Making Sacrifices to Lose Pounds

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  1. Shelli Belly says:

    Tyler, I love your intensity! This is the time to be intentional. I had my first big lose in a long while. I knew that what I was doing was right on target and I was proud of that. The weigh in was just the cherry on top. Chase after it this week. Have fun!

  2. Dave Elliott says:

    I have made so many sacrifices as fat as food goes, with my new lifestyle. I used to eat take-out at least 2 or 3 times a week but now limit that to once a month and only have healthier options (of which there are very few!) when I do cave.

    Whenever I go to a steakhouse like Longhorn, I used to order large steaks with fries but now order salmon with vegetables. Things like that. Still really enjoyable but miles less fat and calories.

    It’s funny but since I began my new healthier eating regime, I don’t enjoy greasy foods at all. In fact, if I ever eat them nowadays I get pain in my chest and stomach. Makes it easier to eat healthily I guess!

    I’m currently at 87lbs lost since April – I hope to make it 100 by a month from now – who knows!

  3. Melissa says:

    I know it’s hard when compliments keep coming at you. So glad you got re-focused and your determination is soaring. I know you are going to finish strong because you have come so far. I wish I had found your blog sooner. But thanks to CNN I’m going to see the victory. Keep up the great work!

  4. Joy Manning says:

    I think you should train for a race this spring–like a 10 miler or half marathon. Training burns a zillion calories and makes you work out more than you would otherwise. You could do it.

  5. Rebekah says:

    After starting my own weight loss journey my husband found your web site, and it has pushed me into counting my calories even closer then I had been. My sacrifices have been many, but the joys are greater. Thanks for reminding me to keep up the hard work!

  6. beej says:

    It’s true that it’s necessary to make sacrifices. I’m trying to make all that I can, but it’s still really tough!

    BTW, your new layout looks great!

  7. Tyler says:

    Congrats on the big loose. I’m definitely chasing after it, hopefully I can reach some uncharted territory (211). That’s wishful thinking, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  8. Tyler says:

    That’s the kind of changes I’ve made as well. Going to a seafood shack, for example, instead of a bunch of hush puppies and coke, I’ll simply order a fresh salad, all I can eat crab legs (no butter), and water. Extremely low and calories and delicious.

    Congrats on losing 87 pounds. Keep it up!

  9. Tyler says:

    I’m glad you’re here, Melissa! I hope you get to see the victory (soon), too! I really appreciate the comment, I hope you stick around for a while.

  10. Tyler says:

    I’m going to be in the Cooper River Bridge Run. I’m glad you like the new design, too.

  11. Tyler says:

    I’m glad you started your own journey! I’m also glad you found my blog — stick around. I hope we can see on Wednesday what exactly these weekend sacrifices earned me!

  12. Tyler says:

    It’s tough, but you can do it. I’ll hold you accountable.

    Glad you like the new layout!

  13. AndrewENZ says:

    Amen! I had this problem as well. Got to within 7 pounds of goal then got lazy and now I’m 25 pounds from goal.

    But I’m getting there! Small incremental sacrifices add up!

  14. Derek says:

    I’m making small sacrifices. I’m visiting the coffee shop much less than I used to. I’m staying away from restaurants by packing my lunch everyday. I’m sacrificing time to get more exercise, but I focus on exercise I enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.

    I had dropped over 90 pounds, but I reached a plateau and the weight started to come back. I am on a downward trend again, but I realize I need to be very aware of plateaus. I think they are invitations to change things up again (e.g., do different types of exercise, change diet a little, etc.).

  15. rick says:

    Tyler… keep up the good work. After finding your blog, you have been a inspiration. I have started my own journey back to the land of the healthy. Dec 31st I weighed 298…Jan 18th I weighed 278… I’m 5’8″ and want to be about 180. Going to do it…

  16. Carol says:

    This post was just what I needed today. I can SO relate. I have lost 65 and everyone is telling me how great I look. Well, I have 20 more to go. I am not done. But, I love the comments. I do think it makes me complacent…my fault I know. I have definitely slacked off and the weight is coming off slower because of it. Thanks for the motivation. We WILL MEET GOAL and not stop until we do!!!

