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."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day #115 - More Outside Cardio / Reaching Another Goal

Thank you to everyone who had commented on yesterday's post. I ran outside last night for the first time in a while and I somewhat enjoyed it. It was great to get outside and see different scenery. As many of you all know, I usually execute my cardio routines inside at my gym. I think they are effective but it is the same old thing, day in and day out. I spend 40 minutes switching between levels on the elliptical and it does get awful boring. And because of it being boring, I find myself counting down the minutes until it is over and that makes it feel like an eternity. However, while running outside last night, I was distracted by my surroundings and before I knew it, I had ran for 30 mins straight! The only negative thing about the whole experience was that my knees and shins were sore afterward. So I decided to take the question of whether or not I should be executing my cardio workouts outside more, to all of you. And I managed to get a pretty good response that directed me towards running outside more. I believe that I should be running outside more as well.

Reaching Another Goal

I mentioned a few days ago that I love setting small personal goals for myself pertaining to the mission. This strategy helps to give me confidence while trying to reach my goals. And once I achieve a goal, I am motivated to accomplish the next one. So, to bring everyone who is new to the blog up to speed, a few days ago I reached the 50 lbs lost mark for my mission. And of course, that was one of the personal goals I set for myself to achieve at the start of this mission. So with that goal out of the way, I had to think of a new one to push towards. I came up with trying to break through into the 240's as my new goal. With this new goal established, you can only imagine how excited I was to see that I weighed in at 249.8 lbs this morning! Now I don't want to jump the gun and say I have completely broken into the 240's and I won't be weighing in at 250 lbs anymore. It just isn't that easy, unfortunately. I have learned by now that the human body can fluctuate up to 5 lbs a day. I also want to throw out there, that I lifted weights today as well. So I don't want to automatically say that I will be in the 240's tomorrow but weighing in at 249.8 lbs this morning was a good start in the right direction.

Once I officially break into the 240's on a consistent basis, I think my next goal will be to cut those 10 lbs between 250 and 240 in half. I am officially stating for the record, that once I am comfortably into the 240's on a consistent basis, my next goal will be to reach 245 lbs. I think that is a very reasonable goal that can be achieved within the next 1-2 weeks with enough hard work and determination.

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

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man - 37 Points) - Since I weighed in this morning at 249.8 lbs, this means that I drop another point off of my daily points limit.
(I an 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 Watchers brownie = Points 2
Lunch - 1 foot long Chicken Teriyaki sub on whole wheat bread with 2 slices of american cheese with a side of baked potato chips and apple slices (Subway) = Points 18
Dinner - 1 reduced fat crescent roll and a serving of homemade Beef Stroganoff (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 10
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cone = Points 2

Total Points Eaten Today = 39 Points (2 points over my new daily limit)


Today I executed the weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine: Incline Dumbbell Press, Rear Delt Fly (Neutral Grip), and Alternating Bicep Curls (4 sets of each x 15 reps each), Lat Pull Down (Palms Up), Shoulder Dumbbell Press, and Side Lunges (4 sets of each x 15 reps each), Cable Flyes, Seated Row with Straight Bar, and Stability Ball Squats (4 sets of each x 15 reps each), and Cable Chops, Dumbbell Skull Crushers, and Side Dumbbell Bends (4 sets of each x 15 reps each). Tomorrow I will be doing cardio (running outside).

Day #115 - Weigh-In = 249.8 lbs
Day #115 Weigh-In

Day #115 Front Shot


  1. Awesome news your now having hit that magical 50 lbs lost mark! Small goals, yes, I am a huge believer. Mine is small, 1.5 pounds a week. If I get more, sweet. If I don't, I am still pleased beyond belief.

    Have Fun!

  2. This is great. Congrats for your loss and for your achievement on the outside run. Keep it up!