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17 Dec

100 Pounds Was My Initial Goal

A year ago, Wade realized he had a hundred pounds to lose. Today he shares his journey. Read on to find out if he pulls it off.

And if you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the community please contact me here. Have a wonderful Friday, everyone, and thanks for reading!

Hi Mark,

After a life-long struggle with weight, I began my most recent weight-loss journey in January 2010. At 5’10”, I tipped the scales at a whopping 325, had a BMI of 47, was on three medications for asthma, had severe acid reflux medicated with expensive prescription acid reducers, and suffered from obstructive sleep apnea which necessitated the use of a CPAP machine to breathe when I slept.

With the help of a professional physical therapist trainer and nutritionist, in January 2010, I committed myself feverishly to those things which conventional wisdom dictates: daily torturous battles with my body at the gym, and a low-fat, high-fiber, high-carbohydrate diet.

After two months, I was seeing some modest results, but I could tell that my body needed something different. I had an instinct that I didn’t feel well eating all of these refined carbohydrates. I had a battle with my nutritionist/trainer who swore that my instincts were wrong and that I would be doomed to failure.

In March, I followed my gut and set out full-steam-ahead down my Primal path. I had had success with low-carb diets such as Atkins and South Beach before, but I was never able to maintain the short-term success they offered.

A friend recommended Primal Blueprint to me, and I immediately started changing my life to follow more Primal edicts.

Within a month of ceasing my refined flour and sugar consumption and adopting the Primal Blueprint, I began to see immediate and dramatic results. My lifelong symptoms of severe asthma immediately disappeared, my painful gastric reflux abated, I dropped 15 pounds that first month, and I was able to cease all prescription medication almost immediately.

I was able to reduce the intensity of my workouts and maintained 70 percent of my maximum heart rate comfortably. I follow a three-days-on, one-day off workout schedule. Each workout consists of 35-45 minutes of varied cardio at 70-percent heart rate, followed by varied weight-lifting regimen focusing on lower weights with higher reps. I will probably start “lifting heavy” toward the end of my journey to pack on a few pounds of muscle.

Now, 11 months after beginning my weight loss journey, and 8 months after going “Primal” I see dramatic results. My weight has dropped about 105 pounds to 220, with my average monthly weight loss being between 8 and 12 pounds consistently. My BMI is now teetering around 30, 17 points lower than a year ago. I haven’t taken a single prescription medication in over six months, I have no symptoms of asthma, no gastric reflux, no painful sleep-deprivation headaches, no weakness from chronic workouts, no lethargy from insulin crashes, and I no longer require my CPAP to sleep. And if that weren’t enough, my cholesterol is great at a mere 120.

My life has dramatically changed!  I have gone from a 50″ pair of jeans to 34″, a size 54 suit coat to size 44. I am almost NEVER hungry, have no cravings — even when I skip a meal, which I often do!

I probably have another 20 pounds to my ultimate goal, but 100 pounds was my initial goal, and I’m going to relax and enjoy my success!

Wade B. — Portland, Oregon

Update: 07/11/11

I wanted to shoot you a quick update to my progress since you featured me last December.

I have lost a total of 137 pounds following Primal Blueprint. I’m doing great, lifting heavy, working hard with a trainer. My success even convinced my trainer at 24-Hour Fitness to start Primal Blueprint diet himself, and he now recommends it to his clients!

Thanks for everything.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. So inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

    Melissa wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • this is an(other) amazing story. way to go, wade!

      i’ve been reading this site voraciously and have been doing a (mostly) primal diet for about a week now (yes, i’m a total beginner), minimizing dairy is way hard. i’m fine without the grains and beans.

      i do have question with regard to the fitness side of the primal lifestyle. i’m having a hard time imagining giving up my cardio, by that i mean long runs (not that long just 4 miles) and 20-40 minute interval training (which i want to keep by calling it sprinting (?)). do i have to? is it really that bad?

      maria wrote on December 17th, 2010
      • If you enjoy running 4 miles then keep doing it! When people look to lose weight they think they have to run mile after mile or run hard on the treadmill for an hour and they simply stress themselves out because they don’t enjoy it. Go easy and enjoy your workout. If you go hard but LOVE it and FEEL AWSOME all the time then keep doing what you are doing!

        Listen to your body – it tells you a lot!

