Kenny Nelson recently shared his weight loss success story on the Truckin’ Runners Facebook group and what an inspirational one it is! He gave us permission to let you in on a little secret. The secret is that losing weight while driving OTR can be done and not everyone has to be the stereotypical overweight trucker! Here’s the proof..
“On July 4, 2010 I smoked two packs a day and weighed 300 pounds. I would get winded walking up one flight of stairs. I quit smoking the next day. It took me six months to actually start losing any weight and eating right. I fell off the wagon for a while and put 30 pounds back on, but since last fall I’ve been steadily losing weight. I am now down to 208 and training for my first marathon.”
Kenny looked at his life, looked at his career, and decided he did not want to become just another stereotypical unhealthy truck driver. So he made a change. He has lost almost 100 pounds so far and is currently training to run a full marathon! Recently, Kenny completed a 14.2 mile run and burned over 2,000 calories in the process. During that 14.2 mile run he ran for right around 2 hrs and 45 mins straight. Can you say PROGRESS?!
It’s important to remember, though,that this did not happen overnight — far from it. This impressive weight loss was over the course of several years. So many people begin a diet and exercise regimen and expect the weight to fall off instantly. Remember, you didn’t put on all the weight instantly, did you? No? Then why would it fall off in days or weeks? You must persevere and not get frustrated if you’re not losing as quickly as you wish.
Kenny was very open with his setbacks saying there was a period of time when he started to put some weight back on. He simply recharged his batteries and bounced back stronger than ever. Speaking of bouncing back, his new goal is to run a full marathon. That’s right 26.2 miles. From over 300 lbs to a marathoner – now that’s impressive!
I know when beginning a truck driving job it might seem like there’s no way to get (or stay) healthy, but like we’ve said time and time again, it can be done if you put in the time and effort. Here are some previous blogs to help get on track:
- Trucker Weight Loss Success Stories
- 5 Biggest Struggles to Staying Healthy on the Road
- 4 Easy Ways Truckers Can Squeeze in Exercise