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, September 26, 2010

Day #119 - Still Learning as I go

There is a debate going on currently about whether or not a so called "Cheat Day" is a necessity when it comes to losing weight. I can honestly tell you that I don't know if it is or if it is not. I am not a personal trainer, a nutritionist, or a doctor. I am a normal person, like all of you, trying to figure out how to better my health as well as my life, as I go. I know I don't have all the answers but I am willing to try something new to keep the weight coming off, at a nice healthy pace. I tried the weight loss program, "Body for Life" a while back and that is where I first heard of incorporating a "Cheat Day" into a weight loss routine. I personally like this theory because I do go through parts of my week craving unhealthy and fattening foods. But I have learned to not bend and because of that my "Will Power" has become stronger than it has been in the past. And I use a "Cheat Day", one day out of the week, to help subside these cravings because believe it or not, I am human. And when I say "Cheat Day", I really mean that it is the one day out of the week when I have a meal that deviates from my normal routine and that is it. Maybe on special occasions I will eat a little more then one meal, like I did on Saturday for a friend's birthday party, having a piece of cake in addition to my one meal. I have been incorporating a "Cheat Day" into my weekly routine for the last few weeks and I am still losing between 1-2 lbs a week. And if it works for me, I am going to continue to keep on doing until it stops working. Then I will find another way to keep on losing weight.

I am always honest with everyone who chooses to follow this blog and I feel that you all should know how I fight my weight issues. And by me sharing with you what I do to cope with being over weight, doesn't mean you all have to do it as well. It is up to everyone to figure out what works for them the best and I am sure as hell not going to preach about what you all should be doing or should not be doing. I say that because it is your life and not mine. I started this mission and writing this blog because I am a person that needed help losing weight. I am not afraid to admit it because I honestly don't know everything it takes to do so. I have learned a lot so far, in the last few months, and I am sure that the learning process will continue to take its course for the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading comments that are left for me on my posts. I am constantly listening to all of the advice and tips. Some of the tips I have learned already and some of the advice I am hearing for the first time. I mean come on, isn't that why we all started to do this in the first place, to have a group of people who know how it feels to struggle with the same issue as you do. If we can't help each other then I don't know who will. I know losing weight and maintaining a healthy life style is not an easy task. Believe me, I have been trying to do so for a very long time. But I do know how great of a feeling it is when you physically feel better and when people go out of their way to comment on how great you look, after you lose some weight. I have learned that life is too short, and that is one of the reason why I bust my ass to become a healthier person. I have enjoyed becoming a better person both physically and mentally these last few months and that is something I would not change for the world. And even though I do have a "Cheat Meal" once a week, I still wake up the next morning ready to jump back into my mission. I also believe that can be the case for anyone if they worked hard at it.

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

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man - 37 Points)
(I am currently following the Weight Watchers Points System)

Breakfast - 4 Eggo nutrigrain waffles = Points 4
Snacks During the Day - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream bar = Points 2
Lunch - 2 servings of homemade Mac - n - Cheese (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 10
Dinner - Turkey on a wrap with a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese, a side of fruits, and a serving of honey mustard = Estimated Points 16

Total Points Eaten Today = 32 Points (5 points under my daily limit)


Today I took the day off from exercising. I mentioned before, that I like to take a day off from working out to let my body rest. Tomorrow I will be executing the weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine.

Day #119 - Weigh-In = 248.8 lbs 
Day #119 Weigh-In

Day #119 Front Shot


  1. I don't think it's a necessity or is one in general terms. It really depends on the person. Some people need it, some don't. I personally don't have a "cheat" day because I don't think in diet terms, but I do have a day (Sunday) where I eat a fast food meal or two and eat sugar. It's nice and I enjoy it and it keeps me from feeling like I'll never have anything good again. You just have to find what works for you! :)

  2. We are all on different plans, but we should all support each others beliefs. Love reading about your journey and hope to get down to 248 with you soon.. All the best

  3. Mary,

    I think it is awesome that you found something that works for you and you like. Keep me updated.

    - The Heavy Man

  4. Allan,

    I appreciate your support and I know you will get to 248 lbs in no time because you are a hard worker. I also agree with you, we should all support each others beliefs because in times like these, all we have is each other.

    Talk to you soon.

    - The Heavy Man