That’s my ride!
A lot of my adoring fans ask me how I get prepared for shifts on the truck. They ask me all the time, “Chloe, how do you prepare for shifts on the truck?” I love when people ask me this, because I get to expose them to all the work that goes into it. It’s almost like that Warner Brothers tour, except a lot less fake buildings and this is far more interesting.
First of all, the one thing I want to convey is that I prepare for a truck run just like any NFL player would prepare for a game: lots of focus exercises, jumping jacks and protein/carb loading. When I put on my “trucker hat” (not an actual hat), I become a Cupcake Ninja. A Brownie Warrior. A Cookie Viking. While I wish all of those examples had alliteration, my main point is that I take this seriously.
On the day of a run, I start it like many other people: breakfast. I have a simple and delicious meal of a Pumpkin Spice cupcake and Snickerdoodle cookie. This is a great way to get my metabolism moving and add some pep in my step. Then I do twenty-three jumping jacks.
After breakfast, I like to do visualization exercises. I’ll visualize the following things: loading up the truck, getting to the event safely and without ANY traffic, the truck looking stunning and sassy, and then selling a million treats to wonderful patrons. I’m a huge believer in meditation, positive thinking and visualizations, and if you do some research, you’ll find some of the best athletes also follow this belief. Go on, Google it!
After pumping some mental iron, I run a quick 12 to 20 miles followed by a high-protein snack: Peanut Butter Bliss Bar. What a treat, folks. Around this time of the day I check my emails, confirm upcoming events, and catch up on other administrative tasks. Also, I have lunch. I like to keep this small with just a few Stuffed Cookies. My favorite is Twix, but I also love the Reese’s and Oreo varieties. I grab my backpack, a Fruity Pebble Treat and head to work.
While on my way there, I listen to “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson on repeat. Just for fun. Once at the shop, I quickly eat a Chocolate Chip Brownie and load up the truck with all my delicious cargo for the night. My average commute for a run fluctuates anywhere from about thirty minutes to eternity. Once I fight my way through traffic and miraculously arrive at my destination, I set up the truck to make it look like it did on its wedding day: flawless, radiant and pure. Before officially opening up doors, I have a pre-game ritual of 38 push-ups, 3 cake pops and a good heart-to-heart between the truck and me. There are usually tears at this point.
End of a long day.
Then it’s all a blur. What happens during the shift is anyone’s guess, but I promise you, a lot of smiles and giggles are had. After a shift, I make sure to do something nice for myself, such as treating myself to a Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie. But only if I’ve been good. (wink)
That’s a little window into my daily routine at work. It really is just like a professional football player. The next time you see me out, be sure to keep me in line and ask me if I did my push-ups or ate my morning cookie and cupcake!
What about you? What are your work rituals and how can you add more sweets into it? I’m always taking new suggestions!