28 thoughts on “Before Losing 130 Pounds”

    1. And yet you can’t avoid bringing attention to yourself when you’re fat. Extremely, EXTREMELY, painful mental state to be in.

      Tyler, I hope you’ve learned to swagger and remember to sit up straight, pecs out!

  1. Ah, IHOP. Where pancakes go to die in the bellies of millions. You definitely look removed from your surroundings as you wait for your next fix to pump some temporary happiness into your veins.

    Glad you’ll never go back there again. It’s not a place for the faint at heart.

    1. It’s happiness on a plate, nothing more. It’s fine if it’s enjoyed every once in a while, but when it’s a temporary happiness, something you’ll pay for later (like when you’re dying in a hospital bed), it’s time to step away.

  2. hey tyler. found my way to your website randomly. i’m 6’0” and i’ve lost 35 pounds in the last five months, going from 220 to 185.

    i’m pretty happy with where i’m at right now but, with winter having fully arrived, it’s getting harder to run and easier to eat more. i just wanted to stop in and say thanks because reading through your blog has really reminded me not to take the weight loss for granted.

    so, keep it up. you’re an inspiration to both those who need to lose weight and those who need to keep it off. also, if i can break that 200 barrier, so can you.

    1. I’m glad you found my website, Frank. I appreciate the comment. Congrats on the weight loss!

      You’re right, winter makes it harder to stay in shape — it’s so warm inside with all the food! I look forward to getting under 200 and hope it do it soon.

  3. Ha! A surly Tylerpotamus! Merry Christmas, bud. Hope you and yours have a great holiday! Here are some tips that guy in that picture already knew:

    1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

    2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an “eggnog-aholic” or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it! Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

    3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

    4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

    5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

    6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

    7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

    8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat – have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

    9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

    10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner!

    1. I thought of a walrus, as well. You just made one of the longest comments ever on 344. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

      Glad to see you Will, as always!

  4. You know what I find most amazing about that picture? You look about 10-15 years older than you do without the weight. It’s amazing how good health affects you.

  5. I see myself in this picture. The old myself! Keep it it Tyler, check out your blog on a regular basis! How is the training going for the big run?

    1. I’m still not able to hit under 10 minutes — my lung capacity is diminished right now because I was sick last week. I start coughing whenever I run consistently for over 3-4 minutes, making a run impossible.

      I plan to keep running, though, and one day you’ll see my post the results of an under 10 minute mile.

    2. I am working towards the big Bloomsday race in Spokane on May 2nd, 7.5 miles plus 51,000 people – My goal is a 10 minute mile as well. Not there yet but I have 4 months to get it worked out!

  6. Awww you look SO unhappy. Having these photos are a good reminder to keep going so you never go back to being that person.
    I’m getting on my treadmill now ;)

  7. The guy in the picture looks like somebody who was ready to make a change — and did! I’m so inspired and impressed by you. When you reach your goal I hope you’ll keep blogging about how you keep it off — and whatever else develops (like inspiring other people), Go you!

  8. I see myself… but then when I look at your youtube video’s recently posted, I see “future myself” in those!! I cannot wait to be down to that weight!

  9. I see a very sad and lost guy, who feels helpless and trapped. One who wishes to have control, but doesn’t know how to gain it. At least I see a bit of me in you. I haven’t always been heavy.. up until I was 20, I was 135 lbs at 5’7″. Then I slowly stopped being active and began snacking and eating larger portions.. fast forward 10 yrs later and at my heaviest I was 245. I have been working out and eating healthier for a Month and one week. I’ve lost 12 lbs so far (I weigh 233). My goal is to loose 90 more pounds. I just focus on a monthly goal of a 10 lbs loss… it’s easier to wrap my head around and alot easier to see where I’m slacking and exercise more or eat better. Wish me luck.. it took awhile to get on my frame and I know it’ll take a while to get off. I hope to reach my goal weight in a year or under.

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