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Are you a jobsworth??

Do you love or loath your job? What is it that you do to while away the hours in between workouts? Maybe you volunteer at something which means so much to you that you give your time for free? Or maybe you think your job is a means to an end (something has to pay for your next pair of running shoes, right?)?
Live to work or work to live.. how does your fitness figure in your work life?

Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge rules

  1. Tell us what you do & what drives you to do it
  2. Share how your health & welbeing is affected by your working life - and how being fitter helps
  3. If you have a secret 'dreamjob' tell us about that too.. put it out there.. it's never too late!
  4. Not all types of physical activity are suitable for everyone. Users take Challenges and training advice at their own personal risk.

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“Well.....I'm an IT and Change Project Manager for one of the world's largest banks. It's a stressful and sedentary job, so it makes me even more driven to do physical exercise.”

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Rita M Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Rita M Well, I sort of have my dream job. Not quite. I'm still in the process of getting the rest of the funding for it, but, yeah... I do performing arts as a missionary around the world--and I am driven by a love for God and for people to do this! My focus field is Australia, but as I work towards there permanently, I wind up doing a lot of other adventures in the same line of work. Anyhow...as a performance artist, fitness and health are key for my abilities. Without working my muscles, building stamina, lung capacity, etc., I'm not nearly as effective. After all, I have to spend hours at a time on my feet, moving about, dancing, singing, acting--and all of these require a higher level of fitness than I've had in the past. Of course, I'm also a writer, and that's where the challenge staying fit comes in. Writing you do while sitting on your butt at a desk. So, I have taken to using a fit ball instead of a chair, which helps. I do reps on my ball all day long, wiggle my tush to music as I write, and generally stay more active because of it.

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Don J Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Don J I'm an IT Consultant/Manager and up until 2 years ago, VERY stressed & depressed. I tended to beat myself up for the things that went wrong and never celebrated all that was right. When I finally committed to a fitness and diet plan and lost lots of weight, my outlook began to change. I've become more relaxed, yet more focused on providing the best level of service I can. I find that when I miss time on the trail or in the gym, I'm more stressed at work but when I get back on track, things smooth out nicely. If I could quit and do it all over, I'd love to get a job in the fitness industry and help people reach their fitness goals. If I didn't have to make a living in order to eat and support a family, I'd probably do this for FREE!

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I've been on that Hamster Wheel.. Big well done on stepping off it!!

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Karen C Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Karen C I'm a Social Worker in child welfare. I do love my job, but it can be physically and emotionally draining at times. The days can be unpredictable, and often my healthy, brown-bag lunch stays cool in the office fridge while I eat whatever I find on the go. When I keep up with my fitness goals, I'm much less likely to feel tired or overwhelmed.

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Gaeleen S Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Gaeleen S At the moment i do not have a job it is so hard to find a job at the moment plus it is the wrong time of the year. But I would like to go hairdressing. i have done my training but i just need to get intpo a salon and just get some experience. I find that when i go walking it clears my head I have time to think about me, my time, where am I going, what do i want and how am i going to get there. And after a long hard walk I am ready to face the world and hopefully go and get what I want.

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Laura N Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Laura N I plan advertising for one of the main banks in the UK and love my job, but the hours can get ridiculous as client requests come in with almost minus hours to complete them! Running helps me stay sane, I hate it when work stops me getting out to run. That time on my own, whether it's 30 mins at lunch, or a long marathon training run at the weekend allows me to clear my head and come back mentally refreshed

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Madiantin . Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Madiantin . I am a SAHM with two children left at home. The 17 yo goes to private school, and I homeschool the 7yo. What drives me to give up so much of my life for him? The knowledge that he's getting a great education with a ton of support. We read fabulous books together that ignite our imaginations. Plus we're learning Latin and Greek and that's just darn cool.
How is my health and well-being affected by my work life? - Well, I don't get a heck of a lot of time to myself. My child is with me most of the time (not All. The. Time as I was about to write. =D) and sometimes by the end of the day I feel the need to declare "Bernie Mac" time. The children know when Bernie Mac time is in effect to leave the Momma alone so she can decompress. When the 7yo is at his tutorial or science class though, I get some time to workout and I enjoy that. Today I'll have an hour to myself in the middle of the day WHOOT! =D
My secret dream job is to homeschool my children and run a lot while someone else takes care of cleaning the house, doing the laundry, cooking, and doing the dishes. =D Anyone want to come be my housekeeper? I can afford to pay you a chocolate peanut butter pie every week.

