The Beginning of a New Life

Hi Mark,

I’ve been Primal for about two weeks.

In that time, I’ve learned more about how my body works, how ill-informed doctors can be, and how important movement is to health than in all my 38 years combined. This is both mind-blowing and humbling for me.

I’ve always lived in my head. I never had much use for my body, because I was a chubby kid and I became a more-than-chubby adult. I ignored warnings about high-sugar food, went on every diet known to man at the time (from the 600-calorie-per-day no-fat diet to Weight Watchers to the Water Diet, where you ate… wait for it… water and nothing but), you name it, I’ve probably tried it. Exercise hurt and made me sweaty, which meant I had to shower, which meant getting undressed and looking at my body, which I didn’t like doing. It was just easier not to exercise. I hid in books and, later, computers and the Internet. By trade, I’m working on being a sociologist and a statistician – lots of head-work, but not much field-work. (I used to say that that was the advantage of sociology over anthropology: you don’t have to go out into the fields to do your field-work.)

Every now and then I’d have a spurt of “I’ll try to be THIN!” but it never lasted more than a couple of weeks. And it always involved cutting out fat and sugar, but still eating lots and lots of those supposedly “healthy” carbs and grains. In high school, I weighed 200 when I started freshman year and, despite four years of marching band, I weighed 280 when I graduated. When I got married the first time, I weighed 340. I thought surely I was as big as I was ever going to get, right? When my first marriage broke up nine years later and I went vegetarian, I was at 370. I maintained that weight for eight years. Sure, I got told I was a diabetic two years ago (with what I argued at the time was a single and unrelated anomalous blood sugar reading of 127 when I was completely stressed out), but although I took the tester and strips, I didn’t bother to follow the program, and I insisted that one could be heavy and healthy at the same time. (And I’m still a fat activist for the rights of fat people, because as most of us know, so many fat people aren’t aware that they’re being told all the wrong things about weight and health and food that I can’t really blame them for their lack of knowledge. I tell those I can, when I can, and let the rest of it work out on its own.)

So I thought I was doing pretty well. I was in graduate school, I had two beautiful daughters and a strong relationship with my husband (he and I married last year when it was legal for us to do so in CA), I was bright, I was articulate, I’d graduated from undergrad with honors. Oh yeah, and I was a hell of a good cook.

Then, in January of this year, my father died of cancer and diabetes complications (inoperable gangrene in his feet). You have to understand about my dad – he was the most important person in my life next to my husband and my kids, and when he died, I went a little nuts. More than a little – I started eating everything I could get my hands on. Ice cream? Check. Pie? Check. Hi-carb snacks, chips, dips? Check, check, and check again. Bring on the mashed potatoes and the rice pilaf, and add a hot fudge sundae in there, for good measure.

Six months after my father died, I was up to 397 pounds. Essentially, I was 400 pounds. I’d gained 200 pounds in 25 years, and I wasn’t skinny at 200, but I was six inches shorter then.

My doctor got on my case on the 7th of August. Nicely, but firmly. It was time, he said, for me to stop pretending I wasn’t an impending diabetic and get with the program. I came home and didn’t eat anything for two days. Then I started testing my blood and was shocked at the numbers. 192. 178. 217 (after a high-carb meal at my brother-in-law’s)! Even my morning “fasting” numbers weren’t great: 144, 148, 152, 139.

So I dove into research, and among other sites about diabetes and low-carb ways of eating, found MDA. And reading the success stories here, I decided I was going to go low-carb. Not to lose weight, but to get my sugars back under control.

I’ve been low-carbing since August 13, and I started with a goal of no more than 80 carbs/day. Now I’m down to a goal of no more than 40 carbs/day, and I hope soon to get that down to below 20/day as I figure out what affects me and what doesn’t. Although my morning numbers are still annoyingly high (mid-140s most days), my daytime sugars go down all day long, and by the end of the day my average is sitting in the mid-110s, which is a hell of a lot better than the mid-180s!

I’ve also noticed a few other things. It’s no longer a struggle to buckle my seatbelt. My shortest belt is too long to really keep my pants up. I saw a doctor last week and I’d already dropped five pounds – and that was before I got seriously into the Primal way of doing things. I feel better. I sleep better. My teeth don’t bleed when I brush anymore (and that was just a lifelong thing for me, the bleeding teeth). I walked a half mile (round trip) to the store the other day – something I NEVER would have done before – and although I came back in a muck sweat, I was so proud of myself. And I’m working out, gently, every morning. I’m up and moving for thirty minutes before I do anything else, and it’s made a huge difference in how I feel.

