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Hi - I'm Back (For those who noticed I'd gone!)

#1
Hi all.

I'm back. I have been absent for a while dealing with "life events" shall we say, and deciding what I want to do now that I am redundant. Well, I have been redundant now for 4 months, but have only recently really got my head round it and started dealing with it. I just have to decide now if I want another long-term permie job (if such a thing still exists in the IT industry these days :)) - less money but an easier life, or whether I want to go contracting. The latter has more stress, but better compensation!!

Anyway, during my down time (in more ways than one), I unfortunately turned to my old friend "food" (I have once again realised that food is not my friend but my enemy, but it hoodwinked me for a while) and have been comfort eating. Idiotic I know, but hey.

One positive I can take from the whole experience is that somewhere in the back of my mind there was always a voice of sense, so at the end of the day I did not go as wild as I used to - I was always aware of what I was doing, and although I ate too many calories and stopped exercising, it is not as bad as it could have been.

I know why this happened to me, and I have no-one to blame but myself. I know and accept that, and I am putting it right again.

I lost a total of 7st 4lbs (102 lbs) last time, dropping from 18st 5lbs to 11st 1lb. My 4 months of madness has put back 27lbs of that, so I am still a light-weight compared to my old self even though I do currently weigh in at 13st.

I started SS with CD 3 days ago, and have stuck to it 100% so far. It is tough, very tough, and the chatterboxes are working overtime trying to convince me to eat, but I will not break.

I feel awful at the moment, but I never EVER want to feel like I did when I was 18st 5lbs, and it is that that will keep me focussed now.

I have my head on relatively straight again, and that is what I needed.

Cheers,
Steve
 
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#2
Welcome back Steve. Good luck with your continuing journey and I also wish you well with your job hunting (whichever way you decide to go) :)
 
#3
Steve, dont know if I can help you, but I am an IT recruiter, what type of work are you looking for ?
 
#5
Hiya Steve, welcome back hun. :D You'll soon be able to lose that 27lb no worries, you blokes are lucky losing weight quicker than us women! :D

Hope you manage to get the job porblems sorted out, let us know when you've decided eh? It's a tough one choosing between less money and an easier time or more money coupled with mucho stress! :confused::confused:
 
#6
Hi all.

I'm back. I have been absent for a while dealing with "life events" shall we say, and deciding what I want to do now that I am redundant. Well, I have been redundant now for 4 months, but have only recently really got my head round it and started dealing with it. I just have to decide now if I want another long-term permie job (if such a thing still exists in the IT industry these days :)) - less money but an easier life, or whether I want to go contracting. The latter has more stress, but better compensation!!

Anyway, during my down time (in more ways than one), I unfortunately turned to my old friend "food" (I have once again realised that food is not my friend but my enemy, but it hoodwinked me for a while) and have been comfort eating. Idiotic I know, but hey.

One positive I can take from the whole experience is that somewhere in the back of my mind there was always a voice of sense, so at the end of the day I did not go as wild as I used to - I was always aware of what I was doing, and although I ate too many calories and stopped exercising, it is not as bad as it could have been.

I know why this happened to me, and I have no-one to blame but myself. I know and accept that, and I am putting it right again.

I lost a total of 7st 4lbs (102 lbs) last time, dropping from 18st 5lbs to 11st 1lb. My 4 months of madness has put back 27lbs of that, so I am still a light-weight compared to my old self even though I do currently weigh in at 13st.

I started SS with CD 3 days ago, and have stuck to it 100% so far. It is tough, very tough, and the chatterboxes are working overtime trying to convince me to eat, but I will not break.

I feel awful at the moment, but I never EVER want to feel like I did when I was 18st 5lbs, and it is that that will keep me focussed now.

I have my head on relatively straight again, and that is what I needed.

Cheers,
Steve
Good luck mate - I lost the same amount as you but have put 4 stone back on, so atleast you've caught in earlier than I did

How tall are you??

H
 
#7
Well hello Claire! :)

I was made redundant from HP after 23 years. My most recent experience is as a developer in PeopleSoft (HCM Module) - primarily Compensation & Benefits. I have other experience though including SQR, SQL, VB (Microsoft Certified), Oracle, etc etc. I am in the process of refreshing my C/C++ skills, and teaching myself C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, and ADO.NET.

