Tuesday, September 26, 2023

How I lost 100 pounds ditching sedentary work and Shipt-ing the weight off

 Hello friends of this blog on how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or weight loss drugs. Today, as part of my September Weight Loss Challenge: Back to Basics, we're looking at the role that occupation plays in weight gain. Sedentary jobs are notorious for packing on the pounds and generally decimating overall health. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to ditch sedentary work and get up and move. 

I was a teacher for many years which is getting more sedentary and online as time goes by. Then as an online writer/blogger, it was all digital butt work. In that time, I went from overweight to morbid obesity. There were other factors, but I'm convinced that sitting the majority of the day led directly to getting overweight. 

Since I began shopping for Shipt in 2017, I'm much more active lugging, reaching, pushing a shopping cart, fetching and carrying, and running around the store filling Shipt orders. Being around food all day doesn't seem to be a problem because it is work-related. In fact, I'm too busy with my Shipt orders to think about food. One drawback is that when I come home at night, it is easier to reach for junk food than healthy 1200 calorie diet approved. But then, working from home remotely is no better. Sitting at my desk, 4 steps from the fridge, creates a lot of temptation. 

But I was able to lose weight when I was still working from home. In fact, blogging about the 1200 calorie diet and how I lost 100 pounds provided me with passive income and opportunities to research health and weight loss. And as for temptation, I've overcome poor eating habits before and I can do it again any time I want to. For me, active vs. passive sedentary work plus the 1200 calorie diet is the sweet spot to lose weight and keep obesity at bay. 

Now I can guess you're thinking: easier said than done, Mar. I can't just leave my job, the majority of which is computer-based (either in office or remote). Fair enough. So, in my next post, I'll explore how I lost 100 pounds doing sedentary work, including 1200 calorie diet tips, ways to get movement in and how to juggle work expectations with exercise needs. 

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