I Am Forever Changed
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Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
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My name is
Brian McKenna and I am an inspiration! I am 30 years of age. I live
five minutes from Boston, in the town of Saugus, Massachusetts.
I am currently 59 tall and I weigh 177 pounds!
I would like
to thank you for all the work you do and for writing The
Primal Blueprint, it is the most important book I have ever/will
ever read! I first read The Primal Blueprint in December
2010 and I have forever been changed! While reading your book I
would often find myself throwing a fist into the air and swearing
vengeance against convention wisdom!
2009, I was 28 years old and I weighed just over 400 pounds and
I had not been happy with myself in years. I had just enough energy
to go to work then come home and sit on my butt and play Xbox. I
was only sleeping between 3-5 hours a night. My diet mainly consisted
of coffee truck cuisine, fast food, takeout food, and lots of soda.
I would get a cold roughly four times a year, and then the cold
would turn into a sinus infection. I also had high blood pressure,
and based on how I felt when I started to get hungry I suspected
I may be diabetic. I started to think about how I have lived my
life so far, and how I have never been happy with my activity level
and the way I looked.
So at the start
of 2010 I decided to stop drinking soda, instead I drank some grape
juice mixed with water. On March 4, 2010 I decided to weigh myself
on the shipping scale while I was at work. I weighed just less than
400 pounds. I said some curse words then I decided to start changing
what I ate. I left work early so I could purchase a blender so I
could start making Alton Browns buff smoothies! I had my first
AB smoothie on March 5, 2010 just before I left for work at 6:45
am. The AB smoothie became my breakfast every day, my lunch went
from some junk off of the coffee truck to something I used to call
a salad (romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, croutons, homemade dressing).
If I needed a snack I would eat a handful of nuts, and my dinner
was usually chicken tenderloins with another poor excuse for a salad.
By July of
2010 I weighed 350 pounds, by November I was down to 300 pounds
(I finally got back down to my High School graduation weight!).
I decided I was going to start working out again. The last time
I worked out was back when I was 19 years old. So I started to work
out in the basement with the multi station machine. Lat pull downs,
rows, leg presses, etc. I worked out alternating muscle groups;
I also worked out every other day of the week. But I did not have
enough energy to get though my workouts so I decided that I needed
some more carbohydrates. I started to incorporate some pasta into
my diet. After a few weeks of consuming pasta and working out I
noticed that I stopped losing weight and that lifting x number of
pounds on this machine means nothing to me. So via Facebook I asked
a friend from high school, who just happens to be a power lifter
and own a supplement company, if he would recommend a book about
body shaping and nutrition. I was told that he had read many great
books, but if he only could recommend one book it was The Primal
I picked up
The Primal Blueprint after work that day and I started reading
it in the car in the parking lot of the book store. Within reading
the first 100 pages of your book, I was forever changed. I finally
knew why I started to get fat when I was a kid, and how I became
a morbidly obese adult. I decided to start following the 10
Primal Blueprint Laws as best as I could. I made a promise to
myself that I would continue to always better myself for the rest
of my life! I ate eggs in the morning and some fruit instead of
the AB smoothie. For lunch I had a huge salad with lots of vegetables,
and topped with some chicken. For dinner I ate more protein and
I tried Brussels sprouts for the first time in my life! During that
first week of my transition, I noticed I had a lot more energy,
so I decided to start going for a walk after work. I think the next
week I decided to incorporate some PB fitness. I did my fitness
assessment, and then I started on level 1 of all movements! I started
to pay more attention to my energy level and my output.
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