Thursday, May 29, 2008

Going Strong!

WHOA………………I can’t believe I’ve been back on the straight and narrow for a month. I haven’t had one ice cream…..okay I had one…..I’ve only had one ice cream since May 1st. At one point a few months back, I didn’t think I could go two hours without eating something filled with sugar.

I just finished up my 10th workout in three weeks at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester, and I’m just getting ready to play nine holes of golf.
I cannot believe that I’m passing up my precious nap for a physical activity. I really feel good despite the fact that I’m 351 pounds. Three weeks ago I was 368 and back in March I was 375. I can’t tell you what it is like to have an expert like Mike guiding me. He’s one of the best in the world, as humble as they come and a terrific human being. You’re always fortunate to have a friend like Mike in life.

At this point, it’s one foot in front of the other with forward progress always my goal. I really do feel a little better everyday, as corny as it sounds. I’m back into my size 50 pants (at one point I was in 54s) and I’m down from a 4x to a 3x in shirts. Now I realize most of you could camp out in my clothes if they came with poles, but it does feel good to progress.

Before you start any exercising, make sure to check with your doctor. Honestly.

Couple of hints once you start walking:

Start slow, don’t over do it, feel better taking little steps and got to Costco or BJs for a big container of Vaseline, because some of those parts that rub together can really hurt.

But, it’s a good hurt.

Any questions, send me an email at

Less fat than last week…….Hanky Shmank

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hank's BIG Advenure

As a sports fan growing up in sports crazed Greater Boston, I always dreamed I’d play for the Bruins and the Red Sox. Like a lot of kids, I dreamed of taking a drop pass at the top of the right circle and blasting home a goal against the Montreal Canadians. I dreamed of stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway Park wearing a Red Sox jersey and blasting a walk off homerun against the Yankees. I never dreamed, however, that I’d look more like the late, great John Candy. He was one of the funniest men I’d ever seen, a huge hockey fan and a terrific human being. But he wasn’t an athlete. When someone told me I looked like him, it definitely made me think about my girth. Like Dewey Oxberger, his character in the movie "Stripes", likes to say………"My doctor says I swallow a lot of aggression ……and a few too many pizzas."

Too many pizzas, peanut butter cups, chocolate bars and doughnuts have taken it’s toll. I’ve gotten stuck in chairs, had to sit in the handicapped section at the Boston Garden because I was too fat for the seats and had to pass up amusement rides because of my extra wide size. I’m sick of not being able to ski with my kids, ride my bike and show off my abs at the beach. OK, I never had abs.

Anyway, after a recent trip to the doctor, he remarked that I looked like I was having a baby. Maybe it was the man boobs that gave it away.

Luckily, I ran into my old friend Mike Boyle, who is one of the world’s most respected strength and conditioning coaches. He’s been the strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Bruins, the 1998 gold medal winning women’s U.S. Olympic hockey team, and the nationally acclaimed Boston University hockey team that won the national championship with Mike on their staff. Mike’s work with Cam Neely is the reason the Bruins’ great number 8 is in the Hall of Fame.
Mike invited me to his gym in Winchester, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. Check out his website at Mike convinced me that better eating and a commitment to exercise could be fun, invigorating and exciting. I’ve been working out there for a few weeks and I cannot tell you how much better I feel. I swear to God. I’ve been walking, riding a bike, stretching, lifting weights, doing work with rubber bands…….WOW. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. I’m having a BLAST. Everyday I move a little bit better. My thighs have stopped chafing, my man boobs bounce less, I’m feeling muscles I didn’t think existed any longer and my really fat clothes are getting looser.
The great thing about working out with Mike and his staff is that it’s a totally un-intimidating environment. They work with world class athletes every day, but they don’t care if you look like Humpty Dumpty. It is all about health with Mike and the folks at his gym. I am just as important to them as one of their NHL stars. That makes a HUGE difference.

If you want to feel better, join me on my journey. I’ve got well over 100 pounds to lose, but I’m going to enjoy all the little steps along the way. There’s just way too much fun to have and I love fun. I’ll be on the slopes next winter, not watching my belly slope down to my knees.

Let’s Go. Let the fun begin!
Rock the house, y’all!