Facebook Q&A Session from 11/9/10

23 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    This may be a dumb question, but how did you handle clothes? I’ve lost 40 pounds and am needing to get some new stuff. While it feels awesome, I know that I have another hundred plus to loose. I really am worried about replacing my wardrobe two or three times! Any thoughts?

  2. Will says:

    Good post, man. Thanks!

  3. Kyle says:

    Thanks for answering my question. Chinese food is a weakness for me as well! Love the Peking Raviolis with ginger sauce myself. 🙂

  4. MikeW says:

    I am going through the same thing right now. I am about 50 pounds lighter than this time last year. Fortunately, I had some pants packed away that I have been able to start wearing again, but those too are starting to get really loose now. The good thing about button up shirts, a little extra room doesn’t really mean it is unwearable, at least for now.

    For the pants, I plan to pick up a few pair this weekend to get me through the next few months. Hopefully I will be at goal by the Spring, so I can worry about a real new wardrobe then. Until then, I will just be sporting the baggy look.

  5. Hey Kyle, I lost 80 pounds over the past year so I know how you feel. Great job by the way! My advice is pretty simple: shop in the clearance section and only buy essentials. Garage sales are also great places to get clothes for cheap. You can probably afford to buy a couple pairs of pants and a few basic shirts every couple months. Enjoy having a minimalist wardrobe! This is what I did for about 9 months until I finally cleared out my entire closet and dresser, sold the fat clothes on ebay, and started rebuilding my wardrobe. When in doubt, buy something that’s a little smaller – it will motivate you! I purchased jeans in one size smaller until I made it to the size I want to be for the long term.

  6. Steve says:

    Thanks for answering my question! I should note – I’m not a diet, per se, I’m counting calories, and I had a lapse in counting and conscious eating that set me back a few pounds and a scheduled weigh-in.

    Thanks again!

  7. Kelliann says:

    Hi Tyler,
    Have you ever been injured working out? If so, and you were unable to workout for a few days, did you modify your eating to offset the lack of calorie burn? How long did it take you to recoup?
    Thanks!

  8. Kericia says:

    I am having a hard time just starting my change. I work from home as a daycare provider, have 2 kids of my own (ages 3 and 1), and I go to school two nights a week. I am so overwhelmed with everything else, its hard to start focusing on me. If I am stressed…I eat, and I am under a lot of stress right now. I have done weight watchers before and lost about 40lbs but I just cant seem to change my eating habits. I know my main pitfall is not eating in the morning and sweets. When I wake up in the morning I have zero appetite and if I eat I usually feel sick afterwards. I figure its because my body is not accustomed to food early in the morning but its still hard just to get it done. Any advice would be great!!! Thanks

  9. Amber says:

    Hey Tyler, First Off, Big Ups for what you are doing. You’re not only making a difference in the lives of those that surround you but also with people around the world.
    1. I have a busy schedule with work and am constantly on the go, I eat once a day cause of this.. what are some good on the go snacks you would suggest?
    2. If you had to default and “cheat” with a meal .. the best time to do it is either breakfast or lunch, right?
    3. Have you tried the P90x system?

    I am always open to suggestions and I appreciate your blog/comments as they help point me in the right direction.

  10. Malcolm says:

    In the beginning, what did your work out at the gym consist of? How many calories did you intake?

  11. Esther says:

    Hey Tyler, I have a question.

    I am about 25 pounds into my journey, and I am getting a lot of conflicting suggestions from some of my friends about what I should be doing. I told them I am doing a calorie counting lifestyle, and it works for me. They tell me I should try different diets, like HCG, or a raw diet. One of my good friends told me it seems like I eat a lot of unnecessary carbs. So my question is, when you calorie count, do you put any importance on trying to find things that are not only lower in calories, but also lower in carbs? I don’t personally think I eat more carbs than normal, but unfortunately by nature, a lot of low cal stuff has more carbs, with the exception of a few things.

    Interested to hear your point of view on this! Thanks!

  12. Tyler says:

    I wore really baggy clothes until I got to about 250 pounds. And, when I was in the 40, 50 pound range of lost weight, I just bought a couple of pairs and clothes and wore them all the time (I cleaned them, first).

