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."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day #149 - If it is Still Working..... Keep on Doing It

Thank you to everyone who commented on yesterday's post. To recap the post, yesterday I asked the question, "Should I set a goal weight to reach for my wedding day?" And I appreciate all of the help and suggestions I received from everyone. Just about everyone agreed that I should stick to what I am doing because it is working for me. When I originally started this mission, I wanted to get in the best shape of my life by my wedding day and that is not a bad goal to have. However, stating my goal in those words does not actually mean it is a tangible goal. And to be honest, who knows if the shape I am in by my wedding is the best shape I can possibly get into for the rest of my life. So I agree that setting a goal weight by my wedding day might not be the most important thing. I should still strive to be in great shape regardless. And come to think of it, who says my mission has to stop by my wedding day. If I a not satisfied with what kind of shape I am in by the wedding, I am still going to work hard to complete the weight loss program. I already know that I am in this new lifestyle for the long haul. I think Joni put it best in her comment on yesterday's post, "You will know what is right for you when you get there." I couldn't agree more.

I did however come into the day wanting to make a slight change with the mission. I decided that it was time to switch up the weight lifting portion of my workout routine so my body wouldn't get complacent. So, I went back to my friend, the personal trainer, to see what he recommended. I had explained to him how I have been doing his cardio based workout routine for roughly the last 5 weeks and I thought it was time for a change to make the workout fresh and exciting. He told me that he had the perfect solution for me. I am still executing my weight lifting and strength training workouts with a cardio base, however this time around I will be using more of the stability ball as well as alternating reps between my left side and right side of my body. Adding these elements to my routine will help get my core more involved and it will help to add more reps into the mix as well.

So with this new workout plan put it place, I headed straight for the gym. Adding the stability and alternating aspects to my workout, made my stay in the gym a little longer because I had to get used to keeping my balance on the ball and alternating sides added more reps. I can honestly tell you all that tonight's workout had me sweating more then I have ever sweat before during a workout. I can definitely tell that I hit my core hard today as well because my entire middle section is tight. I think I will be feeling sore come tomorrow morning.

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 - 4 Eggo nutrigrain waffles = Points 4
Snacks During the Day - 2 rice cakes, 2 pears, and 1 serving of tostitos = Points 6
Lunch - 1 foot long Chicken Teriyaki sub on whole wheat bread with 2 slices of american cheese and a serving of baked chips = Points 18
Dinner - 1 serving of London Broil with a serving of whole wheat pasta and parmesan cheese = Points 8

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


Today I executed my new weight lifting and strength training routine: Dumbbell Press on Stability Ball, Alternating Single Arm Pull Downs, and Alternating Single Leg Press (4 sets of each x 15 reps each), Half Stability Ball Push Ups, Half Stability Ball Lateral Raises, and Triceps Kickbacks with Resistance Band (4 sets of each x 15 reps), Alternating Single Arm Rows, Alternating Single Arm Front Raises, and Alternating Single Leg Extensions (4 sets of each x 15 reps each), and Planks, Alternating Single Arm Dumbbell Curls, and High to Low Cable Chops (4 sets of each x 15 reps each). Tomorrow I will be doing cardio.

Day #149 - Weigh-In = 237.8 lbs
Day #149 Weigh-In

Day #149 Front Shot


  1. You are kicking some serious ass my friend! Keep up the great work.

    Also, I agree with most. I am not a big fan of setting weight or fitness goals that end on a specific date. After that date passes, we tend to let up and think we are done. Your wedding date will come and go, but the best present you can give your spouse is being healthy and around for a very long time.

    Congrats on the wedding, and best of luck to the both of you :).

  2. Is the trainer your friend! Oh i'm jealous :)
    I think your plan is going to work well for you!!
    By the way i just make the chicken pot pie and all i have to say is delicioso :) The hubs said it was awesome. Thank you Patty!

  3. Found your blog thru Spunkysuzi.... you are doing great man... keep it up!