george & wendy show

Wendy Parker

A spare tire walks into a bar…

| May 14, 2014

I don’t know if it’s middle age or the job, but for some reason I can’t seem to maintain a svelte beach body anymore. Two things about that sentence bother me. One, I sincerely hope I’m past middle age. The thought of living to a hundred does not appeal to me in the least. If my shoulders and hips hurt this bad when I wake up in the mornings now, I have no desire to find out how they feel in another 54 years.

The second thing is, I’ve never really had a svelte beach body, so maintaining one isn’t an issue for me and never has been.

Fitness is a huge “hot button topic” in the industry right now. (Shout out to James Jalliet, not for the fitness thing, but for the reference to “huge.”) Rumor has it, by 2015 the FMCSA will have health mandates in place. Of course, it will be 2024 before their data is actually complete, but they’ll mandate it anyway, because if some mandates are good, a gabillion mandates are better. (And by using that logic, shooting yourself in the face also seems like a good idea.) 

We took a quick side trip to the beach recently. It was the first time either one of us had been in a swimsuit in a long time. We work so much, and when we’re home we’re too busy to go swimming, so seeing ourselves in swimwear for the first time in about a year was a little shocking. George has been able to stave off gaining more than 25 lbs., but he’s not happy about his trucker belly. I’m completely distraught about the 35 lbs. I have managed to collect and place in various unappealing parts of my body. I too have a trucker belly and it’s not pretty.

We were getting ready to go to the beach when George caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror on the way out and stopped.

“Damn, look at that belly. I’m going to have to take it out and leave it at the bar.”

“I’ll make sure mine is there to meet yours, so they can run off together and leave us the hell alone.”

George behind the camera, doing pics and filming the first video installment for the Maxx Fitness Team; Left to right:  Jesse, Aly and Jason.

George behind the camera, doing pics and filming the first video installment for the Maxx Fitness Team; Left to right: Jesse, Aly and Jason.

So it’s time. It’s time to get serious and start a real program to improve not only our appearance, but our overall health and wellness. We have a team of folks who are working with us on a program designed specifically for truckers and built around the food and exercise options we have available. There are several programs out there, but we’re hoping to help them design one that’s a little more realistic and geared around our lifestyle that requires no extra equipment or installations in the truck.

I hate fitness and will be the most awful client ever. (I have warned them that my progress will be like potty training an ill-willed child.) Up until two years ago, I had a job that met all my physical requirements – lifting patients and running from room to room was my gym. I hate to exercise. George will take his walks and exercise, but only if he can smoke while doing it. We’re awesome like that, so The Weigh Station has their work cut out for them.

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Follow along, join in, drink the healthy kool-aide. There will eventually be horrifying “before” pictures of us posted somewhere (their website is under construction, so I’m assuming the Facebook page is where we’ll begin). Feel free to offer advice and personal stories, a community approach is what we’re going for with this – you will be an integral part of the design and we need your input.

Healthy bodies always support the brain better, and we all know driving is a mind game, so you may as well have as much of an advantage as you can. Here’s to being the best we can be. Happy trail mix!

  • MrNA

    Why on earth would you ever be coerced to being ashamed about your body. I know 50 year old joggers who drop dead of a heart attack. You guys have become one of them !! I’m big, fat and healthy and proud of it !!! I gots more stamina and umph than any skinny little twerp or thing. You talked about your bellys.. what’s next ? Your neck??

    Did you ever see Grumpier Old Men where Meredith Burgess played the 90 year old who enjoyed bacon and beer for three squares a day ?

    How do you feel ? I do as I feel. I hope you are not getting coerced to what others say you should be. Sound familiar ??

    Best wishes in the end.

  • Wendy

    That’s sweet, and thank you for looking out. I appreciate good wishes. I’m not feeling quite as spry about things as you these days, I don’t feel very healthy and I’m downright uncomfortable a lot of the time. I hate to be graphic, but I’m 5’2″ and when I gain 35lbs, most of it ends up in my boobs and stomach and lays heavy on my chest. It makes my back and shoulders hurt something awful to carry around the extra weight. I’m in no way desiring a model body – I think a lot of those girls are sick looking. I just want to feel better and be able to be certain I can flee on foot if I need to when the zombie apocalypse comes. ;)

  • Loose Cannon

    A year ago, I accidentally caught a glimpse of my profile in a mirror and nearly threw up; 6-months-pregnant is not a good look for a 56-year old man. I found a series of books called ‘Eat This, Not That’, from the editors of Mens Health, learned to cook, went for a lot of walks and lost 40 pounds. Now that I’m back in a truck, I don’t cook (at all), or go for walks (as much). Needless to say, 20 pounds have returned. I’d really like to see truck stops offer more healthy choices; they’re killing their customers!

  • Wendy

    I think you’re exactly the kind of person we’re looking for to help us design this thing. We’ve got two professional trainers and a nutritionist who are really going all out to be realistic about what our choices, level of desire to actually make better choices, and physical limitations are. Much in the same category as “Eat This, Not That”, they’re going to do modification meals that are more in line with what we’re offered and able to carry with us. Check it out if you have time, these people surprise me every day with their level of understanding without having actually lived the lifestyle. I think if we can get enough people to participate, it will be a really good thing.

  • James

    I can understand what you’re feeling. I’m 5’9″ and 180# now,and I can feel the weight I don’t need. My knees aren’t as good as they once were,and my feet will tell me when I need to lose some weight. I’ve learned that just losing 7 or 8 pounds makes my feet feel a lot better and my knees feel 30 years younger. My big problem is that,so far,the only way I’ve found that I can lose that weight is when I’m sick-bad colds,flu,that sorta thing,and I really don’t enjoy the illness or the recovery much. I hope the new endeavor works well for you and George.

  • Loose Cannon

    Wendy, you can count me in for this one. I just passed my annual DOT physical a couple of days ago and had a long talk with my doctor about things that will DQ drivers. Top of the list is overweight and sleep apnea (pretty much hand-in-hand). BMI is about to become a very big deal. My suggestions are to pass on the potatoes and step away from the buffet. And park in the back, Jack. We need the exercise. Unemployment sucks.

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