    People will understand.

  13. Tyler says:

    Good comment Will, thanks! 🙂

  14. Tyler says:

    Chinese food is THE biggest weakness. Thankfully, my wife hates it, so it’s only really possible for me to eat when she’s out of town.

  15. Tyler says:

    I understand, I wasn’t implying that you were on a diet… I just wanted to make that point with your question.

  16. Tyler says:

    I had horrible blisters at the beginning for about a week, and I also had chaffing on my thighs — both extremely painful. I took a couple of days off, and no, didn’t modify my eating at all. Working out at the gym really only burns 200-300 calories, regardless what the machines say (unless of course you workout for 2 hours).

    Just take a couple of days off if you need to from the gym to recover and then it it strong again as soon as you’re feeling better.

  17. Tyler says:

    It’s just your body not being accustomed to eating. It’s just like how these days if I try to stuff myself, I start feeling sick. Before, when I was 344 pounds, the goal was to have that “stuffed” feeling and anything short of that was a failure.

    Your body will adjust. Make it eat breakfast, a good, filling one, with some scrambled eggs, toast, etc.

  18. Tyler says:

    Thanks Amber. To answer your questions:

    1 – You definitely need to eat more than once a day. Carry some fruit with you, some sandwiches, beef jerky, nuts, small things that you can eat and carry on the go.

    2 – I’d say lunch. It’s really all about calories really though at the end of the day, but with that said I wouldn’t go eat a buffet 2 hours before I went to bed.

    3- Want to try it, but no, not yet.

  19. Tyler says:

    It consisted of 100% the elliptical at the highest intensity for as long as I could, which was about 30-45 minutes a day after a few months into my journey. When I very first started though, I was on it for maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Baby steps.

  20. MikeW says:

    I am not Tyler, but if you don’t mind, I will chime in here. I am counting calories, following Tyler’s lead, and having great success–over 45 pounds since July 1, and steadily losing. My advice, forget all the suggestions and keep doing what you are doing if it is working for you.

    When it comes to carbs, I do try to limit the amount of processed junk I eat–sugar, white bread and similar stuff made with plain old enriched flour. I have not limited one bit, other than my total calorie goal for the day, the amount of carbs I get from “better” sources, such as brown rice, fruit, veggies, and so on.

    I track everything I eat using FatSecret.com. For last month, in total, my monthly average fat/protein/carbs came out to: Fat: 60.98g, Protein: 152.79g, Carbs: 231.17g.

    Losing weight for me, following a lifestyle change of eat less, eat right, and move more, has been the ONLY thing I have done in the past 15+ years that has worked. So politely thank the friends for their suggestions, but then tell them that you don’t want a “diet” because you have found a lifestyle change that works for you and is something you can live with forever.

    Congrats on the 25 pounds so far!

  21. Tyler says:

    Please don’t listen to your friends, no offense. Don’t try the raw diet, HCG, or low-carb diets. They’re not sustainable. Sure, they or people they know might have lost 300 pounds from it, but they’re all just silly little gimmicks.

    Your body needs to burn more energy than it consumes, aka calories. I put absolutely no importance on carbs. Carbohydrates are energy, eat the good kind (wheat, not white, etc) and you’ll be fine. I wouldn’t eat 5 sandwiches a day, but I also don’t keep myself limited to a certain amount.

  22. Kericia says:

    Thanks Tyler! I found my old food journal from when I lost 40lbs. Most mornings my breakfast was two pieces of crisp PORK bacon, two scrambled eggs with bell pepper, onion, and a little cheese, a small flour tortilla, salsa, and one cup of orange juice. If I tried to eat that now I would feel so sick. Well this morning I did start the day with a little bacon (3 pieces), grits, toast and oj (orange juice not Mr. James). I felt ok afterwards so I guess I will have to give it a try. Thanks again for your help and keep up the super great work. Hopefully next year this time I can be telling you about MY weight loss success.

  23. Bob says:

    Sushi “not healthy”? How do you figure?

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