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4 Feb

The Unconquerable Dave

real life stories stories 1 2Dave first emailed me about a year ago. He had just bought the Primal Blueprint Cookbook and was seeing some real results. Occasionally I’ll get an update from him. One can really get a sense of Dave’s energy and excitement for life from his emails (often written in all caps), which I’ve reprinted below. Read on to catch a bit of Dave’s enthusiasm and spirit. It’s contagious.

If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the community please contact me here. Have a wonderful Friday, everyone, and thanks for reading!

September of 2009…

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March 19, 2010…

HI MARK
JUST GOT YOUR BLUEPRINT AND AM AWAITING THE COOK BOOK. WHICH I INTEND TO TRY TO ADD TOO!
AFTER 25 YEARS OF  RAISING A FAMILY AND NOT DOING  THE “GROK” ANY MORE IT SHOWED BIG TIME….
TALK ABOUT “THE LIVING DEAD”…
I’M A SUPER COOK AND BAKER AND JUST ABOUT SLAYED US ALL….LOL
IT’S BEEN ABOUT 3-4 MONTHS OF EATING AND THINKING MORE PALEO… IF I CAN’T KILL IT- FIND IT-OR GATHER IT… I DON’T EAT IT…. SO IT’S REAL EASY TO EAT WELL. JUST THINK ABOUT GROK AND WHAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT. SIMPLE!… AND THE WIFE AND KIDS STILL AROUND ARE IMPRESSED WITH MY NEW ATTITUDE AND LOOK.
HAVE LOST AT LEAST 20 POUNDS OFF A HEAVY BONED HUGE BEAR FRAME…
6′-1″ AND HEADED FOR  THE LOWER 200’S. I HAVE 18 “ARMS AND THICK CHEST AND THE ABDOMEN AND CORE ARE COMING RIGHT ALONG…!!!
LEGS ARE FEELING STRONG AGAIN. ASS IS TIGHTENING UP AND I’M INTO A 38 JEAN.
YOUR BODY  TELLS YOU WHAT IT WANTS, AND IT WANTS REAL AND STRONG AND ABLE.
WHICH = SMART!!… HEAD AND BODY ARE TUNING IN WELL…
TIME TO BUY NEW CLOTHES…ALMOST!

LATER BROTHER
STAY IN THE LIGHT
GROK RULES!
DAVE PARSONS

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April 22nd…

40 LBS LIGHTER IN 6 MONTHS…no problem and lovin’ it!
53 Y.O.

6’1″-240LBS AS OF 4-20-10
AND STILL SHEDDING THE EXTRAS….36 JEANS…AIMING FOR 34’S.
and a solid 220 of all muscle!!!!

YOU are ONe…of MY Two INspirations!!!!

Thanks Mark…
and if you don’t get enough hugs brother…
davegrok sends hug to Mark!!!

Illumination……..so much fun to re-learn again….still…always….
Grok on

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July 18th…

HI FOLKS-
OCTOBER 1ST 2009 TO JULY 10TH 2010.
FROM 280 LBS DOWN TO 210 LBS.
JUST FROM THE PALEO DIET AND MILD EXERCISE.
ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE!!!!!!
ALL LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND NEVER LOOKIN’ BACK….THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION-GUIDANCE-AND ONGOING WAY OF LIFE.
DAVE

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September 9th…

IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING AND COMPLETELY DIFFERENT YEAR NOW.
I HAVE GOTTEN IN WAY BETTER HEALTH. LOST 80 POUNDS. CAN RUN AND CLIMB AGAIN. AND AM GOING ON 54 YEARS OLD. LIFE HAS THROWN THE CURVE BALLS. THE UPS. THE DOWNS. ALL THE WORK AND LIFE RELATED “FOR BETTER- OR FOR WORSE” ISSUES…YOU GET IT. BUT THE DAILY APPLE AND THE PRIMAL LIFE GOES ON…EVERYDAY. IN ALL THE CONFUSION…IT REMAINS A SOLID PLATFORM TO WORK WITH AND ON. I READ THE APPLE….EAT THE APPLE AND EVERYDAY YOU JUST MAKE IT OKAY TO BE WHO I AM…AND BE A MEMBER OF THE PRIMAL LIFE CLAN….
NO MATTER WHAT COMES ALONG…
I KNOW SOMEONE OUT THERE IS MY FRIEND AND WE THINK ABOUT THE SAME STUFF.
THANKS MARK
THANKS BEES
THANKS TO MARK’S WIFE FOR BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THIS!
YOU HAVE NO IDEA …….OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME.
I SALUTE YOU ALL
DAVE