I am currently concentrating on getting myself on track at the moment, but will be looking to find a job in a few weeks. I have committed to my uncle that I will go with him to France again in 2 weeks for a fortnight to continue re-roofing his farmhouse in normandy, fit windows & doors, and lay the underfloor heating downstairs (other skills as well!!!!).

If you want a CV let me know. Who are you a recruiter for, and what areas do you cover?

(sorry folks for turning this into a "gizza-job" thread)

Steve
 
#8
Big H,

I am somewhat vertically challenged at 5' 7", but am quite muscular. Getting back to 11st will give me a BMI of just under 25, and if last time is anything to go by a Body-Fat of ~16%.

I have had a long talk with my CDC (she is great) and she says that if I try to get lower into the BMI range then I will just look ill. She says that with my general build, I will always be at the top end of that range when I am looking right.

I know what you are thinking ... 5' 7" and 18st+ ..... yep, I was a bit of a round 'un with no neck before!

:) Steve
 
#9
Big H,

I am somewhat vertically challenged at 5' 7", but am quite muscular. Getting back to 11st will give me a BMI of just under 25, and if last time is anything to go by a Body-Fat of ~16%.

I have had a long talk with my CDC (she is great) and she says that if I try to get lower into the BMI range then I will just look ill. She says that with my general build, I will always be at the top end of that range when I am looking right.

I know what you are thinking ... 5' 7" and 18st+ ..... yep, I was a bit of a round 'un with no neck before!

:) Steve
Lol - well I am 5ft 11 and was 22 stone 8 :eek: Got down to 15 stone 2, now 19 stone 3. And on day to of 2nd venture into SS.

I don't really agree with BMI or any 'ideal weights' At 15 stone I was slim! Most people at 15 stone would be fat - and I am not tall!

Good luck anyway - we have both done it before, so we can do it again
 
#10
Yes sorry folks for turning this into a job thread. Steve, yes would be happy to see your CV, dont have any OPenview do you ??, (desperate for that at the mo!!), sure I will be able to help you.

Do you have a link to your CV ? or can you PM me ?, not sure how this works ?

or I work for Populo – Specialist IT Consultancy & Technology Resourcing - Welcome apply to any ad by me (claire)

Will call you when I get your CV
 
#11
Same as that Big H. I fully understand what you mean, and agree totally with the BMI thing. I have never really agreed with it, and neither does my Doc (shock - a sensible Doc!). He always says that there is no formula that can possibly be right for all people all builds etc etc. He says that the best measure is your body fat%, and that if I can get between 15% and 21% and stay there then he would not care what my weight was.

Ultimately I suppose that is what my goal is, BF in that range. NOt sure what I am now as I have not had it measured recently, but I would guess I would be in the high 20's at the moment, possibly higher.

I know what you mean about been there done it, can do it again ..... but it's not that easy is it? I have to say that the past 3 days have been a right s*d to get through, but today seems better.

Best of luck to you,
Steve
 
#12
Same as that Big H. I fully understand what you mean, and agree totally with the BMI thing. I have never really agreed with it, and neither does my Doc (shock - a sensible Doc!). He always says that there is no formula that can possibly be right for all people all builds etc etc. He says that the best measure is your body fat%, and that if I can get between 15% and 21% and stay there then he would not care what my weight was.

Ultimately I suppose that is what my goal is, BF in that range. NOt sure what I am now as I have not had it measured recently, but I would guess I would be in the high 20's at the moment, possibly higher.

I know what you mean about been there done it, can do it again ..... but it's not that easy is it? I have to say that the past 3 days have been a right s*d to get through, but today seems better.

Best of luck to you,
Steve
I am a lot more confident that I will get back to goal, than I am that I will stay there once I get there

Food is like the most addictive drug in the world for (and most of us)

The only way I can manage is to remove it completely (which obviously cannot be sustained) I don't imagine a heroin addict could just have a little bit of heroin each day, well I'm the same with food. Unfortunately food is the only addiction that you cannot completely quit - and hence the hardest :(
 
#15
Hi Steve

If you contact me I will be able to chat about a business opportunity for you.
Well done in returning to the diet! You have great resolve.
Jane
 
#16
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MsJMC

Strong women stay slim
#20
Steve ... your CV will say ... IT come roofer hehe . Hey i need a roofer , just getting a quote now :)
 


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