October 21st, 2009

Slippery slopes

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

It’s good to see  in these times when the country is often quoted as going down the tubes, that we are world leaders in at least one field.

Which reminded me of my own steady decline.

Since being in the control room, my life has taken a definite turn for the sedentary. I have to say that sitting on my arse all day telling other people what to do is a pleasant change from running around like a blue-arsed fly & ducking people’s spit & punches all day, but it does have consequences.

The trouble is that I think life outside the job has also become a little less ‘active’ & I’ve noticed the onset of a little more ‘middle-aged spread’ than I’ve been hitherto used to.

The thing with working in the control room is that cakes seem to form a major part of the working week. There are birthday cakes, special occasion cakes, winning the local lottery cakes, cakes on Children in Need day, other charity day/event cakes, cakes when you make a cock-up, cakes when you’re late for work. In short, there’s a lot of the less healthy temptations in the room. I suggested bringing in a packet of carrots on your birthday but it hasn’t gone down to well so far.

Outside work, my lifestyle has changed too. Whereas until I retired, we’d stay at home eating bread & dripping, now we go out much more for big slap up meals & we can afford the occasional take-away too.  And I’ve noticed that I’m not doing as much jogging as before I retired. Well, actually that last bit is a lie as I’m doing exactly the same amount of jogging I did when I was in the job; bugger-all.

So I’ve resolved to do something about my weight. I’m going to think about it for a few months & see how it goes.

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7 comments

  1. Reactivly Proactive says:

    You need to integrate the old and the new. Carrots and cake = Carrotcake.
    Perfect result!

    October 22nd, 2009 at 00:40

  2. Kynon says:

    If you’re thinking of doing some exercise, then http://fitness-solution.blogspot.com/ usually has some good plans and they generally don’t involve using a gym either!

    October 22nd, 2009 at 09:15

  3. Fee says:

    Try this diet: 2 Weetabix for breakfast, big bowl of All-Bran for lunch, brown rice, grilled chicken and cauliflower cheese for dinner, rhubarb tart for afters, then more Weetabix for supper.

    It’s called the “Shit yourself thin” diet! The only side effects are the increased consumption of Andrex and an extremely strong possibility your nearest and dearest will make you sleep in the shed.

    Before the diet nazis descend on me like the wrath of God, I AM only joking!

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:48

  4. PC A HUNN says:

    I always wondered why they put the Comms on the 1st floor in my farce. They would’ve saved themselves a fortune in not having to reinforce the walls / floor if it was on ground level. Our lot are a tad rotund too.

    October 22nd, 2009 at 15:59

  5. Tony F says:

    I am in shape

    Potato is a shape.

    October 22nd, 2009 at 20:16

  6. Cogidubnus says:

    In your struggle for good health you could always do what I did…gave up the fags after 35 years frantic puffing…result…hmm, well…if you call going from 9stone 7lb to 14 stone in just over 8 years a result…

    October 22nd, 2009 at 21:12

  7. pc hawkeye says:

    After 20 yrs wrestling a big modybike I went into an office with little exercise other than reaching for the phone. I didn’t realize how much my trousers had shrunk until a visit from an old friend whose first words ‘You fat bastard!’ made me look again at my waist.
    Self discipline is the only way 200, cut out the cake/chocolate/biscuits or at least eat by halves as there are half the calories in each half viola!

    October 22nd, 2009 at 21:53

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