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  • Finally ready to post here.

    In 2010 I was in crisis, I was 245lbs on my 5'8" frame, age 35, a high functioning alcoholic (15+ beers per day AVERAGE and whatever liquor I desired) and dreadfully unable to do anything physical except sit at my desk and lift a drink to my lips.

    While I made some strides early in my journey, it was still based on the SAD and calorie restriction. I still struggled to kick the booze, a few weeks here and there but never lasted. In 2011 I lost my best friend (drank himself to death at 39 YO) and continued my downhill spiral into alcoholism and just generally didn't care what happened to me.

    On November 20th, 2012 I found myself in the emergency room at the Mayo Clinic with severe stomach pains, dehydration, and other physical symptoms I won't gross you out with. As I laid in the gurney, watching my wife cry because she knew as well as I that I did this 100% to myself and couldn't stop it, I had my moment of clarity. The nurse pushed morphine into my IV, I had people sticking things where they shouldn't, and I just realized AT THAT MOMENT that if I didn't make changes I was in for a lot more of this as well as an early checkout from this ride called life. I wasn't ready to give up just yet.

    So, while I have been clean and sober for 19 MONTHS AS OF TODAY, I didn't really start cleaning up my diet and getting back to compliant paleo/primal until the first of this year around my birthday. For the first year of sobriety I didn't beat myself up too much and allowed myself to be liberal with my diet within reason - but I still hovered around 205 lbs. I knew some more of it had to go and I rededicated myself to what I know works. I still have 5-10 lbs left to go, but I feel stronger/lighter/more agile than I have since 2004. I know I haven't been this light since then ~

    So here it is, 245lbs in 2010 vs 175lbs in 2014 (today). That's 70lbs off, a head cleared up, and seems like a lifetime ago. 10-14.jpg

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    • Amazing blaklabl! You should be very proud of yourself!

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      • WOW!!!
        Congratulations!
        Began Primal Living: 25 Sep 2012
        Starting Weight: 82kg (180 lbs) - Lost 30 lbs since going Primal!

        "I do not eat enough carbs to justify eating low-fat."
        "Have some bread with your bread, pasta, bread, and HFCS." - Unicorn
        "I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it." - IronGirl
        "Tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?" - not on the rug


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        • Congratulation Blaklabl!!! You have done some amazing work...
          My story, My thought....

          It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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          • Amazing work pilot and blaklabl!
            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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            • Congrats blaklabl! Phenomenal results and kudos to you for recognizing you needed to change. The world is better for it. So inspired. Wow.

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              • Just an update on my health. I had to get a full physical done for an upcoming Muay Thai fight, just got my results back and I was pretty stunned. Total cholesterol is 132. HDL is 68. LDL is 58. Chol/HDL ratio 1.9 my LDL/HDL ratio is .85 and my vLDL is 6. I wish my sleep pattern was better I have a high stress job where I work from 7pm -4am usually get about 4-5 hours tops of sleep. Then I train. My training would def be considered over doing it by primal standards but I love it and do compete. I run anywhere from 3-7 miles then do pad work /bag work sparring and clinching and calestenics 4-6 days a week. Due to my increased workload I eat a moderately high amount of white rice and taro/yautia.... Tons of fruit and veggies and chicken/turkey/eggs/pork/red meat. Also I snack on a lot of almond butter and sun butter! Addicted!!! Got some great feedback from my last photos. Feels great to know I am inspiring people. Here's a photo of my progress from 2012/2013/2014 image.jpg Zack I got your email. Stick with it stay the course you can do it!

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                • Awesome job Pilot! You look so healthy!

                  Great turn-around, Blaklab! I think I've read somewhere about a strong link between sugar addiction and alcohol addiction...like, it's one in the same. So, staying off sugar should help you stay off alcohol and vice-versa. You should be smiling in your after picture. You are giving yourself a second chance at this life thing
                  I'm a 5'-6" tall female.

                  SW: 212.4 lbs. February 14, 2013 (My second baby was born)
                  CW:166.4 lbs.
                  GW: 143 lbs.

                  Just keep going.

                  New goal:

                  Get back to 80-90% Primal and back down to my lowest recent weight of 158 lbs. while doing as much moving and strength training as I can get in.

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                  • Amazing Shonuff!
                    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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                    • Wow Shonuff, you look like a totally different person. WTG!!!!
                      Ellie
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread106642.html


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                      • Nice basilic vein, Shonuff!
                        Crohn's, doing SCD

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                        • Six month progress

                          Approximately 6 months Primal with about 25 lbs. lost. That's about a pound a week with minimal work, which is great because it's still within the 1-2 pound/week range Mark mentions in his books and I have always considered myself a "special case" when it comes to fitness, since losing midsection fat has always been so hard for me. I still have 10-15 lbs to go but for the first time in a while I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

                          The great thing is that this has been the easiest "diet" I've ever done. Six months into any program is a record for me, and I see myself doing this forever easily. As I mentioned, I've always had a problem with losing stomach fat. Last major commitment was P90X a couple years ago, and after 3 months not only was I fed up with it but my muscle and weight-loss gains from the first month were receding! If you see their diet you'll know why.

                          There's nothing like Primal. My breakfasts are ridiculous (by CW standards): 3-4 whole eggs, sausages, bacon, real butter, real cheese, and real milk in my coffee. If I stay hungry I eat more. I've never counted a single calorie. I never go hungry. My cholesterol and blood pressure are perfect - I have no idea what they are; I just know my doctor was impressed. I don't kill myself working out: sporadic body weight exercises, walking 2-3 times a week, and for sprinting I do BMX about twice a week (which is also my play, and has been a huge life changer for me, but that is for another long thread). My exercises are barely the minimum Mark recommends (maybe less).

                          So my meals are completely satiating and my workouts easy and enjoyable, yet I'm making more progress than ever before in my life, including my chronic cardio, P90X, and possibly even high school weightlifting days. I'm now realizing that I don't have a "special" body, just one that was slightly more sensitive to junk foods than most, and that the problem was in all the foods I ate.

                          First picture is about a year before I started (I know, it's bad, but who takes good pics when feeling like crap?). I was probably a little heavier when I started:

                          i-XP2X82W-M.jpg i-HWz2mtD-M.jpg

                          Can't wait to report again when I reach my goal!

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                          • Shonuff

                            Frakin Awesome Dude! You Look GREAT! Excellent Job!

                            Javi - Can't wait to see the pics!

                            I really enjoy coming to this particular thread and seeing the progress made by others. Really is motivating!

                            ETA: Awesome job Javi!!!
                            Last edited by Team Sohn; 08-19-2014, 06:00 AM.
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                            Journal


                            Start Date 07/01/14
                            Start Weight 238.0
                            Current Date 09/12/14
                            Current Weight 222.2

                            Current LOSS 15.8#

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                            • I have to agree. I tend to come here when I need some more motivation.
                              Snonuff....awesome transformation man!

                              OD
                              "Live Primally, Train Practically, Prepare Tactically..."

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                              • Fantastic, Javi!! Your whole midsection looks SO much more comfortable to live in! Thanks for the inspiring pics!
                                5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                                Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                                Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                                Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                                ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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