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."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day #137 - I Kept on Running, and Running, and Running

The entire day I sat at work trying to fully concentrate on getting my work done so I could get home. Now don't get me wrong, I was able to everything that I set out to complete today done but there was one thing that kept on popping into my head that wasn't work related. I wanted to take my running goal head on because today was a cardio day and I wasn't going to let anything stand in my way from accomplishing what I should have done on my last cardio day. I kept on looking out of my office window to see how the weather was going look tonight but as the day went on, the clouds kept on getting darker, until it was finally raining at a steady pace. But I wasn't going to let that slow me down at all.

As the clock struck 6:15 pm, I turned to look at Patty and without her even hesitating, she said with a serious face, "Take me home." And that was convincing enough for me and we were out the door before anyone had the chance to say good bye to us. On the way home, I noticed that I was getting hungry and I didn't want to run with my stomach growling at me the whole time, so I decided to eat first, let my food digest, and then take it hard to the streets. It maybe took me about 5 minutes to cook Patty and myself dinner and 10 minutes to finish eating it. I also waited an hour to run, to make sure that I wouldn't have any trouble moving outside.

Well, the time was here and I was all ready to go. As I walked down the steps and out the front door, I made sure that I was wearing the right clothing for this epic run I had ahead of me in the rain. As I started down the street towards the hill, I decided to keep at a nice steady pace until I was warmed up enough to step it up a notch. I wanted to make sure that I did not waste all of my energy up in the first part of the run. As I moved forward, I noticed that it really wasn't that bad running in the rain, it felt kinda nice.

As I finally made it to the hill, all I kept on thinking was if I can make it down and back up, the rest of the run should be a piece of cake. Going down the hill was fine but coming back up was a little tougher because the ground was wet and the last thing I wanted to do was slip and ruin this attempt at completing the goal at hand. As I made it back up to the top of the hill, I was feeling pretty good but I also reminded myself to keep focused. As I got closer to reaching the apartment, my legs started to feel heavy and I felt my sides starting to show signs of cramping. All I needed was to start cramping up or a car to pull out of a driveway in front of me, to crush my chances of completing this goal. And as I kept on thinking of things that could wrong, I noticed that my building coming up in the horizon. I was going to do it, I was actually going to make it all the way without stopping!

As I rounded the corner to the front of my building, I came to a complete stop at the door. I had completed my goal!! I felt like I was in the scene of Shawshank Redemption, when he is standing out in the rain after he escaped from prison. And as I looked up at the sky, with the rain falling onto my face, I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Another goal was in the record books!

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 - Egg whites on a whole wheat bagel with a slice of american cheese = Points 9
Snack During the Day - 1 rice cake and a pear = Points 1
Lunch - 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken with a serving of steamed mixed vegetables and cinnamon apples (Boston Market) = Points 20
Dinner - 2 grilled cheese sandwiches (All Weight Watchers Ingredients) with a serving baked potato chips = Points 6
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cup = Points 2

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


Today I ran outside and accomplished my goal. I ran for a total of 39 mins, faster then I thought it would take me to get to where I wanted to go and back. Tomorrow I will be executing the weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine.

Day #137 - Weigh-In = 241.8 lbs
Day #137 Weigh-In

Day #137 Front Shot


  1. Very cool story. Liked the imagery.

  2. Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!! Go you :)
    241??? Awesome!

  3. Only a matter of time before the waxing begins. I say we go together, and scare the crap out of some Koreans...Awesome plan, works great...

  4. Well done getting that goal accomplished - way cool sir! Many scenes in Shawshank Redemption that we never want to live out for real, but the one you cited; well that would be an exception. I am equally glad to hear you did not choose to run through a sewage pipe for your challenge. If you had, well, we'd need to discuss what meaningful goals really means.

    Well Done!

  5. Wow, you are one dedicated guy. I truly admire your fortitude and determination. What a winner!

  6. Great job on getting that goal accomplished man! That's some determination right there to run in the rain.

    I'm a big Shawshank fan as most people are, and I remember that scene well. A great feeling it is to get a goal like that completed.

  7. Awesome story! It is truly inspiring. I am going to start a Couch to 5K program next month and this is going to motivate me to get it done. No excuses.

  8. HOLY MOLI, the difference in pics is awesome!!!! Great post, great run - I know that feeling and can't wait to get it back again, going out tomorrow!!

  9. Hey everyone!! I appreciate all of your support and the amazing comments that everyone has left.
    I hope you all have a great weekend!

    - The Heavy Man

  10. Great job on the running (and even in the rain!). Good for you. Looks like you are on a roll. Michele