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December 04 2015

50 Pounds Down and Never Turning Back

By Guest

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-1-2I feel like now is the time for me to finally share my success story, though I will be the first to tell you the journey certainly continues!

I was an active teenager and fit all the way into my college days. While no one would have ever said I was skinny, having a thicker bone structure and build, I was certainly never fat or even overweight.

Enter the college experience. Most guys will know the college routine. Pizza, video games, football games, beer, wash, rinse repeat. Do that for a few months, let alone years and well… you start wearing all that sugar and grain from both solid and liquid forms.

before1After getting married I pretty much continued on with that pattern. The next thing I know, I have put on some pretty significant weight… I mean a lot! What I didn’t realize though was how all the inflammation and other symptoms like bloating, gas, and how my skin reflected my eating pattern. Having two little sons running around the house made me seriously reevaluate how long I was going to continue running my health into the ground. Having been a high school athlete I knew what it was to workout and get in shape, but the uphill battle with food seemed nearly insurmountable.

On a visit from my dad, who is an executive coach and in the process of completing The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification, we had yet another talk about my weight, eating and love of all things hoppy. He left me the web address of and I began digging. Between lots of talks with my dad, and deep diving on the website, I decided to go all in for at least 30 days to see if this really was all it was cracked up to be.

All I can say is wow!

Oh initially I had to deal with the carb cravings, my desire for a cold one and pizza while watching football. But I got through my 30 days with radical changes in how I felt. I had not only lost a chunk of weight but I felt better than I had felt in a long long time.

I was quite shocked to be honest. What I realized was how sub-par I really felt without actually knowing it! The brain fog, groggy post meal lethargy and constant heart burn were such constant companions they just seemed normal. I knew that feeling this good after 30 days meant there was no going back for me.

Dad told me I had to take photos at the beginning of this because the results would be worth seeing. Reluctantly I took the photos (above). At the six month mark I have lost 51 lbs, have just had my lipid panel done with my doctor… and I am in an excellent range.


What’s more is I love to cook and have taken on coming up with primally aligned meals and recipes, and Instagram them frequently . All I can say is thank you for this website and for all the knowledge and encouragement I have received. I hope my story can help encourage someone else to take the plunge to get on the primal path. I thank you, my beautiful wife Mina thanks you, and two little dudes, Ty and Dom, thank you every time I am out coaching one of their baseball or soccer games or rough housing with them.

I am incredibly grateful!


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      1. Great Job! I’m following now, looks like you are excellent cooks. I really need to up my game in that area. What kind of exercise routines have you been doing?

      2. This is great inspiration to do a 30 day reboot for me. The last six months I think I’ve veered over to the 70/30 side rather than 90/10 primal. Seeing how good that cauliflower crust pizza looks made me realize I really could do less cheat days. I’m going to have to try that.

  1. Great results! Well done! I love all the positive encouragement we get from ‘The Apple’. And all the information. It’s not just weight loss that primal eating provides, it’s less brain ‘fog’ and a better outlook, I’m sure of that. You are so lucky to have that extra positive family support too. Keep it up!

  2. What a great dad! And what a good son you are to profit from his wisdom while you’re still young!

  3. I look forward to these posts on Fridays and I’m never disappointed. It’s amazing that most people don’t realize how bad they feel until they start to feel good! It’s almost like the weight loss is just a bonus…the energy, clear thinking and great skin are so worth it! Great job RJ!

    1. +1

      “It’s amazing that most people don’t realize how bad they feel until they start to feel good!”

      May I steal that?

  4. Beautiful story, RJ!

    Love how your dad offered you a sense of direction…and how you received it and carried through. And such a wonderful gift you’re giving your own kids, by making these amazing shifts. Way to go!

  5. Fantastic job RJ!!! I am going to print this and post it on my cubical “Primal Blueprint” info wall! Hopefully it will inspire some of my coworkers.

  6. I love when people purport to have big bones. It’s tantamount to saying, “I’m not fat, I’m just big-boned”. And I read Playboy for the articles and jokes…

  7. RJ,

    You wrote “All I can say is wow!”.

    Well, You don’t have to say wow – the before and after photos do it for you. Congrats on your great success!

  8. Nice work RJ. It’s interesting that it we can be surrounded by people who have changed their lives (i.e. you dad) but there just has to be the right time for us to really hear their story/message and take it on board. Good on your Dad for giving you a healthy outlook, and now you are giving the same gift to your sons.

  9. The locations of the tattoos in before and after photographs don’t match.

    1. First image is a selfie taken in a mirror, so it’s reversed – second batch are taken by someone else, giving the true image. Great site btw, it’s helped me a lot!

  10. Thanks for sharing. I just started last week and like the encouragement from other people’s stories.

    1. No he doesn’t. Ben Afleck looks like sh!7.

      Congrats on your success RJ, you look better than BA for sure!