Monday, 9 September 2013

Learning New Things

I'm going to be pretty darn busy this week you guys. It all starts today actually as I'll be out and about for a good majority of the day and then the same will be happening on Tuesday and Wednesday. Why am I going to be busy? I'll tell you why. Today I have to go to A4E early in the morning for some assessments and then in the afternoon I have to go to my job centre to sign on. As such I think I'm just going to stay in town for four or five hours and probably go into my voluntary job for a bit, rather than walk home and then have to go out again.

The assessments are related to what's going to keep me busy Tuesday and Wednesday. They asked me if I would do some one day courses there that will actually lead to me getting myself a certificate so it kinda makes my CV look a little better actually and is technically a small qualification of some kind. There are two courses, as you might have guessed. One is in food safety and how to handle food properly, and the other is in heavy lifting. I'm not sure which day is which to be honest. While I want to say things like that sound very simple and like they're just a matter of common sense I've found that heavy lifting actually isn't. Or at least, not some kind of logical common sense I can grasp.

While it's true that my physical stamina seems to have really diminished, I highly doubt my legs are any less strong than they were before. One upside to being obese the vast majority of my life is that I do have some pretty strong legs. As such you'd think I wouldn't be so bad with heavy lifting. After all, they say you have to lift with your legs. When you lift something you support it with your legs and take the weight on your legs. I should be great at that but I'm not. All that happens when I try to lift things is that my arms ache a lot and I hurt.

In any case, these kinda things properly will teach me a fair bit and if it makes my CV look nicer then I'm all for it. Because I dropped out of college and I've never had a paid job that thing is pretty slim. There are even other added benefits too. If I learn how to lift things properly then I can maybe even volunteer on the delivery van at work. It'd mean pulling a full 9-5 but after spending some time working the van I'd be in much better shape.

Welp I'll let you know how it goes of course. At the very, very, very least I should have something to make a podcast about. If you're wondering what the assessments are they're maths and English ones so it's not like I stand any chance of failing.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like progress! Heavy lifting is just going MAN MODE on things and throwing them across the room, right? Right? It should be.

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  2. Sounds like a manual handling course, lots of jobs require them now, good luck Mark.

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  3. Food safety should be pretty easy, and heavy lifting should be easy, too. Like you said, lift with your back. That's all they want to hear. They don't want to hear that you can bench press a house. Good luck!

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  4. What?? No no. Don't lift with your back. Was he joking? You had it right, Mark. Lift with your legs. Also don't twist around when you lift something. That is also bad. Frankly, I don't know why you would want to do that kind of work. You are an intellectual, why be doing Neanderthal work? (Not that I am insulting people that have jobs that require heavy lifting because that is what I do.)

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  5. Really smart idea Mark, not the lifting thing but to do that course and get an extra gem for an already improving CV, just keep at it my man, proud of you. I'm not sure what you lift with despite my time spent at gym so I'll not add any input to that. One thing I will say is, you're not going to spend your life heavy lifting if you continue writing. That's a damn fact, and something to consider.

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  6. I have hurt my back so many times by not lifting properly - always use yuor legs! But you know that already. Good luck in the food safety course!

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  7. good on you for pursuing something to better your lot...surely it will help with a job as well..best wishes on the courses....

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  8. You're already there but I hope you're taking the advice everyone gave; lift with your legs or you'll hurt your back. Been there done that. Hope it goes well!!

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  9. Yeah what can I say, being busy moving in the right direction is always better then being busy running on the spot in circles........

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