Once Wore an XXXXL, Today a Medium Shirt

18 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    This was one of the hardest things for me to adjust to. I now wear a size small, and sometimes an extra small. After 10 years, I’m finally accustomed to my new size.

  2. Dev says:

    Great way to start the new year.

  3. Karen says:

    Man you are truly an inspiration to us all. I just love your enthusiasm and simplified tips. I am beginning my journey to weight loss and a healthier life. I look forward to seeing what you have on your blog. Keep up the wonderful work, and know that there are people out there that look up to you!

  4. Natalie says:

    Big, huge smile. This made my day (and not only because I love Target more than I should).

  5. Jollyreaper says:

    Wow. Clothing sizes are weird. At my top end my shirts were xxxl. I’ve gone down significantly but the only change in shirt size is to xxl. There’s plenty of room at the bottom but the tops remain tight. At this point there’s not much fat on my chest — probably still some but it’s mainly filling in with muscle. Arms and legs are toning nicely, no longer have the doughy consistency of the desk jockey. My fat stores are mainly around the middle and around the rump.

    The way my body’s built, I think I’m just at the outliers of the usual range they shoot for when designing clothes. My neck has always been too big for the dress shirts, even when I was a skinny kid. my head never fit one size fits all ballcaps.

    Do you have some of those old shirts? It would be illustrative to lay them down next to the new ones for a photo.

  6. Tyler says:

    I do have some of those old XXXXL shirts. I kept a couple, actually, and donated the rest. I’m going to take that picture and post it on the blog, just like you suggested… you’ll see it up within a couple of weeks.

  7. Cory says:

    That is such a fantastic feeling, isn’t it?? Congrats!!

  8. Jennifer says:

    not about the shirts but about the ball caps- they never fit my big head either whereas my husband always tightens his as far or nearly as far as they go- I founda few caps that do (almost) fit me, he once put one of mine on by mistake and it dropped to his eyebrows like a little kid 🙂

  9. Kris says:

    Way to go!! It’s a thrilling feeling, isn’t it?

    Five years ago, I was in tears because I needed to buy new clothes for a job interview – and I had to buy a Plus Size 24.

    Now the suits hanging in my closet are sizes 6 & 4… and the sixes are getting to be too big.

    Thanks for sharing your excitement!

  10. RickGetsFit says:

    Man, I can’t WAIT to get down to anything less than an XL. I’ve been XXXXL for 20 years now. Way to go!

  11. Konqueror says:

    Tyler you are an inspiration! Thanks for the blogs. I continually get motivated. I lost 6lbs this week! Currently, 363! It was enjoyable seeing this on the scale. Can’t wait to go to the gym today!!!

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  12. Caron Mosey says:

    That’s absolutely awesome! I’m proud of you, but I bet nothing tops how good you feel about yourself! I’m now down 62 lbs since I had bariatric surgery Oct. 18th. I feel so much healthier and am working out 3 times a week at the gym and walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes the other days. Who would have ever thought I’d ENJOY working out?

  13. Matt says:

    Old habits die hard. I went to buy some track pants awhile back, and took a pair of XLs to try on. Seemed baggy, but ok.

    It hit me as I was walking to the cashier…I don’t wear an XL anymore.

    I ended up with 2 perfectly fitting pairs in size medium.

  14. b says:

    going to the gym tonight. made it all 5 weekdays last week, gotta start strong this week. then i’m gonna go home and shovel all this lovely snow.

    go pack!

  15. ali says:

    All that time in the gym is paying off! I’ll bet you look great in a Medium

  16. Kyle says:

    Awesome, Tyler. I remember when I put my first medium t-shirt on (from Target too). It was such a great feeling!

    Unfortunately though, my loose skin is far worse than yours, and even with a compression sport jersey, I sometimes feel uncomfortable in them. The fact that I can wear them though makes me feel good!

  17. Rachael says:

    What an awesome acheivement! Congrats.

  18. Lisa says:

    That’s AWESOME!! What a powerful affirmation.

    I remember when I first fit into a size 4 jeans. I almost cried in the dressing room because at one point I was a 24W.