Daniel Merk

I am a Visual Communication Designer developing products for the consumer market. Using my creativity and my motivation, I enjoy helping others motivate themselves to become aware of a healthier lifestyle.

I had always been a chubby kid. My family was not much of a healthy role model for me to be in shape and understand fitness and nutrition. Clothes never fit me well because of my waistline, and I had to settle for long leg trousers to match the waist. After graduating college the weight kept creeping up on me. My health was at its lowest point. I was diagnosed with Hypertension at age 30 and was put on medication. At that point the wait would eventually put me over the edge to where I was being told by my doctor that I am a contender of Type 2 Diabetes. That day I said, “Enough is enough!” My amazing wife and I took the plunge into the primal/paleo community and cleaned up our diet and exercise. Since then, I will never go back to that lifestyle.

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Monique Merk

Mrs. Monique Merk here. Just turned 39 recently and enjoying this amazing journey of transforming my body, along with my husband. Our lives are shared with our two boxer fur kids and two cats.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, where we only receive 5 months of warm weather, it is constantly a challenge to get in shape in our climate. My health and fitness are a progress in the making.

Do you want to transform your body? Do you want to get fit? Everyone deserves to be healthy, no excuses.

I had always been a fat kid. Kids in school always make fun of the fat kid. Throughout my teenage and adult life I yo-yoed from a size 8 to a size 14. For me, getting in shape and staying there was a pipe dream. That would always be for the “other people” until my fantastic husband talked me into going primal.

Every day I eat clean and get 8 hours of sleep. My fitness regimen includes band, free weights, a pull-up bar, a yoga block and yoga mat. And hitting the store to pick up a new article of clothing because what I have in my closet is just TOO BIG! Can you dig it?

My largest obstacle has been myself. I don’t think about how I am feeling when I go to work out, I just do it. I realized that I can’t possibly take care of those around me if I didn’t make myself a priority. This is for everyone, this means you.

—Monique Merk

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