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16 Mar

Complete Recovery Within a Week

There’s nothing like a receiving an email from a reader that chronicles their Primal journey. It makes my day. This one, from active forum member Timothy Williams, was sent in a couple months ago (and then an update last week). Timothy has seen tremendous results following the Primal Blueprint principles. Read his inspiring success story and then begin (or continue) your own. Grok on!

Hello Mark,

Thank you for your kind email. I’m a little star-struck to be addressed in person! I want you to know that I am a huge fan of your web site, and it has radically changed my life, even though I’ve only known about it for a few weeks. Allow me to explain a bit.

I stumbled across MDA a few weeks ago on the recommendation of one of my favorite writers, Karen de Coster. I was blown away by the wealth of practical conclusions on MDA, all drawn from the simple premise that our bodies are finely tuned for an environment of evolutionary adaptedness that existed before agriculture.

I studied anthropology and early humans for many years in the context of economic and social behavior. For some reason it never occurred to me to apply the same context to nutrition. Palm on forehead, I felt like Thomas Huxley after learning about Darwin’s theory — how stupid not to have thought of that! But I guess all great ideas seem obvious in hindsight.

So I was very eager to read all I could about primal fitness and implement it immediately. I read some research on grains and couldn’t believe that it never occurred to me that the human body might have trouble digesting monocot grass seeds when it was adapted to meat and dicot plant foods, and that the USDA recommendations might have more to do with politics than nutrition. Then I read the MDA success stories and was entranced by the testimonials. I couldn’t stop until I had read them all.

Grains, it turns out, have been destroying my body for years. Since my mid-twenties I suffered with horrible intestinal symptoms, diagnosed with IBS, then ulcerative colitis, and maybe celiac disease. All I knew was that when I ate some foods such as bread, my abdomen swelled up as if I had swallowed a beach ball. The only doctor-prescribed solution that did anything for me was psyllium husk. (Needless to say, I never touch that stuff now.) Last year, my wife got pregnant and I became extremely motivated to get fit. I shed the first pounds with grueling exercise, grim determination, and replacing most of my diet with kefir, but my symptoms doggedly persisted and I did not feel well. I thought I was permanently damaged.

To make a long story short, I made a complete recovery within a week of discovering MDA. A week! After seven years of illness!

Please feel free to use anything I write on the success stories page (or anywhere else). I’m also looking forward to producing some before and after pics eventually. I’ve only been doing the PB for a few weeks, but having gone from 200 pounds a year ago to 160 now on a 5’9.5″ frame, the difference is already dramatic. I had to throw out my entire wardrobe and buy all new clothes! Everybody in my life seems amazed at my physical transformation, but only a couple have inquired about the method. I send them directly to your site, which speaks for itself.

Thanks again, Mark. I look forward to reading and implementing your crucial insights for many years to come.

Update: 03/08/10

Dear Mark,

About four weeks ago, you published my story and I set myself a goal of living as primally as possible and taking progress pictures. It’s been quite a month!

The black and white photo is from my wedding in 2002. The second photo is from December 2008, when I finally decided to buy a tuxedo instead of rent one because my body composition was so inert. My waist was 38″ and my weight was somewhere above 200 (I wasn’t checking). Not surprisingly, I can’t find a swimsuit photo of myself. But I think you know what moobs and an enormous belly look like.

The third picture is from late 2009, after I had launched an all-out fitness effort for about seven months. Our son was about to be born and I was really proud of what my hard work in the gym had achieved. I plateaued at 185 and a 34″ waist, and as you can see, I was feeling pretty good about it.

Then I discovered the Primal Blueprint. I have described it as a second puberty, and better by far than winning the lottery. I hope these photos from this afternoon, demonstrating two months’ progress, will show that I am not exaggerating.

Today I weigh 153 pounds, my waist is 30″, and my body composition is still changing rapidly.

