My name is Scott, I am 39 years old, 6'3, 230 lbs. I have always been pretty active. I have 6 boys ranging in age from 14-1. They keep me on my toes for sure. They all (except the 1 yr old) generally play sports (football, baseball, soccer and basketball). My wife is a fitness instructor/personal trainer. She looks fantastic, I don't. I am not super big but carry my weight in my gut area. While my wife cooks great warm, home cooked meals, I find myself eating out a lot as I run the boys to and from all their activities. I drank 3-4 44 oz of diet soda a day, for years. I hate the feeling of carrying a brick in my gut. So I decided to get healthy. I did what everybody does, I went to the gym. I worked out 3-5 times a week for 5 weeks. I did at a minimum 30 minutes of cardio followed by 30 minutes of weight training. During this time I ran into a friend that looks skinnier than I had ever seen him. I asked him what he had done and he sent me to marksdailyapple.com. I read through and said maybe one day, but I am going to continue at the gym. I failed to mention that I have always hated going to the gym. I much prefer being outside doing what's natural, like sports, wakeboarding, or just playing. I get so bored in the gym.
After 5 weeks at the gym I stepped on the scale and to my surprise I weighed exactly the same, 230 lbs. 5 weeks of work for nothing! I decided it was time to get primal! I went to marksdailyapple.com and educated myself on the Primal Blueprint. As I committed to doing this, I spoke with my boss at the office (who is super skinny and super fit) about what I was going to do. Come to find out he went primal over a year ago and swears by it. This gave me the encouragement I needed. I reached out to a couple other buddies who felt similar to me and got them to get primal as well. I decided that I will go strict primal for 30 days and see what happens. All I had to lose was weight, right?
Now this isn't one of those stories that I lost 50 lbs and am in the best shape of my life type of things. I just completed my first week being primal. I was shocked when I stepped on the scale and lost 5 lbs! WOW, 5 lbs. I know it doesn't seem like much but when you kill yourself for 5 weeks with no results then go primal for 1 week and see results, that is a success. While my oldest was at baseball practice I was able to do my sprints on the field. I taught my 4 year old how to ride a bike this weekend (running up and down the street until he learned). I played catch out in the yard with the 2 older ones for about 30 minutes. I played 3 softball games and played 9 holes of golf early Friday morning. This is the type of exercise the I enjoy. I will go to the gym once or twice a week for weight training, I am finding other ways to train, like burpee's in the front yard or using the TRX in the house. Like I said I love being active and outside. I have also started going to bed earlier and waking up much earlier. I keep a daily journal of everything I am eating. Do I want to cheat, sure, but I don't.
To be honest I feel better than I have in years. It's only 5 lbs but I don't feel like I am carrying a brick around in my gut. I feel like I have more energy now than ever before. I feel like I can now keep up with all those 6 little boys.
Thanks Mark for all the info!
Just another dad trying to keep up with his boys (Scott)
Scott, congratulations on a great first week! It sounds like you really have a knack for this. You may have started just to get rid of the brick and keep up with your boys, but I think you will end up with more than you imagined.
First of all, round of applause to anyone who has six boys and doesn't run away one day and assume a new identity in some small town somewhere. Great first week, Scott. I'm rooting for you!
Welcome Scott...It's great to hear of a parent playing and spending time with their kids. Glad that Primal has helped you to enjoy it even more:-) Keep up the good work. Rock Out with your Grok Out!
Welcome Scott. I'm glad it's going well.
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