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  • Hi I'm Andy and I've lost 24 lbs in 2.5 Months

    Andy here. Long time lurker, never posted before but thought I'd come out of the weeds to celebrate a success, if for no other reason than to encourage someone pondering this MAKE this choice.

    6 feet tall and found myself at 219 lbs on January 21st, 2012. I cant describe how bad I SUFFERED from heartburn all day every day. I carried antacids on my person 24/7. Literally waking up at night with acid in my throat, even though I had begun propping up on a pillow to sleep. A fistfull of antacids and try to go back to sleep. I felt like crap constantly, and frankly was a wee bit depressed. I had ONE pair of blue jeans left that I could squeeze into. I also had chronic lower back pain. I was out of shape, in the worst of ways and literally cutting my toenails was laborious. Pathetic, right?

    Jan 20th I went 100% compliant with the diet, with the exception that I've done this with all store bought groceries. The transition didnt suck near as bad as I figured it would...after all, eating bacon rocks!

    To say that the Primal Blueprint has changed my life is to deny the true power of the transformation that has occured in my body. I believe it has SAVED my life. Not so much in an immediate literal sense, but in the fact that this lifestyle will enable me to live fuller, and live longer.

    A brief rundown of benefits I've enjoyed thusfar:

    24 lb weight loss to date, I checked in at 195 yesterday morning
    An immediate 5 lb loss each of the first two weeks
    4 days into eating Primally my heartburn ended and it hasnt been back
    Did away with the extra pillow prop up system, neck now feels better
    I am now able to sleep like I'm dead
    I wake up refreshed, ready to face the day
    I am infinitely more energetic and am managing stress far better
    I own and operate a business, which has increased with my energy and improved moods
    Last night I did 20 dead hang chin ups, 50 push ups and 50 squats in less than 20 minutes
    I found the motivation to join my local volunteer fire department
    Every pair of jeans I have now fit, and many are baggy at size 34 waist
    Chronic back pain is almost completely gone

    Goals to come:

    I now look good in my clothes. I want to look good without a shirt. I'll hit the big 4-0 on 10/28 this year. I have a goal of being carved by that time. I need to lose about 20 more and I'll get there...and I WILL get there.

    I bought a calf to graze in my pasture. It'll be weaned off its mama in about a month. I'm going to raise my own grass fed beef.

    I now carry myself with a confidence that I didnt have previously. I am going to continually challenge myself physically, mentally, spiritually and financially to attain higher levels of achievement.

    In summation, it is AMAZING to me that simply changing what goes in my face could have such drastic benefits. I feel better, look better, am making more money and giving back to my community all from benefits gained by going Primal. If you happen to be reading this and you've previously been unsure if this is a good idea, buy the book and implement it in your life. You'll be shocked at the ease.

    Mark Sisson, if you should so happen to read this...thank you brother. Humble, sincere thanks.

    -Andy in Tennessee

  • #2
    Absolutely awesome story! Thanks for posting it!


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      • #4
        Fantastic Andy!! Congratulations and all the best in you continuing journey! Grok on brother!
        You don't have to be sick to get better.
        Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
        Primal start: 1/2/2012
        My Primal Journal
        Living, loving and learning.


        • #5
          Good result. Keep at it.
          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.


          • #6
            Hi Andy and glad to have you out of the weeds..... I was in the same boat with the heartburn. Used to joke about owning stock in Tums.... I barely ever have to crack that plastic bottle open anymore.....
            I Kettlebell therefore I am.

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            • #7
              awesome progress! I am at 6 weeks in and it is the most amazing thing I have ever done for myself! Keep going!!


              • #8
                It just makes me happy to eat this way. I have proven to myself that eating grains and sugar makes me feel crazy and daily life just seems harder. I am so much calmer and peaceful when I don't. The difference blows my mind.

                So I understand what you are going through. Congratulations.


                • #9
                  Great job Andy! I love reading posts like this. Keep up the good fight.
                  Primal Journal of a Filipino Cherokee Grok

                  SAD weight: 250
                  Current Primal weight: 183.2


                  • #10
                    Congrats Andy, and huge bottle of Tums ultra strength is the loneliest thing in my house!
                    6' 2" | Age: 42 | SW: 341 | CW: 198 | GW: 180?

                    “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
                    ― Søren Kierkegaard


                    • #11
                      Well done! An inspiration!


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                        • #13
                          Congrats, Andy!

                          A somewhat similar story here, although I started back in January of 2011. At 26 and 6 feet tall, I found myself weak and overweight at 215 lbs or so. So when January 2011 rolled around, I headed down the primal path. It took me longer than you, but that's because my 80/20 rule has been more like a 50/50 or 40/60 rule at times. I'm getting better about it.

                          But the most important thing is that I've lost 5-6 inches from my waistline, and over 25 lbs of body fat. I've been involved in the volunteer fire/rescue service for almost 10 years, but I never felt I was in good enough shape to go through the fire academy and get certified as an actual fire fighter. That changed last September. I know I'm still not remotely as strong as I need to be, but I got certified last month, and I am now feeling more confident and motivated than ever to stay as strictly primal as possible. Now that I'm hitting the workouts much more frequently than before, I'm starting to notice muscles I haven't felt before. Its a wonderful feeling!

                          Keep up the good work, and best of luck to you in the fire service. Stay safe!



                          • #14
                            Way to go, great progress


                            • #15
                              Thank you all for your kind and encouraging words. Since initially posting this, I've come down another pound (not that I care what the scale says) and have begun weight training for the first time since high school. The last time I seriously picked up a weight, MTV still played videos and it was all big hair bands! Weighted chin ups, squats, bench press and dead lifts are the chosen exercises to add muscle mass and tone my body. I have been sore as (insert your favorite expletive) this week but I LOVE IT! And, I can see subtle diffferences in my physique. Today I wore some slim (what? what!!) cut 34x34 jeans that had enough room left in them that I could easily run my thumbs between me and the waistline. I have also noticed my sense of smell has gotten REALLY keen. I swear I can smell the artificial ingredients in a sack of McDonalds now. I dont eat that garbage but I am exposed to it.

                              More updates as they come in, and I'll eventually try to get some pics on here. Though still well insulated, my abs can now be identified on my torso. Rock it!

                              Again I say, if you're on the fence about trying this plan...TRY IT.

                              Thank you Mark Sisson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!