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Joined: Feb 11
Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 20:02
I'm starting a new job on Monday and will be working 4 10-hour days instead of the regular 5 8-hour days. I've been working out 20-30 minutes every morning and 30-60 minutes when I get home from work. This usually means dinner is at 6 with dessert/snack around 7. I'm pretty sure I will be hungry in the afternoon before dinner and will need a snack before working out. I think I will plan for a snack around 4pm and then workout when I get home w/ dinner at 7pm and either eliminating my evening snack or having it with my dinner. I guess I'm looking to hear from people who work 10-12 hour days and how they plan their meals and working out schedule. Thanks!
Joined: Dec 11
Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 03:51
I work 7pm-7:30am. One of my jobs has an hour and a half commute each way. For that job, I eat breakfast on the way, lunch at 1am and dinner in the car on the way home. I have been packing a veggie/finger food tray for the way home so I dont stop and eat fast food. I often have an energy drink which suppresses my appetite and makes the long night easier. This job has a gym so I try to hit it up for a bit on my lunch break.
For my local job, I eat breakfast at about 6pm, lunch at 1 am and dinner when I get home. For this job, I normally have tea and veggies if I need a snack after lunch. I normally work out before work if it doesnt cut into my 8 hours sleep. I dont sacrafice sleep for exercise.
I try to always have iced tea, hot tea or water to drink.
Joined: Sep 09
Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 06:22
I would recommend that you get out of bed early to do your exercise. I do pretty much ALL my exercise in the morning, and I love it. Sure, you need to wake up early, but it really is just a matter of habit.
Plan your meals well. Bring something that you'd be okay to snack on, but not something so tempting that it will be gone no matter what. Something that is interesting enough as a snack, but isn't calling you all day.
That being said, I find it easier on my 9 hour days (and the other work days too) to simply stay away from snaking and in-between meals. Once I get going I don't want to stop, so it's easier to simply not get going. Feeling hungry? Drink lots and lots of ice water - it really will fill you up.
I hope this helps.
...and of course you could put a larger portion of your exercise on your 3 days off from work.
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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 07:54
Thanks for the tips! Michelle, I will have a 1/2 hour commute 2 days a week and an hour commute 2 days a week. However, some of that time will be on the clock, so it should even out as far as time away from home. I'd love to get my workout in in the morning - I've been getting up at 6am since January in order to get 20-30 minutes of HIIT/Zumba. HIIT kills me, so I can't pair it with any other exercise at the same time. I guess I could do the Zumba for an hour in the morning if I got up at 5:30. Could also just do HIIT on my days off. Hmmm. That would probably solve a lot of issues with eating when I get home. I would be able to eat as soon as I get home. I could probably work in some weight training in the evening since that does not really require an empty stomach. Thanks for the confirmation that this can be done! I do not intend for this to hinder my progress - I have 7 lbs to go to my original goal and about 20 lbs to go to my ultimate goal.
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