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Old 09-13-06, 10:48 PM   #1
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Non commuting Co Workers Weight gains & Execuses!

A few folks at work are bothering me with their execuses in that they are not happy with being overweight. Constantly complaing about it.


Not to sound too harsh but the last few months has really enlighted me on my fellow workers.

I been commuting to work over the last 4 months. Now I am not naturally gifted in any area of exercise.
I am 37 years old, 6,2, and about 194 to 200 lbs at any given time. Sine I am not naturally skinny I have to work maintain under 200lbs.

Basically if I am not biking, I run and lift weights to burn calories as to not to become too fat.

So since I started biking to work many co wokers have commented that they wish they could do the same, but a few are really getting on my nerves because they always complain about their problems with weight and obesity but never do dang thing about it.

I have basically tried just about everything and have given completly up on them as just an excuse mongers.

As an example today, my boss came by drinking a super rich choclate milk bottle of about 450 calories. He said ahh I like this stuff. Then he looks at the bottle of milk and says man there is like 450 calories in that stuff. I was shocked of course. He said, gosh it is hard to keep under 3000 calories a day with me drinking 2 to 3 of these a day.

I said wow, that is a ton of calories. He says what do you care you bike like a ton of miles anyway and cant get fat. I said like many times before that I have to watch what I eat as well.

I also told him that 1 of my frozen dinners contains about the same calories as his milk. Later as I came back to my desk with my lunches he walks by. On the top of my dinners are low fat dinners that have the colorie labels. I had 2 dinners sitting out with a combine value of 520 calories for both items. I also had a diet pop.

He looked at the values and said well you see here the only problem is the sodium content is too high !

Execuse after excuse of not being able to walk, bike, lift wieghts and diet has lead me to think he is a constant complainer.

Oh by the way he has a fee gym that the company pays for !

Any of you have advice or similar folks at your work ?
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Ignore them, change the subject, let them deal with it themselves.
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People are always looking for an easy way out and someone else to blame for their problems.
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I get exactly the same thing as you, with the boss I make like the penguins in Madagascar "just smile and wave boys, just smile and wave" meaning that I just go along and agree with whatever stoopid twisted logic he spews up this week to justify his greedy glutonous chainsmoking lifestyle. He's happy having me around, I do my job as best I can and I keep getting paid to be there, that's all I need from him.

With my lazy fatazz coworkers however, I gave up on them a long time ago. I never initiate any health/exercise related conversations at all because I have no tolerance for their denial and ignorance. As soon as they start I just tell them point-blank that they're just offering up excuses and the only reason they're fat is because of the crap they shove down their throats and the fact that they do no exercise. Everything else is a load of B.S.

They rarely ever bother me with pointless excuse-making nowadays, regardless of how guilty they may feel about munching on their 3rd glazed donut for the morning when I arrive at work after a 30 mile commute and prepare my oats in lite milk. If they come to me with a genuine question about improving their health I'll happily give them a brief answer and refer them to sources of more in-depth info. Its extremely rare for those people to take it any further so there's no point wasting any more time/effort with them.
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Living a healthy lifestyle (I cringe at having to use that word) is one of those easier said than done things. Virtually everyone knows what they should be doing. It's much easier to be lazy, though.
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If it was easy to be skinny, we wouldn't have an obesity epidemic.
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I get exactly the same thing as you, with the boss I make like the penguins in Madagascar "just smile and wave boys, just smile and wave" meaning that I just go along and agree with whatever stoopid twisted logic he spews up this week to justify his greedy glutonous chainsmoking lifestyle. He's happy having me around, I do my job as best I can and I keep getting paid to be there, that's all I need from him.

With my lazy fatazz coworkers however, I gave up on them a long time ago. I never initiate any health/exercise related conversations at all because I have no tolerance for their denial and ignorance. As soon as they start I just tell them point-blank that they're just offering up excuses and the only reason they're fat is because of the crap they shove down their throats and the fact that they do no exercise. Everything else is a load of B.S.

