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My primal story all started while hiking one day back in 2009.
Hiking has always been more than exercise for me. It has always
been a place to clear my thoughts and think of new ideas.
On a late summer day when hiking one of my favorite trails,
I asked myself the question. “What would I eat if I lived out
here?” I took a mental inventory: pine nuts, rabbits,
chipmunks, some berries, and a deer if I was lucky. I started
thinking that nothing out in the wild really represented anything I
would find at my local store. I would have a hard time finding
rabbit and chipmunks at the Mega-Mart, if you know what I mean.
This idea sparked my
interest so much I went home and started searching everything
online I could find on wild human diets etc. and eventually landed
on Mark’s Daily Apple. I was hooked from the first words I read.
(I eventually read all of
Mark’s books too). I was all in from that day forward. I told
my wife I finally figured it out, she said “what” I said
“everything” and I told everyone. It all became so
clear to me. Not just the diet but the lifestyle in general. It
seemed the Primal Blueprint answered all of the problems of modern
I started cleaning out the pantry, went grocery shopping, and
the next day and started my new life. It was really that easy to be
honest. I had a bit of a headache and a few cravings here and
there, but after that it was smooth sailing.
At the time I weighed 210 lbs on a large 6’1” frame and
thought I was in good health. I hit 185 lbs after the first
six months of my life altering experience, and maintained 175 to
185 it for 3 years. I was down 25 lbs, and never felt
better. I was hiking about 40 miles a week things were
great. All my blood markers were good, my blood pressure was low,
and resting heart rate was under 50 bpm. I felt on top of the
world, I was invincible.
I maintained the Grok
lifestyle until 2012, and then things took a turn. I changed jobs,
and moved to Hawaii. Don’t get me wrong—Hawaii was great, but
the stress of being so far from family, and the hustle and bustle
of a million people on one little island started taking its toll.
All the great new foods didn’t help either. Who can’t resist a
piece of Haupia Pie now and then? I still followed the primal
eating principles for the most part probably 75/25. However
things were changing for sure. I started drinking more beer and
eating less than ideal (this is not the best way to handle stress).
I gained most of the weight back and then some over the next three
While living in Hawaii we had a few deaths in the family (this
was the breaking point really). So my wife and I decided to move
back to the Mainland. The job search was on and I ended up taking a
position for a company in the same town we lived before. Sounded
great, ended up the worst decision I ever made. The job was a
terrible fit, high stress, and I never took so many trips to the HR
office in my entire life. To compensate for the stress, I started
drinking more (if that was even possible), and eating polar
opposite of the Primal Diet—SAD. I also quit hiking. Life was
going downhill fast.
I finally hit rock bottom (so I thought). It was late 2015. I
had fell off the Primal Wagon and bounced three times. I
started having issue with heart palpitations to the point where I
would almost pass out. I went to the doctor to get things checked
out. The diagnosis was not good. I was up to 233 lbs, had
too much bad cholesterol, triglycerides sitting at 180, borderline
hypertensive, and well on my way to being a type II diabetic. The
good thing through all of this, I was never prescribed any
medications, and my echocardiogram looked good.
In the spring of 2016 after a year and a half of pure
hell, I quit that horrifying job without notice. The good
news, the heart palpitations went away almost the next day, and I
slept better than I have for a few years. I started hiking again
off and on but I would get a lot of pain in my legs and hips. The
bad news, I was drinking even more beer.
Unemployment was not treating me well and I was in a really dark
place. Death was not out of the question and an option for me.
After 6 months of beer drinking and unemployment I blimped out to
245 POUNDS. I was fat, had leg and joint pain and just wasn’t
there mentally. I was afraid to go to the doctor and get things
checked out. I really thought the end was near. Then the
end of 2016 I interviewed for a great job at a good company and got
it. The position started in January 2017. I’m just
grateful a good company took a chance on a fat unemployed
I have to admit from 2015 through 2016 had a tremendous
negative effect on my family. I don’t wish it on anyone.
My wife and kids stood by my side however and supported me, I love
them. If not for their support, understanding, and love the
difficult times would have been unsurmountable.
2017 was a big year of change, I turned 50, and started getting
my head back on straight. I fell off the top of the mountain and
needed to start climbing back up. I knew that I needed to make some
big lifestyle changes to make the summit. I wanted to be there for
my wife, kids, myself, and future grandkids well into my 80s.
The first thing I did was quit drinking, cold turkey August
1st 2017. After 25 years of drinking this was one of the
most difficult things I have ever undertaken. After I went through
that, I figure I can make it through anything!!
After I beating the
drinking problem, wanted to start back down the Primal Path. It was
difficult at first. I attempted and failed a few times through
2018. Slowly but surely I got back on track. January 7th
2019 I was full on following the Primal Blueprint again. I started
with The Keto Reset for
the first month and it worked great. I now practice
intermittent fasting a few times per week as well. I keep my carb
intake around 50 grams per day now. I started at 244 lbs and now
I’m down to 220 as of February 18th 2019. My target weight is
probably 175 to 180 (this is where I feel best). I’m back on
track to hardcore hiking too.
My first grandchild will be born this year and I can’t wait to
teach him or her how to live like a Grok Child (payback for my
daughter’s teen years). I have also enrolled in the Primal Health Coach
Institute, I’m just over 30% complete. I plan on coaching,
and helping people for the next 25 years or more. I first need to
pass the comprehensive and challenging course however. The
Primal Blueprint was great for me the first time. The second time
is personal, and I never plan on looking back. I am
looking forward to living a happy healthy life well into the
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.