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January 6, 2013 10:16 AM
Hey guys... I'm that guy from 344 Pounds. I've been apart of the MFP community for years, but haven't had much time to post in the actual forums as much as I'd like. I'm more active on FB and in my account (myfitnesspal.com/tyler). Anyway:

Quick before/after side by side: http://imgur.com/qcV6W
Many more progress pics: http://www.344pounds.com/pictures/

Starting weight: 344.2
Current weight: About 205
Height: 6'1"
Starting age: 23

I lost a little over 100 pounds in the first six months of losing weight. My weight loss slowed as I put more of an emphasis on weight lifting, but my appearance improved, so I didn't care rely as much on what the scale was telling me -- I looked to my mirror instead. It took about a 15 months to lose a total of 134 pounds.

I understand there are a many loyalists to all kinds of fads and diet/lifestyle "programs." It's cool if you're into one of those, but they're just not for me. I still enjoy eating normal foods like cheeseburgers, Chinese, BBQ, Mexican, sweet tea, soda, hot wings, etc. I don't have a list of foods I have to eat, nor do I have list of foods I can't eat. I try to eat higher in calorie foods and drinks in moderation.

As far as burning calories, I like to stay relatively active by hitting the gym 4-5 days week for about 45 minutes a day and being physical outside of the gym. I like to burn calories by playing the Kinect, shooting hoops, jumping on our trampoline (I'm 27 and just bought one, don't judge).

That's it. It's simple and sustainable, which is how I've been able to keep the weight off for a few years as of this January. I had never lost any amount of weight prior to this 135-pound weight loss.

Simple calorie counting and moderation works.
Edited by tyler On January 6, 2013 10:16 AM
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January 6, 2013 10:17 AM
Also, I'll be around most of the day to answer any questions!
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January 6, 2013 10:23 AM
Amazing job! Posts like these help with my (already flagging) "New Years Resolution" motivation.
January 6, 2013 11:06 AM
They motivate me, too! This is the time when a bunch of the New Year's Resolutioners stop going to the gym -- I'd love to see the gym PACKED all year round. I'd do anything to prevent people leaving.
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January 6, 2013 11:17 AM
Super fantastic. I'm so happy for your future self who will live longer and better. Congratulations.
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January 6, 2013 11:19 AM
I love imgur comments. Made my day
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January 6, 2013 11:22 AM
wow congrats. 100 pounds is amazing! you can eat cheeseburgers and still loose weight? I didn't know that...I took that out of my diet. :'(
January 6, 2013 11:24 AM
Hi Tyler! I know you from your site and your forum community. Haven't posted there much since I lost the majority of my weight. I am eating Paleo right now but I subscribed to the counting calorie theory for a very long time and its worked!!! Like you I am concentrating on weight training - feel much better and I am smaller at a higher weight when I am doing it religiously. For the next two months I am trying to get off the 15 lbs I have left to lose that doesn't want to budge, so I am doing more cardio than normal. Striving for two a days a few days a week until the weight is gone.
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January 6, 2013 11:25 AM
Wow...it doesn't look like the same person. 100lbs in 6 months is just staggering noway
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January 6, 2013 11:26 AM
Great Success story. I would like a trampoline but I would probably end up in traction. HAHAHA
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January 6, 2013 11:28 AM
Amazing job! Hard wrk pays off.
January 6, 2013 11:46 AM
@craignev -- in fairness, it was just my starting weight... I probably went from 5,000+ calories a day to eating around 2,000. I wasn't starving myself by any means, but I was just getting a lot less calories than I was accustomed to getting and my body responded favorably to the rapid change in calories.
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January 6, 2013 12:19 PM
Wow! Your progress is amazing! So happy for you....you look great!
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January 6, 2013 12:25 PM
Did you have a ton of excess skin? If yes, what did/are you going to do about it. I have lost 63 and have about 50 to go but I am already hating the skin...!
Edited by MurderMeSomeFat On January 6, 2013 12:25 PM
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January 6, 2013 1:25 PM
holy, hot.
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January 6, 2013 1:31 PM
@Rockawaybulld:

I have loose skin on my stomach. Nothing works to get rid of it -- creams, potions, whatever, all scams. I also had loose skin around my armpits (as does everyone who loses a lot of weight), but I've been able to add muscle in that area and eliminate most of that.

Exhibit A:

http://www.344pounds.com/2012/12/weigh-in-results-week-202/

I don't really let the loose skin bother me. I'd rather have a little bit of loose skin than 100+ extra pounds to carry around. So, I'll deal with it.
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January 6, 2013 2:10 PM
@kellyewhite

Best Joey impression: How you doin'?
Edited by tyler On January 6, 2013 2:10 PM
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January 8, 2013 9:28 AM
Incredible, great job!
January 9, 2013 3:19 AM
@mmahair - THANK YOU! :)
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January 9, 2013 3:24 AM
Looking great, congrats on your loss. Very inspirational.
January 9, 2013 3:48 AM
fantastic work!! this is mindblowingnoway
i am sure you didn't experience much cravings in the first 6 months but as you starting eating at maintenance you must have started getting them regularly.What did you do to get rid of the hunger pangs then?
January 9, 2013 3:52 AM
I don't really let the loose skin bother me. I'd rather have a little bit of loose skin than 100+ extra pounds to carry around. So, I'll deal with it.


thisis the kind of attitude that had made you such a success well done! whats your fav fat burning exercise? checked out your pic of arms, cant see any excess skin there at all just muscle!
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January 9, 2013 3:52 AM
Wow, you look fantastic! You are an inspiration to all!
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January 9, 2013 3:59 AM
you look fab , well done , you should be so proud of your self :)
January 9, 2013 4:10 AM
Amazing and I think it's awesome you bought a trampoline! I'd live one in my backyard and I'm 35, never too old to bounce, it's fun!!!

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