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10/6/08 10:52 P

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Thanks for replying, I worked 12 hour shifts and rotate from nights to days every 6 weeks. We work 56 hours one week (mon, tues, fri, sat, sun) with one of those nights being an 8 hour shift then the next week only work wed and thurs. So, i do have some time off but i have some other part time jobs and with rotating shift just when i think i have a rotinue down i switch and feels like i am starting over. I have been really good last week with eating, but i started this local biggest loser contest and want to win the grand prize so i am working really hard. Hopefully it will create some good habits while doing it. Sometimes i am just flat out tired, its really hard to get a workout in on a workday, trying to find that balance btwn family and work alone is hard but through in some gym time and it can get really hard for my 4 yo son who doesnt understand.

Thanks again for the support, i can really use it. I weigh in again this Thursday so i will log my progress when i find out. I need to log my food again, got out of it this weekend.

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9/29/08 12:58 P

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Hi HARRATL ... emoticon to the 9-1-1 WLL team. Glad to have you with us. I work in a small comm center (12 dispatchers, total) in ND. We are responsible for all the emergency resources in the county which means 1 sheriff's office, 5 city police departments, 1 city fire department (three stations) 15 rural (volunteer) fire departments, 14 rural (volunteer) ambulance services and one ALS ambulance service that is manned 24/7. In addition we have direct radio contact with Highway Patrol Troopers in our area. They respond to our requests to take accidents and will also look for reckless driver calls we put out on the state and county channel, but they are "controlled" by State Radio out of Bismarck.

As for our shifts ... we used to work a rotating cycle in which we rotated from days to nights to afternoons and back to days. We rotated every 28 days (every 4th Sunday) with our days off backing up one day every time we rotated hours ... if you have Tuesday/Wednesday off these four weeks the next four weeks you have Monday/Tuesday and the week after that you have Sunday/Monday, etc. It takes us seven rotations between weekends off, so when we do rotate to weekends they are highly cherished and fiercely guarded. About three years ago we stopped rotating hours and were assigned to permanent shifts, but still rotate days off every 28 days, so it still takes seven rotations to get to weekends off. This coming weekend in my last Friday/Saturday off, so I won't see any part of a weekend off for nearly seven months. By the way, when we went to permanent shifts I, as the shift supervisor with the least amount of seniority, got "stuck" with the afternoon shift. Afternoons was actually my favorite shift when we rotated, but the one I wanted least as a permanent shift. I work 3 - 11 so my husband and son are sound asleep when I get home at night, are gone before I get up in the morning, and return home from school and work after I leave for work in the afternoon. Sometimes I feel like I should wear a name tag around the house so they know who I am.

Like many others I packed on the pounds when I started working in dispatch, but in my case medical issues (a broken knee from a motorcycle accident the week before I started and a lupus flare up the following year) added to the problem of less physical activity, and "grazing" through the shift. Now I'm off the steroids I had to take to get the lupus back under control, have started exercising despite the knee problems (I need a total knee replacement) and watching what I eat. Any grazing I do these days comes in the way of carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower rather than cookies, brownies and chips. I pack healthy, well balanced snacks and meals before I leave for work, and if it doesn't come out of my lunch bag I don't eat it.

Edited by: TERRIEJO53 at: 9/29/2008 (13:01)
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JACQUELK's Photo JACQUELK Posts: 23
9/29/08 4:53 A

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Hello HARRATL!

Yes, this job can certainly pack on the pounds. You hit the nail on the head with portion control, you can work out as much as you want, but without counting the calories that you are taking in, success is difficult.

I also work 12 hour shifts (2 days/two nights then 4 off) What are your shifts like?

I manage to get 1-1.5 hours a day of mixed cardio and weights 6 days a week. I must admit, on my work days I have no life. I work out, work, eat, sleep- thats it. But it is worth it. I only really noticed a change when I started tracking everything that I eat. I have not cut anything out of my diet, I just eat a whole lot less now, because when I write down what I eat I feel a whole lot more accountable.

Anywho, hope your journey is successfull! Looking forward to your progress!

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EASTWATLH's Photo EASTWATLH Posts: 7
9/28/08 4:23 P

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Hello everyone, I saw some WA dispatchers in this group so I thought I would join as well. I am a dispatcher for Benton Co WA, known as SECOMM. I have been for 10 years and in that 10 years i have really packed on the weight. I like my job but the 12 hour shifts and down times have obvioiusly taken a toll on my body. My friend/co worker recently lost 60 lbs, she is my inspiration. But with working, family and a few other side jobs i have seems like i dont have time to do anything. I like to exercise, once i get in the mood but portion control has gotten out of hand. Anyways, look forward to chatting with you. Seeing what kind of shift you have and how you work everything into your life with still having a life.

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JACQUELK's Photo JACQUELK Posts: 23
9/26/08 1:29 A

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Very true, It is always nice to have support available, especially from someone who is familiar with our everyday stresses at work. Currently I live on the eastside out near Redmond/Sammamish. I do still work as a 911 dispatcher. I used to work as a dispatcher for WSP in Bellevue and moved to the agency I am with about a year and a half ago. Hope your weightloss journey is going well

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9/25/08 10:33 P

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Awesome. Which part of Western Washington? You work for a 911 agency as well? Good to have friends/aquaintenances and support available.
I am with Puyallup, as I said. Been here for 6 years now. My wife is also with Puyallup. She is a detective, but currently on assignment with WSP.

Talk to you soon.

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9/21/08 3:01 A

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Hi Topher! Im up here in Western Washington as well!



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9/18/08 8:11 P

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!

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Hi, and emoticon to the 9-1-1 Weight Loss Losers team. Glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your recent marriage. I wish you many years of wedded bliss and much luck on your goals to lose weight and get healthy. We've all struggled with both and will do what ever we can to support you.

May you always have
Love to Share, Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

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9/18/08 3:55 A

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Hello from Puyallup, WA. You all are probably wondering how to pronounce that. (Pew-all-up)
I have dispatched here for 6 years now. I dispatched in Salt Lake City, UT for 5 years prior to coming up here. I just married a detective from our agency and we are planning a family soon. Look forward to chatting with all of you. I also look forward to getting support and giving support to all of you fellow dispatchers.

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