August 24 2012

I Have a New Lease on Life

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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!

It was November 9th, 2009. I remember that day vividly because it was the day I reached my breaking point. I was 28 years old and I broke down into tears and decided “enough was enough”. The words that come to mind when I think of that day is the quote from the movie “Animal House” when Dean Wormer says to John Belushi’s character: “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life”.

Let me give you a little background. I was always active in high school and college. I played high school football and tennis, and continued my tennis career into college. While that kept me fairly active, my diet and partying ways always kept me on the larger side. After college, I got married to a wonderful, beautiful woman. However my inactive lifestyle and partying ways continued. We had our first child in September of 2008. As our daughter became more active, I simply did not have the energy to play with her. My greatest fear was not living long enough to walk her down the isle. I did not want my daughter growing up without a father. And it broke my heart.

You see, shortly before I made the decision to go Primal and begin an active lifestyle, I had ballooned to 291 lbs. I was having serious panic attacks and living in a constant state of anxiety. I had been to every kind of doctor imaginable. Cardiologists, chiropractors, family MD’s, and naturopath doctors. I had received two stress tests and visited the emergency room twice because I swore I was dying. They could never find anything wrong. I just thought that that was how I would have to live whatever life I had left. Miserable, fat, inactive, and basically a useless blob taking up space in the house. I was a terrible husband and father. My doctor threatened to put me on cholesterol meds and BP pills. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and forced to sleep with a C-PAP machine. There I was, 28 years old, sleeping with a C-PAP machine.

My wife had already started eating more Primal and was very active. She actually is now the owner of Barefoot Fitness in Watertown, SD. She has been a great mentor of mine as I have made this transformation. I started slowly. At first I cleaned up my diet. I dropped 50 pounds in about a year with a Primal Blueprint diet alone. But then my progress stalled out. I was feeling better but still didn’t think I felt good enough to workout.

On my 30th birthday, I decided that my 30’s were going to be the best decade of my life. I got up, hit the gym, and have never stopped. I train primarily with kettlebells and bodyweight exercises. That was almost two years ago. I have been very strict with my Primal Blueprint diet now. As a result, I have lost 110 lbs and currently weigh 180 pounds. My cholesterol numbers are that of a very healthy person.

I no longer use my C-PAP machine, and I feel like a teenager again. All of my health issues are gone! I feel like I have a new lease on life. I look forward to every morning and cherish every day. Because honestly, when I was at my worst I didn’t know how many days I had left. We now have a second child, and I am able to play with them as much as I want, roll on the floor with them, and just be there for them. I truly have a life I never thought possible. I went from feeling like I was dying every minute of every day, to living the life I have always dreamed! It is truly a gift that I cherish every day.

Brent

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  1. Aw, Brent! I am so happy for you, your wife, your children . . . and on and on! Pass it forward, please; you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. What a great transformation. I’m always so happy to hear that a child was part of the inspiration for change. I see so many overweight and unhealthy parents walking around with overweight and unhealthy kids. Not only will you be around to walk your daughter down the aisle, you’ll set her up to live the happiest and healthy life possibly through your example. Way to go!

    1. I too, unfortunately, see these parents and kids….It’s all about setting an example for the next generation! Great work Brent! There are so many new books and tools to help teach primal parenting, but I think with the AWESOME way you turned out, you’ll have no problem setting a great example in your community.

      Grok on!

  3. Way to go Brent! This is one of the main reasons we choose to make the Primal change too…for our kids!! We wanted to keep up with them, give them the best go at a healthy life and later on be able to play with our grandkids!!

    Grok On!!!

  4. Wow, I did a serious double take at your before-and-after photos. Amazing!

    I’m new to my thirties as well and, like you, refuse to take any notice of the people who say: ‘there’s nothing good about aging, everything falls apart when you get older”.

    I call BS. It’s never too late for a health overhaul! Well done!

