Leaving Distractions Behind

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  1. Matt says:

    Good for you. It really helps to clear the head.

    Loudest, fastest songs on your playlist, eh?

    That’s gotta be
    Bush โ€“ Glycerine
    Metallica โ€“ Nothing Else Matters
    Red Hot Chili Peppers โ€“ Californication

    yep, still going to give you crap about that ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sounds like you’ve got a better solution to dealing with problems than in the past. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Emily says:

    So, I have been following you since the Consumerist posted- and you have inspired many people that I know… I use your stories and inspiration in conversation- A LOT!

    As with many others, you have helped keep me focused on my weight loss journey. I have a 15 month old, and have managed to lose every pound of pregnancy gain- and an additional 10, resulting in my lightest weight since my early 20s! Your story is thoughtfully and simply told, with a punch line toward making success your own- and I for one would be ready to line up and purchase a book that you would write, if for nothing else than to financially thank you for the inspiration you have brought me and so many (I know you asked this in a previous post, but, what can I say? I am a lurker.)

    I was reading the consumerist earlier and they had a post that made me think of you and your story (it happens many times a day, but I swear I am not a stalker!)

    http://consumerist.com/2010/04/facts-and-myths-about-cutting-gas-costs.html

    Specifically, number 4: ยท Avoid carrying excessive weight. The heavier your car, the more gas your car uses. An extra 100 pounds reduces your MPG by two percent!

    See, not only have you prolonged your life, helped your daughter to a brighter future, and spent some serious cash on fitness related purchased in a down-turned economy, but you have become more green by increasing your gas efficiency!

  4. Jill says:

    Distractions always have a way of throwing me off track. Glad you were able to “go” and that you have an extremely supportive wife. I bet you felt awesome when you were done.

    Good luck with those e-mails…. 175; ugh.

  5. BossyMommy says:

    Another important post. Distractions are my biggest downfall. Go figure…four kids, no ex around, work, soccer, errands, blah blah blah. But I’ve never forgotten one of your posts from long ago…going to the gym, eating healthy, losing weight, these are not choices. These are things we absolutely must do. Like breathing. We don’t choose to do it, we HAVE to. So, while all of these distractions are very real and often very cumbersome, we have to look at getting healthy as a requirement, not an option.
    Can’t wait to see your numbers tomorrow.

  6. Tara says:

    I’m right there with you Tyler. My life is so micro managed down to the pretty much every minute I’m awake. My husband often asks why I go to the gym so early in the morning. I don’t know how to explain to him that the commitment to myself must come first. That 60 minutes leaves me clear headed and ready to hold my head up high and face the world.

  7. Tyler says:

    I’ll add some Slipknot for you, if it’ll make you happy.

  8. Tyler says:

    I would’ve sat and ate a bag of oreos two years ago.

  9. Tyler says:

    Thanks for commenting, Emily. Ben at Consumerist is awesome, he really had a hand in starting this whole thing.

    You rock.

  10. Tyler says:

    Yes. And climbing every day.

  11. Tyler says:

    The gym isn’t a choice. I have to do it.

    I can’t wait, either. Maybe the big 199?

  12. Tyler says:

    Rock on, Tara. The gym will give us that strength.

  13. Amy says:

    Also put together a pat answer if you want to answer all of those emails. Direct people to your blog. Thank them for their interest and that you wish that you had the time to answer each one individually and that you often reply to comments on your blog. Keep up the great work.

  14. Tyler says:

    I personally want to respond to each, but I do have a little footer that gives them a link to the blog and such.

  15. Jonathan says:

    Tyler … you’re at your best when you’re posting this kind of stuff. We all need motivation, and I think that’s what your calling is. As a “long-time” reader, I know you see the light!

  16. beej says:

    I’m glad you’re making the time to respomnd to each email. I know it’s a lot of work, but for people who are just trying to start their journies, a form response would be discouraging. You’re doing it the right way. Rock on!