December 10th…

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND ALL THE CREW!!
Santa got a lot thinner!…hohohohoho!
Dave

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January 3rd…

primal work outs…. your approach (WAY BETTER) and actually more of a primal way than a gym gorilla.  I have my Paleo gym of trees and rocks and stuff….

check it out…54 in a month and 6 ft and 205 lbs.
a 404 lb dead lift…kickButt!!!!
Thanks Mark

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January 26th…

DEAR MARK AND ALL THE PRIMAL PEOPLE OUT THERE,
I’M NOT GOOD WITH SPEECHES SO I FIGURE IF A PIC IS WORTH A 1000 WORDS.
I WILL BE 54 THIS FEB. 8TH.
TALK ABOUT PRIMAL. THAT’S ABOUT 300…DOWN TO 200…RIGHT THERE TODAY JANUARY 19TH…AND THERE AIN’T MUCH LEFT TO LOSE…..SIZE 44 TO SIZE 34.
I REMEMBER THIS….I WAS THIS SIZE WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD….I THINK I MAY BE STRONGER NOW!
GROK ON AND THANK YOU FOR THE ILLUMINATION!
DAVE PARSONS

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To steal words from Walt Whitman…

“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

A transformed man, arms to the sky, wearing flip flops in the snow. If ever there was an image of the verve and indomitable spirit of going Primal, this is it. Dave, today half a million people heard your YAWP. May it echo to half a million more. Grok on, brother. GROK ON!

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Dammit, this is inspiring as hell!! A big, manly bear hug to both of you!!

    wilberfan wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • You became very strong very quickly!! It is absolutely astonishing.

      Alexis the Barbarian wrote on February 9th, 2011
  2. WOW. WOW. WOW. Must share with many. WOW.

    Melanie wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • That’s my reaction exactly. Wow times 100.

      BestSelf wrote on February 5th, 2011
  3. Easily THE most amazing transformation I’ve ever seen! And no sagging skin, which supports this theory by Ron Brown that, given time and steady fat loss, “sagging skin” resolves by itself: bit.ly/fi6Gkh.

    Ned Kock wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • yeah that was what struck me too – no sagging skin – amazing!

      barb wrote on February 4th, 2011
      • Wow! Perfect timing…I’m working to get my dad started on the plan. I’ll be going to his house next week to set up all the food and work with him…but I started having my doubts…then this shows up! Dave, you look just like my dad- even the beard. I’m hoping he’ll have a great after picture in a year too.

        dasha wrote on February 4th, 2011
        • He looks just like my dad too! LOL

          Ian McDonald wrote on October 21st, 2012
      • Absolutely astonished at “no sagging skin” and admittedly a wee bit jealous!

        Veronica wrote on February 10th, 2011
        • I think part of the saggy skin issue has to do with how quickly you gained all the weight. If you gained all the weight too quickly and got stretch marks, then you’ll probably have some saggy skin after you lose all the weight. The stretch-marked skin won’t “snap” back into place as easily…. Just a thought anyway!

          Amanda wrote on February 12th, 2011
    • I noticed that, too, and came to the same conclusion that steady weight loss combined with muscular development avoided the problem of loose skin. Given Dave’s age, this is a remarkable testimonial to the elasticity of our skin.

      Sonagi wrote on February 5th, 2011
      • I more agree with Amanda that it’s more important how fast you gain the weight than how fast you lose it. If there’s no reason for the fat to be there then it probably doesn’t matter how fast it gets gone–what really determines elasticity is the presence or absence of stretch marks, which comes from weight *gain*.

