How Losing 70 Pounds Has Changed My Life

71.4 pounds in 15 weeks, to be exact.

It took less than 4 months to change the way I look forever.  To increase my hang time.  To cure sleep apnea.  To have healthy blood pressure levels once again.  To become more focused and determined.

Here’s how my life has changed by losing weight:

Stats & Figures

Let’s start with the raw data.  On January 15, 2009 I weighed 344.2 pounds and on May 6, 2009, I weighed 272.8 pounds.  That’s 71.4 pounds I’ve lost since I started and nearly 20% of my body weight.

Losing 71 pounds has sent me from a size 48 waist to a 38.  15 weeks ago I wore a 4XLT shirt and today I’m hovering on the border between XL and 2XL.

Health

A couple of the conditions I’ve “cured” by losing 70+ pounds:

  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure

I no longer stop breathing when I sleep, nor are my blood pressure levels higher than they should be.  Today, I have a clean bill of health.

Also health related, considering the back problems it could cause, my spine posture has improved considerably.  I guess when you’re no longer carrying 6 bowling balls around your gut it’s easier to stand up straight and walk upright.

Physical

In basketball, my hang time has definitely improved.

I’m able to perform physical activities “easier.”  I know it’s a relative term — it’s hard to translate into words what that actually means.  Think of it this way:  I have lost 71 pounds — weight that I no longer carry around with me.  With that in mind, go to the gym and pickup a 75 pound barbell and press it against your stomach.  Now, just imagine it was strapped to you 24/7/365 — while you eat, go to work, take a shower, read, have sex, take the dog for a walk, etc.

I’m not carrying around that barbell anymore — it’s “easier” to get around.

Daily Life

This is how my life has changed — not measurable by a doctor running a test or by a stopwatch at the track.  These are the intangible ways losing weight has changed my life.

  • More energy through my entire day
  • More focused in all areas of my life
  • More determination in all areas of my life
  • Increased confidence — if I can lose 70 pounds, I can do anything
  • Much more outspoken and bold, not afraid to speak my mind
  • People treat me differently (better) –  sad, but true
  • People Women treat me differently — nice, but married

I’m not done with my weight loss journey yet — I still have 50+ pounds left to lose.  As of today, I weigh 272 pounds and am still very much overweight.  I’ll surely encounter many more changes along my journey.

And as I do, I’ll be sure to share them all with you guys.

8 thoughts on “How Losing 70 Pounds Has Changed My Life”

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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. :)

  4. Excellent.

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Tyler,

    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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