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Kasia K Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Kasia K I'm doing a PhD in evolutionary ecology, more specifically I'm studying bird malaria (YES, birds DO have malaria! :) ) :)) It's been difficult and but also exciting time for me. I left my home country, Poland, in 2007 to start my studies in Sweden. I love science and I love my research, but having no work-life balance, difficulties with making close friends and perhaps Swedish winters ;) led me to eating disorders that I suffered from for several years. Fortunately, a couple of years ago thanks to amazing support of my partner I was able to recover and get my good happy life back :) I love flexibility of my work, its mission and the fact that you discover new things and you constantly learn something new. At the same time, it can be a lonely experience, flexibility means that you very often work more than average with no guarantee that these efforts will pay off. I'm going to graduate next year and I'd love to stay in science, but perhaps I'd move to studying human malaria. The reality is that it's a very competitive environment, but regardless the outcome, life is too good to worry too much! :) Besides, there are so many other interesting things in life to do! :)

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Thanks Kasia...if you knew half of it you'd be surprised Im here but the fact is I am...2012 I'm setting the foundations 2013 I'm building the new me ....it's good to know you too. Now this is killing me being nice to you lol....lets get back to normal....hope ya had a rotten day lol :-)

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You're right, enough of being serious and nice - it's out of our character! :) Don't think you can slow me down with your neat words! I'm catching up with you... soon :P

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Debra R Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Debra R I am a veterinary technician at a 24 hour emergency hospital- a very rewarding yet emotionally and physically taxing job. Being fit helps me stay on my feet almost all of my shift, lifting 80lb dogs, leaping on counters to get meds off the top shelf, as well as helping pet owners deal with very stressful situations. I love my job! But my dream job has always been to be a firefighter. :)

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Dee  Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Dee Well, I am currently a lab assistant at a hospital, who is going to pay my way through school to become a Med Tech. I like my job and what I learn, I don't care at all for the hours though. I'm working on my dream job as I am in the middle of taking a personal training class, I want to help others reach their goals of getting fit and better health.

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Thats why i enjoy coaching, plenty of people have helped me over the years and i want to give something back..

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Lisa (Mc Alister) P Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Lisa (Mc Alister) P Well, what seems eons ago I was an engineer, lastly doing programming for a knitting company. But that only satisfied my pocketbook and not me. But now I have the best (and most stressful) job in the world. I'm mom to the 3 coolest young men in the world (ages 8, 10, and 13). I'm also fortunate enough to oversee their education. While some may say we home school, we aren't really home all the time. :) We have tons of group classes elsewhere. :)

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Allister W Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Allister W I am lucky that currently I have two jobs. My day job and my professional hobby. Most days my day job as a software engineer is okay, there are days when the solution to the problem seems to elude me, and 8 hours sat in front of a screen with very little human interaction wears me down. My professional hobby as a driving instructor provided me with human interaction, and has really opened my eyes to spotting the danger on the road very early, depending on the level of the pupil they some times miss them altogether. I enjoy both jobs, but as with most jobs the level of enjoyment varies from task to task, pupil to pupil.

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Glenda C Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorsilver Glenda C I work in the Post Office and I do really like my job. But I really long to have a career that I am passionate about....as passionate as I am about fitness. I would like to go to work everyday and be having so much fun that I forget that I'm at work. Some may think this is not realistic but I think it is absolutely realistic. For me, the only way this can happen is to have a job that is related to fitness. I know what I need to do to make this happen...all I have to do is DO IT. Just a little scary.......

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The longer you leave it the scarier it gets, other life factors, such as family, mortgages, etc.... put more and more pressure on you to stay with what you know. I pray that you make the right decision for you and your family.

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Thanks Allister. I'm actually working with Life Coach right now. She has helped me to figure out what I want which for me has been half the battle. The other half is making it happen.

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Amy I Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Amy I I work for a police department. I work in records and do background and records requests. I like what I do....don't love it. It is always something new every day. Running helps me relieve the stress of my day and life. I have a flex schedule so I am able to have every other friday off which I voluteer at my son's school. Guess my dream job would be a personal trainer, love to motivate people and help them reach their goals.

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Manu S Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Manu S I work as marketing manager with an IT services company. Working with people across different time zones, working out the cultural/perception differences, I love it all. The flip side of overseas marketing is that I have to match with the working hours of customers (not like a call center, though. But customers always like if they don't have to wait till the next day to get answers to their questions!). This also means I get less sleep quite often, sometimes makes me lethargic. No other direct impact on fitness.

