Calories in Shrimp Po’ Boy, Chili…

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  1. Steve says:

    I think the seperate twitter account would be a good idea…I’ve been posting my calories on twitter (via the site, twittermail and my cell) for the past week now and I like it.

  2. Brian says:

    I think that’s a really good idea. I saw another blogger doing that recently and thought it was a pretty smart thing to do.

  3. Joe says:

    I say go for it!

  4. Trimble Epic says:

    Ok, I hate to be a harbinger of doom…

    Tyler, you’re well over 2000 calories most days this week. You used to be really good at maintaining a limit of around 1500, but lately you don’t seem to be staying on that track.

    I’m having a really hard time with this myself. I keep telling myself each day that I’m going to shoot for 1500 tomorrow. usually, I tell myself at the end of each day when I’ve already blown my calorie budget…

    What I do know is that when I keep to a strict 1500 calorie diet, the pounds start to melt off.

    How do you feel about eating that many calories?

  5. Tyler says:

    I think you’re starving yourself at 1,500 calories, but I’m not an expert. That is simply not a lot of energy, and with the amount of physical activity I do every day at the gym I simply couldn’t function with 1,500 calories.

    Remember, calories are units of energy and they’re not a bad thing if they’re actually used and you burn more than you take in. I’m still using more than I consume, so I’m not worried. Some days I eat a little more, some days I eat a little less. I have extremely intense workouts and calories help me do them — I’d pass out eating 1,500 calories a day.

    With all that being said, I probably could shed a couple hundred calories off a day, but I’m not going to go too low.

  6. Tyler says:

    Twittermail is awesome — I’ll definitely start using that. I appreciate the tip!

  7. Nick R says:

    FYI, 2185 average a day. You should be able to calculate how many calories you expend weekly and have a pretty good prediction on what the scale will be on Wednesdays. (3500 calorie deficit = 1 pound)

  8. Juncti says:

    How long and what workouts are you doing to burn 2000+ calories a day?

    I’m hoping to finally get back to exercising this week. I’ll be starting back at 500 per day and working up. But right now it takes an hour on the bike to burn 500, so I can’t see doing 4-5 hours of bike to hit those burns you’re listing.

    I definitely need a more efficient exercise plan. lol

  9. Tyler says:

    Hey Juncti — I’m not burning 2,000+ calories a day in workouts, but you burn 2,000 calories a day by just living — walking to the mailbox, sleeping, eating, watching television, etc. Even if you’re sedentary, you’re still burning 1,500-4,000 calories a day (depending on size/age) by just “existing.”

    You need to search for a BMR calculator online and look at what it can tell you.

  10. Tyler says:

    In theory I’d love for it to work that way, but take for example if you haven’t used the restroom over the last couple of days before a weigh-in — the number will be skewed by a pound or so.

    In theory, and ultimately, yes, you’re absolutely correct — but any given Wednesday a weigh-in can be dramatically affected by the last time I used the restroom and water weight.

  11. Greg says:

    I would be interested in what you do at the gym. I know when I do my long run on Sundays, which is between 8 and 10 miles right now, I burn from 1800-2200 calories. I’m just curious what your workout routine is.

  12. Tyler says:

    I’m not saying I burn 2,000-2,500 calories at the gym, but by burning an extra 100-300 calories at the gym I’m burning anywhere from 2,000 – 3,000 calories a day.

  13. Steve says:

    I think calorie wise, this week has been really good compared to some other weeks. I agree that 1500 calories would definitely see huge weight loss, but with the amount by which you are working out it’s not going to be enough energy, you’ll feel hungry alot, etc, etc..

    One thing you might want to consider doing is upping the amount of fiber throughout the week. It will help you feel fuller longer (which will probaby decrease the calorie intake in the long run) and keep the plumbing going, amongst other stuff, and you get the full days worth in one cup of fiber one cereal, which is about 120 calories (if you like the taste, of course).

  14. Greg says:

    I wasn’t comparing calories really, just wondering what kind of gym routine you followed.