  17. Mike says:

    I did the journey from 235 to 170 pounds over the course of 6 months, and I have a couple of suggestions for how I did it:

    1. Instead of flat out sacrifices, find substitutes. I stopped Coke and switched to Coke Zero. It tastes close enough that I don’t mind it, and it has 0 calories.

    I also switched from potatoe chips to Popcorn with flavoured toppings, and even at the most unhealthy of places there are acceptable things on a menu. For example, at McDonalds I’m fine with a couple of snack wraps or Fajitas, which is very healthy compared to just about everything else on the menu.

    2. Start to focus on the next thing. I plateaued around 190 for a while, and the kick for me, was to focus on what the next goal was going to be. It became important for me to hit my goal of 170 pounds, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to run a marathon, as was my next goal.

    I haven’t hit the marathon yet, but shooting for the marathon made hitting the 170 pounds easy.

    3. Something else I did, was figure out my ideal weight, and use one of the many online calculators to determine how many calories you would need to eat to maintain your ideal weight, then limit yourself to that many calories in an average day. The weight should come off naturally then without you needing to worry about it.

    You’ve done a great job so far, but the work is never finished.

  18. I need to start making bigger sacrifices as well. I have been hovering around 250 pounds for way too long after dropping 25 pounds in the first couple of months. I am really planning on eating healthier and getting the gym on the weekends.

    I went to the gym on Sunday and I worked out really hard.

  19. Lyndsay says:

    I see nothing inherently wrong with the speed you’re losing at. When I lost 20 lbs (to reach my goal), I lost it 1/2 a lb at a time. Any faster than that and I was insane with hunger – something I knew would not be sustainable. If you can lose weight faster, comfortably, then great! – but don’t beat yourself up if the pace slows down so you can sustain your new habits.

    I admit that have regained a little weight, due to the holidays and relocating to another state. Thanks to my general habits, it’s only 5 lbs. My only sacrifice right now is to start stepping on the scale again, to get me in the mindset of thinking about my eating choices. However, I have committed to AM workouts starting mid-February (after the bulk of the moving chaos is over). I used to like AM workouts, but when you have to be at work by 6 AM, they’re very tough to do! Now I am back to working at 8:30 AM, and there is no excuse not to wake up a little early.

    Good job on getting refocused and renewing your drive to get rid of the last 20 lbs!

  20. mirandalea says:

    I’ve just begun my weight loss journey, and I hope it’s as spectacular as yours. I’d like to be down 100 lbs. by March 2011. My best friend is getting married then, and that’s my goal and what I remind myself of when I’m tempted. I’ve been so inspired by your blog! I’m just a newbie at this, but my official first week (as of today) sees me down 6.6 pounds. I know it won’t always fall that fast, but I’m working hard to get where I want to be. Thank you so much for your wonderful writing. Keep it up! You’re helping people more than you know.

  21. I’m trying to loose 30 – 40 pounds and I’ve made huge sacrifices. I’ve given up chips, nacho’s, cheese, salad dressing, peanut butter & jelly, and any other food that used to give me that wonderful satisfied feeling. I’m now eating omelets, fruits, and veggies. It’s tough in the beginning b/c I want results NOW. Just trying to take it day by day.

  22. Brandon says:

    I know exactly what you mean. About 5 years ago, I lost 60+ pounds, and got within about 15 pounds of my goal. Friends and family were complimenting me on how great I looked, and I started to get complacent, just like you described. My efforts began to slack, and before I knew it, I was back at my old weight again.

    This time I’m dedicated to losing the weight, and keeping it off. I’m tired of carrying around all this extra weight, and this is finally the time that I’m really going to do something about it.