Secret dream job? I'll love to be a travel writer. Live and feel history that I studied (and still keep reading). Someday I just want to pack my bags and get on the next train. :P

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Carol Ann B Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Carol Ann B Have always had a very strong work ethic, part-time jobs in newsagents, laundries, supermarkets & waitressing left me a bit 'busy' to bother with school.. until after I left, then I had to get my bum in gear at night school for decent qualifications. First up, I trained & qualified as a dental nurse; loved it initially but after 4 years of mixing stuff, sucking spit & making appointments really couldn't stay any longer & went to nursing college; qualified as registered nurse and worked like a trojan for the NHS for years, general medicine, palliative care, spinal injuries & brain injury rehabilitation laterally, with plenty of private agency work along the way to pay for various complemetary health courses (which interests me still) Took a detour into nurse recruitment for a few years (due to relocation & job availability) and absolutely loved the 'buzz' but did miss patient contact & clinical 'stuff'. Another relocation, and 2 kids later, I began working in complex community healthcare, working with paediatrics for the first time, which became a real passion for me & the driving force for me to move into management; next 5 years are a blur of blood, sweat & tears, with lots of smiles & laughs along the way, but ultimately took a huge toll on my health & wellbeing; when faced with potential redundancy, had a massive wake-up call and realised the only thing I was fit for at that point was nothing & I didn't want my kids to remember their Mum being the one sat by the poolside on her work laptop! Began running to beat the stress and lose weight (which worked)better for the stress than the weight, hey ho) and my head cleared enough to rethink my workaholic ways. Left the stressy job, had a brief foray into nursing home management, which definately wasn't for me, plus I needed to find a job to fit around family life & studying for the degree I've been wanting to do for at least 10 years; so here I am now, working regular night duty & studying social sciences (quite looking forward to being a professional busy body, I'm already a good amateur!) The job I now do is not my dream job, but it facilitates me moving towards getting there, plus I can be with my family and fit in my fitness goals, so I'm really very lucky:) I think my dreamjob would be working for a national charity, putting all of my experiences to date into play - even then, I'm never going back down the 'live to work' route!!

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Carol Ann. You've done so many things!!!!! I knew we had something in common. Besides being nosey!!!!!! I'm a registered nurse too and work part time nights. Did midwifery but reckoned was not for me. I work now in a medical hospital looking after people with brain injury, care of the elder etc. It suits me because I'm always around for the kids. I'm asleep when they're in school. At the moment I'm trying to get extra nights as our pay has gone down and us POOR nurses feel it!!!!!

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Ah, you know I had a feeling you were a nurse Brenda (I forgot to add in my psychic abilities - I wish) Are there any decent agencies you can sign up with for extra work? That's disgraceful that your pay's gone down - get paid little enough already!! Yes, nights can be a godsend - there's no way I could work full-time on days and study with all the running around the kids need - plus I'd run out of time for Tribesports, and that would never do ;o)

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Eddie W Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Eddie W 1.) I work as a process operator at a natural gas facility. What drives me to do it is I find the energy industry very interesting, but now that I know my job and tasks I am only here for the paycheck. In all seriousness I need to be going forward with something...looking for ways to either learn more, or improve something. Otherwise it becomes stagnant, and I don't like stagnant.
2.) Being fit allows me to be able to stay healthy. Being in close quarters like we are it is very important. Also we have a lot of physical things...climbing, etc....
3.) I am still working at finishing up my degree in mechanical engineering. I like that discipline because it leaves the door open for many things. Should be easy to continue finding new ways to keep from being bored at what I do.

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Spoilsport!! Just seen your updated Bio - sounds nasty with the hips (will let you off with the skipping.. for now!)

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I always wondered what you did for a job! Well now i know! lol...wait till you hear mine!!

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Thanks Carol....I appreciate the slack. So now I want to know what it is that you do Candida.....and if you always wondered all you had to do was ask.

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Helen H Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Helen H mm ... live to work or work to live ..

Definetly the former .. but maybe changing my perceptions to the latter ... - with age perhaps comes some wisdom in whats important .. key thing for me is being busy .... in whatever endeavour ..

what do i do now .. well looking for a job at the moment .. what have i done ?did i do .. ?
qualified with a degree in anatomy - ( I know where everything is ! jsut cant cure anything !) .
went into pharmaceutical sales for 12 years - up to sales and contract director ..
Got made redundant - started my own business .. sold my business successfully ( oh and had baby in the middle of that time = (for those that saw the britas empire - my litttle fella was the baby in the office draw ! ) while mum went to work !!) after Selling my Business got made Redundant by the company that i sold it to.. !"

