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9/13/07 3:30 A

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Workout time is what I need as well.If you are working long shifts it can be a trial.I am trying to fit that in.I do however walk about two or three miles a night on my job.

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9/7/07 4:46 P

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i've been working night shift for about a year.. i love the people and the fact that since i'm still a new RN i have time to ask questions...but i am having trouble finding the time and energy to work out..i'm too tired when i get home and i don't want to get upo any earlier then i have to..any suggestions on howi can fit exercise into my routine or is it just something that i have to make time for and work into my routine?

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9/7/07 12:13 A

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Good luck on nights, everyone. I've been doing them for 22 years; st first, it was because of the money and we didn't want to put our kids in day care. It almost killed me, as I ran on very little sleep and ate to give myself energy when so tired. But, now, I work nights because I like the people. The patients are so grateful, the staff is usually more self-sufficient and crazy, and my husband babies me when I get home. It's the only way I can take it anymore. When I look at the drivers in the other lanes, spending so much time on the commute while I speed home, I feel smug. I say fall in love with the night shift only if you have a lot of support. Good luck and talk to your MD about a good sleeping pill.

I want to lose weight and feel stronger for myself. I've never had the luxury of being selfish before this year. Too much work; too much worry about everyone else. Finally, I get it. I have to take care of myself first.


 
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9/6/07 10:19 A

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I could NEVER sleep during the day so left hospital nursing...

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9/6/07 12:16 A

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I'm about to start working 12 hour night shifts on weekends. I'm so not good at shifting around my schedule. I work 2nd shift during the week, go to school during the day on weekends, now I'll be rotating weekends on the night shift. I hope I start to learn to adapt because usually I just end up getting sick.

I''m just not giving up on me. I will never stop trying to be healthy, no matter my failures and shortcomings.



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8/27/07 9:28 A

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I love the ice machine at work.It helps me to get
my water intake. emoticon

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8/26/07 1:23 P

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What I do for nutrional balance is to eat a small meal before I go to work. Usually between 2200-0000. I get a chance to eat my meal at work. I then grab another small meal before goin to bed.

My 5 years on night shift have only reinforced the negative habits that I learned in college of drinking caffienated beverages to stay awake. (Although I gained 50 lbs in college, I have only gained about 5 since starting the night shift.) I have started using the colas with aspartame sweetener in it to reduce my calorie intake, but I still struggle to get in my as much water as I should, as I use the colas to keep myself awake between midnight and 0400.



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8/26/07 12:59 A

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I work nights at a hospital as a lab tech.So when the nurses get busy I get busy and its usually around 4am that's when I get the sleepiest. I usually try to eat a little snack. yogurt or fruit and if I'm really desperate one of those cold double esspresso canned drinks. The problem with those is I'm really awake which is a problem at home and they aren't exactly diet friendly (I do get the light version)

Let's have a heart to heart =}

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8/25/07 10:04 A

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I love nights.Things are quieter where I work.I get alot of walking in on my job as I am the nurse at
Central booking for the county.My med pass is sometimes three hours long so I don't sit alot
and its nice to be able to use the ice machine
and bottled water.I keep ice water on my med
cart.I drink coffee around three because its when
I do accuchecks and give insulin.Its my down time as
well and when I get sleepy.Right after though my office is hopping with early morning workers and
food service.I sometimes have charts up to my neck
and people lined up for emergencies but its fun
to be a nurse in a busy place.

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6/26/07 8:55 P

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I just started working nights 7p to 7a. My first night I need to eat dinner before I leave because it is a regular eating day. I then eat snacks throughout the night like fruit and vegetables ONLY. For example: 1st night on I will eat at home at 5:30-6 a grilled chicken salad then around 11p I will have a cucumber with some pepper and Mrs Dash seasoning, at 1a I have my energy drink (High Velocity, sugar free) and I will have an apple or orange and then around 5:30 I will have grapefruit. If I am hungry other than that then I try to fight it or I will resort to crackers and peanut butter or just peanut butter. Oh, also I will have a protein drink before I go in sometimes as well especially if I exercised before I came in. My second night on is easier because I get up around 3p and cook breakfast (3 egg white omelet with 1 slice cheese and a banana) and then I bring my meal to work and eat at 11p and then have a snack around 3a or 4a and bring an extra snack jsut in case I feel nauseous at 6a.
I cannot tell you if this works or not but I will let you know emoticon

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5/16/07 5:00 A

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I don't know about anyone else, but for me 330 to 430 is the most difficult time... not even so much for hunger, but for being tired and ready to go home! ugh! sometimes I end up eating just to stay awake...

