You can add me to the list of monkeys who have gone primal. I have been watching the progress of the different members here who are on it. Quiq's story inspired me the most and really got me to thinking seriously about it. I ordered all the books and are reading them now. But from what I read so far and what I have seen on here I got started right away. This is my testimony. I have battled my weight all my life. I always blamed it on metabolism. I had a best friend growing up who was skinny as a rail. He ate twice what I did and never gained a pound. I can, and have, starved myself trying to lose weight and ended up gaining a pound or two. I have tried every fad diet that has come along. I can lose easily but then I gain it right back. The only time in my life when I was really fit(not overweight really, I have always been very fit) was from about 16 to 25. I had an uncle who was heavily into bodybuilding. He competed and won several titles. I started working out with him and got very into it. I never competed but it was my desire to. I was in such good shape that when the oil bust hit in 1980 I easily got a job working in a gym. I taught mens weight lifting and I led 2 aerobic classes a night during the week and 5 on Saturday. I was in top shape. But it wasn't a career that I could pursue. I was an oilfield roughneck and as soon as I heard of rigs working I started a 10 year period of chasing the work from one field to another all around the country. Living in motels, or tents, even my car sometimes. Eating mostly fast foods or bar food. And living in the bars. And as I moved up in each position the physical work got less and less. Until I finally moved off the rigs and into management. With each move up, my weight went up also. I have always been big in stature. I hit 6' and 200 pounds at 14 years old. I topped out at 6'3" and when I was bodybuilding I maintained a 220 to 230lb weight. But by the time I was in my 40's I was running around 260. I reached my max weight a few years ago of 315. My work now consists mainly of sitting in an office, at the rig site, watching monitors and doing reports. My only real exercise is climbing the stairs to the rig floor a couple of times a day and walking around the location. My room is 20' behind my office and I am in one or the other 95% of the time. One reason I was considering going primal was the fact that it is a low carb diet. When I was bodybuilding that was my main focus when trying to cut up and lower my body fat was the carbs. I didn't care about calories but I counted every carb I put in my body. I ate massive amounts of protein and very little if any carbs. I was basically eating a primal diet but didn't know it. And the results were always fast and effective. But not lasting. If I wasn't intentionally trying to cut up I would go back to the bread and carb rich diet and the body fat would increase. We were told back then that to maintain the "cutting" diet for long periods was not healthy. So when I started reading about this primal diet it was something that I was familiar with and knew to work. Also I know me and to deprive myself of something only makes me crave it more. The fact that I eat normally, just differently was very appealing. I finally quit smoking after many years by using a similar method. It was a program that allowed you to smoke all you wanted, you just changed what and when you smoked. I went through the 4 week program and have never wanted a cigarette again. I had tried and failed so many times and this system was so easy I couldn't believe it. Last month I was at home and we caught a stomach virus. A bad one. And I couldn't eat anything for several days. When I returned to work I thought to myself,"this is the time to start the primal diet if I am going to." I work for 14 days at a time on a remote drilling site. I live here for the entire 14 day hitch. All our meals are prepared by a catering company so it is easy to order what you want. They bring my food to me at the rig site. So March 3rd I started my first day back on the rig and made a list for the cook of what to send me. I eat breakfast every morning at 05:30. I specified eggs and meat. One day it is fried eggs, one day scrambled, one day a cheese omelet. No toast, no pancakes, no potatoes. Lunch at 11:30 is meat and vegetable. We have steak,chicken or fish. carrots, broccoli, cauliflower etc. No rice, no potatoes, no pastas. Meat and veggies. Then I have always skipped the meal at night. I usually go to bed around 8 or 9 and don't like feeling full when I sleep. So the 6:00 meal at night I always skip. So I fast every day for 18 hrs. But I had been having snacks during the day and in the afternoon. They bring them to the rig at 9 in the morning and at 3 in the afternoon. And it is always some kind of bread. Donuts, cake, cheese rolls etc. That is the only thing I have had to force myself to avoid. As for drinks, I have never been a soda drinker. Unless it was mixed with bourbon! I don't like sweet things much. I'm not a candy eater. So really it should be pretty easy for me to stay on this diet and not feel deprived of anything. And like I said I have not finished reading the whole book yet and am probably making some mistakes but I think I am on the right path. After my first two week hitch, eating primal the entire time, I had a Dr. appointment and I had lost 8 pounds. My shirts were fitting looser in the mid section and my pants were getting droopy. My wife noticed the difference right away. But now the hard part. I am off for 7 days every 3rd week, so that is the time that it is more difficult to try to maintain the eating habits. We go out to restaurants frequently when I am home. I tried to eat pretty much the same. I ordered a cheeseburger the first day and threw away the buns and ate the meat and the vegetables. I ordered steak and fish mostly when we went out. But I did have some pizza a couple of times and a baked potato with my steak. So I have to try to curtail that when I am off. I could tell the difference when I got back to work too. Even the little bit of carbs I had the week I was off made me feel bloated and sluggish. So now I am back to work and back on to strictly primal fare. I am anxious to see where I am at after this next two weeks. I can see this becoming a lifestyle I can stay with. I started a work out program this hitch. I have a set of dumbbells in my room and I work with them 3 days a week. The rig gym has a treadmill that I am going to start using. I am going to avoid the intense weight training that I used to do and go more with the walking and sprinting. Weights to bulk up my arms mainly (has always been my best feature). Now my wife has started the program. I downloaded the books into her Kindle before I left home and she has been reading them. She is a nurse so she has to overcome some of the traditional teachings about what is healthy and what isn't. So thank you to all who have shared your experiences here. It is really a help to know others are doing the same and having great results. I am looking forward to getting back in shape and feeling good again. I can tell my energy level is much improved in just this short time. I am officially into my 4th week and will be 5 weeks into it when I leave for days off next. I will be curious to see how much change I notice after this next two weeks.