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September 06, 2013

Down 100 Pounds in 9 Months!

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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!

How 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.

John Mack - Before and After

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

John Mack - Before and After

John Mack - Before and After

John Mack

John Mack

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Charlotte
3 years 21 days ago

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

Brittany
Brittany
3 years 21 days ago

Well done! Looking great – congrats!

Colleen
Colleen
3 years 21 days ago

Great confident swagger in your “after” photos. You look really happy!

Tiki
Tiki
3 years 21 days ago

That’s crazy awesome! Lookin good sailor, and I bet feeling even better 🙂

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 21 days ago

+1, hot stuff.

Stefan
3 years 20 days ago

Wow…. just wow! Thanks for sharing your story and great job pulling that off, John! All the best to you!

Grok on!

Debbie
3 years 21 days ago

Oh my goodness! You look amazing!

Gotta love primal, it doesn’t feel like punishment 🙂

Amy
3 years 21 days ago

Great Job, John!!

Anne
3 years 21 days ago

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!

Bryan
Bryan
3 years 21 days ago

Awesome Man!!! Feels good doesn’t it?!

dave deppisch
3 years 21 days ago

Ahoy!! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…you have inspired me mate!

Barb
Barb
3 years 21 days ago

I *thought* you looked familiar! I love your blog, and follow you on IG! Congratulations! What a transformation!

Rachael
3 years 21 days ago

So glad you shared your story John! You look awesome and are such an inspiration 🙂

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 21 days ago

Well done John, 130 lbs is a true accomplishment.

sapphiric
sapphiric
3 years 21 days ago

Wow, awesome change for the better John! Congrats on your new healthy, happy life. 🙂

Matt
Matt
3 years 21 days ago

Congratulations, John! Great looking website too!

Sandy
3 years 21 days ago

You look Fantastic! Like a different person.

Alice
Alice
3 years 21 days ago

Another incredible transformation! Congratulations!

Tom T.
3 years 21 days ago

Wow! Those are amazing results, congrats. I’m going to check out your blog right now!

Crystal
Crystal
3 years 21 days ago

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
Crystal
3 years 21 days ago

*story

Ack, I hate typos.

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

Hmm, I didn’t see that on whole30

Crystal
Crystal
3 years 21 days ago

😉 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.

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

Huffington Post Weight Loss stories

John Snyder
John Snyder
3 years 21 days ago

You have got to feel awesome not carrying a whole extra person, 130lbs, around. You are an inspiration, keep it up.

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Linda A. Lavid
3 years 21 days ago

Awesomeness in every way!

Donnie Law
3 years 21 days ago

I love stories like this! Fridays are the best on this site!

Jodi
Jodi
3 years 21 days ago

WHOO-HOO! Way to go, John! You look great!

Diane
Diane
3 years 21 days ago

That is some fine-looking 240lbs you have left.

Fina
Fina
3 years 21 days ago

I agree! HOT!

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

Thanks Ladies!

Anna
Anna
3 years 21 days ago

Yep.

Bayrider
Bayrider
3 years 21 days ago

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
Bayrider
3 years 21 days ago

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:)

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

Thank you!

Katie C.
Katie C.
3 years 21 days ago

Great job, John! Wowza- What a hot grok!! Keep up the good work!

Karo, Scotland
Karo, Scotland
3 years 21 days ago

Thanks for sharing, you look fantastic, and so healthy! Congratulations and I will check out your blog.

Bob
Bob
3 years 21 days ago

WTG John!!!! That is AMAAZING! You look great… Gonna go check out your blog. Did someone say Pork Belly? Yum!!

Mike Troy
3 years 21 days ago

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!!

Moshen
Moshen
3 years 21 days ago

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?”

James
3 years 21 days ago

Nice work, John. Grok on!

b2curious
b2curious
3 years 21 days ago

Congratulations – you’ve lost an entire person! And you look amazing!

Luke
3 years 21 days ago

Amazing transformation. Like a new man! Keep it up, and thanks for sharing!

rlarson
rlarson
3 years 21 days ago

I’m going to say it again, “I love Fridays”

Joe
Joe
3 years 21 days ago

Bravo Zulu John!

liberty1776
liberty1776
3 years 21 days ago

Finally a fellow paleo pal in RI! I work on the island not too far from Island Point. I used to frequent El Parque.

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

I grew up next to El Parque

liberty1776
3 years 21 days ago

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).

John M Brown
3 years 21 days ago

I really appreciate that, what a great idea!

Grokesque
Grokesque
3 years 21 days ago

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!

BW
BW
3 years 21 days ago

Nice John Mack. Great work. Doesn’t look like the same person. Good for you.

CB
CB
3 years 21 days ago

Great job, man! I’m sure you will reach your 220 lbs-goal in no time. Grok on!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 21 days ago

I’ll drink to your health…the wine photo is awesome. Grok on brother!

Stu
3 years 21 days ago

Incredibly inspiring John. Thanks so much for sharing!

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

Melissa
Melissa
3 years 21 days ago

Great story and such an inspiration. Cutie too!!

glorth2
glorth2
3 years 21 days ago

You don’t look 240.

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Ryan S.
Ryan S.
3 years 21 days ago

You Did Work Man! Excellent transformation and total inspiration to so many. Let food be thy medicine.

Debbie
Debbie
3 years 21 days ago

Congrats! You look great and more importantly, you look like you feel great!!!

Annie B
Annie B
3 years 21 days ago

“I had always thought about losing weight….. I thought about it every day.” Wow, how many of us can relate to that… wake up daily thinking about it, and go to bed at night feeling like we’ve failed. Primal is life changing – unlike anything else.
Taking action is a wonderful thing, and you did it big time, John! Way to go!!!!! You look great. Very inspirational.

Sara
Sara
3 years 21 days ago

Amazing! You look great!

Anna
Anna
3 years 21 days ago

I understand a lot of people are on the fence about Paleo. But I relate more to what you said: meat, veggies – OK. It was easier than I thought it would be. Either that or I’ve forgotten what it was like at the beginning. Definitely just a way of life now!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
3 years 21 days ago

Are you sure you didn’t throw in photos of some unrelated stranger? I can’t even tell that the before/after is the same person!

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