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How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals

By on November 1, 2013
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Paul Sedlak • Sylva, N.C. • Driving for four years

I was living in Florida and thought about becoming a personal trainer. I went to school and got my certification, but I didn’t really enjoy the work. I didn’t like being tied down to a schedule of meeting clients at a specific time, and then still worry about getting paid.

I had some debts. I wanted to make money. I wanted to see the country. I had a lot of dreams — the most important was to be free and not be dependent on someone else for work. I really needed to make a decision. What will I do as my profession? Trucking fit into everything that I wanted. It was the best option for being my own boss.

I went to school, got my CDL, and found a job with a trucking company. I started with the worst truck in the company — one night in Miami I woke up because there were cockroaches climbing all over me. But I cleaned up the truck and took care of it. Soon the company gave me a better truck, without my asking for it.

I wanted to stay in shape, but it was very discouraging. Other drivers would tell me that there was no way to work out because there is no time to fit it into your day.

But if there’s a will there’s a way. My mindset was that I must stay fit. I’m not going to compromise on my health. I stuck some dumbbells and my bicycle in the truck and made time to exercise. I learned to be disciplined, and keep four or five healthy foods in the truck for snacking.

You have to have a “why” to motivate you, so I always put a deadline to my goals. I’ll sign up for a triathlon and pay for it right away. I’ll pay for a vacation trip.

When I was younger I was overweight. I didn’t like exercise. Then, as a teenager I became friends with someone who cared about fitness and who always had a book with him. I started to read. Stories about successful people inspired me to go after my goals. Now every day I spend 30 minutes reading or listening to or watching something that is positive and motivational. The more you focus on the good stuff, the more good comes your way.

In trucking there is always huge potential to grow. I started with no experience, as a company driver. I saw that I could make more money driving flatbeds. I learned and became valuable to my company. Now I am going to the next level and buying my own truck. One day I would like to teach other drivers how to be successful in the trucking business. I want to give them confidence in themselves and help them see how important they are to everyone.


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  1. Monique Easley

    November 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    How awesome and I agree with everything you said. Thank you for sharing your story. I was so worried that there won’t be time work out and harder time to eat healthy due to when you stop to fuel up. Its a quick fix is fast food and sugar snacks.
    Thanks Monique48953295

  2. Daniel George

    November 9, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Great to see other drivers who care about fitness, keeping a good attitude, and helping others. My wife and I had run across an amazing group of people in the facebook group Truckin’ Runners. Check them out, everyone from people just starting a walking program to drivers that run ultra-marathons. Closed group, so no spmmers (tell’em Danny sent ya).

  3. Stephen

    November 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Paul, Great to see the “My terms” attitude. Listen I live down in s. Fla. I have a couple trucks leased on to Land star. I’m looking for a drive. (dry van) If you are interested in talking please feel free to email me back. Keep up the great work!

  4. john gozzolino

    November 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    i was a body builder pryor to trucker, i good set of dumbells and a good two by 4 is how i keep up my lifting, i put the two by 4 against the truck and do incline bench presses and finish up with some good old push ups, i have kept up my physique doing it, lunges for legs, curls for arms, triceps, etc. if there is a will there is a way to keep in shape

  5. ernie

    November 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I’m so glad am not the only one who cares about fitness, I gain 80 pounds in 2 years of trucking. Thanks to the TA fitness room I lost 50, I wish there where more because some times I don’t find them on my routs . Keep the good work hope to meet more drivers like us:)

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