Glen Schuerenberg Transformation – Week 3
Glen Schuerenberg decided to tell his story to the world about his transformation. He is an amazing individual who is 100% open with what he wants to achieve and is not fearful of the criticism he may receive. The below is the start of Glens transformation log.
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Flip Flops and Rhythm
Chronobiology- the study of Circadian Rhythms
Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. They respond primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. –National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Studies show that shift work and other sleep disturbances like jet lag can disrupt your body clock and increase the risks of obesity and diabetes. – TIME
Have you ever noticed that your body can quickly adapt to a routine? The more consistent you are on a timeline the easier your body responds, right? That once you’re “locked in” and it seems like 2nd nature, the harder it is to break the cycle?
For the last 8 years I’ve had to reset my routine every 4 weeks, sometimes sooner, for work. We operate on rotating 12 hour shifts changing between days and nights every 28 days. I’m only scheduled to work 14 of those days but I work extra shifts often. Life happens on days off that make flip flopping my sleep pattern necessary. The constant changing makes developing a new habit tough.
Studies have proven that people who work nightshift regularly, burn fewer calories than their day shift counterparts. I’ve gained weight at an alarming rate the entire time I’ve been here. I was 30 when I took this job. I weighed a whopping 160 lbs. and left a high paced job that was very physically demanding. I’m not saying this job was simple but it only required bursts of effort compared to the constant push of my previous job. The problem was my calorie intake stayed about the same and eventually increased once I quit smoking. My weight, cholesterol, and triglycerides all went through the roof and I slowed down more and more. I was working myself to death while my job became less physically demanding.
The reason I’m sharing this with you is that many people face these issues daily. They have that ready made excuse, that tired crutch I’ve limped on for years. Do I expect that I’ll have ups and downs on this journey? Damn straight but I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of accepting things as they come down the line. I can let these facts be the millstone around my neck, that pulls me down, or I can put them on the wall to motivate me to push harder.
Best of Luck!
No significant changes in weight or body size for this check in.