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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: August 2009

The Look on the Doctor’s Face Was Priceless

My journey started with a diagnosis of Diabetes (type II) on November 17th, 2008. I had some blood work done and the #’s looked like this:

cholesterol  377
trigs 1864 (not a typo)
hdl 28
ldl   could not be calculated due to high trigs
hba1c  11.3

My doctor couldn’t even put a sentence together to explain how unreal these numbers were. So of course the doctor just wanted to medicate the crap out of me and told me to get used to it because I would be on medication for the rest of my life. I left the office feeling as if my life was basically over. I felt immediate depression set in.

When I awoke the next morning I decided that I was going to try to figure out how to beat this or at least live a productive life with diabetes. On to the internet to solve my problems. I was lucky enough to wander upon Dr Eades site and started to identify with what he was writing about in his blog. I was also learning about why my body was reacting the way it was and there were actually people who were able to get healthy again. Well one site led to another and I was convinced on what I had to do.

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Contest: Tweet This. Win Clubbells.

Update: This contest is now closed.

The Prize:

Clubbells! Like Dick Butkus, clubbells are heavy, intense, and beautiful in motion. It’s the one item Grok would keep if he was stranded on a deserted island. I’ve posted about how Primal these things are, and now you get to win the best clubbells ever made. Today’s prize donor is RMAX International. RMAX is more than a provider of equipment, they also provide circular strength training seminars, and they have their own encyclopedia of training videos. The winner of today’s contest will receive a choice of men’s or women’s clubbell starter kit – over a $300 value! As a bonus, if you don’t win but are interested in purchasing your own set of clubbells, if you call RMAX to order and mention my name (Mark Sisson), you will get a 5% discount.

The Contest:

It’s Twitter day at MDA. I sent out the call for a Twitter community back in March, and since then over 2,000 people have joined in. Today’s contest requires you to do three extremely complicated things (note light sarcasm):

  1. Have a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, get one.
  2. Follow me on Twitter.
  3. Tweet (or retweet) this message: “Go #Primal! Retweet this and follow @Mark_Sisson to win a set of clubbells.”

If you can do all those things, then you’re entered to win. If you don’t know what Twitter is, you don’t know how to follow someone, or you don’t know how to tweet or retweet a message, no sweat. It takes all of 4 minutes to get started. Watch Twitter’s handy intro video here.

Additionally, I’ve decided to run Twitter-exclusive contests after the Primal Challenge ends. Occasionally (and without warning), I will tweet something like this: “The first 5 people to retweet this get a Grok Shirt!” One more layer of fun for the online Primal community.

Special Note: This is NOT me. This IS me. Following this guy will not get you those clubbells.

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Primal Blueprint Fitness: Sprint Routine

This reader created video was submitted for a Primal Blueprint Contest. Click here to find out how you can participate and win Primal prizes!

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Pictures Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Mark, I just got back from my endocrinology appointment when I saw the latest contest.

I’m no picture of health yet but things are looking a heck of a lot better than they did before I started on Primal Blueprint.

I’ll start at the beginning. Six months ago my type II Diabetes was completely out of control, I’ll admit I wasn’t taking the best care of myself -moving, starting up a new research lab, you know “life” had gotten in the way of finding time to eat right and exercise. On top of that I was taking medication for high blood pressure and a birth control pill that made me even more insulin resistant and making it so that none of my oral medications for the diabetes worked anymore. In short, I felt like crap and looked it too.

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Bucking Conventional Wisdom with Doug and Jessica

This reader created video was submitted for a Primal Blueprint Contest. Click here to find out how you can participate and win Primal prizes!

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Sprints and Push-Ups with Suicide Mark

This reader created video was submitted for a Primal Blueprint Contest. Click here to find out how you can participate and win Primal prizes!

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