Looking Back to Go Forward

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  1. Steve Halls says:

    I haven’t seen that video before… it’s AMAZING! That’s some good progress buddy keep it up.

  2. krissy says:

    Trying to lose 100 pounds over the next 8 or so months. Do you think that is possible? i have been heavy all my life and just want to change and I know i can as I have been reading your incredibly inspiring journey!!

  3. Esther Fox says:

    I am coming from almost 250lb, headed back down to 130lb. 17lb down, 103lb to go. That’s where I was and where I’m going.

    I am going to watch your video, and hope that it motivates me to keep going, because there are a lot of things that keep getting in my way.

  4. Chris Clarke says:

    I forgot where started. Thanks for posting this video to remind me how far you’ve come. Amazing.

  5. MikeW says:

    Great reminder Tyler.

    I am coming from 301. That is what the scales tipped to in April 2010. The stories here are great inspiration, not just Tyler, but so many of the people that post here frequently. My goal now is to get to 220, then see what my next move will be. I have just a little over 50 pounds to get there.

  6. William says:

    I weighed 290 lbs. in August 2008 when I started my journey. I reached my goal of 180 lbs. in December 2009 and have maintined between my weight between 175-185 lbs. this year. I fully expect to be at or below 180 lbs. in December of 2010. By the way, my body fat is sitting around 18.9% today and improving due to continued focus at the gym based on weight training and cardio that I continue to employ. I, too, look back at my pics and remember what agony I was going through at 290 lbs and am so glad to not be there any longer. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Molly says:

    I started out 231 pounds. Depressed, hated the way I looked and felt. Hated going shopping knowing none of the clothes I wanted could fit me. The idea of running to me was so stupid and I hated it. Walking up stairs I got outta breath and I ate the most fattening food ever.
    I have lost almost 40 pounds in 6 months. I am in the best shape I have ever been in and, get this, I enjoy running now. I have my first 5k this saturday. It’s incredible how much you can change both physically and mentally when it comes to weight loss.

  8. Tigerlilly says:

    Funny, I just wrote about going back to what worked in the beginning today. I have no doubt that you will succeed beyond your expectations.

  9. jeff levine says:

    I started at 399.6 in April 2009. On August 22, 2010 I am at 248.6.
    I am targeting 198 by Christmas

  10. Leah says:

    I started back in May at 292lbs and I am going to 190 before next August. Right now I sit at 266.8lbs. It’s a great journey to be on.

  11. Alisha says:

    Would be pretty cool to see a collage or stream of video that shows your weight loss over time. Just saying.

  12. Erin says:

    I am heavier than I’ve ever been, except when pregnant, and even then only weighed a few pounds more. I am working on getting back to where I was comfortable with myself — about 30 pounds lighter, and want to lose about 20 pounds more to put me between 175-180. Haven’t seen that weight since senior year of high school.

    Your journey has been an inspiration to me to quit making excuses and quit being satisfied being unhappy and get moving. Thanks for working hard and sharing what you’re doing.

  13. Laura says:

    I started at about 260 in 2007 a size 20-22, no energy, high cholesterol (about 230), high blood pressure (150/90) and terrible acid reflux.

    Today I am holding steady at 158, size 8, at the gym 5 days a week (at least), total cholesterol 150, BP good (110/70) and no acid reflux.

    Some days it was hard, most days it is was just my new life and I was/ am living it. It is worth it all. I feel so much better and am so proud of myself that it effects so much. My family loves the new me. While my husband loves the way I look (maybe a little too much!), the most important benefit has been my mood and temper. I am happier and so they are happier.

    Sometimes we have to look back to remember how far we have come. I keep a poster in my office that I was in for work a couple of years back to remind me daily. It always makes me laugh when co-workers don’t even realize that it is me in the poster.

  14. J.Emerson says:

    I’m at 332 right now. I started at a little over 400 lbs last year and got down to close to 300 earlier this year. Unfortunately, I’ve sort of went off the rails the past few months and have moved back up to the 330s. I’m trying to get back on track, and think of this as a new lifestyle rather than just another diet, so we’ll see what happens. I’m considering posting in the forum here, wondering whether that could help me out.

    A lot of my weight loss was through eating low-carb. The problem is that it’s impossible to continue eating that way for a long period of time. I’m trying to switch to counting calories.

  15. Lucas says:

    Congrats. It’s important to remember where we came from while on this journey. I remember when I was nervous to ride my bicycle 5 miles. I rode 30 on Sunday. Wonderful markers, non-scale victories.

  16. Elise says:

    I love this. Just the other day a coworker and I were looking over our before pictures. She has finished her journey and is now cheering me to my finish line. It is so easy to get discouraged unless you can see where you have been. It was actually nice to see the old me because we kept pointing out everything that had gotten smaller since then and of course that was EVERYTHING! Happy motivation. 🙂

  17. Longhorn 44 says:

    January 4, 2010 I weighed in at 348.4 lbs.

    August 24, 2010 I weigh 244.0 lbs.

    104.4 lbs lost in just under 9 months.

    25 to go……Must get under the 220 mark to declare total victory.

    VERY happy but still not satisfied!!!

  18. Tara says:

    Tyler, I’ll need you to pull up a chair in order for me to fully explain where I’m coming from. But actually I think I can just look in your eyes and you’ll already know because we come from the same place: despair, depression, desperation just to name a few.

    Let’s talk about where I’m going: Far far away from that life previously known as Tara Martin the 270 pound girl who didn’t finally wake up and realize her potential until December 29th 2009 at the age of 40.

    I never want to see her again and I will fight tooth, nail and whatever other body part I can throw in cause I have some serious living to do from here on out. Living that includes weighing 100+ pounds less, being one of those gym rats that people say “I want to look like that” when they walk in, running as many marathons as I can and even throwing in a few triathlons for good measure. I want to swing a bat, kick a ball, and shout things like “I got it” when something is coming my way. I want to look in the mirror and say unequivocally “I lived to the best of my ability”.

  19. Mshell says:

    The forum is fantastic! such amazing people for support. Come on by! 🙂

  20. Lisa says:

    I came from 250 pounds. I knew I was fat…I didn’t know how fat I was until my doctor told me I was “obese” and developing diabetes. I’ve come a long way since then. 110 pounds later, I’m running in the Hood to Coast Relay race this weekend. 197 miles from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon. 19 miles of that are mine. 🙂

  21. Rachael says:

    In Feb 2009 I joined Weight Watchers. I went from 267 to 237 in 8 months. Then I got pregnant and had to take a break, but last Wednesday I started counting points again. Post baby I was 227, I’m already down 6 lbs. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here…

  22. Enrico says:

    Was at 242 and am now at 233. Going for 200 by Christmas.

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