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Getting Paid to Lose Weight - This is For Real

Updated on October 20, 2012

Admit it, losing weight is difficult. Most weight loss programs are abandoned after a few days or weeks because they are hard or restrictive. Counting calories does not work. Who has time to go to the gym when they are working and raising a family plus a gazillion other things? No one wants to cook a separate meal for themselves and one for everyone else in the family. Like most women, I have lost and gained the same fifteen or twenty pounds several times over the years. I struggled until I found the easiest weight loss program ever. The best part is I get paid while taking advantage of this weight loss program.

Since being on this weight loss program, I have not had to change my eating habits. I am not doing any extra exercises. I have not had to purchase an expensive gym membership or fancy workout gear or shoes. I do not count calories. I do not have to fix a separate meal for me and then one for my husband. In five weeks, I have lost twenty-six pounds.

How have I been able to lose that weight? What am I doing? Can it be for real? Yes, it is for real. I work at a dry cleaner. During the summer, when outside temperatures are hovering around 100 degrees, inside the cleaner it is at least 20 degrees higher. That is due to all the steam coming off of the machinery and presses. It is very much like working a full day in a sauna. By 9 o’clock in the morning, sweat is pouring off of all us working in the back making our neighbors’ clothes look pretty.

During the course of the work day, I drink a gallon of ice water. My body has to heat the ice cold water to body temperature and that burns calories. So, while trying to stay cool working in this literal sweat shop, I am actually helping my body to get rid of extra calories. That and the constant sweating for at least six hours a day translates into weight loss.

Now, I said I had not altered my eating and am still losing weight. That is not entirely true. At home, I eat normally. Anything I want, I eat. I have not stopping swigging soda or chomping on chips. But, at work, during my lunch break all I want is a break from the oppressive heat. That translates into a cold cup of yogurt or fruit and a cold drink. The heat just zaps my appetite. I would rather sit and try to cool off than to stuff my mouth with food.

I am happy with my weight loss and hope that it continues. After twenty-six pounds gone, I am more encouraged to make better food choices. More fresh fruits and vegetables are now finding their way into my grocery cart. I find myself looking at the clothing catalogs with glee in anticipation of losing a few more pounds and buying a new outfit. I am not as tired as I have been after shedding a little bit of weight and this encourages me to get off of the couch more and move. I have discovered my body is blissfully joyous when in movement. Exercise is medicine.

Never in a million years would I have thought I could get paid to lose weight. But, that is just what I am doing while working at the dry cleaner. Now that the secret is out, I imagine dry cleaners everywhere will be overwhelmed with applications for employment. Who would not want to earn a paycheck and lose weight at the same time?


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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Monday's child, thanks for reading. I think they may be looking for someone. I'll put in a word for you.

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      Monday's Child 6 years ago from Arizona

      That is great! Can you find out if they are hiring??

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sunnie. It is a win win situation. At least that is what I tell myself when I feel like I am melting.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I love this..getting paid to lose weight is a win win of luck and great hub