Today’s Healthy Trucker Spotlight comes from a husband and wife team — Carolee and Bobby Moore. The couple lives in the truck full time and has learned a thing or two about staying healthy in a confined space. Keep reading to learn about Carolee and Bobby’s exercise and truck driver diet tips!
When and how did you and your husband get started in the trucking industry?
My husband has been a truck driver for almost 17 years. Most of his career was driving locally. After being married only seven months, because of financial hardship, which we have all experienced at one time or another, we decided to put our belongings in storage and live on the road full time. We’ve been doing this now for going on three years.
When did your health journey begin? Did you start with small baby steps at first or just completely change your way of life?
My health journey began a few months into our new life. I began having sharp, excruciating pain near my ribs and was feeling sick after every meal. We didn’t have a refrigerator at the time, so we were mostly eating fast food. After extensive research I realized I was having gallbladder problems, which was caused by my high fat diet & previous yo-yo dieting. I was overweight to begin with and I had gained about 15 pounds. I knew it was time to make some big changes.
I believe that we can change many of our health issues by changing our eating habits. I do not recommend “self diagnosing” as I did, but under the circumstances I didn’t really have a choice. So, I started with baby steps. I cut out high fat foods, sodas, and sweets out of my truck driver diet for starters. As time went on, I learned what I could eat that was good for my gallbladder and what could cause an attack. I also started doing light weight workouts a few times a week. In about a year I lost 45 pounds and my gallbladder problems were non existent.
What does your truck driver health routine consist of currently?
In January of this year we decided to step it up and get really serious. We tweaked our truck driver diet once more. My husband and I try to eat as clean as possible, that is, stay away from processed and fast food. It’s really hard to find organic produce out on the road so we do our best to work with the options we have. If we eat out we stick with lean protein and vegetables. It takes a lot of willpower sometimes, and eating the same types of foods every day can get a little boring so you do need to get creative. I try to look at it like I’m eating to fuel my body, not just for the sake of eating.
We also stepped up the work outs this year. I started doing high impact cardio. When I first started I could barely do two minutes and I felt like dying! Now, I’m up to 30-45 minutes. I started out just doing high knee marching in place. My husband would time me and encourage me the whole way. Now I do a combination of running in place, cross-fit, high knees and weights. My husband is more focused on building muscle so he uses the resistance bands and does lunges with weights. You don’t need a lot of room to do those types of exercises. If it’s nice weather out, do them outside!
What successes have you seen since your journey to getting healthier?
I have seen huge successes since we began this journey. In total I have lost 88 pounds. I feel better than I’ve felt in 20 years. I never suffer from gallbladder issues anymore. I recently went on a mountain hike while visiting my kids and I wasn’t even out of breath, and I made it to the top! I also recently went running, something I haven’t done in years, and was able to run 2 miles with no knee problems or pain.