Week 56: Weigh-in Results

73 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    Mostly water weight, you will lose it quick. It is physically impossible to gain that much real weight so fast. I can gain 7 or 8 pounds if I eat really salty food and then drink a lot of water.

  2. James Trapani says:

    I agree with Ben above. Over the weekend we went away and I was at a buffet one night and went to Carlo’s bakery from the Cake Boss on TLC and ate canolli’s and other delicious pastries. I gained a few pounds, but when I got on the scale this morning it’s gone. During this time I just continued to jog 3 miles on the treadmill as often as I can. We went to a casino Saturday night and while my wife was on the slot machines, I ran out of money… : ( and found a set of stairs (31 to be exact) and I walked up and down them 13 times.

    You’ll lose that 10 pounds fast I’m sure since you are back on track this week. Good luck! I’ve started to look forward to your posts. You are motivating me!

  3. Leah says:

    I’ve recently started training again after an injury. It feels like your describing… frustrating, like time and energy was lost and wasted.
    I’ve been working on my frustration level- being upset while training certainly isn’t helping. Your thought, ” Today is day 1,” has really resonated with me. Thank you. I’m bringing this philosophy into my training. I hope it helps both of us.

  4. Steve says:

    Alot of that has to be water weight, or weight that a trip to the bathroom will otherwise take care of. That may sound like a cop-out, but 35,000 extra calories in a week? No f*ckin’ way thats possible.

    Welcome back to Day 1 though, consider this a fresh start, and you’ll regain all of that progress in no time. You’ll do it.

  5. Joey says:

    Yeah, definitely something weird going on if you gained 16 lbs in just a few days. Check your scale and make sure it’s working right. Maybe it needs a new battery.

    Also, have you considered a goal other than just losing weight? I’m training to walk a half-marathon which helps me focus on getting fit as well as losing weight. And if I have a bad weigh-in, I can still feel positive if I meet or exceed a workout goal.

    Hang in there.

  6. Greg says:

    Ditto to the comments about water weight. More importantly, you’ve committed to losing this new weight; that’s much more important than any short-term setback. Attaboy.

  7. Mike says:

    It happens. A bad week is fine, just don’t have a bad life and all will be well!

  8. That’s rough Tyler, keep with it. I gained last week, but I lost 5 pounds this week. Keep up the good work and I a sure you will loose it in no time.

  9. BossyMommy says:

    Steve…you have such a tender way about you. 🙂

  10. BossyMommy says:

    Tyler. I know this sucks and I feel for you. But I secretly am kind of happy to see that you’re like the rest of us! Is that wrong of me? 🙂

    We love ya and we all know you can do it. And we know YOU know you can do it.

  11. Cindy says:

    They are all so right. Although deep down you KNOW it is not fat, it still messes with your head. Water weight gain is a nasty thing…and this is what many of us girls deal with on a monthly basis. The scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy. At times like these, it is not telling you the “FAT” truth. It is lying. So…eat clean, avoid salt and stay on track. Don’t let crazy jumps in numbers screw with your head. Hang in there buddy.

  12. Jeanne says:

    You’ll lose those 10 pounds quickly. You gained them quickly and you know what you need to do. I think the key to weight loss and maintenance is not just losing the weight, but learning how to get back on track when you’ve gained weight, because it will happen.

    What will you do differently on your next trip?

    You are such an inspiration! Thanks for putting your successes and you trials out for public viewing. It really helps others.

  13. Jim says:

    Like what the first few posters said, it’s true. I was on vacation last week and had lost 5 pounds previous to that. I weighed myself the first morning I woke up at home and I was up 4 pounds. This morning, I was down 3 pounds from that. So while I did gain weight over the vacation, much of it was water weight that was easy to lose. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work hard to lose it, but don’t get yourself down over it. I’m back on my regular diet now and expecting to continue to lose weight.

