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, July 31, 2010

Day #61 - I Gained Weight!!! But in a Good Way

Today was a perfect example of how a person's body weight can fluctuate from day to day and even week to week. Studies have shown that a person's weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs during the course of a regular day. However, it still can be a shock when it happens to you. This morning started off like every other morning. I woke up at 7:30am, I used the bathroom, and I went straight to the scale to record my weight for the day. I was not prepared for what the scaled said after stepping upon it this morning. At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. So I stepped off the scale and stood there for a couple minutes, just in case the scale needed some time to collect itself. I then took a step back onto the scale and looked down to read the screen. Well, I wasn't seeing things. Then I thought maybe the spot on the floor that the scale was placed on was a bad spot. So, I picked the scale up and moved it to a different part of the room and stepped back on it again. Holy crap!!! I gained 2 pounds since yesterday! I immediately thought back to my earlier scale saga, that happened at the beginning of my mission, and thought I had another broken scale on my hands. But before I jumped to anymore conclusions, I decided I would weigh myself on the trusty serviced scale at the gym.

Once I arrived at the gym I went straight to the scale, stripped down to my underwear, and proceeded to weigh myself. And guess what weight the scale was reading, 268 lbs, 2 pounds more then I weighed in at yesterday morning. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how this happened. I have been eating healthy everyday and exercising my butt off, so why the 2 pound increase? Looking for an answer, I approached the head personal trainer of the gym and told him about my situation. He laughed at me and then proceeded to ask me some questions. First, he asked me if I have been exercising regularly and of course I said yes. Next he asked if me I have been lifting weights on a regular basis and I answered yes, every other day. Then he asked me if I was lifting weights at a high intensity level and I told him my workouts have been getting harder and I have been pushing myself more to complete the routines. Then he finally said to me, well there you go, you are gaining weight because you are growing muscle mass. It turns out that while I am losing fat by exercising and eating correctly, I am also gaining muscle because I have been executing my weight lifting routines at a higher intensity with more weight then I have been using. No wonder my body has been so soar lately, I have been growing muscle. I should of came to that conclusion on my own because I knew this would start happening eventually.

Later on in the day, I was talking to my father and I was explaining to him the changes my body has been going through and he said something very interesting to me. He first told me that what the trainer said at the gym was absolutely correct, I have been gaining muscle weight. He then told me to keep in mind, that usually between the 6-8 week mark of any weight loss program is when you will truly start noticing a significant change. What my father said made perfect sense because if you remember what I spoke about yesterday in my post, people were suddenly telling me how I look like a completely different person. And these comments just started at the beginning of this week. Which just so happens to be around 8 weeks into my mission.

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)

Breakfast - 2 eggo nutrigrain waffles with a cup of Light'n Fit yogurt and a serving of strawberries = Points 4
Snacks During the Course of the Day - 2 rice cakes, 1 Weight Watchers carrot cake, 24 pieces of pumpernickel mini pretzel sticks (spread out during the course of the day), and 1 Weight Watchers chocolate chip cookie = Points 10
Early Afternoon - 1 serving of left over home made Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Late Afternoon - 1 Boca veggie burger on 2 slices of Weight Watchers whole wheat bread with a slice of Weight Watchers american cheese and a side of baked potato chips = Points 6
Dinner - 1 serving of home made Beef Stroganoff (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 9
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream bar = Points 3

Total Points Eaten Today = 37 points (2 points under my daily limit)


Today I ran on the elliptical for 40 mins and then I did a core workout on the cable crossover machine.
Tomorrow I will be executing my legs and shoulder routines.

Day #61 - Weigh-In = 268.6 lbs
Day #61 Weigh-In

Day #61 Front Shot


  1. Well, I'm thinking you better get used to this muscle gaining weight! You're a tall guy, so there is plenty of space for beef to develop. Actually, you weight a lot but you don't look that fat to me. Yes, you have love handles, but no so much at chest or arms. A lot of your weight is not fat, I can tell you that. It's muscle and frame. Keep it up, I can see an amazing "after pic" in your future!

  2. Darnfitness,

    Thak you for the awesome comment on today's post. I appreciate your insight and honesty. I never really looked it that way. I am totally pumped up and motivated this morning after reading your comment!

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you again.

    -The Heavy Man

  3. Sir,

    I have seen you a lot of sizes over the past 5 years. I have seen you really thin, big, and in between. Over the course of this past week your pictures and posts clearly demonstrate, that You are working toward your "Healthiest" body size. I am very excited to see you reach your goal!