Did I eat 1 meal or 4 in the last 24 hours?

I found that when I'm on a daytime schedule I tend to want to eat based on the clock-- wake up is breakfast, noon is lunch, 6 is dinner. But when I switched to nights, I just ate when I was hungry, which actually worked in my favor. The system that worked really well for me was that I ate a big meal when I woke up around 5 pm, and then had a (quick!) snack of nuts or half a peanut butter sandwich on wheat around 10 or 11, and then either took a break or snacked on the rest of what I brought between about midnight and 2 am. I was always much more hungry in the first 5-7 hours after I woke up, so that was when I ate the bulk of my food. Also, I would make sure to pack healthy items to bring to work because then I had no choice but to eat them. Not only that but I know it helped keep my blood sugar/energy levels from being all over the place. Then on my ride home I would eat a granola bar, because by then I was starting to get a little hungry, but knew if I didn't bring something, I'd convince myself I deserved a Chick-fil-a breakfast. Even though every time I did that I felt kinda sick when I woke up in the afternoon.

All that being said, I never figured out how to get in a good exercise routine!

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4/4/13 2:25 P

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You are so right Steph. Working on "the wrong side of the sun," means needing to do things differentlyl than those whom choose to live in the light. I hope your colleagues here are giving you good ideas to work into your new & improved life style.

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Amanda, RN

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4/2/13 4:01 P

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I so agree with you Steph !! I have gained 50lbs since I started working nights. Our bodies are running on a completely different cycle than most people. I really think this makes a difference to how we eat/exercise and the amount of energy we have etc BUT everyone seems to say that you just follow the same rules as those who work days ......I don't know about you but I can't seem to fit everything into a "night friendly" schedule.

I find IT JUST DOESN'T WORK !!!!!!

Would love to hear your thought .......



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4/2/13 3:03 P

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My name is Steph. It has been a loooong loooong time since the last time I was on SparkPeople. I just updated my goals and saw that my weight has shifted up over the years instead of down. It's part my fault and partly my circumstances with school and work and home etc....but it's time to change some things.

I'm tired of buying new shorts every summer b/c I can't fit into the old ones. I'm also tired of wearing jeans every summer b/c I have no shorts...

I'm also kinda tired of nutrition advice, etc. that doesn't take into consideration the fact that I'm up all night working when everyone else is in bed. Not eating after 7PM or whatever is almost impossible. Not eating before bedtime is hard when the last time I ate was at 2 AM.

Just sayin'. :)

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