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10 Dec

2 More Success Stories from Mark’s Daily Apple Readers

It’s time for another round of Primal Blueprint success stories. It’s been a real pleasure receiving these messages from Mark’s Daily Apple readers and being able to share them with the community. As you’ll read, Malika sent hers in recently after reading a bunch of stories submitted by other readers. If you have a Primal Blueprint real life story, I hope you’ll do the same. Shoot me an email with pics explaining how the Primal Blueprint has played a role in your life. Have a wonderful Friday, everyone. Grok on!


After reading another half dozen success stories I decided tonight is the night I submit my own.

Right now, as I type this I’ve just downloaded pictures from a photo shoot I just completed in Miami that I can hardly believe is of ME… and that’s all because of YOU and our little community here!

I’m seeing muscles I thought were lost forever and a number I never thought would be possible after having 3 kids and starting to believe that I had to settle for the fluffy mommy look forever.

Frustrated with my results after doing an entire round of doubles of a 90-day home workout program that glamorized “muscle confusion” (you may be familiar with it from a past life of yours), I figured the problem must be my diet.

I didn’t have a scale when I started the program but by the end I was 151 pounds.

That led me to explore low-carb eating according to the glycemic index.

After about 2 months of replacing all my white/brown carbs with beans (gag, I know) I was asked if I ever heard of the Primal Blueprint.

I bought it and the cookbook almost immediately. That was May 1st of 2010. It was a massive nutrition education crash course and I took my husband and 3 kids along for the ride with me!

Yes, we had a semi-huge argument about the rapid change in our diet which of course led to an increase in the food budget but after about a week of eating uncured bacon, sausage and real eggs from a near by farm for a week… There wasn’t anything to argue for. I mean come on, what red blooded American male would argue for whole wheat pasta instead of spinach, tomato and onion in bacon fat with a big honking piece of rib-eye?

I didn’t have any other issues I was personally looking to solve except for losing belly fat to avoid diabetes. I was approaching the age, 32, where my father was diagnosed with diabetes after a HIGH rice/bean Caribbean diet. It has rendered him legally blind which has taken away a lot of his independence, impacted his self worth and self esteem as well as his lifestyle.

It’s also effected my grandmother (took her life 2 years ago), aunt, uncle, two cousins and will catch up to the rest of my family who refuse to seek change or entertain life after grains.

I am determined to have that disease stop with me in my blood line.

My husband however, seems to have recovered from his totally undiagnosed IBS and thanks me at least once a week for his newly uncovered 8 pack!

Also, the two oldest of my 3 kids – 10 and 8 – have also leaned out as well from a pudgy 137 lbs and 110 lbs to 106 lbs and 84 lbs, respectively.

Things have gone so well that we’ve created a community to help woman and families transition to living PB!



Dear Mark,

Rewind 8 months, after having my second bundle of baby joy, when I was the heaviest, most disgusting, hideous blubber-monster known to man. I am sure that no one thought I looked THAT bad, but that was exactly what I thought of myself. My self-confidence was almost non-existent. Yet, I still allowed 6 months to float by trying to lose weight the “conventional,” carb filled way. I suppose you can guess that I did not lose one spec of weight. Even though my husband, who is the nutrition and Crossfit whiz in the house, was there to encourage me and write workouts for me, I still did not lose weight. He kept *nicely* suggesting that I try to go Primal, but I poo pooed it because I have a special place in my heart for mini muffins.

Finally, on the first day of September ’10 I was ready. I was 5’5” and 175 lbs of self loathing. I remembering taking my first “before” pictures and looking at them. I looked worse than I even thought! I had to call my husband and apologize that he ever had to gaze upon that (as I am sorry that you all have to as well).

Upon recommendation from my husband, I actually started out using the Zone blocks but eating Primal. I needed to count and weigh for a while simply because my perception of servings was a little….skewed. If I was left to eat until I was no longer hungry I would still be eating to this day.

