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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. 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!!

    Lisa wrote on December 17th, 2010
  2. hot damn! nice work.

    GSC wrote on December 17th, 2010
  3. Wow! You look great! Big congrads!!

    kristy wrote on December 17th, 2010
  4. 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!

    dragonmamma wrote on December 17th, 2010
  5. Fantastic Wade, what you have accomplished is amazing and of course, life-changing. I wish you all the best!

    Linda wrote on December 17th, 2010
  6. 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

    Jason Young wrote on December 17th, 2010
  7. 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.

    Marcus wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • Marcus…GO PRIMAL!!

      Ricki wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • 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!

      Emma wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • 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!!

      Malika Duke wrote on December 17th, 2010
  8. 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.

    Katherine wrote on December 17th, 2010
  9. 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!

    wade wrote on December 17th, 2010
  10. Congratulations, Rosemary!

    The Primal Palette wrote on December 17th, 2010
  11. super awesome!

    Zoebird wrote on December 17th, 2010
  12. Congratulations, Wade! You look fantastic.

    Emily Deans wrote on December 17th, 2010
  13. Awesomenes!!!! Way to stick with it! Love my primality! It has changed my life for the better….I am so lucky to have a sister and brother inlaw that own a crossfit gym.

    MaryLou wrote on December 17th, 2010
  14. look amazing! Huge congrats on your incredible transformation!

    Janine wrote on December 17th, 2010
  15. Everything I was thinking has already been said, except that I think Mark’s next contest prize should be a date with Wade.

    Patty wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • lol

      Ricki wrote on December 17th, 2010
  16. You look amazing Wade!!! Great Job!!!!

    Kim wrote on December 17th, 2010
  17. From one guy to another…you are ONE good lookin’ dude! Awesome! The years you have added to your life will be spent enjoying your health and wellness!

    Mike Cheliak wrote on December 17th, 2010
  18. Congratulations on your primal transformation! You look absolutely terrific!

    Clarissa wrote on December 17th, 2010
  19. So glad you trusted your instincts Wade. You look hot!!

    Sue wrote on December 17th, 2010
  20. Gorgeous. I’m loving these success stories.

    Jolie wrote on December 17th, 2010
  21. Good Job Wade! I am glad your pain and meds are gone. Your primalization efforts have really paid off.

    debbie_downer wrote on December 17th, 2010
  22. Wow, you look great! So much younger and your skin looks awesome!

    Anne wrote on December 17th, 2010
  23. Wade, fantastic! Way to stick with it and listen to YOU. Usually those who follow their gut, heart, soul, are usually the most successful. Thank you, Mark, for sharing all these beautiful stories. All of the stories share the stories of beautiful people BEFORE and AFTER but I love how healthy and strong they are in the AFTER story and photos. Also, thank you, Mark for Primal BluePrint. I will be forever grateful!

    Lauren wrote on December 17th, 2010
  24. Hey Wade…



    really good job. I’m sure that you know that, but I really want you to know that you’re a very good example for all of us. Thank you.

    Bob Carson wrote on December 17th, 2010
  25. Wonderful results (without the so-called expert advice and goofy diets) and a great testimonial about getting OFF the drugs! Keep up the good work.

    Dr. Jason Blackketter wrote on December 17th, 2010
  26. Wade,

    I would have to say that your transformation is the most dramatic change I’ve seen yet.

    I have to second the comments listed earlier in the comments section: “holy crap”, and “you lost a whole person!” Man, you have done so well for yourself. And what an exciting place for you to be! Your whole life must be radically different now that you’ve done so much work to improve your health and fitness.

    Wow, man! Congratulations! And so much for that grain-brain trainer who misinformed you. Bet you he’s wondering what you did now. You should tell him. You know, just to give him better information.

    Cheers, man! You’ve done awesome!

    Kane Augustus wrote on December 17th, 2010
  27. Wade to go! Your success is awesome and inspiring. So wonderful to hear about your health victories. Best wishes to you.

