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January 29, 2016

The Story of Primordial Stu: 180 Pounds of Weight Loss

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2This is a story of a fat man living to die…who is now dying to live.

I did not just wake up one day morbidly obese, on 17 prescription meds, a heart patient with three cardiac stents (having been “cathed” seven times with five angioplasties), and with type II diabetes, chronic migraines, hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, hypertension, sleep apnea, recurring bouts of kidney stones requiring hospitalization (due to medications), clinical depression, psoriatic arthritis/fibromyalgia (the doctors were split on that one), and PTSD…just for laughs.

I was always a “chunky” kid all throughout my school days. I was one of the kids that wore his Tuffskins tight, even in the new size “Husky.” “Big boned” was one of my favorite ways nice people would refer to me. There were plenty of others that were not so nice, but perhaps more accurate. I remember being 5 feet tall and 160 lbs in the 7th grade, and I was always either sick or had some physical injury, like ripped tendons and pulled muscles (no great wonder).

At 17 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I was always in danger of being put into what they now call the “Body Composition Program,” although it was called by much less politically correct terms in my day. “Fat Boy Platoon” was one of the nicer labels. During Basic Training I got down to 167, and upon graduation of infantry training, I tipped the scales at 185 (I had added muscle to the leaner frame over the course of essentially six months of intense training…and I had just turned 18).

Shortly after my 23rd birthday, my active duty was up and I was honorably discharged into the USMC Individual Ready Reserves, and moved to New York City to seek my fortune (and starved). Two years later, my Military Service Obligation was up and I now weighed right around 200 lbs…despite (or perhaps because of) extremely poor nutrition. I was a bank teller by day, in retail at night and weekends, and selling some ghost writing. Not getting much sleep in the city that never sleeps.

I wandered into a mom and pop deli, and the help wanted sign was subsequently removed from the window. I learned to cook from scratch, old school, old world. I held a series of kitchen staff jobs for the next few years at trendy, but short-lived establishments (working for and learning from some amazingly talented, if bad tempered, Chefs), working my way up to Sous-chef. My weight was not an issue working in that environment, as the kitchens are hot, the pace is very fast, the hours are long and there was never a shortage of, shall we say, “recreational diet aids.”

stu_before 2When I turned 29, I had had enough of New York City and decide to see what else was in this country, as I had already been to some “interesting” locations internationally courtesy of Uncle Sam. In my early 30’s I decided to return to the area that I grew up in for a visit, and decided—after meeting my future wife—to stay. My weight was steadily creeping up. A few years later I opened up a deli of my own, had a very successful small business, a wife and an infant son. I now weighed around 250 and was famous for the line, “Never trust a skinny chef.” During the holiday season of 2000, I was 37 years old and had a massive myocardial infarction. It was not my first helicopter ride in pain, and heavily sedated.

I did everything that the docs said to do: cardiac rehab, very low fat, no saturated fat or cholesterol, whole grains and all around 1800 to 2000 calories a day. I followed this religiously as the cardiologist told me, and when I asked him frankly about his prognosis, he responded, “If you don’t change your diet and lifestyle to what I recommend, I give you between 18 months to 3 years on the outside before you are dead.” So, follow his advice I did. We sold the deli and the attached house and moved to Amish-land, for a less stressful environment.

stu_before 3All of my life I had suffered from acute migraines, and the frequency went from 3-4 times a year, to 3-4 times a week. I was feeling worse and getting more medicated by the year. My lipids were so high, at one point they were un-measurable. Shortly after, I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and my cardiologist told me, “You might as well stop taking the medication I prescribed, if you aren’t going to follow the rest of my orders.” (I came very close to physically assaulting him…I WAS doing everything he told me to!) At this point I found a different cardiologist. I was now 38 and weighed 265 lbs. (I hadn’t gotten any taller.)