I want to live a long, long life. And the image of my father’s feet is all I need to keep me going, even when I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. But if I hadn’t come across the Primal way of living, I’d probably be sucking down my little pancreas-killing hypoglycemic sulfonurea drugs right now, eating 60% of my calories in grains, and wondering why the glucometer stubbornly refuses to get out of the 250s.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go make some steak and wilted spinach for dinner. I promise to post the recipe, too.


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  1. Wow. Congrats on deciding to change your life and good luck!
    I’m sure this story will have many great updates in the future!

    1. I hope it will. Maybe after ten or twelve weeks I’ll be brave enough to post some photos like Chucky did. I’m not sure yet.

  2. Awesome, Griff! I’m always impressed by people who take on a huge challenge after years of thinking they can’t…and who retain their empathy for others who are still stuck in the quagmire of misinformation. Go get ’em!

  3. I don’t even know you, and I’m proud of you for even taking the time to do a little research, much less taking the much more difficult step of acting on it. Too many people just want to listen to what they are told. Keep up the good work!

    1. Heh, it feels like I’ve done nothing BUT research for the last three weeks! My husband finally broke and begged me, “Can we PLEASE talk about something that isn’t nutrition for a while?” about four days ago. (Obsessive-compulsive? Me? Surely you jest.) I just want to tell the world, you know?

      I feel like I’m finally getting a grip on this situation that’s plagued me my whole life.

      1. Heh! I know what you mean about talking nutrition. I feel sorry for my partner, having to listen to my synopsis of everything I’ve read that day. He assures me he enjoys the conversation, but… let’s face it: I’m obsessed. At least it’s a healthy obsession, right?

        Grats on the progress, by the way. And keep up the steak! I’m glad you’re open to lowering your carbs as much as needed. So few people seem to understand that one’s metabolism can be broken to the extent that the body cannot begin to heal even with a very modest, veggie-based carbohydrate intake.

        1. Heh, this morning I had leftover sirloin steak for breakfast. Last night I had clam chowder (I ate around the potatoes), a Caesar salad without croutons, half the steak – about 4 ounces – and half of a half rack of baby back ribs – again, about 4 ounces. My sugars went up 15 points two hours after eating, which, frankly, is a blip. And they were still well below the supposedly “dangerous” level of 140.

          This way of eating works. The ADA’s recommendations don’t. That’s all I need to know to keep me on it forever.

  4. Welcome to the Primal Lifestyle!

    Your story is truly inspiring! The best of luck (and hard work/effort)to you. I can hardly wait until you share your next successes with all of us Groks and Grokettes!

  5. Fabulous story. Very inspiring to see you’ve found the solution. Congrats, Griff on turning things in a positive direction.

  6. Amazing story. I find it fascinating that essentially, your father was responsible for the series of events which led you to a much healthier lifestyle. Congratulations and best wishes.

  7. Congratulations on your first few steps. Stay with it, you can beat this thing.

  8. Glad your here at MDA, Griff, and I’m sure you’ll do great living Primally–sounds like you’re seeing differences already and you’ve got great motivation!

  9. Keep it up Griff, you’ll be amazed how you feel better and better as time goes by. Your bod will reward you for playing and eating like it desires.

  10. YOU CAN DO IT MAN!!!

    You have no idea the awesomeness that’s in store for the rest of your life!

  11. People who fuss about those last 10 lbs should read Griff’s story and realize what it is really like to struggle. Keep going Griff!

  12. Excellent job. Isn’t it rather strange and sad how our parents darkest moments can be so inspiring to us kids? I pick up my parents’ medications – about 6 different prescriptions each – every week. And I think to myself that I do not want to be SO dependent on medication to keep me going when I’m 80 years old. I need my body to support me in my old age, so I need to support my body right now with healthy eating and exercise. Keep on doin’ what you’re doin’ Griif, it will pay off more than you can imagine!!!

