I used to be a relatively fit guy back in High School and College… constantly staying active and spending a lot of time training in Martial Arts (which I’ve done for most of my life).
Even though I was broke and ate terrible, having the metabolism of young active guy really helped in keeping the fat off my frame.
When I got my first “real” full-time job after college I had started to put on a few pounds… from eating a lot of pizza and ice cream (I admit it, I was totally lacking any and all will power). Plus the change from not eating hardly at all to eating a high calorie “standard American diet” was not terribly flattering to my physique.
Fast forward 10 years and I had ballooned up to 237lbs (yikes)… way above the “ideal weight” for my frame (I’m 6′).
And honestly… I was ashamed of myself. I hated looking at myself in the mirror. I never went anywhere where I had to potentially take my shirt off (like the beach or the pool… and mind you, I live in Southern California).
This was the breaking point! And decided to do something about it…
Fast forward another 5 years…
Over those 5 years, my weight had fluctuated wildly. Going 237lbs to 200lbs and back up again and… you get the idea. I admit it, I was non-committal and had a hard time staying on a “healthy” diet (by normal American standards).
3 years ago I picked up a copy of P90X (yep I joined that bandwagon), and had pretty good results going from about 220lbs to 195lbs… gained more muscles and lost some body fat.
It was great, but I got burned out and got injured by over-training… I got discouraged, my weight ballooned back up to 225lbs…
Then came 2010.
I had been relatively active over the years (teaching and training in martial arts), but honestly, I’d given up on getting that “really fit” look. Plus, I wasn’t getting any younger (I’m pushing 40).
The thing is, while nobody ever said I was ‘out of shape’, ‘fat’ or ‘chubby’… my self-image said I was. And I still avoided going to the pool or the beach like the plague.
I honestly didn’t think I could ever shed that layer of fat around my body.
And it was seriously messing with my mind.
I was eating “healthy” but unable to shed the weight or the pounds.
Seriously, I’ve read tons of books on the subject of weight loss and exercise, but I just couldn’t put 2 and 2 together.
Then I stumbled upon MarksDailyApple.com and the Primal Blueprint.
It was interesting, and different… and I devoured all the material I could find on Primal living, Paleo and Evolutionary Fitness.
The ideas behind primal completely resonated with me and in May of 2010 (May 3rd to be exact) I decided to finally take the plunge.
I jumped in with both feet and cut out all the crud in my diet! I was proud of myself for being able to do that (considering my diet was pretty heavy on carbs).
And I felt…
I got hit by the “carb flu”, BIG TIME.
And it lasted for about 2 weeks. I was tired, cranky and just an all around fun guy to be around for 2 weeks. But, I (and my family) endured it and all of a sudden it all cleared.
And I felt AWESOME!
By the way, when I started I was about 225lbs…
And by the end of September (of 2010) I was down to what many have called a “ripped” 175lbs.
And the best thing about all of it was that I didn’t exercise myself to death, nor did I worry too much about exactly what I ate from day to day.
Some days I do an intermittent fast, other days I snack all day long.
Because I had a relatively carb centric diet I thought it would be difficult to rid the habit of eating brown rice and bread, but that proved not to be the case.
In any event, here’s a “Before and After” photo of myself:
Thanks to Mark (his website, his book and this forum) and to all the other people embracing this lifestyle! I appreciate you all very much.
And if I can have success with this, anyone can…
All the best,