Ten Small Benefits of Losing 100+ Pounds

25 Responses

  1. Harry says:

    Amen. No more “chair anxiety” is a big deal for me.

  2. Tyler says:

    Yeah, I hated going into new restaurants because you never knew if you could actually sit in the seats they had or not.

  3. Konqueror says:

    Tyler, WOW! This describes me exactly…right here…right now! The truth hurts, reality bites but change triumphs over them all.

    Konqueror

  4. Mike says:

    I am down about 65 pounds now, from my all-time high of 300, so I can relate to a few of those.

    It is great to no longer feel “squeezed in” when sliding into a booth seat at a restaurant. And whether just perceived or real, I don’t feel like people are staring at the fat dude wondering how he can eat all that junk.

    I am down to XL shirts now, and there are plenty of those around (though I am holding off buying too many shirts until I can choose from the selection with only the “L” in the label). I like that I can go to the regular men’s department to find a pair of jeans. Shopping for clothes used to be such a frustrating experience, but not so much these days.

    I like having more energy. I used to have to fight to stay awake in meetings in the office, and in my job, there are a LOT of meetings. I am no longer the one in the room doing the head bob 10 minutes into the meeting.

    There are so many, many benefits to taking control and living a healthy lifestyle, and to be honest, I cannot think of any for the way I was living.

  5. Konqueror says:

    Mike,

    What did you do to lose those 65lbs. I am struggling at 362lbs and I need to get it down.

    Konqueror

  6. Mike says:

    Pretty much, the same thing Tyler has done. Eat Less. Eat Right. Move More.

    I started practicing moderation–when I had fried chicken, I ate ONE piece, not three. I set a target of 2,200 calories a day and tracked what I ate to make sure I stayed under my target. I cut out a lot of the junk I was eating to improve the quality of the food I ate. I cut a LOT of sugar and simple carbs out of my diet. I still have sweet tea, but only use 1/2 a cup in a gallon instead of 1 1/2 cups as before. And, I make sure I get some exercise 6-7 days a week. Many days it is just a 30-45 minute walk, or 30 minutes in my home gym.

    It takes time to do it right. Follow Tyler’s example, be patient, stay focused, and it will happen for you.

  7. Kristi says:

    I can’t wait for all of those little things in my life! So far (25 pounds) the best thing has been the ability to get onto the hamstring curl at the gym and be able to actually close the bar down over my stomach. Second best was eating my lunch at Whole Foods yesterday and actually being able to sit in the chair and not have to just perch on the front edge!

    Really can’t wait to be able to go on a roller coaster again!

  8. Julia says:

    At my top weight of 215 lbs (for a woman of average height – that’s obese) I hated going out to Buffet style restaurants. I felt judged, especially going back for more.

    At present I’m 60 lbs lighter (still 5 lbs overweight as per BMI). But if I want to go out to eat I feel free to enjoy myself without being self-conscious.

    Plus my Acid Reflux is gone and my feet don’t bother me either!

  9. DarrylB says:

    I’m just starting out on a program to ride 5,000 miles this year on my bike and lose at least 50 pounds (though I need to lose close to 100). It really helps to know that there are others doing normal activities instead of surgery or chemicals to get there.

    I’m grateful that I can go out and do this. My wife isn’t, and may wind up with a surgical solution just to get down far enough to move. Her embarrassment in airplanes is not only the seat but having to get an extender for the belt.

    We also identify with the booth issue in restaurants and we have learned what movie theaters to use to get the lift-up arms. There are no shoes that fit her comfortably and mine were $160 last year.

    And then there are those less mentionable problems, like the skin tags and increased yeast infections and such.

    Ish.

    So thank you for sharing your stories and allowing me to share mine.

  10. RickGetsFit says:

    I can’t WAIT for the day I don’t need to shop at a Big & Tall store. You must love it! Cheers, Rick

  11. Laurinda says:

    Lost 80+ pounds and gaining back the ability to sit with my legs crossed was huge for me. It sounds silly.

  12. Jennifer says:

    maybe suggested already but – airplane seats!

  13. Jennifer says:

    love the roller coaster comment!

  14. Kyle says:

    I was going to pick out 2 or 3 favorites from your list, but damn, Tyler, they all apply to me too!

    Yes, living longer and being healthy are certainly the most important, but all those “little” things are super important as well.

    I remember when my family and I were on a flight back home from Disney (which, by the way I didn’t go on many of the rides because I was too fat), but we have front-row seats and I couldn’t fit because the arms wouldn’t go up. The flight attendant had to go on the loud speaker and announce that “some passengers were not able to sit in the front row” (she was nice about it). That type of embarrasement will stick with me for life.

    Having to tell my boss I couldn’t go on an important business trip because I couldn’t fit in the seats, not being able to wear a company-branded shirt because it was too small, breaking my sister’s lawn chair when I sat on it, getting awkward looks from people. I could go on and on.

    It’s amazing what people take for granted, and that’s why it’s important to really stop and appreciate life.

  15. Kris says:

    Wow – except for the restaurant booths, every one applies to me too. As a woman, I still hate shopping for swim suits, though! At least I can find flattering ones now.

    Flying was uncomfortable, as was riding the city bus – feeling squished between other passengers, feeling you were taking too much space… hated that feeling.

    Great list!

  16. DarrylB says:

    Oh, yeah, the bus. I am trying to commute by bicycle and bus or light rail. With gas going over $3 again, the buses are running standing-room only on the express routes and even getting a seat is tough. Getting a seat when you weigh 300+ is miserable. And if I get on early enough to get a seat, then people will stand rather than squeeze into the seat next to me, so I feel guilty about that.

  17. Tyler says:

    The energy is huge. Two years ago I was carrying around 135 pounds or so of pure fat all the time, shower, eating, movies, work, etc. It’s hard to imagine living life without it, but once you do, the energy is insane.

  18. Tyler says:

    Listen to Mike, good advice. Just be diligent every day in making sure your calories are exactly where they should be.

  19. Tyler says:

    I LOVE when the fair comes into town these days, it’s a whole new experience.

  20. Tyler says:

    I had that feeling at buffets, as well.

  21. Tyler says:

    Thanks for reading my stories, Darryl.

  22. Tyler says:

    Now, that’s something I haven’t had the benefit from. I don’t see me crossing my legs anytime soon. :)

  23. Tyler says:

    My company had to make a special shirt just for me, XXXL (this was years ago). That was a rough day requesting that size.

  24. Tyler says:

    I hate shopping for swim suits too, though. While shorts are fine to wear, it’s still hard to not wear a shirt with loose skin + belly fat.

  25. Like Jennifer says – airplane seats! Also movie theater seats. Lectures or seminars where they put all those chairs right next to each other (and sometimes connected). There are tons (pun intended) of places that make it uncomfortable for people to sit if they’re overweight.

    I find it ironic that restaurant booths are designed for regular sized people since restaurants are famous for outsized portions of high calorie, high fat foods.