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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 18:56
Just curious what everyone does for a living?? And how it might have affected your weight? I am an artist Smile I have several online businesses that cater to small businesses and work at home moms and I license my art to fabric, gift, card and scrapbooking companies. Basically I get to draw all day...snowmen, santas, kids, dolls. Its an awesome job and I get to call my own hours Smile My husband was a carpenter by trade but he is a stay at home Dad now who helps me with day to day stuff and aspects of the business, so with me sitting at a desk and him not working 8-10 hour days the weight started creeping on over the past ten years. We finally realized we needed to do something about it and put in a home gym.
whats your story?? How does your job affect your weight and/or weight loss?

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:09
I work for a lab at a major local hospital. I am a senior billing and patient results rep I also deal with HIPPA compliance so its pretty stressful. I am behind a desk all day! I train new employees call doctors and do stacks of reports. I have alway had a desk job since i was 17. Stess and plain old not taking care of myself is what did me in. Although they have food days like everyother week were everyone signs up to bring stuff in and we all eat junk. Im sure that didnt help either. lol the biggest facter in my job that affects my weight is that because we are a lab we are open 24/7 so sometime i have to work different shifts like nights and that just screws me all up. My body just wants me to feed it for energy. Tomorrow i start at 4am thats always a rough shift for me too.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:24
I work for scottrade, the discount brokerage house...I literally sit behind a desk all day, then go home and find it hard to get motivated..I use to be in school, running things for my sorority, and I was on the go all the time..now, I have none of that. I am working really hard to get a job that will allow me to be more on the move.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:30
I hear ya, its hard when your life changes.... about the same time I started my business I also moved from near Seattle where there was a ton to do and I shopped...ALOT...and got a lot more walking, etc. to a small dinky town where really all there was to do was watch the weeds grow...LOL...plus no espresso stand on every corner! everything hit me at once and WHAM! I got fat!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:31
I do Accounting, Payroll and Internal Auditing for a mining company. It's small enough that I get to do everything, haha. It's really laid back and fun when I'm up at the minesite counting inventory, but when I'm at head office it's a lot of stress. Add that to having multiple bosses who like to give me little jobs and it's pretty all-consuming. That's why i don't have much of a life! Smile The minesite is a beautiful remote property in the mountains of the Northwest Territories of Canada (with our own Hot Springs!), so I am pretty active when I'm up there, but when I'm down here it's like any other sedentary desk job. All in all, I love my job though. I get a lot of responsibility and get to solve problems all day. Very Happy

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:31
I used to work a night-shift in a call center for Chase bank. I did 9 years there...no sleep, stress (from mean customers or stupid bank policies), and vending machines around every corner. This, along with 4 children, helped me put on 70 pounds. Now, I am a stay-at-home mom. Hooray!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 19:46
I've been unemployed for the past 13 months. Sad

Elly - I was at WaMu and got let go when Chase came on board.

So this past year I only gained 10 lbs.... but any muscle I might have had has turned into flab. My stomach is huge now.

I get mad at myself when I think of how I wasted time. When I was working I always thought... if I had more time I'd work out. Now I've had all the time in the world and all I did was watch tv.

So 5 weeks ago I decided to make some changes. I'm doing Atkins and I've started exercising regularly. Being unemployed it's still not easy, but I'm trying!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 20:34
When I was a teenager I worked in a high end fabric store, so I was on my feet all day and I had to walk a mile to and from work. I dropped about 30 lbs one summer. After high school, I started working a desk job and that's all I've had since. I've gained about 120 lbs since then. Now I'm a bookkeeper for a CPA firm. You can imagine Feb - Apr is pretty stressful, although this year I didn't let it get to me. I just did my own thing. But I sit ALLLL day. My office is now in the corner and many times I don't even see the other people in the office! I vowed the other day to increase my activity, I was going to use the printer on the other side of the office, and drink a ton of water so I have to go the bathroom at least once an hour (which is on the other side of the building). That should increase my activity to about 1/4 mile walk a day. lol Hey...it's something!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 20:50
I'm a full-time university student, so that keeps me quite busy for 8 months of the year, but just this week I got a desk job for the rest of the summer. It definitely leaves me tired and unmotivated at the end of the day but I did lose some weight this week! I work out a lot when I'm in school because we have an awesome gym that lets us in free with our student card, but this desk job is killing my weight loss!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 20:58
Enterprise technology performance metrics analysis for a bank. Have an office that I should really use more because it gets me out of the house, but have enjoyed the luxury of working from home so much that my already too-high weight has been creeping up over the past couple years, especially once I quit smoking. There have been periods where I didn't leave the house for days at a time because I didn't need to!

On the flip side, being able to work from home means that when I can finally afford the $3k treadmill of my dreams, I can put it in my office then walk/jog during the conference calls I only have to listen in on.

In general though, for many years I was a workaholic trying to move up in the company & the department I was in allowed me pretty much unlimited overtime, so it was easy to make excuses for not paying attention to my health. My most recent promotion has been lucrative enough that I don't have to work as many hours anymore, & can now focus on my health & my family. Counting blessings today.
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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 20:59
Hello, my name is Tigger,
I was very fit until I got on at a 'Famous Burger'. I don't know if you have them where ever you are, but they are like a classy burger joint. I put on the pounds during the years I was there even though I was also working nights at an Office Depot. For the past 10 years I was sitting in front of a computer as a Telecommunications Engineer. Was of course before MCI went bankrupt and our CEO stole our 401k and then let us all go. Yikes! Anyway.... Now I own my own retail pet supplies web site, and again sitting behind this keyboard, cheek to chair, unmoving for hours at a time.