They rarely ever bother me with pointless excuse-making nowadays, regardless of how guilty they may feel about munching on their 3rd glazed donut for the morning when I arrive at work after a 30 mile commute and prepare my oats in lite milk. If they come to me with a genuine question about improving their health I'll happily give them a brief answer and refer them to sources of more in-depth info. Its extremely rare for those people to take it any further so there's no point wasting any more time/effort with them.
+1 My thoughts exactly.
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I don't think it helps to be rude to these people but it doesn't help to enable them by taking it all in either.

I'm like you. I commute almost every day by bicycle and yet I can barely control my weight. I have not lost an ounce since beginning my commuting 2.5 years ago. I have only gained. It's a gift, I guess.

But I'm not obese and I don't scarf down junk foods all day. So when people start on the Cathy comic strip-type food addict BS on me I don't participate. And if anybody is truly interested in my bike commuting I will talk about the positive aspects of it, but I haven't found anybody to be truly interested. They are really only interested in it as a way to bring up the food addict conversation.
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could always just go vegan... (ducks....)

between cutting waaay down on my meat and dairy consumption (easier than you think), beer intake (the hardest of all), and commuting to work, I've dropped quite a few lbs. over the past few weeks, and I hope to continue on that path. I'm also one of those guys who has to work to keep the weight off. I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks, but I'm hoping there's been progress.

Your coworkers should shut it.
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If I let everything that is annoying irritate me I would have an ulcer.
All that matters to me is that I am commuting using a bicycle. The heck with everyone else.
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I just got 2 of my coworkers (+1 wife of coworker) to join the local YMCA.

We all live on different sides of town and one of the main things that commonly came up, was that there was no gym they liked to go to because of varying reasons/excuses including, having no motivation due to not having anyone to workout with. After I started commuting a few weeks ago, they've started really comming down on me being fit (I'm 24 yrs old, 6'0" and 160lbs). I started pressuring them which finally turned into an offer. I told them that if they joined the YMCA 4 blocks from our work... that I would too, and we would all workout together. One coworker is 56 yrs old and severly overweight (300-320lbs), the other is not overweight but 52 yrs old.

Last night was our first time working out together, and I was kind of scared about the differences in size and age. Ironically, they actually evened out and was easy & fun to workout with them. My scrawny ass can't lift weights much, but then again, they didn't lift much either due to their age. When it came to cardio, of course I was faster and had more endurance, but I didn't give up on them. I simply hopped on the machine/treadmill/stationary bike/etc beside them and encouraged them while pounding it out. I was working just as hard as they were when it came to ability.

I ended up staying a little extra longer than my coworkers to get more of a workout. I only wanted to "try" out a stationary/spin bike for a few minutes to see if spin cadance = real bike cadance (because a female friend & spin teacher says they do fast cadance of 130rpms). Well I ended up doing 7 miles (I still had a 8 mile commute home)!!! because the cardio machines face the glassed aerobics room. I (and my coworkers haha) now have a new motivation to do cardio... perky 20-somethings bouncing around doing aerobics right in front of us.

It is really nice having the gym near our work because we can go down there at lunch, hop on the treadmills/bikes/cardio etc and all walk together. We have tried to walk (on the streets) before, but was problematic due to bad weather, extreme cold/heat, and having to keep up or slow down for others. This way we can walk during lunch with NO excuses. We can walk in bad weather, extreme cold/heat, and people can have their different paces while still maintaining the social interaction of walking together and chit-chatting.
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To do anything about it people need to accept who they are. If they can't do that, how do they plan to change what it is they don't like?
Most people lead their lives fairly blind...
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It's much easier to be lazy, though.
...And b*tch, whine, moan and complain about the consequences of being lazy.
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Whenever I have somebody complain to me about "wanting" to exercise, I give them my card with all my contact information and let them know that I'll fix up their bike for free and go riding with them.

No takers yet.

