I Lost 105 Pounds in 12 Months and Changed My Life for Good!

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!

Hi Mark,

I’m a 24 year old overweight guy from Austria (the state in the alps, not the one where kangaroos roam around 😉 ). Sure, that prolly sounds like nothing special, but hold on!

I was the fat kid/guy for all of my life. As far as I can remember, I used to be fat. During childhood it didn’t really affect me in a negative way, though I remember my dad claiming when I was aged around 4 or 5, that I’ll look like a wooden barrel at age 14, if I keep on like that. Talk about learning to love yourself haha.

Anyway, up until junior high the weight never really affected my being that bad. I was sociable, had many friends and girls liked me as well.

As soon as I started junior high (around age 11) and hit puberty, sh*t slowly began to hit the fan. I started getting bullied, developed nerdy interests and the older I got, the more I began to shun myself from the outside world.

I even remember my parents telling me at age 12 that I will suffer from a heart attack by 20.

Since around age 11 I suffered from chronic bowel issues as well. Diarrhea, constipation and cramps were a daily occurrence for me.

By age 16 I was so depressed from all the bullying, that I fled into the world of massively multiplayer online role playing games. I was completely anti-social. That started a 3 year long addiction of doing nothing in my life but playing the same video game. Somehow though, miraculously, this kept me from gaining weight. I stayed around 120 kg (267 lbs) for this time. In British terms I was a NEET during this time.

Age 14

Obviously, fleeing into this magical world of elves, ninjas and pirates didn’t change my life for the better. After this time, which was filled with just as much drama as the time before, I realized that I needed to change. No one’s gonna help me except for myself.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make the click in my brain yet that was required to start changing my health. But the realization was strong enough that I needed to start changing my life path, career and personality-wise. I started looking for jobs that I knew I would enjoy, like online community manager and any other creative job within the European media industry.

In the spring of 2009, somehow I ended up with a game tester job at one of the biggest video game companies in the world. Overly excited I packed my bags and ran off to Germany to start my work there asap. It was fun, but peak season (August-December) was stressful as hell. So what’d I do to fight the stress? I began to emotionally eat, which over the course of a year brought me to my highest weight, 150 kg (330 lbs) in 2010.

150 kg

150 kg

In Germany I lived in a flat-share with 3 other people, luckily one of them moved out and instead a beautiful, funny and highly intelligent nutritional scientist moved in, because she started to work at the food planning of General Motors’ German division (Opel).

By that time I had the goal to work my way up the media industry and take care of my health, as soon as I have all the money I want. Thanks to her I slowly became convinced that by this time it’d be too late, I have to start right away.

She was taught the outdated principles of low fat, low protein, high carb grain based diets, so I followed that for a few months with calorie counting.

That worked nicely until my first vacation back at my hometown. I lost about 60 lbs in 5 months. But during the holidays all my will and principles broke loose again, so I gained all the weight back within 2-3 months.

This caused until summer of 2012 what in conventional wisdom would be called yo-yo dieting.

Luckily enough though, long before that, sometime in summer 2011 I found out about Paleo, Primal and Mark’s Daily Apple. I became a frequent MDA reader, caught up on all 140+ episodes of Robb Wolf’s Podcast and continued to listen, ate grain free, started CrossFit at CrossFit Werk (shoutout to Flo and his crew, great guys!) and so on. Like most people, you could say I was 80% Paleo.

But, and here’s the big but, mentally I wasn’t ready for it. A few months after I started Paleo in 2011 I became homesick for the first time and was really depressed for another 4 months. I just wanted to go home, but didn’t want to leave Germany without having a job position back in Austria. So I stayed and became more and more depressed. I literally wanted it all to end, I wanted to eat myself to death. So I did. During the homesickness I only ate the worst kinds of junkfoods and sweets all day long. Within the period of the depression I shot back up to 136 kg (299 lbs).

Then in July of 2012 my mind slowly started to think rationally again. At weight 136 kg, almost as fat of a belly as I used to have at 150 kg, I realized that I can’t let circumstances get to me. Like Bruce Lee said, to hell with circumstances, I create opportunities!