Good news: I dusted off my credit card, got myself a Wii and am on my 6th day of My Personal Trainer. It is quite enjoyable and I am already seeing muscle definition that have been hiding out since I was around 20 years old. The office chair may still own my ass, but I am taking my muscle back!
~ tig
My mind controls my body, my body no longer controls my mind.

There is no more falling off the wagon for me. I am on for the entire trip. I am the only one in control of how smooth the ride.

(Both quotes by ~tig)

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:10
I'm a systems engineer for a telecommunications company. I spend a lot of time at the computer with databases and drawings. Also, I'm studying in the evening for an additional degree. Too much time in front of a computer has caused me to put on the pounds. Now I'm controlling my portions and trying to squeeze in fitness time, when I can.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:18
I'm a high school student, currently a senior, and an over-achieving Advanced Placement student. That means for 10 months, I work virtually non-stop 35+ hours a week. Last year was when I was finally able to take AP classes, and the workload of US History was extremely demanding. Not to mention I've been overweight since I could remember. The weights just gone up from then.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:19
I am a full time university student studying TEFL (teaching english as a foreign language) over summer and inbetween illness and operations i work at a clothing store. but in a mere 17 days i am moving abroad to finish the final year of my degree and hopefully start some actual teaching.

I have always been big i was never really into being super active the last time i was in Norway (where i am moving too) I joined this site in order to lose 20lbs, since i got back from Norway and started Uni i gained an extra 40lbs eek all that alcohol and partying really took its toll and to be honest i barely noticed it untill some pictures taken of me on vacation last summer when it really hit me how big i was so i am back on it and although it may be slow i am actually going to make it this time!!!!
I have a blog Smile http://thewolfandthefox.blogspot.com/ not super diet related but a bit!!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:22
Pharma professional got laid off last summer and have been unemployed since November. MBA candidate part-time and looking for another job so I'm a giant ball of stress these days, which is never a good thing for an emotional eater.
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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:48
I am a Child Protective Services Supervisor currently working the midnight-8am shift. Before I became a supervisor, I actually did the Child Abuse investigations. I was constantly on the go!!!
I currently supervise the Child Abuse Hotline..and believe me some of the stuff, I see that goes on just stresses me COMPLETELY!!!
I feel like I've seen and heard it all!!!! It's overwhelming at times..but also very rewarding!!!..
Fortunately for me, the graveyard shift is at times very slow...and my co-workers and I coveted the "parenting room" as there is a DVD player and we find time to exercise on many nights. Other nights we wait until the sun begins to rise and we walk down to the art museum.. ( a 2 mile walk..usually able to be done is 30 minutes!!) lately, however everyone has given up on me..so I try to get to the gym either before work or after work...( that is when I am NOT working a zillion hours overtime!!)

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 21:50
Stay at home mom, and now that the kids are "grown", hubby and I take care of each other. Oldest lives about 3 hours away and youngest and his new wife live with us. I garden, mow, weed, landscape, clean, bake, can, and live out in the country with my hubby, 4 dogs, 5 cats, and 3 turtles. I was always a bit chubby, but I began to use food as a way to self medicate after our daughter died 1988. My weight has gone up and down for years, and when I started this venture I was at my heaviest weight ever. It was time to change it all, to forgive myself, and start living my life to it's fullest and I can't do that at the weight I was at. So, now I am finally looking forward instead of back, and in the process of "fixing" my body and I am also repairing my psyche!
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 22:06
I'm a buyer who works from home for a company that makes snack beverages.

I love my job. I gained a lot of weight when I first started there because my commute doubled, and I just had less time, and I always came home starving. Then, I moved away and kept my job as a telecommuter. And, gained more weight. I'm not sure why or how that happened. I guess I just like to eat and having access to the kitchen all day long facilitated my love of eating.
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 22:22
Until I had to go on disability because of my neuro condition I had my dream job. I was a archivist/researcher/restorationist and educator at one of the oldest and most historic churches the nations church(washingtons,franklins, penns, adams church while in Philadelphia) and burial grounds (Ben franklins grave along with many other signers and patriots) in the nation. I was constantly active both mentally and physically, saw things and touched things that were not handled in hundreds of years and interacted with children and adults from across the country and around the world day in and day out. Plus it let me sift through books day after day and just look things up! How my weight effected me on that job though was both good and bad, I lost alot while walking and repairing graves and aritfacts and climbing up and down ladders and stairs but kids and even adults can be very cruel sometimes when trying to people to impress thier friends during a lecture. I never waivered giving a lecture but I always held my breath not knowing what was coming and let out a big sigh of relief when nothing happend.

Originally I went to art school to become a toy designer/jeweler. Wasn't my cup of tea when I found out that in the end its just a business anyways. So the job at the church combined my love of art, history and writing and combined it into my dream job. While at the church I met a man in charge of hiring Philadelphia's "Personalities" actors who play Ben Franklin, George Washington, Santa Clause. Well he and I hit it off and he thought I would make a terrific Santa so for a few years I was Philadelphia's 4th official Santa lol! I attended official events, was the Santa for the Flyers, 76ers, the lacrosse team the Wings the Philadelphia hub of United Airways and made thousands of Kids happy. I think honestly that is one of the best things ever to come out of my weight!

Now because of the Psuedotumor Cerebri/Idiopathic Intercranial Hypertension I am on disability and am pretty much focused on my health at the moment. Once thats in check I plan to go back to school for my masters and become a History Teacher.
God doesn't give us what we want, he gives us what we need. The rest is up to us.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 01:39
I am a photo tech, the person who devolpes your film and photos, and runs the lab, keeping the machines working.I am on my feet all shift and we are normally busy to very busy so fast paced.Changing the maginzes ( what hold the paper for the photos) all through out the shift, it is heavy. We live near a six flags so we spend alot of time there, otherwise have 4 kids, that are somewaht active!

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