Monday, July 13, 2009

344 Pounds - a guy on a journey


I like this guy.

I don't agree with everything he's said and done, but really, who cares if I agree with everything or not.

His name is Tyler and in January he decided that he was going to lose some weight. At the time he weighed 344 pounds and he's set himself a goal of losing 150 of those. He's also set himself up with a blog.

What I love about Tyler's blog is his use of social media to help get him where he's aiming to go. He's using it to keep track of his progress, he's using it to document his journey to one day show his young family who he was during this time period, and he's using it for motivation because for him putting everything out there inspires him.

He tracks his daily calories there (I'd be encouraging him to add in more snacks and better sports nutrition as well as upping his calories a fair bit), he chronicles his own experiences with what works for him in changing his foodscape and fitnesscape, he details his workouts, graphs his weight change, and he even invites commenters on board to help increase the duration of his workout (links and comments add time).

Tyler's found a way to go that he's enjoying and he's certainly losing weight.

Tyler, if you're reading this my main piece of advice for you, whatever you're doing to lose weight, you've got to be prepared to do it forever if you want the weight to stay off.

Best of luck Tyler.

www.344pounds.com


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6 comments:

  1. I like you, too.

    I'm prepared to do whatever it takes. If you ever have any questions or other recommendations for me, feel free to e-mail me.

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  2. Simply incredible. I love how he's documenting all aspects of his journey, whether it's what he's eating, what his workouts are like, and of course his weigh-ins. And his before and after photos are great!

    On a sort of similar note, I've been following Ed Levine's Serious Diet on Serious Eats. (http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/Ed%20Levine%27s%20Serious%20Diet) It's definitely different from Tyler because he doesn't talk very much about exercise, and he's definitely not as strict with himself food-wise (he's a food critic, after all, so he'll still eat a huge variety of foods, but just a couple bites instead of the whole thing), but the whole idea of being held accountable to an entire community of readers and having their support is the same, and has shown to be helpful and motivating.

    I agree with your advice for Tyler - I think he can do more than ~1,500 calories a day and there are definitely some huge gaps between some of his meals, but I feel like he's made a lot of progress so for now, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", right?

    And of course, the most important thing is to think of this as a permanent lifestyle change instead of just a diet, because we don't want him starting up the blog again because he gained the weight back!

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  3. I like your advice about preparing to do whatever he's doing for the rest of his life, as that's the tactic I'm using. I'm about 5 pounds from my original goal, but still a bit chubby, but I figure I'll stop losing weight when I get to where my current lifestyle will leave me.

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  4. I cannot access Tyler's blog for some reason. Can you help me? Just found your site yesterday. I'm on my journey to losing 130 pounds. I've lost 30 of it.

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  5. I'm sorry I meant to put I've lost 40 of it.I bumped the 3 instead of the 4. Oops. I"m on weight watchers and it's going very well for me. My blog is at www.mommymeepa.blogspot.com

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  6. Tyler and others...

    Check out Large Fella on an Bike at http://istanbultea.typepad.com/largefellaonabike/

    He has stopped updating his blog, but his journey began at 501 lbs...very similar blog idea.

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