Since then I’ve given it my all. I’m 95% Paleo (once a week I drink alcohol based on Martin Berkhan’s Leangains recommendations and once every few weeks I make grain-free pancakes and/or eat potato chips). I dropped milk products because I realized that after consuming them I become HIGHLY emotional, and because of dropping grains and milk products, these days the bowel issues are nearly gone.

One thing I should also note, in July 2012, because of the emotional eating I was back at size XXXXL. Now I’m down to size L. I have to admit, I still have quite the belly, because in the past 13 months I did too much cardio instead of strength training, but now that I’m happy with the weight on the scale, I work even harder to replace my fat with muscle mass. I also really enjoy getting stronger strength-wise.

Size Large Shirt!

Weight-wise I’m now from 136 kg in July 2012 down to 88 kg in August 2013 (299 lbs to 194 lbs).

July 28, 2013

My personality also got a lot stronger from July 2012 ’til today. Back then I couldn’t talk to any pretty lady and never had a girlfriend. Now I can talk to any human being, no matter if female or male, ugly or pretty, now I only need to learn how to flirt haha 😉

Either way, my next big goals are set in terms of strength. Unfortunately, though to scoliosis I cannot even do wall pushups without suffering from pain in my shoulder joints. So I’m slowly working myself towards wall pushups, followed by inclined pushups etc., so in the future I will be able to do real pushups.

July 2013

Okay, now it’s prolly time to start cutting my story short. Overall, life is good now. There’s still lots of room to improve, but I’m REALLY happy with where it’s going. If you would’ve told me 3 years ago that my life would be as it is today, I would’ve laughed at you in disbelief.

Because of this, I really want to thank you, Mark, the Paleo & the Primal communities, for all that you do. Without you all who knows where I would be today. Maybe I’d be dead.

So thanks a lot and all the best from Austria,


P.S. As I’m still a success story in the making, in 12 more months I will write you another big email haha!

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  1. Let me be the first to say “YAY”! I love reading these stories on Friday morning and yours is truly inspiring!

    1. Fantastic job, Daniel!!
      Some of your heavier pix remind me a lot of my nephew, who is now 13. My grandfather was from Graz, so we may have a fair amount of genes in common. I really do believe that we Northern Europeans finished our evolution on more meat and fewer plants d/t the climates we lived in–my other parts are Norwegian and German–we moved north and HAD to eat more meat b/c plants weren’t readily available for large parts of the year. So, you are living proof that high-protein-low-carb works especially well for us.
      Best wishes in your career as well

      1. Hey shrimp4me,

        That’s a cool coincidence, I live about 80km away from Graz 🙂

        The efficiency of a low carb high protein diet is open to debate to be honest. Ever since I started strength training I found out that performance wise I do much better on high carb high protein, than I do on low carb high protein. But for weight loss, low carb definitely kicks butt 🙂

        Thanks, I wish you all the best as well!


  2. congratulations, Daniel! You look incredible and your transformation really shows, not just in how your body changed but in how you approach the lens – the confidence and smile say it all.

    I always look forward to Fridays, and I really needed this one today. I didn’t just fall off the wagon, I bounced off of it and down a steep cliff and the wagon sped away from me while I was still trying to figure out what happened. For probably the 87th time I’m re-starting Primal and trying to keep short-term goals in my sights rather than worrying about what the next 3 or 6 or 12 months will bring.

    Thanks for the kick in the pants, Daniel!

    1. Hi Amy and Matt,

      Sorry for replying only now!

      Yeah, you’ll most definitely get the success you do deserve. That you’re re-starting, instead of just giving up, is already something that sets you up for success!

      I wish you the best of luck, I know you’ll manage it for sure. Btw feel free to shoot me an e-mail about your progress anytime 🙂

      Have an A1 day 😉

  3. Hey, an Austrian Guy! Congratulations! Nice progress! But there ist one thing I hardly can believe… an Austrian (ein Ösi) who doesn´t know how to flirt? Ts, ts, ts, impossible, haha! Best wishes from another Austrian Guy! Alles Liebe und mach´s gut!

