Post # 1
I’m having such a hard time being motivated to eat right, and exercise. By the time I get off work, exercising is the LAST thing on my mind. And when I wake up I for the most part feel like poo. Lazy poo, who usually doesn’t want to fix dinner. “Picking something up” has become a little too much of the norm.
I’ve had good success with WW in the past, but am having a hard time figuring out when to eat and when to cut it off for counting points…
Any suggestions? Helpful motivations? Stern suggestions from “drill seargent” type personalities?? Aside from whipping myself into submission I’m at a loss.
ANYTHING would be appreciated!
Post # 4
I’m a night shifter! I work 2000 to 0800 and I sometimes take a walk at work.
Post # 5
Is there any way that you can prep meals in advance so when you are hungry, all you need to do is cook it in a pan instead of having to assemble from scratch? I don’t know where you live but I have been going to one of those meal assembly places for years and even though it’s a bit more expensive than making from scratch, the time savings and having good food makes up for it to me.
Post # 6
*shrug* I’m not someone to ask about Weight Watchers stuff or anything like that… but I do have a busy schedule and hate having to cook during the week!
So when I can, I do my cooking on the weekend. Get it all ready for during the week so that when you come home & don’t feel like cooking, you have your own ready-made meals and all you have to do is heat it up. Then you don’t have to pick something up, and it’s a lot healthier & better for your wallet too!
Post # 7
Similar to what MissASB suggestion, try taking a day of the week (your day off?) and prepping meals for the rest of the week. I never worked overnight, but used to work 60+ hours a week. Every Sunday I would cook all day – lasagna, soups, salads, etc. I would precut veggies for snacks, and freeze everything in individual pans. That way when I’d get home super late and not feel like cooking, I would just toss it in the oven and done.
Post # 8
I used to sometimes work shift work that had me do two day shifts, two night shifts and then 4 days off.
We had a gym right in our office, but I used to bring my gym bag and do a workout on my “lunch” break at 3am. Made staying up for the last 4 hours of the shift so much easier.
Post # 9
I’m this way. We’re going to try this week to start cooking and a lot of times my fiance will cook but this will definitely be an issue with me working nights and him at school all day. We’re going to try to at least do simple things during the week like grilled chicken and vegetables. But I still have to figure out how I’m going to get motivated over the next month before the wedding to at least tone up a little bit.
Post # 10
I also am a fellow night shifter! I work usually from 7pm-7am, I have a hard time knowing when to eat as well. I feel like I end up just grazing over 24 hours, which is defiintely not the way to go! But I agree with the others, pre-preparing meals/snacks for the week has really helped me. I have also gotten into the habit of using my crock pot. It’s great for making simple, easy meals that you can throw together before you go to sleep in the morning and then wake up to a great meal to have either before you go into work or to package up for you dinner break. I have a few great crock pot recipes if you are interested, pm me!
Post # 11
If convenience is key, I know I’ve seen LOTS of women in my office eating WW microwave meals – they seem to enjoy them okay. That would definitely be simple enough.
Were you also saying you have trouble with the points because you can’t start/stop at midnight, since that’s “in the middle of your day” so to speak? Is your schedule inconsistent? I bet that makes it really tough!
Maybe just try to keep to the points in general, like, between major chunks of sleep, and if you have a “short day” where you’ll have fewer hours between sleeping, eat fewer points?
Post # 12
@MissAsB: @LittleLynx:@Lindsay12.31.2010: I end up working 4 nights a week, 10 hour shifts-Mon.-Thurs. So by the time the weekend gets here and I’m off work we usually have o many other obligations my good intentions to cook for the rest of the week are down the drain. But I REALLY like the idea of the meal assembly stores… I’ve heard of them, not sure if there is one close to me or not.
@SapphireSun: I would DIE to have a gym at work. That would make life SO much easier.
@laurenrock: I know! I’m such a snacker, and it’s so hard to stop!
@ddw: Riiiiight, you hit the nail on the head about what I was trying to say about the points. I work 10 hour shifts and generally get home about 8am.. I can sleep anywhere from 4-7 hours during the day. It always varies. So sometimes when I wake up earlier it’s hard for me to decide when to start eating.
I’ve been trying to eat a small snack when I first wake up (low in points) then eat dinner with Fiance, then just eat the rest of my points at work periodically through the night up until 600am. BUT it doesn’t always work out that way for me, and I don’t seem to see any changes, which can be a little discouraging.
Ughhh…So many good and bad things about working nights!
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!