Let me just say that as far as “diets” go, I had never stuck with anything much past 2 weeks for this very reason. After two weeks of Primal perfection, I was excited to step onto the scale and see how much progress I had made. When the scale registered at 175 lbs still, I cried. I actually cried. In swooped my husband with a measuring tape and showed me that I had actually lost an inch on my hips and an inch on my waist. With a little resistance due to society’s focus on scale weight, I allowed my husband to hide the scale in the house somewhere. I began working out 4 times a week in a Primal/Crossfit style. Short. Intense. I love it. You should see my shoulders! The point is, after 2 weeks it got easier and I kept going.

Fast forward with me now to December ’10 and 20 lbs dropped.

This journey was first about fat loss and fat loss only. I happily received that, but it is almost a secondary blessing to all of the benefits that come from eating Primal! Food has become a casual friend and not an obsessive lover anymore. I don’t weigh or measure anymore. I eat when I am hungry, and, if I am not, I don’t! The scale sits, yet again, on the bathroom floor but I only use it occasionally. I am less hungry, I don’t crave things, and I have a full day’s worth of energy. That ain’t easy when you are chasing around two kids all day. Also, going Primal has almost eliminated my headaches and migraines I would get several times a week. I haven’t had one in months.

I still want to get down another 10ish pounds, but I figure my body likes doing the 5 lbs a month thing, so I am in no hurry. Going Primal has proven itself as far as I am concerned.

The last reason why I can never go back to living or eating any other way can be summed up in one word: bacon.

Thank you so much for your dedication, service and information to all who care to look! See you all in another 3 months!

Lindsey Forbes – Tucson, Arizona

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Awesome results. Love these testimonials.

    Clint Chizinski wrote on December 10th, 2010
  2. Wow! Two gorgeous healthy women! I’m inspired.

    Kathy wrote on December 10th, 2010
  3. Damn, that final shot of Malika gave me chills! Awesome job, ladies!!

    wilberfan wrote on December 10th, 2010
  4. Amazing job ladies. My goal right now is to have my own story on these pages within six months, if not sooner.

    Damon wrote on December 10th, 2010
  5. Thanks muchly to Lindsey and Malika – I know a lot of ladies don’t like to post photos with their success stories but it is so helpful and positive to those of us just starting. I am having my first go at being Primal (about 5 days in) and even I – who has hated most processed food actively for about 2 years now, if not been totally grain free – am kind of shocked at the amount of fat grams I am taking in in a day. I’m scared I’m going to blubber up… It’s so hard to let go of the lo-fat mentally that’s been drilled into you for years!! Thanks to these ladies for inspiration just when I needed it.

    Meagan wrote on December 10th, 2010
    • Quick, take the before-pictures before it’s too late! Front, side and back and a face shot! We’ll want to see them in six months time… and good luck to you 😀

      Ulla Lauridsen wrote on December 10th, 2010
    • Yes, thank you for being brave enough to post your Before photos. It really means SO MUCH to us out here who are starting out. Congratulations to you both!

      Natalie wrote on December 10th, 2010
      • I need to take my before pictures…I am only 4 days into the Primal Lifestyle. …Let’s see if a grandmother of 2 can look as good as these young girls.

        Lori wrote on January 11th, 2014
  6. You both look great! Congratulations on getting your lives back.
    Girl!!!! Hot, hot, hot! Your looking amazing. I’ve been reading the PB book and am cocidering going in this direction. I think you’ve just pushed me to it. I want that body!

    Beverly wrote on December 10th, 2010
  7. Awesome guys! Lindsey, I’m also in Tucson. Which Crossfit gym do you like? I’m always wanting to learn about new places, if you’re open to sharing!

    Ashley wrote on December 10th, 2010
  8. Awesome on all accounts!

    I LOVE that Malika has changed the lives of her kids forever! They will definitely thank you some day Malika. Way to go!!

    Rodney wrote on December 10th, 2010
  9. Malika’s story is freakin amazing!!!!!

    Ryan Denner wrote on December 10th, 2010
  10. amazing stories! I myself am down 48 pounds today after 2 months. You are a real inspiration to a lot of us Mark!