    1. Hi Günther, haha vielen Dank :D!

      Die Einreichung ist jetzt schon 2 Monate alt, mittlerweile bin ich von 0 Wissen übers Flirten zu ein bisschen Wissen fortgeschritten 😉

      Dir auch und einen schönen Abend!


      1. Servus Daniel,

        wie Du weiter unten lesen wirst, haben dann viele dieses Flirt-Thema aufgegriffen :-). Viel Spaß weiterhin beim “Wissenserwerb” :-).

  4. Awesome job Daniel!!! Keep up the great work!
    Sure do love Fridays and the reminders.

  5. What a great story! Congratulations 🙂

    I always know that by 10:10am each Friday morning, I’ll be tearing up over a success story!

    1. Then in Austria it is 4 pm. And reading the weekly success story is the very last thing to do before leaving the office and start the weekend 🙂

    2. Hi Emily,

      Aww that’s the first time I’m told that my successstory made someone tear up :$

      Thanks so much, I’m glad that my story could move you :)!


  6. Sehr schön Daniel! Way to go! That’s a lot of hard work and determination on your part but I am curious about what your parents could have done to help you when you were a teenager. What would have happened if they had cut the power to your gaming system? What will you do with your children one day? I’m asking as a parent of two boys, thanks.

    1. Computers have passwords, parental controls and administrator accounts, use them to limit screen time. Modems also have parental controls so you can cut out internet access after bedtime. Worked well with my boys who are now 17 and 20. Lead by example and cut your own screen time too.

    2. As father of a 14 year old son and a 11 year old daughter, you have control of the food your children eat. Not complete control, because of friends, etc, but the majority of their food comes from you. Use it. You are the parent.

      We have been paleo for about a year now, I guess, but we had been much less strict with our kids. They are both reasonably fit, and neither have ever been over-weight … but they were getting some bad eating habits. My daughter has a major sweet tooth, and my son loves bread. We decided to get more strict with them as well. They resisted at first (especially my son!), but they have mostly accepted the new reality.

      I don’t know if they will follow this after they move out, but they’ll be healthy at that point and eating paleo will be ‘normal’. That’s about all we can do.

      1. I really think parents should be ashamed of themselves when it comes to their kids eating habits.

        In todays world of fast food and highly processed foods parents should be mindful of what they are doing to their kids future.

        Lazy parents are to blame for overweight kids pure and simple.

        The world needs more strong parents like you 🙂

    3. He got a fantastic career out of the video gaming. He probably would have had the same weight issues regardless, and without a job, would have been worse. I’m not a parent, but I know what it’s like to not have a career path. That can be worse sometimes and/or make a situation worse (in his case, the weight and health problems). Trust me, the video gaming was the only life line he had at that time. **Btw, I do not have this struggle any longer wrt career, but it took a LONG time to find out which career and not just a ‘job’ is best for me.

      1. Indeed, the videogames basically gave me a really extraordinary curriculum vitae, for which these days no company ignores me anymore 🙂

        While the videogame jobs were a nice (but way too stressful) time, I do want to switch into the health industry these days though.

        Shameless plug: If an Austrian gym is reading this comment, I want to become a personal trainer. I start a certification program soon, to be certified as a PT by the national sports academy.

        Please click my name to get to my German language blog, which should help you judge my qualifications, as it’s pretty much a health related portfolio.


    4. Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you!

      Well, my parents would have to had to start differently early in my life, by teaching me how to love myself, instead of contributing to the crushing of my selfworth, by telling me I’ll look like a barrel etc.

      Also they should have put some research into nutrition, because as a 2 year old it was already shown that I could eat sweet (baby formula and other crap) and processed foods like a bottomless hole.

      Although I guess, on that part I can’t blame them for the lack of knowledge, as back then there was no WWW available to the public here and mainstream publications were all about eating low fat, they even disregarded calories (though today we do know that the caloric deficit theory is bunk as well). But in the end, if they would’ve done their job, things could’ve turned much differently for me.