I would like to emphasize the ways I did not achieve this transformation. I did not ask my doctor if Lipitor was right for me. I did not call 1-800-GET-SLIM. I never counted a calorie or calculated my protein-to-fat ratio. I did not hire a personal trainer to goad me, nor did I join a class to keep me consistent. I didn’t buy any exercise gadgets or meal replacements. I no longer went to the gym to perform narrowly targeted exercises under fluorescent lights.

All I did was extensively study your articles, draw inspiration from the many successful and supportive MDA forum members, and buy a sledgehammer and a pair of Vibrams. Then I did what came naturally.

When I first started the Primal Blueprint, my goal was to lose body fat and gain muscle. But that has proven only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible manifestation of a full spectrum of health benefits that have left me feeling reborn.  So I would like to share my top ten most unexpected benefits of going primal:

  1. Endless energy. Sure, I expected to feel a bit more peppy.  But I did not expect to find myself, on a whim, running shirtless for miles through winter rain after a 24-hour fast on a day I’d already exercised.
  2. Ironclad immune system. I used to get sick every couple of months.  Since going Primal I haven’t had so much as a sniffle, even as the other office workers have succumbed to winter sickness left and right.
  3. No more migraines. Who knew that my crippling migraines were a function of diet?  I never figured that out.  I thought they were due to skipping meals or not getting enough sleep.
  4. Tinnitus no longer noticeable. If you’ve ever had constant ringing in your ears, you know how annoying it can be, and how much you wish there were a way to make it stop…
  5. Mad chef skills. My whole life I resented cooking.  I didn’t mind cleaning up as my contribution towards the tedium of home-cooked meals.  But now I find that with a few simple ingredients, I can easily make things at home that are far more delicious and nutritious than the finest restaurant fare.  This has been extremely empowering.
  6. Food bills slashed. You would think that buying grass-fed, organic everything would be more expensive.  But actually I eat a lot less often, deriving far more nutrition from what I do eat, and consequently I have already saved a great deal of money on pre-cooked, unbalanced meals and snacks.  I can and often do go for a whole day without hunger after one well-planned feast.
  7. Connoisseur’s palate. Just like a man who eats nothing but spicy food fails to appreciate any other taste, so I had been blinded by my carb-centered diet to the full range of flavorful fats and proteins.  I eat all sorts of stuff now that I previously considered inedible: kimchi; sauerkraut; sardines; chicken liver.  And I realize that far from depriving myself of my favorite foods, I have discovered new favorites that are much tastier than the toxins to which I had been habituated.  When I eat a piece of fruit these days, it is a treat as stupendously delicious as it is rare: just as it was for Grok.
  8. Hormonal balance. I never realized it at the time, but my body was drowning in cortisol and insulin, and that threw off my entire hormonal balance, particularly by suppressing testosterone and HGH.  My secondary sexual characteristics (facial hair, musculature) were quite weak.  Now that the proper balance has been established, I feel the unmistakable effects of testosterone coursing through my veins.  My beard is thicker and I’m having to get used to feeling particularly confident and intense all the time.  But that’s a problem I welcome solving!
  9. Near-immunity to sunburn. Throughout my life, a half-hour’s direct sun exposure left my skin looking and feeling like it had been scalded with boiling water, and it took weeks to recover.  Now, I spend hours in the sun shirtless without even a patch of tender skin afterwards.  I can only conclude my body has become orders of magnitude better at protecting and repairing tissue.  To me, this suggests many startling implications, not least among them the prevention of cancer and senescence.
  10. Food is medicine. I never suspected that the world’s greatest medicines, the cures for almost every disease, the elixirs of strength and youth, are freely available in nature’s most delicious foods.  I used to be a ward of the medical industry, plied with expensive prescriptions and intrusive diagnostics and lectured on my blood pressure by morbidly obese doctors.  Now that my health is in my own hands, I am a free man at last.  I don’t expect to take another pharmaceutical as long as I live.

I still can’t believe it’s been only two months since I started the Primal Blueprint. I look, feel, and think like a different human being. I feel connected as never before to the vast chain of human existence, all the way back to our early hominid ancestors. My life is now filled with a sense of adventure and possibility.

