Weight Loss Support - Do you loose or gain weight while at work?




irishcanary
01-06-2013, 07:16 AM
Hi all, i have just started a new job as microbiologist. I am very excited to start it as it was something i studied in college. However i am more excited for the fact that when i am working i find it easier to loose weight .It has something to do with the fact i am always busy and dont have have time to just nibble.

I also take a prepared lunch with me which is always super healthy.

So do you find it easier or harder to loose weight while working?


Misti in Seattle
01-06-2013, 07:19 AM
I also find it easier when I am working, because I am very busy. I work at a desk job so it is plenty easy to sit and nibble all day but I simply broke the habit. Also, I have plenty of healthy snacks in my desk and always take a healthy lunch and fresh fruits and veggies so if I do snack, it is on those.

emurph
01-06-2013, 07:58 AM
I found it harder when I was working. Not because there were an abundance of treats available, but because I worked with all men who went out to lunch every day. They didn't order salad, so why should I? Obviously I have very little willpower!

At my current job (SAHM) I tend to stress eat. 2 year old having a rough day = I will binge during nap time. I'm working on being conscious of that and making better choices.


foucault
01-06-2013, 08:27 AM
I think it's oodles easier when I'm working as long as I don't snack. I work a desk job and as long as I'm busy during the day (which I usually am), I don't snack at all. On weekends, I'm constantly trying to keep myself out of the kitchen, though. After years of struggling, I've realized that I'm a bored eater. Boredom = huge weight gain.

Engrid123
01-06-2013, 08:31 AM
Last year I worked at a school where one of our moms was constantly brining in yummy home made treats (warm frm the oven) once to twice a week! Now that I am at a new school I am doing much better as my eating is much much more controlled.

foucault
01-06-2013, 08:45 AM
Last year I worked at a school where one of our moms was constantly brining in yummy home made treats (warm frm the oven) once to twice a week! Now that I am at a new school I am doing much better as my eating is much much more controlled.

Sometimes I wonder if people understand what they are doing when they bring in goodies to people who are trying to behave themselves on the eating front. My previous job had a client who always brought in pies. I'd thank him and talk about how I was going to enjoy the pie. Really, I planned on putting it in the kitchen for everyone else so I didn't spoil my diet. He would stand there and make me eat a slice before he was satisfied, though. It was really frustrating.

I think most people are just trying to be nice and do something thoughtful for others. But sometimes I wonder at motivations being a bit more manipulative.

Nikel1979
01-06-2013, 08:51 AM
I can't snack at work, since I work in a lab. I usually bring my lunch, but if not the restaurant a couple of buildings over has a pretty decent salad bar, and it's pretty affordable. It's just the getting to the gym at 6 AM to get my runs in before work/class that's hard.

coffeeshopgirl
01-06-2013, 09:50 AM
Hi irishcanary - I work in microbiology too!

However, I was teaching and doing social work for 5 years prior, so when I got my lab job, I gained about 25 pounds! The difference was being up walking around and then sitting at a microscope all day. I got most of my exercise at work from my old jobs. But, as the microbiology job was a step up, I gladly accepted. In fact, gaining weight last year was what helped me start this weight loss journey. It was important for me to learn how to lose weight while at a sedentary job.

Now, I prep all my meals too. Lol, it's so cute taking my lunch box to work everyday!

pinkflakes
01-06-2013, 09:52 AM
I am a stay at home mom/housewife....So trying to keep myself off the computer and do more "active" things is a challange for me.

sontaikle
01-06-2013, 09:54 AM
He would stand there and make me eat a slice before he was satisfied, though. It was really frustrating.


WOW really? Don't let people do that to you. What a jerk!

One thing I've learned whilst losing weight is to have a backbone and NOT let anyone force me to eat anything I don't want to. I've actually yelled at people who kept bugging me to eat something I don't want to.

Not to mention I can't tolerate some sweet things anymore, so I'd rather not get sick just to make someone happy!!

I don't understand people who won't be satisfied unless someone eats something.

LockItUp
01-06-2013, 11:09 AM
I find it easier to stay on plan when I'm busy. Not to say I won't/can't stay on plan when I'm not, just easier when I am. The last 2 weeks I've been on Winter Break from work, I've been home 24/7 with the kids, plus the holidays, and I've managed to do ok. BUT I'm super excited to get back to my regular schedule tomorrow. I only work part time (20 or less hours a week), but man does it help me mentally!

GlamourGirl827
01-06-2013, 11:22 AM
I'm a nurse so when I was working fulltime, running up and down the halls and I never had time to stop and snack, I always lost weight. Although it was counter productive for binging, because I might not eat until 8 hrs into a 12 hour shift, and I would then over eat...
I'm a stay at home mom now, and well currently I'm dealing with pregnancy m/s, but typically its very hard for me to stay out of the kitchen.

foucault
01-06-2013, 11:36 AM
WOW really? Don't let people do that to you. What a jerk!

One thing I've learned whilst losing weight is to have a backbone and NOT let anyone force me to eat anything I don't want to. I've actually yelled at people who kept bugging me to eat something I don't want to.

