About three years ago in the summer of 2011 I was at my heaviest, about 330 lbs. I couldn’t even walk in the mall for too long without having to take a seat at one of the benches that are riddled in the malls. I was getting out of the shower and while looking in the mirror I noticed a “pudge” where I never ever thought one should be. It is hard for me to admit this in writing, but I know there are others like me out there and this is part of my healing.
My “adopted” little brother was at a party I attended and told me about a book he had read, but would tell me anything about it. Nothing at all except the name; The Paleo Solution. I had no idea what that was or what it was about. He just said “read it!” If you knew me, you would know that I don’t like to read a lot unless it is short. I got the book and read the first 4 chapters and realized it was a diet book. My brothers subtle way of telling me what I had already discovered about myself a few days before. I read the first 4 chapters and just decided to try it. I have a very addictive personality and when I put my mind to something I go balls to the walls with it. So I did with this as well. I drove my family nuts but after about a month I started feeling better, but not much weight loss. So, now that I felt a little better, I decided that I was going to do more and started walking on the treadmill we had gotten a couple of years earlier. At first I couldn’t do 5 minutes and I was sweating like a pig in heat and it took 30 minutes to get my breath back. But I kept at it. Paleo, walking, paleo, walking…. For about 3 additional months I did this and I dropped about 50 pounds and hit a plateau. I realized that I was not going to move forward until I made a better change.
In comes Dutch Lowy and BlackBox. I met Dutch at a networking group we both belong to and during a one-on-one he convinced me to come try the other “half” of the Paleo stuff I was doing and workout with him. I did and over the next year I dropped another 30 pounds and more than that, I shrunk inches and inches and got stronger and stronger. Dutch and his team have worked hard with me. Since going to BlackBox and eating healthier (I am not as orthodox with the Paleo as Robb Wolf calls for, but I do eat much more healthy) I have gotten off my blood pressure and acid reflux medications completely. I have also not gotten sick in over 2 years, which is a remarkable feat from my past life.
I am working on three goals right now:
1. To do one un-assisted strict pull-up.
2. Run one lap around the Tough Mudder
3. Be one of the best looking 50 year old men my wife has ever seen