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  • My first real verification that Primal Living is for real!

    Hi Everyone- pretty new to this primal living, started back in October, and I am thoroughly convinced!

    I had my first Physical since about 4 years ago yesterday, and the results were nothing but stellar!

    I started this Primal Transformation 6 months ago in October at about 320 Pounds at 6'2" (34 Years old)-- mind you I was an All American college football player in college about 12 years ago, so I was not a complete blob, but I had definitely let myself go! I weighed in yesterday at the doctor fully clothed with shoes on at 273. I am pretty sure I would have been 270 or less naked- that's a 50 pound difference!!!

    I have always been a bigger guy due to my weightlifting background, and had some pretty good accomplishments in the weightroom- (500 pound bench press, 650 Squat- you get the picture)- and yes it was natural- no steroids!!!!! I finally decided that there is no reason to weigh this much anymore or carry this much bulk-- and that it was going to catch up to me sometime soon. Also- my wife is a chronic cardio girl- has ran 10 marathons, etc, and I obviously don't have the build, (or the knees) to run marathon's with her, but I knew that I needed to make a serious change or she would be a widow before I was 50.

    I was reading about eating bacon and eggs for breakfast everyday, as I was going to start another Atkins adventure, when I saw the Primal Blueprint advertised on the webpage. Two days later, after rifling thru the book, I was on to my primal adventure.

    I have totally cut out grains, (except for maybe an occasional pizza every two or three week), and have gone grass fed and organic almost 95%. It has totally changed my life. I think I actually think differently now that I eat so many good fats. I have stopped the chronic cardio that I hate anyways- and have continued the heavy lifting becuase I love it, and have transitioned to walks, some sprinting when my knees can handle it (repaired ACL and MCL injuries from prehistoric astroturf), and have even started walking the golf course carrying my bag with about 100 balls in it when I play.

    My clothes don't fit- my shoes don't fit (pretty sure my feet were swollen), and I can actually start to see my abdominal muscles weighing 270 pounds- no lie!

    I know it's not primal, but the last two weeks I have started something new with my wife- YOGA!

    It has been good break from the gym a few days a week, and i think my golf swing has gotten too wide from the added flexibility.

    So- back to the physical. The doctor and I spoke about diet and exercise, the conventional way they always do- "It doesn' matter what you eat, just how much of it you eat, no saturated fats, blah, blah, blah". I didn't tell him what I have been eating for six months- 4 eggs with bacon every single day for breakfast, meats, vegetables, and butter, butter, butter! My blood pressure was 120/80, pulse was 72, no prostrate problems- (that test sucks), electrocardiogram was normal, and I got my blood test results today.

    Cholesterol - 179
    HDL- 57
    LDL- 115
    Blood Sugar- normal

    Only abnormal # was creatine? 1.4 when 1.3 is high? That is from my supplements I take he said, and to be careful.

    So- I cannot complain- I just need to convince more people how awesome this makes me feel. First, and most difficult will be my wife! She is stuck on grains- I guess she needs some for running she says.

    I need to get some before and after photos up, but I don't have any right now.

    I have convinced a cousin to read the book, and he is on the same path as I am- he was in the same boat as me with the extra football bulk, etc.

    To finish this off- I am grateful that I discovered this lifestyle (not diet- I get so tired of people asking me if I am still on "that" diet), and I will contiue to pursue further fat loss, and a better body composition. I fully intend to cut my grass this summer without my shirt on!

    I almost forgot to mention that sex with my wife is WAY better when 50 pounds of blubber on my gut is not in the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I figured I would close with my favorite saying that my College Coach would say when we would complain about extra sprints or conditioning, and I think this applies to my life now and my pursuit of health and fitness when it gets rough.

    Don't tell me about the pain, SHOW ME THE BABY!

    Think about that one for awhile- it might take a second to sink in!

    Gotta go- have some grass fed skirt steak marinating!!!!

    I found a before (whale sighting) photo, and a couple from today. Still got some work to do, but I feel great!



    4/26/2012- 4 Week Check in- Down another 8 pounds and I am feeling great! I feel like I can really tell that he fat is going away on my mid section- I am starting to see some muscles in my mid section better every day. Getting stronger again after losing some strength initially. My body is running like a sports car these days- it's awesome when I can feel it responding everyday. Did sprints yesterday afternoon with my Dog and I felt like I had drank 3 cups of coffee I was so jacked up yesterday- what an endorphine rush.