To all those thinking of giving the Blueprint a try for the first time, especially those who, like me, have grappled with health and weight issues all their lives: I eagerly invite you to join me.  For this is not the end, but only the barest beginning!

Timothy Williams

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I alluded to this in my opening remarks, but if anyone reading has a Primal Blueprint Success Story of their own and would like to share it with the world please email me. As you can see these personal tales go a long way toward inspiring and motivating others to get Primal and begin living a healthy lifestyle. Grok on!

    Mark Sisson wrote on March 16th, 2010
  2. Congrats on your success and persistance. I think it’s important for men to learn how to cook. If you are with a woman who does not eat or understand primal eating, they will always go for higher carb foods and fatten you. I personally know many men who are at the mercy of their wive’s cooking. They are fed grains (pasta, bread, spaghetti), some meat (some processed) and sugar. I’m sure that by the time they are in their 40s, they have more estrogen floating around in their system that their wives.

    Kishore wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • hehe, for me it was the other way around. My husband was trying to stuff carbs into me all the time telling me that I desperately needed them. Then I could not work out why my health was getting worse, fast. Now I am trying to get him to go Primal.

      Angelina wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Same here! I have been trying to get my husband on board– I KNOW it would help with his various health complaints. But he thinks life without wheat and sugar sounds like a prison sentence. I end up having to buy separate groceries to keep the peace, and I end up feeling like I’m ennabling a crack habit.

        Bess wrote on March 18th, 2010
        • Yeah, I will suggest a nice dinner of grilled chicken with a side of sauteed spinach and mushrooms and my boyfriend will say “Let’s make rice too.” He’s sort of a meat-and-potatoes guy, or just meat and carbs, and tends to ignore veggies completely.

          Caroline wrote on March 19th, 2010
  3. Congratulations man, that is a stunning transformation. I am quite lean but have a swollen lower abdomen and have no idea what it is. If I look at myself side-on, my front goes down straight, you can see the top 4 bits of the 6-pack, then all of a sudden it swells out like I’ve swallowed a beachball to use your words, right down to my crotch. It’s like this even when I haven’t eaten and don’t feel bloated/windy. Any ideas what this might be? Also every morning my tongue is yellow. Thanks!

    Bruce wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Bruce, in response to your question about the swollen lower abdomen it is probably candida (yeast). It sounds like you have an oral (tongue yellow) and internal (swelling) yeast infection. I know because I’ve been there. In fact, I’m there right now as I am recovering from Lyme disease and on many antibiotics, which kill the good bacteria in my body, allowing for rampant candida. If you don’t deal with the candida it can even spread to your most prized possession. It’s extremely painful. Trust me.

      The solution is to take a good quality probiotic (get acidophilus and bifidus and at least 15 billion per capsule). This company specializes only in probiotics and has very good bang for your buck.
      It provides 50 billion per capsule, 90 capsules, for $55 including shipping. A much better deal than most. Olive leaf extract and oil of oregano also work to kill yeast.

      Speaking of probiotics I know that it is one of the three supplements that Mark recommends. Anyone know if he recommends any particular one? He doesn’t sell probiotics does he?

      Ian wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Ian – I’m coming out with a probiotic called “Primal Flora” later this year. Stay tuned!

        Mark Sisson wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Also consider trying coconut oil and/or Bragg apple cider vinegar.

        Dave wrote on March 16th, 2010
        • To clarify, the coconut oil and ACV are used to kill the candida, not to replenish good biota.

          Dave wrote on March 16th, 2010
  4. An inspiration. I didn’t know Timothy’s story and he’s always been so helpful on the site…now that I know the short story, we’ll…truly a great role model!

    Love reading about other’s successes!

    anniegebel wrote on March 16th, 2010
  5. Congrats Timothy! We’re the same size and it is cool to see so many benefit from Mark’s program.

    Your immunity to sunburn – that is a new one for me that I have yet to test out. There are still plenty of clouds and cold in South Dakota, but I’m anxious to test that one out for me.

