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15 Nov

How to Find Your Personal Tipping Point

tippingpointAlmost all of our Friday success stories have one thing in common (besides the whole Primal thing): they finally “decide to do something about” their health. Something changes. Their health, their stamina, the health of those around them change for the worse, or maybe a diagnosis is made. Whatever it is, life reaches a tipping point, after which change is a hurtling inevitability, moving almost of its own accord. And as you can see from their stories, success comes rather quickly. It’s a few months, sometimes up to a year, but when you consider the immensity of an entire life of ill health, those months or that year are mere blinks of the eye. After that, there’s really no going back.

Okay, but what does a tipping point look like? What does it feel like?

The thing about reaching a personal tipping point – one that effects true, lasting, meaningful change, rather than some fleeting thing – is that it requires engagement of all your faculties. Ever been hit in the solar plexus, that spot right below your sternum? Back when I was a kid, the solar plexus was the holy grail of targets in an impromptu boxing match with friends. For one, you couldn’t aim for the temple, because everyone knows that a direct hit to the temple will kill you in a single blow, and you couldn’t uppercut the nose, because that would surely drive your nasal bone up into your brain. Hitting the solar plexus, meanwhile, left your opponent stunned and breathless. The impact was so jarring that it became your whole world. That test on Friday, the cute girl who sits next to you in math, the fight itself – all that no longer meant anything at all. You could think of nothing else but the sensation radiating from your sternum through the rest of your body, eventually moving beyond the purely physical and on into the emotional. It was wholly consuming on every level.

That’s exactly what your personal tipping point will have to do: affect you on a physical, intellectual, and emotional level. Otherwise, you’ll just talk about it, read about it, hear about other people who are doing it, without ever really making the change yourself.

The question, then, is can artificially reach the tipping point? Can we speed up the process? Can we bypass all the years of suffering, the failures, the setbacks, the proclamations of dire health from medical professionals? Can we somehow ensure a chance run-in with a former classmate who looks better than they did twenty years ago? I think we can speed up the process, if not completely engineer it. For most of us, simply “deciding” to do something out of the blue isn’t enough. I mean, everyone knows that being healthier, leaner, fitter, stronger, and free of pharmaceutical dependence is better, but is that enough to make change happen? No. Look around. People aren’t changing, by and large, regardless of knowledge. Intellectual acknowledgment of the problem isn’t the problem, so to speak.

If you’re reading this blog, and others like it, and you’re hemming and hesitating while looking for your tipping point, you’re way ahead of the curve. You may not think it, but you are. For one, you’re knowledgeable about health. Once you make the decision to embark on the journey toward health and happiness, you know what to do. You know which plan will get you there quickest and which plan will be the most sustainable (hint: it rhymes with “thymal rooprint”). You can pull up the relevant blog posts, you know which book to purchase (or maybe you already have), you know which foods to avoid and which to favor.

Second, you’ve got an open mind. In this day and age, anyone who entertains the possibility that jogging is a waste of time, saturated fat won’t kill you, and whole grains aren’t the godsend they’re made out to be is willing to entertain some alternative ideas about health and fitness. If you’re reading this blog, and doing so on a regular basis, that’s you – unless you get a perverse thrill out of reading about crazy health and nutrition ideas. And having an open mind means you’re open to change, if something comes along to force it.

Third, you know it’s possible. You’ve read the stories, seen the successes, internalized the information, and (perhaps subconsciously) gathered all the anecdotes to arrive at the conclusion that yes, rapid, lasting change is possible. Unless you think all my comments come from bots and/or paid commenters and that I’m just doctoring all these success stories, of course. If that’s so, I’m not sure what I could do to persuade you otherwise. But for the bulk of you, you know that this stuff works.

You’ve got the resources, the know-how, the open mind, and the anecdotes. It’s a big start, a necessary one, but it’s not everything (obviously). It’s not enough for everyone. Otherwise, you’d already be doing it!

So here are some suggestions on how to mastermind a tipping point:

Go to the doctor for a check-up.

I’m not usually one to tell folks to rely on the doctor to tell them how unhealthy they are, but this can be a real eye opener. Go in. Get some tests. Get things felt, measured, and weighed. Be the willing subject of stern, disapproving glances directed your way from behind a clipboard. It almost certainly will be unpleasant, and you might find out some bad news (pre-diabetic, bad lipids, high blood pressure?), but that’s the entire point. As you drive home from the doctor with the sinking realization that your health is unequivocally, objectively on the downward swing, you might arrive home a changed person.

Compare old pictures to current ones.