  15. Sarah says:

    Hi Tyler,
    I just wanted to give you some encouragement for the week ahead. I recently found your blog and while I’ve lost 12 lbs. in the last month, I’m really motivated to keep going and increase the intensity of my workouts because of your attitude to stick with it and because of your RESULTS! I’ve enjoyed reading your early posts about the feeling you got when you stepped it up another notch. I’m working out on the bike now and counting calories and I honestly can’t wait to get to the point where I NEED the treadmill! Where I need the intensity of running! Something unfathomable feels as though it’s within my reach now. It’s like a switch flipped on after reading your story and I get it. This will be who I am forever….someone who works out and lives a healthy life. Kinda crazy …the whole life-changing ah-ha! moment. Anyway, I’m only at the beginning of my journey but wanted to say keep up the great work! You’re almost there! I think what you’ve done is awesome and please know that you’re inspiring so many others. I’ve told my family about your blog. My husband, my siblings, parents and grandparents – we’re all following you now 🙂
    PS – To your wife, I wanted to say I know what it’s like to be a new mom and wanted to give her some encouragement as well. It’s great that she realizes the small amount of time you’re spending away now is gaining you years with your family later.

  16. Jason says:


    Soda is a weight loss killer. Let’s make an easy deal, don’t get any food-sizes (fries, soda, etc) larger than your goal shirt-size (small or medium). Soda does absolutely nothing for you, if you find you need more just switch to diet (yuck) or plain water.

    I think the reason people are concerned is that you shouldn’t have to rely on the gym for your weight loss. If you sprained your ankle tomorrow you would be waving goodbye to the, elliptical, running, and even the bike for several months. Injuries with daily running are common, it’s a high-impact exercise.

    You need to ask yourself, have you formed the proper habits to continue to lose weight in that type of scenario?
    Based on what I see here, that would be a resounding no.

    Bottom-Line: No one is saying you can’t enjoy yourself but moderation is the key. Your diet should support your weight-loss efforts, not work against them.

    Good luck.

  17. bossymommy says:

    T, you ever gonna answer the “What do you do at the gym” question? People keep asking in this post and you keep not answering. Sheesh.

  18. Matt says:

    I agree with this – in the past I had been able to lose or at least maintain while eating junk if I was going to the gym 5+ times a week.

    Then I’d get an injury or something like a bad cold and I’d end up gaining since I hadn’t changed my eating habits.

    For me, I don’t want to be a gym rat again. I want to have a healthy life with a variety of activities. So as a result, I’ve been getting my 30 minutes (at least) a day from things like mowing the lawn, hiking, going on walks, playing basketball, and so on. I get my wife and kids involved in most of these.

    So this time I’ve set myself a daily calorie goal to ensure that I will lose weight regardless of activity level. If I get the flu this season, I won’t have to worry about stalling out.

    Compared to Tyler, my calories are much lower, but my workout intensity is also much lower. In a week-to-week comparison, I’m about 5lbs slower than Tyler’s pace. I started in 7/14 and have lost ~80lbs.

    I say approximately because after an intense few days of working around the house and hiking, the scale says I lost 9.5lbs in the last 5 days and a total of 82 since I started.

  19. Tyler says:

    My workout varies a lot. I don’t have a set workout right now, typically I stay on the treadmill maybe 20-30 minutes with either the StairMaster or the bike afterward for another 10-20 minutes.

  20. Tyler says:

    Hey Sarah,

    Thanks for the encouragement! Congrats on the weight loss, 12 pounds in one month is incredible! I just started using the bike a couple of weeks ago and I love it.

    I’m glad you’re all following me, it really means a lot to me! I’ll also make sure to pass the comment along to my wife.

    Thanks for reading and good luck with the journey!

  21. Tyler says:

    Diet soda is terrible. A lot of the times when I go out to eat I get a water and a soda — no refills allowed.

    Moderation is the key, you’re right. I should keep it and check and remember that an injury could happen.

  22. Tyler says:

    I have before. And, it varies so much, I don’t like calling what I do a routine. It’s not routine. I go to the gym and find something to do that night that interests me — it usually starts with the treadmill and ends with the bike, elliptical, or StairMaster.

  23. Josie says:

    I’d love to know if you are doing any strength training? If so what kind and if not, why? this is something I’d love to start incorporating into my routine. I haven’t heard you talk much about it (although I’ve only been following you for about a month so you may have and I didn’t see it).

  24. Jo says:

    When you are counting calories, do you worry about the amount of sugars and fat and all that other stuff that is in the food you are eatting – or do you just strickly count the calories and not get hung up on all the other stuff?

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