    You look great and the benefits are there. Grok on!

    PrimalChat wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • A word of caution. I wouldn’t assume you have built up a resistance. That resistance comes from sun exposure.

      When I was a kid around high school age I’d get sunburned pretty good early in the season (easy for me since I’m pretty fair skinned). My immunity came later as I would recover from my burns. By the time summer was in full swing, I could stay out in the boat or surf at the beach all day without protection. The downside is I never really got a dark tan either. :)

      Alan M wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • No, I’ve heard of people becoming more resistant to sunburn simply from changes in diet. I’ve even heard of a few who improved their response to sun from not using soap anymore–I assume they’re using a body brush or something and maybe some kind of oil cleaning of the skin instead (coconut oil maybe?). They said it only makes sense since vitamin D’s made in the skin and it’s a fat-soluble vitamin and probably a hormone as well. I haven’t been brave enough to go that far, I love soap too much (yes, I’m weird–but I use good handmade soap, not Dial). But it’s an interesting idea.

        Dana wrote on September 10th, 2010
    • I too went Primal 2 months ago and just noticed this yesterday that I tanned without burning. That has NEVER happened in my entire life. Anyone have any idea why those who go Primal can develop the ability to tan without burning? Mark?

      Julie wrote on April 3rd, 2010
  6. Now you’ve got me wondering if my sun sensitivity will go away in time as well! I’m always careful to wear sunblock, but even then, I end up easily pink. Here’s hoping!

    Amber wrote on March 16th, 2010
  7. that is AMAZING! he really does look like a different person!

    Ryan Denner wrote on March 16th, 2010
  8. Many years ago I set up an elimination diet to find out if my eating habits had anything to do with a long list of symptoms I was suffering pretty much constantly. It was between wheat and dairy, and wheat ended up being the culprit. I immediately stopped having migraine headaches, morning mucous congestion, lethargy, chronic coughing and a bunch of other stuff. This was long before I had heard of any Paleo-variant diet, and in fact is what caused me to look into it in the first place. Great success story Timothy, and it happens all the time. The word is spreading and it’s picking up speed.

    fireandstone wrote on March 16th, 2010
  9. Congrats Timothy! You’ve discovered how the Primal Blueprint can free the animal within you. As for increased sun tolerance, this is something many others have remarked on as well as an unexpected benefit of going primal/paleo.

    I have EPP (Erythropoietic protoporphyria) which has made me extremely photo-sensitive my whole life. Since going primal, however, I have sent my symptoms into complete remission! I can go out in the sun at midday with my shirt off for hours and have no problem whatsoever. Robb Wolf has blogged a few times about this (including with treating other porphyria sufferers with the paleo diet) and found similar results. His argument is that photosensitivity in these diseases (and probably in general) is related to autoimmune issues due to the grains, especially gluten, and skewed omega-6/3 ratio in our SAD diet. The proper treatment is to change to a paleo diet. It has been the miracle cure for me!

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • That’s interesting, Aaron, I was just about to posit that my (genetically-induced) intolerance to the sun may have a little bit less to do with the cloud cover in Ireland and more to do with potatoes as a dietary staple that created some epigenetic response and in essence gave rise to my present “well-done” skin situation.

      Maybe the primal life will cure us all, here’s to hoping!

      wd wrote on March 16th, 2010
  10. “Grains, it turns out, have been destroying my body for years. Since my mid-twenties I suffered with horrible intestinal symptoms, diagnosed with IBS, then ulcerative colitis, and maybe celiac disease.”

    Again, while I generally like PB…

    DUH! If you have Celic disease or something close, no kidding cutting out grains will benefit you. It doesn’t mean most people have these problems, or will have so many symptoms go away by not eating grains.

    This is like saying, I’m allergic to food X and dairy, and man, when I switched to a non- food X non-dairy diet my life got so much better.