  14. Amy says:

    Hang in there! I agree with the others, it’s probably water weight. But it was a learning experience, right? Brush off your shoulders, forget about it, and move on. Make some new goals besides just weight loss so that if you don’t lose, you can be happy about other goals 🙂

  15. beej says:

    Yup. Probably mostly water weight, though some portion was bad choices. But those will happen! Thanks for having th courage to post this instead of fudging the scale (as I have been so tempted to do so many times)!

    Indeed, today IS Day 1!

  16. Lydia says:

    I know exactly what a morale killer that sort of thing can be but using logic it is impossible to gain that much actual fat. I occasionally need to have this type of “failure week” to get me to mentally reset. Sort of a “rock bottom” thing that helps you find the energy within once again. You are an amazingly strong person and losing weight is a very “organic” process with many fluctuations. Use this to jump start yourself and no lesson will be lost! You are doing great even though it may not feel like it right now. You are helping us all by sharing your journey with us – we are bless that you share your stories. You are not alone – you have our collective strength behind you.

  17. Tom Brokaw says:

    Water is the enemy! In some ways. I know how you feel. I went up, and then down. I hate the roller coaster ride. But beleive it or not, your ups and downs really help us out there.


  18. brandon says:

    Weight fluctuates. While your choices might not have been solid, the good news is that you haven’t undone all the work. It’ll come off just as easy as it went on. You only undo the work if you let the weight stay on.

    One thing you should be prepared for as you move into managing your weight versus losing weight is that your weight will change over time. It will change as you age, as you add muscle, as you have good weeks and bad weeks.

    You’ve made amazing progress so far. I, and everyone who reads your blog, are proud of you. I’ve not really commented before, but I’m impressed and inspired by you.

  19. Sometimes it can be a good thing to get it all out of your system. Now you can re-focus your efforts. Make sure your organized, that’s one of the most important things for weight loss.

  20. Jamie says:

    Yeah, agree about something odd going on with the water weight. The math doesn’t make sense. If one pound of fat is 3,500 calories, then 26 pounds is 91,000 calories. Or about 322 spicy tuna rolls.

    Did you eat 322 spicy tuna rolls? Actually, that would be pretty impressive.

  21. sjc says:

    Wow. That’s a lot of weight to gain in one week. And you’ve already lost 6 pounds? So you gained 16 pounds? In one weekend? How did you have the time to eat that much? I know the theme of the comments here are generally encouraging, and I’m sure you can rebound, but you need to really examine what you did wrong and make sure you never do that again. Otherwise you’ll be back to 344 pounds and counting… Good luck!

  22. Kyle says:

    I feel for you Tyler. After working so hard day in and out, a gain of anything can be deflating. Just remind yourself how far you’ve come on this journey, and tell yourself that this is just a minor setback. You’ll be back to net losses in no time. I know it!

  23. Jen says:

    I would agree with a lot of other people who pointed toward water weight – I highly doubt that you ate 10 extra pounds worth of food in a few days. As you know, this is a journey and not a single-track sprint. You have already lost so much and today I’m going to celebrate your pounds lost to this point and keep encouraging your journey. The number on the scale is such a small part of what you’re doing. I, too, get discouraged when my scale creeps up but then I remind myself that maybe I’ve run faster that week or I’ve lifted a few extra pounds. Minor set-backs make the journey that more rewarding. Keep up the fantastic work!

  24. Amy says:

    It sucks, I know. Remember once you loose that backstreet boy maintiaing it is even harder. I am working on it and had a weekend like yours last weekend. Clothes not fitting to good and the workout is harder….. But we keep plugging away. This is a forever journey and there is no finish line. Keep it up.

  25. Denise says:

    Today is a new day. Learn from the past but keep moving forward.

