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."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day #56 - A Sense of Accomplishment Can Go a Long Way

I mentioned yesterday, learning that weight loss takes time, is probably one of the most important experiences I have had to date, since the start of my mission. And I will be preaching this lesson for the rest of my life. Learning this, was a great first step towards reaching my goal. But what should we do to fill in that time frame? Here is how I approach it, I know that I am going to be spending a lot of time doing what it takes to become healthier. So, why not take it one day at a time. After learning the proper rate of weight loss per week (1-2 pounds) and understanding that I have to control my food intake and workout properly, I am in no rush. I mean of course I want to be sexy by my wedding, but I also have some time until the day is here.

There are two other quotes that I like to use when it comes to taking my time and doing things properly. They are, "Take it one step at a time," and "You have to walk before you run." Now a days, when I know that I am going to be embarking on a project or a mission that will take time, I want to make sure that I am going to be doing it correctly. That is why I did my research before doing Weight Watchers and why I did my research about which exercises would be good to do in the gym that would help me lose weight and build muscle. That is also why I did my research before buying a new scale because I did not want to be stuck in the same situation I was in at the beginning of the mission, with a cheap scale that broke. Taking the time to understand what works and what doesn't is very important when you are going to be spending time doing something. The last thing I want to do, is having to start over again from scratch.

Now that I understand that losing weight will take time, I have come up with a way to make the days go by a little quicker as well as keep me focused on my main goal (losing weight).  I develop a bunch of tasks that I incorporate into my daily life that will give me the, "Sense of Accomplishment." Let me tell you, there is nothing more motivating then finishing a task that you set out to do. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, that usually leads to me wanting to get other tasks done. Before I know it, everything that I wanted to get accomplished has been completed. Let me give you an example of how I incorporate this method into my mission.

Everyday, I make myself a checklist that consists of two parts. The first part is all of the personal tasks (Blog, workout, food shopping, etc...) that I need to get done for the day and the second is everything I need to get done for work. For example: I wake up every morning at 7:30am to weigh myself and to take the scale picture that you see every night. Once I have completed that task, I check it off and move on to the next. More often then not, after the morning weigh-in , I make my way to the gym for my daily workout. After my workout, I come home to take a shower, have breakfast, and pack my meals for work. As I walk out the door to my car, I stop at the convenience store and I pick up my daily newspaper that I use in my profile picture everyday. I think you get the point, after I complete a task, I check it off. Believe it or not, every time I check off a task, I get that sense of accomplishment that makes me want to do more. It is almost like a snowball effect. I usually get the most sense of accomplishment on Sundays. For the simple fact that I am home from work, I get my workout done early, I plan my meals for the week and go food shopping accordingly, and I also plan out my workout schedule. Come Monday, I am ready to roll.

I know it may sound weird to some people but developing tasks and getting them done actually motivates me. I believe that incorporating this method into my mission has helped me cope with the fact that I will be spending a lot of time, most likely my entire life, losing weight and staying healthy.

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

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man = 39 Points)
(I am currently following the Weight Watchers Points System)

Early Afternoon - 2 Boca veggie burgers with 2 slices of american cheese on 2 slices of Weight Watchers whole wheat bread and a side of baked potato chips = Points 10
Snacks During the Course of the Day - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cone, 1 Weight Watchers brownie, 1 Weight Watchers chocolate chip cookie, and 1 large pear = Points 6
Late Afternoon - 2 slices of Weight Watchers american cheese on 2 slices of Weight Watchers whole wheat bread with a side of baked potato chips = Points 5
Dinner - Chicken BLT Salad from Wendy's = Points 15

Total Points Eaten Today = 36 Points (3 points under my daily limit)


Today I executed my legs and shoulder workout routines: Leg Press (4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps), Leg Extensions (3 sets x 8, 10, 12 reps), Leg Curls (3 sets x 8, 10, 12 reps), Military Press (4 sets x 12, 10, 8, 6 reps), Dumbbell Lateral Raises (3 sets x 8, 10, 12 reps), Plate Front Raises (3 sets x 12 reps), Calve Raises (3 sets to failure), and Reverse Cable Flyes (3 sets x 15 reps). Tomorrow I will be doing cardio and my core body routine.

Day #56 - Weigh-In = 269.6 lbs
Day #56 Weigh-In

Day #56 Front Shot


  1. A friend said to me, "It's a marathon, not a sprint" (crazy runner types!). But it is so true. No use rushing and putting all the weight back on (been there done that).

    Keep on keeping on, you're doing great!

  2. Suzanne,

    Thank you for the great quote! I hope you don't mind if I use it for the blog.

    I appreciate your support and feel free to keep on commenting, I enjoy receiving new quotes, tips and advice.

    Please also spread the word about the blog to everyone you know. The more people we have following, the more chances we have to help each other reach our goals.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

    - The Heavy Man