  17. Molly says:

    Good for you tyler. It must be overwhelming to be somewhat famous now. I’m glad your not slipping and you keep working out. I love the blogs- Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. will says:

    You’ll going to get to a point โ€” maybe you’re already there โ€” where, logistically, you won’t be able to reply to every message or post. I follow Jillian Michaels on Facebook and Twitter, and she deals with the same struggles you’re starting to feel. You just won’t have enough hours in the day, despite your good intentions, to get back to everyone. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to check out Tim Ferriss’ “Four Hour Work Week.” He offers some great insight on outsourcing, and I can see you getting to point where you’ll need that kind of support. As Tim does, you might find a great (and affordable) virtual assistant to help filter messages, making sure you get the ones you need to see, and politely reply back to the ones you don’t. Keep Thinking Big, Tyler. Doors are really starting to open for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Baby Bedding says:

    I have a 15 month old, and have managed to lose every pound of pregnancy gain- and an additional 10, resulting in my lightest weight since my early 20s! Your story is thoughtfully and simply told, with a punch line toward making success your own- and I for one would be ready to line up

  20. kate says:

    Breaking a sweat really does clear your head. And your pores for that matter. Anyway, good on you for dealing with handling your accidental fame so well. Keep it up.

  21. Who would’ve thought your determination and goals of losing weight would turn into all this, eh? Just awesome.

    Just imagine when the book hits the shelves. Your wife may have to fend off shirtless women then!

  22. Emily S says:

    Hey, I am going to post while I still have a chance! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My friend just sent me a link to your blog last week. I am really inspired by you. I have struggled with my weight forever. I have always been various varieties of overweight… less overweight or more overweight, but never a “healthy” weight in my entire adult life.

    I have a weight I keep returning to. I am just under 6 feet tall and the magic number is 244. I have weighed this exact weight so many times in my adult life over the past 10 years. If I haven’t been on a scale in a long time, I can be assured I’ll step on and that is the weight I’ll be. In reality that number needs to be 160.

    Something about YOUR blog that struck me was your number. 344. Your number was 100 pounds over my number exactly. It made me feel suddenly silly to be so caught up in a number. You had 100 pounds further to go that I do and you did it. You didn’t say, oh I guess this is my number. I have a solid 80 pounds to lose right this moment and certain days that can be discouraging. I am also up 25 pounds from where I was a year ago and I had worked so hard to get to that number number, and then basically gave up when I realized even after losing 50 pounds, I was STILL fat.

    So my whole point here really is just to say hi. To say keep being you no matter what anyone else thinks you should be, number or otherwise. We allow very strange things to become our identity. You aren’t 344 and you aren’t the guy that lost over a hundred pounds and suddenly is the envy of half the people he meets, you are whole person. So be nice to yourself, and thanks for being willing to share you story to inspire others.

  23. Ruthie says:

    To me this is one of your most meaningful post yet. “I am ready” so simple yet so motivating. This is going to be my mantra “I am ready”…”I am ready”…”I am ready”…Thank you so much Tyler!

  24. Charity says:

    So do people get disappointed when you tell them to exercise and count calories? Are they hoping you discovered some magical potion you found in a unicorn nest that let you eat Snickers bars and magically drop almost 150 pounds?

    When I tell people I do Weight Watchers, many people kind of give me this “Oh” face. Like they were hoping for some other answer!

  25. Sara says:

    Tyler – Just wanted to let you know that you inspire people to do more than lose weight. I am not overweight, but I enjoy reading your blog just to see you go after your goal with such energy and determination. You inspire me to just live my life with more purpose, focus, and drive.

    I am rooting for you to have your weight start with a 1 tomorrow!

  26. R.H. says:

    Tyler, I needed to read this! The time I most overeat or don’t feel like working out is when I’m stressed or distracted. With finals coming up and the excitement of summer vacation, it’s so easy for me to just think I could take a break from this new “lifestyle”, and start up again in a couple of weeks, but my family keeps telling me that I am looking good, and can’t give up. This definitely inspired me to get up and do something positive for my weight loss.

    And by the way, I’m finally starting to get into the whole “lifestyle” mindset. It helps, and I’m already setting goals for next summer (running my first 5K next summer is my biggest non-weight loss goal right now). Thanks again and keep up the amazing work!

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