Truckers Fat Fight

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T-Fit1's Comment
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Any trucker concerned about health is going to have a cooler and a way to cook food in the truck. Personally I think 90 percent of the problem is diet. Every single truck stop has fast food and all the processed garbage. Don't get me wrong the processed garbage tastes really good but it's not very healthy. I recently started a diet and I've lost 10 lbs in the past 3 weeks.

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I agree with you fully! Diet is also going to be the change that the majority of people will be willing to implement first. The training stuff is just an addition to the diet program. What diet are you doing?

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Keto. Basically I have up all my carbs. I take in less than 20g of carbs a day and I'll be honest it really sucks most of the time but considering the amount of appetite control it gave me I can deal with it. I literally eat 1 meal a day. I used to eat 3 meals plus snacks and I gained 25 lbs in my first year.

That is great to hear! Keto is my bread and butter so I am glad you have adopted it and had good results. Best of luck to you!

T-Fit1's Comment
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Honestly I dont think you are going to "change other people".

While its true there are some... Drivers out here who need the help, chances are those who need it most, Im guessing, probably wouldnt be interested. Incidentally many health insurance plans ALREADY offer wellness and fitness programs. Some truckstops have fitness centers and my company offers gym memberships.

Those who care are doing things like parking farther away, making laps around a truckstop, bicycling, and stocking or preparing healthier snacks and meals.

Small weights are easily doable in a truck too.

Ill listen to what you have to say, but the way you went about this wasnt well thought out.

I totally understand that the people who need it may not want it until they see how beneficial it would be. Things such as saving thousands of dollars a year might attract them. I realize there are alternative options out there for health, but nothing like we are offering. It isn't a matter of wanting to change, but needing to change to keep your job.

The way I went about what wasn't thought out?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Old School must still be at KRISPY KREME!!!

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Lyght's Comment
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That is what we are all about. Fast training programs and quick food options if that is what you need. We use a variety of food types: pre cooked foods, fresh foods, and fast food options. Could you tell me more about this driving team concept? I am unfamiliar with it.

Alright team drivers are basically two drivers who take turns driving the same truck in shifts. That means I'll my 11 hours* then my wife will take over and drive her 11 hours. Unless of course we have to stop for some reason, such as we're at our drop off location and waiting to unload or during unload, or bad traffic truck in the shop, ect. For the most part in team drivers the truck is almost always moving. From the way I understand it I'm still learning and haven't started driving yet hopefully a team driver will reply and they will have a better idea of how it works in the real world.

Another thing to keep in mind is OTR (aka long haul drivers) are rarely home. So ordering food like you have described might be out of the question, I know my wife and I for example are only planning to go home every three months. Speaking of home, there are some "homeless" truck drivers that don't live anywhere but in their trucks so shipping to them months worth of feed isn't likely to fit in a P.O Box.

Again I'm still in training and haven't taken to on the road driving yet so I could be completely wrong with all this, and the idea seems good I'm just not sure how piratical it will be.

*During the 14 consecutive hour on duty period, you are only allowed to drive your truck for up to 11 total hours. Once you have driven a total of 11 hours, you have reached the driving limit and must be off duty for another 10 consecutive hours before driving your truck again.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ok.. Team driving is just that.. 2 drivers running on the same truck but in shifts. We stop for loading/unloading, dropnhooks, fueling, maintenance, showers (when we have time.. Gotta love baby wipes) 30 min. breaks and driver change. We usually try to change drivers during our fuel stop or loading/unloading when possible. We run in excess of 20k miles a month. All miles are paid "to the truck" and split between both drivers. As long as the truck is rolling you are both making money. A lazy codriver or one who doesnt know how to keep the drivers door closed, is a very bad thing. We do not do post trip inspections. A pretrip is done at every driver change. I drive, he sleeps, he drives and i sleep.

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If someone likes what I have to say and wants my product that is great.

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And yet you don't say it!

I don't know, maybe you ought to just come on out and talk to us about what it is your thinking about. It would be a lot easier for us to help you out if we knew what the heck we were talking about.

I'm stopping at Krispy Kreme for lunch right now, so give me a couple hours and I'll be back to see how this conversation is developing.

Forgive me for unveiling this, but I believe OS is becoming yet another hardened and grizzled trucker the longer he's out there. More ornery if you will - an observation over the past few years of posts. I like it.

T-Fit1's Comment
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That is what we are all about. Fast training programs and quick food options if that is what you need. We use a variety of food types: pre cooked foods, fresh foods, and fast food options. Could you tell me more about this driving team concept? I am unfamiliar with it.

Alright team drivers are basically two drivers who take turns driving the same truck in shifts. That means I'll my 11 hours* then my wife will take over and drive her 11 hours. Unless of course we have to stop for some reason, such as we're at our drop off location and waiting to unload or during unload, or bad traffic truck in the shop, ect. For the most part in team drivers the truck is almost always moving. From the way I understand it I'm still learning and haven't started driving yet hopefully a team driver will reply and they will have a better idea of how it works in the real world.

Another thing to keep in mind is OTR (aka long haul drivers) are rarely home. So ordering food like you have described might be out of the question, I know my wife and I for example are only planning to go home every three months. Speaking of home, there are some "homeless" truck drivers that don't live anywhere but in their trucks so shipping to them months worth of feed isn't likely to fit in a P.O Box.

Again I'm still in training and haven't taken to on the road driving yet so I could be completely wrong with all this, and the idea seems good I'm just not sure how piratical it will be.

*During the 14 consecutive hour on duty period, you are only allowed to drive your truck for up to 11 total hours. Once you have driven a total of 11 hours, you have reached the driving limit and must be off duty for another 10 consecutive hours before driving your truck again.

Thank you for all that information! That is very helpful for us. Our program doesn't provide any food and you don't have to go home to eat it. The beauty of it is that you can do it anywhere. If you never go home that is perfectly fine, you don't need to go home.

Where will you be getting the majority of your food from? Will you pack food? Eat out? Go to Walmart occasionally? This will obviously very person to person I just like to hear different plans.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

T-Fit1's Comment
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Ok.. Team driving is just that.. 2 drivers running on the same truck but in shifts. We stop for loading/unloading, dropnhooks, fueling, maintenance, showers (when we have time.. Gotta love baby wipes) 30 min. breaks and driver change. We usually try to change drivers during our fuel stop or loading/unloading when possible. We run in excess of 20k miles a month. All miles are paid "to the truck" and split between both drivers. As long as the truck is rolling you are both making money. A lazy codriver or one who doesnt know how to keep the drivers door closed, is a very bad thing. We do not do post trip inspections. A pretrip is done at every driver change. I drive, he sleeps, he drives and i sleep.

Thank you for the information.

Could you expand on how my approach wasn't well thought out?

Susan D. 's Comment
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Easy. The "hidden" agenda and you STILL HAVE NOT explained exactly what it is that your peddling.

Im out of this convo.

T-Fit1's Comment
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Easy. The "hidden" agenda and you STILL HAVE NOT explained exactly what it is that your peddling.

Im out of this convo.

Refer to the top of page 2 where I clearly explain my "hidden agenda". It isn't hidden at all, I just wanted to have an open discussion on the topic to get people's thoughts. Is that not the whole point of a forum? I am not peddling anything as I clearly stated previously.

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