        Primal Toad wrote on December 17th, 2010
      • I agree with Primal Toad. I used to LOVE to run also, and even started minimalist running with the 5 Fingers. A soccer knee injury however shut me down (still after 7 months). By completely changing my diet and FEELING better about myself (not so anxious about training and RUNNING) the “obsession” with needing to run has faded a bit. More time now for my family and just BEING. I really think there’s a connection with anxiety and the food we eat. The other thing is I eased off working out during the Holidays (1-2 a week push ups and pull ups). I didn’t fret, just enjoyed myself. Starting to ramp up again now. Happy New year!

        One last thing, as Mark says, “I just want to look good naked!” As vein as that sounds, if that’s taken care of (80%+ through what we eat), who gives a shit about the endless running and training! Priorities.

        craig almaguer wrote on January 4th, 2012
  2. Congratulations to you Wade, you look fabulous!

    Karen Baldwin wrote on December 17th, 2010
  3. Awesome, Wade! Great job!

    freddy wrote on December 17th, 2010
  4. Lookin’ good, Wade! Are you single?! I am Primal in Portland.

    Ginger wrote on December 17th, 2010
  5. Thanks for the story, well done and keep going!

    Mauricio wrote on December 17th, 2010
  6. Great job, Wade!

    Paul wrote on December 17th, 2010
  7. Amazing story and results! Congratulations!

    Why more people don’t adopt this lifestyle and reap all the benefits is beyond me. I’ll keep telling anyone who’ll listen.

    Chris Sturdy wrote on December 17th, 2010
  8. Very very impressive!

    David wrote on December 17th, 2010
  9. Great job! Keep up the good work.

    Ray wrote on December 17th, 2010
  10. Congrats on the success of your weight loss. Great job. As a person that also has sleep apnea, the people that say they no longer have it are a real worry to me. I’ve lost about 100lbs myself but am under no illusions that my sleep apnea is gone. The ONLY way to determine that is with another sleep study. If you have had another sleep study and they tell you it has gone then power to you. To decide on your own is to commit suicide on the time plan. OSA is nothing to fool around with, it is a killer. I know, it was a huge contributor to the death of my father who never weighed over 180 lbs his whole life. It is way more how your throat is built than your weight.

    Jeff wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Jeff: You’re absolutely right. I should have been clearer to indicate that I have had follow-up sleep studies (2 in fact).

      wade wrote on December 17th, 2010
      • Losing the CPAP was part of my goal for starting the Primal Blueprint, and your story is great inspiration! Congrats! Did you have any difficulties to get your doctor to order the follow up sleep studies?

        Primal Pete wrote on December 17th, 2010
  11. Congratulations, Wade!

    Sarah D wrote on December 17th, 2010
  12. Wow, I love Fridays when I get to sit with a cup of tea and read these stories.

    Great job, Wade, very inspiring. Your ‘after’ photo is awesome!

    Alison Golden wrote on December 17th, 2010
  13. What a fantastic success story, and may I say you look great!

    Elizabeth wrote on December 17th, 2010
  14. This looks like one of those fake tellsell ads 😉

    congrats dude!

    Tom wrote on December 17th, 2010
  15. Wow! that’s incredible and inspriational! thanks for sharing your successes!

    Dana wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • I was going to say also, that you now look exactly like Adam Baldwin!

      Dana wrote on December 17th, 2010
  16. pardon my french – hell fucking yes!

    whiteblackred wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Seriously, this is a pile of WOW. So inspirational, Wade, way to go!!!

      Carl wrote on December 17th, 2010
  17. Wade got me to start going primal about two weeks ago and I am already amazed with how much more energy I have. You are my inspiration for being able to resist the urge for carbs while living in the beer and foodie mecha that Portland has become.

    Bryan wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Mecca*

      Bryan wrote on December 17th, 2010
  18. Just amazing. You are the picture of health! Thank you so much for sharing your story. 😀

    Melissa Fritcher wrote on December 17th, 2010
  19. You look younger!! Amazing success story! Congratulations Wade!

    Mark, I love these! Keep ’em comin’!!

    gilliebean wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Hi, Gillian,

      I’ve got another inspiring story coming next week. I’ll keep publishing them as long as they keep coming in.

      Mark Sisson wrote on December 17th, 2010
      • Mark, do keep them coming as they are so very inspirational.

        Sue wrote on December 17th, 2010
  20. Wow, that photo on the right could be your dad. You look so much younger! I’m 58 yo, but even for someone my age you’re a hottie! Good job!

    pj wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • I meant the photo on the left — let me get this right. Left, old. Right, young. You’re still a hottie.

      pj wrote on December 17th, 2010
  21. Congratulations Wade..! you are beyond inspirational
    ..And let’s all not forget Mark..
    Mr Sisson – please accept our gratitude, you are absolutely – Awesome..!!

