In addition to all these stories already logged, let me take a look through some saved emails and see what I can come up with. Keep in mind that these people might be working off so-called bad or incomplete science (LC, fear of fructose, obsessions about “clean eating” and so on) and apparently, it’s more important to get the “science right” than to get the results right in spite of the science.
~ Rosemary emailed me some time ago to show off her “Paleo Facelift.”
~ Ron emailed in quite sometime back with an emphasis more on overall health improvements rather than just fat loss.
I have watched your Success Videos on weight loss and believe they provide inspiration for many of your readers. I have a suggestion, however. While weight loss is certainly the primary concern for many people, others, such as myself came to paleo to hopefully resolve heath issues. Weight was not my primary focus. …
My story isn’t as dramatic as someone that has reversed diabetes or cured heart disease, but it is nevertheless, interesting. And I think parts of my story will hit home with many people.
Here’s a brief synopsis of my health issues 6 ½ years ago: Chronic asthma, Chronic/acute sinus and ear infections, Chronic/acute bronchitis, High blood pressure, Terrible blood cholesterol – low HDL/high LDL and triglycerides, Horrible digestive pain, Allergies to just about everything.
On top of all that, I was about 40lbs over weight plus tired and sick all the time. I caught every virus that came along. I had 4 sinus surgeries over the previous 15-year period to clean everything out and remove polyps. The polyps kept growing back every few years. I was on anti-biotics and prednisone every 3 to 4 months like clockwork along with a daily regimen of various asthma medications.
I was absolutely miserable. My family doctor was ready to put me on a statin and high blood pressure medication. Mainstream medicine was really doing nothing except treating my symptoms. I went to see my chiropractor. He had some alternative medicine approaches that quickly turned me down the paleo road. I found Art DeVany on the Internet about 6 years ago and the rest is history.
Bottom line, at age 52, I no longer have any of those health issues (mostly). I haven’t had a cold in 6 ½ years. My blood lipids and pressure are great, yada yada yada. Oh, and I lost the extra 40lbs.
~ I’ve received a few emails from Timothy here and there. Here’s the first one from last October
I love your blog. You reeled me in last year because, just like me, you were once a big fat slob who turned his life around on a dime via paleo. Your take-no-prisoners critiques of statism and other mass delusions are outstanding and make me want to jump out of my chair and hoist the black flag. You are the only blogger I know with these credentials and I have been fascinated and inspired by your prolific writing. Count me as a lifelong fan.
I used to be a blithering idiot about health. Fast food every day, glued to CRTs and LCDs, my entire life an abuse of human heritage. Of course this caught up with me and I developed more health problems than I care to remember. It’s a miracle I survived adolescence. Somehow I convinced the most beautiful woman I ever met to marry me when I was fat and broke and proceeded to drag her down with me.
We finally conceived a child after years of adverse outcomes. Something inside me snapped then and I knew I had to fix myself. I started running everywhere and eating Subway. As I said, blithering idiot.
Then I stumbled across Mark’s Daily Apple. His concise writing style penetrated even my thick skull. Well, of course our bodies are designed to live as our ancestors did! How extremely stupid not to have thought of that. And I was an anthropology major. My glacial cognitive dissonance melted away overnight.
I changed everything. How I ate, slept, trained, played, thought. My body responded instantly and I never looked back. I changed so drastically that I could no longer comprehend my former self. I resolved to make amends and build myself into a man that my distant ancestors would be proud of. This was in January 2010. I was 33 years old.
I went from overweight to skinny. Then muscle started growing. I wrote Mark Sisson and he published my success story. Everything seemed possible. Unfortunately, I was still afflicted with residual idiocy. I overtrained and underate. Other people were amazed at my progress but what did they know? I didn’t want to be slim, I wanted to be strong. As strong as my genes could possibly allow. A man for the first time ever, not an overgrown boy. My improvised sledgehammer training took me part of the way but no further.
This is where your blog saved the day for me. I never even knew what a deadlift was until I saw you lifting 305 in that video. And I thought, holy fucking shit, that’s the intensity I’m missing. I had read Leangains before, but it didn’t really sink in. Your experiences with Martin fascinated me and I read the articles multiple times over, including the comments. So this is how to lift… and this is how to squat… and this is how to eat. I began a Leangains regimen that very week, using your numbers from November 2010 as my first goal. As iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man. I am now in week 20 and for the first time, I am pretty pleased with my progress.
I still have years to go before I’m ready to face my ancestors. But I cautiously surmise that I am mostly on the right path.
Here are pictures:
I’ve come along a bit more since that last picture was taken, in no small part thanks to grass-fed beef liver (again, credit to your article for teaching me what I already should have known). I took a few more pics today in advance of a body fat test tomorrow but the RIM disaster prevents me from sharing them with you just now.
Beyond freeing my own animal, I’ve had an unshakeable urge to share the riches with others who remain locked in the oubliette of modern life. I honestly feel that everyone would live primally if only they knew. My efforts in this direction have mostly been a spectacular failure. But not completely. I was recently honored with an invitation to present at PrimalCon 2012 alongside giants like Erwan Le Corre and Barefoot Ted. Mark even featured me in his recent fitness book which just came out.
In any case, thanks for hearing me out. If nothing else I hope I’ve given you a bit of encouragement to keep doing what you do best. You are changing the world. Don’t ever stop.
Nah. I just peddle bad and incomplete science and give too many people too many passes for not managing to get everything 100% right. Besides, this is all just anecdotal.
By the way, Timothy also blogged about his experiences with far more detail than in the above, outlining some of his methods. And here’s a video of him doing a 345# deadlift, complete with primal scream.
OK, I guess three is enough today. I’m sure I have enough material for a few more parts to the series. I’m out of town for the week and so this is a real good way to manage my limited time.