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  • #61
    Yes, Griff sent me a PM on August 17th that he was fed up with the reaction he got on this particular thread and others so he was leaving MDA. I have his email address. I think I'll see how he is doing.
    Primal since 9/24/2010
    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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    • #62
      I PM'd him a short while ago and he said he was doing fine. Go ahead and email, though -- I bet he'd love to hear from you! Just cool to know he's still out there.
      August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

      I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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      • #63
        I agree that the MDA boards were a better place when Griff was here. I didn't always agree with everything he said but he alway said it intelligently and with thought, logic, and facts to back it up. I really respect him and hope he would consider giving MDA another try. But I understand if he doesn't.

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        • #64
          So we take our ball and go home?

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          • #65
            Oh, stop it.
            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by tapper47 View Post
              So we take our ball and go home?
              Everyone works their "Primal Plan" differently. We all have our own opinions and some of us are more vocal than others. The problem is that some people attack others here because they believe their way is best. Griff offered a lot of useful advice to this community-ie. the cholesterol Primer. Yes, he had strong opinions about VLC, exercise etc., but He was always encouraging to others. He left because he was being personally attacked about his choices in working his plan.

              Honestly, my plan is different from Griffs, but I respected him and feel that MDA lost a valuable member.
              Primal since 9/24/2010
              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
              MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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              • #67
                True, indeed, Paula.

                He was unfairly attacked for holding his own goals and no-one else's. It was ugly and unnecessary. I'm glad he's doing well, because I just thought about him this morning, and this thread popped up.

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                • #68
                  Oh this is sad, id love to know how Griff is doing.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                    Yes, Griff sent me a PM on August 17th that he was fed up with the reaction he got on this particular thread and others so he was leaving MDA. I have his email address. I think I'll see how he is doing.
                    Paula, in his original post in this thread Griff said he had a blog. You wouldn't know where that is would you? I'd love a link to it.
                    Odille
                    F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
                    following Primal Lifestyle and swimming my way to health

                    My Primal Blog / Photo Blog / RedBubble shop / My Calendars / My Facebook

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                    • #70
                      Thank you Griff.

                      I am new to MDA (just approved today), therefore and perhaps not coincidentally, relatively new to paleo/primal/caveman/grok/etc. I really appreciate reading your cholesterol primer and the experience you shared on the boards. Looking forward to reading and learning more.

                      Regards,
                      Scott




                      Originally posted by Griff View Post
                      I posted to a few of my blog sites explaining the basics behind Primal, but the forum choked when I tried to post the whole thing here. Then I realized, most people here already know all the science. I just want to share my success. So here it is:

                      OK, I'm going to write a little bit here about my weight-loss and getting-healthy journey. I put those terms in that order, mostly because most people just want to know how I lost the weight (and am continuing to lose it) when I'm eating stuff that they've been told by everyone they know is "unhealthy." However, for me, the object is really health, and weight is secondary to that goal.

                      Here's my success story: I started out in August of 2009 at 397 pounds (essentially, 400 pounds). I had diabetes (A1c = 8.7), arthritis (I was in a powered wheelchair most of the time), severe migraines, IBS, and a host of other problems. My father had died of diabetes (through gangrene and advanced cancer), and I didn't want to head down the same path. So when my doctor sat me down on August 13 and said "Change or die," I took him seriously, and I began searching the Internet for answers.

                      I found several, all of them leading to the same startling conclusions. I am a scientist by trade and training (social scientist, but it's still science) and so when I first discovered the ideas of low-carb and Paleo eating, I investigated all the nutrition literature I could get my hands on, to see if these folks were just con men or if their assertions were backed up by the science. When I discovered that the science supported their assertions, I dove in and I have never once regretted it.

                      All of my health problems began to disappear within three weeks. My bloodwork in November, four months into it, shocked my doctor. He couldn't believe I'd gone from an 8.7 A1c to a 5.4 (normal) A1c in only four months. At that point I'd lost 47 pounds, too, without effort. I drove my wheelchair into Student Services at school a month after I started this process and said "Here, I'm abandoning this, hope someone who needs it can use it." They all knew me pretty well - I'd been in a chair since undergrad - and it gave me such a charge to walk out of that office to their open-mouthed stares.

                      It's been almost two years since I started this process. I am still not what most people would consider "healthy" in terms of weight - I'm at about 295 right now - but I'm a hell of a lot better than where I was, and in terms of health problems, I'm stellar. The diabetes is essentially gone - my doctor says I've cured it. I'm walking all over the place and usually without pain. The IBS is history, I haven't had a migraine in over a year, and I have more energy at 40 than I ever had at 20.

                      That's how I did it, and how I'm continuing to do it. By my calculations, I'm losing about a pound and a half a week, without any real effort beyond not eating things that are bad for me and spike insulin (grains, beans/pulses, starchy vegetables, fruit, sugars, and processed food). I never, ever thought I'd see the underside of 300 on a scale again. The fact that I have used to amaze me, but now I know it's not magic. It's science.

                      Yesterday I discussed this with a registered nurse. She gasped in shock when I described my average daily diet, and then began to shake her head in wonder as I explained the science behind it. And now she's heading off to the sites and books I told her about, because it convinced her that this works.

                      That's how I did it, folks. You can do it, too.

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                      • #71
                        Love this post thanks. Your story is very encouraging.

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                        • #72
                          100%. That's what I've learned. I do not have much weight to lose but decided to do this to be supportive of my wife who wanted to start a "diet." I figured what the heck I have about 40 lbs that I can lose so I will do it too. Let's just say I didn't realize the health issues I had until I started this. By the time my "low carb flu" passed (took 7 days) I had lost 7 lbs (mostly water I know) and I had so much energy I felt like a V8 engine idling at a traffic light. I noticed also that I didn't have gas or bowel pain and heartburn and indigestion that I'd accepted as part of life just totally disappeared. Its been amazing already and I look forward to posting in the future.

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                          • #73
                            Bravo! I wish you continued success. Thanks so much for sharing.

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                            • #74
                              Griff,
                              First, congratulations, great story!

                              I have a question about the fitness portion. I suffer from osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. I struggle with the lift heavy things portion. I do swim and do pull ups on the edge of the pool as well as yoga. In the past I have been unable to do pushups or pull ups because of my shoulders. Do you do full on hardcore stuff or have you found something that works for you. Should I feel okay about what I am doing or should I push myself to try the heavy stuff? It really scares me. I have been bedridden in the past from different schemes.
                              Thanks for any input,

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                              • #75
                                Happycamper, Griff hasn't been on the Forums for about 2 years now since he was criticized for not wanting to look thinner and fitter. He was satisfied with his health and people here on the forums decided that wasn't good enough so he left.

                                Regarding your situation do what is comfortable for your body as you heal. Bodyweight exercises can take you a long way. Stick with that until you're ready to move on to something more. If you have to stick to bodyweight exercises for the rest of your life, you won't be missing out

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