Do You Remember Being Obese?

27 Responses

  1. Sean says:

    I remember the chest pains, heart burn and trying to find that perfect angle so I could tie my shoes.

  2. Vinny says:

    I can’t wait for the day that I can forget all that. Thanks for the post Tyler.

  3. bossymommy says:

    Wow, T. That line about dying a little every day hit me hard. That is exactly how it feels. You nailed it. Another great post. Thanks.

  4. Kyle Farmer says:

    I can really relate to the movie theaters and seating at any restaurant. I’ve lost found pounds in the last two weeks and been faithful to my exercise. Still have work to do on my diet. I’ve found that I’m pretty good during the day but struggle more when I get home. Was that something you faced early on as well?

  5. atyourcervix says:

    I remember not being able to buckle my seatbelt on an airplane and having to ask for an extender – which was never given to me before take-off. I remember not being able to walk up or down stairs without extreme shortness of breath. I remember severe hip pain. I remember hunting for the biggest bathing suit to cover myself up in the summer – and covering up with a huge bathing suit cover up too. I remember having to shop in the plus section of the store and having to buy the largest size. I remember when the largest scrubs at work were too tight.

    Somehow, I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

    (160 lbs lost)

  6. DadShrinks says:

    Timely, Tyler. Great post indeed. Every one of those hits home with me right now…

  7. Steve says:

    Ouch. No wonder you blocked that stuff out in your mind.

    Unfortunately I’m still very much living w/ obesity, so I still deal w/ alot of issues. I do remember being thin(ner) though, and that gives me something to work towards.

  8. Sandra says:

    Tyler, that made me cry a little.

  9. Jessie says:

    Aw :*( that made me sad to read that. I’m sorry you went through those experiences. I’m glad you will no longer go through them again – and you have inspired SO MANY people to make healthier choices.

  10. Larkspur says:

    That’s intense. It’s intense that your brain encouraged you to forget all that– funny how we do that, isn’t it?

  11. beej says:

    Great reminder! It’s good to remember how bad it was because sometimes, it’s easy to forget how life used to be. I remember not liking chairs (selfconscious) or booths (sometimes too tight). I remember not liking airplanes (always feeling like I was crowding my neighbor).

    BTW, how often does your wife call you “boney” now?

  12. Valerie says:

    What a good wife, cheerleader, and friend she is to have reminded you of those things. None of us wants to face the fact that being morbidly obese, no matter how “fine” you may feel now, IS dying a little each day. I love that your wife reminded you.

  13. Valerie says:

    And I love that you reminded us!

  14. I have already begun to notice tiny changes in my body and I can’t wait until I can look back at photos or memories and think “I will never be that way again.”

  15. kate says:

    You can also read your first few posts if you need reminders. The motivation to change became the motivation to keep a status quo.

  16. Craig says:

    Oh me…I will NEVER forget those movie/concert seats. One time I went to a wrestling event and I had a RING around myself from sitting in the seat for 3 hours…it hurt so bad…literally bruising…ugh!

  17. Cole says:

    Tyler, the more I read about your story, the more I am convinced that you NEED to write all of this down in book format. The things you talk about regarding weight loss go beyond the actual weight loss and delve into the psychological side of it much more than I’ve read about previously. I think that people going through this type of thing need that kind of support, both positive and negative. Either that, or you’d make a great therapist to people in the same situation, because you’ve been there and have the ability to really let your feelings fly. I hope to see you on the shelves soon.

  18. josie says:

    And now you’re living a little more.

    Loved this post, Tyler.

  19. Will says:

    You think movie theatre seats are bad – I was flying 3-4 times a month when I was pushing 300, and it was always a humiliating experience. And I’m a huge Disney fan, and get to go to the parks often living in SoFla, but so embarrassing to not fit into a ride. I’ll never forget those things. I’m thrilled that I can fit into a restaurant booth comfortably now.

    I love the idea of a book. I think you’ve got a great story to tell. Sure, lots of us take the journey, but something about yours has both captivated and inspired hundreds (thousands?) of us along the way. That what’s makes it so special 🙂

    What’s coming in 2010?

  20. Rachael says:

    I’m not losing weight currently b/c I’m pregnant, but I lost 30 lbs before. I remember having to ask for seatbelt extenders on airplanes. I was slightly horrified the first time, then it just… was what it was. I don’t have to do that anymore!

  21. AndrewENZ says:

    I remember not being able to do activities with my family.

  22. Tyler says:

    The chest pains — while I remember those now, my wife doesn’t. I never told her much about those. I would have little pricks in my chest pretty much daily.

  23. Tyler says:

    It’s only a matter of time.

  24. Tyler says:

    It’s dying a little everyday because I was killing myself everyday. A cheeseburger at 200 pounds isn’t nearly as detrimental as a cheeseburger at 344 pounds.

  25. Tyler says:

    I still face that today. Routine, at work, when I’m around other people is when it’s the easiest to stick onto a diet. Just last night I wanted popcorn and a soda because I was by myself, warm inside, watching football.

    Just resist the temptation.

  26. Casey says:

    I kind of remember……… Years of my life are a fog because I was so unhealthy. I remember not being able to ride the Shock Wave at Kinds Dominion because I couldn’t fit in it. Holding my breath when I tied my shoes because I couldn’t breath. Being a recluse because I was so embarrassed to leave the house.

  27. cedric says:

    Reading that list of questions, I love your wife-figuratively, that is. She seems straight to the point, but you are comfortable enough together for her to ask those. Thats like my wife, and I can’t wait for mine to ask me the same questions.

    The difference between you and I is that I was heavy in college (the first time) and hovered around 275 but lost it all once to join the Army. I had moved off campus and ballooned-I was lonely, money stressed, my grades dropped-but I had food. Then I met my wife-she didnt’ care about most of that, or my weight. We married 2 years later, I had transferred schools, and then had to quit when my mom got cancer, to take care of my minor sister.
    I split between my apt. and my mom’s house-3 hours apart, for weeks, got a job at the local Walmart in a town that I had left after HS. I wasnt making enough money, so I decided, at 23-to ENLIST. From January 2001 to April 2001 I walked MILES in that Walmart doing inventory, stocking, unloading trucks, and managed to enlist into the Army at 208.5-.5 lbs under their max for the BMI tape measuer test. I went from 265ish to 208, in 4 months through stress and necessity and work. I came out of Basic and went into AIT at 190. During basic I had sustained a fall (from the failure of an obstacle) that didnt get looked at until 3 months later. 2 ruptured discs. I was discharged 9 months later.

    I was going to travel the world, now I got to go home to where my wife had moved us, to a be security guard with a back injury, and no college degree. Ick. So much for that Vocal Music major.

    I, over the years gained it all back and then some. I started going back to the gym in September, but not seriously, only a few (2-3) days a week. I found your blog a few weeks ago. Since then, I have been going to the gym 4 days a week, 30-40 minutes during lunch hour, and ive dropped from 315 to 310 in the last week (morning weight).

    Dude, you are awesome. Thanks for putting yourself out here. You are the reason that I sometimes hate “Mens’ Health”. They make it too busy, too much, to much thinking. You just go and DO.

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