  26. Tara says:

    I won’t tell you what others have been saying because after a while I’m sure you feel like “enough already”. It’s frustrating, disappointing and self depleting for sure to have that kind of weight gain no matter the reason. It’s a good reminder that even after all the work we put into getting ourselves healthy we have to continue to work. Great choices may not have been made but at least they were choices and those can always be changed. If anything comes from this it’s a learning experience. You had the sushi, the pizza and all the other calorie bombs. Hopefully you really enjoyed them cause they are here to kick your a$$ now during your workouts to get back to 208. You did it once, you can and WILL do it again!

    Thanks for posting this Tyler. It’s easy to post all the positive things in our lifes. It’s a sobering reminder to post all the other stuff and it takes a real person to do that.


  27. Tara says:

    “backstreet boy”…hilarious!

  28. Carolyn says:

    You have made amazing progress to this point and you’ll lose that weight before you know it. Good for you for being honest and posting. The important thing is to learn from the experience and try to balance you food and exercise better the next time you vacation so you’re never in this position again.

  29. Julie says:

    Awww, I’m so sorry you’ve had this bump in the road. Hopefully all of the other posters are right & its largely water weight. I’m going to the city for a weekend getaway this weekend… already know where we’re planning to eat… kinda scared that I’m gonna have a similar experience to yours when scale day rolls around next week. Yikes!

    I like your idea of starting over at Day 1. You’ll do great! 🙂

  30. Ellen says:

    You did the hardest part and that was owning up to your gain on your website. Good for you.

  31. erin says:

    Tyler, you did great. And as others have commented, kudos to you in owning up to it. I would have been tempted not to weigh in and certainly not to post, myself. You’re a great example!

    In some ways I think the hardest part about weight loss is not getting to your goal weight, but figuring out how to get back in the saddle after a setback. In my mind, learning how to recover from gain without giving up, without letting 10 pounds become 15 or 20, is the most valuable, critical skill necessary to losing and keeping it off. And you obviously have that skill – great work!!

  32. kate says:

    Well… the good news is if you lost 6lbs that quickly the chances are it’s mostly water retention due to salty foods so stay steady on the fluids to keep flushing that out. Lessons learned, focus on fixing it and don’t beat yourself up more than you need to as a reminder.

  33. Cat says:

    Welcome to Day 1! I agree with the others re: water weight. It will come off quickly. Vacations/trips suck for losing weight!

    The question is: Did you enjoy the food? Sometimes (and I emphasize the sometimes) a good binge is what we need to get back on track.

    Have you tried P90X? Even if you don’t do the hard core training schedule they give you, using a couple of the CD’s it’s enough to mix up the workout and jumpstart the losing again.

    Good luck! We are behind you 100%!

  34. Cory says:

    Did you get on and off the scale 14 times in disbelief? Been there! This will come off quickly as the others have said…. just stay away from the sushi for awhile 🙂

  35. Tahra says:

    If you gained that much, that quickly, it’s a pretty good indication that salt is not your friend. Have you ever talked to your doctor about salt in your diet?

  36. Chris says:

    Rough man, I can totally relate.

    One Q, are you doing strength/resistance training as part of your exercise routine? I know from personal weight loss failures that if I lose weight quickly, I gain it back even faster if I don’t have any added muscle mass to help me regulate spikes in calorie intake.

    The good news is if it’s quickly put on it’ll quickly come off…I think you’ll see it drop by the end of the week.

  37. Matt says:

    Was this the “big thing” you were working on? 🙂

    10lbs would be a 35,000 calorie surplus over whatever you burned, so I think you’ll see it drop pretty quickly.

  38. Christine says:

    Agreeing with everyone else…probably some combo of water retention, weight gain and possible digit scale error… Do not beat yourself up! It’s been a long 57 weeks. You’re stats are amazing. Keep plugging away at it. Take something positive out of this week= Renewed motivation and resolve! You are so close but you are the only one that can get you there. You got this.