I found a new cardiologist and so a new round of medications and rehab began. I tried Dr. Dean Ornish’s ultra low-animal-fat, plant-based diet…I gained 20 lbs in two months (and wasn’t terribly fond of the taste of paste anyway). I tried Atkins and lost 30 lbs before gaining it all back and then some. (Most likely on the “replacer” Atkins Brand products.) My weight was going up, not down. I was gaining 10-20 lbs a year on this wonderful low fat, low cholesterol, healthy whole grain, PUFA soaked, chemically laced diet.

stu_beforeDuring the years between 2001-2010, I had six more catheterizations leading to angioplasties, or stents, for the crippling chronic chest pain I was getting often after physical activity or stress. By around 2006, I was up to 320 lbs and joined the YMCA. With two small boys in tow, I would work out for 4-5 hours a day. I managed to get back down to 250…but was really starting to feel worse and worse with constant joint pain, angina, migraines and the black lost netherworld of depression. I was working on the elliptical one day and got a very strong bout of chest pain…then I woke in a hospital bed after having my latest angioplasty and stent implant.

stu before 4I saw my cardiologist in the spring of 2014. I now weighed 357 lbs and had been full blown type II for three years. He had a “heart to heart” (no pun intended), frank discussion with me. “Stu, we’ve seen some improvements in the damage that the MI caused, but I’m doing and have done everything that I can for you. I’m afraid you most likely will not be there to see your sons graduate high school. Do you have an estate plan or trusts set up? I’m afraid you really need to get your affairs in order.” I asked “How long do I have?” and was smacked with the cold hand of reality with his followup response. “Two years, if we’re very lucky. Less if not.” (One thing I’ve always liked about this doc, he talks straight.) If people will tell you that a heart attack is a wake up call, then THIS was a four alarm fire siren.

I spent the next couple of days in a zombie like fugue. Curiously, a few nights before my visit, I had watched a TED Talk with Dr. Robert Lustig on the stellar qualities of sugar we typically consume, and had decided to eliminate HFCS and added sugar from my diet (which was in three quarters of the “heart healthy” products I was eating). At the end of two weeks, I had lost seven pounds. I was now an expert on all things “Lustig.” This led me to do a self experiment on food additives.

Having been in commercial kitchens for a dog’s age, I noticed that products were not the same as when I started cooking. It occurred to me that not only were there a lot more sugar and HFCS in ingredients that I would traditionally use, but they had a lot of things that didn’t sound like food. I was used to the “usual suspects” being a “no” (as a “no added salt,” cardiac kid), but, there’s only so much preserving that food needs. I tried eliminating “alien” additives as well. I lost 15 lbs the next two weeks and I hit the internet hard.

I was familiar with the organic movement and various lifestyles, from veganism to the macrobiotic crowd, from many years of food service. I had always looked on the Weston A. Price Foundation folks as amusing kookaboos that were all going to merrily drop dead of coronary disease, when I realized I was about to drop dead of coronary disease! I figured I quite literally had nothing to lose by going to a diet rich in organic saturated fat and protein, and very little “healthy” carbs.

One day, I found Mark’s Daily Apple. I was intrigued as I had just been researching Dr. Loren Cordain. I rushed out and bought a copy of The Primal Blueprint. I started following it, and was losing 7-10 lbs a WEEK! I was virtually melting before my family’s eyes. I had an incredible amount of energy, and my mood was improving. I decided it was time to stop taking most of the medications I was prescribed. (If I’d told him, THAT would have given my Cardiologist an MI of his very own!)

before btwI was down to 304 by June in this “before” photo and thought that I looked great! I did compared to where I was a few short months prior, when we were on a family vacation to Boston and the surrounding area. I was so proud of myself for being able to do the entire Freedom Trail. (A few years before we were there, I had to cut the vacation short after about 3/4 of a mile of trail…chest pains hospitalized me for one of my many angioplasties.)

I was following not only The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Connection, and Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution, but was enrolled in The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification Program. It was now Thanksgiving of 2014, I weighed 210, my lipids were amazing, my a1c level was 4.1, migraines were down to 2-3 times  a month, skin was clear for the first time in my life, and my joint pain was down 80%. My Cardiologist asked if I was back at the gym for daylong sessions, I told him what I was doing and he looked concerned and said “It can’t be that, it must be the meds.” I told him I hadn’t been taking most of them for four months, only the blood thinners, as I was concerned about all the vitamin K I was getting thickening my blood to the point of having a problem with the stents (that he had put in to save my life!). He looked at me in disbelief and clearly did not know what to do or say.

Then the chef in me decided I had to impress my family, friends and myself with all of the holiday goodies that I traditionally made…only primal versions now. And I ate them all. And made more. And ate them all.

I was close to completing my certification, and had gained 15 lbs back on a totally primal holiday binge! Oops!