  23. sara says:

    Man, I know what that slowdown is like. I dropped my first 20 pounds real easy, then 10 more, and now I’ve been stuck for the past few months just losing a little fat here and there. I hope I’ve finally come unstuck, but my last 20 pounds are going to be a lot harder, I think. I’ve already gotten my diet about as good as I can get it, so now it’s just exercise and time. It’s harder, too, because I finally like the way I look. If I never lost another pound, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’d still really like to lose 20 or 30 more, but the motivation is a little lacking.

  24. Allison says:

    Like they say…when the going gets tough, the tough get going…..and you certainly are that! Bravo to you for reigniting the fire and finishing the job!

  25. Laura says:


    I love seeing your commitment to doing something different in order to get different results. Will you come try another TBT class? I am teaching at 4:45 on Friday. And, we will have even more TBT classes on the schedule in February!


  26. Tyler, it’s *so* true that once the results become apparent, the compliments roll in, and you feel great – it’s *so* easy to slack off! I’m excited to see what the coming weeks bring for you, with your renewed focus.

    The latest sacrifice I made was passing on movie popcorn yesterday. I really wanted some, but I had promised myself I’d stick to my plan for the day, which did NOT include that. What made it easier? I passed the bag to someone and had a HUGE smear of melted butter on my fingers. It was a great visual for what I’d be putting in my body if I caved!

  27. Misty says:

    Thanks for this kick in the pants. I was not making good choices at all this weekend. I feel lousy and I slowed my weight loss, and for what??? Bad food, high in calories with no nutrition! Your right I have to make the sacrifices and reap the benefits!!!! Thanks for being inspiring!!!

  28. Cara says:

    Ohh, I needed to read that today! I’ve been having those same thoughts and putting off getting serious about getting going again. I’ve lost over 100 lb but still have some to go but just like you, since I look so much better it’s easy to not keep working. I haven’t lost anything to speak of in the last three months. Today I went and bought groceries with the dertermination to not eat out as much and get back on track! congrat’s on such an amazing year!

  29. Tyler says:

    It’s easy to letup when everything is going well and we think we have it in the bag. That’s when we find ourselves 25 pounds away from the goal.

  30. Tyler says:

    I never go out for lunch anymore during the workday, something I used to do all the time. I might on occasion go out on Friday afternoons, but I still stay below 1,000 calories and make sure not to get any appetizers/desserts, refills, etc.

  31. Tyler says:

    Good, you should. Good luck with your journey.

  32. Tyler says:

    We will, Carol! Don’t get complacent and don’t listen to anybody — you’ve accomplished a lot, but you have so much more to do.

  33. Tyler says:

    I use one of those calorie calculators and I’ve linked to the one I use before. There a relatively low-calorie (not necessary healthy things) at pretty much any restaurant. A cheeseburger from McDonald’s is 300 calories, small fries are around the same — it’s not necessarily healthy, but if you’re on the run and have no other choice it will keep the scale in check.

  34. Tyler says:

    And you should again today. I’m also very good about having spurts of energy and motivation, but then going slack again after a few days at high intensity (like after a weigh-in).

    I need to keep the intensity going every single day.

  35. Tyler says:

    Moving is tough, I feel sorry for you. I hate waking up early or else I would workout during the morning. I already wake up at 6 and that doesn’t allow me nearly enough time to workout.

    So, I work out around 8-9 PM.

  36. Tyler says:

    I’m glad you’re inspired by my blog! I appreciate you commenting and reading. 6.6 pounds your first week is amazing. You’re right, it will slow, but depending on your weight you should keep at least a couple of pounds a week.

    Don’t get discourage when it slows. Just know that it WILL slow, but when it does, just keep going. You’ll make it.

  37. Tyler says:

    Take it day by day — don’t look ahead. If you start thinking about all the days ahead you’ll quickly get overwhelmed. Losing weight comes down to going to the gym tonight and waking up tomorrow morning and eating a balanced breakfast.

