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I just typed out a huge message and lost it... Welcome to north west TX.

I've been a bit busy as of the last year or so and haven't stopped by. Early 2020 my wife took a video of me. I was sitting on the floor with a VR headset on and no shirt. I had a huge gut. I've never been a big guy but here I was skinny fat. That wasn't going to fly. I've become pretty efficient as a driver in the last 4-5 years but it came at a cost obviously. But how was I going to fix it?

My truck has a fridge but those are small and hardly hold any food. So that was step one. I don't have a passenger seat so I got a dualzone fridge freezer.

Next was how to be more active. A couple years ago I had a bike and rode pretty often while on the road. But I went to a company with smaller tractors and couldn't close my curtains with the bike onboard. So.. Your welcome I stopped carrying it. But I got an Olympic barbell and some weights. Barbell fits between the bed and hanging lockers. And the weights go in the passenger floorboard.

Next was how to get myself to actually use them. Because I had no energy. When I got the fridge I tried keto... Till I read on a few occasions that Keto will make you fail a breathalyzer, while in Ketosis your breath stinks. And that stink is you exhaling burnt ketones in the form of alcohol. On top of that it will raise your SHBG. Or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.

Now... Had I read a bit more or seen the right YouTube videos I might have eaten a lot more carbs and been fine. But I found TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. And to be fair, I don't know where this stands as far as legality and DOT.

And I'm not suggesting you do the same. Only that this is what I have done and choose to continue to do so.

Within two weeks I knew I was on the right track. I felt much better and was able to push myself while lifting. By July of 2020 I had ran out of weights. I've never lifted before and was lifting my 260lbs of plates on a 45lb bar. And felt great. Each day I would try and do something that I felt was healthier for myself. Be it drink less soda, more water, eat less sugar, walk, run, lift... something.

I haven't had a sugary drink in a long time. I stopped smoking/vaping. And I feel so much better.

I feel like I'm ranting at this point so I'll leave you with this. You are not getting a do over. Make sure you don't get to a point you can't get back from.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I just typed out a huge message and lost it... Welcome to north west TX.

I've been a bit busy as of the last year or so and haven't stopped by. Early 2020 my wife took a video of me. I was sitting on the floor with a VR headset on and no shirt. I had a huge gut. I've never been a big guy but here I was skinny fat. That wasn't going to fly. I've become pretty efficient as a driver in the last 4-5 years but it came at a cost obviously. But how was I going to fix it?

My truck has a fridge but those are small and hardly hold any food. So that was step one. I don't have a passenger seat so I got a dualzone fridge freezer.

Next was how to be more active. A couple years ago I had a bike and rode pretty often while on the road. But I went to a company with smaller tractors and couldn't close my curtains with the bike onboard. So.. Your welcome I stopped carrying it. But I got an Olympic barbell and some weights. Barbell fits between the bed and hanging lockers. And the weights go in the passenger floorboard.

Next was how to get myself to actually use them. Because I had no energy. When I got the fridge I tried keto... Till I read on a few occasions that Keto will make you fail a breathalyzer, while in Ketosis your breath stinks. And that stink is you exhaling burnt ketones in the form of alcohol. On top of that it will raise your SHBG. Or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.

Now... Had I read a bit more or seen the right YouTube videos I might have eaten a lot more carbs and been fine. But I found TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. And to be fair, I don't know where this stands as far as legality and DOT.

And I'm not suggesting you do the same. Only that this is what I have done and choose to continue to do so.

Within two weeks I knew I was on the right track. I felt much better and was able to push myself while lifting. By July of 2020 I had ran out of weights. I've never lifted before and was lifting my 260lbs of plates on a 45lb bar. And felt great. Each day I would try and do something that I felt was healthier for myself. Be it drink less soda, more water, eat less sugar, walk, run, lift... something.

I haven't had a sugary drink in a long time. I stopped smoking/vaping. And I feel so much better.

I feel like I'm ranting at this point so I'll leave you with this. You are not getting a do over. Make sure you don't get to a point you can't get back from.

Dayumm, you are carrying over 300 extra pounds in weights?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Cwc's Comment
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Till I can find more. Covid has put a damper on just about any fitness equipment. Not really a big deal. For one I'm in a tanker and often loaded while sitting on a scale. Liquid will always level itself so as long as I'm under gross I'm good. And I've got a prepass, 9 times out of 10 I don't go into the scale.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Till I can find more. Covid has put a damper on just about any fitness equipment. Not really a big deal. For one I'm in a tanker and often loaded while sitting on a scale. Liquid will always level itself so as long as I'm under gross I'm good. And I've got a prepass, 9 times out of 10 I don't go into the scale.

I so MISS those days... w/the hubby person, haha! Asphalt was fun.. ! Weights and measurements.. was like a physics class in and of its own. We had a 'moped' ... long story for another day, yet we made it .. legal (ish) all times! We declared the APU allowance and never got a burn. Can't say it'll work for others.. did for us.

Where's PJ btw???

Best to you~

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Cwc's Comment
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Till I can find more. Covid has put a damper on just about any fitness equipment. Not really a big deal. For one I'm in a tanker and often loaded while sitting on a scale. Liquid will always level itself so as long as I'm under gross I'm good. And I've got a prepass, 9 times out of 10 I don't go into the scale.

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I so MISS those days... w/the hubby person, haha! Asphalt was fun.. ! Weights and measurements.. was like a physics class in and of its own. We had a 'moped' ... long story for another day, yet we made it .. legal (ish) all times! We declared the APU allowance and never got a burn. Can't say it'll work for others.. did for us.

Where's PJ btw???

Best to you~

~ Anne ~

I really don't have much to worry about weight wise. No passenger seat and one fuel tank. I still legally haul 48k. With the weights and still have plenty of weight to spare. Light tractor.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

PJ's Comment
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Good to hear from you cwc. Glad your doing well. I wish my tractor weighed a little less. I max out at 45k in the tank. Only time I usually don’t get prepassed is when the road sensors are on a grade.

Stay safe sir!!!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Great to hear from you. Keep up the good work.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Where did you hear keto will make you fail an alcohol test? Because that is downright false. Keto does make your breath stink but thats because of the ammonia your body produces while your in ketosis. Everyone makes some ammonia which they expell when they breathe, but keto just makes more which is why its more noticeable on keto vs the standard American diet.

Cwc's Comment
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Where did you hear keto will make you fail an alcohol test? Because that is downright false. Keto does make your breath stink but thats because of the ammonia your body produces while your in ketosis. Everyone makes some ammonia which they expell when they breathe, but keto just makes more which is why its more noticeable on keto vs the standard American diet.

Airline pilot failed a breathalyzer, and is/was fighting for his job. That was not the only story I read like that. So, could it ve BS. Sure but I wasn't going to chance it.

Also it will raise SHBG. Which will in turn lower your free Testosterone. Which is more like your drive/energy.

Cwc's Comment
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Good to hear from you cwc. Glad your doing well. I wish my tractor weighed a little less. I max out at 45k in the tank. Only time I usually don’t get prepassed is when the road sensors are on a grade.

Stay safe sir!!!

I had an interesting experience not to long ago. I was getting on I80 leaving Bellvue,OH.

Going through the toll both. They made me do a U-turn and go back through. Thought I was overweight. Never knew they looked at weight at the toll booths then again I didn't know they had sensors either.

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