    Hank Garner wrote on December 10th, 2010
  11. fantastic!

    GSC wrote on December 10th, 2010
  12. Sweet transformations! The exercises you all did were the PB fitness ones?

    Jason Sandeman wrote on December 10th, 2010
  13. “what red blooded American male would argue for whole wheat pasta instead of spinach, tomato and onion in bacon fat with a big honking piece of rib-eye?”

    haha, unfortunately mine!

    Amazing job to both of you! Lindsey, you look so much happier in the after pictures :)

    katie wrote on December 10th, 2010
  14. Hell yeah!

    rsg wrote on December 10th, 2010
  15. I got one word for Malika, and that word is “Wow!”

    rob wrote on December 10th, 2010
  16. Fantastic job ladies! And I love it that your weight loss has impacted your kids in a positive way.

    I have slowly been reducing the carbs in my kids diet and I’m seeing the fluffiness go away. I love that more than I love my own improvements.

    Alison Golden wrote on December 10th, 2010
  17. Malika your transformation is just awsome. It is so nice of you to share your storie with the rest of us and show what amazing results can be achieved with the right diet and exercise plan. Thanks Malika and Lindsey for sharing your stories.

    primal tree top wrote on December 10th, 2010
  18. Awesome!!! Hope to have my success story here in 2011.

    Pamela wrote on December 10th, 2010
  19. Malikas story is inspirational to me and to others!!! Thank u for shairing it

    Marina wrote on December 10th, 2010
  20. Wow! Those are some great success stories! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s nice to see others reach their goals and to hear their stories!

    AllieNic wrote on December 10th, 2010
  21. Malika and Lindsey…you are BOTH true inspirations!

    Mike Cheliak wrote on December 10th, 2010
  22. Great job to the both of you. I just love the success stories…they keep me “in the mood”.

    Jeff wrote on December 10th, 2010
  23. wow wow wow wow wow wow. I actually spit my food (primal, of course!) out when I saw the second pic of Malika.

    Ginger wrote on December 10th, 2010
  24. Great job ladies! Whenever I;m feeling like I am in a primal rut just a few stories about successful women like these get me inspired again!

    Lissa wrote on December 10th, 2010
  25. Mike, thanks for saying this. Granted, Malika’s story is waaaayyyy cooler and more drastic than mine…. I feel I represent a lot of women who feel like they are stuck with that fat that comes with having kiddos. This lifestyle has been life changing! And heck, 20lbs in 3 months is incredible for me.

    Anyway, thanks!!

    Lindsey wrote on December 10th, 2010
  26. Lindsey & Malika
    You both are truly incredible! You have much to be proud of.

    Susan wrote on December 10th, 2010
  27. yeah, awesome ladies! that’s so great!

    while i didn’t have much/any to loose (that’s not why i went primal), i didn’t take before pics, and two weeks in i’m already seeing changes. it’s something else! but, you can’t really “see” it because i didn’t take any pictures! *woe is me!* 😀

    keep up the great work, everyone!

    Zoebird wrote on December 10th, 2010
  28. I have the honour to know Malika personally and I can attest to her dedication and enthusiasm. She has been so keen and involved in helping others know more about the PB. I have seen some awesome results in those people she has been helping.

    Malika, you inspire me girl.

    And Lindsey too! Girl what a transformation! :)

    Carla wrote on December 10th, 2010
    • You were there for the last 10 my friend!! Let’s share a mango when you and Remco come to town.

      Malika Duke wrote on December 10th, 2010
      • I am counting on it :)

        Carla wrote on December 11th, 2010
      • Malika, would you consider sharing details about your community designed for families? My dh and I have been slowcarbing for 3 months but are ready to go primal and we have an 11 yod who is pretty heavy- would SO love to help her since my parenting led her to where she is…the things you don’t know can hurt you!
        Anyhow, would love to join up and get some insights/support..
        You look amazing!