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5/16/07 12:07 A

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since I started working nites, I began putting on weight. I have now started to eat diner at home, eat a small lunch around 1 in the morning and have a small breakfast around 8 in the morning. I will walk the track 30 minutes after I eat,then prepare for bed. Let's hope it will work for me. emoticon

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5/11/07 5:34 P

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Hi there
I'm a nurse and I work days/nights so Constantly having to turn myself around. I found the best way to d that food wise is to have supper before you leave bring 1 or 2 snacks, brake them up before and after your eat your meal around 2 or 3 and most importantly DON'T GO TO BED HUNGRY. emoticon

 
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5/10/07 10:09 P

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ha! I have two and one went home! ugh... I'll be on here all night!

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5/10/07 6:21 P

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12hr night shift with only 4 patients each......longest night of my life.

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it's funny... I wrote about this same thing over in the 40 somethings... I work on the OB/ L&D / Peds floor (small hospital... we have to do all)..I have a tough time not snacking to stay awake and knowing how to count calories for one day... after some great advice I have gone to counting calories from midnight to 11:59 pm. it seems to be working. I also starting back working out and I am hoping it will give me more energy instead of that strange lag night seems to give... good luck! hey... I'm new here too... I hope we both have great success!

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5/7/07 5:38 P

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I have found since tracking my calories that my eating is pretty good on my working nights...its my days off that kill me! Exercise is the hardest for me...I am totally exhausted after my 45 minute ride home from work...its my sleeping pill. Then I stay up and get my special needs daughter ready for school and take her....my son is self sufficient now when it comes to that.

I wish I could help you with the exercise bit...I have the opportunity on my days off that the kids are in school but lack the umph cuz I am wiped out from work, lol.

I suppose I wasn't too much help....sorry!!! Good luck though :)

Don't sweat the small stuff......its ALL small stuff!


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5/6/07 1:47 A

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emoticon you are welcome!

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Hi Jen and welcome to the team. I am working the night shift at present. I am a counselor with a mental health facility. I work every Friday and Saturday night in addition to my day time job. I am doing the 12 hour shift tonight. It is very difficult to exercise, because I am also on call about 15-20 nights per month. I walk the treadmill also you get a good work out and it's accessable since many times I don't get home until after dark. I wish you the best of luck on your journey. SP is a great site and the support is wonderful. I have met many good people here and they are very supportive. Again, Best of luck! Buddy emoticon

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5/5/07 10:41 P

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Thank you for the replies. I am going to try doing some treadmill in the morning when I come home, I think. My little one will be at pre-K and the big one will already be at school, so it might be the best time to get some "me time" in. Today I managed a little over 2 miles, not bad for my first try. Packing my dinner and taking it to work with me, and making it sensible has really helped, too. Thanks again!!

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Hey Jen,

I know how you feel. I had to ask my MD for some guidance. Think of the nocs as your days and your days as your nocs. instead of eating 3large meals, pac mini meals to take to work so you can keep your metabolism up. Also, either get up 30min earlier before work to exercise or stay up after getting off from work to get your exercise in. I had to try both ways until finding what was best for me. Blessings to you, and I hope you reach all of your goals.

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Hi Jen,

Welcome to the team. I am only on night shift when I have to be. Since I am self employed I will get the occasional patient late at night.

I know what you mean about eating right and exercising when you work graveyard shift, been there and it was so rough on me. I did a lot of walking then more than any other kind of exercise.

Many times I would even walk home from work, which was a 2 mile walk. I know at 7am that is insane after working all night...LOL. As for food, I never did get that right, I hardly ate at all, just dinner when I woke up.

Now that I think about it that is probably how I gained so much weight.

Sorry about the long story, wish I had better advice for you. Good luck to you,

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My name is Jen. I'm new to the site today. I've been working the night shift as an RN in pediatrics for 8 years now. The shift has taken its toll on my habits (eating and exercise), and now I find myself having a hard time transitioning my eating patterns from my nights to my regular days. I also am finding it difficult finding a pattern for exercising. Any suggestions from someone who has been here?

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