No Easy Way Out

34 Responses

  1. Brandon says:

    Yeah. I’m still killing myself, especially after completely going back to my old ways. Going to punch myself and give myself a good kick to the rear and start again immediately.

  2. Bonnie says:


    Just what I needed to hear. I’ve been in a blah stage for two months now after loosing 45 pounds (only gained 2 pounds back), but I’ve got to get back into healthy habits again……slow and steady…..the Body-for-Life way. I love it, just gotta get started again.

  3. Jen says:

    I have been reading for months and this was exactly what I needed to hear, at the right time!

  4. Tyler says:

    Did you already start again? When do you plan on starting?

  5. Tyler says:

    Everybody hits those stages — everybody. I hit a really bad rough patch between fall of 2009 and pretty much early winter of 2010 where it was just boring and blah. It happens.

    I’m now on an upswing, and am hoping to keep it that way.

  6. Tyler says:

    It was written for you, so I’m glad.

  7. SK says:

    Thank you! I’ve been discouraged by my very slow weight loss progression (a pound every week and a half – maybe), but this is what I needed to hear. I found myself starting to use the old talk of “well, this doesn’t matter.” It does. Slow weight loss is still weight loss. It’s no excuse to give up until I can find the magic bullet. I am my magic bullet, and screwing up for the day doesn’t mean the week is shot. It just means I screwed up for that one day. If I want to lose weight faster, I have to make the change, not go find something to do it for me.

  8. AprilCorona says:

    Thanks, this comes at a prefect time. 🙂

  9. jollyreaper says:

    The toughest part is the motivation has to come from within. There’s nothing I love more than having people tell me they see the change but I can never count on that sort of thing. What if nobody ever said another word about it? I can’t wait on that. I have to keep going even if I’m the only one in the conversation. That’s the real blah zone. The only thing worse than that is giving up.

  10. jollyreaper says:

    Look on the bright side — slow means that your skin has more time to contract. Losing too quickly puts you in flying squirrel mode. Also remember that the scale fluctuates without reason. You have a weak day and it’s up five pounds, that’s not real. Do what you’re supposed to the next few days and you’ll be down below it.

  11. Vanessa says:

    Loved this angle today. It’s what happened to me. I really couldn’t see my fat…but I could feel it. I was lathargic and dying daily. I kept the positive approach and instead of “quitting” the foods I loved I decided to START a passion for new food. If there had been an actual cooking class somewhere I would have taken it. Instead I looked at websites and found recipes and made losing the fat a full time job. It was a huge learning curve. Now I am so addicted to REAL food that I had a lousy time at the Bluegrass Festival this weekend…all those old favorites tasted like crap. I had a funnel cake (just a few bites) and it made me nauseated. That may seem kinda sad…except that it’s SO cool to be addicted to real wholesome food…it’s fuel baby! SO, you’re right Tyler. It takes work, but what else do we have to do?

  12. DrLarry says:

    WOW! This is a powerful message. On July 7th, I started my journey at 363 pounds! This morning I weighed 333. I am simply starting to exercise and counting calories, carbs, proteins, etc. The fight goes on…

  13. Molly says:

    I’ve been in a slump for the last month, maintaining at 197 but now I need to start losing again. 170 is my goal by my 21st bday which is in 2 months. I’m not giving up nor have I ever given up- Just.Keep.Moving.

  14. Yep, you are so right. People need to read this because there are still too many that think there’s a quick fix to this situation or worse yet that they’re destined to live a life of an obese person when it is just not true.

  15. Lisa says:

    The “quick fixes” will never work. The fad diets, the pills, the “detox diets” etc. are just that–fads. We have to learn healthy behavior and change our habits to see real change.

  16. peggy says:

    thanks tyler…..your blog has re-motivated me….though i exercise regularly(an hour or more of cardio, and twice a week of weight training) i dont loss weight….the truth is that eating healthly is long term not just for the moment…..

  17. Michael says:

    I don’t know what motivated me today to Google weight loss, but your blog popped up. Reading a couple of your blog posts – including this one I’m commenting – send chills down my spine. Your story is my story. June 18, 2009 was, for me, your January 21, 2009 – the day everything changed. I was 350 pounds and so thoroughly disgusted with myself that I couldn’t take it anymore. Last Wednesday, Aug. 4, when I last weighed-in, I was 227 pounds. 123 pounds lost in 59 weeks. No diet here. What did I do? Worked my butt off at the gym every day (mainly cardio), ate 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 1 or 2 large ones, ate relatively healthily on most days, and, importantly, DIDN’T cold-turkey quit the bad foods I crave but simply limited the cheat meals to rare occasions. Our formulas were similar or the same & the results speak for themselves. I hope to be to my goal of around 205 or 210 by Christmas.

    I wondered occasionally – and even regretted – why I didn’t chronicle my journey. I’m glad you did. Best of luck as you continue the journey to saving your life. And to everyone else who might question whether “anything is possible,” we’re living proof that it is.

  18. Lucas says:

    I totally needed to read this today, thanks. I DO know how to do this and I HAVE been watching infomercials and dreaming about a pill to fix me. I remember that it’s all about me, I’ll get out of it what I put in it and I’m getting back on track. And this post helps. 🙂

  19. Brandon says:

    Today. Eating healthier already. Gym tomorrow. I screwed that up today, I work evenings and got up too late. I have to fix my sleep schedule so I have time to go. That was my fault.