      Actually I fear the thought of what would’ve happened if my parents would’ve cut the power, because as Zorica Vuletic in a comment today stated very accurately, during my time as a NEET, the online roleplaygames were pretty much my only lifeline.

      When I become mature enough to be a parent (I still feel like a teenager ;)), I plan to set example for my kids, by keeping on eating paleo infront of them, letting them eat paleo from infancy on, and always being active with them. I sure would let them play videogames as well (of course once they’re older than 2 years old) but at home I’d only have casual games like ‘Angry Birds’, that are designed to only be played for a short amount of time in a sitting.

      I hope I could help 🙂


      1. Thanks Daniel – I think that is what I was looking for, you will allow computer games. You better believe I am all over the electronic time – it all goes off at 6 pm and we do best when we are all in the same room even if we are doing four different things. I did want to know if you would keep it out of the house, you know, completely forswear the whole thing? If I had it to do over . . . could I do that? No tv, no phones, no internet, no ds games – wow that sounds extreme even to me. Thanks again.

        1. Hey Vanessa,

          Sorry for the late reply!

          Keeping it out of the house forever sounds a little too extreme for me as well. Especially no internet, as with the WWW thanks to Coursera, Wikipedia and co. you can learn so many interesting things as kids already

          I would leave out a regular Television for sure, for me it’s been now 4 years since I last watched regular TV programming. Back then I switched to a national video on demand service (similar to Netflix, Hulu etc) and that increased my productivity by a lot. And I really do not miss TV at all, and everytime I see a drug advertisement on Hulu, I am reminded about the reason as to why I don’t miss TV.


  7. Nice job, Daniel!You’re looking and feeling good, and the best is still to come! I was very interested in what you said about dairy products making you emotional–I’ve cut out 80% of them, and I’m noticing an improvement in my skin. Has anyone else noticed improvement in mood after ditching dairy?

    1. Everytime I eat dairy I get really whiny and want more, so I think it’s best for me to cut it out… Maybe in a few years when I have been primal for longer and don’t have an emotional connection to food anymore I could have some cheese in recipes once in a great while, but I don’t count on it 🙁

    2. I’ve noticed improvement in mood – but especially in skin and hair. When I eat too much dairy, my skin and hair get oily.

    3. Hi Connie,

      Thanks so much!

      I never had any skin issues because of dairy, but yeah it messes with me mentally. Though in the past 2 months, as I experimented with whey protein and raw milk, I noticed that dairy makes my face and my belly bloated.


  8. You are a beautiful soul Daniel. It doesn’t require proving, just believing. You believe in yourself as you make these changes, and you can only go further. You might be amazed, if someone were to show you today, at where you’ll be in three years.

    1. Thank you Lee!

      I believe so now as well 🙂 And indeed, I would absolutely be amazed, if I had the chance to be shown. Ever since I submitted the story 2 months ago, I started strength training just with my bodyweight, and the difference between then and now is already ‘insane’.

      Have a great day,

  9. Daniel – you look great – good job! If you’ll accept advice from someone else with scoliosis (50 over 50 curve, corrected from 90 over 70) – you may find that adopting barefoot / neutral lathe shoes helps with the pain. I’ve had fewer spasms since switching over to vivobarefoot and merrell shoes (you can get pairs that look like ordinary street shoes – not everything has individual toes!) Stay strong – Helen

    1. Or just straight barefoot. Correct posture from the ankles down tends to lead to correct posture from the ankles up. Should you choose this route, start slow and do your research. Treat your [incredibly complex] feet like an unused muscle, and you should have no trouble with too-much-too-soon injuries.
      No scoliosis here, but a barefooter for 3 years and counting.

    2. Thanks Helen!

      That sounds brilliant, I’ve already heard a lot of positive things about barefoot shoes / straight barefoot walking by now, so this is the final reason for me to finally give it a try. I’ll visit the shops of VIVOBAREFOOT and Vibram tomorrow 🙂

      Have a great day!


