Are you starting to get the picture on how you and your truck have to work together to have a successful business?
Last issue we discussed that if you or your truck are not putting 100 percent into your joint effort of business, something has to give. The truck or you break down. You lose money or something worse.
You buy the best parts, fuels and oils for your truck. Do you do the same for you?
Get some water in the fuel or allow the oil to become too abrasive or let that radiator sludge up and that big, powerful truck is sitting on the side of the road. Not a pretty sight, and not to mention, you’re pretty much out of business.
Smoke enough cigarettes, eat enough high fat foods, drink enough coffee or pop enough amphetamines and that big, powerful trucker is in the hospital. Not a pretty sight, and not to mention, you’re pretty much out of life.
The object is to put the right fuel, oil and additives in your truck so that it runs efficiently and keeps running for a long time to come. The same goes for that body of yours. Your body fuel should consist of proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats and water.
Proteins for strength, power and building, quality carbohydrates for quality energy, healthy essential and unsaturated fats for lubrication and of course good old water.
You have a feeling those two tires are a little iffy for this next trip. Should you chance it and wait until you get the extra money to get new tires? Do you risk waiting for hours for a repair truck to show up while you’re sitting on the side of the road?
Of course not; no one has to preach to you or point out your problems. You’re an intelligent person you know you have to fix the truck.
You know you smoke and you’re having more trouble breathing every year. You know you’re not just a little overweight, but a lot overweight. You know your heart pounds and you lose your breath with just a little exertion. It’s your back that’s stiff and aches. It’s your heartburn.
This is where the real distinction between that hunk of metal you call your truck and that collection of bones, muscle, smarts and emotions really materialize.
Do you live with these problems or change? Isn’t it odd that you wouldn’t even give it a second thought if it were a problem with the metal but when it comes to your life, not so much.
It is a decision only you can make. I can preach, your friends can preach, your husband or wife can preach and your doctor can preach. But you’re the one in charge! Yes, Mr. or Ms. Truck driver this is your life.
You decide the quality of it. You decide the strength of it. You decide the power of it.
Decide yet? You know you’ve thought about it at least 100 times. Well?
Congratulations. You have just started up the on-ramp to merge with the rest of your life.
No one is saying this will be easy. But I guarantee lying in a hospital bed dying slowly of disease is going to be a whole lot tougher.
Now what? You know you have to eat better, exercise and relieve some of the stress. First, develop a positive attitude. Instead of thinking, “I can’t have this or I can’t do that,” think of things you can add to make your life a little healthier. Second, don’t try to make big changes all at once.
How about adding a walk in your daily schedule. Walking doesn’t take a lot of effort and you can do it most anywhere. Walking is a great form of exercise and the only accessory you need is determination. It also affords you the time to relax and think a little.
We will continue this discussion in another issue but in the meantime if we can help call us at (888) 348-7623, get on the Web site www.fitnessroad.com or visit us at our
Wellness Center located in Tempe, Ariz., just east of the 1-10 on Baseline Road.
God bless you and yours, Mick.
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