How Ken Korg Got the Ball Rolling
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: How
I Lost 130 Pounds and Fell in Love With Bacon
The Korgs are in a major rut. Their health and their happiness
Ken Korg's doctor has been on his back since the last physical,
pushing Crestor and blood pressure meds on him. He doesn't want
to end up like his father did, wedded to the pill organizer for
the last fifteen years of his life, but he also doesn't want an
early heart attack. Things feel hopeless. His wife, Kelly, is frustrated
because although she had her last kid fourteen years ago, she's
never been able to ditch the baby weight (can she really call it
baby weight anymore?). Things between husband and wife are friendly
enough, but the fire's gone out of the relationship, and those ED
drug commercials are starting to look more and more attractive to
And then there's young Kenny.
Kenny Korg is newly fourteen and feeling every bit of it. He used
to be an athletic phenom, but tag and basketball in the park have
been replaced by Call of Duty and NBA 2k11 on the Xbox. Daytime
excursions to the woods with friends now take place on World of
Warcraft. Kenny didn't even go out for JV tryouts this year, he's
getting pudgy, and his parents are worried (even if he doesn't realize
anything is wrong).
(That's a pretty exhaustive list of grievances, right? Bad sex
life, myriad poor health markers, enduring baby weight, premature
teenage languor, video game addiction… but they're not rare.
In fact, I bet a bunch of you guys can rattle of a decently-sized
list of your own or name someone who can, right this very instant.
Which is why I do these 30-day
Primal challenges and give away all these prizes each year.
See, people like the Korgs often need tangible incentives, because
we humans have the tendency to grow complacent when things are comfortable
and easy, and ethereal gifts like the promise of future weight loss,
muscle gain, or better sex don't satisfy that Primal desire for
instant gratification enough to make us act. We respond to real,
physical, tangible prizes or even just the opportunity to win them.
And hey, 30 days isn't all that long.)
Luckily, a co-worker of Ken's named Valentina – a gal that recently
lost seventy pounds over half a year while seemingly eating heaping
piles of meat, fat, and veggies at lunch – sends him a link to something
called Mark's Daily Apple. Some health blog pushing something called
Primal Blueprint. The "secret of my success," she says. "They're
starting a 30-day Primal challenge and giving away tons of prizes,
so it's a good time to get into the lifestyle."
Ken is puzzled. "A lifestyle? I thought you were just on a fancy
version of the Atkins'
"There are similarities, but it's not the same. Oh, I know! Have
you heard of the Paleo diet, or the caveman diet? The Primal Blueprint
is like that but better. Plus, it's a holistic
approach to all aspects of health, rather than just a diet."
(Yes, Ken Korg and Valentina live in a universe where speech can
be hyperlinked. It's pretty sweet.)
Ken's woo-dar perks up at "holistic," but he figures whatever she
did worked for her and keeps an open mind. "So, how should I get
started with this challenge? What's the first step?"
Valentina knows this one. "First, you've gotta toss
all your poisonous things masquerading as food to make room
for the healthy stuff. Out with the old and in
with the new. If you don't know how to do it and you need specific
instructions, learn how to Primalize
Ken nods his assent, having assimilated the information. (In Ken
Korg's universe, conversational hyperlinks can be accessed and their
contents instantly digested and incorporated.) "Okay, that's doable.
But my first concern is my weight," he says, grabbing and jiggling
his gut. "What should I do to lose this?"
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September 16, 2011
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