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, October 21, 2010

Day #143 - Acts of Kindness

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that this morning I weighed in at 239.8lbs. That officially makes it 2 days in a row under 240 lbs. That means I am another step closer to never being in the 240's, on the unhealthy side, ever again in my life time. I also managed to run another 4.6 miles again today without stopping! I did however, complete those 4.6 miles in 50 mins, which just so happens to be a minute more than the time I was able to run that same amount of miles 2 days ago. Hey, at least I was able to survive it the second cardio day in a row. It can only get better from here if I keep at it.

Anyway, during my run tonight, I happen to stumble upon a few acts of kindness bestowed upon be by a few people I have never even met before. The first act of kindness came at the begin of my run. As I was making my way down the street, I passed a bus stop that I normally pass every night while running. Some nights there are people there waiting for the bus and other nights there are no people at all. But every time I pass the stop when people are there, I usually get some blanks stares looking back at me. However, tonight there was a lady standing there waiting for the bus and as I passed, she smiled at me and said hello. It kind of threw me off a little because I wasn't expecting her to say hi to me after all of the blank stares I have gotten the past few nights. As I made my way into the next town, there were a few cars going down the road and as I was coming up to a cross street, the pedestrian sign turned on signaling that it was okay for me to cross. As I was in the act of crossing, a car was pulling up to make a right turn but ended up slowing down so I could pass. And as I was looking at the car to thank the person, all I could see was a lady smiling and waving to me as I passed her. She was very kind to let me pass. Finally, as I was running on the sidewalk towards a bar that is usually packed every night, I noticed that there was a few people standing outside on the sidewalk in the path that I was heading down. Now I have no problem at all running around anyone because the last thing I want anyone to do, is to move so I could pass. They were there first and I should, by all means, move to go around them. But I as got closer, everyone who was outside, moved to form a path for me so I could keep on going. And as I passed them, I said I was sorry and thank you. One of the guys that moved said back to me, " No worries man, do your thing."

I thought that was very kind for that person, who has never met me before, to not only move but to encourage me on, as I ran passed him. And as I continued down the road, what that guy said to me kept on echoing in my mind, "Do your thing." As I thought about that phrase, I suddenly realized that what I have been doing the last few months, has really become my thing. I have made my mission of getting healthier and writing about it everyday, my thing. Now, I am not saying that I am the only person who does that because there are a ton of people who do the same thing that I am doing, very well. But as for myself, within my own personal life, this whole mission has definitely become my thing. Some people go fishing, some collect baseball cards, some play video games, some write books, some build models, etc..... Me, I work hard to lose weight and then write about the struggles and accomplishments I experience in trying to do so. What has started a goal to get healthier by my wedding, had turned into a habit, and has now turned into my thing that I do on an everyday basis. And I realized all of this, from several acts of kindness that a few people had showed me tonight while I was running.

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

Meals of the Day (The Heavy Man - 36 Points)
(I am currently following the Weight Watchers Points System)

Breakfast - 2 homemade Glazed Pear Muffins (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 6
Snacks During the Day - 1 Weight Watchers brownie, 1 pear, and 1 serving of baked tostitos = Points 5
Early Afternoon - 1 serving of homemade Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Mid Afternoon - 1 serving of homemade Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Late Afternoon - 1 serving of homemade Chicken Pot Pie (Weight Watchers Recipe) = Points 5
Dinner - 1 serving of homemade Two Cheese Vegetable Lasagna = Points 6
Dessert - 1 Weight Watchers ice cream cup = Points 2

Total Points Eaten Today = 34 Points (2 points under my daily limit)


Today I ran 4.6 miles without stopping and I managed to do that in 50 mins. Tomorrow I will be executing the weight lifting and strength training portion of my workout routine.

Day #143 - Weigh-In = 239.8 lbs
Day #143 Weigh-In

Day #143 Front Shot


  1. Awesome stuff, and congrats on the under 240.. I can't wait to join you there..2 more wins, and we are Stan's bound....

  2. I'm addicted to your posts! I love seeing your numbers on the scale go down and I love the fact that you post the picture even if they go up! That's true accountability.
    Question? Is the WW Chicken pot pie easy to make?
    I love pot pie, but the store bought ones have so much fat!!!!

  3. The acts of kindness you mentioned made my heart melt a little. I love when people are nice and it's so unexpected. Congrats on your progress, you're doing an amazing job.