    1. Meh, life can still throw lemons at you even though you’re eating clean and working out. I just got hit with ‘frozen shoulder’ and it totally sucks. Been primal for 1.5 years.

      1. Hey, this may be no help at all, but have you looked into doing Graston therapy on your shoulder? I use it for other problems but I heard that it helps with ‘frozen shoulder’. I never knew what that was but I heard my chiro say she uses it for that as well. Graston hurts like the dickens but works like magic! Just a thought for those of us falling apart…

        1. I am also a fan of the Graston Technique. I had an Achilles tendon injury that was just not responding to Conventional Wisdom treatment -in other words stomach shredding prescription strength anti inflammatory drugs. Ended up at a sports oriented chiropractor who used the Graston Technique. Yes it is a bit painful but it worked when nothing else did!

      2. I know exactly where you are coming from. I had adopted an extremely low carb lifestyle for about two years, also working out, when I began to have a series of problems. Severe tendinitis in both elbows, then one frozen shoulder and the second one starting to follow. The doctor told me it was common among diabetics. I thought if anyone was not a high risk for diabetes it was me. What could I possibly have in common with diabetics? Then it hit me – ultra low carbs. I started experimenting with adding carbs back into my diet – plain yogurt, sweet potatoes, fruit, and even some rice. The transformation was amazing. The frozen shoulder went away and the dual tennis elbows I had been battling for over a year also relented completely. So I no longer understand nutrition the way I thought I did but I feel way better now. Hope this helps.

  5. Brent, Congrats! What an inspiring story. You said “I have been very strict with my Primal Blueprint diet now.” Can you elaborate on that? What do you eat? Do you ever cheat?

    1. I too would be interested to hear a little more about your diet. You do look wonderful. The smile says it all.

    2. I would say I eat Primal about 95% of the time. I do indulge on some ice cream on some Saturday nights. 🙂 But honestly, after living this way for awhile, my cravings for that kind of food are pretty much gone. Like all primal eaters, I eat a ton of meat, nuts, berries, veggies, etc. My wife is an amazing cook with Paleo food. She makes paleo muffins, breads, cakes, desserts, etc. Just get creative and do some research. You can “Paleo-ize” anything.

  6. Awesome success story Brent!

    I’m 7 weeks into my primal lifestyle change, and i hope after a year or two that i can make the same claim to health and fitness you now have. Keep it up!

    1. You can, Chris. One day at a time. Just keep doing “the next right thing”. Best wishes to you!

  7. WOW! Great transformation and story. I’m just down the road from you about 60 miles south 🙂

    1. Awesome, fellow Midwesterner Brent. Great to see you looking healthier, even better to hear that you FEEL healthier! That’s the main difference between CW “healthy” and Primal healthy- CW people usually just LOOK healthy, Primal people ARE healthy (and they look it).

      AuroraB, are you near Sioux Falls? If so, we’re practically neighbors (I’m in NW Iowa) by Midwest standards, lol. Always nice to know there are like-minded people in the land of Big Agra.

      1. Yep, about 50 miles NW of Sioux Falls. Your right, it’s nice to know there’s another Groker in our sparsely populated area.

      2. I am only 30 minutes from Watertown (new here). I had no idea there were primal people in SD,

        1. There is a cluster of us “Primal People” in Watertown. 🙂 Come find us. haha.

      3. Congratulations Brent!

        Also giving a big woot! to midwest primal folks. My wife and I live in Omaha.

        And a nod to the comment of Big Agra. People in NE tend toward a look of horror when we say we don’t want any corn. Pretty sure brawls would ensue if we just flat out said it’s unhealthy!

  8. It has long been my opinion that CPAP contraptions are like many of today’s overprescribed drugs in that simple lifestyle changes render them
    unnecessary. It’s truly reprehensible that our dysfunctional allopathic medical profession rarely mentions this. I have two male cousins who use CPAP machines. Both are overweight, sedentary junk food eaters.