  39. Ashley says:

    I will not lie… i have fallen off from going to the gym again… and seeing this, man… my heart sinks for you… i am gonna say it again. I believe in you and COME ON MAn!!!!!!111ONE!!! What happened???!!! for me it was vacation and i got lazy… time to step back up to the plate. Get back on that horse and tame it properly. you are TOO CLOSE TO START GOING BACKWARDS… you have come so far and you still have a far way to go. lets not start running in the wrong direction. You were just 8 LBS AWAY!!! Please jump back on and KICK SOME @##. Don’t let us down.


  40. kate says:

    See someone else saying try P90X. IT RULES. End of story.

  41. Just hang in there, man. And, it sounds like you are, not giving up at all. 10lbs is a big gain, but I agree with the others…I’m betting it’s mostly water retention, too much sodium, etc. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing for the last year. We fat guys around the world are proud of you.

  42. Jerry says:

    You got this man. Just focus again, turn up the intensity and redouble the effort. Remember, you have quite a few people pulling for you. I KNOW you will see this as a turning point. = D

  43. Cindy Dale says:

    I feel your pain. I go up and down like that too. My problem is sugar binges. Everyone had given you great advice! Keep going, it will come off in a couple of days. Your body retains the same amount of water as when you were larger. Just remember that. Flush your system with drinking a lot if water. Check out my story@ http://www.cindysweightlosschallenge.com

  44. It’s tough when you get off track only for a short period of time. My grandma died a week and a half ago and for the next few days I ate absolute crap. I just smothered my feelings in tater-tot hot dish and cake and lots of other comfort food. When I got back from her funeral, I tried to cut it out as soon as I could, but still gained quite a bit of weight. I’m headed the other direction now though, I’m sure of it.

  45. Nutra D. says:

    Don’t worry about this. It’s all perfectly normal:

    1. Weight of food. If you’re dieting, you’re actually eating way less than you would normally, day to day, to just maintain weight, so simply the sheer weight of the food in your system from day to day on a diet is also much less than normal. When you eat over a normal range, a few pounds of the result is just extra food weight, plain and simple.

    2. Sodium. Again, when dieting, you’re eating far fewer calories and so, no matter how you’re dieting, you’re eating way less sodium than normal. As we all know, salt causes water retention by binding with water molecules. So you’re going from an abnormally low level of sodium in your system due to dieting to a higher than average level due to a binge – it’s going to cause a huge shift in water retention.

    3. Glycogen – This can be up to four pounds or so, I believe, of energy stored in your liver. This energy is converted from carbs. When dieting, you eat up the glycogen first, so you’d have taken a few pounds off by not having glycogen stores in the liver. When you ate to excess, your liver stored some of those carbs as glycogen, which is sitting in your system now. It’s just extra energy – it’s good! You will feel stronger and your workouts will be better until you use all that glycogen back up on another diet phase.

    4. Carbs – related to glycogen, but a different aspect of carbs is what I’m talking about here. Carbs also bond with water. I think it’s something like four molecules of water bond to every molecule of carbohydrate in your system. So being on a diet level of eating, the carbs in your system, and the water that comes with it, will be abnormally low. When eating more, the extra carbs bond with more water and viola, more weight.

    5. Fiber – same thing. If you ate more, there’s a decent chance you ate more fiber. Another water retainer.

    So basically, this isn’t a big deal. You’re not 10 pounds fatter from actual fat. That would be extremely hard to pull off in a mere week. You might be a few pounds heavier in fat, but I doubt more than three or four, even if you just pigged out. Even if you ate 3500 calories a day over maintenance for a full week, that’s only 7 pounds of actual fat added. Very, very hard to actually do that.

    So don’t sweat it. Water will bloat you, but it doesn’t take up as much space as fat, as it’s more dense, so you’ll look a bit bloated but not as “fat” as you would if you were sitting at 218 with all fat rather than water retention. And the water will come off in just a few days as your body rids itself of all that excess food weight and water retainers, so who cares? You’re doing great.

