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7/30/09 9:16 PM
Circumstances are difficult to change; but by changing yourself, you automatically change the effects of the circumstances. It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about how to lead your life. Committing yourself to a lifestyle of better health and fitness is the most effective way to improve the quality of life.



I started reaching out to those individuals with difficult situations that the majority would not understand when I started the Night Owls WOWY SuperGym™ workout group. This group would be for anyone that works the night shift hours or has to deal with someone in the home that works the graveyard shift. For some people living the night owl schedule it is just a preferred way of life. However being up all night and sleeping all day does make you a minority in the world. This lifestyle has its own unique challenges that the average trainer working in the gym has never experienced. It doesn’t matter if you are working all night or hitting the clubs for fun. I understand this alternative lifestyle and the problems most people deal with in maintaining a healthy balance between physical and mental fitness when living life outside of the mainstream hours. If the night life is burning you out and changing schedules is not an option, perhaps we can help.

Since the Supergym doesn’t seem to have a simple way for me to establish communication effectively with the Night Owls members, I decided to start this subcategory in the messages boards. I have worked the night shift hours for over 15 years and have dealt with all sorts of challenges that my schedule has created. So anyone who feels they could benefit from this group feel free to join us.
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RE: Night Owls
7/30/09 9:25 PM as a reply to UTF2011.
I don't work every night, but many times it's evenings nights and weekends. It definitely has its challenges, especially with working out. p90x has been a blessing in that sense, because I can work out at any time with little fuss.
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RE: Night Owls
7/31/09 6:57 AM as a reply to oldblueday.
At the moment I work a rotation shift only 3 or 4 nights per weeks. But when I work it is 14 or 16 hours per night. I have had to make modifications to my workout schedule doing P90X. But the program is so awesome that I am still seeing greater results that any time that I have wasted in the gym over the years.
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RE: Night Owls
7/31/09 7:55 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
There were days where I couldn't get a workout in (work night, kids in day) and so I made it up either on my rest day or doubled up in a following day. It was hard, but I got 'em all in. I'm happy I stuck with it. Now I'm addicted.

Even if you can't get 'em all in, do what you can. It's better than nothing. And "do your best and forget the rest." (Something like that, right?)

I started p90x+, which has shorter workouts. Also One on One has some shorter ones, for those days when you can't do a full hour+.
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RE: Night Owls
8/1/09 12:20 PM as a reply to oldblueday.
I am in the middle of my working weekend at the job. Every other weekend I put in over 42 hours in three days. (Fri-Sun) The lack of sleep and a regular eating schedule on these weekends is challenging enough. Then I have nights like last night. I over did it on the coffee intake and woke up this afternoon feeling dehydrated.

I just had my Shakeology for the first meal of the day and I am getting some water back into my system. I should have time to do some stretching and a 6 minute abs workout before going back into the factory this evening.

Is anyone else burning the midnight fuel this weekend?
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RE: Night Owls
8/5/09 9:31 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
I thought that I would have found more night shift people to network with by now. Perhaps working night shift hours is a smaller minority group than I thought.
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RE: Night Owls
8/26/09 1:16 PM as a reply to UTF2011.
I'm A third shifter, can I join?
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RE: Night Owls
8/27/09 9:55 AM as a reply to daveeuk.
daveeuk:
I'm A third shifter, can I join?




Absolutely, feel free to join in on this off shift thread.

I have been working a lot of overtime, so I have fallen behind schedule on a lot of things. Next week I plan to start another round of P90X. I lost a lot of weight the first time. I hope to develop better muscle tone with the second round.
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RE: Night Owls
8/29/09 8:22 PM as a reply to UTF2011.
I have been a night owl for about almost 4 years now, the nights are rough becuz there is really now way to eat properly on a consistent basis. ocassionally I would bring things to eat but not healthy food. it has been the quick burger from whataburger or a eggs and grits breakfast from a local 24hr diner.

finally I made a decision I had enough of this, being under 40 years old. constant jokes about being the "big boy" from friends, now I wasn't huge but I definitely wasn't healthy or strong. about 2 months ago I found an original set of the p90x program, started collecting the equipment I needed but had to take an out of town trip with my 11 year daughter to a fastpitch softball world series. I felt miserable the whole time I was there, when everyone was swimming or playing volleyball during our down time I was sitting watching.

