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Calisphere 06-18-2013 03:21 AM

Found Myself A Great Way To Lose Weight
I recently discovered a great way to lose weight... if you can handle it and do it safely. The back story is that I recently got a part time job at a pizza place (which is wonderful, though extremely low-paying). I decided to look for a second job. I don't know what possessed me to try, but I managed to get myself a sign spinner job. You know those people who stand on the street corner holding a sign for some business or other and either spin the sign around or just dance? Well... that's what I do now.

For three hours a day, six days a week, I get to dance nonstop on a street corner and holding a sign. It's not glamorous but it seems to be helping so far. I've only been at it three or four days. I'm in pain and simply exhausted, but I get to work out and get paid to do it! :D No gym membership for me! Just go to work and make $8 an hour. Also, I get people cheering me on or waving or laughing. I don't mind looking silly so it helps my confidence a little when people shout out "you go girl!" every so often.

I just thought I'd share in case anyone was looking for another way to lose weight. Just make sure you can handle the activity for several hours and keep a cooler with you! I carry water, Gatorade, trail/cereal bars, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, and my iPod with me every day. I make sure to drink at least every fifteen minutes. Today I got dizzy, so I knew I didn't have enough calories in my system. A bit of the bars helped and I bounced right back. Though, my knees are killing me.

Last note, make sure that you see a doctor and get approval before doing such rigorous activity. I didn't, though I know my body well. It's smarter to get a physical first to make sure everything is in top shape. You will be sore and you will want to quit as you groan your way to the bed. But, the next day you will want to get up again and go at it some more. As I said, it's fun and you get paid to do it. Lol

Cacowgirl 06-18-2013 09:57 AM

Good for you-love your attitude! Happy spinning!

SlideStop 06-18-2013 10:02 AM

Enjoy that!! Its pretty awesome to get paid to work out 3 hours a day! I wish I had guts like you. It's practically a sin I don't walk or ride my bike to work because its right up the road but I HATE being stared at!
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Farmchic 06-18-2013 10:15 AM

You go girl! :D

We have a business in our town that has someone dressed as the statue of liberty dancing around. I think it takes a certain personality to be able to do that job. Glad your enjoying it!

Calisphere 06-18-2013 11:31 AM

We have the Liberty Tax spinners. The one thing I hate about the entire job is that the outfit I wear is made of silky/spandexy stuff. It's essentially a pillow case with arm and head holes. I can't imagine why they couldn't use something that breathes like cotton. The Liberty outfit is worse as it looks like it's made of some sort of velvet.

I suppose it does take a certain personality. I don't like being looked at much myself, but the thing that keeps me going is "$8 an hour towards my horse. $8 an hour towards my horse." I guess I figure if I look like a complete goofball dancing around (which I'm terrible at by the way), then I can always say that's what I was aiming for.

I also figure that the job is easier than most as long as you can physically handle it. I get to spend a lot of time watching the dry lightening out here in Colorado (which is sucky for those affected by it). I also found a good excuse to buy $300 Kangoo Shoes, which are similar to TrampIt! Shoes. They are essentially shoes with springs on them. They will supposedly help with the workout, plus it will make dancing easier. Sign spinning will also give me an excuse to buy stilts and a unicycle too.... Lol

Slidestop, I'd give it a try as it could help you get more comfortable with being stared at. Sometimes you get people being mean or just glaring at you, but most people laugh and wave and tell you "way to go". They far outnumber the mean people and as long as you look like you're enjoying yourself, they'll think you're doing a great job.

Clayton Taffy 06-18-2013 11:35 AM

I Love It!

kmach 06-18-2013 12:58 PM

I'm not a very good dancer. People would certainly laugh. Good for you though, Calisphere! I think that's awesome! Wish I had your confidence!

Calisphere 06-18-2013 03:49 PM

Trust me, I have had low confidence most my life. I'm one of those people who will look everywhere but at the person talking to me. I can't stand eye contact. Never have.

Sadly I only got to work two hours today because there's some nasty lightening moving in. I watched a few bolts strike right after another several times. Once it got about ten miles away, I called quits. I'm betting some of it started more fires here in Colorado.

Lockwood 06-18-2013 04:07 PM

Great idea!
What has been helping me is using the push mover.
I have a huge yard and area around the barn that needs mowing constantly this time of year and it is soooo not flat... plus I'm really short so pushing a mower is difficult for me.
Anyway. I vowed to use the riding mover less and do more push mowing this year. In order to keep up with all the grass, I need to mow for at least an hour, three or four days a week. And when I am done I'm soaked in sweat! (ewww)
I don't have time to work out, but have to mow anyway... so might as well make it count.

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