Week 58: Weigh-in Results

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  1. kate says:

    You know what also helps counting calories? Set yourself a limit afterwhich you only eat green vegetables or low sugar fruits if you get hungry. I have some days where I just want to eat everything in sight and I know I’m probably going to and let myself so I don’t go on a massive binge. I eat 12-1500 calories of whatever I feel like. So if that’s a big ole breakfast with everything or two pieces of cake and some sushi, I do it up until that 12-1500 limit. Then the rest of the day I have some nice steamed zucchini or broccoli with ittle salt and pepper and voila perfect veggies. Or a couple apples, raspberries, a yam, salad with a little dressing, etc. I don’t have corn, potatoes or bananas because those are big sugar produce. So I stay counting calories, and don’t go way over my goal, but when I get hungry after having my cake and eating it too I don’t stay hungry.

  2. kate says:

    Somewhere in there is a rogue punctuation mark. Hope it still makes sense.

  3. Cat says:

    Sigh….I having a problem being accountable……the solution is easy (wrigint down what I eat) but doing it is the problem! Any ideas?

    Hey…have you looked up the benefits of coconut oil and weight loss? (assuming you are not allergic or hate coconuts). Its a stable oil to use in cooking and aids in weight loss. Yes, it is a saturated fat but not all sat fats are equal. This fat has a low temp melting rate and the body uses it to burn fuel not store it. Google it…it has so many more benefits than just weight loss….

    At least your numbers are coming down…slow and steady. Good job!!

  4. Nia says:

    Way to go on the loss! I’m staying accountable by tracking my calories on the iphone app “Lose it” and then posting the stats on my blog… sigh… I hate counting calories but it’s the only way to stop myself from over-eating 🙁

  5. Cat says:


    Try this website – although there are many other ones out there.

  6. Kristi says:

    Tyler, do you have a bodybugg? I’m not a sales rep or anything but it has helped my accountability more than anything else. If I have all my calories logged and I download the info about 8 pm; and I’m short on my daily deficit – I will do more exercise; get on the elliptical, walk/run a mile – to bring my deficit to the 1000 calories a day that is my goal.

  7. Dave Elliott says:

    I use http://www.myfitnesspal.com as it’s totally free, and has a huge database of foods already in it with calories etc. and has a food diary. I love it!! Especially as my weight loss has started to slow down, I need to focus a lot more and this is helping!

  8. Bob says:

    Hi Tyler. I was hoping you could comment more on the large weight gain the week ending 17 Feb. Specifically, I was wondering how you think it was scientifically possible to gain 10 lbs in one week. That would be an extra 35,000 calories.

    The only theory I have is that you were dehydrated on the previous weeks weigh in, and then bloated on the 17 Feb weight in. That could have accounted for a large portion of that 10 lbs if you were +/- 3 on each end.

  9. Rebekah says:

    I use sparkpeople.com to count my calories!

  10. Matt says:

    I use caloriecount.about.com to log my food and activity daily.

    Lost 1.5lbs this week, pushing on!

  11. I’m staying accountable by sticking to The Daily Plate for four weeks straight. On top of it, I’m making sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

    My blog helps me stay accountable too. When I do things like post pics of myself with my shirt off and see results, it’s hard not to stay motivated.


  12. Kyle says:

    Nice job on the loss Tyler. I lost 1lb this week as well. What do you think your daily caloric intake was per day? Also, how often do you go to the gym now, and how many calories are you burning on average per session? I’m just trying to compare, because like you it’s getting harder for me to lose consistently as I get closer and closer to ,y ultimate goal.

  13. I keep myself accountable by listing my goals on the side of my blog and moving them to ‘complete’ when I’m done! I lvoe the Twitter idea but that’s just too much overhead for me.

  14. beej says:

    I’ve found three areas that help me stay accountable: my blog, tweeting my calories, and my wife. Counting calories is a huge pain in the butt, but man does it help!

    Great job making the scale go the right direction!!

  15. Leah says:

    Tyler, you might want to look into measuring as well as weighing to follow your progress. Muscle is more dense than fat, so a pound of muscle is smaller than a pound of fat. You can weigh the same but be a smaller size. I don’t even have a scale, I measure my progress on how my clothes fit (or don’t) and a tape measure around a few places every other week. The extra information can be much more telling than weight alone, especially for you at this point.

  16. Melissa says:

    I try to keep my calories under 1800 daily, and since I’m a creature of habit I know most of my meals and snacks’ caloric counts by heart. I usually eat around 400 a meal, and then between 150-200 for snacks. And if I feel that I’ve gone way over, I also try the fruit and veggie meals for the rest of the day. Counting calories does suck when you start reading the labels of your favorite foods.