  10. Great story Daniel, congratulations on having the wisdom to know you needed to change and the strength to follow through. I’m sure you feel as great as you look!

    I love Fridays! Stories like this are so uplifting!

  11. You were on Nerd Fitness too, right? Good job Daniel!! Keep “leveling up” 🙂

  12. Looking good Daniel! You don’t even need to learn how to flirt! Just find and Austrian Paleo Blueprint young lady!

  13. Awesome story. Mental health gains are always my favorite to hear about! Keep up to good wok, look forward to hearing your update!

  14. Congratulations Daniel! Have you had any issues with loose skin, because in your last picture, it doesn’t look like it. That gives me hope my son who is about your old size can lose the weight and not have problems since he is still young.

    1. Check out Dave (PAPAGROK) he’s in his 60s and lost a lot of weight with paleo/primal living and he has no excess skin!

      I think that there is a lot to do with healthy eating choices, speed of fat loss and some genetics as to excess skin after weightloss

      Good Luck

    2. Hi Cindy,

      Aside from lots and lots of stretching marks, I don’t have any skin issues because of the weightloss.

      I’m not sure why, because to be honest, I didn’t really care about excess skin when I restarted my journey in July 2012, so I didn’t give that possibility any thought at all.

      But yeah, there’s most certainly hope that your son won’t have any issues with lose skin 🙂


  15. Daniel,

    I must say, well done! I am about to embark on my own Primal journey, and find your story, and all the others on MDA a great inspiration. Congrats and keep it up! I look forward to reading your next success story in a year!

    1. Hey Nathan,

      That’s an excellent decision, the best of luck to you! I know you’ll do great!

      And thank you, I’m looking forward to it as well :)!

      Have a great evening,


  16. Congrats bud. The next 12 months will come and go before you know it. Keep up the good work.

  17. Right on Daniel! You look incredible and certainly feel that way too, from what it sounds like!

  18. Great work Daniel! An osteopath might be able to help you with your shoulder pain from push ups and scoliosis. There are lots in Europe that do manual practice.

    1. I agree, you’ll probably be able to find a good Osteopath in Austria 🙂 You look great BTW!

  19. Love reading these stories from around the world! Great job, Daniel, and I can’t wait to hear from you next year!

  20. Excellent transformation mentally, physically and emotionally Daniel, keep up the good job!

  21. Great job, Daniel! Your amazing writing style is a huge indication of your personality, charm and wit so I am sure you will have no problem flirting– just open your mouth and speak! Trust me, it will work 😉 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Katia,

      Thank you for your compliments! 😉 And thanks a lot for the tip as well, I’ll definitely just talk more from now on. Talking more, as I used to be quite anti social is a big overall goal of mine anyway, but I’ll definitely put more focus on it from now on!

      Have a great evening,


  22. Great story! Very inspirational and motivating for so many others out there. Keep at it and everything will continue to improve!

  23. Awesome work Daniel. Love that you preservered over all those “yo yo” episodes until you finally found the right balance for you. Trust me flirting isn’t required if your good health & energy are as aparent in person as they are in your writing no girl will be able to resist you!

    Keep up the good work and strength training……….from an Australian (not the state with the alps but the place where the kangaroos roam!)

    1. Hi Hilly,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Oh yeah I don’t intend to wait any longer, by now I already progressed to the point that I can flirt one on one, but for now if I’m surrounded by a group it still feels awkward.

      I definitely will, it’s been 2 months since I submitted the story, and I made huge progress already. Went from wall height push-ups to regular push-ups on the floor 😀

      And hahaha, I had to include that in the story, because people always confuse Austria for Australia 😉

      Have a great day!


  24. Can I just say, we all have lots of room for improvement – so enjoy THIS moment!! You look amazing just as you are right now!!! Well done! Don’t wait til you have more muscle to start flirting – now’s the time! 😉 Any woman who would prefer for you to look any different than you do right now is not a future life partner (assuming this is what you’re going for). So impressive that you’ve fully embraced this lifestyle. Inspirational!

