The Story of the World's Unlikeliest Vegan

From 500-pound BBQ pit boss to 400-pound, animal-loving vegan, it's time to share my story with the world!
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Bonebreaker Mike
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Kyle, Texas
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Ever since I came back from the brink of death and turned my life around, people from all across the globe have been telling me that my story needs to be told. 

I think it's because after living deep in the trenches for so many years of my life, where I'm at now is nothing short of a miracle.

Eager to get my story out there, in late 2013 I started writing it all down. Three weeks and 75 pages later, it dawned on me I had written nearly half a book

Now, I've been a lot of things in my life: a wrestler, a bouncer, a heavy metal musician, heck even an air conditioning technician, but if there's one thing I never pictured myself as, it was an author. I mean, I barely finished high school!

It was time for a reality check. Ready to cut my losses, I sent my first 75 pages to James McWilliams, professor of history at Texas State University, contributor to the The Atlantic and The New York Times, and author of several highly acclaimed books, including Just Food. I had met James a year earlier, and after hearing my story, he told me I should write it down and send it to him for review. 

So there I was, a year later, nervously waiting for his feedback. A few days later my world was turned upside down when I got an email from James telling me that what I had written was not only good, but some of the most moving and powerful material he had ever read! 

James then went on to tell me that if I was willing to dig deep and finish the book, he was willing to work closely with me to get the book ready to be published

But as honored and pumped as I was, there was a pretty big glitch

You see, despite how incredible the last couple of years have been for me on a physical and emotional level, they sure haven't been good for me financially. Between work prospects drying up, cars breaking down, and a shit storm of plain old bad luck, I've often had trouble even keeping the utilities on for me and my family.

Desperate to stay afloat, I've gone back to working as a bouncer, a job that's not only kind of dangerous (how many other jobs get you stabbed in the neck?), but doesn't even pay well ($50-75/shift) -- which is why I recently had to work 15 days in a row.

Between working a ton of hours for really low pay, and stressing non-stop about overdue bills, I haven't been able to take advantage of James' amazing offer and get back to work on my book.

Which Is Why I Need Your Help

Thanks to the advice and support of some of my closest friends, I'm launching this campaign so I can focus 100% of my attention on making my book as powerful as possible. All of the funds raised here will:

1) Allow me to work on my book full-time, with James as my guide and editor, and

2) Ensure that everyone who contributes at least $25 gets a copy of my book!

The Perks

As you can see, I've got a lot of awesome, supportive friends who are offering some amazing incentives for people who want to help with my campaign. These friends include The Ultimate Fighter winner James Wilks, world-record-holding strongman Patrik Baboumianfirefighter/ triathlete/author Rip Esselstyn, hip hop artist Stic, researcher/author Dr. Michael Gregeractor/ comedian/author Pat Kilbane, and the folks at Vegan Health and Fitness. I couldn't have launched this campaign without them and hope you'll take advantage of their generosity!

A Little Goes A Long Way

I sure know what it's like to fall on hard times, so please don't feel bad if you can't contribute anything/much. Even sharing this page with friends would mean the world to me!

Thank you for believing in me, my story, and the power to change the world!

HELL YEAH!!!

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$9,145USD
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This campaign ended on May 17, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Thank You Card!

    For folks who can't afford a book, but still want to contribute. I'll mail you a little HELL YEAH thank you, as a token of my appreciation!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $25USD
    A Signed Copy Of My Book!

    For $25, you'll get a signed copy of the limited edition, first-run of my book. Shipped to you, hot off the press!

    79 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $45USD
    Book + T-shirt/Tank!

    - A signed copy of the limited edition, first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, and in your preferred size). HOW'S THAT SOUND?

    39 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $60USD
    Book + Hoodie!

    - A signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell hoodie (your choice, and in your preferred size) KEEPING WARM NEVER LOOKED SO KILLER!!!

    17 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $60USD
    Book + T-shirt + Magazine Sub.

    - A signed copy of the limited edition, first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, and in your preferred size) - A one year subscription to Vegan Health And Fitness Magazine ONLY 5 OF THIS SPECIAL PERK EXIST!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $100USD
    Pat Kilbane Fan Pack!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, and in your preferred size) - A copy of Pat Kilbane's book "The Brain-Eater's Bible" - A PERSONALIZED autographed 4x6 photo of Pat - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $100USD
    Stic (Dead Prez) Fan Pack!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, and in your preferred size) - A copy of Stic's album "The Workout" on CD - An RBG Fit Club (Stic's Gym) t-shirt - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $100USD
    Book + Patrik Baboumian Gear!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - 1 Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - 1 Vegan-Badass shirt - 1 Willpower shirt - 2-3 signing cards - An assortment of stickers and buttons - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $250USD
    Book + Engine 2 Prize Pack!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - A signed copy of 'The Engine 2 Diet' - A signed copy of 'My Beef With Meat' - A copy of Engine 2's 'Kitchen Rescue' DVD - A Kale Engine 2 t-shirt - 5 Plant-Strong bumper stickers - 3 boxes of Engine 2 Crackers - 3 boxes of Engine 2 Cereal - A one year membership to Engine 2 Extra - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $250USD
    Book + Dr. Greger DVDs!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition, first-run of my book - The complete collection of Dr. Greger's DVDs (volume 1-17; $250 value) - A 30 minute motivational session with me by phone for strength training, weight loss, or transitioning to a vegan diet - A "special thanks" mention in my book Only ONE of this perk exists, get on it!

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $350USD
    James Wilks Training Pack!

    - A personally signed copy of the limited edition first-run of my book - 1 Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - Signed training trunks as worn by James Wilks on The Ultimate Fighter TV Show ($300 value) - 1 hour of one-on-one training with James at Lightning MMA Gym in Orange Country, CA ($150 value) - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    Bonebreaker Badass Club!

    - 3 personally signed copies of the limited edition, first-run of my book - A Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - A Bonebreaker Barbell hoodie (your choice, and in your preferred size) - 3 months of online motivational coaching for strength training, weight loss, or transitioning to a vegan diet - A "special thanks" mention in my book

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Buddy of Bonebreaker Club!

    - 5 personally signed copies of the limited edition, first run of my book - 2 x Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - 2 x Bonebreaker Barbell hoodie (your choice, and in your preferred size) - 6 months of online motivational coaching for strength training, weight loss, or transitioning to a vegan diet - 3 free training sessions at my gym - A "very special thanks" mention in my book

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $2,000USD
    Bigtime Bonebreaking Badass!

    - 15 personally signed copies of the limited edition , first run of my book - 5 x Bonebreaker Barbell t-shirt or tank top (your choice, in your preferred size) - 5 x Bonebreaker Barbell hoodie (your choice, and in your preferred size) - 12 months of online motivational coaching for strength training, weight loss, or transitioning to a vegan diet - 10 free training sessions at my gym - A "very special thanks" mention in my book

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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