Sunday, November 25, 2012
Just about a month ago I got grounded again over health issues, this time cataracts, thought I had just gotten a bad set of glasses so, set an appointment with my optometrist and after explaining to him what was going on he said let me take a quick look and thirty seconds later he says, "advanced cataract disease both eyes". What that means is I am nearly legally blind and can't go back to work until I have had the surgery in both eyes.
The left eye was scheduled for surgery last Tuesday but since the insurance company is allowed to discontinue you without notice and can take their sweet time in getting out the COBRA paperwork and processing the payment, I arrived for surgery only to be turned away. Of course the Insurance recived our payment that afternoon. What is really pissing me off isn't that so much as now they are re-instating me from the first of the month, when they had cancelled my coverage and charging me for 20 some odd days that I didn't have coverage. In my ever humble opinion this is a form of theft, what other industry do you know of that can charge you for services not given?
One of the other projects I have been working on is getting my book "So, You Want To Be A Truck Driver", available through Amazon, which it now is, and I have lowered the price. If you know some one who is thinking about launching into truck driving as a new career you may want to get them a copy of this book as my perspective is very different from others who have written on this subject. I tell stories from my career, have some new photos and of course kept the twelve question personality test to see if the perspective driver has what it takes to be one of us "road warriors". You can get it here:
So, You Want To Be A Truck Driver
You can even preview some of it at the above link.
All writers ought to edit others work once in a while it helps to improve your own skill and that is one of the other projects I have been working on. If the author decides to take her work public I'll let you know here.
And I am working on another book, this one is a departure from what i have been writing about but is just as important. A driver must maintain his physical health, mental health and spiritual health to be a true professional, (in my ever humble opinion anyway). So, my next book will be about my spiritual beliefs and is currently titled, "The Ten Commandments, a guide to Holiness", I hope to have it available by January 2013.
Got to sign off for now, keep the rubber side down.
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 6:33 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Third Edition, "So you want to be a Truck Driver?" is now ready I added some new pictures and had it professionally edited. Think gifts for your young friends, neighbors or relatives who have expressed an interest in learning how to drive truck, my focus is on the life-style and gives info that others don't.
You can get it in print, PDF or reader format:
You can get it in print, PDF or reader format:
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 2:06 AM
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Midland 40-Channel Hand-Held CB Radio 75-822
Cobra Mobile CB Radio with Dual Watch C18-WXSTII
Roadlife Publications 788 Truckstop Guide Pocket
Cobra Mobile CB Radio with Dual Watch C18-WXSTII
Roadlife Publications 788 Truckstop Guide Pocket
I have been operating under these rules for awhile and honestly whatever pencil necks came up with these rules are true idiots, Their purpose was to create a safer environment for all of us and they would have been successful if they hadn't done two things; the 14 hour rule and taking away the 5 hour split sleeper berth.
First let me talk (or complain) about the 14 hour rule. The 14 hour rule says that from the time I start my pretrip to the time I end my day all eleven allowable hours of driving must be completed. So what happens if I have a lousy sleep period and don't get the rest I need, can I pull over and take a nap? Sure, I can, but, my body requires I sleep 4 hours for a nap to be any good otherwise I am more tired than when I laid down. So, if I do need a nap and do lay down, start with 14 minus 4 hours, minus 0.25 for pre-trip, minus a half an hour for fuel, minus a half an hour for a meal, minus a half an hour for time to get ready to sleep and to get woke up and another 0.25 hours for post trip inspection and now I only have 8 hours of drive time. I worked fourteen hours but have only 8 hours worth of pay, so do you think I am going to take a nap? NO WAY!!! I'll drive tired and hope for the best.
Second gripe is the stupid rule concerning the split sleeper berth, the old way of five on and five off worked very well for me since my body only needs a maximum of 6 hours of sleep a day and four hours twice a day is optimal. The old rules allowed for me to get the rest I needed and allowed me to work 15 hours in a twenty four hour period. I am out here on the road to work not sit in a truck stop goofing off cause some idiotic bureaucrat thinks they know it all when they couldn't be as smart as a rock if they tried.
