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Poll: Have you gained weight since you started translating?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you gained weight since you started translating?".

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Yes... Apr 23, 2012

... but I am quite sure it has nothing to do with translation!

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
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Any sitting job will do it Apr 23, 2012

I was teaching before, and I used to stand at the front of the class for several hours a day. Now I roll out of bed, plonk myself in my chair and barely move all day... and it shows on the waistline

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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
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Yes, significantly Apr 23, 2012

It is proved by the size of my trousers. Initially, it was 30-32; now it is 38.:)

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 23, 2012

But I've also gained fifteen years and two children.

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 23, 2012

But especially since I'm a freelancer.
When I used to work in a translation agency, I would go to work by foot or bus+foot, so all the sitting was a bit compensated.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Correlation does not imply causation :-) Apr 23, 2012

But yes, I have.

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Perilla Piolon  Identity Verified
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yes but Apr 23, 2012

gained 20 kg over 3 years and lost 15 kg since 1 Jan 2012 5 kg to go ...
Simply because of too much work, long hours, bad eating habits and no movement, I won't let it happen again!


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes, but Apr 23, 2012

Charlie Bavington wrote:

But yes, I have.


Yes, I have gained weight. However, freelancing constitutes only a fraction of the reasons. The main reason was a broken shoulder. When you can't work and barely move about, it's not only easy to gain weight as such, but also because all you can do is...eat.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Sedentary lifestyle Apr 23, 2012

I think it depends on a lot of things, many jobs involve long periods of inactivity. I used to sit at a computer for 8 hours a day when I worked for a bank too.

However, at least then I had to leave the house and use a few calories to get there and back and for goofing off whilst I was there (usually walking around the centre chatting to colleagues - I always took the stairs, not the lift).

Hmmm, I'm sensing an opportunity here.....the ProZian diet.


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Leon Hunter  Identity Verified
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Yes, significantly Apr 23, 2012

My theory is that gaining weight is related to sleep deprivation... Sleep better and you'll lose weight without having to do anything special... It happens to me when I go on holiday or take a month off!
Thanks for the responses to the poll!
I'm glad to see I'm not the only "fatso" on Proz.com!
Leon Hunter


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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No Apr 23, 2012

Not in the last 25 years, but I can furrow my brow much more effectively now!

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Teresa Borges
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Yes Apr 23, 2012

but it has nothing to with translation! I had a thyroiditis almost six years ago...

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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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I agree!! Apr 23, 2012

Leon Hunter wrote:

My theory is that gaining weight is related to sleep deprivation...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only "fatso" on Proz.com!
Leon Hunter


Sleep deprivation! this is my brother-in-law's theory and I have to second it - it ruins everything that happens during the day!

Now that both my children sleep through the night I don't have this anymore, and feel a lot better for it, weight-wise - BUT

Since becoming a full-time freelancer, all this sitting at the desk has done me no good at all, and the kilos are beginning to pile on.

I'd buy into the Prozian diet - sign me up Ty!!!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 23, 2012

My weight has little to do with my working lifestyle.
A few years ago I stopped drinking alcohol for health reasons and lost some weight thanks to this, and also to lack of appetite in my first year of medication (I lost around 17 kilos in the first year). However, when I got my appetite back I developed a liking for croissants and other bun-type sweet things, and consequently have put most of the weight I lost back on. There is a really good bread and cake shop in a town near me I am currently struggling with the urge to go there every day for more of their wares...

[Edited at 2012-04-23 11:10 GMT]

Funnily enough, my latest favourite vice is called a "coca", with walnuts, rasins, choc filling and choc sprinkles and - I imagine - at least as addictive as its vegetable namesake!

[Edited at 2012-04-23 11:12 GMT]


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