Nick Mirrione is a successful businessman living on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. He is a Vietnam vet, a good family man, and, by his own accounts, a pretty typical 65-year-old guy. He weighs in at 182 pounds, a weight he has more or less hovered around for the past fourteen years. But it was not always thus. At one time in his life, Nick Mirrione weighed an estimated quarter ton. Estimated, because without access to a freight scale, Nick could only guess. At Dr. R. Armour Forse’s bariatric clinic, he once officially weighed in at 456 pounds. He was morbidly obese. He received an unexpected wake-up call from his ten year old daughter and he was sent on a path of weight loss and self-discovery, a path that ultimately led him to write about his experiences.