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6 Sep

Down 100 Pounds in 9 Months!

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!

real life stories stories 1 2How I Gained It: For as long as I can remember I have been overweight. As a child I never thought I was inactive. I played all of the neighborhood sports, league baseball, rode bikes, I was always outside with my core group of friends in Island Park, RI. It was my diet that led me to be overweight. I would consume pizza, fast food, chips, cookies and everything else under the sun. It really got out of control when I got my drivers license. I now had access to a job and a car and could buy anything I wanted to eat. It was like this through high-school, college, and even in my job on a tugboat. Tugboats can be a very sedentary lifestyle. There is not much walking around on a 100ft boat. With access to all of the boat’s food, I was eating a lot with not much exercise. It is a very unhealthy lifestyle. I work on the boat for 3 weeks and then I am home for 3 weeks. The time spent at home was sleeping and eating and drinking, that was all I did.

Breaking Point: I had always thought about losing weight but never gave it a fair try. I thought about it everyday. The hardest part for me was trying to find clothes. I would have to order them online or go to big and tall stores. There are only so many styles at those stores and I definitely didn’t like many of them. On January 1, 2012 I decided I needed to change, not just for being able to buy nicer clothes but for my health. The US Coast Guard is in charge of Merchant Mariner licenses and they have been cracking down on BMIs in the industry. I had my annual physical coming up in March 2012.  So I figured if I jumped into a healthier lifestyle I would have 3 months to shed some weight.

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How I Lost Weight: My close friend Ryan suggested I read a book by the name of  The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. This book covers the paleo Lifestyle. Eating like our caveman ancestors. I figured I could eat meat and veggies and be happy with it. After diving head first into the book I adopted a paleo way of eating. I found it to be very easy especially while reading every paleo book I could get my hands on. During my March physical I had lost 40 pounds with little effort. In fact, my doctor and nurse were shocked when I walked in. The nurse even asked, “do you realize you lost 40lbs”? I jokingly said “I had no idea”. Then they bombarded me with questions about paleo because they had never heard of it. I decided against exercising and to focus on my diet. It was September 2012 and I was down 100lbs. 100lbs in 9 months! I started to exercise after that and have been to this day.

The weight loss has slowed down a bit but muscle weighs more than fat, right? I have lost 130lbs total. I go to the gym everyday and mix in cardio and weight lifting. I really enjoy it now. I never thought I would enjoy going to the gym. My biggest joy of losing the weight is helping other people. I love talking paleo and I have even started a blog to help my friends WWJME.com (What Would John Mack Eat?). I can’t tell you how happy I am. It truly is a life changing event. My new goal is to get to 220lbs and go from there. My even bigger goal is to help people with losing weight.

Age: 30
Height: 6′ 1″
Before Weight: 370 pounds
After Weight: 240 pounds

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John Mack

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  1. Congrats John!! You look incredible! Keep up the great work, and I can’t wait to check out your blog!

    Charlotte wrote on September 6th, 2013
  2. Well done! Looking great – congrats!

    Brittany wrote on September 6th, 2013
  3. Great confident swagger in your “after” photos. You look really happy!

    Colleen wrote on September 6th, 2013
  4. That’s crazy awesome! Lookin good sailor, and I bet feeling even better :)

    Tiki wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • +1, hot stuff.

      Madama Butterfry wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • Wow…. just wow! Thanks for sharing your story and great job pulling that off, John! All the best to you!

      Grok on!

      Stefan wrote on September 7th, 2013
  5. Oh my goodness! You look amazing!

    Gotta love primal, it doesn’t feel like punishment :)

    Debbie wrote on September 6th, 2013
  6. Great Job, John!!

    Amy wrote on September 6th, 2013
  7. I can’t believe that’s the same person in the before and after photos! Congrats, John Mark. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story!

    Anne wrote on September 6th, 2013
  8. Awesome Man!!! Feels good doesn’t it?!

    Bryan wrote on September 6th, 2013
  9. Ahoy!! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…you have inspired me mate!

    dave deppisch wrote on September 6th, 2013
  10. I *thought* you looked familiar! I love your blog, and follow you on IG! Congratulations! What a transformation!

    Barb wrote on September 6th, 2013
  11. So glad you shared your story John! You look awesome and are such an inspiration :)

    Rachael wrote on September 6th, 2013
  12. Well done John, 130 lbs is a true accomplishment.

    Vanessa wrote on September 6th, 2013
  13. Wow, awesome change for the better John! Congrats on your new healthy, happy life. :)

    sapphiric wrote on September 6th, 2013
  14. Congratulations, John! Great looking website too!

