Drive, sleep, drive, repeat

2009 June 14
by Stace

When we deliver our current load around midnight, we will have driven over 5,800 miles in a bit more than six days. Ordinarily, I’d be begging off such madness, demanding a break from dispatch, but we’re trying to save up to get our own truck, and we’ll be needing every penny if we’re going to pull this off by October.

Lots of teams drive this many miles and more, on a regular basis. I don’t know how they do it. They must be better at sleeping while the truck is bouncing over our crummy roads than I am. And they must not mind never getting any time for some entertainment, like watching a movie, or reading blogs, or much of anything. After so many days of little to no entertainment, other than my audiobooks while driving, I’m seriously feeling the crunch.

Anyway, got a bit of time today while Hedon is driving and before I try to get some sleep, so I thought I’d bop on here and write this and reply to some comments. That’s pretty much it.

Oh, except I’m really proud of myself. Running this hard is usually the perfect excuse for me to eat at will. But not this time. I’ve stuck to the diet, not comforting myself with food. And that is a big accomplishment for me.

I was so terribly tempted yesterday. We had to stop to fuel at a Love’s truck stop, and they had a Carl’s Jr. and a Subway. I so wanted to get a big guacamole burger and fries from Carl’s Jr., or maybe that giant taco salad with the crispy, yummy fried shell if they had some Green Burrito stuff on their menu. I could imagine how happy it would make me to eat it. And I’d been working so hard. I deserved a reward.

I wound up getting my usual Fresh Fit Sub from Subway. I can’t say it made me happy to eat it, not right then anyway. Today I’m happy, though, because I didn’t give in. And that’s what I have to remember the next time temptation threatens to seduce me. And it will threaten. Often.

Every day, every meal, it’s a choice. I won’t always make the right one. When that happens, I’ve just got to be sure to make the right choice at the next meal. That’s always been the most difficult aspect of dieting for me. When I fall off the wagon, I decide “screw it” and spend the next few years in the gutter. I think the diabetes is going to make a difference in how I respond to failures.

In the meanwhile, I’m just happy I resisted that guacamole burger. Damn you, guacamole burger and your tasty goodness!!! Fiend! Bad, bad burger! Ohhhhhm. Yea though I walk through the valley of fast food, I shall fear no guac burger.

7 Responses
  1. 2009 June 14

    i am soooo proud of you!….i struggle with the temptation myself so i know exactly how big a deal it is to overcome it……keep up the good work!

  2. 2009 June 15

    Comfort food…ugh! I usually go for it when I’m overtired just to put myself to sleep. Ridiculous when, at the same time, I know I’m going to regret it.
    Inspiring = you.

  3. 2009 June 16
    Chaos permalink

    Just wanted to say congrats. : ) i hope that you are able to find some of the … NutraSystem (isnt that what it was called?) stuff that will work, or at least taste…. ok. lol. I hope you are feeling ok!

    Also i agree with Mongoliangirl. Very inspiring! : )

  4. 2009 June 16

    Thanks, y’all. Appreciate it. :-)

  5. 2009 June 16

    Temptation will always be with you – and the time to stand up to it is NOW. It’s not easy, but will be worth it in the end.

    I’m wondering – how do you like your NutriSystem D? My son thinks that is the ultimate solution for me. I’m not so sure.

  6. 2009 June 17

    Sayre — The NutriSystem has, unfortunately, turned out to be unworkable for us. We had no idea, when we ordered it, how much food you have to add to the program. We thought maybe a couple of salads a day would be pretty much it. Nope. Wrong. They provide only about 500-600 calories worth of food a day, and you have to fill in all the rest in the categories they list. In the truck like we are, it just isn’t possible for us to carry all we would need, even for a few days.

    As a result, the program doesn’t work for us in our situation. We’ve brought out some of the food anyway, and work it into our current diet plan when we don’t have other options.

    If I were living at home, it would be workable (though the price tag is extremely high for how little food you receive). However, I’m not sure I’d be able to stick to it — we don’t like the food at all, not any we’ve tried so far, at any rate. Some meals are more edible than others, but in general, none of it is to our tastes.

    There are a lot of people who do like it, though, obviously, and maybe you would, too. They have a new deal with Schwann’s, with frozen entrees delivered to your house. Maybe that food is better. We can’t carry frozen food, so we don’t know if those meals are better.

    I think you could find tastier, cheaper, pre-cooked entrees at any grocery store (you know, the low-cal healthy stuff). The only advantage I see to the Nutri-System over those, is that NS entrees are generally high in added dietary fiber, and very low in sodium, which other commercial products often are not.

  7. 2009 July 6

    You know so many interesting infomation. You might be very wise. I like such people. Don’t stop writing.

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