Thanks for the reply. I do have a small dog and I walk him about 5-10 mins at a clip depending on how my delivery schedule is going.
Getting a bigger dog is an issue of space in the sleeper, lifting him into and out of the truck as well as controlling the amount of fur in the truck. GS dogs shed quite a bit so we would have to clean the truck daily rather than 2-3 times a week. I do not want to live in a dirty sleeper. It’s small but it’s my home 4-6 weeks at a clip. My schnoodle rescue is as big as we can deal with.
But walking through the truck stop is not only a personal security issue but safety issue. Because you’re moving through the lot when big rigs are moving as well I’m likely to be in someone’s blind spot. So I have to be very aware of their movement for both me and the dog.
Today we are parked while we get a hub oil seal repair so I will walk the perimeter of lot with my dog as it’s daylight and other truckers can better spot me and my dog. I am hoping to get a good 30 min walk today. Will put on knee braces and hit the asphalt.
I’ve also attached a small flashlight to my belt so that is another way to alert drivers of my presence.
I’d considered videos from YouTube as well but space is limited in the sleeper. There are exercises that are strictly geared to truckers and incorporates the truck. These are great during warm months and when truck is clean. Not ideal in winter.
I think what I’m most concerned about is consistency. I can do 5-10 mins here and there but it depends on the environment I’m in. But to make money our truck rolls 24/7. So when someone is driving the other person is sleeping. So my exercise has to be when I go into the sleeper or when I take my daily 30 min break. It’s a little crazy because I sometimes lose that 30 mins sitting at the shippers. Trucking is a totally different world for me. The focus is completely on safety so even on break when I’m out with my dog I’m still doing a look see on the truck to make sure I have nothing that needs to be addressed before I begin rolling. It takes about 5 mins to do this but in this business minutes count for a lot.
It’s not all bad. I’ve done well in that I did drop 13 lbs since I started this weight loss leg 1/25/2021 but I’m not sure if some of that is water weight or not tho. I don’t weigh myself frequently. Once a month when I’m home and only in the morning. So I know I’m doing OK, but I also know that incorporating movement will my body use insulin much better than what I am.
My last resort is to do a virtual personal training session with a personal trainer to see exactly how I can get the best exercise bang I can using the limitations I have.
I am so looking forward to looking at my numbers when I see my doc in April. I am not sure if my A1c will move down from my last measurement or not. But I also need to determine if I should be monitoring my BG so that I can get my A1c out of the prediabetic range.
To those who are diabetic I’m sure my concerns may seem trivial but I’ve watched my family members & friends struggle with the disease all my life. That was actually my motivation for becoming part of the NIDDK DPP/ DPPOS. The bonus is that I benefitted in that I have not moved to T2 which I probably would have at the rate my weight was increasing.