    1. Oh man, when my father was in his last few months (hospitalized before he came home to hospice) his partner came to me and got very upset about how many pills my dad was taking. He was on something like 38 different medications for diabetes, migraine, myasthenia gravis, cholesterol, you name it, he was taking it. His partner (a gruff 74-year-old man) expostulated, “Your dad takes nothing but PILLS!”

      I don’t want to live that way. You know what I mean?

  13. Great story! Thanks for for sharing…it’s inspiring to all of us.

  14. Awesome story, I love how honest you are with the things in your life that brought you to where you are. Keep fighting.

  15. Inspiring story!

    And as for the contest, it said to leave a comment…so…


  16. I’m glad you found out about the Primal lifestyle! Good job, and keep up the good work!

  17. My father barely survived a heart attack at 41.. he has since turned his life around and is healthier than he has ever been.
    He has inspired me to make changes to my own lifestyle, I draw strength from his perseverence.


  18. Just think, your gonna have the rest of your life to feel good and healthy. Keep your eye on the prize. I know you can do it.

  19. Congratulations, you’ve taken the most difficult step in going Primal–Starting.

    The rest should be easy and fun. Enjoy the journey and keep us updated!

  20. Griff, it will only get better. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  21. RAWR! Nice job, Griff! Make sure to post a follow-up in a few months so we can check out your progress. I’d love to show you to some of my obese relatives.

  22. Great job on taking your first primal steps! Keep it up, and if you haven’t already, join the forum and start a journal there… you’ll find a GREAT community here.

  23. Thanks, everyone! My next step: exercising Primally. I’m still not there yet (trying to find ways to keep exercise from spiking my sugars too much) but I’m getting there.

    1. i heard about MDA from my crossfit coach. crossfit and MDA go together like steak and veggies! i would think about talking to a local crossfit trainer. first time is always free. you get your sweat on, AND they modify workouts for every level of fitness! i’ve never been so strong in my life, but then i’m also only 28. it’s just going to get better! good job!

  24. Sounds like this is the lifestyle for you!

    I don’t think I’ve seen your name in the forum yet. Come join us for some scintillating discussions, debates, and recipe swaps!

    1. Oh, I’ve been there – just not often yet. Mostly I’ve responded to people and posted recipes.

      I’ll work up to posting journals… just not quite that brave yet, I guess.

  25. It’s good to see more and more people changing their lifestyle to the primal way. You won’t regret it, Griff. 🙂

  26. It’s maddening that doctors keep spouting this whole-grain, low-fat nonsense … and then people keep wondering why they can’t get their sugars under control. My dad has been testing high for his sugars (first time ever, never been overweight) and luckily my mom listens to me and has done her own research in the past. By limiting his carbs and grains, he now has them under control (although he won’t go totally Primal).
    You are a great example. Keep up the great changes and don’t get discouraged!!

  27. Griff, i know what your talking about, when i started primal i was pushing 360 and am now down to 330 in the last 6 months, it might be hard work but beats the hell out of being dead. keep up the good work, it’s good to know that i’m not alone.

  28. Good job brother. It takes time and patience to develop a new way of living, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

  29. Great story. You said it all in the first few lines when you talked about learning. It is something we don’t do very well. Sure, we learn what we are taught, but how often do we really go seeking out the truth?

    1. As soon as this sprained thumb heals, I plan to. Right now I’m Lifting Small Things – which is more than I ever did before.

  30. Awesome job with the changes in your life, time and hard work pay off as years of life well spent!

  31. awesome, Griff, now just keep on keeping on and you will have lost the first 100 before you know it 🙂

    1. From your lips to the ears of whatever might be out there – I hope so! 😀

  32. This post was just what I needed to get out of my gloomy rut – here I was thinking I’d give in and go get some pizza tonight to “feel better.” I’m not facing stress or challenges anywhere near what Griff is, what what do I have to feel sorry about?!?!? Thanks for the inspiration (wake-up call) Griff – keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks, Amy – you’ll do fine. Everyone has their own problems. I refuse to play the “my stress/pain/problems are bigger (and therefore more important) than your problems” game, though. Why beat yourself up? Problems are problems, whether trival or huge, and they still cause stress that has effects which must be dealt with.