    1. I hear ya. It’s frustrating and sad when people you care about seemingly refuse to take care of themselves. I have family and friends who eat nothing but junk and gobble handfuls of pills and/or use contraptions to remedy ailments that a few relatively simple lifestyle changes would alleviate. Most of the ones I know would rather make excuses- usually blaming genetics- than lift a finger to strike at the root of the problem.

    2. Unfortunately for many people sleep apnea is uncontrolled by their weight. So many people medically require cpap regardless of their weight. Their are many who are able to stop using it after weight loss but for many this has no bearing on their sleep apnea.

      1. I’ve had sleep apnea my entire life and have never been overweight. I think I simply have a poorly structured/developed airway that is blocked whenever I sleep, plus I can’t keep my mouth closed when I sleep. Yes, some people merely need to lose the weight to help open the airway, but in my case and many others that alone simply won’t do the trick.

    3. Sleep apnea is not always an obesity problem, though. My mother has sleep apnea (though she could not tolerate a CPAP machine), and she’s slim, very active, and her diet is very clean. It’s just some sort of structural issue with her throat.

      When she first went to the doctor about it, the kneejerk response was “Lose weight” – which infuriated me. Not every case of sleep apnea is weight-related, and if she lost any more weight, she’d look like a concentration camp victim.

  9. Wow, You look so different! Congrats on living life to its fullest!

  10. Wow! What a difference. 🙂 I hope you can involve your children in your primal lifestyle. So much easier to get them on board when they are young.

  11. What an amazing story! It’s hard to believe those before and after pics are both you! Great job, Brent!

  12. Congratulations! What an incredible transformation. Your wonderful journey will provided inspiration and great deal of motivation for all of us who follow this blog.

  13. You look fantastic! Even more important is to feel well and be truly healthy. Great job!! The rewards are well worth the sacrifices of whatever junk foods etc you gave up.

  14. What an fantastic success story, Brent! Let’s hear it for some South Dakota primal living! Woot!

  15. Wow! You look like a different person! I’m sure you feel like one too. Such an inspiration.

    Best to you and your family

  16. Just in time, you were absolutely swimming in triglycerides! Umm, you may owe the wife a little thank-you…

  17. Your total cholesterol and LDL are even better than mine and my MD wanted to frame my lab results! That’s so great!

    What exactly are you eating? Do you include dairy? How often do you work out?

    An inquiring mind wants to know. 🙂

    1. Thank you Nicole. I appreciate that. I work out at my wifes gym three times per week for an hour each time. For details on my workouts, you can check out the website in my article here. But otherwise, I just live an active lifestyle now. I spend lots of time on the water wake boarding, jet-skiing, etc.

      I eat what many primal people eat. Meat, nuts, fruit, veggies, berries, etc. I would say I eat paleo about 95% of the time. I do eat SOME dairy, but not much. A will eat some full fat cottage cheese, greek yogurt, cheese, and cream. But I don’t drink glasses of milk like I used to.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you!

        It must be the dairy. Cheese is a STAPLE of our diet. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s cheese or full-fat yogurt or heavy cream in there somewhere. It’s worth the trade off.

        Oh, and that active lifestyle! I do what I can, but I am not as active as I want to be. Or you are! Especially jet skiing at will! Nice!

    2. sorry,I do not call those “healthy” cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the body. Healthy LDL is 126, anything higher or lower leads to increased cancer risk. All of your hormones are made from cholesterol. Every cell in your body requires cholesterol. Please stop promoting the body”cholesterol myth”

  18. Brent, this is awesome, congratulations dude.

    Mark, keep these coming please. I’ve slowly been getting into primal over the last few weeks and progress is slow. These stories are a REAL encouragement though.

  19. Congrats Brent! I’m finishing my second week of Primal living and already feel the difference. I love the Friday success stories, they give me such motivation, I can’t wait till I can submit mine. Grok On!

