My Job is Making Me Fat

Apple with Tape MeasureOk, maybe it’s not my job but I’m definitely packing on the pounds and they’re all settling right in my middle, which is not good for a variety of reasons.  Women who carry their weight around the middle increase their chances for many diseases including:

  • gall bladder problems
  • heart disease
  • risk of dementia
  • sleep apnea
  • some types of cancer
  • stroke
  • type 2 diabetes

For more information, check out the article, Belly Fat in Women:  How to Keep If Off, the Mayo Clinic’s website.

Almost 3 months ago I started an evening position at the library and in that time I have put on about 10 lbs ~ right around the midsection.  I didn’t really notice it at first. Honestly, it just sort of crept up on me, but today I seriously thought about calling in fat.  Why?  Because a pair of jeans that were loose a few weeks ago are, at this very moment, choking off the blood supply between my upper and lower extremities.

How did this happen?  Easy, I work from 2 to 10 PM so by the time I get off work the only places to eat are fast food places, so I usually grab a grilled chicken sandwich, fries and a sweet tea.  By the time I get home from my 45 minute commute, I’m still wired, so I watch TV from about 11:15 PM til 1:30 AM, then I sleep until 6:30 when the kids need me to take them to the bus stop.  And if you follow me on Twitter, then you know I immediately go back to sleep until about 10:30 or so.  Talk about a sedentary lifestyle, all I do is eat fast food, sleep and sit on my butt for 8 hrs a day (unless you count the times I have to unjam the printer, return a movie to the stacks or do the closing rounds).

I have to do something.

And that “something” means that instead of sleeping all day, I’ll be hitting the gym in the mornings after the kids leave for school.  Furthermore, I’m going to have to figure out another meal plan besides the “stop at the fast food place on the way home because it”s still open and ignore the fact that I can no longer wear jeans and bend at the waist plan” that I’m currently using.  Sigh.

Do you have any tips for leading a healthy lifestyle when your schedule is all messed up?


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