      I have to keep a weather eye on my sugar levels and the composition of what I eat, so I have a running report of how I’m doing, and it can get discouraging (like yesterday morning, when the pain from my sprained thumb caused a morning sugar spike). That’s why, although I bought a scale so my husband can get feedback on his progress, I’ve resolved not to use the scale for myself more than once a month. Any more than that, and I’ll start obsessing about the numbers instead of about how I’m feeling. The trend is more important than the particular meal or day, in my opinion.

      Focus on the trend, and the need to have pizza to feel better should go away. My trend right now is that my seatbelt no longer fights me to get buckled, and my sugars have dropped about 40-50 points on average from when I started. That’s good enough for me right now.

  33. Nice to read what two weeks are able to do.

    For me, it made me lose some weight my body refused to give up for a looong time but that’s nothing compared to such health benefits!

    Keep up and don’t give up!

  34. Congrats Griff! You are on your way to things unimaginable. As mentioned above, don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be missteps along the way as you find the diet and exercise that work best for you. Just don’t get discouraged, and look at these inevitable missteps as opportunities to fine tune and get even healthier. Seek support from friends, family, and the forum any time you need a boost. Your attitude will definitely take you far. All the best!

  35. Personal expierance with excersizing, because i’ve been outta the loop and have just started up also! take your time, start with small reps and small sets, if you start to hurt in like a specific area(ligament or tendon) stop what you’re doing and cool down and call it a day! maybe even ice the sucker. its better to do it slowly and build up than hurt yourself on the first day! (like i did)

  36. The time and changes will pass sooner then you think. Good luck!

  37. Wow, what an inspiring story. I’m so glad that the primal lifestyle has been such a positive change.

    Also, so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. All the best for the future.

    1. Thank you for saying that – I’ve been thinking about Dad a lot lately, and wishing that I had known this stuff three years ago. It might have saved his life.

  38. Hi Griff,

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you’ve been through so much and it’s inspiring to feel your determination to live a long, healthy life.

  39. Great job, Griff!! Keep up the good work, and keep us posted on your progress!

  40. thanks for a great post! it’s nice to here about other walks of life and their primal journey! Sometimes it seems like everyone you see on here is already in great shape! (I’m not!!) Congrats and keep up the good work!

  41. I love that you had the courage to post your story so early in the game. And I especially love people with the whole “No, I’m not going to accept this as my life” kind of attitude. Totally inspirational — keep it up!

  42. Awesome! It’s those little things like the seatbelt that are the icing on the cake (almond cake of course).

    Just remember!

    25 years to put it on…
    25 weeks you’ll see a lot of it come off…
    But the best part is… you’ll feel 25,000 times better!

  43. Nice job. Grab a buddy and start working out three times a week. It works.
    Keep on Keep’n on.

  44. What a great story, and congratulations on taking charge of your health! I’m looking forward to seeing your before and after pics 😉

  45. Wow, pretty awesome story.

    And I felt you touched on something that I love about Primal – you can feel great, and eat stuff you enjoy (it just takes a little exploring to find what you *really* enjoy, not just sugar), and stick with it. Sure beats that “water diet” – can’t imagine that’d be enjoyable. The chance to eat right, but still feel satisfied and energetic makes Primal a no-brainer

  46. I have high morning blood sugars which my doctor says is from havng sleep apnea. Maybe you have sleep apnea? Good luck to you Griff!

    1. Oh, I probably do – but once I drop the weight, it’ll go away. I have found that having a half glass of Bordeaux at night with a bit of cheese brings my morning sugars down to normal, so it may also just be the liver dump/dawn phenomenon. In any case, I’m looking forward to that changing…

  47. Wow! Your story is truly inspirational! You are living proof that the only true “Health Care Reform” starts and ends with the individual. Not only are doctors mis-informed, how about the government and the food pyramid? Keep moving forward, you have no idea how many people your story will impact.

  48. new reader / awesome story

    I started primal-esk habits a couple of years ago. It’s awesome!

  49. Congrats on what is the start of a long road of positive news for your health and hence your lifestyle.

  50. Congrats on choosing an excellent path to living well! You can do it, and you’ll feel like a million bucks :-).

    Oh, and as someone who understands how important a great dad is…I’m so sorry about your dad…

  51. Good luck Griff! I am glad you found MDA and a new lifestyle. I know it can work for you b/c it just makes sense!

  52. Great job on starting to bring your blood sugar under control!

    This post reminds me of a time that we had to test our blood sugar in my EMT class. The guy with the highest blood sugar was the one who had eaten a bagel for breakfast that morning. It all makes sense once you understand what’s really going on.

