Conscious Habits for Change on the Highway with Heath Melton

Habits, both conscious and unconscious, make up every part of our day. And they affect all aspects of life: personal relationships, work performance, financial, and even personal health. 

Sometimes a job is just a job to start. But what happens when the job you’ve chosen leads to some bad conscious habits? The small choices we make can change the course of our lives for better or for worse. 

On this week’s episode of Drive, Zach Elsts sits down with Heath Melton, a driver and father of four, to discuss his habits and life on the road. Heath has created a thriving career from behind the wheel. His journey to get there was hardly a straight shot, and it came with sacrifice – his health. 

Here’s Heath’s story about his health challenges on the road and how he eventually earned the nickname “Health”.

Compelling Quotes

  • [00:14] “I started sitting a lot more than I’ve ever sat in my life. The adjustment to that and finding the balance to keep healthy with that change I think if I could go back and give myself that advice … don’t think you’re on vacation because you’re not standing at a factory.” 
  • [1:09] “If you’re not intentional with your habits, they can be detrimental to you.” 
  • [4:03] “Before you know it you’ve taken 20 bottles of Tylenol in 3 months and your drinking more coffee than you can remember.”’
  • [5:48] “For good habits, it’s really an accumulation. You have to continue doing them. Drinking less sugary drinks, eating less bread, eating better had a real impact on inflammation and my health.” 
  • [13:09] “Those things together, cutting out the bread, the sugar, intermittent fasting, really was the catalyst that helped me lose. I lost 30 lbs in the first two months.” 
  • [14:09] “It’s the mood and the mindset.” 
  • [17:29] “So which one are you going to pick? You’re going to pick the comfort food and, snacking all the way down the road, or you’re going to try to lose that weight and be better and more in charge of your life instead?”
  • [29:36] “Why do I need to get looking nice or, or fix myself up at all for anyone else when I’m just sitting in the truck by myself? Well you times that by four or five, six years, and you can see how some pretty bad habits can form and then you just, you fit that idea of that dirty, old trucker.” 
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