Family Loses 335 Pounds: A Piano Family Update

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-1-2My name is Jennifer Piano, wife of David Piano, and our family took on the Primal lifestyle about two years ago. We started shortly after finding out we were pregnant with our last child.

Before taking on the Paleo lifestyle I had suffered from depression for many, many years and was addicted to crystal meth for six years. After being saved from the addiction of meth, I replaced that addiction with food, slowly eating myself to a enormous 310+ pounds.

I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, and was borderline diabetic. At this point I knew something had to change if I wanted to live a long healthy life for myself and my family. It wasn’t until then that my husband’s cousin introduced him to Mark’s Daily Apple and the Paleo lifestyle.

My son Matthias, who at the time was only two years old, weighed in at 71 pounds. He didn’t have the energy to play and always had an upper respiratory infection. Since changing our eating habits, he too has lost an incredible amount of weight. At almost five years old, he now weighs 54 pounds and has an enormous amount of energy.


As a family, we were able to lose roughly 335 pounds. I lost 180 pounds and just recently reached my weight goal of 130 pounds. Went from a size 24 to now a size 4. Now all that’s left to do is tone, tone and more toning. I thank you for your help and for your website!! And I know that with your website you will inspire others to reach their weight loss goals! Thank you for all that you do!!

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  1. You are an inspiration to all those that struggle with any form of addiction! I look forward to sharing your story with my cousin so he can see a bright future for himself. Congrats on your transformation, you have a beautiful family.

  2. Inspiring.
    Our children are watching and taking their cues from us all day long. And trust my kids to call me out if I don’t “walk the talk!”
    You and your son look happy and healthy! How wonderful.

  3. Wow! Simply incredible. Congratulations to you and the rest of the family for your amazing transformations. 😀

  4. Wow! What an inspiration. And what a wonderful gift you are giving your entire family. I wish you continued success and good health!

  5. So rad. Serious kudos for your amazing journey. You’re all so strong. And you look happier than ever. Great work!

  6. Wow! It is so wonderful to see a whole family transformation. Congratulations to all of you!

  7. I am just blown away. David’s story was one of the most inspirational ones ever posted here, but this supplemental insight into the multiple trials your family has endured and your victories makes my heart swell with pride just having the honor to have read it.

    1. I agree 100% what an honor to read your story. I am SO happy for you. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Congratulations on your success! And wish you many more to come…

  9. This is incredible and so beautiful! Best of Luck to the Piano family!

  10. Ok, now I am crying. Addiction has touched our family too and I lost my nephew to herion/meth/prescription meds a couple years ago. He was 22, handsome, smart, well loved – it didn’t make sense but there it was. I am so happy for your children that they have healthy bodies to face the challenges of the day-to-day stuff. That day-to-day stuff seems to derail some of us. Well done Piano Family and Jennifer!

    1. And that’s who your nephew was , a smart , handsome and well loved man . The drug addiction is simply a fleshly , worldly desire NOT who he was . Always define him as what and who he was in his soul NOT what are weak flesh yearns for . My wife , children and I send our love to you and yours

  11. Mind officially blown.You literally saved your two year old’s life. Good job.

  12. Thank-you for sharing your journey! How inspiring that your whole family is benefitting from your healthy lifestyle! You are a family of fighters that has worked hard to bravely become who you are now.
    Way to go!

  13. Wow! I hope you know how strong you are. Most people do NOT come back from the clutches of meth. And then you busted through a food addiction too? Keep sharing your story…people need to hear it.

  14. Amazing!!! Kicking Meth is hard enough!!! Then to go onto your health!! I am amzed and inspired by you:)

  15. What an amazing gift you have given your son! He is such a lucky little guy to have two happy, healthy parents with the strength and determination to overcome larger obstacles than many of us will ever have to face. Congrats to you all!

  16. The transformation your family made is amazing. Addiction alone is difficult to overcome – that’s putting it mildly. Few people are actually able to overcome it’s clutches. You have given your family a rare gift – you. And you look amazing: radiant and healthy along with having lost an incredible amount of weight. I continue to be inspired by these Friday success stories. Best to you and your family –

  17. Congratulations! What an amazing thing you’ve accomplished with your family! I love the contrast of your son’s t-shirts. Whatever it takes, yes indeed.

  18. Oh my…so many feels! You’ve overcome so much and you all look wonderful! The smiles…so many congrats to you and your family!!!!

  19. The Piano family is playing a different tune…and it’s beautiful!

  20. So many miracles in your family!! Overcoming meth addiction, then a transformation for you, husband and child to a healthy primal lifestyle… Please someone make this a book or movie !!

  21. You and your husband have been through a lot, Jennifer! (I just went back and reread his story.) It’s great that the whole family is now healthier, fitter, happier and looking good. Congratulations.

  22. Profiles in courage. The inner strength you have is off the charts.

  23. That is so amazing! When you have the right tools and motivation absolutely anything can be possible. Well done guys 🙂

  24. Thank you for sharing your story and that of your family with us. Your journey is incredible! The strength and determination it took for you alone to conquer the additions (meth and food) and turn you life around, is simply amazing! And what you have given your children, health, happiness, and a mother for many more years to come, is truly the best gift a mother could give. All that aside, from a purely physical strand point, you look awesome!! And your son looks much healthier and happier as well.
    Congrats to the entire family. You are all an inspiration to each of us.

  25. I have been living the primal life and reading MDA for about 6 years now. Every Saturday morning with my Bulletproof coffee with added collagen powder I sit down and read the Success stories. Jennifer and David’s story is one of the most inspirational stories I’ve read here or anywhere for that matter. For my first comment I want send a big Congrats! to the Piano family.
    It also inspired me to give a huge pat on the back to Mark Sisson. I wonder if he ever envisioned that his Primal Blueprint would have such a profound impact on as many live as it has. Jennifer and David’s story is proof that Mark is not only touching this generation but the next as well.
    Can not thank you enough Mark.

  26. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing. You are a great mom for making your own health and your kids health a priority.

  27. I am astounded and thrilled for you. This is such an immense and beautiful accomplishment for you and your family, no one could possibly give a better gift to their children. I’m sure there must have been awful times and terrible struggles involved in your story. Only the strongest and most disciplined come back from that place. It’s clear to me you are people of incredible character and worth. I know first hand that depression is difficult to eradicate. Please, always remember that you are a genuine hero!

  28. Amazing congratulations this is one of the shortest stories with the most content!

  29. Congratulations! Such a lot of hard work you’ve had to do. Amazing. Thank you for sharing this. Best wishes to you all xx

  30. What an amazing story you have, and it’s such an inspiration!

  31. As it seems all of the commenter’s have stated. What an awesome, incredible story! The photos show an amazing transformation. Your story has to be a terrific inspiration to anyone wanting to improve their health and life style. Jennifer you have accomplished a ‘miracle’ (no doubt with the active support of the whole family)!

    May be the ‘play forward’ from your example and from how your children will most likely feel about healthy eating will be the biggest success of your effort. I can imagine that what you have accomplished may well influence dozens of people that know you and your family.

    Thank you so much for your encouraging story!

  32. Amazing story. Thank you for sharing. It at times is hard to convey how raw honesty through social media truly touches another’s spirit.

  33. Your success story made me cry, happy tears of course! I’m so happy for the healthy lifestyle you now have, and the AMAZING role model you are for your son. You have given him the gift of health, and the gift of a healthy mom. Go you!