Has anyone worked as a Bagger in Sort and lost weight doing the job? [On Topic]

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Fergalicious, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Fergalicious

    Fergalicious Member

    One of the reasons I came back to UPS was to meet my goals in various ways, including losing a bit of weight through the physical work found in most of the package handling positions. As a former loader (hopefully to return there soon enough), I lost a significant amount of weight and toned up. However, despite my previous misconceptions of what happens in Small Sort, I've found my bagging position to be just as physical in its own way.

    So, I'm just wondering, obviously in conjunction with good eating habits, is it possible to lose weight while being a Bagger? Has anyone here lost weight in that area?
     
  2. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    What?? Are you kidding me??? I loaded package cars on preload for over 9 years. 2 months ago.....I requested a move to small sort where I now happily bag surepost packages all day....with a big S* eating grin on my face. I don't break a sweat, lift anything over 15 lbs and my knees and ankles have never felt better.

    But bagging is as physical a job as loading?? Not a chance. Load package cars in July when it's 90° inside and you're sweating buckets moving 100lb overweights. And see If that compares to....stand at a bin....scan small, drop, scan small, drop. Close bag, tape label and toss on a belt. If I burn 200 calories a shift now....I'd be surprised.

    I'm never leaving small sort until I get a driving job....but I'm joining a gym after peak.
     
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  3. Fergalicious

    Fergalicious Member

    I must look like a super nut then, cause I find myself sweating and exhausting myself going super fast and trying to take on all of the lights at once lmao. I'm quite sure I do.
     
  4. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    How long were you a loader?
     
  5. Fergalicious

    Fergalicious Member

    A year
     
  6. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    And you quit and came back? I think you're confusing UPS with a gym. This is a job....if you're only here to stay in shape, you're doing it all wrong.
     
  7. Fergalicious

    Fergalicious Member

    *sigh* I know :/ Some reason, losing weight was so much easier at UPS tho.
     
  8. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    For awhile yes. Eventually, your muscles become accustom to lifting heavy crap everyday. When I wasn't watching my sugar intake....I'd pack on a few pounds....especially around the holidays. The summers I'd slim down from all the extra sweating.
     
  9. Fergalicious

    Fergalicious Member

    Oh yeah! I started gaining around the holidays as well, my waist was bloating faster than I'd ever notice. And that's what I heard from people who stayed longer than I, that your body gets used to it and they start to gain back :/ Sucks. I appreciated how I built all of that muscle though, before UPS I could say that I was pretty outta shape since middle school.
     
  10. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Are you getting fat?
     
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  11. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Eat less food
     
  12. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    No....I've been really careful, cut out sugar and junk....and gave up caloric beverages for the most part. But I'm losing some muscle tone.
     
  13. BrownThunder

    BrownThunder Active Member

    Not a chance. According to my Fitbit, when I was a loader I would walk 15-20miles and burn 5-6000 calories a day. Started at ups 298lbs in February I'm 226 now.

    Wanna lose weight fast? Ask to be a loader and specifically ask to load the irreg trailer. You'll build muscle and shed weight trust me you'll be strong as an ox.
     
  14. PiedmontSteward

    PiedmontSteward RTW-4-Less

    No. Even in a NextGen Small Sort that has someone bagging at 600-700 pieces per hour, nearly every former loader I've seen go to small sort has gained 15-20 lbs in a year or two.

    If you want to be in shape, join a gym. If you're sweating in small sort, you're :censored2:ing doing it wrong.
     
  15. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    The only weight I lost in small sort was from the blood dripping out of my fingers from the forever bags loose threads wounds from around my finger nails . And yes I was wearing gloves .
     
  16. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Forever bags suck.
     
  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    We use PO bags, not forever bags in my building.
     
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    That is just asking for a missort.
     
  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Why?
     
  20. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Same thing.


    Otherwise getting our bags back from the post office is like pulling teeth.