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Carolyn Magner

Secrets to a healthy trucking life

| November 25, 2012



Hi Carolyn,

I am a 62 year-old husband, father and grandfather. I have been married to Claudette for 36 years and believe that keeping faith and family first is the secret to my marriage.

I think we need more stories about truckers who have successfully lost weight and improved their health by exercising and eating a healthy diet.

                                                  Here is my story

When I was 38, I started a walking program. Gradually I went on to jogging, running and as I got older I went back to jogging and now I am back to just walking. I do some weight training (40-90 lbs) 30 minutes, 3 x a week. I have always watched how much I eat and try to eat healthy foods. Today, I am reaping the benefits of the work I have put into my exercise routine and healthy eating habits. Now, over 25 years later, I don’t have to worry about having a heart attack. My cholesterol, blood pressure, weight are good. I am able to run around the yard, go up and down on sled hills with the grandkids, do physical work when necessary even outworking younger men because I have the heart and lung fitness from the many years of walking.

I say this not to brag but to encourage drivers who have a lot of weight to lose or feel like giving up because it takes so long or whatever their reason. Guys, gals, keep going!! Make it a way of life not a fad diet or quick fix. I eat everything but in moderation. Holidays are the toughest for me but I think about it in advance. I read food labels. Cut back a little at a time. Sometimes all that we have to know about our health and food and exercise can be overwhelming. We don’t have to do it perfectly. Nobody does. I knew I had to quit smoking and I cut back on fast food, not only the portion sizes. I used to drink sugary sweet teas and pop and now I substitute with diet soft drinks or plain tea. I don’t eat fried food at all and still enjoy very good meals without the grease.

Well I hope this can help someone. Keep on truckin’ and Merry Christmas to all!

Steve Bauer

Akron, Ohio

Dear Steve,

Thanks so much for sharing your advice. I can preach good eating habits and exercise routines all day long but I’m not out there. (as you guys like to remind me!) It’s people like you that take the time to offer words of encouragement and show by example how a hard thing can be broken down into small parts and the impossible made possible. I really like how you say to not jump on fad diets but to instead, make it a way of life.

Congratulations on your long and happy marriage too. You really brightened up my day.

Truckers? How about it? Send me your good news stories and I’ll run them in this column.

Just say’n,


  • Tammy Lynn Croce

    This is a great post! Thanks, Steve, for sharing your story. I am a team trucker with my husband and wish I had started my fitness journey long before now. But it’s NEVER too late to start! I am currently on a quest to lose 100 lbs and am down 32 so far. I already feel SO much better! I feel…healthy. I never want to go back to the way I was before. It takes determination to stay with it sometimes, especially out on the road, but it is so worth it!

  • jeff clark

    Great job-Steve.

  • CDLTrucker

    Steve, I have been driving for 33 years. I am 60yrs old and like you have good health. I used to drink 10 cups of coffee a day with cream and sugar. I cut out the cream and sugar many years ago and just that one life style change caused me to loose 20lbs. I haven’t had a fast food burger in 5 yrs and try to eat a sandwich or sub for lunch. Just a few modifications to your life style can make a big difference in your overall heath. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.