    One step at a time, Amy!

  38. Tyler says:

    Do it — keep us updated.

  39. Tyler says:

    You’re right, I feel the same way…if I didn’t lose another pound it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But, I want to lose another pound so that’s what I’ve decided to do.

    Why is the motivation lacking?

  40. Tyler says:

    Thanks, Allison.

  41. Tyler says:

    Do you have a TBT class this weekend? My wife’s birthday is Friday and I was planning on skipping the gym entirely Friday night. I spend enough time away from home at Hampton Hill, I want to make sure to give her the attention she deserves Friday.

    Thanks for the offer, but I’ll DEFINITELY be at the next one.

  42. Tyler says:

    Exactly, for what? Why be healthy during the other 4-5 days of the week when you just ruin the work in a few meals over the weekend? It’s so pointless. Even if you alternated and cheated one weekend and not the next, you’d still be way ahead.

    Thanks for commenting, Misty!

  43. Tyler says:

    I don’t think I’d be able to pass on movie popcorn. That’s one of those sacrifices that you simply need to make, though. That’s not like a combo from fast food, that’s like a 3-course meal from a big chain. Popcorn and soda from the movies is like 2,000+ calories, enough to derail several days worth of effort.

    I’m excited to see what’s coming, as well!

  44. Tyler says:

    Thanks for the congratulations! Exactly, it’s not easy to keep going for the last few pounds — I already feel a lot better and in my opinion look a lot better, so what’s the point?

    The point is I can feel even better. Keep going until you reach your goals, I know I will!

  45. Steve says:

    After not losing ANYTHING last week I went into this week fully prepared to make sacrifices left and right, be strict about the diet, etc…etc… I really didn’t have to. I cut back some, and I worked out a bit more maybe, sure, but I didn’t do anything outrageous, and I still managed to (FINALLY) get into the 230s. WooT!

  46. Tom says:

    I commend you on your great success. But I have to wonder. You state your weight loss has slowed and you deffinately have recognized it. You still have that amazing goal. But what happens when you are at that goal? What then? The stats show 97-98% gain it back. What happens when all the hoopla, the tweets, website comments, interviews are gone. Everyone wants to follow you when your on the way down. But who will follow you when you have been there for a while? I am not being discouraging here, and you have the “Goal” in focus. But can you talk about if you have thought about maintaining it? How do we get there and stay?

  47. Krissy says:

    Your success is truly inspiring. The last 6 months of the year, I managed to lose 60 lbs and fell off on the weight loss effort over the holidays. I saw your blog a couple weeks ago and it inspired me to get back on track and now I am down 64 with about 80 to go. My husband doesn’t want me to lose that much more because he does not like super skinny women, but well see as I get closer to my goal. I have 3 children and I can finally keep up with them and their hectic schedules – and as much as I love the compliments I am receiving about my weightloss, the comments that come from my children are what keep me motivated.

    Keep up the good work Tyler!

  48. sara says:

    Well, you know, when you’re super overweight, feeling crummy, not liking the way to look – then I felt very motivated. Now that I really like the way I look, and I feel great – I don’t feel as motivated.

    I’m trying to keep in mind that I’ll love my looks even more with another 20 pounds lost, and I’ll feel super amazing. But I’m definitely not as motivated now as when I felt awful all the time.

  49. Donald says:

    Tyler – love the question at the end. Good move to make us (your followers) think. I noticed that after my brother-in-law died last Sunday and with my wife (who had left the day before to be with him and her sister) gone, I was unprepared (emotionally and logistically) to sustain my daily program. I think these test come to show that something else is in “control” and as long as I resist this, then I am fighting upstream vs “going with the flow” – whatever that means. Anyone, for me, the first step in re-engaging is to be very honest with what I notice what happened – like “gee, did I just use his death as an excuse to succumb to old habits?” Tests are a B(*&^H!! The hardest part is knowing when you are in the middle of one. Regards,

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