Tinier Tim Bauer is half the man he used to be. After a lifelong battle with food addiction, obesity, and yo-yo dieting, he lost almost 250 pounds. His mantra of losing 1 pound 250 times and story has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, TLC’s Skin Tight and on TEDx Stages. Tim’s writing and speaking helps others to lose their weight and start the second act of their lives where all the fun stuff happens. He blogs at TinierTim.com and can be found anywhere people are being Social @TinierTim including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. His greatest accomplishment is that his daughters can finally wrap their arms completely around him and sit in his lap without his belly getting in the way.
What do I do best?
I find the way to accomplish something. Throughout my scholastic, professional and personal life, I am the person that people call when they don’t know how to solve an issue. Every company I’ve worked for I’ve ended up working directly underneath the CEO and becoming a trusted advisor and highest level manager. For friends, they call with life problems or something as small as to help them find the perfect restaurant for a date.
I love solving problems.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I’ve always believed that anything was possible if someone else had done it. I always seek out mentors to help me collapse time and shorten the path to mastery on any given challenge I face.
People have asked me how this belief played itself out in my lifetime struggle with obesity. I have learned that “my kryptonite” is learned helplessness and once i believe that there is no solution to a problem, I completely turn off my attention from that problem. This is effective at getting over bad days but terrible for solving real underlying issues sometimes.
What are my aspirations?
I think that whether we’re speaking about personal or business, my greatest aspiration is to be a good man of integrity. Personally, that manifests itself in my greatest desire which is to be a good future husband to the woman I love with all of my heart and a good father to my two beautiful daughters. When I die, my daughters will remain and their happiness will be my greatest legacy.
In business, I want to dominate every single space I’m in. I want to be a trendsetter. In the construction company I manage, I decided to brand and train our staff to become the highest end construction company in Southern California. We now serve the most incredible and dynamic customers in the area, including celebrity and ultra high net worth clientele.
My Biggest Success?
I have struggled with obesity my entire life. By age 31, I weighed in at 440 pounds and had given up on everything until I had a moment of reckoning I described in [my first TEDx talk] (my other greatest moment). Once I decided that weight loss was truly possible and I was deserving of it, I went all in and focused on losing one pound at a time. Through perseverance, diet and exercise, I managed to lose 200 pounds in my first year of weight loss (a total of 250 pounds altogether).
18 months to the day after weighing in at 440 pounds, I ran in my first triathlon and at the finish line, I was hugged by my daughters— and now their arms can wrap all the way around me. It was the greatest feeling.
My Most Challenging Moment?
One of the things that I thought would “change” after my weight loss is that I had hoped it would save my marriage. Within a year of hitting my goal weight, the relationship finally ended and we went our separate ways. My father died shortly thereafter. It was a moment of reckoning to be sure: would I stick with my newfound commitments to health and wellness or give up?
I ended up finding my peace and solace through self development— physical, mental and spiritual.
I didn’t lose 225 pounds. I lost one pound 225 times.
When you break 10,000 mile journeys into single steps, you greatly increase your opportunity for success. It’s not dissimilar from my kids being forced to clean their rooms and seeing so many messes, they don’t know where to start. The temptation is to throw up your hands and declare the task impossible and you’d be right! There is no way to lose 225 pounds. You can lose 1 pound at a time and that is it. That is how all the greatest fights are won: one jab at a time until the other fighter goes down.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
The person who inspires me most in this world is my girlfriend, Grace Gulley. She runs a group of empowered female makers called the [Craft Your Life Collective]. She is a kickass feminist who teaches women to take a chance on their dreams but she also does macrame professionally. She took a chance starting this group of ladies and reads and learns more to give to them than anyone I’ve ever seen.
As far as famous people, I will pre-order and read every single word that Ryan Holiday and Michael Lewis write.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Growing up, my family would travel to Germany often to spend time with my cousins and Grandparents and I love the German people (and especially their fine array of cured meat products!).
Domestically, my favorite town (other than my home of Los Angeles) is Austin, Texas for its incredible music scene, fantastic coffee (if you love coffee and music then you must go to Figure 8 Purveyors) and wonderful people. Unsung hero towns that I think are insanely charming and underrated as any are Chattanooga, Tennessee and Oxford, Mississippi.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Everywhere I go, I always have my iPhone 7 (until the 8 comes out) and more importantly, my Kindle Voyage which I love more than anything I own. I have a system of highlights and categorizing into an app on my phone/mac and iPad that serves as a commonplace book for all of my favorite quotes, ideas and passages. I go there whenever I need inspiration or understanding.
My Current Passions?
Right now I’ve been spending a ton of time learning about cognitive biases and our complete inability to predict things. Our brains are the most efficient computers ever created but efficiency comes with a cost and that cost is mistakes. By learning how to navigate around our brains’ shortcomings, we can start to see the world as it really is instead of how our untrained eyes see it (think Moneyball for everything)
If you’re interested in this subject, I’d recommend Black Swan by Nassim Taleb, The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (who also wrote the book Moneyball) and Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction by John Brockman.