  20. You look awesome and it gives me hope to read about how your wife inspired you. My partner sounds like the “before” you- I hope if I can get more into the primal lifestyle he’ll eventually realise that I’m onto something good and follow suit.

  21. Holy crap, you don’t even look like the same guy. I mean, I can tell looking at the face it’s the same guy, but wow.
    That is amazing.

  22. Brent,

    congrats… how casn i get a hold of you? i would really likje to ask you some questions on how you did it…

    again hell of a job!

  23. just curious if anyone else’s “before” photos aren’t displaying on the site.

    Regardless – seriously way to go Brent! I’m passing this along to a friend of mine who could stand the sand life change.

  24. Spouse-diagnosed sleep apnea is what started my journey, too. Way to go, Brent! Good to see a fellow Dakota boy on here!

  25. Wowee! Thank you for posting the numbers in such a clear and easy to follow chart, too! This is an extremely-sharable Success story, and I’m going to do just that. Lots of guy friends here in Ohio would relate to your before and appreciate the quick and clear read!

  26. What an inspiring transformation! I have been right where you were at your worst, thinking you were on your death bed. Some days I wasn’t able to get out of bed because I was so sick. I wasn’t able to be “present” in my son’s life because of my health-related illnesses.
    Your drive and determination is very commendable and it is something to be celebrated. In fact, celebrate each day of your new life as a healthy and active being! Congrats!

  27. Wow, that is one hell of a physical transformation. Congratulations!

    One minor point of contention: the “Fat, drunk and stupid” line from Animal House is in reference to Flounder, not Bluto, Belushi’s character.

  28. Brent you have inspired me to stay on track with being primal.So my husband will too. Maybe some day soon my husband will look like he did when we met, again.

    1. Comments like these make me happy!

      I’ve stopped trying to tout to friends about the incredibly positive impact being Primal has made on mine and my husband’s lives because I start to sound preachy. So, I am absolutely thrilled to see someone sticking to it because they were inspired.

      Truly, the Best of luck to you!

  29. Once again somebody that was very active and muscular as a kid. This is not a “beginners” diet

    1. He said he was always on the larger side as a kid, though, even though he was active.

    2. Well, a person has to start somewhere. We made small, gradual changes. Threw out the junk food, soda, etc. Then started working on one meal at a time. Eggs for breakfast instead of cereal, etc. You can do it too. I promise. 🙂

    3. Oh, but it is a beginner’s diet. We all start from the beginning for us. If you don’t have the physical stamina or energy to anything more than walk around your living room for five minutes, you can start this diet. It ceases to be a diet and becomes a way of life. If you look at it like a diet that you will only be on for a few months to loose the weight, you’re approaching it from the wrong perspective. Think about making tiny changes you can live with forever. Each week add a new change. You will get there.

      1. Agree, I love this way of life! I had a bit of an epiphany today, I’m not on a diet because I’m not giving up anything….I’m eliminating stuff that never should have been there in the first place 🙂

    4. Tony, this is absolutely a beginner’s diet…I am 28 and was always very thin as a kid and started piling on weight (60 pounds!) in my early 20s. Despite being skinny as a kid, I was sick ALL the time with various stomach ailments, ear infections, colds, strep throat, you name it. I went primal a year ago and haven’t had as much as a sniffle. Again, even though I was thin as a kid, I could never tolerate exercise either – not only did I hate it but it made my heart race and made me feel sick. Now that I’m active every day, short bursts of exertion that would have made me puke a couple years ago hardly wind me. And I don’t do crossfit or anything like that, just daily yoga, long walks, occasionally sprinting during a kickball/softball game.

  30. wow! incredible! nice work brent, way to take control of your life and improve yourself and in turn become a better father!

  31. Brent, great job! I’m particularly interested in how your HDL increased (almost doubled!) in the past year. My HDL seems to be stuck in the 36-38 range, despite my Primal diet. What do you think was the major contributor(s) to your HDL increase?