    FDgreen wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Celiac “disease” is just the end point of a full range of tolerance problems associated with gluten digestion. I had miserable symptoms (described above) for years upon years, yet had no such disease. For most people who think they do just fine on it: insidious intolerance is the worst kind, because it allows you to accumulate the effects of this virtual poison for many more years and much more prolifically. The highly intolerant are the lucky ones because at least they’re getting clue-bat beaten early on.

      fireandstone wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Yes, it would have helped if one of my many doctors had mentioned gluten sensitivity or tested for it. And I did try avoiding wheat for a while, but saw no significant difference. Because it’s not just gluten, but all grains that play havoc with my digestion. None of the doctors I spoke with ever mentioned grains except as a beneficial source of fiber.

      Furthermore, I was overexercised, underexposed to the sun, sedentary in my leisure time, carb-inflamed, etc. In other words, I was a chronic violator of all ten PB guidelines.

      It was only by changing all these things at once that I got the results that I did. Believe me, if it had been as easy as tweaking my diet, I would have done this many years earlier.

      Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Yeah same with me; it wasn’t just gluten–it was sugars of all sorts and dairy. They DID test me for celiac and I don’t have it. So it didn’t solve the problem to give up gluten. In fact, I had the 11 docs of a well known university hospital’s digestive health team study my records, do countless not so fun tests and examine me. I was told to eat the carby foods that were causing me problems because my diet would be too limited otherwise! Did that, felt WORSE than ever, dropped to 105 lbs on my 5 4″ frame. Eating primal fixed it. I can see the logic of arguing that those of us who are more sensitive are going to experience greater gains, especially early on. So some will view us as aberrant freaks of nature and convince themselves this diet won’t help them as much as it helped us. People won’t know unless they go primal. What have they got to lose? I believe we are the canaries, as they say, in the coal mine. Yes we are the extreme examples, but unhealthy foods are impacting countless other people in countless ways. I used to take the attitude that I needed this diet but most people didn’t; everyone found what worked for them. But is the S.A.D. working for most people? I don’t think it is.

        DThalman wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Look into the field of paleopathology sometime. Those scientists can tell, just by looking at millenia-old human remains, whether they were farmers or foragers. The farmers were always shorter, less developed skeletally, and had more bone lesions.

      It isn’t just allergy that’s the problem.

      Another piece of the puzzle is that we’re even worse off nowadays than grain-eaters were even 100 or 150 years ago because they at least did not have access to factory yeast, and had to ferment their bread before they baked it. We don’t have to do that now. So we’re basically taking ground-up raw wheat and baking bread with it, with its phytates still pretty much intact. Osteoporosis is a serious problem for us nowadays. It doesn’t have to be. And cutting grains out entirely is better than finding better ways to prepare them, considering most foods don’t do that to us.

      Dana wrote on September 10th, 2010
  11. Wow!

    Again a story you wouldn’t believe if it was published as an advertisement. The before and after pics are so different! And only a few months in between. And best of all, almost effortless.

    Mark, don’t use these stories to people who have never heard of the primal blueprint. They will not believe you and think your a fraud :-)

    pieter d wrote on March 16th, 2010
  12. Everyone, thank you so much for your supportive thoughts! To outside observers, it might seem like I did this alone. And it’s true that except for my wife, I don’t know anybody in real life who follows the Primal Blueprint.

    But ever since discovering this web site, I have felt as though the MDA community, and even my ancestors, have been walking with me every step of the way. It was this motivation that kept me strong whenever I was tempted by the bad old foods, and whenever I needed to dig deep for the motivation to cross a barrier, like jumping into an ice cold shower or enduring a 36-hour fast. Now that I’ve become so much healthier than I ever thought possible, I’m determined to do my best every day to deserve it and to begin to pay it back.

    I always wanted to be healthy and fit; I just didn’t have the knowledge. It was like trying to crack open a safe — once in a while I’d get one of the numbers right, maybe two, and I could see the glimmer of the treasure inside, but I could never reach it. Discovering MDA was like being given the code. All ten tumblers clicked into place and the safe swung open effortlessly. I’ve been filling my pockets with gold ever since.

