I woke up yesterday around noon after setting my alarm for 1pm. I gave myself a little pep talk, got out of bed, dressed in my workout clothes, and walked on the treadmill at home for 30 minutes. I need to have these kinds of pep talks with myself more often. I also threw together some meals and snacks that we had at home to take to work.
It’s hard to drum up motivation to stay committed on a day-to-day basis. I find there are times I am super focused and other times I waver. We currently have a ton of snacks and treats in our dispatch center as a thank you from another dispatch center. I hate having to look at it all because then I think I want to grab for something. I am quickly reminded that I don’t need any of it nor do I really want any of it. And, nothing comes free of calories so if I did make the choice to indulge, I’d have to count the points for it. I’d rather stick to my pre-planned meals and snacks although they might seem less appealing.
I’ve realized over these last few weeks I’ve been working the swing shift (4pm-2am) that while I do enjoy being awake during daylight hours, I don’t feel like I have as much time before work as I do when I work graveyard (8pm-6am). When I work graves I go home and go straight to bed until about 2pm-3pm. When I work swings I get home at 2am and watch TV before going to bed and then wake around 12pm-1pm. I just feel so rushed to get in activity and meal prep before work. But again…I’ve been a bit lazy too!
It is hard sometimes to know that I am on night shift for the entire rest of this year. So far it has been going okay. I think I’ve come to realize that the silver lining is that for me it is easier to lose weight when I am on night shift. I think mostly it has to do with being less social and having less happy hours with my friends. I really do miss my time with friends and family when I am on night shift, but I am also reminded that even though I don’t work a traditional schedule that I can still be flexible. I may not have a Saturday off to go party with my friends but I have a perfectly good Thursday off if they want to party with me. This job is never easy but somehow I make it work.