    And finally, remember that your “diet” weights are always lower than your “real” weight would be on a maintenance eating routine, for all the reasons listed above. As soon as you switch from “dieting”, where you’re eating a calorie level designed to lose weight, and thus retaining abnormally low levels of salt, carbs, fiber, in your body on a day to day basis, to a diet designed to simply “maintain” the weight where you are, you will gain five pounds or so right away. All water. You’ll gain it because you’re simply eating more from day to day than you were on the diet, and thus your food weighs more overall and you’ll be retaining more water due to the greater levels of fiber, carbs and sodium. So just realize that your “living”, maintaining weight, when you’re finished, will actually be somewhat over what you’re seeing on the scale from day to day as a dieter now. And that’s fine.

    In this case, you went over the five pounds or so because you didn’t eat maintenance, you ate a big surplus. But it’s not that big of a deal. The water will be off soon and the fat you gained will be off shortly thereafter. It’s okay to splurge every once in a while, as long as you know to throttle back afterward. You are dieting to live a fulfilling life, and sometimes that will entail overeating depending on the occassion. As long as you couple that with the responsibility to then undo what you did, you are doing the right thing and shouldn’t beat yourself up over it.

  46. anu says:

    you are a brave man. you took the hit unflinchingly. as you can see, it is very hard to knock off the last ten pounds and even harder to maintain it once you get there. but it is a constant challenge. stay the course, man, steady up. you’ll be ok. anu.

  47. Jayloss says:

    No worries, you’ll lose that in a week tops!

    It’s actually good you did that because you’re resetting your metabolism and getting ready for losing more weight in the weeks to come. I need to do that myself I think. I’m at a plateau at the moment.

  48. Nicole says:

    Don’t get discouraged. This will come off quickly. Everyone has a weekend where they don’t think about food. It’s calked life. Just get back to routine and you’ll be fine. Keep at it. You are doing great!! 

  49. Jerilyn says:

    Having the courage to post this weigh-in, recognizing that you didn’t eat so well but you STILL posted your weigh-in? That’s something, Tyler. That’s something that we used to hide from, that we’d shy away from the scale because if we didn’t face the numbers it meant they didn’t exist.

    You faced the numbers.

    You’ve acknowledged them.

    Now it’s time to let them go and you’re already doing that.

    Good work. I look forward to next week.

  50. Charity says:

    I had sushi the night before a weigh-in once, and I was up 2 lbs the next morning. It’s the salt in the soy sauce! Drink your water and eat like regular. It’ll all be off in a week or two.

  51. Daniel says:

    My progress was the same this week; I gained 7 lbs. We’ll get by it 🙂

  52. Tyler says:

    My goal is to just look good and build big muscles. That’s really what it boils down to.

  53. Tyler says:

    Yes, that is wrong of you. 🙂

  54. Tyler says:

    I’ll probably try to contain myself in the slightest. I had absolutely no restrictions over the weekend and I should’ve drawn the line somewhere.

  55. Tyler says:

    Definitely a learning experience. Maybe a good one, something to scare me from ever cheating again.

  56. Tyler says:

    You’re right. I went a little too overboard, regardless if this is water weight or not.

  57. Tyler says:

    I did enjoy the food. And no, I haven’t tried the P90X, but I definitely think I need to — everyone keeps recommending it!

  58. Tyler says:

    I haven’t. I don’t like going to doctors.

  59. Tyler says:

    I am weight training, I just haven’t posted much about it. That will be changing throughout the next several months.

  60. Patten says:


    Take a diuretic the night before the next time you weigh (they sell them at Walgreens – totally safe, just makes you pee a lot). There’s no way you ate 35,000 calories OVER your metabolic rate. I guarantee a lot of that is water weight.

  61. Shelby says:

    Tyler, I just love your “get it done” attitude. And your bravery with the vids. You rock.

  62. Valencia Michelle says:

    TYLER!!! You’ve been AMAZING thus far and I love your attitude and outlook with regard to the slight weight gain. But man 157 pounds of you is GONE and you have all the knowledge and determination to keep it that way and then some so I’m as proud of you this week as I have been since I started reading this blog 🙂 You’ll get to where you want to be and you’re my inspiration to get to where I need to be. Many, many blessings to you!


