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December 17, 2010

100 Pounds Was My Initial Goal

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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.

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Melissa
Melissa
5 years 11 months ago

So inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

maria
maria
5 years 11 months ago
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?… Read more »
Primal Toad
5 years 11 months ago

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!

craig almaguer
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Karen Baldwin
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations to you Wade, you look fabulous!

freddy
freddy
5 years 11 months ago

Awesome, Wade! Great job!

Ginger
Ginger
5 years 11 months ago

Lookin’ good, Wade! Are you single?! I am Primal in Portland.

Mauricio
Mauricio
5 years 11 months ago

Thanks for the story, well done and keep going!

Paul
Paul
5 years 11 months ago

Great job, Wade!

Chris Sturdy
5 years 11 months ago

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.

David
David
5 years 11 months ago

Very very impressive!

Ray
Ray
5 years 11 months ago

Great job! Keep up the good work.

Jeff
Jeff
5 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
wade
wade
5 years 11 months ago

Jeff: You’re absolutely right. I should have been clearer to indicate that I have had follow-up sleep studies (2 in fact).

Primal Pete
Primal Pete
5 years 11 months ago

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?

Sarah D
Sarah D
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations, Wade!

Alison Golden
5 years 11 months ago

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!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 years 11 months ago

What a fantastic success story, and may I say you look great!

Tom
Tom
5 years 11 months ago

This looks like one of those fake tellsell ads 😉

congrats dude!

Dana
5 years 11 months ago

Wow! that’s incredible and inspriational! thanks for sharing your successes!

Dana
5 years 11 months ago

I was going to say also, that you now look exactly like Adam Baldwin!

whiteblackred
5 years 11 months ago

pardon my french – hell fucking yes!

Carl
Carl
5 years 11 months ago

Seriously, this is a pile of WOW. So inspirational, Wade, way to go!!!

Bryan
Bryan
5 years 11 months ago

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
Bryan
5 years 11 months ago

Mecca*

Melissa Fritcher
5 years 11 months ago

Just amazing. You are the picture of health! Thank you so much for sharing your story. 😀

gilliebean
5 years 11 months ago

You look younger!! Amazing success story! Congratulations Wade!

Mark, I love these! Keep ’em comin’!!

Mark Sisson
5 years 11 months ago

Hi, Gillian,

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

Sue
Sue
5 years 11 months ago

Mark, do keep them coming as they are so very inspirational.

pj
pj
5 years 11 months ago

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
pj
5 years 11 months ago

I meant the photo on the left — let me get this right. Left, old. Right, young. You’re still a hottie.

Resurgent
Resurgent
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations Wade..! you are beyond inspirational
..And let’s all not forget Mark..
Mr Sisson – please accept our gratitude, you are absolutely – Awesome..!!

Marci
Marci
5 years 11 months ago

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

Laura
Laura
5 years 11 months ago

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!

Phyllis
Phyllis
5 years 11 months ago

Fantastic! My hope is that everyone makes their health a priority like Wade.

MamaGrok
MamaGrok
5 years 11 months ago

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).

Brian
Brian
5 years 11 months ago

Kick Ass story Wade! Congrats!

Kelda
5 years 11 months ago

Wow! 20 years younger 🙂 great story to start my weekend.

Dawn
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations Wade. Yours is a truly inspiring story and shows the success that a primal diet can have. Keep it up.

Ginger
Ginger
5 years 11 months ago

HA! LOVE your avatar.

Christine
Christine
5 years 11 months ago

Way to go Wade! Congratulations!!

Jen C
Jen C
5 years 11 months ago

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??

wade
wade
5 years 11 months ago

Jen, GREAT q

wade
wade
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Jen C
Jen C
5 years 11 months ago

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! 😉

ChingLi
ChingLi
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Jay
5 years 11 months ago

Holy crap Wade — you lost an entire person! Congrats!

Elisabeth
Elisabeth
5 years 11 months ago

Yes! Lost an entire person and became a “Hollywood-gorgeous” person!

Bill
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Kathy
Kathy
5 years 11 months ago

Thatk’s a great idea!

Ricki
Ricki
5 years 11 months ago

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!!

R.L.
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Natalie
5 years 11 months ago

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…

FairyRae
FairyRae
5 years 11 months ago

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. 🙂

moksha
moksha
5 years 11 months ago

holy baloney! (so to speak) Congrats!

Allison
Allison
5 years 11 months ago

I’m sitting here eating a bowl of Transylvania Stockpot while I read this. Great job Wade!

Sandee
Sandee
5 years 11 months ago

Wade:

Great job! You look awesome 🙂

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations, Wade! You give me inspiration, as I’m in a similar situation. I just found this site after a similar experience with bad advice that I inutitively knew didn’t work for me.

You look fabulous!!

GSC
GSC
5 years 11 months ago

hot damn! nice work.

kristy
5 years 11 months ago

Wow! You look great! Big congrads!!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 11 months ago

I bet you get lots of puzzled looks from people who haven’t seen you for awhile, thinking “Hmm, that dude looks familiar, but I can’t quite figure out who it is.”

Great story!

Linda
Linda
5 years 11 months ago

Fantastic Wade, what you have accomplished is amazing and of course, life-changing. I wish you all the best!

Jason Young
Jason Young
5 years 11 months ago

congrats Wade !!! awesome job man !!! I just recently surpassed the 100 lb mark myself , it’s is an awesome feeling . I know you are proud , and should be !! thanks for sharing your story

Marcus
Marcus
5 years 11 months ago

Be very careful with the “relaxing” Wade.
I dropped 60-70 pounds in 2009 (on a shake diet) and put most of it back on in 2010.
I’m torn at the moment between using what I know to do it again (and more) and then going primal, or starting primal. I know I will be the only one in my house doing if it I go primal which I find is the hardest thing.

Anyway congratulations and good luck.

Ricki
Ricki
5 years 11 months ago

Marcus…GO PRIMAL!!

Emma
Emma
5 years 11 months ago

That’s because shake diets have to end, you can’t live on shakes forever (and who the hell would want to?). You CAN live on primal foods easily and happily for life!

Malika Duke
5 years 11 months ago

Listen to Ricki! Relaxing on PB isn’t the same as relaxing with a grain/sugar and shake diet. You can do it and we are help to help and cheer!!

Katherine
Katherine
5 years 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing your story, it’s very inspiring. And I have to say, yeah you are looking good! You have such a glow of health about you in your “after” pic.

I have over 100lbs to lose after doubling my body weight over 4 years whilst ill with food intolerances. I’m already grain free but am planning to take out the rest (dairy etc) in January, who knows maybe I can post my own success story at the end of 2011.

wade
wade
5 years 11 months ago

One of the things I’ve really noticed since going primal is a significant healthy change in my skin tone.

Thanks for all the awesome comments, for the first time in my adult life, I actually feel good about how I look, and it’s great to take it in.

I refer everyone who asks about my noticeable success to MDA and Primal Blueprint!

The Primal Palette
5 years 11 months ago

Congratulations, Rosemary!

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