The First 90 Days Have Given Me Confidence That I Can Do This—and More!

The First 90 Days Have Given Me Confidence That I Can Do This—and More!

It’s Monday, 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
I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep
coming in. Thank you for reading!

When did I first see it? It was in
November 2017. I stepped on my scale and proceeded to log my
information into my fitness tracker and there it was staring back
at me. The tracker already knows my age and height and it spit out
a calculation that never really caught my attention before.
Under the heading for BMI (Body Mass Index) the word
Overweight was highlighted with a color meant to get my attention.
It did.

I’ve never had what you would call a weight problem. In fact
at first glance most people would call me tall (at 6’2″) and
skinny. But with a BMI at 25.8% I now was in the “overweight”
bucket. I realize that a BMI calculation that is done this way
doesn’t factor in a lot of things and someone that is muscular
will have a higher BMI and that shouldn’t be a good indicator of
a healthy weight. But that’s not me, I don’t have a muscular
build so that excuse doesn’t hold water. The fact was that I let
my weight and body fat creep up, I had let myself go. Most
importantly, when I looked at my naked self in the mirror I
wasn’t happy with what was there and wanted to change.

Now I had already loosely
followed Mark’s Daily Apple and was very well aware of the new
Keto Reset Diet book
that had recently been released and caught my attention. So
I made a quick decision to order the book and get ready to start my
reset experiment before the big holiday season.
My goal
was to begin November 1 2017 and go through until at least the new
year. Most importantly tracking my body fat percentage and along
with it my weight of course.

I did just that, and here are my results. (These body fat and
weight details are from my home scale so they are not exact
figures, but they show my steady and consistent downward track
overall.) These results DID NOT include a new workout
In fact I did no exercise program at all for the
first 45 days then started to add in 20-40 minute fast walks 3-4
days a week in mid December which I continue to this day.

  • Started 11/1/2017 – 24.2% fat / Weight 201.2 lbs / 25.8
  • 12/1/2017 – 19.0% fat / Weight 183.6 lbs / 23.6 BMI (Month
    totals -5.2% fat / -17.6 lbs)
  • 1/1/2018 – 19.6% fat / Weight 177.4 lbs / 22.8 BMI (Month
    totals +0.6% fat / -6.2 lbs)
  • 2/1/2018 – 16.5% fat / Weight 170.6 lbs / 21.9 BMI (Month
    totals -3.1% fat / -6.8 lbs)

In those 3 months I reduced my body fat by 7.7%. My
weight reduced by 30.6 lbs. And my BMI now set comfortably in the
“normal” category going from 25.8 down to 21.9.

Was it easy? Yes and No.

The plan itself was easy and I had no problem with the
transition and knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing to
get the results I wanted.

The hard part was keeping myself on track during those holiday
gatherings filled with sugary treats and that bachelor party
weekend of booze and more treats. Was I perfect? Far from it! But I
made a lot of good choices too. When I did allow myself to
“cheat” I did it in moderation. For example, I did have a piece
of my mom’s pecan pie on Thanksgiving, but it was a small piece
and I passed on the ice cream. During the bachelor party weekend I
drank more alcohol than I should have (go figure) but I tried to
stay away from the beer and kept it at straight liquor and some

I continue on this journey with a desire to keep
reducing my body fat percentage. The first 90 days of success have
given me confidence that I can do this and more.
I am now
going to add in some resistance training and see what kind of
muscle I can add to this 48-year-old body. Something I’ve never
been able to achieve in my life. The Keto Reset Diet book gave me
the tools to take better control of my body and overall health.

As of the writing of this, Valentine’s Day 2018, I am at 16.1%
fat, weight 169.8 lbs with a 21.8 BMI.

I also have additional health benefit that should be more than a
side note here. I ordered a lipid test when I completed my first 90
days just to see how this new routine may have affected my overall
health. My triglycerides as of 2/2/18 were at 64 with a HDL/Tri
ratio of 1.08. The most recent test before that was 10/18/2014 and
I was at 168 for my triglycerides and my HDL/Tri ratio was 3.7.
What a huge improvement, a drop of 104 for my
I wish I had a closer baseline test, but I
know very little changed for me in my diet and actively since that
previous test, if anything it got worse. I doubt my numbers were
any better when I started this just over 3 months ago but I’m
very happy with where I am now.

Thanks for everything you provide Mark (and Brad)! It’s been
life changing for me.

The readers featured in our success stories share their
experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset
diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor
are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare
practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before
beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult
your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment
protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.

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The First 90 Days Have Given Me Confidence That I Can Do This—and
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