Like so many of you readers, I have had my fair share of the WEIGHT ROLLER-COASTER RIDE It’s been a pretty tumultuous adventure so far, but I am very happy to say that I have made a TON of progress when it comes to my health & fitness.
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Even early on in my childhood, I had weight problems. I spent a good majority of my life, over-weight and very out of shape. I tried sports in high school but lack of drive and guidance stood in my way. Coming from a pretty unstable home environment, family meals were unheard of, so fast food made up most of my diet. The first time I remember ever wanting to learn how to get in shape and make a life change was when I attempted to join the Marine Corps.
When I first tried to enlist in the Marines, the recruiters took one look at me, put me on the scale, and told me I was 43 pounds over weight of being able to sign up.
Being stubborn and hell-bent, I made it my mission to prove those recruiters wrong. I started reading, researching, running, working out like a fiend. The pounds MELTED away. It was that moment in my life where I made the decision to never let anyone hold me down or tell me no.In four months, I lost all the weight I needed and waltzed my happy, skinny ass right back into that office. I signed the papers and started my path in the Marine Corps.
When I graduated as an Honor Graduate from Parris Island in 2002, I was a slim 154lbs. It wasn’t until I got deployed to Somalia in 2004 I decided to really get serious about fitness. What had started out as an attempt to cure boredom while deployed, turned into an obsession with getting as big and strong as humanly possible. The end result was that I weighed in at a solid 253lbs; a hulking weight for a guy only 5’ 7” tall.
Here I am in 2005 at 240lbs
The glory was short lived… Someone my size is not supposed to weigh that much. Between the stress I put on myself from my workouts, coupled with USMC forced marches in fully loaded ruck sacks and distance runs, it was too much for my body… I developed exercise induced compartment syndrome and nearly lost both of my legs.
Fast forward through five operations, I spent the majority of the year in a wheel chair while all that muscle I had worked so hard for turned to fat. Months of hospital food, pain pills and wheel chair “exercise” took its toll. I was told I’d never run again, and that lifting weights was out of the question. They threatened to kick me out of the military. But once I heard “You can’t” again, I knew I would prove them wrong.
After getting orders to Hawaii, I was blessed to receive some excellent physical therapy while there and I was then introduced to a new obsession: triathlons. Three years of training and racing in Hawaii dropped my weight to a skinny-fat 178lbs.
Halloween 2008 at 178lbs
In August of 2010, I started Crossfit while deployed in Afghanistan and everything changed. I spent seven months throwing myself into the WOD-style challenges of Crossfit and adopting a Paleo lifestyle the best I could on the chow-hall food.
Once I returned to California after Afghanistan in 2011, I started getting serious about Paleo and teaching myself how to cook. What started as a simple place to post recipes for friends, has since turned into an award-winning food blog that I am so proud of!
In the spring of 2013 I was finally medically separated from the Marine Corps. I am so happy to be able to pursue blogging full-time in order to get healthy, whole-food, DELICIOUS recipes to those who want them! I want to help change as many lives for the better through Paleo, and my blog.
StrongFit competition 2012
Paleo has helped me in more ways than I can count. I am finally at a strong and healthy weight, I LOVE the food I eat (I mean c’mon, I eat all the bacon and coconut butter I want!), I am stronger, faster and look better than I ever have. Paleo has helped me battle my eating disorder, and has given me the most supportive and loving community I could ever ask for. Thank you for being a part of it!
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George Bryant is the creative genius behind the wildly popular Paleo food blog “Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations.” After spending the first 20-something years of his life in a constant battle with his weight, and then nearly losing both his legs while on deployment as a US Marine, George took matters into his own hands and began his own Paleo-journey. What started as a simple place to post recipes for friends, has since turned into an award-winning food blog. After being in the Marines for 12 years, George has since been medically separated and is enjoying working fulltime creating delicious Paleo recipes, while hoping to change as many lives for the better by making REAL food recipes simple and tasty.