When filmmaker Kevin Smith experienced a near-fatal heart attack six months ago it had a profound impact on him. He instantly began re-evaluating his priorities and taking his health seriously – for both himself and his family.
Six months later, the results speak for themselves.
“This @weightwatchers Ambassador is thrilled to announce that I’VE LOST 51 POUNDS! Six months ago from right now, I was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I’d had the night before,” Smith described on Instagram. “When I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me ‘The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.’ Half a year later, I can report that I followed Doctor’s orders: I started at 256 and now I weigh 205.”
According to Smith, his Weight Watchers strategy is largely based around portion control. But he also gives a proud shout out to his vegan daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, for inspiring him to adopt a plant-based diet—something that has revolutionized his life.
“And I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith – the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example,” he wrote. “Since I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital ever again, I simply copied the Kid. So this wasn’t a diet: these results came from a total lifestyle change of eating solely plant-based foods (which is tough because I hate vegetables).”
Cheers to this proud dad’s success and may it turn into many more healthy years to spend with his encouraging daughter.
I answer to many names: Matthew, Honey, Mr. Gainous, Sir, and even Asshole. My favorite, though, is Daddy.
My children are two of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Granted, I didn’t do it alone; my wife is the best mother and partner I could ask for. God knew what he was doing. These two kids, though. They challenge me, make me laugh, make me mad, make me a better man.
They won’t stop growing. In the blink of an eye, each of them went from two little kids wanting tattoos to be like daddy to two adolescents on the cusp of young adulthood. It’s scary, and it’s wonderful at the same time.
Growing up, I wasn’t close to my step-father; my real dad died when I was a baby. One thing I have always sworn to myself and to my children is that when they each look back on their childhoods, they will be able to say, “My daddy was a part of my life. He was there when I needed him and when I didn’t.”
I have never wanted one minute back of the time I’ve spent with them. I don’t understand men who choose to not spend time with their kids or be an active part of their lives.
Being a Dad rocks!
– Matthew Gainous
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As dads we instinctually put our kids’ safety before ours. This was apparent at Citi Field during the first inning of the Mets-Nationals game when Bryce Harper’s shattered bat went flying into the stands.
While nearby fans flinched and shielded themselves, a dad protected his two sons by swatting the shrapnel away.
Not all heroes wear capes ???? pic.twitter.com/OcoJlP2dFS
— ESPN (@espn) August 25, 2018
And yes, he reportedly got to keep the bat! It would look great mounted on a wall at his home – where it would be easy to point out every year around Father’s Day.
Family photos are a thing of beauty, but let’s face it, they’re mostly traditional and cliche. That’s the last thing you’ll think when it comes to Sholom Ber Solomon and his daughter, Zoe.
Sholom has never been one to shy away from a goofy photo and his inspiration was renewed when Zoe was born in September of 2016. Since then he’s been having a blast documenting his foray into fatherhood with his new pint-sized creative partner. From hula dancers to garden gnomes, the duo are always pushing the envelope when it comes to wardrobe.
“Zoe is definitely an inspiration as now I have a cute partner to add to my photos,” Sholom told TODAY Parents. “From the moment she was born, she has been dressed up in all kinds of costumes.”
“It really is just about taking silly pictures with my adorable daughter and building wonderful memories,” he added.
Despite the big following they have amassed on their Instagram (over 225,000 followers), Sholom really just wants it to continue being a bonding experience with his daughter.
“I plan to take photos with her as long as she will let me,” he told the Daily Mail.
Be sure to follow the Sholom and Zoe on Instagram for more costumed antics!
“It’s the little moments, like my youngest son enjoying a peanut butter sandwich, that makes mandatory days off worth it.
I have three boys, ages 14, 8, and 8 months, and two daughters, ages 15 and 14, that I don’t get to see due to my ex wife taking them and moving to another state. But I think about them every day.
Take joy in your life and the little moments. Even if it’s just a few cuddles and a nap before they are up and running again or its time for the next shift.”
– David Wilson
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Few things come between a man and his beer.
But a burning building with people inside is one of those things.
Mick O’Beirne was returning from the liquor store in Harrow, North West London, when he came across an apartment building that was engulfed in flames. With a cold sixer of Heineken slung over his shoulder he spotted the flames and decided he needed to help.
“I was getting a few cans on Saturday as we were planning on watching the boxing that night,” the hero told The Sun. “But on the way back I saw the flames and thought, ‘This is going to go off’. I was only in flip-flops and shorts, but me and a Romanian guy bashed down the door.”
Not only was he hardly dressed for such a death-defying foray into a terrifying fire, Mick is a professional musician, not a firefighter. But this member of the Irish folk band The Craicheads said he didn’t think twice about helping. Upon busting down the door, he made his way through thick smoke to pull a man out of his bed to safety. The rescue mission got even more sobering when he noticed a mother and her young child were also inside.
“We got one guy out who was in bed, then saw the mum and baby.” And so he continued on. “The smoke was really thick and the mum was in shock, but we got them out. I just went home after that, but gave my three kids a big cuddle next day.”
There’s no doubt that the father of three is a hero. Tim Frost of the London Fire Brigade said, “He did a tremendous job and without his swift actions and quick thinking, this incident could have had a very different outcome.”
I just hope Mick remembered his beer.
And while “urine” here why not check out this other dad who put out a fire with his pee.
It’s not often that public urination gets one branded a hero instead of arrested, but context is everything!
Thomas Watson, 22, is a young father who was visiting the beach in England with his girlfriend and their 15-month-old daughter. It was his daughter’s first time at the shore, which means there were likely many photos taken of her seaside adventures.
Thankfully, no one captured any of Thomas’s unexpected escapades at the end of the night.
The young family was wrapping up their visit to the world’s longest pier, a 1.34 mile wooden stretch in Southend, Essex, when he noticed some flames breaking out.
“I was worried about getting trapped by the flames with my partner and baby,” Watson told The Sun. “But I had a full bladder so I felt confident.”
Watson proceeded to unleash his urine on the flames, even going so far as getting down on his knees to make sure not a drop was wasted.
Town officials insisted the pier’s sprinkler system would have eventually kicked in to extinguish the flames, which was apparently ignited by a dropped cigarette, but rewarded the family with a free trip back just the same.
“The only problem was the wind was pretty strong. After one failed attempt, I got down on to my knees and put out the flames to save the day. The firefighters called me a hero.”
No word on what his girlfriend and daughter think of his heroics, but I guarantee you his buddies have a newfound respect for the man.