    Matt wrote on September 6th, 2013
  15. You look Fantastic! Like a different person.

    Sandy wrote on September 6th, 2013
  16. Another incredible transformation! Congratulations!

    Alice wrote on September 6th, 2013
  17. Wow! Those are amazing results, congrats. I’m going to check out your blog right now!

    Tom T. wrote on September 6th, 2013
  18. Very inspiring store. i could have sworn I just read your story yesterday though. Did you by chance also post in the whole30 board?

    Crystal wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • *story

      Ack, I hate typos.

      Crystal wrote on September 6th, 2013
      • Hmm, I didn’t see that on whole30

        John M Brown wrote on September 6th, 2013
        • ;-) It’s gonna drive me nuts, i have to figure out where I saw your story. ;-) I remembered the story but also noticed the before pictures were tattoo-free and the after pictures had full sleeves. I had an appreciation for it.

          Crystal wrote on September 6th, 2013
        • Huffington Post Weight Loss stories

          John M Brown wrote on September 6th, 2013
  19. You have got to feel awesome not carrying a whole extra person, 130lbs, around. You are an inspiration, keep it up.

    John Snyder wrote on September 6th, 2013
  20. Awesomeness in every way!

    Linda A. Lavid wrote on September 6th, 2013
  21. I love stories like this! Fridays are the best on this site!

    Donnie Law wrote on September 6th, 2013
  22. WHOO-HOO! Way to go, John! You look great!

    Jodi wrote on September 6th, 2013
  23. That is some fine-looking 240lbs you have left.

    Diane wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • I agree! HOT!

      Fina wrote on September 6th, 2013
  24. That’s amazing! One helluva job you’ve done. I will be eating what John Mack eats, starting with the pork belly recipe, looks excellent as do the other recipes!

    Are you limiting alcohol to wine only? I have a hard time laying off the beer.

    Bayrider wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • Wow, your blog is really great. You’re my new cooking role model, I really need to up my game. And I found the cocktail section:)

      Bayrider wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • Thank you!

      John M Brown wrote on September 6th, 2013
  25. Great job, John! Wowza- What a hot grok!! Keep up the good work!

    Katie C. wrote on September 6th, 2013
  26. Thanks for sharing, you look fantastic, and so healthy! Congratulations and I will check out your blog.

    Karo, Scotland wrote on September 6th, 2013
  27. WTG John!!!! That is AMAAZING! You look great… Gonna go check out your blog. Did someone say Pork Belly? Yum!!

    Bob wrote on September 6th, 2013
  28. Way to kick some butt and adapt to making it work (the decision to not workout at the start worked out great for you!) Congrats!!

    Mike Troy wrote on September 6th, 2013
  29. Nine months, that’s unbelievably good news.

    You just want to grab people and shove their faces into this website every Friday and shout, “PEOPLE, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?”

    Moshen wrote on September 6th, 2013
  30. Nice work, John. Grok on!

    James wrote on September 6th, 2013
  31. Congratulations – you’ve lost an entire person! And you look amazing!

    b2curious wrote on September 6th, 2013
  32. Amazing transformation. Like a new man! Keep it up, and thanks for sharing!

    Luke wrote on September 6th, 2013
  33. I’m going to say it again, “I love Fridays”

    rlarson wrote on September 6th, 2013
  34. Bravo Zulu John!

    Joe wrote on September 6th, 2013
  35. Finally a fellow paleo pal in RI! I work on the island not too far from Island Point. I used to frequent El Parque.

    liberty1776 wrote on September 6th, 2013
    • I grew up next to El Parque

      John M Brown wrote on September 6th, 2013
      • If you like to cook there is a fantastic program at JWU called “Chef’s Choice”; it is one of Rhody’s hidden gems. JWU is where I began my charcuterie journey. (See the hyperlink on my name for class offerings).

        liberty1776 wrote on September 6th, 2013
        • I really appreciate that, what a great idea!

          John M Brown wrote on September 6th, 2013
  36. Excellent success story – especially given the lack of exercise to begin with, just goes to show that this way of eating really does work. Well done and keep up with the great work!

    Grokesque wrote on September 6th, 2013
  37. Nice John Mack. Great work. Doesn’t look like the same person. Good for you.

    BW wrote on September 6th, 2013
  38. Great job, man! I’m sure you will reach your 220 lbs-goal in no time. Grok on!

    CB wrote on September 6th, 2013
  39. I’ll drink to your health…the wine photo is awesome. Grok on brother!

    Nocona wrote on September 6th, 2013
  40. Incredibly inspiring John. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Truly shows you the power of diet, even diet alone. Nice work!

    Stu wrote on September 6th, 2013

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