  17. Sean says:

    gowear fit – its the consumer version of the body bugg. Log all my food and my exercise. I went a month without the scale and knew my weight loss based on calorie deficit. I seems very accurate. I like it because even if the scale is off a few days I know I burned the calories and they show up later on the scale.

  18. Chad says:

    Great job, Tyler! You’ll be back under 210 in no time!

  19. WC David says:

    I also have the problem with staying consistent on the weekends. It’s so easy to stick to my routine during the week because I’m doing the same things every day between work and the gym and I can easily portion out and plan my meals.

    Once I’m out and about Friday night though, it’s extremely tough to keep myself in line. I think one thing that’s helped me the most is to check out restaurant menus online before going out to dinner to pre-plan what I’m going to order so I can estimate the number of calories. If I have an idea of what I’m going to eat / drink before I go out, it’s usually easier to keep things under control.

    I think that tweeting everything you eat will be a great way to maintain that accountability. I also set a goal for myself this week to not overindulge over the weekend, but I’m just going to write down everything that I eat before I have it so I think twice.

    Hopefully we’ll both have done well come Monday!

  20. Steph says:

    Big picture view here:
    In 7 months, from January to August you lost 111 pounds.
    Over the next 4 months, August to December, you lost roughly 15 pounds.
    In the last two months, you haven’t lost anything. This despite the publicity and pressure of being “out there” in public.
    Unfortunately, I think you’re done. Short of a major lifestyle change, I see you bouncing between 210 and 215 until you finally give up.
    But hey, as so many others have already told you, you’ve accomplished a lot up until this point, and 215 is pretty respectable for a 6’2″ 20-something.

  21. AndrewENZ says:

    It’s always annoying that it comes off slower than it goes on eh!

  22. Sean says:

    I respectfully disagree. You can get to whatever goal you wish. It boils down to simple math calories in calories out. Your progress may slow down, you may make brief visits to unhealthy eating habits but keep trucking along. That loose skin in the front – I basically have the same thing going on and it is going away slowly it seems all the recent weight loss has been in that area. You still got some work to do. Good luck!

  23. Steph says:

    I wasn’t clear on the point I was trying to make. I hope you’ll agree that, considering where Tyler started from, it will take a greater commitment from him to lose the last 30 pounds than it did for him to lose the first 100.
    I fear we’ve already seen his limit. The fact is that some goals will always be out of reach.

  24. Tyler says:

    Big picture view here: You’re wrong.

    Others trying to lose weight take note: there have been and always will be people telling you you can’t lose weight for X reason. The past has absolutely no influence on the future. I was 344 pounds too until one day I wasn’t. Back in January 2009 I had people around with the same mindset — “Oh, look at the last 23 years, you’ve only gained weight, not lost, so how can you possibly lose weight?!?!”

  25. Tyler says:

    I don’t, but I’ve looked into them. Might again one day.

  26. Tyler says:

    I highly doubt I was dehydrated with the amount of water I consume on a daily basis — more than likely, it was just all the salt/water retention plus a few extra calories from all the junk food.

    But again, that’s not an excuse. The only reason I gained weight was because I consumed more calories than I consumed. Simple as that.

  27. Tyler says:

    Around 2,000 calories. I go to the gym 4-5 times a week these days burning about 200 calories.

  28. Those fat cells do not like to budge an inch once you give them a little, do they? Kudos for sticking to it. I’m sure you’ll blast through it this week. Maybe you’ll even reach 207.

  29. Tyler says:

    Great idea, Ted. And you’re right, twitter is really high maintenance — only doing it in spurts.

  30. krissy says:

    I agree with the measuring also as a indication of progress. I have stayed the same weight over the last two weeks, but I have lost two inches around my waist. The scales is the easiest but not always the most accurate indication of progress. You are doing great and don’t let the few who try to discourage you succeed in doing so. You can do anything you set your mind and heart to!!!!

  31. Tyler says:

    The hard part with measuring my body is the loose skin — I don’t know what’s “me” and what’s loose skin. I suppose ultimately, though, it would still show any decrease in size.

  32. Tyler says:

    I do the same thing — repeat several different meals/snacks and know the calories by heart.

  33. Tyler says:

    That’s a fabtastic idea, Kate. Thanks 🙂 And you’re right, that’s one big paragraph, but I know what you mean!

  34. Steph says:

    OK then. You should be able to easily and safely lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks. I’ll return to your site in 12 weeks. If you have been able to drop down to 205 (which is 5 below what I think you can do) and if you’ve stayed there for two weeks, I’ll happily admit I was completely wrong.
    You’ll be at a great weight and you’ll have proven me wrong. Hey, I find the reality as depressing as the next guy. I’d love to be proven wrong….