    Thank you to all the MDA community for being there with me, even if you didn’t realize it. I extend my warmest greetings to the new Groks and Grokettes who are only beginning to discover their amazing human potential.

    Old friends or new, I hope to have the honor of meeting you at PrimalCon 2010!

    Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Thanks again, Timothy, for your Primal tale. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person in 6 short weeks!

      Mark Sisson wrote on March 16th, 2010
  13. Congrats Timothy! Your story is very inspiring.

    maba wrote on March 16th, 2010
  14. Congratulations Timothy. Keep up the good work. You look great.

    Fitness Contrarian wrote on March 16th, 2010
  15. This is unbelievable. Timothy, can you tell me what exactly you eliminated from/added to your diet? Do you ever eat in a restaurant? Do you ever drink alcohol?

    What is your basic workout routine?

    I am curious because I have been doing well with the 80/20 principle, but I have been doing it for months without any kind of success similar to yours.

    I could try a really intense approach, but it stresses me out to think about doing that, which is counter-intuitive to the happiness and health Primal promotes.

    I would love to know how you did it, in simply eight weeks. Thank you!

    KS wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Also, CONGRATULATIONS!! I think I forgot that one. :)

      KS wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Thank you, KS! Everyone’s a little bit different, so what worked for me might not be optimal for you, but it’s probably worth a try.

        My diet changed in many ways — if you want the details, check out my forum post on “Why I Don’t Count Calories or Macronutrients”. The bottom line is I eat loads of fatty meat, fish and eggs fried in butter and coconut oil as well as some dark green veg like spinach, kale, and broccoli. I almost never have fruit or berries or any source of sugars/starches because I want to keep my insulin level as low as possible. I take two fish oil capsules in the morning and two at night to help with the omega-3-6 balance.

        I used to go to restaurants constantly, but now I actually prefer my homemade food in most cases. I do still like the occasional bunless burger if I trust the restaurant to have decent meat.

        I learned early in life that alcohol just makes me sick, so I don’t drink it.

        My exercise routine used to be monotonous, chronic cardio. I ditched that in favor of a parkour-style urban workout where I try to use all elements of my neighborhood once or twice a day — running, walking, balancing, pull-ups on a tree, etc. As for intensity, I try to never be out of breath for too long at a time. For strength training, I simply swing a sledgehammer around, mimicking imaginary motions like rowing a boat, fighting a bear, etc. Most important, all of the above is FUN! I have a blast on my workouts and look forward to them as high points of my day.

        Also, I try to get opportunistic exercise wherever possible. I go out shirtless in the cold, do pushups in the elevator, calf-raises when standing around, etc.

        Every day, I’m on the lookout for new ways to raise my primal game. The opportunities are hidden everywhere and I’m just beginning to learn to see them.

        Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
        • I have been slacking lately in the exercise department, but I had great success in finding the steepest incline at the park and running up it as fast as I could, as many times as I could. Also hanging from tree branches, hanging up side down on the jungle gym or holding on upside down and pointing legs straight in the air. These things are super fun. Ok getting inspired again.

          Julie wrote on December 21st, 2014
  16. Very inspiring Timothy, thanks!

    Agatsu wrote on March 16th, 2010
  17. #5 – Mad chef skills… that’s what I have noticed the most since going primal for the past three months. It really isn’t that hard to make good… wait, scratch that… great food. Cooking for myself and the fam used to be a chore, but now I look forward to it and enjoy it.

    Kelly wrote on March 16th, 2010
  18. Timothy,

    Stories like this help us out knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel. Way to go on your progress!

    Thanks for sharing this story. Keeps me going.


    Daniel Merk wrote on March 16th, 2010
  19. Damn dude! you have killer arms!
    Stories like yours keep me motivated. Even though I have never been over weight, I have yet to achive a body compostion that I’m happy with.

    Great Job!!

    Danielht wrote on March 16th, 2010
  20. Holy Snikes!!! I have to admit that I am even more ramped up right now to be Primal. Great success story that helps other see exactly the type of transformationa you went through. Not only did you change for your physical appearence and gained endless energy but also your immune system functioning at such a high level.