    Stephanie wrote on December 17th, 2010
  28. This is the one I needed to read most of all. I have recently fallen off the wagon (for various reasons) and while I have been able to resist adding damage for the past 8+ months, I also have shown no progress. I just graduated with my Masters a week ago and starting a new phase of my life. It’s time for a serious change.

    I say this is the one I needed to read because while I’m 280Lbs right now and have been for 8+ months, I started my journey at 325Lbs 2 or 3 years ago. That’s one hell of a plateau I’ve been sitting on.

    I needed this story and this motivation. My New Years resolution for 2011 is to continue the success I started in December 2010. In other words, I intend to start NOW and not wait for the New Years. Enough of these shenanigans.

    Void_provocateur wrote on December 17th, 2010
  29. The biggest problem in the “After” picture that I can see is the shoes! Good job, Wade!

    Brett K wrote on December 17th, 2010
  30. I LOVE it! I have forwarded this to one of the members of our CrossFit gym. She is 308 and in her early 30’s. She has been right into the workouts and is doing great, but is hesitant and reluctant to give up grains.

    Before starting with CrossFit we had her get a Dr’s approval for a fitness program but her doc told her that a primal diet sounded ‘fad-ish and unsustainable’ and that he wanted her to continue to eat all 4 food groups, but restrict her calories to around 1200 cals/day. We at the gym just shook our heads but agreed to get started with her. I can see her starting to come around since her husband (been primal for 2 months and has been doing crossFit for 3x/week and lost 40 lbs) is having such success.

    I love to read stories like this and I love forwarding them to her. Some people need subtle nudging but when they see success like this one, it is hard to ignore.

    Congrats you handsome devil!

    Corina wrote on December 17th, 2010
  31. Congratulations, Wade! Thank you for letting Mark share your story. Very inspirational.

    I agree with what you said about not getting hungry or cravings. I tell this to people and they just don’t believe it. It makes me sad to see them suffer with their CW diet struggles. It is so unnecessary!

    Wade, Awesome!

    slacker wrote on December 17th, 2010
  32. Nice job, my friend! so proud of you!!! You look awesome …

    Jennifer Brown wrote on December 17th, 2010
  33. My husband and I both went Primal in early June 2010. My starting weight was 197lbs, size 16/18 and I am 5’7″, My husband’s starting weight was 286lbs, size 46 waist, and he’s 6’2″. Today (only 6 months later)we have lost a combined 109lbs!!! My current weight is 148lbs, size 8/10 and my husband is now 226 and a 36 waist! We feel AMAZING!! We love Primal foods and the Primal lifestyle and what it’s done for our health, looks, and longevity! I look better now (after having had 4 babies) than I ever have! We are committed to this for life because it works, and we love it!

    Lisette wrote on December 17th, 2010
    • AWESOME Lisette! You guys should submit your story to be feature too.

      Malika Duke wrote on December 17th, 2010
      • What Malika said!

        Patty wrote on December 18th, 2010
  34. He’s “gone from a 50″ pair of jeans to” completely HOT!!! Great job — so inspiring :)

    Olivia wrote on December 17th, 2010
  35. MDA as dating service!

    tracy wrote on December 17th, 2010
  36. Congratulations Wade, you have done amazing! May your success in muscle gain and fat loss continue. Now is where the fun of sculpting comes in ;0)… Thanks for sharing your story and keep us updated.

    Malika Duke wrote on December 17th, 2010
  37. Fantastic Wade!! Amazing!!

    Lori wrote on December 18th, 2010
  38. Awesome success Wade! Thanks for sharing. It’s great to be able to read these stories and see the tangible benefits people experience by going Primal.

    Ryan wrote on December 18th, 2010
  39. Great job Wade! I live in Portland too and I would love to get a Primal group going. Anybody in the area interested in getting together for support, primal exercise and foraging for a primal meal?

    tracepdx wrote on December 18th, 2010
  40. You look amazing – keep it up!

    LowCarbPrincess wrote on December 18th, 2010
    • Great job Wade!

      Phil-SC wrote on December 19th, 2010

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