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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. Now that’s the kind of story I need. I don’t have 100 lbs., but I do have 60 that I need to lose. It’s good to see that it can be done in months rather than years.

    Thanks, Wade, for the inspiration and congratulations!

    Kent Hawley wrote on December 19th, 2010
  2. Good job Wade. I managed to lose 8 pounds in two months but I was going quiet often to the gym to have a swimm.

    Gym wrote on December 20th, 2010
  3. Great job! You look so much better, and much younger too! Thanks for sharing!

    Tori Kean wrote on December 20th, 2010
  4. AMAZING! Woohoo!

    Sonia wrote on December 20th, 2010
  5. Wade,
    Awesome job and well done listening to the voice inside your head, NOT your trainers advice. PLEASE, share you story in detail with your trainer to help educate them. It’s sad they are in the position to help many people but don’t have the tools necesary to be successful.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Jim wrote on December 20th, 2010
  6. Wade, ditto to all of the praise above- awesome job. Mark, thanks for putting this up. Continues to inspire, and reinvigorates my enthusiasm to stay on the primal wagon in the new year.

    JP wrote on December 21st, 2010
  7. Wow, great story! Thanks for sharing it! I’m so motivated by all of the great success stories on here, sure I want to look good, but most importantly I just want to feel better. :)

    PS: can’t wait to see the next round of ‘post lifting heavy weight pics’ hehe 😉

    Kristina wrote on December 21st, 2010
  8. I hate CW. It just does NOT work. You look a-mazing Wade. So glad you decided to buck the system. Great story – Thanks for the inspiration to stay the course.

    Karen wrote on December 22nd, 2010
  9. Unpasturised dairy is Primal and very healthy. Just look at the Masai tribe in Kenya whose stable diet is milk and blood. Fantastic human specimens. Just avoid the pasturised crap which has lost most of its vitamins. Free range of course.

    pat wrote on December 22nd, 2010
  10. WOW! Regarding your 2 side-by-side pictures above – your now picture looks like you are the son of the big guy on the left!!! CONGRATULATIONS! You are soooooo inspiring – thank you for sharing.

    Debrakadabra wrote on December 23rd, 2010
  11. 1/22/2011 update: I’m down 110 pounds now! ALMOST THERE!

    Wade wrote on January 24th, 2011
  12. UPDATE: 2/18, down 118 pounds! Starting to “lift heavy” with a great trainer, carbs at 100g/day now.

    wade wrote on February 18th, 2011
  13. Wow, I am impressed. Your really a keen guy and you have inspired me, to grow and build. I will finaly do something for me! Thanks bub!!

    John wrote on February 18th, 2011
  14. Thank you for the motivation – today is my first day towards my own 100 pound success story.

    Helen wrote on February 18th, 2011
  15. Mark: Newest update 7/6/2011. Been working with a trainer who believes in the primal lifestyle.

    I’m proud to report that I have now lost a WHOPPING 135 pounds and am weighing in at around 190!!!

    I’m nearing the end of this journey, I can follow up with new pics when I’m done!


    wade wrote on July 6th, 2011
  16. Wade, Trina Madsen here from high school. All I can say is “wow”! What an inspiration you are to so many. I have been a fitness and nutrition nut for years and we started following a Primal/Paleo diet about two years ago and have never looked back. It is the most amazing thing you can do for your body and for your life. You will forever be an inspiration to me! Much luck and continued success!

    Trina Madsen-Vanorny wrote on July 11th, 2011
  17. Truly inspiring! Thanks!

    Deanna wrote on September 2nd, 2011
  18. Congratulations, Wade! You’ve done an amazing job! Keep it up and enjoy this great lifestyle. (side note: you may want to check with your doc about the cholesterol of 120. That sounds very low. I’ve read below 140 you’re at risk for hemorrhagic strokes and other serious health issues.)

    Tina wrote on September 11th, 2011
  19. I love reading these stories. It makes me feel so proud and elated for these people and more fired up to continue my own journey. Congrats!!

    Steff wrote on January 13th, 2013

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