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1st Week Back to Work

Monday, July 06, 2020

Greetings all. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and our American members had a nice holiday. I have been back to work since Thursday. Trying to follow my eating pattern has been a little difficult, but I did meet my minimum goals for protein and fluids.

One thing I have noticed since surgery; my circadian rhythm has reset. I would normally go to bed between 2-3 am and naturally wake between 11 am and 12 pm. It is one of the reasons evening/mid-shift works so well for me, and covering nights is easier than days. After surgery, I found myself waking between 6 – 8 am, and zonked out by 11 pm. I am on my third 12-hour night shift, and I got just over 5 hours of sleep both yesterday and today. I am DRAGGING by the time 6 am rolls around, mentally and physically. I am really hoping that I can get back to my old pattern, or my preferred work schedule is going to be torture.

As I am exposed to more foods at work, I am starting to get cravings. Some things will be doable, if I make the item myself to control sugar and fat content. There are things that I may be able to partake of in small amounts, 9 months down the road, but I need to be patient and let my body fully heal. I did give in to one craving; the Bush’s Baked Beans commercial got to me. I could probably make my own, but that would be a large batch, and my mom has to limit the amount she eats because of her IBS, pop shouldn’t eat them because of his kidney disease, I can only eat about an ounce at a time. It’s not something that will freeze well, and I don’t want to worry about the left overs going bad. So, I got one can and I have enjoyed them without any problem.

I did check my weight this morning, and I am almost to the 20 lb. lost mark, and people at work have noticed. I am also back in large scrubs!! I hated the XL, they are unisex and they are too long in the inseam, so they always felt like that were falling off.
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  • MANGO1960
    You are doing great. I think you body will adjust to work schedule again just give it a little time. emoticon
    148 days ago
  • LACRESHAH
    Hi Mami,

    You are doing good, just keep your eyes on the prize! Hopefully you can get your rhythm back and things will get easier and I hear you on the cravings. Smart move, you don't need that stuff around the house, stay small and finish quickly! Would you recommend this surgery to others?
    149 days ago
  • MTNGRL
    I love hearing your progress. Well done. My DD still gets cravings and so often giving in means making a huge amount of food and literally having her eyes bigger than her stomach. She is visiting now and we are on day 5 of pasta salad extravaganza!
    149 days ago
  • AMUSICALLIFE
    You are doing great! Hope you can get into the night shift mode soon.
    150 days ago
  • GETULLY
    Good on You! I hope your sleep returns.
    150 days ago
  • NOTALOSER1
    Congratulations on your 20 pound loss 1 month in. A healthy lifestyle is a work in progress. You've got this! I have no doubt that you will make the necessary adjustments and THRIVE. To be honest, I LOVE Bush's Baked Beans. Could draining them be a possible solution to the sugar concern?
    151 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Glad that you are getting settled in to your routine
    151 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    You're doing great, and being thoughtful about what you can fit into your plan and in what portions. That's a tough one on your schedule, though. The night shift can be killer!
    151 days ago
  • TRINASFITLIFE
    Interesting on the circadian rhythm reset. I'm sure you know that the surgery cures diabetes too, right after. That would be the number one reason I'd get it if I could. For my diabetes.

    Sure how you get settled in your preferred sleeping pattern!
    151 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    I hope that you can get settled back into your sleep cycle again.
    151 days ago
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