    1. Hey Jillian,

      Well to be honest, as I missed out on so much during my youth, I have (?) quite the catch-up to do, so I don’t necessarily look for a life partner yet. But yeah, I don’t wait any longer. Currently I don’t go out as much, but whenever I go out I give it a shot.

      And thanks so much for your kind words!


  25. Well done dude, your strenght will come and your shoulder and back pain will go. With massage nutrition stretching and bit by bit strength training you will get there.

    1. Thanks James!

      I agree, it’s been 2 months since I submitted this story, and I keep getting better and better at it. Unfortunately I don’t have massages at my disposal, but proper training does wonders.

      I went from wall height push-ups to normal push-ups on the floor already :D!

      Have a great evening,


  26. Stories like these make me so very happy and inspired to keep on living my healthy lifestyle! 🙂

  27. Congratulations, Daniel! Keep up the great work! I, too, have scoliosis and went surgery for correction 10 years ago. I can relate with your problems in push-ups and strength training. Magnesium intake would be your best buddy in helping with the bones, pain and any depression! It’s my own miracle supplement. 🙂

    1. Hey MK,

      Luckily I didn’t have to undergo a surgery yet, but thanks for the tip with magnesium! I started using it as recovery aid (ZMA), and all the effects it has do wonders!

      Have a great evening,

  28. Thank you so much for posting this Daniel. An amazing and inspirational story!

  29. Daniel – what a great story! You actually remind me of the people over at the Nerd Fitness forums (look it up, you’d love it over there) with the way you escaped into video games to avoid the outside world. I hope that you continue on the path to success and keep spreading that positive energy….there are so many people like you on day 0 who need that encouragement.

    1. Thank you Lindsay, I’m glad you like it!

      My story was released on the Nerd Fitness Blog on August 27th as well, maybe that’s how I remind you of them haha 😉

      Because I’m working on my own project, a german language blog “Get Fit Geek”, and getting a certification as PT, I’m unfortunately so busy that I have to stick with being a regular reader over there.

      Have a great evening!


  30. Daniel~you saved your own life, congratulations. You are two different people in those photos. And…you’re a good looking guy, the thing with the ladies will work its way out. GREAT job and KEEP it up. You are embarked on an entirely new life!

    1. Wow, thanks so much for your kind words, Peter! 🙂

      I absolutely agree with you, I too think it’ll work it’s way out. Ever since I submitted the story, thanks to the strength training I started, I continually keep feeling better and better about myself all the time.

      Have a great day!


  31. Daniel – Awesome transformation! You mentioned that you still have more to do….don’t we all ! Again, great job – you have much to be proud of!

  32. Bravo and congratulations, Daniel! Your inspiring success brought me to tears! (This happens with me sometimes on MDA Fridays. 🙂 )

    Now I beg your indulgence with this long post, which I’m writing on the chance that it can help you break through in an area that’s important to you!

    You’ve obviously already increased your self-confidence by having taken control of your body and its wellbeing! I understand your residual shyness around women and your desire to transcend that. (It’s part of my profession – more on that in a moment.) When you say “flirting”, I think what you’re looking for is to have fun engaging with ladies, and to naturally create opportunities for something more – like dating!

    One important aspect of my work is helping men build authentic confidence in their masculinity and attractiveness to women – confidence that comes from the inside out. My suggestion is something you can easily do in any major city of Austria, Germany or most of Europe . . .

    I’ve helped hundreds of men gain the confidence you’re seeking through Argentine Tango! Tango is a wonderful mode of expression for people who are introspective and deep. It stimulates and challenges your intellect and your creativity, while offering sincere and intimate connection with the opposite sex. At the end of a 10-minute set of tangos, you each say “thank you” and the intimacy ends on a friendly note. You walk the lady back to her seat, and prepare for the next encounter.

    Argentine Tango is not what you see on TV; it’s not flashy, nor is it for sissies. By learning to walk simply and solidly with careful attention to the phrasing of the beautiful music, and by learning the right embrace, you can make women “melt in your arms”! You can have success at this even if you currently think you have “two left feet” or “no rhythm”.

