20. Fast Cars and Healthy Truckers

Update: The original post and podcast are several years old and outdated. To bring you the absolute best regarding trucker health, I’ve replaced the show with a more recent episode and A personal discussion of my fight with diabetes.

Here are a few highlights:

What I Did When I Was Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

My first 90 days were highly successful because of two things, action, and accountability.

I took action by quitting my trucking job temporarily. I just couldn’t get the rest and exercise needed to lose weight and gain control of my diet. This only lasted a few months.

Working an 8:30 to 5 job gave me the time to wake up early, exercise, and have a healthy breakfast. I’m not a big fan of exercise, so it was important to me to accomplish my goals with a 30-minute routine, days per week.

Keep in mind, I went into this NOT looking for a short-term diet. Instead, I looked for long-term changes in what and when I ate.

My Diabetic Weight Loss Goal

After reading and talking to my physician, I set my sites on losing 7 percent of my body weight. Although 230lbs was my heaviest weight, I was 215 lbs when diagnosed. The goal became 194 lbs.

I Needed Accountability

I wasn’t looking for accountability to others, but it found me. This played a big role in my success.

We lived in a small town. My primary care physician was also a family friend. Our kids were friends. We were also involved in other social activities together.

Because of this friendship, he went the extra mile to give me all the tools I needed to succeed. I didn’t want to let him down. And I certainly didn’t want to let myself down.

The good doctor also set me up with a dietician who turned out to be the wife of another very good friend. Again, she went the extra mile. I left that meeting armed with tools, information, and expectations.

That accountability played a giant role in hitting my desired weight of 194 lbs. And I did it in 90 days. Again, I rarely gave the exercise portion more than 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week.

A Trucker Fighting Diabetes Today

Thirteen years have passed between then and this update. With a family history of diabetes, the battle never ends. After 9 years of weighing 194, the need to shed more weight motivated me to drop into the 170s.

I feel stronger and healthier than ever. I’m pushing 62, and the only body aches I’m feeling today were caused by a great workout at Planet Fitness yesterday.

It’s a beautiful thing.


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