        HeidiS wrote on June 29th, 2011
  29. We love bacon here, too! And coconut cream, yum.

    It’s great to hear these stories from women, because most of them have been from guys, causing me to wonder if this works less well for women, especially post kids. My own body transformation over the past 6 months has been very slow, but steady. But undoubtedly, my energy levels are more stable than before, when I couldn’t quite get through the day.

    I also read that low-carb diets have been recommended for women having trouble conceiving, so the low-grain lifestyle has lots of benefits.

    Tenny wrote on December 10th, 2010
  30. Great testimonials, BUT does that second woman have to call herself the most disgusting creature known to man, when she’s just given birth? I hope she’s not teaching her kids to talk to themselves that way.

    foggy wrote on December 10th, 2010
    • =) I said I FELT that way and that was 6 months after giving birth. I also use humor to help defuse…guess it didn’t work. lol

      Lindsey wrote on December 10th, 2010
      • I felt the same way Lindsey! I so can relate. Congratulations on your success and I look forward to your update this bathing suit season ;0).

        Malika Duke wrote on December 10th, 2010
      • Lindsay, I have felt EXACTLY that way. I know it’s not true, but your words could have come exactly out of my head, and hit so close to home that I cried. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m on my way after stalling out losing after my 5th child. I was STUCK for months. PB has gotten me from 185 to 155 with just 20-30 more to go!

        MamaGrok wrote on December 17th, 2010
  31. Holy hell, these are some great testimonials. Thank you to Malika and Lindsey for sharing your stories and photos. AWESOME!

    Shay wrote on December 10th, 2010
  32. Way to go ladies!!

    Sue wrote on December 10th, 2010
  33. Outstanding!! I am so impressed and inspired by your stories, thank you for posting your before and after photo, I hope to do the same one day.

    GoPrimal wrote on December 10th, 2010
  34. Awesome stories! Thank you for sharing! You are both beautiful. And hot!

    Shebeeste wrote on December 10th, 2010
  35. God bless you both. Amazing transformations. Inspiring!

    drdavidflynn wrote on December 10th, 2010
  36. My lovely wife has lost 55 lbs doing Weight Watchers and doing a program at the Y called Fit It In. Really working on her for our entire family to go Paleo/Primal….

    Very inspirational ladies, congrats on your hard work

    kenny wrote on December 10th, 2010
  37. Oh my gosh, ladies, you both look amazing. Great work. You have much to feel good about, particularly the wonderful example for your children. Malika, I bet your kids are so much happier and healthier also.

    shat wrote on December 10th, 2010
    • They love the variety of foods we get to eat and the new creative ways we make cookies, pies, crackers and desserts from scratch. They love all the new fruits and veggies we now explore that we never even considered… it’s amazing to realize we were stuck on apples and bananas!

      Now they like pumpkin, cabbage is the NEW noodles and they can’t get enough of the “cereal” with 3 different nuts, pears and coconut milk!!

      I can’t thank my Beachbody friend for turning me on the PB.

      Malika Duke wrote on December 10th, 2010
  38. Wow!! Congratulations, Lindsey and Malika! You both look fantastic! And happy!!!

    frances wrote on December 10th, 2010
  39. Hello My PB friends and colleagues! I’m so excited to read all the comments and kudos but I’m more excited to see what stories will come out of those of you who are just starting out.

    No grains, low sugar works SURELY… fast or slow depends on your consistent application WITHOUT excuses like, “A little bite won’t hurt” or my least favorite, “everything in moderation”.

    I lost half of the 30 pounds in 2 months without even exercising…

    Way to go to my post mate Lindsey!!! 5 pounds a month is AWESOME and nothing to sneeze at. Especially when you get to eat BACON, steak, coconut, avocado instead of starving OR becoming a Cardio Queen at the gym!

    Malika Duke wrote on December 10th, 2010
  40. Congratulations to both of you. Inspirational stories there for anyone that wants to be healthier, and especially for the moms who can clearly see that yes, it can be done!

    The Primal Palette wrote on December 10th, 2010

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