My Story

On Monday, May 31, 2010, I embarked on a mission to lose weight and to get into the best shape of my life for my wedding. For a long time that mission was a success until life started getting stressful and food became a way to cope with that stress. To make a long story short, the mission fell short before my wedding day was here. And to make things even worse, I stopped eating healthy, exercising, and blogging for over two years. I now have a very beautiful wife and baby boy but my health is still crap. So to turn things around, I am brining back "The Heavy Man" and the "Mission to Healthy."

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day #24 - Soooo Busy!

The Day in Review

Have any of you ever been so busy between your work & personal lives that sometimes if you take a break, you would fall behind? Well that exact description is my life to a "T". Since I started my newest job 3 weeks ago, it has been a none stop ride! I am not complaining about my job at all because I would rather be constantly busy than bored everyday. But it has been really crazy how busy I have been.

So busy that I am starting to wonder if I will be able to make it back to the gym. Now of course that last sentence was an exaggeration but honestly the thought has crossed my mind from time to time. I did however, get a pretty good workout today in the office, packing all of the heavy boxes and equipment for an event this weekend. And truthfully the way things are going right now, I will take it any way I can get it.

Eating healthy has been a little easier lately because my amazing wife has been sending me to work with leftovers from the night before. So all have to do right now is pop it in the microwave at work and I am good to go! However, since I am being honest..... all I wanted to do after a crazy day of work today was to sit down and have a nice dinner with my wife and son. So I cheated a little by eating some pizza with her at our favorite place in town. I am a little disappointed with myself for letting that happen but it was worth it in my eyes to spend some much needed time with them. I am happy though, that I did good the rest of the day with eating healthy.

I really believe that the motivation and that drive to succeed is starting to come back. And looking back on the last few days, I really don't know why I was in the funk that I was in.  And after spending some much need time with my son tonight, I can see that getting healthy for him is the main goal now. I am going to leave you with a little heart to heart conversation that me and him had earlier today.

Good night everyone! Tomorrow starts a new day!

- The Heavy Man

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day #23 - Being Sick Sucks!

The Day in Review

Well it is day #2 of being sick. I was hoping the NyQuil would do trick last night but unfortunately all it did was make me go to sleep quicker. And being at work the whole day, feeling physically out of it, was not making the situation any better. Not to mention, not sleeping in the same bed as my wife sucks. I hate the feeling of being lonely in a big bed especially when I feel like crap. And finally, I am trying to stay away from my wife and son as much as I can because we can't afford them getting sick.

Anyway, getting back to the day. Today just seemed to last forever. I guess that is a good thing when you have so much that needs to get done at work. On the other hand, it sucks when all you want to do is go home and lay in bed until you don't feel sick any more. I just realized how much I was complaining in this post and I am sorry for that everyone!

As you can probably tell by now, I did not go to the gym again today because I felt like crap. But I did however, stick to the healthy eating for the second day in a row! I know the will power, that I had once upon a time, is making its way back. And when I have finally kicked this cold for good, I know it will be full speed ahead once again! Well it is time for medicine and hopefully I will be sleeping soon.

I promise I will try not to make tomorrow's post sound so boring. Good night everyone! Tomorrow starts a new day!

- The Heavy Man

Today's Meals (I am allowed 57 Weight Watcher's Points / Day)

Breakfast - Egg whites on a whole wheat bagel with a slice of American cheese = 11 Points
Lunch #1 - Foot long Double Turkey sub on wheat bread with American cheese, pickles, and a side of sun chips (Subway) = 26 Points
Lunch #2 - 1 Serving of left over turkey with a side of fat free gravy, a side of brown rice, and a side of broccoli = 7 Points
Dinner - 1 serving of Chicken Parm with a side of whole wheat pasta (Weight Watcher's Recipe) = 13 Points
Snacks - 3 Apples = 0 Points

Total Points Eaten Today = 57 Points

Today's Workout / Exercise Routine

This cold that I have has sidelined me for the second day in a row from going to the gym. I am hoping that tomorrow will be a different story!

Today's Photos

Thursday, October 4, 2012
(Front Shot)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day #22 - Here.... We.... Go!

