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...Tell Me More
It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
Well I had never had a weight problem in my life before and had always been a very active person. Only when I first fell pregnant, I had a miscarriage after the first 9 weeks, and I started picking up weight. I was clearly going through some emotional stress and the miscarriage had made me so scared to carry on exercising, especially when I fell pregnant again.
I put on a lot of weight with my first son (27-29 kgs) and then tried to lose as much as I could before I fell pregnant again with my daughter, but I had not lost nearly enough and then I gained a few with her too. I was sitting on 76 kgs two months after she was born. I really battled to lose the weight after that; I almost felt like my whole body had changed from pregnancy, as even months after my daughter was born I really battled to shed any of the weight. I breastfed exclusively for the first five and a half months and never dropped even 1 kg!!!
I remember telling my husband that I felt like I would never get there and that I would have this flabby tummy forever. He just kept motivating me to go for it. I felt like a hippo and could not stand anyone taking pictures of me. I felt like an alien in my own skin and had no confidence or sex drive at all.
I went to a dietician and tried to lose weight, following strict conditions and long hours between meals. This helped to shift some weight, but it was so far from natural and being unable to maintain that lifestyle, I just put everything I lost back on and more.
Then I went to an iridologist and she told me that my blood sugar was extremely high and that I should look into it. I went online and found Mark Hyman’s Blood Sugar Solution and this was a turning point for me: he taught me how to control my blood sugar and a lot about food, and that led me to you. I loved his book so much, and it taught me so much about my body and myself. Then it all came together, as a few days after getting the book I read about Mark’s Daily Apple on his website (if I remember correctly). I immediately subscribed and ordered The Primal Blueprint.
This was the best decision I have ever made, and for me, it was the next logical step. It fit in so well and offered even more of a complete lifestyle change for me. It was almost like Dr. Hyman was always meant to bring me to you.
I could not put your book down and following the guidelines was so natural to me. I never battled with any of the meals/foods that I was allowed to eat and I noticed how I could tell immediately how my body was changing.
I have never experienced such a constant flow of weight just coming off (and not too fast either)—not just falling off, but consistently just coming down at about two to three kgs a month. I have never looked back; I never felt deprived for a moment after I got into the full swing of things and everyone was raving about my changing face.
The Primal Blueprint steps are easy to follow and fit my life so well. I feel in control of the food choices I make and I always allow myself the 80% rule. Even when I do have a little cheat, it has never made a difference to my success. I have also been more eager than ever to carry on this lifestyle for the rest of my life. I know my body so well now and when I do have a fat carb/grains meal, SHEW do I suffer from cramps and headaches—I feel so sluggish and gross. It is amazing to experience those feelings from food—feelings I would never have even known came from the food I was eating.
After cutting out ALL grains and processed foods for the first month, I have never felt so amazing in my life. I thought it would be hard to do, and the first two weeks were tricky, but literally after that first 14 days, everything changed like clockwork. I felt amazing, full of energy, and I could feel in my stomach that something had shifted. And as I have said, when I eat those yucky foods now, then I can really feel the effects all over. It does not change my weight at all, and I can get away with the odd cheat, but it just does not feel worth it most of the time.
Within eight months I had gone from 76 kgs to 61 kgs and then in the past six months, I have settled into my perfect weight of 55 kgs. I am so happy and strong. My weight does not fluctuate at all and I really don’t even weigh myself anymore. My weight is just not an issue at all. It feels so amazing to be able to say that. I can see such definition in my tummy, arms, and legs; the body weight training I get at Pole Fitness has toned me and made me so strong. I feel on TOP OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!
Thank you for giving me my life back. My hubby wants to thank you too. 😉
All my love and light and perseverance,