Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?
the one hazardous byproduct: incredulity
Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?
I'm going to assume you won't change your job or location to create more time in your life to actually do the exercise your body needs.
The next best thing you can do is tune your eating habits. Because you're fighting calories in/out imbalance, and you have no tools to improve the "out" part, you must focus on the "in" part:
* Don't buy calorie-dense foods. Slowly wean yourself completely off cookies, cake, desserts. If they're around, you'll eat them.
* Start shitfing towards a more "vegetarianish" diet. If you eat out, make sure it's a salad, bean salad, tofu dish, stir-fry veggies. Learn to skip the meat and load up on the fiber.
* Replace those 300-calorie Coolatas with a mug of low-fat low-sodium chicken broth. Broth really does kill the hunger pangs and has close to zero calories (30 calories in a 48-oz can).
If you want to avoid buying ever-larger clothes, you're going to have to re-tune your eating habits for the reality you've put yourself into. But you can do it -- it's all about being consious and making choices. Do it one little step at a time, and keep doing it.
IT Worker Shortages Everywhere
I've done TS for over 10 years
There's the problem right there.
Look...DON'T put that on your resume. At least not so directly. It's ok if it gets characterized that way in by an interviewer, but you absolutely don't want to project that karma from your core, if you are looking to move up the tech job food chain. They want a signal from the candidate that says you are MORE than just a TS grunt. And wtf, you are. So make your story fit that mold. And make them know you are hungry for a chance to do something more. If they sense some enthusiasm in that department they will be hard pressed to turn you down. There are employers who see beyond past experience and pedigrees. It's happened to me, I hope it happens to you. Good luck!