  53. Thanks for sharing your story. I know all too well what it is to get a reality check from a parent: my father is still alive, but he’d always been a big drinker and liked his sugary snacks, and ended up with high blood pressure and diabetes. Eight years ago he had a stroke; two years ago my mother, who was his primary carer, also had a stroke. They’re now both disabled. I’m determined not to end up the same way and I’m glad that you have resolved not to follow in your own father’s footsteps. You’ve got a family and husband who, no doubt, hope you’ll be around for a good long time, and you’ve absolutely come to the right place to make that happen. I won’t wish you luck, but I’ll wish you strength and determination. Kudos.

    1. My dad was never a drinker, but he loved him some pasta and other bad foods. He was a gourmand as well as a gourmet, and I think that was his downfall.

      I miss him so much.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

  54. Great job, MDA has many positive DM II success stories. A too common disease with a simple/hard cure.

    Simple in that the correct diet/excercise can correct the problem. Hard in that most in medical community do not support the “correct” diet, and it takes discipline to live primal healthy lifestyle.


  55. I love your story! Low-carb Primal Style. Make it your forever lifestyle!

  56. Another tale that’s great to hear! And another kick in my butt to get going Primal!

    Not only myself, but I’d like to get my parents Primal as well. My dad has been diabetic for almost 15 years now, currently using an insulin pump and doing alright, but could be so much better. And my mom, while decently healthy by the numbers, in probably ~225lb yet only 5′ in height. At 61 and 59, I’ve got to convince them they’ve got plenty of time to change.

  57. Great Job Griff. Your story is real and inspiring. It’s also a story that should be sent to the companies and government who have been pushing carbs and dairy and causing good people to eat in a way that has not been healthy. Keep up the great work and please keep us updated. Your story will inspire us all.


  58. Griff, best of luck to you. You sound euphoric about your new plan, as well you should be. But you (like me, alas) still have a long way to go. I’ve been stalled for 6 months now on weight loss, even though I still have well over 100 pounds I need to lose.

    I’m not saying you will stall, but I know many folks it has happened to, some who have been stalled for years. Just don’t get discouraged if it happens. Keep your head on the things that are important, like improved blood sugar numbers for example! Keep on keeping on. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

    1. Actually, I don’t care if I stall. Like I said above, the scale is for my husband – not for me. I’ll only stand on the scale when I see the doctor. Plus, muscle weighs more than fat. I’ll be going by my blood sugars, my clothing, and how I feel.

      Things I’m hoping for/looking forward to:
      – Normal blood sugars all the time. An A1c below 5.0. Normal cholesterol levels.
      – Being able to buy clothes in regular stores – something I haven’t been able to do since I was about 8 years old.
      – Fitting in regular chairs that have arms.
      – Fitting into regular school desks.
      – Running!
      – Jumping rope.

      And of course I’ll keep everyone posted about it!

  59. Congrats – it’s arguable that the first two weeks are the toughest. You’ll “tweak” as time goes on, learn new ways of doing things and so forth, but you’re a good chunk of the way along the journey!

    1. Actually? This has been easy. I always liked fatty proteins over carbs anyway – never had much of a sweet tooth. On Thanksgiving, most kids would go grab leftover mashed potatoes or stuffing. I’d go right for the leftover dark meat and chow down on it.

      I hope it keeps being this easy!

  60. Soo inspiring to this aspiring Grogette.
    Would love to hear how others responsible for fixing meals for the family do this.

  61. Keep it up! I love that jumping rope is on your list, you’ll feel so free and young when you try it again.
    Awesome story

  62. Griff! I am so thrilled for you. My brother had his story posted on here yesterday, and each and everyone’s story makes me so happy. I am not in ill health, but the success of my family and friends who have gone Primal has gotten me to jump aboard, and I am 10lbs lighter already. Your story and all the others are so inspiring.

  63. This is very similar to my story -being overweight, believing you can be healthy while fat and vegetarian and the binges becoming ever larger and out of control…

    But steak and spinach for dinner sorted that all out for me too! 🙂

    1. Well, I never binged as such, which is why I didn’t go up or down for 8 years at 370 (I think, anyway). But when my dad died, all bets were off. I started eating for comfort as I hadn’t done since before I went vegetarian for two years. And eating for comfort meant potatoes, rice, pasta – all those things that give you a feeling of being satiated and high.