In January 2015, I saw the Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge on Vimify. I signed up and successfully completed it. This was one of the best things I ever did in, and for, my life. The people were friendly and supportive, and the coaching was great. (Especially as there were thousands of folks to ride herd on.) This is how I was introduced to two of the nicest, most attentive and caring individuals with the largest knowledge and resource base in this lifestyle movement: Adam and Vanessa Lambert (both proteges of Mark Sisson AND Robb Wolf…check out their chops for yourself!). They were not only superb guest coaches for the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge, but are the authors, shepherds and “Tribal Leaders” of BEE THE WELLNESS, and have gathered and cared for the finest group of individuals it has ever been my honor and privilege to be associated with.

At the conclusion of the “21 Day,” I was 198. Finally! Under 200!!! And I have been transforming a lot more of myself than just girth. I was 178 in the “after” photo. That was in June, near my 52nd birthday. Since then, my VA therapist cannot believe the change in my mental wellness. My sons are constantly amazed at the man that is their father (that they thought they knew), and my wife is famous for saying, “I’ve gotten my husband back!”

I saw my cardiologist a few months ago, and he sat me down for another “heart to heart” talk. This time he said “ Stu, I’ll be very surprised if you don’t live past 70 with the health you are in. If not for the MI damage, I would say 80’s.” Talk about good news…how about 20+ YEARS of LIFE being handed you!!

stu_afterSo to sum up this rather lengthy tale of transformation; I now weigh 175 lbs, I lost over 180 pounds (I LOST more than I weigh!), and my waist, formerly 56 inches is now 32 inches. My body fat percentage is somewhere around 15-18% (17% according to USMC tape standards…I was 20% 30 years ago!) My joint pain is totally reasonable for an active man in his 50’s. I no longer use a CPAP machine, or stop breathing while sleeping. My skin is clear (if still a tad large for me now). I have NO diabetes markers. My migraines are down to maybe once in 3-4 weeks, much more mild and not crippling (usually after I have poisoned myself with something SAD, by mistake…80/20 to the rescue!) No one thinks I am an alcoholic any longer (I’ve just plain lost all desire. It’s like I’ve forgotten to drink). My PTSD is better—still a struggle, but thankfully manageable. (This I credit to daily meditation and the camaraderie, support and goodwill of the “Tribe” at BTW!) I have energy, stamina and strength close to the “Kid Devil Dog, Two-Striper.” My blood pressure, heart rate and lipid panel are all amazing. (BETTER than in my youth in the Corps…Ooh Rah!) I’ve been given the GIFT OF LIFE! Thank you, Primal lifestyle, 21-Day Challenge, Primal Blueprint and Adam and Vanessa Lambert for outstanding coaching!

Full disclosure: I have had three chest pains in the past nice months (but not four or five in the same day as of old), and my wife says sometimes I occasionally softly snore!

If you have been on a fad diet roller coaster, or your weight or life is unmanageable, what have you got to lose? You’ve probably tried a whole boatload of things, right? What have you got to lose?

“Eat and Bee Well, Live Long, Love Strong, and Drop Dead Playing Happily.”

Primordial Stu

PS: Thank you, Mark Sisson, for the “Primal” books leading to my transformation, and for being a good sport about me shamelessly ripping off your motto and modifying it!

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Old Man Crossfit
Old Man Crossfit
10 months 10 days ago

Well Done, Sir.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, bud!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
10 months 10 days ago

Heh, kookabos.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

It gets worse,,,the Aussie Pricers would be Kookaburra Kookaboos

Julie
Julie
10 months 10 days ago

Very inspiring!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks!

Erika
Erika
10 months 10 days ago

Inspiring!!! I’m amazed at your resilience and persistence. Well done!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank You, one and All. It is precisely support from a community like this that was what allowed me to “transform.” The adaptation is simple, yet can be very hard without the mutual support of a “Tribe”. I’ve found that in “Bee The Wellness” on Vimify. Plus the Lamberts are just plain a couple of very knowledgable and friendly kids, and it really is like having a Primal Family.

Anthony
Anthony
10 months 10 days ago

Great great story!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Anthony, wasn’t much fun getting to the “trailhead” but the path is really great once you are on it!

