I thought maybe it would help to give you an idea of what our truck amenities are since most of you are not any more familiar with the inside of a Big Truck with a sleeper than I was.
We call the truck Betsy and she has her own personality!
We have an APU (auxiliary power unit) to run a 4.5 cu ft apartment size refrigerator freezer and a microwave. The freezer is very small; there are 2 small shelves and a bin big enough to hold 2 gallons of milk in the refrigerator. One of our space issues is that Max is an iced tea drinker and a lot of our space is taken up by half gallon jugs of home brewed tea.
Some of our trucker friends use a crock pot and I am thinking I might tote ours along this week and give it a try since I came across the strap that holds the lid on while unpacking yesterday. As a long time "from scratch" cook I am not crazy about eating a lot of microwaved food but the alternative is to eat out which is expensive and no more healthy most of the time. I cook most of our meals on board and we usually eat out only once a week. Max carried a small grill in his younger years and it's something we talk about sometimes.
There are little ovens and dutch ovens just for trucks but space being at such a premium I have resisted those. I'm also not too sure about having an "oven" going while we are rolling!
We have a TV and DVD player on board though we seldom take time to watch anything, along with satellite radio and a Rand McNally GPS that occasionally takes us on interesting side tours...
I am taking a needed SparkBreak of about 15 minutes before I get back to my ToDo List!
Thank you all for your helpful and supportive comments! I will get around this evening if I can. It's at least faster on the laptop than on the road with iPad.
I did okay until we got home but had a bit of a meltdown last night I think from simple exhaustion and being overwhelmed with so much to get done. I had a quick grilled cheese for dinner (soup for Max--he loves soup and I love that it's quick and simple!) but then I had buttered popcorn and a drumstick later. Not a binge but not low cal either. I'm okay and on track today.
I love SparkCoach but need to really try to schedule things as they suggest...do any of you do that? What tools do you use? I know there's a journal and appointment reminders here on SP...do any of you use those? How about a paper calendar or a booklet style??
Must keep moving... Wishing you all the Sparkiest of days!
We ate at Petro's Iron Skillet which is my favorite. I started with a romaine salad with a little French dressing and ordered grilled chicken breast with mixed vegetables and had a bowl of drained mixed fruit for dessert.
Y'all are the best! Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement! But it worries me that now that I have come up with all these things I can do, I'm gonna have to do them!!!
Ohhh the Pressure!!
Last evening I overate again and the common thread with my previous recent overeating was that I had 2 Diet Pepsis both days which makes me wonder if it is a trigger for me. I rarely have more than one but we get them free at TA and Petro and they are bigger than my usual 12 ounce. Something to watch for.
After we were loaded this morning Max told them that his on board nutritionist had told him we had to walk 30 minutes if we were going to have dinner tonight! (I had told him no such thing!) There was a break in the rain when we started but by halfway it was drizzling and I thought he'd probably want to stop but we stopped for our hats and kept on for our 30 minutes.
The good news news of the day is that we're meeting our friend Mark for dinner...the bad news is that we'll probably have to eat at the truck stop which is not the easiest place to eat a healthy meal. Their chicken fried steak is wonderful but I am planning on grilled chicken and lots of veggies. Sigh. I have given myself a pep talk...
How do you stick with healthy eating when you don't have many choices??
My SparkCoach assignment yesterday was to reclaim wasted time so I worked out a short strength training routine for the sleeper! I have 5 pound weights onboard so that's what I used but I will bring 8 pound ones along next time and maybe my 2 or 3 pound ones along for marching in place on bad weather days. Here is my starter program which took 23 minutes with a short warm up and stretches.
All upper body exercises were one arm at a time due to space limitations but I have read that one arm at a time gives better results.
10 reps x 2 sets:
Overhead tricep extensions
20 standing crunches
20 calf raises
10 reps x 2 sets:
Bicycle crunches on the bed
Followed by appropriate stretches for the muscles used.
I am kind of excited about this because I have been feeling pretty hopeless about strength training which I really need at my age. Max has been wonderfully supportive. ❤ My ex husband was always sneering at me and trying to undermine me. After the accident Monday night I was dipping into the cashews and Max handed me the lid and gently said, "Dear don't you think it's time to put this back on?" ❤ He makes me feel like I can do anything. ❤