I have my SparkPeople time settings for my timezone + 12 hours. I work 5pm to 5am, so this way the day changes while I'm sleeping, and am waking up for a new day.
When it comes to actual meals these days, I don't really eat breakfast food. I'm all for a big "breakfast" of whatever I am cooking for my partner's dinner at 4pm, lunch at 11pm, and a small "dinner" at 2am, perfect for my 6am bedtime. :-)
Basically midnight to midnight. That means after 1200am, I track breakfast, lunch when I get home after 7 am, and I track dinner around 6-7pm. I usally get up at 5pm to spend time with my husband and cook dinner before I go to work. I find tracking my meals this way makes it easier and less confusing especially on my days off.
Edited by: NOLAFIT at: 2/16/2013 (00:33)
current weight: 159.6
Fitness Minutes: (45,414) Posts: 783 2/5/13 8:49 P
I have breakfast at first break lunch at our lunch break a snack at 6:30 break and when I get home around 9 and sometimes I have supper if I don't sleep through it. 300 cal breakfast 400 to 500 lunch 200 to 300 snacks and 400 500 cal supper if I have it.
A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.
When I work overnights it's 11pm to 7am. I will get up between 8pm and 9pm....workout then have "breakfast" around 11pm...then have a snack around 2am.....lunch around 4am and dinner around 9am. Then off to bed around noon. I have found this works best for me :)
current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (10,840) Posts: 521 1/24/13 2:17 A
Basically midnight to midnight. I begin with breakfast at midnight and eat my meals spread out over the entire night. I allow myself 500 calories per meal, when that's gone I go to the next meal to input. Sometimes I'm waiting patiently...not...for midnight because I ate too many calories at home when I should have been sleeping.
I track my day starting from getting up at night. Breakfast is after workout (about 10:30 pm) Then follow the day accordingly. Sometimes I dont worry about where in the "meals" the food goes, just add up everything throughout the "go to sleep" to "wake up" schedule.
On my days off I dont really track by meals, just make a long list of foods eaten. I find that the first day off I dont eat very much, but the second day off I eat more.
Pounds lost: 20.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,975) Posts: 99 11/11/12 12:31 A
Although I work 3rd shift 2-3 times a week my body seems to always be on a first shift schedule. So on days when I didn't work 3rd the night before I wake up sometime between 6 and 8. I eat breakfast, work out and have my snacks. I'll try to eat lunch around 1 or 2. Then I take a nap and have another snack so that I eat dinner when I am at work & breakfast is around 5am
When I work third I usually wake up around 12pm. I have breakfast around 1 or 2. Then I have a snack and lunch around 7 and dinner while I am at work again.
I know....weird but usually it works for me. However if I don't nap or don't sleep enough I usually eat way too much.
While I don't actually work the night shift anymore, I have always been and will probably always be a night owl. I wake up around noon most days, and go to bed between 3 and 5am usually.
When I wake up and eat, that is "breakfast" on my tracker. I cook dinner for my parents (both disabled) between 530 and 630 pm, then eat with them and count it "lunch", then have a small meal around 10 or 11 pm, and count it "dinner". My last snack of the day is around 1am or so, and I usually just stick it as "snack" on the next days tally. IMO it averages out, since I do this daily around the same time, and it is usually the same thing (or at least the same calories). Toss in another snack around 3 or 4pm marked as "second snack" and that's pretty much my daily tracker lol.
So here is my big question to everyone.....when do you start tracking meals for the day while working on nights. Sometimes "lunch" is at 4 in the morning and breakfast is at 4 pm or 9am when you get home. When do you start your calorie tracker to get the best idea of your caloric intake? Suggestions are welcome :)
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