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August 12, 2016

Blood Sugar Normalized and Plenty of Energy: If I Can Do This, Anyone Can

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

I have been an avid reader for about three years now.

I have struggled with my weight since I was about 13 years old. I suppose drinking six to twelve cokes a day didn’t help. My heaviest known weight was 240 pounds. Most big people don’t go looking for a scale. I know I was that big because that was when I was diagnosed as a Type II Diabetic. Of course, even that didn’t stop the coke habit because I was in denial. It took several more years of losing 30 pounds, and then finding it again, to get really serious. Even then, the path is never a straight line.

Three years ago July, I found an online nutrition coaching program—Precision Nutrition, a year long habit based program. At the same time, my wife told me that an ex-colleague of ours, who at 50 was in fantastic shape, was doing CrossFit and Paleo. I had never heard of either one. When I Googled Paleo I found Mark’s website.

Even doing the year long coaching program, I still wasn’t where I wanted to be with my health. While I did remove all processed foods, especially Coke, I still was about 190 pounds. I am 5’10”. I have done lots of reading and research. I learned about leptin from Dr. Jack Kruse. I started to understand how chronic inflammation due to insulin resistance was the root cause of my problems. I also found Dr. Jason Fung—a huge advocate of fasting. While I had lots of information, putting it into practice is always the hard part.

On February 7 of this year, I had elbow surgery for a repetitive motion injury from 25+ years of IT work. I knew that Naproxin wreaked havoc on my system, but post surgery you need something to get you through. Eight weeks ago I had a physical. My A1c was 6.6, which is high for me. I was up to 197 pounds and was not happy about it. I decided to do a n=1 experiment where I would utilize fasting and real food. I decided to have coffee in the morning and eat one meal a day for eight weeks. I am now down to 175. My blood glucose has normalized. I am in ketosis and feel great. I have plenty of energy to take on whatever sounds good.

rick

I move a lot at a slow pace. A year ago I got a Varidesk and ditched my chair. I have been standing while working for a year now. If I can do this—anyone can. I also signed up for the Primal Health Coach Program the first day it was available. I am proud top say I am number 93.

Thanks for everything you have done for me,

Rick

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Mark
9 months 15 days ago

This is awesome and inspiring. I’m in a very similar situation and am also primalizing my way to better blood chemistry levels. Great job!

Elizabeth
9 months 15 days ago

Great job Rick!!! Losing weight is great but it’s even better that you have so much energy. And good luck with the Primal Health Coach program. I signed up recently and I’m excited to get started with it.

Shary
Shary
9 months 15 days ago

Good job, Rick. So inspiring to see people eliminate their health issues through a better diet and lifestyle. I generally fast between dinner (around 6pm) and lunch the next day (around 11am). Back in the days when I was eating a lot of grain products, I’d be munching something two hours later. That doesn’t happen with a Paleo/Primal diet.

Ryan
Ryan
9 months 15 days ago

Nice job! If I could only get my patients to do what you did they could be healed of their chronic conditions!

Whitney
Whitney
9 months 15 days ago

Great job Rick! Grok on!!

Amy
9 months 15 days ago

So inspiring! Kudos to you for pushing to find your healthiest self!

Eric
Eric
9 months 15 days ago

This is awesome! Great work!

Jessica
9 months 15 days ago

Well Done!

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
9 months 15 days ago

Awesome transformation Rick! I’m an IT guy also, you have inspired me to stand more.

Corinna
Corinna
9 months 15 days ago
Rick, thank you for your inspirational story! I had a chuckle at your “years of losing 30 pounds, and then finding it again.” It points out how odd the English language is with “losing pounds,” like it’s a simple “Whoops, where did THAT just go?” I speak some German, but not perfectly, so I once translated it literally in a conversation and then got a puzzled silence before I realized my mistake. Their way of saying it is commonly “abnehmen,” which is sort of like “to take (away) or reduce.” I prefer the German because it gives a nod to… Read more »
Monica
Monica
9 months 15 days ago

This is a great story. And it was really very simple, in the end, which is the best part! Thank you for sharing with us, Rick!