      I’ve got to be a little careful about high-oxalate foods like spinach and broccoli, as I’m prone to kidney stones, although 400 mg of potassium citrate every day seems to be taking care of that (crosses fingers).

  64. I think… no wait, I KNOW, you’re going to be SO much healthier and happier since going primal from here on out! Good job and keep it up! You can do it! 🙂

  65. Thanks for sharing your story! It’s great to hear about your success and to see what an impact you’ve already had not only on your life, but on the life of everyone who’s read your story! The Primal life just makes sense, doesn’t it? Life seems more simple, focused, fun… and tasty! I’d love to keep hearing about your journey!

  66. I’ve been mostly primal for about four months now. Just got back from a work conference where my colleagues haven’t seen me for six months – almost every single one of them complimented me on my weight loss and general fitness (I’ve dropped a net of about 20 pounds – added a bit of muscle so I’m not sure what the total fat loss is)

    1. That’s one reason why I’m not going to count on the scale to tell me what kind of progress I’m making. My blood sugars and what’s happening to real-world situations with my body are going to be the true markers for me.

  67. So happy for you, Griff! Keep up the great work and know that we are all rooting for you!

  68. I think the undeniable wake-up calls are so important. It can be hard to make such a dramatic shift in your life unless it’s something that matters.

    Keep up the good work and remember that you’re doing this not just for yourself, but the people who also love you.

  69. Man, that’s awesome. Thanks for your story. I can’t wait to see how well this turns out for you. DO NOT give up.

  70. Wow! I’m new to the Primal lifestyle as well and and I am inspired by what you have accomplished in 2 weeks. Grok on!

  71. Thanks for the story and the inspiration. Keep up the good work and here’s to continued success!

  72. I am glad you are improving so much and learning so much at such a rapid pace. Congrats and keep up the good work!

  73. Like you, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. I read Good Calories Bad Calories about six weeks ago and found MDA around the same time. I drastically changed my diet after reading only 1/3 of GCBC – it was that convincing! Luckily my husband is fully on board with this lifestyle change. Take a few “before” pictures so you can wow us in a few months with the “after” pictures! Grok on!

    1. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to share pictures. I’ll think about it.

      I know what you mean about GCBC – I’ve ordered about a hundred bucks worth of books since starting to read MDA and going Primal!

  74. keep up the good work Griff… you’ve got the right attitude- don’t worry about the weight, worry about the other health issues… you’re learning the right tools to use to improve your health and as the health improves the weight loss will follow

  75. From here on out the possibilities will become endless as you witness the transformation.

  76. You can do it keep it up one day at a time. You have the power within you.

  77. Way2Go! Just keep that focus like you said. Constantly remind yourself “why”.

  78. This story was a little sun in an otherwise dreary day. I am so happy for you that you’ve truly “turned the corner” after all these years. Here’s wishing you much health and happiness. Congrats on the steps you’ve taken!

  79. That was a really inspiring story. I hope you stay with it and live a long and healthy life through the primal blueprint.

  80. Great job Griff. I’ve been doing Primal for 8 months. Before I started I always considered myself a “healthy” eater. Was I ever wrong! I was, along with millions of others, entangled in that conventional “eat whole grains and lots of fiber” wisdom. I’m not sure I would have stuck with it without Mark’s Daily Apple. I look forward to reading it every single day. You’ll love trying the new recipes and getting positive reinforcement on a daily basis. Stick with it. I’d love to see “before” and “after” pictures of your progress 6-12 months from now. You can do it!

    1. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to post pictures, but I’ll think about it.

      Thank you for the encouragement!

  81. Griff-
    Great story. Sounds like you have your head where it needs to be. Keep up the good work and Grok On!

  82. Thanks for taking the time to write your inspiring story! We can learn so much from each other.

  83. Best of luck Griff! When does it happen, when does that light turn on, when do you make the change…I can’t pinpoint that moment, and maybe it’s a series a moments….but I’ve started to change too and I like it!

    Again, best of luck Griff!

  84. Wow.

    You just described me in the beginning. Although I only hit 212 at my worst. That was last year. Just doing the primal challenge more seriously this month has finally kickstarted some loss for a change and I’m down to 206.

