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July 29, 2016

What It’s Like to Be Grok at 40

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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-1-2First of all, I would like to thank you and your team for making Mark’s Daily Apple so easy to navigate, read and dive into on a daily basis. The introduction that I have received to The Primal Blueprint over the past few months has been extremely rewarding and I am very proud to call myself a member of the primal community.

My story is nowhere near as exciting as some of the members who have overcome health problems, debilitating injuries, illnesses and extreme weight loss results. My story is one of an average citizen, stuck in the rut of a society overloaded with convenience food, stagnant lifestyle choices and a government that has convinced the masses that their food guide is the final word on health.

My name is Carey and I am a 39 year old father of two and a husband to the most supportive woman a man could ask for. My motivation for changing my lifestyle came from two places: A 40th birthday that I did not want to have with the mental and physical condition that I was in, and from a close family member who designed their own ketogenic lifestyle plan.

Last year my wife and I were introduced to the paleo way of life. We gave it a shot, we kicked the tires, we test drove it, and inevitably we crashed into the ditch of “everyday life.” We gave it a good go. We definitely saw results. But the daily grind of alarm clocks and kids and commitments to the television/couch combo did us in. We didn’t exactly quit all together. We did try to make smart choices for ourselves and our kids. My brother in-law was a very good mentor with the gains and goals he made with his keto program. I did want those results, deep down. But unfortunately my tendency to give into bad habits took over most days. Toast and cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunches, rice and pasta for dinners. These became more of a routine than a choice. It was just too easy. But I finally decided that easy wasn’t what I wanted anymore.

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When the clock struck 2016, the person that I saw in the mirror gave me a long hard stare and said, “Hey, are you ready for 40?” And I said, “Hell no!!” It was definitely time for me to light a fire under my feet. I honestly had the best intentions, just like every other resolution maker at New Years. January and February came and went, and so did a lot carbs from my diet. I was making better choices and trying my darnedest to stick to a paleo diet for myself and my family. The one thing I couldn’t overcome was my love of craft beer and late night television. I have been a admirer/junkie of craft brews for many years, I even started from scratch brewing my own at home. It was a rewarding hobby and still is for me. Even though today I am healthier and happier than I have been in years, I will never cut out my love for a cold, local, fresh beer. I feel no guilt working off those carbs.

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In February I was browsing our local book store for paleo cookbooks and craft beer magazines, I stumbled upon The Primal Blueprint. I had heard Mark’s name come up a few times while discussing paleo topics and recipes I had found online, but nothing really clicked. After doing some more research, I came to find that this guy had a heck of a lot to say, and a way of getting his idea across like no one else I had heard before. I began watching his videos and subscribed to MDA. The real kicker for me was listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast that Mark did earlier in the year. I have since listened to it numerous times. Needless to say, The Primal Blueprint was the quickest read for me, and I am not a big book person. Eye opening is an understatement to describe how informative it was for me when I sat down to take it all in.

On March 1st, I walked into a gym and signed up for a membership. I weighed in at 232 lbs (now 200). With everything that I had learned in the past weeks, I was armed with an intense focus. It may have come across as arrogance at the time, but it was what I needed to fight hard against life’s push-backs. When people asked me what my plan was, I told them I was going Primal. People said that it’s not normal, you need all those carbs, how can you eat all that fat? I did not want to be normal. Normal was now extinct to me. I wanted to be a fat burner, not a carb-loader. I wanted to get my energy from what was inside me. Not from putting sugar and starches into my body. I was done getting my energy from wheat and grains and high fructose corn syrup.

fifth picI had already been doing a weekly bootcamp with a close friend of mine, but although I enjoyed it, I found myself loading up on carbs and sugars before class and just felt sluggish halfway through. Now when I go, I feel great! My diet is now on track. I eat lots of proteins, fats, and fruits and vegetables. My carb intake is under a 100 a day. No more cardboard for breakfast. No more late night bags of chips. Well, I do still cheat sometimes. I go to bed earlier at night and I am up at 5 am ready to go. A bullet proof coffee and I’m banging on the door at the gym at 5:30 am.