Nocona
Nocona
9 months 15 days ago

Congrats Rick, it does not matter what your job is, it’s changing the whole MO of the old lifestyle and beginning anew. Keep going and best of luck in the future.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
9 months 15 days ago

Great job Rick, you have impressive persistence!

Dave'sWife
Dave'sWife
9 months 15 days ago

Fantastic! Way to go!

Pam
Pam
9 months 15 days ago

Nice story. I have been putting off buying a Varidesk. You have convinced me to pull out the plastic. Congrats on your transformation.

wildgrok
wildgrok
9 months 14 days ago

Hi Pam:
I have been using an “office made” standing workstation at work for years.
Check in the big online store for an standing workstation with the words Stand Up Desk and 48 Inch. I think is better for the money.

marco
marco
9 months 15 days ago

This is way of topic guys, but I am really interested in the amount of vegetables you eat and if they have anything to do with all of yours guys success. In the weight loss category I mean.

Elizabeth
9 months 14 days ago

Hey Marco, I honestly think veggies help with EVERYTHING. The more (non starchy) vegetable you are eating, the more micronutrients you are getting. Combining them with high quality fat and protein makes for a satisfying meal. I try to eat several servings of veggies with breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve never really struggled with my weight or fat loss, but I think the vegetables definitely help me stay on track.

marco
marco
9 months 14 days ago

Thanks, I mean I figured that they are important but you don’t hear enough how vegetables also help. I probably should be eating more veggies anyway since i don’t have access to pastured meat for a variety of reasons so I eat mostly cafo. But thanks again Liz appreciate your feedback.

Dawn
Dawn
9 months 10 days ago

Hi Marco and all,

I friend just told me about a grass fed company that will ship clean meats right to you…
See:

http://grasslandbeef.com

Happy cooking with meat and lots o’ veggies!

Patricia
Patricia
9 months 14 days ago
Hi Marco–I think of veggies as the bulk of my lunch and dinner. The key is to give veggies “love” to make them delicious. I like plain steamed broccoli as much as the next girl, but add a balsamic vinaigrette and now you have deliciousness on a plate. The veggies provide plenty of nutrients and lots of fiber, and by eating several different veggies with a protein, I don’t want anything else. I’ve learned to like almost all vegetables; the trick is what you do with them. Even Brussels sprout haters will like them cooked in garlic butter and served… Read more »
marco
marco
9 months 15 days ago

I really should say fat loss

marco
marco
9 months 15 days ago

And congrats on everything, it cant seem to be that simple for me.

wildgrok
wildgrok
9 months 14 days ago

Hi Rick

Congratulations from another IT person with elbow surgery also!

Vernon
9 months 13 days ago

Great job Rick. Keep it up, you are an inspiration.

Iris
Iris
9 months 13 days ago

Congrats !
It’s amazing how quickly the body starts to heal itself when given the correct fuel.

Susan B.
9 months 13 days ago

Boy, do you look better, Rick! I especially liked the way that you fasted to lose fat and normalize your blood glucose.

Patricia c
9 months 9 days ago
I put on 14lbs in weight after taking steroids for 9 months, I am in my seventies i eat healthy and normally do yoga. When I started the steroids the pain in my joints was so bad I had to stop all excercise, that was 18 months ago and the pain is only now subsiding. I desperately wanted to loose the weight but don’t like the word diet, so I searched the Internet to find a way of eating as close as I could to my own and came up with Paleo, I learnt from reading all I could that… Read more »
Dwayne
8 months 28 days ago

Congrats man! Great to hear of another whom has had success with fasting. I started intermittent fasting several months ago and its been great. I feel that I have gained an amazing level of discipline. I usually go with a 16 hour fast with 8 hour eat window but often do 20/ 4 window. Cheers to your health!

Healthier
2 months 23 days ago

Inspiring story for sure. But this whole site inspires me and so many others!! Thanks Mark. Pushing the “60” button, I’ve learned to make positive changes and it just takes time. But down over 50 pounds from this time last year, feel MUCH better, and want to throw the last 40 off this year. I find myself thinking “did it grow that way” before purchasing my food, and have 98% processed eliminated. Heck our grand parents lived without it, so can we.
Thx for sharing and more inspiration!!

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