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Saturday, June 14, 2014

I don't know why, but sometimes just the slightest change in my routine can throw me totally off my game.

I have been working since I turned 16 and I have done shift work, first in fast-food, then as a Nursing Assistant, for most of that time. I did mostly Evening (swing) and Night (graveyard) shifts, with the occasional day shift. When I switched to Unit Secretary in Late 2011, I worked strictly days. It was an adjustment, but I worked it out and settled in. This past April, I left the Unit I worked on for the last 19 years for a position in a new Facility. I am still working for the same company, but we have a new, campus that is half the distance from my home. I am in the Emergency Room, and they have a secretary 24 hours, so I am back to shift work. I was hired for Evening Shift and I can work either an eight hour shift (3pm to 11:30pm) or a 12 hour shift (11am to 11:30pm or 3pm to 3:30am). The eight hour shift isn't too bad, but the 12's are taking some getting used to. This past Sunday I covered a 12 hour night shift, and it was an eye opener. First of all, I was not able to eat all my food or drink enough water, because we were so busy. I got home after, and tried to sleep, but it was so hot, I only got about 3 hours. We went shopping when mom got home, and then I just crashed. I got called in early on Tuesday, to cover for a co-worker who was sick. Instead of starting at 3pm, I punched in just after 9am. I was going to do strength before work. I got off at 7:30, but I din't get home until 9. Dinner and bed after. I have just felt like I have been chasing sleep the whole week. I have done some cardio every day, just havent gotten any strength. And as far as tracking food went, It didn't. I don't think I got enough water, either. I have my fingers crossed that the damage won't be too bad when I weigh in tomorrow.

Well, today has been a day off and I finally feel rested. I need to get off my okole (butt) and do some exercise. I can't let it be about how I didn't succeed last week, but how I will do better this week.

Have a great week all !
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    I admire your strength and determination. Enjoy your day off.. emoticon
    1465 days ago
    Changing around your sleeping schedule is TOUGH. Give yourself some time both to make the adjustment and figure out how your nutrition/exercise fits into the new routine!
    1465 days ago
    I wouldn't call that a "slight shift"! You worked strictly days for 19 years, and now you're back doing shift work, and the shifts alternate between partial days to all night. That's a tremendous change that you've found out this week is going to take some getting used to! Give yourself time to adjust to that. Buy a new fan for your bedroom so you can sleep better (do you not have ac?). Bring a jug of water to work, and keep it handy so you can sip from it. I'm glad you rested today! Hope next week is a little easier on you!
    1466 days ago
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