Then moved industry into Domicillary and nursing care ( ask the challenge creator .. i was her boss! ) as clinical services director for learning disability and complex needs - fab team fab job - really fulfilling and an opportunity to make things change for the better .. ( Living the dream def at that point ) -...... GOT made redundant ..... got a new Job as MD for a care company - AHH a chance to do things MY WAY ...and the right way for the people that we look after .. GOT MADE REDUNDANT ...... Booo .....

that was in June this year .. still looking for the right opportunity or am I .. maybe now its time to Work to Live .. I have worked solidly since leaving full time education and at a pace that would make peoples eyes water ( thats just me ... ) My Husband wants to relocate to spain .. perhaps its time to go and not stress too much about a job more being busy and enjoying what we

What do i need .. My Family and the feeling at the end of a day i couldnt have done more .... thats my dream .

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How bizarre, I always thought your degree was in sales & marketing or business! Can confirm Helen IS the hardest working woman on the planet.. will move heaven & earth to get the job done, and is a pretty cool gaffer :) Whether you're in Spain or Southend, as long as you have your family & your health, what more do you need? Keep busy & be happy!!

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I'm still laughing at the idea of Luka in a drawer!!!!!!!!

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@carolanneb - anatomy - failed medic lol;) and yes the office drawer very comfortable .. he bears no scars from the experience ( well was actually the car seat under the desk ! with my staff desperate to wake him up .. and under strict instructions not to !! ) and me level3 in child safeguarding - who would have thought it ..

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Rab A Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Rab A I left school with no qualifications aged 16. I played truant for most of the final year.I always had little jobs from the age of 12 that gave me a little pocket money. My first proper job was in a warehouse, I then worked as an upholsterer and also made roof trusses. I was 28yrs old when I had a glimpse of the future when I watched an older colleague sweeping the factory all day long. I decided to do something that was more fulfilling and worthwhile. After passing an entrance exam I began training to become a nurse. I am now a Senior Staff Nurse with almost 25 yrs experience working in a busy private hospital with a wide variety of patients. I work on the ward and also in our High Dependency Unit. I teach Basic Life Support and also have an Advanced Life support qualification. It helps to be fit ,especially at the back end of a 14 hour shift. If I had a dream job it would be to be a professional footballer. I would be retired now and spend all day talking about football and getting paid to do it....

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Was that his frilly matron hat coming off John??! ;o)

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Gemma A Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Gemma A I work behind a busy bar in Spain...its a fun job but not what I want to do forever...however it leaves my days free to run and exercise as much as I want....my tips also pay for me to jet off around and about doin half marathons and going ski ing with the family so cant complain...as long as me and mine are all healthy and happy I am living the dream xxxx

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Love how you see the upside in everything Gemma.. bet your customers always have fun at your bar! :) X

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Heather P Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Heather P I definitely live to work. And as a lot of you have commented, I do have a dream job ~ a marine mammal trainer. I am doing something that I wanted to do growing up. Playing with a killer whale and dolphins all day...how hard is that!! I do sometimes have to work long hours (12- 14 hr days) and back at it again the next day which sometimes cancels out my workout. Keeping healthy/fit does make my job easier. As with any job, it does have it's cons but then you go and feed, train, play, interact with the animals some how and that con is suddenly gone!

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My kids will love your pics - we went on holiday to Florida last year & LOVED the marine shows (had the sense to stay OUT of the splash zones!!)

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Sharon H Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorsilver Sharon H I work in a hospital because I like working with people. Coworkers can drive me nuts so my 10min bike ride to and from work helps me to relax. Not sure I have a dream job...I think I secretly wish I had enough money not to work...lol :)

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I don't secretly wish that Sharon - I openly wish for that.. but not that I wouldn't, would just make all the difference not to have to ;o)

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Marielle C Are you a jobsworth?? Challenge

Contributorgold Marielle C I work at a gym in the day care part. It's a pretty good job, but not where I wanna be. But it's a start in the right direction to where I wanna go.

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Great Marielle, must help with your fitness, working on the doorstep? Now, where DO you wanna go..? ;)

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You're already on the right track then good luck Marielle! :)

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