    Have a great weekend.

    Last edited by Fatty68; 04-26-2012, 05:34 AM. Reason: NEW PHOTO!

  • #2
    Congratulations! You have have a great story here, and it sounds like you'll have many more years to add onto it thanks to your progress. Your wife certainly doesn't need to go low carb especially if she runs a lot, she should have plenty of healthy carb sources. Maybe some of Mark's articles would be of interest to her?

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    • #3

      Regarding creatine, usually low creatine is associated with low muscle mass. For instance, my mom's creatine is a little low because she never recovered all her muscle after her several-month water fasting alternative cancer treatment. All her other stats are great. So it is reasonable to suspect her lowish creatine is simply because of lower muscle mass.

      Your higher creatine may simply be the opposite, since you're a big guy.

      Take that with a grain of salt, but if you wanted to look into it, there is a starting point.
      5'6" Female, 29 Years Old, 260/195/120

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        Ain't it great my friend? Big high five to you.....
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        • #5
          Originally posted by GrokON View Post
          For instance, my mom's creatine is a little low because she never recovered all her muscle after her several-month water fasting alternative cancer treatment.
          Did that work for her?


          • #6
            Originally posted by NWPrimate View Post
            Did that work for her?
            Well, we don't know.

            First, some facts: Her cancer is extremely slow growing, but persistent and resourceful. It originated in the breast, and has a pattern that metastasizes to the lungs, followed by the bone and then liver. It has an average 3 year survival rate post diagnosis. She was diagnosed almost 2 decades ago, and has only ever done alternative treatments.

            When she went to the fasting clinic, she basically gauged her own success on the lump in her breast. It didn't reduce in size - in fact, it grew. But she had no baseline for if/where the cancer had spread. Last year, she scheduled a mastectomy, and as part of it of course they did scans and x-rays. These revealed "numerous" inoperable metastases on the lungs. There was a single hot spot on the bone, and the liver was completely clear.

            So, did fasting for 90+ days not work, or was her body repairing liver & bone, possibly working on the lungs by the time she finished the fast, but hadn't yet got to the (less critical) breast tissue? We don't know, because there was no baseline. She was of course demotivated and never did a follow-up fast after a refeed period.

            At this point, she is energetic and vibrant, and asymptomatic of her lung tumors. Her mastectomy was a success, with clear margins. She is on an extremely clean primal diet (very low carb: meat, veggies, fats only!) which she adheres to 100%. I put together a supplement plan that includes extremely high doses of Vitamin D3, Iodine, Vitamin C, Magnesium, and some other anti-inflammatory and angiogenesis inhibiting supplements, among other things. It is a pretty comprehensive program.

            She goes for a chest x-ray in July, which will mark 5-6 months of being on the diet and nutrition protocol. We are praying for positive results (size reduction in the lung tumors) but she has committed to follow my heavily researched protocol for a full year, regardless, to give it enough time. The doctors basically sent her home to die last year, so she feels she has nothing to lose by trying this route.

            Sorry to hijack the thread!
            5'6" Female, 29 Years Old, 260/195/120

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GrokON View Post
              She goes for a chest x-ray in July, which will mark 5-6 months of being on the diet and nutrition protocol.
              Keep us posted. I'm certainly interested in this topic.


              • #8
                Thanks for posting this fatty68! And congratulations on your success so far!

                Your build and athletic history sounds very, very close to my stepdad (big framed guy with a lot of dense muscle left over from HS & college football/wrestling/bodybuilding), and he's been very interested in my decision to give up grains. He's cut bread out of his eating habit, but can't quit the pasta quite yet. I guess it's the Sicilian/Italian pasta upbringing he had. Says he's trimming down just from the no-bread, less-milk decisions, though. Yay!

                Now I have an encouraging story for him from someone who might be younger, but has a very similar body composition and history. Thanks!


                • #9
                  Congratulations on your great success! I, for one, would be happy to have you mowing the lawn shirtless in my neighborhood!


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                    • #11
                      Fantastic progress Fatty68! Looking great!
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