I am now fitter, happier and getting healthier day by day. I have my wife and family to thank, I have a great bootcamp family, I have a great gym family. And now I have a Primal community family. I talk to people on a daily basis that are still stuck in the conventional perception of what is healthy. I try not to get frustrated speaking to the naysayers. And I try to spend more time talking with people who are seriously interested in what I have done to turn my lifestyle Primal. No one is going to tell me that my choices are wrong. I now have the knowledge and wisdom to actually back up my choices, and I have Mark to thank for that.

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Nick
Nick
9 months 29 days ago

Great job Carey! I’m in the same boat as you and actually have a similar body type. Would you kindly give a summary of what a typical day looks like eating on lifting and non lifting days? I’m very curious how you have that set up. Thanks in advance!

Carey
Carey
9 months 29 days ago
I go to the gym 4 days a week. I do a bootcamp on Wednesdays. So gym M/T/T/F. My morning consists of a protein pre-workout shake. About 40 grams of protein. Low low sugar but has a bit of caffeine. I may also have a bullet proof coffee as well. When I get home from the gym, I am usually prepping kids breakfasts and lunches so I am usually eating on my feet. Bacon, eggs, high fat yogurt with blueberries or hemp protein. Or I will have sausage and cheese omelette. Sometimes I’ll even have another shake with avocado and… Read more »
Kyle
9 months 29 days ago

This is awesome! Excellent and keep it up man, you’re an inspiration!

Elizabeth
9 months 29 days ago

Wow great results in such a short time!! Totally agree…reading The Primal Blueprint is a real game changer!

Fedor Emelianko
Fedor Emelianko
9 months 29 days ago

He will regain. Body composition is involuntarily regulated.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
9 months 29 days ago

You mean, “gains bro”- as in weight lifting, right?

Pat
Pat
9 months 29 days ago

Not a true statement. If he reverts back to his old ways, then yes, he will regain. If he sticks with his PB lifestyle, his newly-improved insulin sensitivity will ensure his current body-comp will stabilize/improve.

That Guy
That Guy
9 months 28 days ago

Not true change in life style = change in body composition.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
9 months 29 days ago

Well done! We’ve all been on the primal/paleo roller coaster of doing well and then not doing well. Always nice to read a relatable story. Local craft beer was the last to go for me, turns out beer blocks my sinus. Now for alcohol it is either all clear or nothing. (Used to home brew too and ultimately sold all my equipment- tears and sad faces). Keep up the drive!

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
9 months 29 days ago

I transferred my enthusiasm for home brewing to home fermenting cucumbers, sauerkraut and kimchi. There is less equipment and you are guaranteed to have your guests complement your pickles more often than your home brew. I plan to try my hand at yogurt with some fresh raw milk in the near future as well.

Paleo4life
Paleo4life
9 months 29 days ago

Great job! Amazing what living primally will do to your body composition even with relatively minor weight fluctuations.

Whitney
Whitney
9 months 29 days ago

Great job Carey! Grok on!!

Kwadwo
Kwadwo
9 months 29 days ago

You’ve basically become batman. Though more family oriented & completely primal. No violence either – I like that.

Stephen
Stephen
9 months 29 days ago

The effects of the lifestyle change are so consistent, that I’m sure some of us almost wish we could do it again. I think that having to eat badly and feel sick to get to the point where we can relive the experience likely keeps us from doing it. Who wants to be ill after getting accustomed to feeling fantastic?

Good job and awesome pictures 🙂

Jerome
9 months 29 days ago

You’re an inspiration. I’m also 40 years old, a husband and a father to a beautiful soon-to-be 9-month-old girl. I’m now ready to get back on the Primal train and reclaim my life. I’m starting with the PBF program until I can afford to join CrossFit.

Judy Griesi
Judy Griesi
9 months 29 days ago

Congrats Carey! Lovely story, lovely family, funny alarm clock…isn’t that just the truth!

Puffmcduff
Puffmcduff
9 months 29 days ago

Do u take any other “supplements”? Amazing results

Carey
Carey
9 months 29 days ago

Hey Puff.

I take a pre workout, a multivitamin, Omega 3, glutamine, bcaa, primrose oil. Still researching other supplements. There are a lot of knowlegable people at the gym that I go to that have suggested a few other ideas too. It’s good to get to know people that know what they are doing.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
9 months 29 days ago

Smart Drugs Smarts is a nice resource.