    Congrats man. You’re and inspiration to us all. Once again Mark, you da man.

    Matt Forrester wrote on March 16th, 2010
  21. Awesome! Your new Delta Tau Kai name is… “Benchmark.”

    This probably isn’t the right place to pick your brain for anything other than PB stuff, but I’m constantly referencing the bits I remember from “Limited Wants, Unlimited Means” while having debates with friends. Any suggested reading in that direction?

    Allbeef Patty wrote on March 16th, 2010
  22. Timothy,
    Grok on! I am so excited to hear about your radical transformation on the Primal Blueprint. I just started on Saturday so knowing how quickly your body reacted is inspirational to say the least.

    I was starting to get discouraged last evening after spending the day with a friend who attacked the Primal Blueprint and bascially called me an unhealthy freak.

    Your testimonial just gave me extra motivation to stick with it and let my non-believing friend watch my body dynamically change.

    Keep up the great work!

    MariaB430 wrote on March 16th, 2010
  23. Timothy, What an inspiring story! I just finished Marks book after going off grains because of gluten intolerance, and I can see and amazing difference! I am sooo hooked. Everything you said I can relate too. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy wrote on March 16th, 2010
  24. Wow, he looks like a different man!

    Very inspiring.

    Jay wrote on March 16th, 2010
  25. Congratulations, Timothy–what an amazing transformation! You’re living proof that we all have the power to change our bodies and our lives!

    Al Kavadlo wrote on March 16th, 2010
  26. “Push-ups in the elevator.” Nice!

    Steven wrote on March 16th, 2010
  27. Holy freaking cow!!!! Now that’s a really nice success story. I REALLY enjoyed reading this. I bet he feels so good and his confidence is definitely glowing! Congratulations!

    Christina wrote on March 16th, 2010
  28. These are the kinds of stories that really make you happy. Not just for the person who experienced the success — although that certainly is part of it — but also for the fact that stories like this one can inspire others. Somewhere, there’s probably at least one person stumbling upon this website and reading this story. They’re thinking “Could I have results like that?” Then they begin to look around, and see that others have had similar “miracle” results — myself included. Hopefully they then make the commitment to changing their own life for the better. That’s what really makes me happy about stories such as this — the promise of more similar stories.

    Alex wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Alex, thank you! It wasn’t long ago that I was the one boggling at the Success Stories. I was blown away by folks like Diana and Sterling. I never expected to get similar results. But I figured that what worked for them might work a little bit for me, so I gave it a try.

      Like Alex said, I expect there are people out there who read my story and assume it would never work for them, but are thinking of giving it a try anyway. If that’s you, you are where I was just two months ago. Enjoy!

      Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
  29. Stories like this can do two things… Inspire people like us and the odd friend/family member…And it can bring out the naysayers (who are generally jealous of your success) who can ‘find’ all kinds of research that will tell you how wrong your new program is.

    What’s most important is that you know that this worked for you, that is all the evidence you will need to fight them off!

    I like your top ten list, that is a big life change!
    Keep up the great work, you are inspiration to all the people who are wondering if they should make the same changes.

    Karl MacPhee wrote on March 16th, 2010
  30. Timothy,
    Awesome. Wish you and family health and happiness, living life how it was meant to be lived! There are many communities to belong to online, I’m so glad I’m in this one, everyday hearing inspirational stories such as yours. Cheers.

    Zach wrote on March 16th, 2010
  31. Man way to go. Your the same size as me. You work out like I do. The sledgehammer is the best.

    Jack T wrote on March 16th, 2010
  32. Helluva job, Timothy!

    Skyler Tanner wrote on March 16th, 2010
  33. Great story. Love the sledgehammer method. I’m begging for another ice storm out here in Oklahoma so I can have a reason to get out my ax again.

    Oh, and that picture of you with your son and the vibrams…inspiring, beautiful, and hilarious, all at the same time! That’s a man and a father!

