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."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day #51 - Visualize Your Goals

I mentioned in yesterday's post, that being in the right state of mind during a weight loss program can really help to make the process go a lot easier. One specific way I like to keep on track, is that I visualize myself completing the mission at hand. In the past, I never really had the right mind set when attempting to lose weight. And because of that wrong mind set, I would set myself up for failure even before I started the weight loss program. I always had trouble visualizing myself being thinner, healthier, and achieving my goals. I would take one look at myself in the mirror and say, "You have no chance." I have had weight issues for such a long time, that it was second nature to see myself over weight and out of shape. 

This time around, I am trying to get myself mentally into the mission. I attempt at least once a day to visualize myself after this mission has been completed. I try to vary what I visualize because it keeps me from losing interest. For example, today during my lunch break, I was thinking about what I wanted to say in my post for today. Then all of a sudden I to started to think about how many days there are left until my wedding day. Most of you know by now, my mission is to stick to this weight loss program every single day, at least until my wedding day. Anyway, while day dreaming about that, I realized that I have 402 days until that day is here. And when you stop to think about it, 402 days is a hell of a lot of days! Then I started to think about my blog again and realized that I have been on my mission for 51 days already and lost 30 lbs. Can you imagine what kind of shape I am going to be in if I stick to my mission for the next 402 days. I will actually be in the best shape of my life. It is really an amazing thing to visualize. I am getting pumped up right now even talking about it with you all. See, I told you being in the right state of mind can be a great tool to stay on track.

Another way I keep myself in the right state of mind is, I constantly associate myself with positive sayings and quotes. That is why I have the "Quote of the Day" on the blog. A lot of the quotes I put up are things that I have heard throughout my life and that I think are positive and up lifting. And some of the other quotes I put up, are things I come with off the top of my head that go with the theme of that day's post. Anyway, constantly surrounding myself with great quotes / sayings helps me to focus and forces me to stay on the right path. For example, here is a quote that I use a lot, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Every time a think of this quote, it reminds me that I didn't gain the weight over night and I won't lose it over night as well. Losing weight is a long process that takes hard work and determination. Just like what the Romans used to build Rome. I hope these small tips can help you on track as well.

Please feel free to comment and share any tips you might have for keeping yourself mentally on track. It doesn't even have to be tips for losing weight.  You can also email them to me at -

With that being said, let's get to the details of the day:

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man = 40 Points)
(I am currently following the Weight Watchers Points System)

Breakfast - Egg whites on 2 slices of Weight Watchers whole wheat bread with a slice of fat free american cheese and a Weight Watchers blue berry muffin = Points 6
Snacks During the Course of the Day - 1 Weight Watchers mini carrot cake, 2 Weight Watchers chocolate chip cookies, 1 Weight Watchers mini chocolate cake, and 2 pears = Points 9
Early Afternoon - 1 serving of left over Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Late Afternoon - 1 serving of left over Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Dinner - 1 serving of whole wheat pasta with home made turkey meatballs (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 9
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers peanut butter ice cream bar = Points 3

Total Points Eaten Today = 37 points (3 points under my daily limit)


Today I did my chest and bicep workout routines: Dumbbell Chest Press (4 sets x 8, 10, 12, 15 reps), Incline Smith Press (3 sets x 21, 15, 12 reps), Straight Bar Curls (4 sets x 8, 10, 12, 15 reps), Incline Cable Chest Flyes (3 sets x 15 reps), Incline Alternating Dumbbell Curls (4 sets x 12, 10, 8 ,6 reps), Low Pulley Hammer Curls (3 sets to failure). I also ran for 10 mins on the elliptical to warm up. Tomorrow I will be doing cardio and my core body workout.

Day #51 - Weigh-In = 272 lbs
Day #51 Weigh-In

Day #51 Front Shot

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