    1. Just my opinion, but I think it is all of the healthy fats I eat and regular exercise.

  32. Terrific story Brent! I too am interested in some more specifics on your diet changes since your 4/1/11 test — seems like many of your markers really changed. I think you said you started working out as well, maybe that contributed to some of the change in your numbers?

    1. Very strict paleo diet, lots of saturated fats, regular exercise, and intermittent fasting. Honestly, that is it.

  33. Wow Congratulations, quick question! What does your daily diet look like? Thanks!

    1. Typically, I fast with powdered BCAA’s in the morning. Then a paleo lunch, a paleo snack in the afternoon, and a paleo supper. I only eat from noon to 8 PM every day, then fast the rest of the time.

      I have found what works for me, and I encourage everyone to do some research and play around to find what works for them.

        1. Branched Chain Amino Acids–looks like they help with blood sugar regulation!

        2. Joy Beer is correct. I use them to maintain muscle while fasting. I also use them for my weight training.

  34. This is wonderful. A complete inspiration. I even passed it along to the fiance who is frustrated with some weight gain despite lots of exercise and whole grains. I eat primal and wouldn’t have it any other way, especially having finally hit the sweet spot for my own, now 30 lb., weight loss. Also, I love the barefoot training gym concept! Keep up the good work!

  35. Hey Brent,
    We also have a dentist here with your same last name. Any relation?

      1. Well! If he likes to play volleyball and his office was flooded this summer, then I guess we’re all in Madison. 🙂

        1. Haha, I believe we are talking about the same person. Yes, Troy is my brother. What a great man he is.

  36. Hey Brent, first off amazing job. A real inspiration.

    Secondly I thought I recognised your face from somewhere then I remembered the T-Nation V-Diet forums from a year ago! Hard to believe you are the same man.

    Bravo, take a bow.

    Steve

  37. Brent…I’m truly impressed and proud of you! Keep on trucking big fella. Your grandparents are just as proud, I’m sure.

    Rob

    1. Thank you so much Cousin Rob. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.

  38. Congratulations, what a fantastic change! I love hearing about families who work together. 🙂

  39. Amazing story! I am so happy that you found this diet, and that it made you healthy again. A big congratulations to you and your family!

  40. About a couple months ago, I started at the same weight as you, I’m currently down about 30 and progressing smoothly. I also played tennis pretty competitively as a kid and through college. I hope after some time I can get into shape like you and be able to run around like I used to on the court. I’m also 28 years old, so your post has left a big impression on me.

    1. Awesome Ki. One day at a time. Best wishes to you as you start your new life!

  41. Thank you for sharing your story. I like that your success story takes place over a few years and not “after 30 days I lost 30lbs and all my problems are solved” I appreciate reading there are others out there who are noticing slow changes and really are taking it slowly. So thank you for that.

    I have a observation or question for any one reading this regarding the statement:

    “At first I cleaned up my diet. I dropped 50 pounds in about a year with a Primal Blueprint diet alone. But then my progress stalled out. I was feeling better but still didn’t think I felt good enough to workout.”

    I’ve read in several online postings similar statements of changing the eating habits first and then after they lose weight they begin to excercise. Is that what is recommended? I was a gym goer and then a primal/paleo eater. Will I see slower results because I am working out before I lose the extra weight?

    1. I would certainly recommend working out if you can. But for me, I literally felt too crappy to work out. I felt like if I elevated my heart rate, I would die. So for me, it really wasn’t an option. Then when I did start, I started slowly. Just do as much as you can, as soon as you can.

    2. You’d probably lose *weight* slower, since you’d be building muscle, which has weight.

      I think if your body is too weak exercise will feel awful and is probably not a good idea – too much stress for an already worn down body. But if you’re relatively healthy and exercise feels okay, I don’t see any reason not to do it.