  35. Steph says:

    Ack. I meant I’ll return in 10 weeks. Too many numbers in my head!

  36. Mary says:

    How long did it take before you started seeing results? I know everybody’s different, but it’s hard to keep motivated when you eat right (keep food journal) and exercise, but the scale seems to be superglued to one #.


  37. Jerry says:

    I am still using livestrong. I set it up to keep me within my limits and losing a healthy amount of weight each week. I count the calories because I am not as gym time dedicated as you are. LOL

  38. mw180 says:

    It’s the weekends that KILL most of the hard work and progress, I’m in the same boat. I’ll have on a typical day roughly 1800 calories and bam I’m doubling and tripling caloric intake on the weekend and even worse I’m not anywhere near as active. Going to ramp it up every weekend in March and make it happen.

  39. Dr. Kal says:

    Congrats on the continued weight loss!

    I stay accountable with a lamented card that’s in my wallet. The card list all of the reasons I’m still trying to lose weight. I look at the card before I eat. It reminds me not to overindulge.

  40. Tara says:

    Big Picture View: You rock!!!!

    I’m still trying to figure out this accountability thing. I blog (a lot) and put my all my calorie intake down over at calorieking. You can choose to have that information private/public. I keep mine public.

    But being honest about what one puts down for daily intake is a personal commitment to one’s self and that is why I am accountable.

    I seriously need this personal commitment. I want to be where you are. If I wait any longer then I’ll be a fat old lady with a million cats and that is just so unsexy.

  41. Kellie says:

    I write down everything I eat. Weekends are hard for me too. I use the cheat day mentality. One day won’t set me back. Doing a cheat day allows me to stay on track the rest of the time knowing I can have that icecream, cookie, etc in a few days.

    I do wonder how you only burn 200 calories at the gym? It seems like you could burn that in a slow walk around the neighborhood. I bet you burn more than that.

  42. Tony says:

    try the loseit.com app – lets you set goals, count calories, has a food database with namebrands and restaurants – great and easy on the ipod

  43. BossyMommy says:

    You’re doin’ it, T. Maybe you could email me and elaborate on your prior email today? hmmm????

  44. Brandon says:

    I have the same problem – I do great during the week when I’ve got a pretty set routine, but then when it comes to the weekend, I have a much harder time staying on track.

    In fact, I’ve got a challenge running on my blog this weekend that aims to keep everyone on track over the weekend. I call it the Weekend Warriors Challenge, and I invite you or any of your readers to participate – the more the merrier!

  45. Deborah says:

    you are so inspiring. seriously. 🙂

  46. I HAVEN’T BEEN! And this is always my downfall. Since…. the 27th I believe I haven’t logged my meals. I haven’t logged my exercise and it’s SO EASY for me to not exercise or to eat at fast food joints when I know I’m not keeping track of it. So this morning I decided that if I TRULY want this to be different than every other time I’ve made a “commitment” to getting the weight off I have to do what I know works. Since this morning I’ve tracked everything that’s gone into my mouth 🙂 It’s amazing how much I WON’T eat if I know I have to write it down/track it lol

  47. Mike says:

    Keep it up, Tyler.

    Out of curiosity, what are you doing for your workouts these days?

  48. Just came across your blog! Super inspiring! Keep it up, can’t wait to read more!

  49. Tyler says:

    I’m spending about 30 minutes on the treadmill either running or walking briskly on a steep incline (5-10). Or, I’ll get on the elliptical for 30. I spend about 45 minutes to an hour at the gym 4 days a week.

    I lift weights Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

  50. Scott says:

    Tyler, if you are serious about your fat loss–notice I did not say weight, there is a huge difference–then I suggest a change. According to your comment above, your routine consists of 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity at a low to moderate pace.

    The reason this is not working (or is not working as well as before) is because the more cardiovascular activity you do at a low to moderate pace, the more efficient your body becomes at burning calories, so you the more you do it, the less weight you lose. My suggestion is to move to interval training.

    Do this:
    5 minute warm up (walk)
    2 minute jog
    1 minute sprint
    2 minute jog
    1 minute sprint
    2 minute jog
    1 minute sprint
    5 minute cool down (walk)

    Try that three times a week (on days you do NOT lift weights) for a few weeks. I bet you’ll see great results.

  51. Kellie says:

    I completely agree with you. Intervals are amazing. They really jump start your body again and make treadmill workouts go so fast.

  52. ty says:

    completely agree with this. I switched to intervals and felt the burn like I hadn’t in weeks. Builds up the muscles and gets the heart pumping in a way that a longer steady jog simply does not. Plenty of articles out there on it too. It’s amazing and I’ve seen big results in my weight loss as well.

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