Losing Weight as A Night Nurse

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The odds seem to be against me in losing weight while working on night shift. All the research that I have done has pointed to elevated obesity rates in night shift workers. And while vending machines and junk food and one of the major culpits, so is the human body's make.

There are just some things that are out of my control as far as the effect my body takes on from being up all night long and coming home to sleep at 8am, only to wake up a few hours later since my circadian rhythm is so out of wack... then to go back in for another 12 hour shift. Research has show that staying up all night low slows down the metabolism and screws up hormones... all which lead to weight gain.

So, do I throw my hands in the air and give up? Heck no, I refuse to be another night shift nurse statistic. I refuse to let my body win. Will it be hard, heck yes it will be hard. I'm going against my natural bodies reaction to shut down and store fat. That is why I have taken matters into my own hands to ensure I see the scale go down and not up.

How am I going to do this?

Well I greated a game plan which you can see on my own personal blog at

Among the game plan which I just started yesterday... well, this morning was working out right when I get home. It was one of the toughest workouts I have ever done. Tough mentally that is. I opted to do a Tae Bo workout video instead of hitting up the gym. I figured the video would keep my mind focused rather than treading along on the treadmill only wishing to be snuggled up in my bed.

Walking up to my house I kept contemplating if I should workout... My whole self was begging not to. Growing up you are always taught to think before doing anything, however I feel that this is one MAJOR exception! So, the mind switch was shut off and on went the video.

It was only 5 minutes into the video that I started feeling great. My body was moving and the sweat was dripping. After an hour of working out I quickly jumped in the shower, ate some egg white and hit the bed... HARD!

I usually can only sleep 3-4 hours inbetween shifts... don't ask me why. However, since I was completely exhausted from not only staying up all night but working out, I slept soundly for 7 hours. I was shocked when I looked at my alarm clock.

I guess exercise is good for more than just burning calories... It's one of the healthiest sleeping aids that has worked thus far. Cheers to Working out Exhausted!

So tell me, how do you workout when you are completely exhausted?
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    Good work making it through your workout when you did not feel like it. And I bet getting enough sleep was good too! I will definitely be checking out your other blog as well! I love reading people's blogs!
    3538 days ago
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