partly due to the way I feel about how I look. heavy set, bloated looking stomach and absolutely no muscle. well I got back into town and on the first day back I pull the discs out, plugged the first one in my dvd player and haven't looked back.

yeah the workout are tough, yes my daughters have laughed at me for doing karate in the house or even doing yoga. but you know what I have already seen and feel a difference.
I realize I may not end up with a set abs at the end of this first 90days but I do feel I can get there and stay there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One other reason for doing this is that I have high blood pressure, and want to control it by losing weight and having a fit body rather than feeding a bunch of pills down my throat.


being on the night shift allows me to be home with my girls if they are sick or need something. currently working the midnight to 8am shift, I get home in time to see my youngest off to school now that it has started back up. right after see leaves I start my workout, however long it takes I finish the workout. then have a recovery drink, shower and relax for a little while befoer getting some sleep. usually I am back up in about 3-4 hours to fix dinner and take my other daughter to her practice. comeback home, get another 2-3 hours of sleep and go back to work.

now hoepfully I will stop working nights and go back to days full time but for now it works for me.
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RE: Night Owls
8/30/09 3:09 AM as a reply to nolejoel.
It is nice to see that I am not alone after all.

Don’t get discouraged nolejoel. My first round of P90X helped me drop 40 pounds, but I didn’t come out of it with a well tone ripped body. I am starting my second 90 day round on Monday. I took some time off for cold beer and Pizza, now it is time to get back on the program before the pounds come back. One thing that I discovered in my break from workingout is that after those 90 days of healthy food, I don’t even like the taste of fast food any more. For three years I lived off the dollar menu. I thought that I would treat myself to a double cheese burger and fries, but my stomach rejected it. This is defiantly a lifestyle change and not just another crash diet plan.
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8/31/09 8:32 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
I am definitely not discouraged more like the opposite, I am encouraged that I am starting to be able to keep up on some of the workouts, however I did the chest,shoulders and triceps to day and that kick my butt. I followed it right up with the ab x and that seems to work better I was going thru the cool downs then moving to ab x and I could only do 3-4 of the 11 moves but this time I got in about 6-7 of the moves with most of the reps.

I am in phase 2 now so things will get tougher for a little while.

one thing I am having a problem with is that I do not have the nutrition guide, I have and orignal copy of p90x but I did not get the book to go with it. so I am trying one of my other nutrition recipe books and it working somewhat.

as far as fast food, I actually have no desire for a hamburger, if I do it's a turkey burger from my own grill. the only thing I have been eating is a chicken sandwichs and even those leave something to be desired.
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RE: Night Owls
9/1/09 10:33 PM as a reply to nolejoel.
Yesterday was my start of a second round of P90X. I have mixed my workout schedule up a little to better fit with my work schedule. I know that this may hold me back from seeing dramatic results in as quick a time period as people have seen who can follow the program as it was designed. However as long as the end result is better health and fitness, I am OK with that.

Day one I started off with X Stretch. I felt this was a good workout to start back up on to loosen up. From my last 90 workout I was able to gain a 1.5 inch increase on the draw length of my bow. For people like me that are involved with archery sports an increase on draw length equals out to a faster arrow speed and a more competitive edge.

Day two was the Shoulders & Arms workout. I would like to gain more mass on my chest, arms and upper back over the next 90 day workout program. Day three will be the Chest & Back workout.

I am dropping down to a diet of 2,000 calories on my off days and 1,500 on the days that I work. Eggs and Apples will be my main food for the next 90 days. I still start every day off with Shakeology for breakfast. I feel that Shakeology is the best meal replacement / supplement I have ever taken.
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9/3/09 9:13 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
I am very envious of all of you who seem to have it together while working night shift. I work only three nights a week for 12-13 hours, but I care for my two kids when I do get home. I have a terrible time finding the motivation to workout (as if looking in the mirror isn't motivation enough) and eating is so tricky in the middle of the night when you're starving. I am fed up with my appearance and the way I feel, but just can't seem to get my act together. Anyone have any advice?
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9/3/09 7:38 PM as a reply to court1267.
court1267:
I am very envious of all of you who seem to have it together while working night shift. I work only three nights a week for 12-13 hours, but I care for my two kids when I do get home. I have a terrible time finding the motivation to workout (as if looking in the mirror isn't motivation enough) and eating is so tricky in the middle of the night when you're starving. I am fed up with my appearance and the way I feel, but just can't seem to get my act together. Anyone have any advice?