As a massage therapist, I'm used to people sabotaging their good intentions. Whether it's with health, exercise, diet, or something else, it's something everybody does.
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...And b*tch, whine, moan and complain about the consequences of being lazy.
Almost as easy as the self righteous perfect specimens who b*tch, whine, moan and complain about others' alleged laziness or failure to embrace the PC approved correct lifestyle.
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To do anything about it people need to accept who they are. If they can't do that, how do they plan to change what it is they don't like?
Most people lead their lives fairly blind...
I've accepted the fact that I'm a big guy, and it's due in no small part to what I eat. I weigh an eighth of a ton (250 pounds) and although I've got a wide frame, and heavy musculature from years of weightlifting, there's more than enough of me that's comprised largely of pizza and beer. Particularly around my midsection.
I could change this if I wanted to. I could quit having my evening pint. I could stop putting sugar in my coffee. I could not eat chips and salsa (but my g/f makes such danged tasty salsa...) There's a lot I could change to get a rock-hard ripped physique; but I don't care.
My cholesterol is fine. My resting midday HR is under 65. I don't have glycemic problems. My blood pressure is fine. I'm one of the healthiest pudgy guys alive. If I'm ever to the point of being "not healthy" because of my weight, then maybe I'll worry. Until then, I'm not concerned about it.
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Almost as easy as the self righteous perfect specimens who b*tch, whine, moan and complain about others' alleged laziness or failure to embrace the PC approved correct lifestyle.
You're so anti-status quo. That is great. Really fantastic.
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Sodium would be less of a problem if he'd get a solid 30+ minutes of heavy sweating in per day. I have to add extra sodium to my fruit drink to keep my electrolytes in decent shape, otherwise I get feeling really weird about halfway through my ride.

Back on topic, I started running on a treadmill at work when I started pushing close to 200 pounds. I hated it. I don't know how anyone can stand staring at a wall for 45 minutes. But happily I found cycling, and now have 75 to 90 minutes a day of intense aerobic exercise that I absolutely love to do.

I think one of the reasons people are so averse to cycling is that as soon as they think exercise, they think of all the times they've tried it before, and how much it SUCKED. And honestly for a lot of people, cycling is going to suck at first too because the first few weeks is NOT easy.
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I don't know how anyone can stand staring at a wall for 45 minutes.
I watch all the shows that I DVR'd while I was at work when I'm riding my stationary bike (or rowing machine.)
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Almost as easy as the self righteous perfect specimens who b*tch, whine, moan and complain about others' alleged laziness or failure to embrace the PC approved correct lifestyle.
You are no doubt providing an example, eh?
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I think to address the OP's grievance it would be like someone who was very successful financially having someone who is not telling them they wish they could have more money and then going off and buying lattes, expensive cars, mortgages they can't afford, and the latest and greatest techno gismo. It IS frustrating because you want to share the light with people who appear to be asking for it but in reality, what they are asking for is how they can do it without changing who they are right now. Because really, overall, the most difficult piece for humans is to change.


So I think in regards to your frustration is exactly what everyone here is saying. Don't bother with the conversation if you are going to get pissed off that they don't follow through. In my office, I started as the only commuter. Now, a year later, on team day there are usually at least 4 bikes in our small office area. (our team is only about 8 people) I chose to tell people who asked about my experiences and many followed suit.
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Everyone's entitle to choose their own personal form of suicide, just as long as it doesn't get in my way.

This boss drinks 3x450 cals and has a problem staying under 3k? Water and juice are about all i drink and going under 3k's hard enough. if there was a thing to eat too much of, i suppose mostly whole grain carbs would be it, but still...yikes.
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I think that something in a person's mind just has to *click* before they will do anything. That's the way it was for me. For some reason, in the period of perhaps a week, I decided that I would replace my car with a bike as often as possible. I don't know what spurred me to do this. But, the mindset stuck, and I'm better for it now.

It's unfortunate though, that the click never happens for many people. I'm still waiting for it to happen to my wife.
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Fat people have a chip on their shoulder, leave it at that.

Edit: Come to think of it, so do I.
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Almost as easy as the self righteous perfect specimens who b*tch, whine, moan and complain about others' alleged laziness or failure to embrace the PC approved correct lifestyle.
What, is it PC to want to be (and/or settle for being) an "approved" overwieght lardass? And don't worry...IMHO there are no "perfect" specimens out there. All people have faults...some faults are just more visible than others.

Self righteous? Please...nothing in my post conveyed or hinted of self righteousness.

**Please note...my sarcasm meter is not working to well today...so if your whole post was intended as sarcasm...I humbly ask you to forgive me for not comprehending it as such.
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