    Rick wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Thanks, Rick! I understand the desire to put that ax to use. I have a mattock that I am dying to try out on a rock face somewhere.

      Thanks for liking the picture! My son has been a secret weapon in my weight loss. Carrying a 15-pound baby and his kit everywhere burns some serious fat. No strollers for me! Unfortunately my wife and I are still trying to perfect Primal Law #6, “Get Adequate Sleep”.

      Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
  34. Congrats Tim, great work!

    Steven wrote on March 16th, 2010
  35. This is the third time I have topped at 200 pounds. I am only 5’2″. This time around I know just what caused the weight gain, as well as the previous two times. The first cause is not enough calorie burning exercise. (The past 3 years I have been sitting on the couch studying for colege classes)I understand that I need to find activity that makes me sweat on occasion and isn’t repetitive. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment and no membership fees. But it has to be something I enjoy and is convenient or I will not do it. The second revelation is the amount of sugar and refined grains in my diet. When I started college 3 1/2 years ago I was the thinnest I had been in years. This was due to several years on a gluten free diet. I had struggled for years with horrible intestinal symptoms. The doctors decided it was IBS and said I needed more fiber and that was that. I was unsatisfied when I continued having symptoms. I did a lot of research and discovered my symptoms matched those of celiac disease or Gluten Intolerence. I began a gluten free diet (lactose and egg free as well)and for the most part my symptoms disappeared. An added bonus was that I lost 50 pounds too. My first year at college I had access to a forest just outside my dorm room. It was awesome. I did a lot of walking and occasionally even running through that wonderful forest. I then moved off campus, to a more urban area, lots of pavement, not so many trees. I also discovered over the next two years that I was able to add back in to my diet some dairy products (softer cheeses, sour cream) and I was able to tolerate eggs again as well. When I found out I could eat eggs again, I baked up a storm in my kitchen. I used to be a wonderful baker (pre-gluten intolerence). Everything I baked came out perfect. But baking without the special properties of eggs is a disappointing proposition. Being able to eat eggs again became an orgy of sweet baked products, yum! That was the clincher in my weight gain. A reduction in exercise and an increase in refined grains and sugars brought me right back up to the 200 mark again. So here we go again. This time I am smarter about nutrition (or lack thereof in a common processed diet)and the impact sugars and refined grains have on our bodies. The more of these the less room in our diets for real nutrition. It will again be a struggle up that weight loss hill, but I know I can do it. I have done it before and with my new found knowledge I know that once I make it back to a reasonable weight I will never have to be fat again! As a side note, in my research I have been amazed at how politics and a food system designed for efficiency, shelflife and profits have conspired to create the unhealthiest and most obese Americans we have ever had. We don’t need a new “healthcare plan” we need better nutrition and less tv time. Go play outside!

    Rita wrote on March 16th, 2010
  36. wow…just wow! I am trying to get on track with going Primal (and will be attending the conference to really give myself a boost), and reading your story has really, really inspired me. Thanks so much for sending it to MDA as all fo these inspiration stories do stick with me and will further inspire me to be the best I can be! I still have far to go, but I am getting more on track every day!

    Miss Kitty wrote on March 16th, 2010
  37. Wow. Awesome. This really inspires me to get started.

    Suse wrote on March 16th, 2010
  38. Testimonials like this are really helpful. Just about on the point of giving in and going back to standard new zealand diet, because the increase in grocery bill for our family is not sustainable. I need to look harder at how to make this all work on a budget.

    Nick wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • At least you lamb there is grass fed. In America it’s grain fed.

      What’s helping me is buying cheaper cuts.

      Can you grow some food?

      Allbeef Patty wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • We are lucky in New Zealand as almost all red meat is grass fed. We are cowpooling and growing a few vegetables, but need to do a lot more.

        Nick wrote on March 16th, 2010
  39. It’s in tellings like this and others on the site that I find reinvigorated faith in the paleo lifestyle! Thanks for sharing, Timothy!

    wd wrote on March 16th, 2010

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