      Personally I didn’t exercise at first since it felt horrible, but just eating paleo I gained muscle, and after a few months exercise didn’t feel so bad.

  42. Congratulations, Brent. You look great and the lifestyle makes all the difference.

  43. Time for the Aussie’s to join in on our Saturday morning……..Congratulations Brent, a fabulous result for you. Looking after yourself is the best gift you can give your kids. And are you sure you didn’t sneak someone else’s before photo in there? I don’t think I would recognise you if I knew you before & bumped into you now? Do people walk right past & not realise it’s you? But seriously – a big well done to you and your wife.

    1. Ha, thank. Yep, it really is me. I have had some people not recognize me. I have had to get good at re introducing myself. 🙂 But it is worth it.

  44. why will your daughter be walking down an island in the future?

    1. Never though of it to be sexy, but I like your choice or words. 🙂 Thank you.

  45. While the HDL increased and the LDL & triglycerides decreased,the total cholesterol being as low as it on 07/23/12 puts Brent into a statistical danger zone based on much of the information I have been coming across. A graph Mark put up in a previous post has the highest all cause mortality rates being amongst those with a 160- total cholesterol. Seems safer to have good HDL and low triglycerides but with the total being between 200 and 220.

  46. You are a hottie! And such a sweet face. I bet your whole family attracts attention when you walk down the street. Best regards and well done!

  47. I’m curious about the path you took. You say you stalled after 50 lbs weight loss, then began working out, and eventually lost another 50. But you also mention tightening up the diet, and then later on mention fasting, 8 hour eating window, just two meals a day.

    So for that second 50 lbs, which was more important: exercise, stricter paleo, or intermittant fasting?

    Any idea how many calories you consume in a typical day? (Two meals plus a snack could be a decent amount, or not so much. Just trying to put the food intake part into perspective.)

    1. I have just played around with what works for me. I have never counted a calorie throughout all of this. I eat when I am hungry, and eat until I am satisfied. I feel that all of what you mentioned were helpful in achieving my results. What I have found is that when you ear REAL food, you can pretty much eat all you want and get results.

      1. I understand you don’t count calories as a control strategy, but I thought it would be interesting to know how many calories you end up consuming as the result of your various eating strategies.

        When you say that you eat when you are hungry, and eat until satisfied: I assume that means when you are within your eating window. I assume when you are outside your 12-8PM window, you don’t eat, even when hungry?

        1. I honestly don’t have a clue how many calories I eat on a daily basis.

          Correct, I only eat when inside my feeding window. The first few times I did this, it was pretty miserable. But after I became fat adapted, I wasn’t even hungry. My wife and I were just talking about this. When fasting, food doesn’t even sound good nor am I hungry. Kind of strange how it works.

          I do supplement with BCAA’s when fasting, though.

  48. The pictures are nice, but the bloodwork stats are really awesome!

  49. That’s a great transition. And now you can enjoy the kids and raise them in a better lifestyle. There is nothing better than that. My wife and I have done the same thing when your both living the same way life is so much better. Congrats and kepp on Gronkin

  50. WELL BROTHER….SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO AN EXTENT…AND I GUESS WE CAN BE RETARDED BUT WE AINT TOTALLY STUPID…WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF “NEW” US…I CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR “NEW” LEASE ON LIFE…YAWWWWWWPPPP!!!!!!…GROK ALWAYS MY FRIEND>>>>STAY ON THE PATH>>>BEST REGARDS TO YOUR HOUSE AND FAMILY>>>

  51. This is the website to where I do my training. Many good resources on here as well. Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without the support of so many great people.

  52. Wow! This almost brought tears to my eyes this morning! You go Papa! I’m a mother of two and recently decided to start eating primally. I feel so much better and my boys are loving the primal diet too! There’s nothing like having children to motivate you to live a long and healthy life. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, my children were a main motivator for me. I actually put pictures of my kids all over my office for when I needed reminding of WHY I was doing this.

