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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. That brought a tear to my eye. Standing ovation.

    Ben wrote on February 4th, 2011
  2. Awesome. Absolutely AWESOME!

    kennelmom wrote on February 4th, 2011
  3. This guy frakking rules!

    rsg wrote on February 4th, 2011
  4. Hot damn! Way to go, Dave. You’re an inspiration — and a head turner!

    Marsha Stopa wrote on February 4th, 2011
  5. Dave and Mark are my heros!!! A big YAWP to you Dave!

    Justin L wrote on February 4th, 2011
  6. AWSOME…amazing story..I loved his gym..tree..rocks…i also have rocks in my apartment instead of weights and i go to park do my sprints and climb the trees there too. i agree way much better than gym..

    salim wrote on February 4th, 2011
  7. I showed my husband this. He is now COMPLETELY on board :D
    He loves the outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping, climbing trees all that stuff and hates going to the gym. So this is gonna be a cinch!!! YAY im so happy. thanks for this story. Finally I got him to agree that he doesnt need to eat crap -especially after he ate a donut last night after dinner from the gas station (omg)and complained of an upset stomach all night.

    Earthspirit wrote on February 4th, 2011
  8. Wow! ‘nuf said.

    Phyllis wrote on February 4th, 2011
  9. Epic — guy looks like a true wildman

    Nicky Spur wrote on February 4th, 2011
  10. Wow. This is an awesome transformation. And not only does he look healthy & fit … but his hair and beard look awesome & fitting now too. :-)}

    Kevin wrote on February 4th, 2011
  11. whoa. just speechless.

    bee wrote on February 4th, 2011
  12. this is very inspirational to me, great job Dave I to hope to look that good!!!

    Ron wrote on February 4th, 2011
  13. My first thought was “Santa!”
    My next thought was “Hey! My birthday’s on the 8th as well!”
    Next: “Holy crap he’s gotten thin!”
    My last thought was “400 lbs to 200 lbs in 14 months is… just over 14 lbs lost per month (on average). Wow.”

    Congratulations- and happy birthday to us both!

    Pat wrote on February 4th, 2011
  14. Best one yet! Great job Dave.

    Jeff wrote on February 4th, 2011
  15. WOW. If you were single and lived near me I would be available any time for a primal blueprint-friendly beverage. HOT. You look amazing, Dave!!! I’ve been having a difficult time ousting my sugar-addiction and this is really great motivation to just DO it. Thank you. Love your sentiment, too–there is nothing like knowing that there is a growing community of like-minded “brothers” or sisters out there to help you feel strong.

    WildShan wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • … uh, I don’t want to seem sleazy. I realize that you are NOT single and I was just being complimentary. You look great. ;D

      WildShan wrote on February 4th, 2011
  16. Wow! Who knew a big bearded caveman like Dave could put tears in my eyes so quickly! I too am sending this to my parents who believe they’re too old (64) to bother changing their diets now. Thank you for sharing Dave, you’re awesome. And again, thank you Mark for inspiring us all.

    Sara wrote on February 4th, 2011
  17. Dave, YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! I seriously want to go hiking with this guy or something! It’s a good thing that e-hug to mark tho, or else mark might not have ribs anymore! Awesome job dave, I’m inspired to go do some ass-kicking primal-living of my own today!

    mlkrone wrote on February 4th, 2011
  18. Truly incredible.

    Sean wrote on February 4th, 2011
  19. This just brought a tear to my eye! Great job, Dave! Such an inspiration!

    BenevolentForce wrote on February 4th, 2011
  20. WOW, amazing and truly inspiring! Great job Dave!

    JacQ wrote on February 4th, 2011
  21. THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Well done, you are truly an inspiration. I’ve been doing the Primal thing since the beginning of this year and had an ‘off’ day today, but this story has definitely made me want to jump back on the wagon FULLY! It’s amazing, and I thank you.

    Lance wrote on February 4th, 2011
  22. OMG! WOW! Not much more to say, huh?

    Kim wrote on February 4th, 2011
  23. HOW inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story and your success!

    sarah wrote on February 4th, 2011
  24. Ah yes, and a happy early birthday to Dave!! May this be your best year yet!

    BenevolentForce wrote on February 4th, 2011
  25. Wow, amazing. Congratulations!

    Alison Golden wrote on February 4th, 2011
  26. Amazing story/transformation. You are a true inspiration brother. Grok On!

    Derrick wrote on February 4th, 2011
  27. Wow, no words for how amazing and inspirational this guy is. Congratulations and best wishes!

    Natalie wrote on February 4th, 2011
  28. Absolutely Amazing!!!! What a great transformation, and I’ll echo the others…even though Connecticut is buried in snow (AGAIN!) reading this makes me want to run outside and play :)

    Deb wrote on February 4th, 2011
  29. Osome. Happy Belated, Daveman! Keep us updated.

    Rich W wrote on February 4th, 2011
  30. THIS.IS.AMAZING.

    I have tears in my eyes. I wish I could send this post out to the whole world.

    I don’t even know you, Dave, but I am so proud of you!!

    AWESOME POST!!

    Ruby wrote on February 4th, 2011
  31. Damn dude! Congrats.

    Grok wrote on February 4th, 2011
  32. Dave… CONGRATS MY PRIMAL BROTHER!!!!

    Fantastic results!

    Steve wrote on February 4th, 2011
  33. Unbelievable! What an inspiration you are Dave!

    Grok on Brother!

    primal_joe wrote on February 4th, 2011
  34. WOOOOOOAH!!! What an incredible transformation! Dave you are awesome and congratulations on your success!

    Amazing, just amazing!

    Primal K@ wrote on February 4th, 2011
  35. Stay in the light!!!

    Congrats handsome man!

    stacey clayton wrote on February 4th, 2011
  36. Amazing! it’s stories like Dave’s that made me want to become primal in the forst place. I would LOVE to see a brief breakdown on what dave ate daily and what his exercise schedule was like. Awesome Dave! Congrats! I want to be like Dave!

    David wrote on February 4th, 2011
  37. Impressive. What a story. And what a journey. Thank you for sharing. At the moment I am low carb (very low carb) not fully primal, but I may get there. I have lost weight, gained tone, and am in the best shape of my life, aged 39 With inspiration like this – I will keep on pushing. Thank you very much

    Jhn Smart wrote on February 4th, 2011
  38. YOU DA MAN, Dave! Truly an inspiring, illuminating and heartfelt story. Grok On forever!

    Condor wrote on February 4th, 2011
  39. WOW…..
    I AM STUNNED BY ALL THE COMPLIMENTS AND KIND WORDS. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH MY FRIENDS.
    MARK-
    ENDLESS STRENGTH TO YOU BROTHER.
    SO…”GROK ON” FAMILY!
    DAVE

    DAVE PARSONS wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • You’re an inspiration, Dave. You’re a year older, an inch taller and started out at about the same weight as me. You set a high bar and, simultaneously, show that it is completely doable! Thanks.

      ScottMGS wrote on February 7th, 2011
  40. WOW what a great achivement! Thanks for sharing.

    Linda Marcy wrote on February 4th, 2011

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