The Day in Review

Hello everyone! I was so pumped up after last night's post that I couldn't wait to get the ball rolling this morning. However to my disappointment, I woke up this morning with a nasty cold. I was sneezing and coughing all over the place! And to make things even worse, I had so much work that needed to get done that I had to go into the office.

Needless to say, I felt like crap the entire day and still do right now! My throat is scratchy, I can't breath out of my nose, and I would love nothing more than to crawl into bed. But as they say in show business, "The Show Must Go On!" And go on.... it did!

I managed to get almost everything I wanted to get done today:
  • I finished all of the work that I wanted to get done today in the office
  • I weighed myself this morning and to my disappointment I am back at 271lbs
  • I ate very healthy today
  • I took my Front Shot Photo
  • I took my Side Shot Photo
The only thing that I did not do today was get myself to the gym. But to be perfectly honest, I was in no shape to go to the gym. Also, the last thing I wanted to do was to share my cold with everyone else at the gym. Everyone is busy with their own lives and the last thing anyone needs is me getting them sick. I am even sleeping in a different room than my wife and son tonight because I don't want them to get sick either. If you couldn't tell by now, I hate getting sick. It ruins what ever schedule you are trying to accomplish for the day.

Anyway, getting back to my weigh-in this morning. If you all remember, I started the "Heavy Man" comeback 22 days ago by weighing in at 271lbs. And now I am right back to square one. But you know what, the only direction I will accept now is down. Meaning, I refuse to weigh 271lbs ever again!

I hope I feel a little better tomorrow because the gym is calling my name once again! I hope you all have a great night! Tomorrow starts a new day!

Today's Meals (I am allowed 57 Weight Watcher's Points / Day)

Lunch #1 - Foot long Double Turkey Sub on Wheat Bread with American Cheese, Pickles, a side of Sun Chips, and a Side of Apple Slices = 26 Points
Lunch #2 - 1 Tuna Sandwich on a Long Roll with a Side of Baked Tostitos Scoops = 13 Points
Dinner - 4 Pieces of Roasted Turkey with Fat Free Gravy, Brown Rice, and Broccoli = 17 Points

Total Points Eaten Today = 56 Points

Today's Workout / Exercise Routine

I was sick today. I am hoping to back in the gym tomorrow if I am feeling better!

Today's Photos
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
(Front Shot)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
(Side Shot)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day #21 - "The Heavy Man's Diary"... Take 2

This is "The Heavy Man's Diary"..... Take 2. Well technically it is "take 3" but in the grand scheme of things it is all one big crazy never ending drama anyway! If that makes sense?!?!

As many of you know, after reading my post yesterday, I was extremely stressed out and I felt like the light at the end of the tunnel was getting farther away each day. At one point I felt like giving up and eating my stress away. I realize that I am not the only person in the world that is going through a battle with weight issues. But on days like yesterday, I feel like I am trying to climb this gigantic mountain all by myself. However, thanks to a lot of support and words of wisdom from many of you, I am back & ready to push forward!

So with this being said..... I am officially declaring tomorrow "The Heavy Man's Diary" Take 2 - 3ish..... lol. Seriously, it was suggested to me after last night's post, that I should take a step back and take a deep breath. Over the past few weeks I have let the pressures of life get to me and started my "Heavy Man" come back in a crappy way. But tomorrow I intend on doing this thing right! And when I say this thing.... I mean "The Mission to Healthy."

Once upon a time, I managed to push myself just enough to loose over 100lbs. And I did this by eating healthy and exercising just about everyday. Somewhere a long the way, I lost that "push" and now it is time for it to come back even bigger and better!

So tomorrow........ I step up on that scale........... I take my front shot photo....... I take my side shot photo........ I eat healthy once again....... And I get my ass back in the gym! Because the way my health is now, is not acceptable anymore! It is time to pick myself back up for good!

Good night my friends! Tomorrow starts a new day!

- The Heavy Man

Monday, October 1, 2012

Day #20 - An Addiction, Hard To Overcome

Hello.... My name is Chris aka "The Heavy Man" and I am addicted to food.