Paleo4life
Paleo4life
10 months 10 days ago

Congrats on your awesome transformation!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank you! But it was Marks books that got me there and Bee The Wellness and the Lamberts that keep me here.

John Snyder
John Snyder
10 months 10 days ago

way to go,Primordial Stu!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, John!

Dan
Dan
10 months 10 days ago

That’s impressive. I’m always stunned at how quickly people turn it all around if they stick to a primal way of life! Your story is very moving, It truly brings tear to my eyes that the educated professionals we entrust with our lives are so misguided.

It’s so hard not to tell morbidly obese people I meet my own story and direct them to successes like yours Stu. I don’t though because I don’t want to be rude!

Keep it up!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Dan…indeed it is SAD. The best is when I’m asked for ID….”holy *%#^” or “that’s not you” is what I get when they see my license…great conversation starter, but most of the time it’s “yeah, but I could never give up bread, pizza, beer…et al.”

Whitney
Whitney
10 months 10 days ago

Awesome! Great work Stu!!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Whitney!

perennialpam
perennialpam
10 months 10 days ago

Good job!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Pam!

Paleo-curious
10 months 10 days ago

Stuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! I always thought your epic Primal odyssey should be featured here– how wonderful that you are sharing your astounding accomplishments with the MDA world! Think of how many people will find hope in your story!

~Leah (from BTW)

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Leah!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

You knew I’d get around to it….eventually!

Primal Pam
Primal Pam
10 months 10 days ago
Gave me chills to read this success story. I have seem your posts on the 21 day challenge and they are always upbeat and inspiring just like this story. I am considering the BTW for next year. It sounds like it would be great support to keep things going in the right direction. I was a cath lab nurse for 3 years and remember young patients like you coming in with hot MI’s with one foot literally in the grave. I pray that some that I have met during such traumatic events have transformed like you. Sadly though with the… Read more »
Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Pam..it is tragic that it is such a simple fix, but so vilified.

Mindy Ickes
Mindy Ickes
10 months 10 days ago

Stu, I loved listening to you tell your story with Adam and Vanessa on the Bee The Wellness Podcast (honestly people, go check it out), and it was great to read it today! You are inspiring.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Mindy…see ya in the feed!

Groktimus
10 months 10 days ago

I’ve been there. Way to go!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Groktimus!….ain’t it great to be back from the dead!?

Steven
Steven
10 months 10 days ago

Hope your cardiologist learned something from you. Grok on!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Unfortunately, I think he has always seen me as his “troublemaker patient”!

Curtis
Curtis
10 months 10 days ago

Way to go! Amazing transformation.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Curtis!

Big J
Big J
10 months 10 days ago

Awesome job Stu! Keep up the good work

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Big J…plan to!

PrimalDiabetic
10 months 10 days ago

Great work, super inspiring!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank You!

Jo
Jo
10 months 10 days ago

This literally brought me to tears. Good for you!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Jo….me too!

Dave
Dave
10 months 10 days ago

Semper Fi Marine! Ooorah! I have lived similarly (at least diet) Prior Service Army. Started putting weight on in my early forties. Heard about MDA about 4 years ago and took off 30lbs in 30 days. I fluctuate too, but I feel better than I have in years!
HUA! Airborne!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks brother, but you lawndarts are always running everywhere…hungry! …maybe there’s something to that?
Keep the faith!

Tenny
Tenny
10 months 10 days ago

Hi, Stu, thanks for the inspiration! I’m trying to figure out pre diabetes myself. Do you watch how much carbs you eat? How about how much fat?

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

I try to shoot for around 20 carbs a day 5 days a week, and keep it under 100 on rest/play/refeed days.(usually winds up a lot closer to 50 and 150, if I track macros). I don’t worry about fats or calories…they seem to take care of themselves. On those 5 days I drink water, bone broth and eat protien all like its my job.

Tenny
Tenny
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks for your reply. That helps!

Kelly
Kelly
10 months 10 days ago

Thank you.

Noconago
Noconago
10 months 10 days ago

Primordial Stu…I’ll drink to that!

Damn those doctors pushing bad carbs.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Indeed! Skoal!

Lynn
Lynn
10 months 10 days ago

Primordial Stu, what a pleasure to read your story! Amazing and inspiring. Hope to see a follow-up post on your 80th birthday!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

I’m gonna be around to wish YOU a happy 80th…ill really be a crusty little old centenarian Grok by then!