        I will probably have sagging skin when I get done because I’ve already got the stretch marks. It is what it is. I don’t need all the extra fat, though, and I don’t care how fast it goes.

        Dana wrote on July 21st, 2011
    • Thanks for this link Ed. I’m thrilled to finally see this explained so well. Now I’m off to read his take on the anorexics.
      Aloha!

      Gina wrote on February 9th, 2011
    • who is Ron Brown? I’d like to read more on his theory about sagging skin.

      Pat wrote on February 10th, 2011
      • Go here for Ron Brown. It also agrees with Mark:

        http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

        “the droopy appearance of folds of skin is most probably caused by crash diets that sacrifice large amounts of supporting muscle, or lean body mass. Even less severe diets and weight loss from bariatric surgery can result in a substantial amount of muscle loss over time. Perhaps future scientific research will show a correlation between loss of lean body mass on a diet with the development of redundant skin.”

        billy r. wrote on February 10th, 2011
    • Hmm… Ron Brown was never a 5’2″ woman who had five large babies…not convinced. (But WOW… Dave, you look great and are a huge imspiration)

      Milemom wrote on April 25th, 2011
      • LOL Milemom. I know what you mean. I only had 3 large babies but that was enough to cause me problems. It has deformed my stomach muscles and I’m still having trouble getting rid of the droopy skin syndrome :P

        Kitty wrote on April 25th, 2011
        • Have you been able to make any progress with the sagging skin? I had two fairly big twin boys almost nine years ago and I’m wondering if there’s any hope of having a tight stomach again…

          Jennel wrote on September 24th, 2011
  4. Mark & Dave,

    This made my day! Your spirit is truly contagious! I want to go run out in my 10-foot Iowan snow drifts barefoot and howl, now!

    Thanks so much for putting a smile on my face!

    Grok out!

    -AndreAnna

    AndreAnna wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • I’ve done quick barefoot runs err dashes in snow. Cold….refreshing….

      Lynn wrote on February 4th, 2011
  5. Way to go Dave.

    BenK wrote on February 4th, 2011
  6. Awesome results. Shows you are never too old to Grok On! Thanks for the inspiration!

    goosef wrote on February 4th, 2011
  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE this story! talk about motivating!!!! You Go Dave!!!

    TonyaL wrote on February 4th, 2011
  8. Just downright FANTASTIC Dave! Adding you to my hero list!!

    Randy wrote on February 4th, 2011
  9. What an incredible transformation and inspiration! Grok on, Dave!!

    Barb W wrote on February 4th, 2011
  10. That is just an awesome post. A little willpower and determination, coupled with a dash of knowledge and information, can really go a long way. Awesome.

    Justin wrote on February 4th, 2011
  11. Dave has an awesome beard. Looks a ton better now too!

    Congrats and thanks for sharing.

    Rhys wrote on February 4th, 2011
  12. This is your ultimate self-esteem boost day Dave. Enjoy – you deserve it!

    Jay wrote on February 4th, 2011
  13. God Bless you Mark..!!
    and Dave..!! – WOW – unf**inbelievable

    Resurgent wrote on February 4th, 2011
  14. I agree with the others. Awesome!

    Lynn wrote on February 4th, 2011
  15. Wow. Amazing Dave. Amazing. GROK ON!

    Daniel Merk wrote on February 4th, 2011
  16. Looking good, big man.

    I thought you were saying that you were 40 at first and was about to (politely) call BS. :)

    Art Smith wrote on February 4th, 2011
  17. Unreal! What a great story!! It must be surreal looking in the mirror now, haha.

    Well done Dave!!

    fufonzo wrote on February 4th, 2011
  18. GO DAVE
    Ha! I love this guy…

    Erin wrote on February 4th, 2011
  19. Excellent Dave! Your pure joy in life is a wonder to hear! Your post made me smile. You have come a loooong way brother! Excellent! (I was going to post this reply in all caps, in honor of Dave, but I restrained myself.)