I have been on this earth for 29 years and have had this addiction since high school. I have never smoked a cigarette, I have never tried a single drug, and my drinking years have long disappeared. The only thing that has kept me from being in shape and healthy, on a consistent basis, has been my addiction to food. And I have trouble most of the time trying to get past it.

I feel that it is a never ending curse.... having to monitor what I eat on a day to day basis. I look at all the people that come in and out of my gym and 90% of them are in ridiculous shape. And all I can think of is how that outcome is so far away for me. So far.... that I have been chasing it for years. And just when I think I have cracked the code, I get swamped with work or the stresses of trying to survive life just seem to pull me down. And that roller coaster of going up in weight and then back down in weight and back up again, takes a toll on me. Not only physically but mentally too! I just want to blink my eyes and have all of the weight that has been latching to me for the last few years to disappear.

Unfortunately, things like this do not happen, at least not over night. In the past I wanted to get rid of my weight problems because I wanted to look like a model or someone that could be in a clothing store ad. My fantasy of losing weight slowly turned into not wanting people to make fun of me or look at me differently because I was overweight. And now all I can think about is being around to watch my son grow-up. It gets me emotional every time I think about it.

And with all of this going on in my head, wanting to lose the extra weight for good, it just seems to be getting harder and harder to stay on track. I think it is because I am exhausted from being on this up and down roller coaster for so long. But no matter what, I know I can not give up. No matter how many times I stumble.... I have to get back up! I have worked to hard, starting a family and trying to survive, that I can not afford to go backwards!

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support! I know it has been a rocky start, bringing "The Heavy Mans Diary" back. But I feel that this is the only way to help motivate me to lose the weight for good!

Good Night Everyone.... Tomorrow Starts a New Day!!

- The Heavy Man

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Am Still Here!

Hey Everyone,

I know I have been lacking in keeping up with the daily posts and I am very sorry for that! It has been hard for me to keep up with my daily posts this time around because my new job has been taking up most my time. But I know that is no excuse! I am determined to make this work and I want to get back in good health for my family! I can not do this without you all and I hope that you all will continue to stand by my side. Please don't give up on me! I will be back tomorrow with a full daily post.


- The Heavy Man

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day #14 - An Old School Workout

The Day in Review

Hey friends!! Today was a much better day. First of all, I was able to control myself as far as my meals go. Even after falling off the path for the last five days, I was able to call on that will power once again and coasted through the day with ease! However, the work day was extremely busy once again and I had no time to make it to the gym.

But I did find a way to supplement a gym workout with an old school workout. Let me explain what I mean. The company I work for now has an office on the second floor of a large business complex as well as some office space on the ground floor of that same building. While the upstairs office is pretty much setup, the downstairs office space needs some work done. The space that we are currently in has some desks, a large conference table, large book shelves, and several smaller pieces of furniture still in it from the previous tenant. My boss had asked us to clean up the space so we could comfortably work out of it. And when he requested the task, I immediately jumped on it because I knew there was going to be a lot of heavy lifting and moving around. So if I did not have time for the gym, I was going to make my own workout to fill in that void.

Let me tell you all, this furniture we had to move was old and extremely heavy! I was actually sweating 5 minutes into the project and continued to sweat all the way through. There was so much to move and clean up that we still need to put some time into it tomorrow. I actually feel like I did a legit workout in the gym tonight. My body is so sore right now!! I think I did a somewhat good job turning nothing into something.

Today's Meal (I am allowed 57 Weight Watcher's Points / Day)

Lunch #1 - Double Turkey Sub on Wheat Bread with American Cheese, Pickles, a side of apple slices, and a side of Sun Chips = 26 Points
Lunch #2 - 2 Boca Chicken Patties on Wheat Bread with 2 Slices of WW American Cheese and a side of baked Tostitos = 15 Points
Dinner - 1 1/2 Servings of Rice O Roni Chicken Rice with 2 servings of Grilled Chicken Strips = 14 Points
Snack - 1 WW Chocolate Chip Cookie = 2 Points

Total Points Eaten Today = 57 Points

Today's Workout / Exercise Routine

Unfortunately I did not make it to the gym again today. However, I did suppliment that with a lot of heavy lifting and cleaning.

Today's Photo

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
(Front Shot)