  20. Paolo says:

    The post title/last line is a reference to Rocky IV, right?

    Because, if it is, then, hell yes, you’ve earned a million rad points in my book.

    If, not, my mistake, I’ll just drive off wistfully and contemplatively in my Lambo.

  21. Tyler says:

    Yes, yes it is.

  22. Brandon says:

    I have a question… regarding Michael’s comment above. If I watch my calorie intake and eat healthier foods, does it still make a significant difference in weight loss if I eat 6 small healthy meals a day vs. 2 large, but still healthy, meals a day?

  23. Jennifer says:

    Brandon- congratulations on restarting and, think of it this way, if you can kick yourself in the rear end you are at least very flexible ! 😀

  24. Jennifer says:

    Lucas- we ALL have those moments, folding clothes on Saturday an informercial came on local (Belgian) television for the “Hollywood Patch” forget tiring and unsafe exercise and diets! try the Hollywood patch- if the Hollywood patch worked we could get it from the dr.’ office and not from an informercial – I know this and yet I still watched the entire thing! (Which was in Spanish with Dutch dubbing- quite odd actually)

  25. Jennifer says:

    Calories in -calories burned is supposed to be the only differnece and yet for many people have the 5-6 smaller meals works better for them- think small consistent amounts of fuel for yuor furnace (metabolism) instead of simply stoking hte fire twice a day- plus you will most likely have more consistent blood sugars/insulin levels

  26. Tyler says:

    What Jennifer said. Food is fuel. Calories are calories, but you can’t eat 2,000 calories at dinner and expect that to be as good as eating and fueling yourself constantly throughout the day.

    Eat several meals. Don’t think of them as proportionate… eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then have a good-sized snack between breakfast/lunch and then again between lunch/dinner. It’s easy, really, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of calories, just a 100 or 2.

  27. Paolo says:

    Excellent choice good sir. I think No Easy Way Out was way slept on from the Rocky IV soundtrack.

    Everyone thinks of Hearts on Fire, while very good, I personally think is a wee bit played out.

    Well played!

  28. Nathan says:

    It never gets any easier – you just get faster, leaner, and sexier 😉

  29. Elise says:

    I was reading your blog a lot more often, but I was also blogging myself a lot more often so go figure…I just posted a new post on my blog today about it being so HARD. So it’s very ironic that I come to your blog after all this time of not reading and come almost right to this post.

    It is really hard for me. I know that I’m killing myself by eating all of the “bad foods”. But for some reason, I’m finding it so hard to stop. Thing is, I don’t really understand why. I know that I’m addicted to food, but there has to be something more there. I don’t really know how to make the change to where I want to be. My husband has lost so much weight now (over 130 pounds) and while I admire his change for the better, I can’t bring myself to follow in his footsteps.

    He says that I’m not ready yet and when I’m ready, there won’t be any turning back. But, I do think I’m ready. I think I’m more than ready. But, there’s something there holding me back – some nagging fly in the back of my head…something is keeping me from getting to where I truly want to be by not letting me let go of all of the foods I love, and as sad as it is – yes, I do love the food more than I love myself…that makes it doubly hard. How can I trade my love of food for myself? Ugh – I know this sounds pathetic, but I now know truly why I cannot do this. I’m afraid of loving myself….Sorry for taking up so much space here, but I’m glad I got to figure that out…and publicly no less. Now I just have to figure out how to love me…

  30. Julia says:

    You are young and you can lose the weight and be at your ideal. You’re time line may be overly agressive. Don’t set yourself up for failure, be happy that the scales are moving in the right direction!

    You can lose 2 pounds per weeks and at 177 and as long as you are exercising you’re gonna look great on your 21st birthday. Then don’t stop there and keep living healthy.

    Good luck!

  31. Julia says:

    What I’ve found is that if I go too long between meals I get too hungry and will have a tendency to eat too fast, eat more than I planned or be tempted by junk foods.

    Spacing your calories out into smaller, more frequent meals and planned snacks can keep the wolves at bay.

  32. Julia says:

    When I’m obese I know the mechanics of how to lose weight, but I haven’t the heart.

    Then something in my life will trigger that switch in my mind that is turned on and PRESTO I become motivated and get it in gear.

    For Tyler it was the birth of his baby girl. For me it has varied, I have an milestone birthday coming up next year and I don’t want to hate myself for being overweight anymore. I’ve lost 50 pounds since January and my quality of life is much better now, even though I’ll still overweight according to my BMI.

    You’re not ready, till you have your heart and mind committed to changing – until then just do your best to be super supportive of your husband!

  33. Reenie says:

    Hi Tyler,

    Found your blog while looking for running playlists. I am undergoing some of the same things. I started out at 310, am now 252 and am feeling a lot better. I started gradually making life better for myself, eating better, and walking, then running, in July of 09. This summer I joined a gym and have been trying to be more consistent with my workouts, and not sabotage myself eating. I missed a couple of months because of my allergies last winter, and this August when my car was in the shop for a month having the engine rebuilt. But I am determined. I turned 50 last year, and I am trying to stave off old age. I am new to your blog, but I am very impressed. Keep up the GREAT work.


  34. Konqueror says:

    Hello Tyler,

    I am 365lbs. I am curious of what your typical meal for the day looks like. In addition, do you think it is possible for me to lose 1oolbs by March (my birthday)?


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