Oh well, it promises to get worse so I guess I'll just grin and bear it.
Version 3 of "So You Want to be a Tuck Driver?", should be available by the end of the week, will post a link here.
Found a really useful site for meal planing and tracking you might want to check out, https://www.choosemyplate.gov/SuperTracker/default.aspx
Currently down 163 lbs from top weight In January of last year, blood sugar averaging 104 with no med's and blood pressure down as well, the food plan mentioned in a previous blog really works, try it!
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 2:40 PM
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thought I would write a little today about fixing food on the road.
|My current workplace/home|
A lot of drivers don't think that they can eat healthy on the road because of the space problems as well as the lack of a kitchen, so they grab fast food or even worse, junk food at the truck stops. Seems these day that all of the truck stops have abandoned selling any kind of healthy choices for us, guess it's the old profit margin thing, the good news is even with very little space and some careful shopping you can eat well and eat for your health.
In my last post I gave the food plan that I have been using for the past 14 months that has been responsible for my now 165 lb weight loss and the reversal of my diabetes. This food plan costs me about 70 to 80 dollars a week to eat on and I am seldom ever hungry. The biggest “secret” to this food plan is shopping at Wall Mart.
|Typical Lunch on Food plan|
Most Wall Marts are truck friendly and have big enough parking lots for us to park in without problems, please be courteous and don't overstay your welcome or that may change in the future and for God's sake don't dump your pee bottle in their lot!
Wall mart is carrying a plain wrapper brand now that provides almost everything that I need, it's called Great Value and it really is a great value, not only that, but Great Value brand doesn't add all kinds of unnecessary ingredients like sugar or extra salt, and unlike previous plain wrapper brands the food actually tastes good.
You will also note in my food plan that I use a lot of salad, there is a secret here too. Buy the 12 oz. bags of pre-cut salad, why? Because it wont go limp on you for at least 6 days. The pre-cut salad is packaged in nitrogen and as long as you keep it at about 38 degrees Fahrenheit and don't puncture or open the bag, wilting wont take place. I use an ice chest in my truck and the salad keeps just fine for a week. Longer than a week or if I let the chest go over a day without ice then I will have some loss.
Concerning salad dressing, I use GV's Italian dressing it is somewhat lo-cal very good tasting isn't loaded full of sugar and is cheap. One of the big bottles last all week.
You really don't need a microwave or hot plate to eat on this food plan. I didn't have a microwave in my truck for a long time and the only problem I ever encountered was on those rare days that I had to park somewhere where a microwave was not available then I had lunch for breakfast and had breakfast when I could get to a microwave, my oatmeal was the only thing that needed to be cooked as I bought pre-cooked meats (look in the freezer section of Wall Mart).. The Great Value brand sells pre-cooked chicken patties (don't get the breaded ones) that weigh 3 oz each so I didn't even need a kitchen scale. Read the labels and know what you are looking for in portion size and it's easy enough to figure out. The same brand also sells pork and turkey sausage which is delicious and will hold in an ice chest for a week without spoilage. In some Wall Marts, Great Value also has pre-cooked hamburger patties that also weigh 3 oz's. It does take a little looking to find these items but they are there in most of the super stores.
One quick note about oatmeal. All oatmeal is “quick oats” don't let the merchandisers fool you into paying more than you have to. Follow the directions (½ cup dry oats and 1 cup water) and watch that it doesn't boil over in the microwave. I do not use sugar but I do flavor my oats with about a half teaspoon of cinnamon and sometimes cut up my apple or orange and add to it.
For dishes I use Rubermaid resealable containers, they can be used in a microwave and they double as storage containers ( they are cheap too) cleanup is easy, just wipe with a paper towel until you can get to a sink with hot water.
Well, that's it for now, happy trucking.
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 1:38 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|340 lbs Feb. 2011|
Didn't realize it has been nearly two years since I wrote on this blog last, wow does time fly by fast.Much has happened since my last post so I will try to be brief..
I did receive my Federal waiver to return to work while using insulin but had decided to return to school instead. So, I went out and got my school bus endorsement and drove as a substitute driver for the remainder of the school year and returned to my former employer on a part-time basis.