  53. Very inspiring. My daughter was born in September, 2008 as well, but it took me MUCH longer to reach the same conclusion as you.

    I’ve only been Primal for about 4 months now, but the difference is fantastic.

    Great job and impressive before and afters!

  54. Great story, but just a heads up, with the information you provided, I was able to quickly find your wife on Facebook, which includes her general information and a picture of your two beautiful children. You might want to cut back on some of the information that you’re sharing!
    Not that I don’t trust us Primal enthusiasts, but other randies stop on this site too!

  55. Hey man if it works for you then that’s awesome. When it comes to health people are to obsessed with their views. We need to keep a open mind.

    1. I agree. I am all for whatever works for people. This just happened to be what worked for me and I found this to easiest to stick to. If someone else has great results with a different approach, more power to them.

  56. Wow, way to go Brent! Such a wonderful transformation and story. Thank you for sharing it. I’m a little over a year into my own Primal journey and stories like yours keep me going! Best wishes for continued health and happiness 🙂

  57. to me, this story means so much to me. im just beginning my journey (started, then went back to my old ways, but thankfully my new roomate has lost 50 pounds going primal and shes a huge support). one of my major goals is to be off my anxiety/panic meds. mine has been so bad i get ams seizures (altered mind state) in the car…and been in the hospital more times than id like to admit because i literally thought i was having a stroke or heart attack (constant palpitations without meds). although i do not know the extent of your anxiety, this gives me hope.

    thank you so much for your story. 🙂

    side note, im from wisconsin, and its SO hard resisting cheese!!!

  58. Wow. What an inspirational transformation, Brent! Thanks for sharing.

  59. Your story struck home with me for multiple reasons – 1, you reached your breaking point on my 42nd birthday… and 2) because I have experienced the same health problems you had – anxiety, er visits, high cholesterol, ER visits…

    I started “primal eating” 12 days ago, and I’m down 10 lbs. I’m very excited, and stories like yours just motivate me to keep going.

    Be well! You look and sound fantastic!

  60. Those before & after photos are definitely an inspiration. I’ve also noticed that I just don’t crave sugary foods like I used to. And when I do have a craving, I find that I don’t need to finish whatever that food is…just a bite/taste will suffice.

    Thank you for sharing your transformation!

  61. Congrats on finding your way to Primal while you are still very young! I wish my husband and I had this information years ago.
    You look amazing, and better yet…you feel it.

  62. Hi Brent. Just catching up on the posts since i haven’t been on the site in a little while. I believe that your story is the most inspiring to me yet. I started in June at 311 (not too much higher than you), lost 30 pounds and then stalled. Been the same weight for about a month and a half. I know it’s not all about weight but I was getting extremely discouraged. One of the reasons your journey is so inspiring is that (judging from your before pic) we appear to have a very similar body structure. How tall are you? Your after pic makes me start to think, again, that I can reach my goal.
    In any case, congratulations from Texas! Thank you for sharing your story. As you can tell from this and other posts…it helps a lot.

    Blessings and peace,
    John

    1. Hi John,

      Keep going my man. You can do this! I am 6’1″. Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot.

  63. Way to GO Brent!
    I am so touched by your story! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. You look amazing and I am guessing you feel even better than you look!

  64. Brent, Your story is so inspiring. I’m 33 years old and I am in a very similar position to the one you were in before you started your transformation…. I have panic attacks and severe general anxiety- as a result my blood pressure got to a point I wound up on blood pressure meds (along with anxiety meds). I also live every day feeling like I’m dying- I’ve visited doctors, cardiologist (and gone through the array of stress tests, ekg’s, echo’s) … I’m just tired of it! I’m ready for a change. My goal is to show other people going through these things that it can be done- I want to inspire people…. just like you have inspired me =)

    1. Good for you Andi. It can be done. My motto is: “Just keep doing the next right thing”. Many blessings as you rock your own success story!