Overcoming Obstacles to Spread the Word of the ‘Big Push’ and the ‘Fitness 4 All 50 State Tour’ !

by / Tuesday, April 05, 2011 / Published in Fitnesss 4 All 50 State Tour

Kevin pauses on the road to Little Rock_AR after the heat and humidity takes its toll

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

David Viscott

During my training for the ‘Big Push Across America’ tour, my fitness instructor would give me recipes like the one below to consume post-workout. This is a great shake to help replenish your body and muscles that will make you ripped.

Shake Your Muscles

Eat immediately after your workout. A 12-week study conducted by Danish researchers found that older men who drank a shake with 10 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of fat (about the same as in a cup of milk) within 5 minutes after their weight workout gained muscle, but men who consumed the drink 2 hours later did not. For a serious post workout muscle-building shake, try this formula from Thomas Incledon, M.S., R.D.: Blend a half cup of fat-free frozen chocolate yogurt, a quarter cup of egg substitute, a cup of fat-free milk, a large banana, and a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, and drink. You’ll down 23 grams of protein, 52 grams of carbs, and only 4 grams of fat


8 to10 AM – We packed and loaded the trailer to get ready to move on to our sponsor Baymont hotel in Little Rock, AR.

10:30 AM – Pushed from Stuttgart to Humnoke, AR 14 miles. It took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Humnoke.

Break 11:45 – Took a 5 to 10 minute break for Gatorade and water.

12 Noon – I pushed on to England, AR for another 14 miles. We arrived in England at around 1:15 PM. So I’ve pushed my wheelchair all the way from America to England. Ha!

Kevin on his way to Little Rock, AR has worn through the thick rubber on his second pair of gloves

Break 1:15 PM – Took a 15 minute break for an apple, granola bar, Gatorade and water. I need lots and lots of water.

1:30 PM – Pushed on for 34 miles into North Little Rock, AR. Half way through the push we took a short break for fluids. The heat and humidity were almost unbearable. When the humidity gets so high, your body’s natural cooling system, perspiration, can’t work efficiently. See, your body sweats in response to heat and the air dries it causing evaporative cooling. When it is too humid you get no evaporative cooling. To make a long story short – it’s miserable! You also have to be careful. If you are in the heat and suddenly stop sweating you might be nearing heat stroke so get in the shade, cut out excessive activity and drink some water.

With the humidity high before the BIG rain heading for Little Rock_AR Kevin has to hydrate himself frequently along the route-

Vitamins and minerals are substances found in foods we eat. Our body needs them to work properly. When it comes to vitamins, each one has a special role to play. For example:

Vitamins Information for the Daily Health Journal

Vitamin D is needed for strong bones. Foods rich in Vitamin D are fish, egg yolks, liver, and fortified cereal.

Vitamin C is important for keeping body tissues in good shape Also it helps your body resist infection. Foods high in vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, sweet red peppers, and tomatoes.  

Vitamin A plays a really big part in eyesight. Foods rich in vitamin A are dark green leafy vegetables, orange fruits and vegetables, liver, and milk that is fortified with vitamin A.

Vitamin B has many different forms such as B1, B2, B6, B12 niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. Vitamin B is found in poultry and meats, fish and seafood, dairy products, beans, peas, and whole grains.

Vitamin K helps in “clotting” as it stops the bleeding. Foods high in vitamin K are soybean oil, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, and dairy products like milk and yogurt.

Vitamin E maintains a lot of the body’s tissue, like the ones in your eyes, skin and liver. Food high in vitamin E are sardines, nuts and seeds, wheat germ, egg yolks, and whole grains such as wheat and oats.

Mineral Information for the Daily Health Journal

*Note* – Dora called local Little Rock television station channel 7 contact “Angela” an hour before we arrived. Angela told Dora they would meet us out on the road when we got close to North Little Rock on Highway 165. When I passed the sign that said “Welcome to North Little Rock,” Dora called again about the television station meeting us. They said that they would be coming out in a white van with channel 7 logos on it. I pushed another 15 miles on into North Little Rock and noticed thunderstorms coming in from the North West. Andy had a flat tire on his bike just ½ mile before we reached Interstate 440. We pulled over at a gas station and Dora again called Angela at the TV station. Because of the lightning and thunderstorms rapidly approaching, and the fact that we were already well into North Little Rock, we decided to quit for the day. Dora called again to Angela at channel 7 to let her know that we would wait at the gas station for the camera crew. Angela told Dora that they were short staffed, and that it was doubtful if anyone would come out to meet us. The news teams get pretty busy when thunderstorms approach.  Angela said that she would try to meet up with us at a different time.

Kevin pushing through pouring rain in Arkansas

4 PM – We loaded up and drove to our sponsor hotel, Baymont. On the way we ran into rain where we had to pull off the road momentarily because it was impossible to see through the downpour.

5 – 6 PM – We arrived at our sponsor hotel, Baymont. We took a short meal break and then uploaded pictures and updated the log.

7 – 10 PM – Unloaded some office supplies and other things. We straightened up and organized the room to work more like an office. Dora bought a new Lexmark 3 in one printer, scanner and copier at Office Depot, since other one had been broken on the road.

11 PM – Went to bed.

 Eat Right, Stay Active…Because “There Is Always A Way!” when you set your goals high and “Never Give Up!”

Kevin tries to stay ahead of the rain as he grinds on the miles towards Little Rock_AR

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.