I was to begin college In June of last year but my wife and I had a falling out and separated two days before my first class, sucks. The separation meant I was homeless, so, what to do? I know go back to truck driving full time.
I have been back in the saddle now since June of 2011, nothing has changed, same 'ol crap.
My wife and I did get back together but are now separated again and she is pretty serious about getting a divorce, I am too since we just can't seem to get along for more than a few months at a time
|Dec 2011, 210 lbs|
Here is the best news for you drivers who are facing diabetes, in the past year and a half I have found a way to reverse mine and it does not include exercise unless you want to, (faster results if you do I suspect). I will be sharing it all on a new website just as soon as I can get it put together.
I finally found an editor that didn't charge me an arm and a leg to edit “So, You Want to be a Truck Driver” and will be posting links to that as soon as the revision is ready and available. Think gifts for your young people that want to quit school and drive truck or that office worker you know that thinks his job really sucks, or that young dock worker that thinks he/she wants to drive the big steel. My book tells it from my unique view, that is truthful, easy to read and includes a simple twelve question quiz that will give the reader an idea if their personality is cut out for this kind of work.
Thank-you to those that had bought the book in it's unedited version, if you had, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy of the edited version for free as soon as it is ready for press.
Well, God bless you all till next time
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 10:32 AM
The Numbers are in!
I went to my Doctor Monday before last and had blood drawn and what I am doing is working so well......... judge for yourself
- Item04/04/1104/02012A1C6.95.8Weight310189Cholesterol165123Triglycerides9351HDL27.435Insulin5 times a day (sorry don't remember the dosages)None since July 2011nor any pills since then
Okay, I am not going to keep anyone is suspense anymore, I will share what I am doing right here today, but first a few preliminary’s.
Most of us truck drivers get no exercise except to walk from the parking lot to the restroom, our life is from the drivers seat to the bunk and back 6 to seven days a week. That has not changed with me. Nothing else in my life has changed, the stresses are the same, (maybe even worse) the work is the same, I still drink tons of coffee, (no soda, don't like the stuff) and smoke 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day.
There is one major change besides the diet and that is I have begun to develop a relationship with the God of my youth. I am convinced that without His help all of this change in my body would not have been possible.
Also, the only thing I have changed is my diet and here it is:
Les's Food Plan
½ cup oatmeal cooked with 1 cup water and cinnamon to taste
6 ounces of protein
1 piece of fruit ( apple or orange )
2 cups of salad (Italian dressing)
16 oz. Of can green vegetable ( I use either spinach or green beans)
6 oz protein
1 piece of Fruit
Same as Lunch
2 Snacks per day are allowed choose between 6 oz of plain yogurt or 3 oz of protein or 1 piece of fruit
For my protein I use primarily chicken and tuna but sometimes use pork or beef . Tuna, for me, seems to stabilize my blood sugar better than any other protein but too much tuna is not good for you so I keep it limited to 1 can a day. The weights are cooked weights.
If you wanted to use other fruits I would use the standard serving for that fruit. No “canned in syrup” fruit
If I use yogurt I use unsweetened plain.
Also, I don't use sweeteners or added salt, all other seasonings are fine. Nor do I use butter margarine or cheese of any kind.
Any questions feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com
There it is folks, plain and simple.
One thing that needs to be mentioned here is that this plan is for men and if you are a woman it has been told to me that you need to knock the protein level down to 4 oz per serving.
My nutritionist who works with my endocrinologist did approve this plan, one further note is if you cannot stick to this plan and make it your lifestyle than there may be one more thing you need to look at but I am not able to discuss it here so please e-mail me privately and we can “talk” about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, you DO need to make up your mind that this is not a diet it is a lifestyle change and your life is in serious jeopardy if you don't do it. The difference between a lifestyle and a diet is this; a diet ends when the goal is reached and “normal eating” resumes, hence the weight and health issues come right back.
Good Luck and God Bless
PS further blogs will discuss how to implement your new lifestyle.
Posted by Leslie R Auger at 9:32 AM