Not to mention I can't tolerate some sweet things anymore, so I'd rather not get sick just to make someone happy!!

I don't understand people who won't be satisfied unless someone eats something.

Yeah, I was a bit thrown off the first time it happened. He was a big client and everyone went out of their way to not rock the boat with him. After a while, I discovered that cutting a piece and eating a bite and then excusing myself to take care of an "emergency" would make him go away. Then I could dump the rest of the slice in the garbage. Wasting pie is sad, but it was his fault it got wasted.

OhThePlaces
01-06-2013, 12:50 PM
I'm not sure! I teach part-time (15 hours a week) and while it does keep me busy, there are always treats around and we even cook with our kids once a week. I think my schedule is probably perfect for a healthy lifestyle because it keeps me occupied 3 mornings a week, but still allows plenty of free time for the gym.

AnnRue
01-06-2013, 01:04 PM
Then I could dump the rest of the slice in the garbage. Wasting pie is sad, but it was his fault it got wasted.

I lose more weight at work. I am often busy and the time just flys.

However, I have a "eat it or I will make you pay" co worker. It is really bad. She is an older lady and uses her favor with my boss to force, yes force, me to eat these treats she makes. My male boss, also overweight, feels like somehow I am being rude to her not to eat them... and so if I don't.. he will make me pay.

It has become a massive issue. At first, I told her I didn't like the coconut in them and then she made me non coconut. Then I told her... I would prefer not to have them due to weight issues... and now... she makes about 400 every year for my present. I take them, and throw them out.

One more year until they are both forced to retire.

dayoneagain
01-06-2013, 01:20 PM
It has become a massive issue. At first, I told her I didn't like the coconut in them and then she made me non coconut. Then I told her... I would prefer not to have them due to weight issues... and now... she makes about 400 every year for my present. I take them, and throw them out.

One more year until they are both forced to retire.

Wow, I can't actually believe that you are having to deal with this?! I would not be able to tolerate being treated like that - are you seriously going to wait A YEAR before being free of this?! PLEASE set yourself free instead! It's easier said than done, but you would be so much happier if this stopped, surely?

As far as my work eating habits, since coming back after the holidays I have found it really easy to avoid any snacking during the day. I take my own lunch so I know in advance what I am going to be eating. A co-worker asked us all last week if she should bring in a HUGE box of chocolates she has left over from Christmas as a treat for us all in the office and I told her I would really rather she didn't - a few people looked a bit surprised, but she wasn't too bothered by it I don't think.

AnnRue
01-06-2013, 01:28 PM
Wow, I can't actually believe that you are having to deal with this?! I would not be able to tolerate being treated like that - are you seriously going to wait A YEAR before being free of this?! PLEASE set yourself free instead! It's easier said than done, but you would be so much happier if this stopped, surely?

The best revenge is being at goal weight - while they are still fat -- and watching them be forced to retire .... while I have a good job and get me a new boss when they leave.

Yup... I will wait a year... and I will be thin and I will do whatever it takes to ensure they don't derail me. And as they are forced out the door... I will laugh.

But I post the story to illustrate that if you think there aren't people out there like this... there are.

Jez
01-06-2013, 01:29 PM
If work is slow (I am freelance, and do not work a 9-5), I get depressed, and eat a lot more. When work is busy, I eat poorly because I dont have the time or patience for good food choices while on the gogogo. Happy mediums are perfect for me.

sontaikle
01-06-2013, 02:20 PM
Yeah, I was a bit thrown off the first time it happened. He was a big client and everyone went out of their way to not rock the boat with him. After a while, I discovered that cutting a piece and eating a bite and then excusing myself to take care of an "emergency" would make him go away. Then I could dump the rest of the slice in the garbage. Wasting pie is sad, but it was his fault it got wasted.

Don't feel bad for wasting pie. His fault for bringing you something you didn't want anyway.

I don't really consider treats like pies, cakes, etc. food that's worth saving. It's not helping anyone, so I really feel no qualms about throwing it out. I'd feel bad throwing out something nutritious!

Sometimes what would help me is saying "I'll have some in a little bit!" and most people forget that you never had any. I'm not sure if it would work in this jerk's case (if he literally waits for you to get a piece), but it usually avoids drama for me.

I lose more weight at work. I am often busy and the time just flys.

However, I have a "eat it or I will make you pay" co worker. It is really bad. She is an older lady and uses her favor with my boss to force, yes force, me to eat these treats she makes. My male boss, also overweight, feels like somehow I am being rude to her not to eat them... and so if I don't.. he will make me pay.

It has become a massive issue. At first, I told her I didn't like the coconut in them and then she made me non coconut. Then I told her... I would prefer not to have them due to weight issues... and now... she makes about 400 every year for my present. I take them, and throw them out.

One more year until they are both forced to retire.

