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."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day #141 - Achieving a Personal Best

Why does it seem like every Monday goes by so slow? Today was even a busy day and it still went slow. Well I shouldn't say the entire day was slow, 1:00pm came pretty quickly. But once that clock hit 1:00pm, it took forever to get to 6:00pm. It might have been because I was on a ton of conference calls today or maybe it was the schedules / timelines I had to develop for my next big event. Well, what whatever it was, I ended up leaving work with a gigantic head ache. All I needed to do was step away from anything work related tonight, eat my dinner, workout, and get a good night sleep. And I will be right back into the work day tomorrow, ready to rock and roll.

Speaking of working out, today was another cardio day and I had a brand new running goal to attack. Now I know I have been on a "goal kick" lately but I think I have found a new way to help myself get to where I want to be for my mission, come my wedding day. And I apologize if it seems boring from time to time but I just had to share tonight's goal attempt with you all. Anyway, to bring everyone up to speed, my newest goal was set just last night and it has to do with running outside again. This new goal entails running from my apartment past the fire house, past the large hill, and to the entrance of the large park in the next town over. I wanted to make it to the park tonight, without stopping. I mapquested the route last night and it turns out that it is roughly 2.3 miles away from my apartment. So, I figure I would take it one step and at time and try to make it to the park and have Patty come pick me up. Well, it didn't quite go according to plan.

I started down the street towards the designated location, with one thought in my mind, to make it to the park without running out of steam. Once I made it to the fire house, I looked at my stop watch to see how I did on time. It turns out I made it to the fire house in just under 14 minutes, which just so happens to be a personal best of mine. As I continued, I made it down past the bottom of the large hill and thought to myself that this new goal of mine was very possible. Determined to keep my focus, I saw the park coming into my sights and I felt great because another goal was going to be accomplished. However, the next part of my workout is where my plan went right out the window. I definitely made it to the entrance of the park and I did so in 23 mins, which was a lot quicker than I thought it was going to take me. But I did not feel exhausted or even tired, I actually felt like running some more. So, without even stopping or losing stride, I circled back around to attempt to make my way back to the large hill that I conquered during my last goal.

It was funny because I felt like I was replaying the scene in "Forest Gump" where he ran to the end of his street and felt like going some more. So he ran to the edge of town and still felt like going farther, you get where I am going with this story. Anyway, I ended up making it to the bottom of the hill and felt like running to the top. Once I reached the top of the hill, I felt running back to my town. And once I reached my town, I figure I would run all the way back to my apartment. To make a long story short, I ended up running from my apartment, to the park, and back to my apartment without stopping! I managed to run 4.6 miles in 49 minutes. My new personal best for both distance and amount of time running without stopping! Another goal officially accomplished and then some.

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 - 2 homemade Pear Muffins (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 6
Snacks During the Day - 1 Weight Watchers brownie, 3 rice cakes, and 1 pear = Points 6
Early Afternoon - 1 serving of homemade Beef and Vegetable Cheese Casserole (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 7
Late Afternoon - 1 serving of homemade Beef and Vegetable Cheese Casserole (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 7
Dinner - 2 Boca Veggie Burgers on a Weight Watchers flat bread with 2 slices of Weight Watchers american cheese and a serving of baked chips = Points 8
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cup = Points 2

Total Points Eaten Today = 36 Points (1 point under my daily limit)


Today I ran for 49 minutes outside and I accomplished my running goal. Tomorrow I will be executing the weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine.

Day #141 - Weigh-In = 241.4 lbs
Day #141 Weigh-In

Day #141 Front Shot


  1. Bring on a marathon!!!! Way to go. xoxo Mom

  2. WTG! You are an inspiration. =)

  3. I am in awe. That is a whole lot of running. You nearly doubled what your goal was. And setting small daily goals is smart if it keeps you interested in staying active. Motivation is sometimes hard to come by and you have given yourself a means to tap into motivation each and every day.

  4. Yay! That's so awesome. Goals are great, not at all boring. I'm working on a book on that topic!

  5. I really enjoy reading your journal about your quest for fitness and health!!
    By the way i was planning my food journal for the next and week and i have your chicken pot pie scheduled :) I'll let you know how it works out!
    Thanks again for your support. You are one of the bloggers that inspired me to run today.

  6. Thank you everyone for your support. All of you keep me going every single day!! For that I am very thankful!

    - The Heavy Man