How Losing 70 Pounds Has Changed My Life

8 Responses

  1. Nick R says:

    Here’s another way it’s changed you … you started a cool, popular website. :)

    I’m curious though, what’s your ideal weight, if you could change it to any perfect number by grant of genie wish, what would it be?

  2. oooholla says:

    awesome job! keep it up, i love following your journey.

  3. bossymommy says:

    Tyler!!! Not that you needed my blessing, but yes! This is what I was talking about. Now, I want to know…how did it make you feel to sit down and take an inventory of all the positive changes that have occurred in the last 4 months? Was it therapeutic? Kinda nice to see it laid out in writing, isn’t it?

  4. Emily says:

    I joined Weight Watchers a few weeks ago because reading this blog inspired me. I’ve struggled the last few days and woke up this morning determined to get back on track but feeling a little unsure how to mentally get myself over the hump. Your post today is the great motivation for me. Thanks. :)

  5. Matt says:


    On your list, remember the 5 items that lead up to “People treat me differently” also affect the way people treat you. If you are more confident and outspoken, you are projecting that outward to other people and they will react positively.

    I showed my fiance an old picture, when I was 50+ pounds heavier. I remember her saying, “I probably would have not spoken to you because your expression looked so different than yours does today.” And she was right, I looked sour and grumpy, and I was.

    I lost 50+ lbs, and now I’m just in “maintain and stay fit” mode. Your website is an inspiration to me. Keep up the great work.

  6. Coryad says:

    What a great thing for me to read on a Moanday morning…. thanks again for the inspiration!

  7. Tyler says:

    It felt good to sit down and write this list. All of the changes I’ve been through losing weight weren’t readily apparent when I sat down to write this, but it didn’t take long to think of them.

    Nick – my ideal weight is a muscular 220 pounds.

  8. theysaidwhat says:


    I think this was a tremendous exercise–to seriously stop and think what you’ve gained while you’ve lost.

    But I was shocked that you didn’t include the dream that started it all–to raise a happy and healthy daughter, to participate in her life fully, and to pass good habits on to her. I realize those are ‘intangibles’. They are long-term goals. Maybe they don’t have a place in your current inventory of benefits. Just don’t forget them!

    Can I add some things you have avoided that you might not have seen coming?

    My mom was ‘a little heavy’ as long as I can remember. When she was 30, she was 50 pounds overweight. By thirty-five, 70 pounds overweight. It was four pregnancies and an untreated depression, but the weight was there.

    Now, at 65, she’s carried 100 extra pounds for 25 years.

    She went from low blood pressure to high blood presssure by 40. She has debilitating joint problems. She developed a cardiac arrhythmia. She’s had two cardioversions and will have more until she gets a pacemaker.

    Her day is like this: Get up, groan in pain. Make breakfast. Fall asleep in chair. Shower every five days, because it is too utterly exhausting to do it more often. Get dressed. More groaning in pain. Shoes are all slip-ons because she can’t see her feet and can’t bend over. Eat again when she wakes up. Accomplish some small task. Eat again. Fall asleep again. Groan in pain. Eat again, fall asleep again.

    When it’s time for bed, she can’t find a comfy position. There is no mattress to comfortably support her weight. She has sleep apnea.

    Her diet is all snack foods, bread, steak, candy, cheesecake. That is all she eats.

    If she is on her feet for more than 10 ,minutes, she will have to sit down for the entire next day, because her knees need to be replaced. But that’s no good either, because then she is so stiff that she can’t walk.

    If she gets in the car to drive more than 15 minutes, she falls asleep. Yes, while driving. Two totaled cars to prove it. So she basically lives in her house and goes nowhere, does nothing, sees no one. The house, as you would expect, is a wreck all the time.

    This is not a LIFE. This is waiting to die. You’ve avoided that.

    When she was your age, she seemed fairly normal. Lazy, sure, but normal. But 30 years of carrying extera weight has robbed her of a usable body. And she hates the entire world, every minute of every day, because she knows she did it to herself. But she’ll never admit it. It’s easier to drive everyone else away so she won’t have to admit it. She’s quite good at that-she’s hateful , angry, mean and full of contempt for just about anyone who tries to deal with her in any way.

    You’ve avoided that. and you’ve avoided having a daughter who had to grow up with that sort of parent.

    Sorry to hijack your thread, but you may not have known just what an abyss you’ve skirted by getting yourself onto a healthier lifestyle. Don’t become my mom!

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