Ughhh! Wow! I'm so sorry you have to deal with that. I hate when people try to guilt you into eating something because they "made it for you." I've gotten that from family members on occasion but it's a totally different ballgame when it's your boss! :(

alaskanlaughter
01-06-2013, 02:38 PM
i do better when im at work and my routine is more structured...i work in the morning, then take my older son to school, then either run errands or go to the gym, actually i do both in whatever order works for me, then i go back to work til 6 p.m., then i cook and clean and do homework with my younger son and it's nearly bedtime...my eating is very structured and i only make healthy choices available...the hardest part is sweets in the staff lounge...i've gotten to where i will take a small piece or just a few bites, rather than fall headfirst into it though LOL

it was harder staying home over winter break because i didnt have much to do and then wanted to eat...tried to keep myself somewhat in a routine and somewhat busy...

on christmas day morning i weighed 181 which is an all-time low for me...by the end of that week i weighed closer to 188 but i do believe it was mostly water weight and TOM coming on etc...so after that week, i tried alot harder to get back on plan, continued working out and TOM came and went and today i'm down to 182-183 which is really where i was before christmas morning anyhow

foucault
01-06-2013, 02:48 PM
I lose more weight at work. I am often busy and the time just flys.

However, I have a "eat it or I will make you pay" co worker. It is really bad. She is an older lady and uses her favor with my boss to force, yes force, me to eat these treats she makes. My male boss, also overweight, feels like somehow I am being rude to her not to eat them... and so if I don't.. he will make me pay.

It has become a massive issue. At first, I told her I didn't like the coconut in them and then she made me non coconut. Then I told her... I would prefer not to have them due to weight issues... and now... she makes about 400 every year for my present. I take them, and throw them out.

One more year until they are both forced to retire.


Wow! That's horrible. I think tossing it until they are gone is the best course of action, especially if you want to avoid the drama-llama that comes along with disagreeing with someone in your workplace. Stay strong and you'll get the last laugh!

dayoneagain
01-06-2013, 02:48 PM
The best revenge is being at goal weight - while they are still fat -- and watching them be forced to retire .... while I have a good job and get me a new boss when they leave.

Yup... I will wait a year... and I will be thin and I will do whatever it takes to ensure they don't derail me. And as they are forced out the door... I will laugh.

But I post the story to illustrate that if you think there aren't people out there like this... there are.

You are a tough cookie! Well done for being so strong in such a difficult situation!! :)

AnnRue
01-06-2013, 02:54 PM
You are a tough cookie! Well done for being so strong in such a difficult situation!! :)

Thanks all.. . sorry to hijack the thread. Actually another thinner co worker is equally miffed and has expressed her displeasure with the constant forced food.... it may force and end to it since she is older as well and well regarded... we are hopeful.

jeminijad
01-06-2013, 02:55 PM
I'm a hobby pastry cook, so I've brought plenty of pies, tarts cookies and the like in to work. I'm really very good, and my stuff is usually gone within minutes (or at least it was while I still worked. SAHM now.)

But I put it down and leave the breakroom. I don't even always know who eats it. I can't imagine handing some directly to someone!

Kery
01-07-2013, 04:48 AM
I tend to lose weight or at the least maintain when I'm at work, indeed. First because you just can't spend time nibbling and grazing when teaching classes all day long. :D But simply "being busy" in general is enough to make me forget to eat, or eat little, and fast, to be rid of it. (Seriously, I managed to lose weight when I was working at McD's—and that was with eating once a day at least. o_O)

JossFit
01-07-2013, 08:16 AM
I suppose it depends on what I have going on at work. If I'm deployed (I'm military) I'm on my feet CONSTANTLY and actually dropped 15-20 pounds each on my last two trips in only 75-90 days.

Day to day when I'm at home is mostly spent at a desk, and I am very suseptible to boredom eating, so it's a lot easier to gain.

EagleRiverDee
01-07-2013, 01:31 PM
For me it depends. My last job, I gained 90 lbs. 10 lbs a year. Part of that was due to an undiagnosed thyroid condition, and part was just that I was working really long hours, had a sedentary job, and ate like crap. Lots of take-out and frozen meals.

I changed to a job closer to home, I go home now at lunch and eat fresh homemade meals. I have less stress. I don't have a 2 hour commute any more (it's 8 minutes now, yay!). I have more "me time" and so I exercise more. I've lost 47 lbs since I started this job.

Song of Surly
01-07-2013, 02:03 PM
Sometimes it's a bit of a lose/lose for me.

When I am off for holidays, I have the urge to nibble a lot or go "out" so that I can get rid of the cabin fever, especially in the Winter.

This is my first year working as a teacher with some very challenging students, so sometimes after a terrible day at school, I just want to go out to eat as a form of "escapism". I get the feeling sometimes that I want to escape from my brain constantly cycling through self-doubt and possible solutions with soft lighting, inane conversation and a huge plate of Japanese food. Still, I've resisted the urge and have lost weight while at my new job.

CircClerkJen
01-07-2013, 10:10 PM
Apparently you can also grow taller while at work. Today one of my co-workers asked "did you get taller, you look different?" I said I don't know about being taller, but I've lost 40lbs. It was cute :)
I did walk a little taller after that.