David krupa
10 months 10 days ago

Well done stay here for a long time with the rest of us!!!!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, David!

Julius
Julius
10 months 10 days ago

Life from the jaws of death! This story finally pushed me over to making comments on this site.

Kio
Kio
10 months 9 days ago

Never hesitate to comment here <3 I recommend making a forum account too, the forums are great resources.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

I will and do, just mostly monitor…I’m really lovin having a Primal Tribe in Bee The Wellness.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Julius…that’s actually what took me so long to respond…I never had commented either!

Terri HarpLady
10 months 10 days ago

You always inspire me, Stu.
You also always make me laugh 🙂
I love your honesty, and I’m so proud of the changes you’ve made in your life, and in your health. YOU ROCK, BRO!!!

Love & hugs!!!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Right back atcha, “Sis”!

Traci
Traci
10 months 10 days ago

Ooh rah indeed Stu!
Thank you for your story and for your service!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank you, Traci…and your welcome and your welcome!

HeuristicFireFlower
HeuristicFireFlower
10 months 10 days ago

Wonderful inspiring story. Loved listening to your story of hope on Bee The Wellness podcast, as well.

Fantastic journey of resilience and persistence and hope.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

ThankYou, oh combustibly inquisitive blossom!
Hope is certainly one of the larger pieces of the puzzle that was missing!

PeterW
PeterW
10 months 10 days ago

A great yarn, Stu, and an inspiring one. I’m going to pass it on to one or two people that I know. Friends who need this badly.

Pete.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Cool, Pete…maybe even recommend a 21 day challenge for them?

Grokesque
Grokesque
10 months 10 days ago

Great story Stu and well done, you look great – glad to see Dr Lustig’ s name mentioned as he got me started on this journey and his fight against sugar is not often known about in CW circles.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Grokesque…without that particular modern day “Don Quixote” …I never would have found the path to Heath and happiness…he’s great!

Pat Browne
10 months 10 days ago

Great to hear your whole story Stu, many Kudos!
I’ve really enjoyed following you over at Bee The Wellness, although I’ve been AWOL lately. You have always been inspiring and entertaining, and the bearer of many great recipes and tips. Maybe I’ll hop on the Vimify again and reconnect.
Pat

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Pat! Wondering wher you got to and how your garden grows…c’mon back to the warm buzz of the hive!

Chris B
10 months 10 days ago

Wow! Awesome, simply Awesome. Congrats!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Chris!

Beth
Beth
10 months 10 days ago

One of the best stories I’ve ready here!
It was super motivating to me.
Feeling good is the best. And I know when I’m eating the right things or the wrong things. Sometimes temptation gets the better of me, but I’m trying.
Good job, Stu! Your family must be so thankful you never gave up.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Beth! Yes, temptation is hard…things like MDA here help, but without a community (or a Tribe, if you will) it’s really difficult..well, simple but darned hard. Pop on over to Vimify and checkout Unveil The Wellness…it’s so easy with coaching and support!

Sope
Sope
10 months 10 days ago

Congratulations on winning such a long and hard fought battle.
A truly inspirational story…. Stu-pendous!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank You!….it’s just the way it was and is …I wouldn’t soft “Sope” you!

Frank
10 months 10 days ago

Stu…. nice work…. see you on BTW….

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks Franko!

Mike
10 months 10 days ago

Awesome job Stu you are the man

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks Mike! I’m just a follower ..it’s Mark and Adam and Vanessa that are the stars here.

HillyM
HillyM
10 months 10 days ago

If I knew you “before” and didn’t see you again until now, I don’t think I would recognise you. Are you SURE it’s the same guy in both photos???

Just kidding of course, but that’s how amazing your transformation is. Well done you, another story of someone taking control of their own health and doing a great job of it.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Hilly! People that haven’t seen me for a couple of years can’t believe it (sadly, most assume I am ill..until they really look at me and say, “you’re ok, right..what did you have bariatric surgery?” ) SAD but true, if I explain quite often they get very defensive…so, I usually tell them that “I guess I just missed a rung on the evolutionary ladder”… At least it stays pleasant that way!

Salina
Salina
10 months 10 days ago

Simply amazing, mind blowing, astonishing !

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Salina!