Puffmcduff
Puffmcduff
9 months 29 days ago

You look amazing job well done. I’m a 300lb man 5″4 looking for any means out of this body. I think I’m gonna put down the “food” I’ve been eating and give this a shot. You are an inspiration and I thank you for that. The people at my old gym were not that knowledgeable so I have now switched gyms for some inspiration. I found the people at my old gym were mean. I’m hoping to change old ways. Here’s to a new future in a skinny body.thanks I will try some of those supplements to help me out.

Dan
Dan
9 months 29 days ago

It’s 80% diet! You can quit the gym for now; it might help bulk up but it will not be the driving force behind weight loss! I’m not saying don’t exercise but there is nothing at the gym as important as the foods you eat.

For the first 2-4 months put all that gritted teeth and willpower to push yourself further, towards what you choose to eat, the effort it takes to make it fresh and most importantly into what you will not eat under any circumstance!

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz4FpbYmSZt

It’s all there. Good luck!

wildgrok
wildgrok
9 months 29 days ago

100% agree on the gym dumping. Use the saved $$$ in good primal food

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
9 months 29 days ago

Dayum … very impressive three month transformation!

Dan
Dan
9 months 29 days ago

Awesome Job!! I hope you didn’t photoshop those abs in! 🙂

Nocona
Nocona
9 months 29 days ago

“I did not want to be normal, normal was now extinct for me”. Great line Carey, and much congratulations. Job well done.

I still imbibe with clear alcohols without any noticeable effects on my body composition. It’s those darned mixers and liqueurs ya have to watch.

primalplum923
primalplum923
9 months 29 days ago

Ha! Didn’t realize it was only a 3-month time frame! That’s awesome. Congratulations, for you and your whole family. That picture of your son on your head, hilarious. That’s one more component of the Primal family that I think is soooo important—a good sense of humor. The “my way or the highway” health nazis are so draining, and not very inspiring.
Please give us an update in a few months!

George
9 months 29 days ago

Nice transformation man … hope you continue along the path to a healthier life and bod!

Tessa
Tessa
9 months 29 days ago

Great job Carey you look fantastic and your family is adorable. The Primal Blueprint agrees with you. Keep up the good work.

Amy
9 months 29 days ago

Great post! We love the Joe Rogan podcast at our house too. Great to see you can balance the primal lifestyle with kids! Love the photos!

Dave'sWife
Dave'sWife
9 months 29 days ago

I agree! Thank you for posting your website. Great recipes, we will definitely try them.

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
9 months 29 days ago

Love the fun pictures of you and your family, Carey!

And what an inspiring story–one of choosing to let go of a familiar, comfortable eating-cardboard-for-breakfast status quo…and choosing to embrace a new, more alive, more fulfilled normal.

Way to go! Happy 40th year!

wildgrok
wildgrok
9 months 29 days ago

Congratulations Carey, super fast results, super focused

Long Tall Sally
Long Tall Sally
9 months 29 days ago

Incredible transformation in just a few months – so inspiring Carey!!!

You look amazing. Love the family pics also – does the whole family eat primal/paleo?

Mark
Mark
9 months 29 days ago

Nicely done. Congratulations!

Tanya E
Tanya E
9 months 28 days ago

“I did not want to be normal…” great line, looking around here normal looks pretty fat and unhealthy with degenerative diseases, I agree fat burning is much more appealing! We’ll done, you look great and probably feel it too.

Mary Anne Mead
Mary Anne Mead
9 months 28 days ago

Thank you for sharing your (short) journey. Inspiration to me.

Kelly
Kelly
9 months 27 days ago

Great transformation and I LOVE your parent pictures (chasing the minivan and kid on your head in the morning). A lot of us can totally relate! I’ve been eating right for the past 1 1/2 years, but have yet to actually get off my butt and workout. Perhaps …
(by the way, the “it’s 80% diet” theory hasn’t helped me lose a bit of weight – I just feel better).

Clay
Clay
9 months 27 days ago

Wow! Even his tattoos improved. They’re no longer written backwards! Another benefit of going primal!

Salina
Salina
9 months 26 days ago

What 3 months of primal looks like ….very nice!!

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