Posting a Video on Jan 25, 2009 Changed Everything

12 Responses

  1. Miz says:

    youtube video
    whatever makes/causes you to see yourself as you are.
    for me it was pictures.
    I’d had no idea…until I did.

  2. Tyler says:

    And you have some pretty incredible before pictures, if I might say so my self.

  3. YES, YES, YES! It’s amazing how putting yourself out there – in blog land or on YouTube – can really help you see the light.

    When I first got the idea to video my workouts once a week in the gym the first 3 months or so I began my journey, some people asked me “Why would you want to do that?”

    I’ll tell you what – when I sat down to edit that first video of me working out I about had a heart attack. Yes, I was 270 lbs but I had no idea how BIG I really was. I was wrapped up in denial. Little by little, the denial faded away and I started to see my physical self how others did. It was an eye opener – but a worthwhile one. You can see my videos here on my blog.

    I encourage anyone that has the ability to do it. You can record amazing things – and have something to look back on and see the improvement.

  4. I hear ya! One of the things that really drew me into your blog was the fact that you had the “transition” photos and videos. Most weight loss websites have the “before” and the “after” – usually a woman – who’s moderately overweight (Marie Osmond or Valerie Bertinelli) and the “after” picture looks glamorous.

    Your blog is just a regular guy (a guy!) who shows what the journey is like.

  5. MsMel says:

    It was pictures for me, too, and the fact that in one month this summer I put on 10 lbs because I wasn’t at school being active. I was mortified. If you want scary before pictures, folks, put on a bathing suit. A small one. My blog ( has pictures of me in a size MEDIUM bikini, put on the first time when my clothes were still 1XL women’s and up, AFTER I’d already lost a decent amount of weight. I didn’t want to say, “Well, Mel, you’re not going to have a stroke at this weight, so you can stop now.” I want to make it to my BEST weight and I am determined to rock that itsy bitsy thing, no matter how long it takes.

  6. Dave says:

    Tyler, I have been following your blog for a few months and greatly admired your quest.
    I have known for a long time I needed to change my lifestyle and get my wieight down to a healthy level by eating better and moving a lot more than I have. Like so many other things in life I ignored it.
    I just turned 60 a couple of months ago. Besides being at least 60 pounds overwieight my family has a history of heart disese and diabetes. I have shown no signs of either of these terrible afflictions but each can be very subltle and quickly deadly. I am a cancer survivor and my weight is making it increasingly difficult to do the things I would like to do because the cancer left me with one leg weaker than the other and the 60 extra pounds I am lugging around makes the problem even worse.
    Just this weekend, during a begining of the new year cleaning binge in my office, I came across an artcle in an industry trade publication that featured some photos of the national convention that I attended here in Chicago last summer. Low and behold, as I looked thru the pictures, I came across a shot of an event I attended. Over in the left hand corner was a headless body sporting a massive belly. I immediately gasped! It was me and my big belly in all its rotund glory. I was shocked and appalled. Was I really that big?
    As I was putting away some clothes later this afternoon, I stumbled across a picture of my youngest brother and I taken at that same business conference. I had never seen this picture. I recall having it taken at a company function he and I attended. After the picture was taken and my brother and I went off to raid the buffet tables and hit the bar, my wife must have picked up the picture from the vendor, hid it in her purse and never mentioned having it. She was probably embarrased for me and didn’t want me to see it.
    It is funny how sometimes the most random things can get a person to wake up to what is going on around him.
    This week is an important one for me. I am going to renew my membership in Weight Watchers (the only program I feel has been beneficial to me in the past) and start to use that dust covered treadmill I have to walk around on the way to my office.
    Wish me luck as I start my own quest.

  7. Tyler says:

    Nice video page — I might have to copy that idea.

    Editing your video, uploading pictures, seeing yourself on a computer screen etc, are unbeatable ways for you to face what you’ve become. It’s how I did it and even if people don’t publish the pictures they take, I’d still recommend they take them.

  8. Tyler says:

    Yeah, I can’t stand those before and after pictures. And just so you know, it’s why I purposefully take my “after” picture not smiling. It’s not because I’m sad, it’s just I don’t want it to be like those cheesy before/after shots.

  9. Tyler says:

    You RARELY see people bare it all like that, especially with a bikini in their BEFORE shots. Kudos to you, Mel, and hopefully you’ll encourage people (well, women, hopefully, not men!) to do the same.

  10. Tyler says:

    I wish you the best of luck. While I think counting calories is the way to go, I fully respect your decision to use Weight Watchers. Whatever you think will work best for you, do it. Give it the fight of your life!

  11. Wifey says:

    I posted a before shot of me on my blog last week for that very reason – accountability. And, to wake myself up!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Winks & Smiles,

  12. Tyler says:

    Awesome before and after shots, Wifey. Very impressive.