Not Only Did I Break Past My Plateau, I Demolished It
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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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I wanted to
share my Primal success story with you, and give you a huge thanks
for changing my life forever. Here goes
When I was
in high school I was way too skinny, but man did I have some energy.
I could run a few miles playing games, ride my bike around the neighborhood
up steep hills, roller blade for an hour, play a basketball game,
and climb a tree or two before Id call it a day. I was a machine.
I weighed a nice 120 lbs soaking wet standing at 5? 10?. The doctors
always told my mom I was underweight.
time my nutrition was awful. Id routinely eat Chips Ahoy!
cookies for breakfast, tons of sugary cereals and snacks, and tons
of soda. Despite this disaster of a diet I was extremely active
and always skinny, so no one, including myself, was concerned about
my nutrition. All was not entirely well though. I had some blood
sugar issues. If I didnt eat every few hours Id crash
hard and in a couple rare occurrences even passed out from the blood
sugar drops. I was not diagnosed as anemic, just too skinny, so
why not eat some more cookies?
this way through college, but I eventually moved out on my own,
got a job as a software engineer and got sedentary. This is when
all hell broke loose. No longer did I do any form of exercise unless
you count the twitching my fingers did over the keyboard. No longer
did I have my parents cooking meals for me, so my diet got even
worse. It was bagels and donuts for breakfast, McDonalds for
lunch, and some boxed stove-top meal for dinner. Over 2 years I
steadily put on weight at the rate of about 2 lbs a month. I did
not have any concerns over this because of how skinny I was. In
fact, it was nice to not look so skinny anymore.
How I was not
completely sick from my poor diet is still beyond me, but things
started to happen that I didnt like. I started getting pretty
severe GERD. Id wake up multiple times throughout the night
and have to eat a bunch of anti-acids to try to get it to stop.
A couple of times it got really bad and kept me up all night. Additionally,
I was out of shape like never before. The day I decided I needed
to make a change was when I realized my heart rate was through the
roof from just squatting down to tie my shoe one morning. I weighed
myself and found out that my once 120 lb self was now a whopping
No big deal
I thought. Ill just exercise it all off like the old days.
Ill run and bike a lot and still eat the foods I love and
lose weight like a mad man. Easy! I tried to jog a mile the next
day, made it about 1/4 mile and had to walk the rest of the way.
It took me three weeks to build back up to a full mile. I stayed
pretty active for a couple of months which made me more hungry,
so I ate more. I made no progress.
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