Thursday, April 9, 2009

Working 10 hour shifts makes you fat

Would you rather work an 8 hour shift for 5 days a week or 10-hour shifts for 4 days a week? If you asked me a week ago I would have said certainly I'd work 2 more hours a day for having an extra WEEKDAY off! Having a weekday off is so much cooler than having a weekend day off. It's not nearly as relaxing if my dad and brother are home too. In fact, I think I'd rather be at work.

However, now that I've spent a week working 10 hour shifts I'm realizing quickly there are some pretty significant cons to that schedule

1) I'm the only female in the house so by the time I come home I wouldn't say the house is in total disarray, but there is a touch of chaos around that would be more under control if I came home 2 hours earlier. My lazyass brother is neglecting his chores, there is a pile of mail that needs sorting, and there's always some dishes in the sink.

2) It's much harder to keep in touch with people. By the time I can get around to making the friendly phone calls it's kind of too late in the day. I haven't talked to my mom, sister, grandma, and aunts on the phone since I started working. Pretty much every phone call I've received in the daytime I have yet to return.

3) The absolute worst drawback of these 10 hour shifts is that IT'S MAKING ME FAT. It especially sucks because because I've just been able to get back on track with my weight loss and am pretty close to my goal.

Although it's only been 3 days I swear I can feel the difference in my jeans. a) I haven't been able to make it to the gym on the days I work. b) Also, in the office there's just too much bad food that's way too easily accessible. If you can ignore the bag of Twix and Skittles stashed in the file drawers you still have to be able to turn down the fresh, hot donuts someone brought in or the gourmet petit-fours being passed around. c) Furthermore, I've been eating dinner at 9:30 PM; it's usually a big dinner because I get home hungry from not having eaten a real meal at work.

So those are the major setbacks to my new job, other than things have been enjoyable. I'm haven't actually been hired as a full-time employee; however, a lot of people were out this week so I've had to come in for the full days. There will probably be a lot of weeks like this which is totally fine with me cause I've got reasons to be saving up some cash.


Goofy Girl said...

That's one thing I hate about long shifts is the lack of the real meal and then all the terrible snacking that occurs!

Hamza said...

and there is something missing about this post.

that you didn't yet tell us about your work..lool

RB said...

No, this is why you're fat.

Sam said...

yeh i hate 10hr shifts...i used to always hate month end because i had to stay for 10hrs..but i didnt get any days is so unfair!! careful...that is how i got fat so many years ago.....going from uni to work killed me...i was walking from one end of campus to another so many times a day and no time to eat..and while working all i did was sit on my growing butt and snack all day...those vending machines are evil! well now i am just fat because i just had a baby..:o)

asoom said...

goofy, yup! you have to make an extra effort to eat a real nutritious meal

Hamza....this post wasn't about my work!

RB, eww that's gross

Sam, you're definition of fat is different than mine, I'm sure you're not fat! but 3anjad I really need to make eating healthy a priority