has anyone actually lost any weight BECAUSE of package handling?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Barack Odrama, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Barack Odrama

    Barack Odrama New Member

    they say its a workout, but has anyone actually lost weight loading and unloading for ups?..should i keep my gym membership?..im fat:sad-little:
  2. chev

    chev Nightcrawler

    :laughing: Keep your gym membership. You will sweat a lot but I see a lot of FAT part timers that have been here a long time.
  3. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    I lost like 15-20 pounds when I first started but after you get used to it the weight comes back, and you will lose more weight unloading than loading. So if you eat right the weight shouldn't come back.
  4. you definatley can if you want. eat RIGHT, eat OFTEN, treat the work as exercise, meaning dont just do the work with the least amount of effort needed. get your heart rate up. use your legs alot,they are your biggest muscles and burn the most calories. if you are sweating, your losing weight.
  5. Service Failure

    Service Failure New Member

    I lost 30 lbs in the first 3 months working at UPS and that was about 4 years ago ( 195 down to 165 ). I've gained 10 of those lbs back and have stayed there for the past 3.5 years i've been with the company. I usually lose another 10 lbs during peak and then gain it back after peak is over.
  6. Barack Odrama

    Barack Odrama New Member

    is there a reason why your weight is fluctuating the way it is?..i want to lose it and keep it off..

    thanks for the advice from everyone so far.:happy-very:
  7. Service Failure

    Service Failure New Member

    Well it's actually been steady at 175, it's just during peak season the extra hours and having worked as a helper during xmas put off some weight. I'm a utility driver now so i think it's going to be pretty steady from here on out.
  8. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    I am normally 5'9 145. I worked at a customer counter 8 hours a day, after 5 years as a package handler, and gained almost 22 pounds (weighed 166.5 Thanksgiving 2007!). after going back to full-time clerical/package handler in May 2008, I've lost 19 pounds so far and am at 147!

    Gained 22 pounds in 1.5 years (Aug 2006 - May 2008) and lost 19 in 4 months (May 2008 - Sept 2008).

    Didn't necessarily "let myself go" by any means but gained quite a bit of weight from not at least working aerobically, burning cals/carbs and getting my heart rate up often enough.

    It's important to utilize your power zone, legs and hips and the general laws of physics and mass /acceleration! it's easy to get a good workout and shape up fast without your body breaking down if you apply good technique.
  9. PopCan

    PopCan New Member

    I've lost around 30-40 pounds since starting here around two years ago (though a trip out of the country helped a bit with that). Haven't gained back much weight yet, if any.
  10. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Worked my ass for a couple of decades loading feeders, never really lost any weight, could be to the fact that I drank quite a few beers daily.
  11. hyena

    hyena Well-Known Member

    Dont forget the five keys to preventing slips and falls, walk at a brisk pace or is peak the only time this doesnt matter and you can run!
  12. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    I dont think I lost weight, but my fat did turn into muscle. I never had a six pack until I started at UPS.
  13. PaidDriveTime?

    PaidDriveTime? New Member

    Unloading I did, as you are always lifting and moving at a much more rapid of a pace. Preloading for me is nothing anymore.
  14. dillweed

    dillweed Well-Known Member

    Fifteen years and I've kept off about 20 pounds I didn't need. I do fluctuate a bit, depending on how many candy bars I eat during the day!

    Have found that I can eat to satisfaction without putting on the tonnage and thank UPS workout for that and the strength I've been able to maintain.

    Now, I have been on the sort aisle for about a month and the old jeans are not as loose as they were so standing in one spot isn't doing the trick as well as rapid movement. Darn, going to have to give up my hostess snowballs for awhile.
  15. Jigawatts

    Jigawatts Member

    I probably maintained the same weight through 5 years. Maintained is the key word, because my eating habits should have resulted in some weight gain.

    The last 2-3 weeks I've dropped about 3 pounds due to a new, larger area that I have to cover. My "brisk pace" has become brisker.

    I have also noticed many new employees who have come in rather large lose a good deal of weight in a few months, specially summertime in the unload.
  16. evilleace

    evilleace Member

    Yeah summer is definetly the best weight loss time and I also seemed to tone up more than just straight lose weight, also since I have been moved to spaing packages I have lost a little of that.
  17. when i started i was at 245 and after about 5 months unloading dropped down to 202 just work like you are at the gym move stuff like you would at a gym drink alot of water i wore a sweetshirt all the time and i felt alot better
  18. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I lost ssome weight when i was on Preload 15 years ago but since I went driving I gained 50 lb.s and presently sit at a pretty tick 252 lbs. at 6'2" I so need to lose that 50lbs.
  19. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    I think when I started Preload(Unloading first) I was about 185-190, I dropped to 165-170...(lowest 157, but I looked unhealthy) But on a good day unloading
    I could lose 5-10lbs of water weight and that was drinking 1+ gallon during my shift, once I moved to preload I stabilized at 170ish, once driving 175(although I could gain some if I was covering a rural route)
    Now I'm 184(moved and at fedex, damn its just too easy here, getting fat is no fun)
  20. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    I started in the unload at 270 lbs. Yep...that's a 2 for the first number. I was a fat boy big time. Lost 40 lbs. within the first year in the unload. I stabilized at that weight for a year as I became a sorter. I became a cover driver just after a year in the sort aisle. I lost another 45 lbs. the first year I drove. The route I covered (the regular driver was on personal leave for a year) had 52 pickups and spent the hottest part of the hot Georgia days loading in the back of the truck. I was a sloppy, sweaty mess! I've been driving now for 4 1/2 years and my weight has stabilized at 200 lbs. So, yes you can lose weight at UPS. Before I turned in my old ID for a new one, people couldn't believe I was even the same person. Besides my knees (which are taking a pounding), I'm in the best shape of my life at 38 years old. To be honest, if I wouldn't have gotten hired on at UPS, I'd probably be over 300 lbs. and a heart attack waiting to happen.