first of all as soon as you get home, and depending on the ages of your kids try to make that your work out time. My youngest gets off to school around 9 so I try to make my workout for around 9:30-10 am, once done with the workout I will drink my shake and relax for a little bit. now for you I would suggest to make the kids understand that it is your time of the day. sounds a bit harsh to say it that way but you need your hour to get it done. for the cardio's the kids can join in LOL!!!! lots of fun with young kids!!!

for eating at night it's plan, plan, plan and depending on you type of job you can still find a few places open late night. just stay away from the french fries and burgers. chicken tenders or a chicken sandwich. I take bananas and peanut butter to snack on maybe the occasional cottage cheese and fruit mix but try you best to plan for quick small meals, and drink lots of water.
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RE: Night Owls
9/3/09 7:49 PM as a reply to court1267.
court1267:
I am very envious of all of you who seem to have it together while working night shift. I work only three nights a week for 12-13 hours, but I care for my two kids when I do get home. I have a terrible time finding the motivation to workout (as if looking in the mirror isn't motivation enough) and eating is so tricky in the middle of the night when you're starving. I am fed up with my appearance and the way I feel, but just can't seem to get my act together. Anyone have any advice?




I have been surviving the night shift schedule for half my life now. I also spent years working 12 + hours before coming home and watching the children. It is difficult, but you can do it. The first thing that stands out in your statement to me is the starving in the middle of the night. I fought with this feeling for years. Then I realized that I wasn’t hungry at all most of the time. It was a symptom of dehydration giving me the feeling of hunger. I started cutting back on the caffeine by forcing myself to drink more water. If I have a 20oz cup of coffee, I do not drink any more until I drink 20oz of water. This prevents any dehydration and cuts down on the feelings of hunger.

However before I could attempt to give any advice that would directly help you, I need more information. What are your fitness goals and your current condition? How much sleep do you average? What type of workout program are you attempting to fit into your schedule? If you can answer these questions for me, I am sure that we can help you out.
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RE: Night Owls
9/4/09 2:37 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
Hello I also work the night shift and would love to join this group. It's so hard for other ppl to understand when you tell them you W/O at 7 or 8pm and you start your day at 4pm lol
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RE: Night Owls
9/4/09 2:52 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
Hello fellow night owls. If you have room for one more, I would love to join this group. I have been working 3rds for the past couple of years now.
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9/4/09 6:43 AM as a reply to jgadz.
http://teambeachbody.com/get-fit/supergym/workoutgroup/detail?group=10828791

here is a link to join the night owls workout group that sizemore created, I am also sending out buddy adds to update my buddy list and we can keep up with everyone's progress

keep pressing play, setting goals and reaching thememoticonemoticon
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RE: Night Owls
9/4/09 11:47 AM as a reply to FieryRepic.
lilkit734:
Hello I also work the night shift and would love to join this group. It's so hard for other ppl to understand when you tell them you W/O at 7 or 8pm and you start your day at 4pm lol




Welcome to the group fellow night owl.
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RE: Night Owls
9/4/09 11:51 AM as a reply to UTF2011.
Good morning everyone! I just woke up and started my day with my Shakeology breakfast. It is nice to see this group starting to grow. Welcome all!

I have a four day weekend off, so I hope to get in a lot of extra workouts. I don’t like to mess up my sleeping schedule much on my off days, so I will get my workouts in when the wife and kids are sleeping.

I have to mow the yard today and scout for Deer this evening. The plan is to get in a Kenpo X workout later tonight. The Kenpo workout is the one that I enjoy the most. Tomorrow will be a diet challenge. We will be going to a friend’s cookout, so it looks like Sunday will be a good day for lifting to burn the extra calories right away. What do you fellow night owls think; if I skip the potato salad can I drink an extra beer?

How is everyone else doing this weekend?
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