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."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day #114 - Taking my Cardio Routine to the Streets

I arrived home from work today fully anticipating to jump into a great cardio workout tonight at the gym. I made sure that I ate a nice healthy dinner and waited a good hour before I left to go workout. But as I walked up to the main door of the gym and swiped my pass key, nothing happened. The little red light that normally turns green, when the door unlocks, stayed red. Even the noise the lock makes when the door unlocks didn't happen. I actually just paid my monthly fee, so I really didn't know why it wasn't working. I immediately jumped into panic mode with the fear of not being able to workout tonight. Wow..... I even amazed myself, I have really come a long way in this mission, if I started panicking over not being able to workout. In the past I would of turned around and gone straight home to probably sit down on the couch and watch TV while eating something crappy. Anyway, as I was trying to figure out a way to open the door, I suddenly remembered that it was my cardio day and I could simply get in the car, park it at home, and take my cardio routine to the streets tonight.

Now if any of you remember the last time I attempted to run outside, it didn't turn out so well. All I can remember from that day is being able to run for 15 mins, being short of breath, and having sore knees for the rest of the night. I also remember saying to myself, how I wanted to start running outside at least once a week and obviously that did not come to be. So, you can only imagine the hesitation I had towards having the opportunity to run outside again tonight. On the other hand if I chose not to run outside, that would have ruined my chances of getting in a workout. And of course I didn't want that to happen.

In the first few minutes into my run, I noticed that I wasn't having trouble breathing at all. I was absolutely amazed at that and of course proud of myself for being able to get to that point in the mission. However, I did within those first few minutes have a little pain in my knees as well as my shins. I couldn't really tell if my legs were a little stiff and they needed to be loosened up. I did stretch before I started to run but it has been awhile since I ran outside last. So taking that into consideration, I decided to keep on going. It was actually a nice change of pace, running outside. It does sometimes get boring running inside on a machine for 40 mins, which is why I think I enjoyed running outside tonight. I actually enjoyed it so much that before I knew it, I had ran for 30 mins. That my friends, is a new best for The Heavy Man!

It took a while but my legs did warm up a little and I noticed that they weren't in as much pain as they were the last time I ran outside. They did still feel sore at the end of the workout though. I wonder if it is my shoes or maybe my body wasn't built to do cardio outside. I do however want to continue to build on being able to run outside on a more consistent basis because I do enjoy actually being able to see different places as I workout. What do all think? Should I keep on trying to build the strength in my legs and joints to be able to run outside one day with no pain? Or should I stick to doing cardio on machines in the gym? Please let me know what you think.

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

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man - 38 Points)
(I am currently following the Weight Watchers Points System)

Breakfast - Egg whites on a multigrain roll with a slice of american cheese = Points 7
Snacks During the Day - 1 Weight Watcher brownie = Points 2
Lunch - 1/2 rotisserie chicken with a side of steamed vegetables and cinnamon apples (Boston Market) = Points 20
Dinner - 1 serving of whole wheat pasta with parmesan cheese and a side of 3 reduced fat crescent rolls = Points 7
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cone = Points 2

Total Points Eaten Today = 38 Points


I was locked out of the gym tonight because my pass key stopped working. So, I improvised and did my cardio outside for roughly 40 mins. Tomorrow I will be executing my weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine.

Day #114 - Weigh-In = 251.4 lbs
Day #114 Weigh-In

Day #114 Front Shot


  1. outside running is the better of the two choices....and you get to have a peek in people's windows too now that the days are getting shorter! I love running outside in the autumn, because it's not stifling hot, but not too cold either.
    Katrina x

  2. I don't think there is any comparison: outside running is the way to go. However, please take this with a grain of salt as I am a So Cal guy and tomorrow our temp is supposed to be a high of 76 and a low of 58. If I lived somewhere that had seasons, I might feel differently....

  3. I started C25K on a treadmill and it was tough for me...I felt like a hamster on a wheel, which is why I think I stopped. I am going to give it a go outside, as I think it is better for scenery, but also because the ultimate goal is to run outside, and the treadmill moving under me makes it easier, in my opinion...So, I vote outside running! :)

  4. A twitter lurker, but I love to see this. I can only manage a good swift walk outdoors right now, but hope to make it to this point soon.

    Suggest reading "The Courage to Start" by John "The Penguin" Bingham. Its great for a rookie runner. Its got some funny bits and is informative too. We've started, but it helps motivation for me too.

    keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you all for your great comments. I think running outside seems to be the majority vote. I think so too. Wish me luck!

    - The Heavy Man