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#4854 10/21/01 07:13 PM
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sparky Offline OP
I pulled a 1/2 eaten sandwich out of my tool pouch the other day....a moment of realization of some poor dietary habits when it gets busy, my 'dining edicate' also lacks.
How do most of you manage?

[This message has been edited by sparky (edited 10-21-2001).]

#4855 10/21/01 08:18 PM
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My sandwich doesn't even get packed. I just start with a large coffee and go until dinner most times. Especially when I'm doing a service change. does this explain why I still weigh 145?

[This message has been edited by Jim M (edited 10-21-2001).]

#4856 10/21/01 08:38 PM
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Two Chili Dogs for 99 cents at a local Convenience store...

Hard to find lunch for less than a buck!

(I wait til I'm hungry enough to actually eat them too)

I am told to add a disclaimer saying that my wife does offer to pack me a lunch... (but 99 cents is hard to beat for a hot meal...)

Otherwise I survive chiefly on Mt. Dew and Winstons...

Jim, gotcha beat by 5 lbs... 140 and 6'1"...
High "aspect ratio"...

[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 10-21-2001).]

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#4857 10/22/01 09:21 AM
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Tom Offline

Sounds like you're so thin that if you turned sideways & stuck your tongue out you'd look like a zipper. [Linked Image]

There is darn little work out there that is more important than my mealtime & I rarely skip lunch. Lunchtime also allows me to relax & shoot the breeze with the other men on the job.

I do weigh a little more than I used to, but a good chunk of that came when I quit smoking a little over a year ago. I'm 6'3" & 190

I try to stay as far as possible away from them chili dogs. Seems like any small town in WV has at least 4 hot dog joints & the one where I live is no exception.


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#4858 10/22/01 11:40 AM
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I usually stock up on a big breakfast and last out with coffee and sometimes a sandwich until packing-up time.

If I'm in a town I might use a local cafe for lunch, but eating out here is much more expensive than in America, so it's only an occasional thing.

Oh yes: 5' 9" and 160 lb. I gained about 20 lb when I was working in the States and have never lost it since!

#4859 10/22/01 03:53 PM
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I used to skip lunch in my younger days and just work through it, especially in the summer when it was too hot to eat. Genetics finally caught up with me a couple of years ago and I developed typeII diabetes. Now I have to stop for lunch or else take an unexpected nap I may not wake up from. I take a sandwich with me most days unless I know I'll be working close to some place I can eat semi-healthy. 6'4" and 235lbs.

#4860 10/22/01 05:18 PM
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sparky Offline OP
I'm 5'10, 175 lbs on a good day, I must confess to eating while working which is why i pulled the sandwich out of my pouch. I've made up many panels with a lunch nearby. I've been told driving & eating is illegal, but i ride around with a sandwich hanging outta my face using the baggie to keep my no-lox hands off anyways. I suppose this is all my own lack of discipline, but i just can't stand still when it's this busy.
wear that med-alert tag there...mine should read 'keep hands & feet away from mouth' [Linked Image]

#4861 10/22/01 06:10 PM
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Eat ? Who's got time, especially on a service, just suck it up until you are done, right? When I would do a service change power cut old rope down, thats when you really kick it into high gear, push, push and d*** it it better all go right the first time. Well one day my son brought my lunch by at the job-site, and I was flying around as usual he took one look at me and said, "Pop, Chill out", I cut him off short and sent him on his way, what do kids know anyway.
After complaining to my Doctor about stomach problems and finding out I had an ulcer, it all catches up with you, Tom's right nothing is more important than your health.
So I make sure I eat now, and I have slowed down the job will get done and it goes much smoother when I am calm.

#4862 10/22/01 07:49 PM
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I'm way better than I used to be.
Lunch used to consist of a full (shrimp, fries, salad, roll for instance) dinner meal. Of course I'd become tired, so I'd eat a candy bar or 2 in the afternoon, before coming home for dinner. If I packed a lunch I'd eat in on the way to the job.
It got me @ 5'8" to over 210 lbs.
Now I just eat something at break in the morning. We're required by law to take a 1/2 hour lunch break, which I usually use "exploring" neighborhood pawn shops, sporting goods stores, and the like.
Still love my dinners, and still drink a whole pot of muddy coffee in the morn, but the weight's comin' off fairly quickly.

#4863 10/23/01 10:08 AM
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Ever wonder why so many people who have worked hard to build a business either die young and leave it to spoiled kids or are not in good enough health to enjoy their fruits in old age?
Had I stayed in contracting I may have been one of those. The only medical exams I had when contracting was for a Class II flight physical and after I fell through a ceiling. The flight physical just determined I could see and breathe. The fall examination showed I had a tumor on a kidney.

After I became an employee last February (and aquired access to the deep pockets of Aetna) I had a physical. High Triglycreides. Prime candidate to Type II diabetes. Was put on megadosages of Niacin, told to exercise, told to eat regular meals and nutritious snacks, no caffeine, few sweets and lots of vegetables, and referred to a nutritionist. Also was sent to a sleep specialist for a sleep apnea study. Am now using a CPAP when I sleep to keep snoring from causing my blood oxygen from dropping too low. I have lost 30 pounds in the last 5 months and do not fall asleep at the computer as bad. I generally feel a lot better than I ever felt during the last 20 years. I wouldn't give up the way I feel now for any successful business.

I am not saying business will always ruin your health. It will if you let it, just like any habit or lifestyle that is not good for you. Keep your eye on the prize, but know what you are paying for it.

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