  63. Tamikka says:

    I agree with the above posters that the weight will come off quickly if you implement the activities that got you to this point.

    One thing that I will add that I didn’t see from the other comments is that there are still eating habits/mindset that are not serving you. This weekend proved that. Losing and maintaining your weight takes consistent activity in a consistent manner. Work on the behaviors that got you to gain 16 pounds in one week irrespective of the fact that it could be water weight/sodium/glycogen, etc. Those behaviors and mindset are not assisting in getting to your goals.

    You have done awesome over these last 56 weeks. Find a way to cut the crap with the eating behaviors. You deserve it!

  64. Tyler,
    You’ve done an amazing job so far! It’s been a long hard journey but you have a lot of progress to show for your hard work. Don’t be hard on yourself. As Dorie from Nemo would say, “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming!” You have not dissappointed your followers or those you’ve inspired! I’m still proud of you!

  65. What is the name of this diretic you talk of? 🙂 Is there a brand and what isle can it be found on?

  66. KellieD says:

    A couple of years ago I went on a three week vacation. I was totally shocked and pleased when I came home at the same weight. I didn’t eat any differently than I did when I was home.

    December 2009 was a different story. I gained ten pounds on holiday food. Not the kind of stuff I normally eat. I’m putting nose to the grindstone now.

    You’ve got support from all of your cyberfriends

  67. Chrismar says:

    STOP beating yourself so bad. Everybody falls off track and over eats once in a while. You just gained water weight. I’m sure you know there’s a whole bunch of salt in fast food. Just go back to your regular eating habits and drink your water, all should be fine. You probably gained two to three pounds the most the rest is water weight.

  68. Kellie says:

    I weighed myself Monday morning and was 5lbs heavier than Friday. I am a 130lb girl, so 5lbs to me is about 10lbs to you. I ate and drank a lot this weekend so I did expect it. I weighed myself today and actually lost 7lbs since Monday. The weight you gained will come off quickly. It is water weight, waste, etc. I am not advocating weekend binges, but I do think that sometimes it is good to shock your body a little. If you constantly restrict calories, it will get used to it (that is how I at least make myself feel better about cheat day). It works for me and I continue to loose even with a cheat day.

  69. Luke North says:

    16 pound gained over just a single weekend?

    You managed to eat in excess of 56,000 calories? Is that even humanly possible?

    I know everyone is saying water weight and its probably true but I can’t understand why you’ve been so severely punished for cheating over the weekend? I was ill this week and cheated every single day (i didn’t binge but I ate what I wanted) with zero exercise and still lost a pound…I’m usually losing 6 pounds a week but I expected to gain this week..

    Is there something else going on here? Do you think your metabolism has been slowed so badly that even indulging yourself a little bit can screw you up?

    It’s just bizarre..I’ve heard water weight fluctuate a few pounds here and there but 16 pounds of water weight seems unrealistic..

    Sorry about the result…It sucks to be hit that hard but i’m finding it hard to wrap my head around it…

  70. Clumber says:

    No, no, no – water is your friend! RETAINING that water is your enemy! So… SALT is the enemy! BAD SALT!

  71. Clumber says:

    “Today is Day 1”

    Awesome outlook. I, too, am restarting working out after injury… had a bad back injury at work that killed me for 2 years. Fixed, got released for exercise so I can stop being a fat lazy slob, got through the hell of the 1st 2 weeks of restarting exercise… and…?

    BAM some idiot slammed into my car while I was at a stoplight, gave me a concussion. Not allowed to let my HR get high… which is sort of the point of exercise. Finally got past that 2 weeks ago, spent another week in hell re-restarting… and then our stationery bike imploded with exciting shattering of plastic and computer parts. GAH! The universe hates me!

    Ok, then… the gym about 20 miles away has free 14-day trial…. Wish me luck….

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