    Poppabear wrote on February 4th, 2011
  20. WOW…love this story and the transition this man went through. Very inspiring! Side note: he really loves the snow :)

    Maggie wrote on February 4th, 2011
  21. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is amazing! I’m sending this to my parents. Way to go man.

    Stef wrote on February 4th, 2011
  22. Oh my gosh,Dave! Your belly transformation is simply amazing. What a different life you will have now–truly “golden years”. So happy for you!

    Stephanie wrote on February 4th, 2011
  23. Whoa, Dave, what an amazing change. Congratulations.

    San wrote on February 4th, 2011
  24. Very inspirational! Great great work!

    RB wrote on February 4th, 2011
  25. OMG!!!! I love you Dave!!!

    Debra wrote on February 4th, 2011
  26. Incredible!! Very, very inspiring. I LOVE these posts!

    Theresa wrote on February 4th, 2011
  27. Amazing! I can’t really say it any other way. Dave is a new inspiration for me!

    Will wrote on February 4th, 2011
  28. I love Fridays on MDA! The emails were truly so full of energy, it’s amazing and inspiring! Thank you so much, Dave, for sharing your journey with us!

    Melissa wrote on February 4th, 2011
  29. Wow wow wow wow wow. I just buzzed through the pictures. Now have to go back and actually read about this amazing change!

    Abigail wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • On the other hand, a picture is worth about a million words in this case!

      Abigail wrote on February 4th, 2011
  30. You should be so proud of what you accomplished! You cannot take care of others until you take care of yourself! :)

    Emily wrote on February 4th, 2011
  31. Thanks Dave. I don’t know if you have ever thought of yourself as an inspiration, but you are. But if you have a hard time swallowing that, you are definitely THE example. That bar has been set way up there, but my 35 yo fat ass is jumping for it!!! Grok on dude!!!

    William wrote on February 4th, 2011
  32. Another WOW!

    Sam wrote on February 4th, 2011
  33. VERY IMPRESSIVE!

    Nice work and the progression photos are amazing.

    Derek Weiss wrote on February 4th, 2011
  34. OMG! My eyes were full of tears of joy while I read this. GO DAVE!!!
    After seeing the vegan episode on Oprah this week I just had to submit this post and ask them to consider doing a show on primal. Everyone needs to know this stuff!
    Dave, you have given hope to a lot of people. I know you will be blessed for all the rest of your days.

    Jen Duncan wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • What a great idea Jen! My eyes filled with happy tears too.

      That last picture is beautiful!

      Patty wrote on February 4th, 2011
      • The last picture is magnificent. I love this guy!!

        Ginger wrote on February 4th, 2011
        • I plan on doing my final transformation pic shirtless in the snow wearing VFFs. That last pic sum up Primal for me too.

          Kevin P Carey wrote on July 27th, 2012
    • Forget Oprah.

      M. Pile wrote on February 4th, 2011
      • . . . also Dave rules.

        M. Pile wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • I thought the same thing that Oprah needs to give Primal?paleo equal time.
      Congrats Dave…ANY RECIPES TO SHARE??!!

      Milliann Johnson wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • Me too! I love reading the primal success stories every week, but this one is the first one that made me cry!

      rho wrote on February 5th, 2011
  35. WOW! Unbelievable…amazing!

    Moochy wrote on February 4th, 2011
  36. Oh man, this guys sounds like so much fun. Love it! Grow the beard back, brother!

    Jim Arkus wrote on February 4th, 2011
  37. Dave, that is a truly awe inspiring transformation!!! You look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and probably feel the same! What an inspiration and you give me hope that I can look as good(in female form). Grok on, brother!!!

    geostump wrote on February 4th, 2011
  38. Frickin’ Awesome!!! Way to go Dave! Your attitude and inspiration is amazing. This is just the motivation I needed to kick it into high gear! Grok On Dave!

    Krys wrote on February 4th, 2011
  39. YAWP! congratulations on your success and new way of life! enjoy!!!

    Paula wrote on February 4th, 2011
  40. Huge respect for what you have done. Bravo! May it inspire others to do the same.

    Brad Gantt wrote on February 4th, 2011

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