Insane new work schedule is impacting my health

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    Apr 17, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    Fitness input needed.
    Long and short of it: I'm about to go from 32 years of a normal schedule to a schedule where I work from 0200-1000 hrs at the bakery. I'm happy with my balanced health routine and sleep, but it's about to be turned upside down.

    Any tips for making a shitty news schedule work, esp with workouts. I have always done AM workouts, and if I don't sleep well and then work for 8 hrs I have no idea how I'm supposed to make that work.

    If you've got some tips on keeping my energy and making the change relatively painlessly, I'm all ears.


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    Apr 17, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    Working from 2AM - 10AM is not a nice schedule. But some of us have had schedules where we work 9, 10, 11 hour days with frequent weekends mixed in. For me, forcing myself to go to the gym immediately after work was always the best solution. It means packing gym clothes and shoes and carrying that around all day. But I found that if I went home first, I did not have the energy to leave for the gym. Your workouts may not be as good as before, but working out is still better than not working out. Eventually your body will adjust.

    I currently work from home, which surprisingly I find takes more effort to get to the neighbourhood gym than when I worked downtown and had to travel.
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    Apr 17, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    Get a new job.

    As a cancer survivor, I can tell you, nothing is worth your health.

    Fuck that bakery and move on.
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    Apr 17, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    Caslon is right.

    No job is worth your health.
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:53 AM GMT

    The thing is it's not just a bakery. I turned 32 and decided I hated technology work and wanted to do something I really wanted to do. I decided to go to boulanger/patissier school here in Belgium and work under a patigoutier to learn how to make build edible art. I'm obsessed with it, really, and it's given a lot of life to me so I want to pursue it.

    So, abandoning the dream isn't so easy. At least, not while I'm healthy and can give it a shot. I'd just like to minimize the impact because after all, I like sleep and HIV is only manageable because I'm healthy.
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    Apr 18, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    I feel for you man. I've been working 12-13 shifts since the first of the year. Hard to find time to work out and take care of myself.

    If the work keeps you busy it won't be so bad, just make sure you take care of yourself.