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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
    382 days ago
    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?
    383 days ago
    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!
    383 days ago
    You are doing great! Hope you can get into the night shift mode soon.
    384 days ago
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    Good on You! I hope your sleep returns.
    384 days ago
    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?
    385 days ago
    Glad that you are getting settled in to your routine
    385 days ago
    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!
    385 days ago
    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!
    385 days ago
    I hope that you can get settled back into your sleep cycle again.
    385 days ago
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