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6/7/11 1:36 P

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I know where you're coming from. I used to work night shift as a charge nurse in a nursing home. It threw my whole life out of balance, so much so I had to find another job that would allow me to have a life again. I know everyone doesnt have the option to change shifts or jobs so I would suggest trying to incorporate some exercise while you are at work. Im not sure what you do exactly but if you have time or get a break try doing simple stretches, lunges, walking/jogging in place, or even walking around the building. I mean even if you can only do it a few minutes at at time, its better than nothing. There are some great examples of simple exercises you can do listed on the SP website. Maybe you could check them out and see if any fit into your schedule. I hope this helps, I wish you the best of luck!!! emoticon

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6/6/11 12:11 P

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Wow! I used to work 12 hour night shift at a hospital as a CNA now called PCT (patient care techs). Anyways, I feel you alls pain. people on regular shifts thinks there isn't enough hours in the day... try working night shift. It always seemed hard enough to get the 6-8 hours of sleep much less exercise anywhere.
Eat like a king for "breakfast", a queen for "Lunch" have a snack between lunch and dinner and then your smallest meal "dinner" eat like a pauper. If you are a reader... Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels is a GREAT book! It focuses on your hormones and balancing them and your blood sugar out correctly. Hormones and/or insulin resistance being our problem in the PCOS world. The book even has a section on PCOS. Jillian Michaels has PCOS and Thyroid issues... so her book is from a personal perspective also. co-authored by a DR I believe.
Another book is A patient's Guide to PCOS if you want to get into the science and understanding of condition and it has a section on how to eat, exercise and about getting pregnant in it. Good book.
The more you lose the more momentum you build. Just remember you are not perfect and when you do have slip ups look at how far you have come and accomplished so far. Get back up and continue on! You can do this! It just seems to take a little more for those on night shift. You are already backwards from everyone else and then you are trying to improve your health too. Just seems to add to the challenge. But you can do this!!! I know you can! Both of you!

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6/6/11 7:45 A

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I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AS YOU. ITS REALLY HARD TO STAY BALANCED WHEN YOUR ON THE NIGHT SHIFT. I TRY TO DO EVERYTHING BACKWARDS. I EAT MY BIGGEST MEAL WHEN I GET UP, AND THE SMALLEST WHEN I GET HOME. I TRY TO ONLY EAT FRUITS OR VEGGIES AT WORK FOR A SNACK WHEN I NEED ONE. AND TRY TO GET YOUR EIGHT GLASSES OF WATER IN THERE IF YOU CAN, IT REALLY HELPS YOU TO STAY FULL LONGER. WHEN I GET HOME AND I EAT MY SMALLEST MEAL, I THINK ABOUT WHAT EXERCISES THAT I FEEL LIKE DOING. EVEN GOING FOR A THIRTY MIN WALK IS A GOOD THING. I FOUND THAT THE MORE WEIGHT I LOOSE THE MORE ENERGY I HAVE TO STAY MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE. SOMETIMES IM REALLY TIRED AND DONT FEEL LIKE WALKING BUT ONCE I GET GOING I ACTUALLY DO MORE THAN I HAD THOUGHT THAT I WOULD DO. I HOPE SOME OF THESE THINGS HELP. IM JUST GETTING STARTED MYSELF AND IM STILL FINDING MY WAY,SO ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR ME WOULD BE HELPFUL TO. GOOD LUCK GIRL:) emoticon

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6/6/11 12:03 A

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I have recently went back to work. I need to start back on my weight loss journey but the problem that I am having is that I work from 630pm to 630am five to six days a week. Then, when I get home I have to go straight to bed in order to get at least 5-7 hours of sleep before I have to go back to work. I was hoping that you guys could give me some advice or suggestions on how to come up with time to exercise as well as ideas of how to plan meals around this crazy, crazy schedule. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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