    Whether or not it leads to a relationship off the dance floor, the confidence you’ll get from knowing that many women are looking forward to your invitation because you make them feel so dreamy-good will spill over into many aspects of your life! It will certainly change how you feel about yourself around women. I’ve seen this kind of transformation in many, many men.

    I’l looking forward to your report a year from now!

    1. Hi Helaine,

      What a coincidence. I’ve just been talking to a female friend of mine about Tango. I don’t remember the circumstances, why we talked about it, but it’s one of the few dancing styles I’m interested in.

      And now that is very interesting, I never looked at Tango from this point of view.This makes me want to start learning Tango even more now, I will definitely sign-up for a class as soon as I move to a major city 🙂 Unfortunately I live on the country side at the moment, the closest tango classes are too far away to travel there with public transports 🙁

      Have a great day!


        1. Hey Margit,

          Yeah, I should get over myself already and start driving again, but driving and cars are things I’m really not fond of at all. I only got my drivers license because I was forced to do it haha.

          I only drove about 500 km as well before I moved to Germany and with that move stopped needing to drive a car.


  33. Wonderful story, and honest of you to share the stop-and-start that happens to so many.

    Best wishes for continued success.

    1. Hi Mitch,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Oh yeah, it was important for me to include it, to show that not every success story is all roses and rainbows 😉

      Thanks, I wish you all the best as well!


  34. Congratulations Daniel! Proof, if it is still needed, that no matter how far down the wrong path we go, we can get back on track and get home to open and loving arms. Thank heavens our bodies are so forgiving! Good luck with the rest of your journey and I look forward to reading the next installment.

    1. Hey Grokesque,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Indeed, I’m so happy that from all those years of being morbidly obese I don’t have any serious issues.

      Have a great day,


  35. amazing! Daniel, you have so much life and strength in you to succeed and overcome any challenge in your life. Taking back one’s health is probably one of the most challenging things anyone can ever do. Keep up the great work!

  36. WOW Daniel! Awesome transformation dude! I hope you continue to reach your new goals and get a job as Trainer at your dream gym. Grok on!

  37. Congrats on your success. Thanks for sharing it and motivating the rest of us. I continue to improve my health, but I know I have a long journey.

    1. Hey Holly,

      Thank you!

      Great for you, no matter how long the journey will be, I’m sure you will make it!

      If you ever wanna talk about it you can shoot me anytime an e-mail over at [email protected]


  38. Hey dude,
    you are a TRUE inspiration! Do not ever give up.

    Do *something* every day .. even if its ten minutes. And I practice this : “if it works – do it every day”. Whatever ‘it’ is – squats / lunges etc. I highly recommend you incorporate squats / lunges …. they are a gamechanger.

    You are a star – and you will shine. Your time to truely shine is just around the corner! 🙂

    Well done on turning it around.

    1. Hey Khalid,

      Thanks so much for your feedback!

      Oh yeah, I started strength training 11 weeks ago (about the same time when I submitted the story to MDA) and since then I made such huge progress, especially with the legs, thanks to squatting and co.

      Have a great day!


  39. Daniel said it perfect when he said “Mentally I was not ready for it”.
    I think this is the biggest problem for people wanting to change their lives.

    You have to be in the right mind set to truly tackle a life changing event like Daniel did.

    It was great to read how others help him get educated and disciplined to lose so much weight.

    I have just started a small blog called strongerdaily.com and stories like Daniels inspire me as much as I am trying to inspire others.


  40. You are an inspiration Daniel! Thank you for sharing your story.

    And don’t you worry about that flirting thing, to me there is nothing sexier than an educated, intelligent man! My husband is a civil engineer with degrees from Tufts and Princeton. He had me at hello!

  41. Well done you! It’s hard work not just to change your habits and your body, but to learn that you are worth all of it. Keep up the positive attitude- there are plenty of ladies who love gamers 😉