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4 Feb

The Unconquerable Dave

Dave 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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ====================
    GREAT JOB!!
    ====================

    roy wrote on October 20th, 2011
  2. This is so incredibly inspiring!!! Grok on!

    Shannon wrote on November 20th, 2011
  3. Amazing! My Mom recently turned me on to this lifestyle… I’m hooked, and seeing Dave’s story is inspiring! How could it not be? Thank you so much for sharing!

    Prim Pony wrote on November 23rd, 2011
  4. Im still around!!….Even if you dont go and be the exercise monster of the block…this way of life will sculpt the body that reflects what you do…and it will look GOOD!!!…GROK ON Everyone and have a SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON..EAT WELL -SLEEP WELL- BE WELL AND Enjoy life every day!>>>

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on November 24th, 2011
  5. WOW, i just got the 21 day transformation book and this guy was my size, I’m impressed!

    james wrote on January 8th, 2012
  6. Dave, You are a Grok Star! This is possibly the most inspirational thing I’ve ever read regarding physical transformation. I was thinking man starting this Primal thing is going to be difficult for me at 48-years-old. Thank you for blowing that thinking out of my head! Grok on!

    Tom wrote on January 8th, 2012
  7. Way to go Dave! I am heading into week 3 and your story just re-ignited my fire stick…Grok on, brother!! Thank you so much…your legacy continues on!

    BabyGoozerGrok wrote on January 11th, 2012
  8. Unconquerable Dave makes me want to run around the world and cheer and beat my own skinny little chest! The sheer joy of the man from MINUTE ONE of your journey!

    Joy Beer wrote on January 17th, 2012
  9. Love your work Papa Grok! You are a true inspiration!!!

    Carole-Ann wrote on January 21st, 2012
  10. Holy Crap Dave!!! That is the best transformation that I have ever seen. I keep going through these posts getting more and more stoked. Thanks for sharing and thanks for showing what is possible.

    Mark wrote on March 2nd, 2012
  11. THE PAPA GROK IS ALWAYS>>AROUND THE CAve some place..or out in the rock and tree zone..GROK ON EVERYONE!!>>>

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on March 30th, 2012
  12. Dave, I pinned your story to my Pinterest board and it has gotten many many likes and shares.
    Your story really helped me in the begining of my journey. It was your mention of having so much energy and feeling strong at your age, that hooked me in. I felt so tired all the time and could not see how I was going to make it to 60 or 70 if I was this worn down in my 40’s!
    Thank you for sharing, and know that it has meant the world to many people :)

    Sarah

    Sarah Martini wrote on March 30th, 2012
  13. Wow! av you look like a different person. Thank you SO much for sharing your story with us. Truly inspirational.

    I have been on PB 9 months now (59 YO F) and lost 40lbs from a start of 270. A long way to go but I have never felt better, and you’ve given me just the inspiration I needed at this point.

    Odille Esmonde-Morgan wrote on April 11th, 2012
  14. Amazing :)

    Morgan wrote on April 12th, 2012
  15. Fantastic!!! And you look so great and healthy now!!! Best regards from Sweden!!!

    Martina wrote on April 12th, 2012
  16. Dude you sir are my new hero. I love the beard, a man should have a beard, it is just just…. right.

    Booyeah

    warmbear wrote on May 11th, 2012
    • Thanks…I still have it>>> GROK ON>>>

      Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on May 11th, 2012
  17. If I ever stray I go back and read this again. It makes me cry. Truly inspirational.

    Donna Cole wrote on May 12th, 2012
  18. DAVE..!!!! TODAY YOU ALONE INSPIRED ME TO TRY THIS PLAN. I HEAR YOUR ‘YAWP’ ALL THE WAY HERE IN WHITMAN’S ‘MANAHATTA’!!! NYC – I PUT YOUR FIRST AND LAST PHOTOS ON MY FRIDGE.
    YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL SIR!!
    REGARDS
    KATIE

    Katie wrote on June 18th, 2012
  19. Such an inspiration-so grateful you shared your awesome story!

    Colleen wrote on June 28th, 2012
  20. Gives a chubby man hope! Back on the wagon and off the sugar!

    229Mick wrote on June 29th, 2012
  21. HELLOOOOOOOOO
    YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWPPPPP!
    I AM ALWAYS WANDERING THE PRIMAL/PALEO SPHERE ENCOURAGING EVERYONE to keep on the path…but to refine it as you go…remember..YOUR blueprint is YOURS…search for it…the search is full of fun and learning and experimenting with Lots of interesting people, foods, Improvements, refinements and overall SUPER HEALTH AND STRENGTH …you never knew you had…or could possess…..I never EVER FORGET where I started…AND I AM…along with all of you..a part of a better way of life>>>GROK ON
    and take some love and understanding along…

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on July 9th, 2012
    • Hey Dave, I wanted to add you to facebook, I cant find ya and I want to be part of the awesome sauce.Can ya guide me some?

      warmbear wrote on July 25th, 2012
  22. What a star! You look (and must feel) amazing!

    Amy wrote on July 17th, 2012
    • Thanks Amy..BE A GROKETTE!>>>

      Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on July 18th, 2012
      • 😀 Love that, Grokette! Grok on!

        Amy wrote on July 31st, 2012
  23. Dave, you’ve disappeared off my facebook. How are you, Papa????

    Mary Anne wrote on July 25th, 2012
  24. Im back up on Facebook…technology is wonderful when it is not broken…BAHAhahahahahhaaaaaYAWP!!>>>

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on July 30th, 2012
  25. Wow. This actually made me cry. I love to see people change their lives. I love to see true happiness in people’s eyes. This gives me hope and confidence and inspiration. Thanks to Mark and Dave, the man of these incredible photos and story. I just want to hug everyone now! :)

    Kristen wrote on August 8th, 2012
    • I’ll take a hug and Send one right back at ya
      “Be the change you wish to see”..
      BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS>>>
      DAVE..PAPA GROK

      Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on August 9th, 2012
  26. You sir are brilliant, you look like a viking ready to hunt in that last picture. Inspirational stuff.

    Sevar wrote on August 10th, 2012
    • Thanks my friend…I am GROKKING ALWAYS!>>>

      Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on August 10th, 2012
  27. I never get tired of this story.

    mike g wrote on September 14th, 2012

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