    Resurgent wrote on December 17th, 2010
  22. Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures. You look amazing, healthy, happy, strong–very attractive (If I were only 20 years younger!!!!!). Congratulations

    Marci wrote on December 17th, 2010
  23. Great job Wade. Glad to hear how dramatically your health has improved, and I hope you don’t mind me saying – you’re a hottie now!

    Laura wrote on December 17th, 2010
  24. Fantastic! My hope is that everyone makes their health a priority like Wade.

    Phyllis wrote on December 17th, 2010
  25. You look like your own (much) younger brother, and the health is just radiating out of you. I love that I’ve finally found a way that brings both health *and* healthy weight loss or gain (whatever is needed).

    MamaGrok wrote on December 17th, 2010
  26. Kick Ass story Wade! Congrats!

    Brian wrote on December 17th, 2010
  27. Wow! 20 years younger :-) great story to start my weekend.

    Kelda wrote on December 17th, 2010
  28. Congratulations Wade. Yours is a truly inspiring story and shows the success that a primal diet can have. Keep it up.

    Dawn wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • HA! LOVE your avatar.

      Ginger wrote on December 17th, 2010
  29. Way to go Wade! Congratulations!!

    Christine wrote on December 17th, 2010
  30. Congrats Wade! Great success story, it makes me happy too that you are able to enjoy your newfound health and not focus too much on the “last few pounds.”
    What I really want to know is, Wade did you ever visit that trainer after your transformation and tell him/her how you did it??

    Jen C wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Jen, GREAT q

      wade wrote on December 17th, 2010
  31. Jen, GREAT question. I actually did send a recent update about my success, detailing how things turned out, but have not received a reply! Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot about proper strength training techniques, just wasn’t able to put the entire puzzle together for what I needed.

    wade wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • It’s not surprising that a trainer wouldn’t be ‘hip’ to the primal lifestyle, after all they learned the nutrition piece from someone so it’s just a result of his/her training. So I’m glad you sent an update, let’s hope the delay in a response is due to the nutritional re-education s/he’s currently undergoing! 😉

      Jen C wrote on December 17th, 2010
  32. I bought the Primal Blueprint for a friend that recently had to begin using a CPAP machine. His story is very simular to Wades. I myself have lost 50 lbs this year following the Primal Blueprint and feel fantastic. Thank you Wade for sharing your story. It is one that I know is true and sustainable.

    ChingLi wrote on December 17th, 2010
  33. Holy crap Wade — you lost an entire person! Congrats!

    Jay wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Yes! Lost an entire person and became a “Hollywood-gorgeous” person!

      Elisabeth wrote on December 17th, 2010
  34. The Biggest Loser tv show should break groups up into various protocols including the Primal Blueprint group and see who loses the most FAT not just weight. I’m confident that Mark would kill the current trainers’ numbers.

    Bill wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Thatk’s a great idea!

      Kathy wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Bill, AWESOME idea! I used to watch BL religiously…but always had a problem with the contestants fainting, getting hurt, barfing during the workouts. It’s your body getting rid of the toxins?? Try eating a healthy ‘primal’ diet instead of those dorky energy bars and oatmeal, work out minimally, and see how much you faint, get hurt and barf…DUH!!

      By the way, Wade…You look sensational! Great job!!

      Ricki wrote on December 17th, 2010
  35. Great job, Wade! You look great and I’m sure you feel sooo much better. I love how people just find something that works, and stick with it. I’m working on that myself. R.L.

    R.L. wrote on December 17th, 2010
  36. Congratulations, Wade! Thanks for sharing your story with us. It’s SO IMPORTANT for us to feel confirmation of what we’re doing. You look pretty hot in your After pic, I must say…

    Natalie wrote on December 17th, 2010
  37. Awesome Wade–this brought tears to my eyes. I know what its like to be overweight and feel awful and try and try and try to get healthier using methods that just don’t work for you, and then to find primal and just soar.

    I LOVE these success stories. :)

    FairyRae wrote on December 17th, 2010
  38. holy baloney! (so to speak) Congrats!

    moksha wrote on December 17th, 2010
  39. I’m sitting here eating a bowl of Transylvania Stockpot while I read this. Great job Wade!

    Allison wrote on December 17th, 2010
  40. Wade:

    Great job! You look awesome :)

    Sandee wrote on December 17th, 2010

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