    After gaining for so long (10lbs a year for 8-9 years) it feels good to finally lose, doesn’t it?

    1. Well, I won’t know how much I’ve actually lost until we get a scale. I ordered one and it should be here soon.

      I don’t know how good the weight loss might feel until I see other real-world results of it, like with my seatbelt – but it’s good to at least feel like I have some control over my body outcomes for the first time in my life!

      Congrats on your progress!

  85. Now THIS is a true success story in my books – so many people will give a healthy lifestyle a shot because of weight issues, or find motivation in bad health news, but given that you stubbornly ignored your diagnosis before shows how much work it truly takes for some people to get on the right path. So often I read how ‘easy’ it is to cut back on calories or up the exercise, but even the health experts are starting to recognise the huge role motivation plays in health. Look at Johnny Bowden’s recent work, and the glut of health books being published at the moment that focus on the intrinsic psychology behind sticking to ‘the plan’, whatever that may be!

    I’m so happy for you that you have found your inner drive, and congratulate you on finding the most suitable lifestyle for your health needs. Plus, you have the added bonus of the MDA community – we’ll do our best to provide extrinsic motivation and keep you on track! Way to go!

  86. Thanks so much for sharing. My mother is pre-diabetic (in fact doctor wants her to go on insulin), and my family has been large through generations. I’ve been working to get her to try Primal eating, but she’s stubborn and still doesn’t believe the glucose meter has anything to do with what she’s eating (I mean she eats “healty” oats for breakfast, whole grains and low fat…right?). I’m going to share your story with her. Hopefully, eventually, I can break through. Thanks for giving us something to share!

  87. How are things progressing, Griff? I think it’s a fantastic idea to ignore the scale and to just stay in touch with how we feel and the messages our body is giving us (some of us for the first time ever). I am amazed at how much better I feel, how more clearly I can think, and how my horrible heartburn has gone away within, literally, less than a week. By the way, us Chubs CAN run — now. In water. I am very overweight and still recovering from a broken back in 5 places, with Harrington rods in place. And I run for my life…in the swimming pool at a local gym. If *I* can do it, so can you. 🙂 I highly recommend any and all kind of water exercise. Best wishes. I’ll be following your progress. (BTW, I’ve gotten my best friend since childhood, who is very fit (marathoner) and who suffers from overexercise/overuse injuries and complaining about how much he aches, to Grok On and go primal with me, too. He’s already ordered 4 books for his whole family. LOL.)

  88. Progress that I can report:

    According to the scale, I have dropped a total of 26 pounds. I put on a pair of jeans that always fit me tight yesterday, straight out of the dryer, and the opening overlapped by a good inch and a half – so they’re three inches too big in the waist. I’ve lost a total of nine inches off my waist (haven’t measured anything else) and it shows.

    My blood sugars have dropped about 12%, and I hope to keep improving that – this is a difference between averages in the 120s just two weeks ago and in the 110s now. That, to me, is remarkable. My ultimate goal: averages in the 80s, like any other normal person.

    @Ginger: Unfortunately, there’s no pool available to me, but that’s okay – I’d actually prefer to dance than run! I’m also lifting weights – not big ones yet, but working up to it. Overall, things are going very well!

      1. My sugars are never above 120 any more, even after big meals, and most of the time my averages are in the upper 80s to low 90s. I’m down to 305 last time I weighed (90-plus pound loss). So I’m doing really well. 🙂 Thanks for asking!

  89. I am in health care and it is good to see that there are people out there who are trying to make their lives healthier. I have been unknowingly living the Grok lifestyle for over 35 years and it really works. I am 55 and am constantly getting comments that i look like I am in my early 40’s. this is a lifestyle not a diet to go on to loose weight. Most of the patients we do surgery on are people who are not active and live the american diet of high carbs and low activity. It is a killer, a slow and painful killer way of life.

  90. Mazel Tov, I’m glad it’s working for you. I took the 30 day challenge last Sept. I’ve lost about 25 lbs, and feel and move so much better. I need to work harder on my exercise program. Now I need a new T-shirt to show off my new look.Keep up the good work,wishing you much success in your future.

  91. WOW!!! Your story has inpired me completely!!! That is such a great feeling. Feeling in control again!! Don’t stop and keep your story going!!!