I’m on the left, staring at another part of me that continues to battle with me everyday. Who ever said losing weight was easy to do? No matter how you look at my pictures, it took sacrifice and hard work. This is an everyday battle. When you lose weight, you will still be faced with the many challenges as someone who is trying to lose weight. I face this challenge everyday. In fact, my weight goes up and down. One day I’m skinny, and the next I’ve gained 20+ pounds. It’s starting to become an annually ritual for me to gain and lose weight. It’s starting to become my own tradition.
My everyday battle to continue to be an inspirational weightloss hero seems kind of fatal at times. Like superman, I have my own kryptonite to fight. Besides, I’m human. Sometimes I feel like saying the hell with it all and just throw in the towel. Then I think about you, and the people that looked up to me for what I’ve done in the health industry. I begin to think about myself as well. I know personally I would be dissatisfied with myself and the way I look. Besides, why would I just want to throw all that hard work down the drain?
I’ll put up this battle and I’ll continue to fight. This is my battle and my war. During the process, I’m inspiring you to continue your own battle as well. Lets do this together. But now I’m faced with my next challenge. On November 10, 2010, my life changed a little as I took on a new job. I began driving 18-wheelers. It’s a whole different type of job than what I went to school for but for now, it’s a job I need that pays good money that will help me clear a little debt if not all. I’ve been traveling along the long highway roads for almost two months now. It’s like living in a totally different world. Certainly, if you’re looking to gain weight, this is the perfect job because all you basically do is drive, eat and sleep. I always did say that the human body and mind is a very funny thing to learn about. I’ve learn quite a great deal about the body mentally and physically.
The 18-wheeler gig plays with you mentally. If you think it’s easy then try going and sitting in a semi truck for a month or so and only exit the vehicle when it’s time to use the bathroom or eat. The life of a person driving 18 wheels is a whole book in itself. I remember going to a bar out in Tennessee during my off-time and this old fella said to me, “What do you do for a living?” I told him that I drive 18-wheelers. He replied and asked where is my gut? He informed me that I’m not a certified trucker unless I have a gut. I guess I will never be certified then unless I throw in the towels.
But because I’ve been with a trainer, I’ve been following his schedule. Right now, it’s hard for me to eat a balanced 3-5 meals a day or get a nice morning jog in. Once I’m done with training by the end of this month, I will begin my new experiment. I call it the “Trucker’s Weightloss Experience.” I wonder to myself everyday what am I doing driving a 18-wheeler but I know God’s intentions are good. Maybe I came into the trucking industry to help discover a way truckers can lose weight and still drive a truck. I won’t go off into it too much right now but I figure I’ll test my experiment starting January 1, 2011 by losing the rest of my weight and completing my transformation that I started back in 2008.
If all is successful, I’ll create a trucker’s weightloss website. It will be like a “how-to-lose weight” as a truck driver. Surely, my weightloss plan for truckers could change the whole trucking industry. One thing that’s missing at the truck stops is workout facilities. You can find every fat food in the world at the truck stops but trying to find workout equipment is extinct. Maybe I can get a petition together to have workout facilities placed at truck stops. But it’s no love on the battlefield. It’s an everyday struggle. If you think it’s going to be easy then you’re fooling yourself. I’m not only in this game to win it, I’m in it to help change it :-)