Colin
Colin
10 months 10 days ago

Awesome. Literally, an awe-inspiring story. These success stories just never get old.

Also, don’t be mistaken: no one handed you those 20+ years of life, you worked for them and deserve to enjoy every second. And with your hard work you not only earned all of that additional happiness, but also provided additional happiness and inspiration to those around you and to those who have read your story.

Grok on, Stu!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thank You, Colin! Very reaffirming!

MIssJelic
MIssJelic
10 months 10 days ago

Wow, what an amazing transformation! You look great!!!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, MIssJelic!

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
10 months 10 days ago

Stellar success story! Thanks for sharing, Stu!

Love how you took your traditional recipes and primal-ized them for your family!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks Doc! You do nice work too!

Heather McDonald
Heather McDonald
10 months 10 days ago

Way to go, devildog!!! What an amazing, inspiring story… it lead me to tears! I am so proud of you. I know everyone around you is too. I have been struggling with my own motivation and I think I have every excuse in the world…. I am so tired, I hate cooking, and on and on and on with more excuses. This is a truly inspiring story of an amazing man who has literally come back to life. You have helped motivate me on my own journey. Semper Fi!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Heather! It really is application of “Assess, Adapt and Overcome”. Having camaraderie in a group is terribly important to my motivation it appears. Too many years of “good initiative, bad judgement” and misplaced trust and finally despair. You would alway bee more than welcome in Tribe Wellness! Semper Fi !

Shary
Shary
10 months 10 days ago

Terrific job, Stu. I’m so glad you found the right path and regained your health along the way. May you live to be a hundred.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Shary!…we will celebrate it together!

Elizabeth
10 months 10 days ago

Wow, I am amazed and so happy for you and your family. And I remember Toughskins…wow that
took me back to elementary school!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Elizabeth! You must be a modern history major, you cannot possibly have been around then! You look like a kid! Grok on!

Primal Nini
Primal Nini
10 months 10 days ago

Great story and I too have been following you on Bee the Wellness program too…LOVE YOU STU…you rock!

Love my Primal Triumvarite: Mark, Vanessa and Adam 🙂

cheers,
Janine (from BTW)

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Aw, LOVE YOU TOO , Janine!

Laura
10 months 10 days ago
Stu, thank you so much for sharing. I’ve become addicted to Friday success stories. I’m overweight, but in many ways more concerned about my son and my husband. I’m going to have to lead by example. I just started Mark’s book and hope to be featured as a success story here in the near future. What you accomplished is amazing, and I wish you all the best. But what I really want to know is: did your cardiologist convert over to the low (LCHF) side? How wonderful it would be if he could use your story to motivate others in… Read more »
Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Laura! It’s taken almost 2years, but my wife is just now starting to “grok” to Grok. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to get started with a 21 day challenge on Vimify.
The follow on program By Adam and Vanessa Lambert is truly Outstanding and it makes it so easy to stay on track. There’s a lot of pressure otherwise, especially if you are alone in a family caught up in SAD…as I am (was, hopefully!)

Laura
10 months 7 days ago

Thanks for replying, Stu. Actually, white rice is the only non-paleo food left in my diet, and I limit my consumption. With all of my tummy trouble, the rice soothes my gut. I will look into the 21 day program on Vimify, but there are just so many fruits and vegetables that I can’t eat. Unfortunately, the ones I can eat, are the starchier ones with the addition of a few green vegetables.Thanks again for your note!

Cathy Johnson (Kate)
10 months 10 days ago

Absolutely fantastic. I am helping an old friend get into the Primal thing, and I hope it does as much for her as it did for you! She just had a very scary heart episode a couple of weeks ago…

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Thanks, Kate…keep spreading the lovin Grok!

Grace C
Grace C
10 months 10 days ago

I’ve been inspired by you during both the 2015 and 2016 21-day challenges, and now that I have a glimpse of the whole story, I’m even more impressed and inspired. I always love the Friday success stories, and have previously thought of commenting, but never have. I just couldn’t pass up the chance to congratulate you for your perseverance to change your destiny, especially after multiple CW doctors were adamant you needed to follow their orders. Congrats!

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

Well, Thanks, Grace!

James
10 months 10 days ago

Grok on, Stu.

Primordial Stu
Primordial Stu
10 months 8 days ago

And You, James!

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