Remember when you were younger, svelter, and fitter? Revisit old photos and obtain visual confirmation. Weight gain occurs rather gradually. You don’t wake up with a spare tire. Rather, it slowly inflates over the months and years. Without pictures, literal snapshots in time, we might never notice how much we’ve changed or how much weight we’ve gained. Place the best picture you can find next to your worst current one. If they’re digital, print them out in the largest size you can handle. Gaze at them. Take them in. Allow yourself to be shocked, way down deep. Of course, the way you look isn’t everything, and aging, along with it’s inevitable decline, is natural, but this can nevertheless be an eye-opening exercise.

Thrust yourself into situations that you instinctively shirk from.

In order to experience sensations or witness events that might spur change, we have to put ourselves in situations that potentially contain those sensations or events. One reason why some people who get overweight or depressed or stuck in a health rut stay there and never get better is because they live an isolated existence. They don’t leave the house, they go straight home from work, they refuse invitations to go out. It’s not about lack of physical activity; it’s about maintaining a staid life that removes any potential for confounders. And when you’re looking for an event to precipitate massive change in your life, confounding variables are precisely what you need most. If you never leave the house, you’ll never catch that random glance of your own reflection in the store window from a terrible angle. You’ll never run into the former classmate-turned-fitness model who makes you reevaluate your lifestyle. So go out with friends. Go on a long grueling hike and note how far you’ve fallen. Try on clothes. Hit the outdoor gymnasium where all the fit people work out. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations that have the potential to turn your life around.

The reality is that it may be next to impossible to plan and engineer your tipping point. What you can do, though, is put yourself in a position to provoke an emotional response, and be ready for it when it comes (by marshaling resources, accruing knowledge, and keeping an open mind).

What’s reassuring about all this is that the hard part is reaching the tipping point. It’s going to be an unpleasant, visceral, jarring sensation (by definition, it has to be), but that will soon be over. And then change begins. The wild ride ensues, and you just get to guide it and let it happen.

So, readers, what was your personal tipping point? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading the poor beast to dump his saddlebags full of grains and refined sugar and begin taking vitamin D supplements (cause, you know, broken back indicates poor bone mineral density indicates poor vitamin D status)? Also, what led up to that tipping point – is there anything you specifically did to make it happen, or was it just all chance?

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  1. the long and winding road started for me the year after my youngest kid was born…I weighed more 1 year after her birth than I did the day after! Same scale, same midwife’s office, more weight! UGH. started exercising regularly, but weight did not drop until I went low carb (Atkins, at my parents suggestion). I kept it off for 2 years, then started graduate school, then my father got sick and passed away…the weight came back! I knew low carb was the only way for me, but it took much longer the second time to lose…now I’ve found Primal, but mostly lost the weight over the previous few years- but I can KEEP IT OFF! feels effortless, and less gym time! woo hoo – more time for hobbies.

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on November 16th, 2011
  2. I should mention I am 48 years old, so all of the above happened from age 38 until now. I feel better now than I have in all those years. dont let ANY excuse(age, children, obligations) get in your way. I’d also like to mention my joints are no longer enlarged, I wake up without pain, my cycle is regular, I walk faster than my teenage son, and people COMMENT that I look young and have I lost weight..LOL! Thanks Mark, Carrie (we know a good woman is behind every good man!) & MDA people!

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on November 16th, 2011
  3. LONG ago (1980s) I read an article (in Cosmo? Shape?) entitled “Romancing the Jolt.” It riffed off of the Jolted Sober/Jolted Lean stuff. The idea is the same as Mark’s — you CAN prime yourself for that jolt, the “click” where it all falls into place, the energy to make a radical change. I’ve returned to it over the years when I knew I had to do something about my excess fat/lack of muscle.

    What I know now is that the jolt MUST be subsequently supported by a sustainable lifestyle. Primal works. But anyone can use the Mark’s tips to give that extra rocket-blast that makes the trip so much fun.

    KWM wrote on November 16th, 2011
  4. For myself, there really wasn’t an AHA! moment so much. A friend had lost lots of weight and had many health problems remedy themselves eating Primal. At the time, my DH was having precipitous drops in energy at 10 am and everything I had been doing to try to lose my steadily increasing weight the CW way wasn’t working. I thought that there was no reason not to try it. If the only thing it did was give my husband more energy than it was worth it.
    Not only has it done that but at the age of 65 he has dropped almost thirty pounds in four months.

    Honeybuns wrote on November 16th, 2011
  5. My tipping point came when I hit 212lbs and had the energy levels of a middle aged man (I’m only 25). I was finding it hard to motivate myself into doing anything physical, even the most basic of tasks. I was also getting sick a lot with frequent colds.

    So one day I watched this documentary “fat head”, which was about how a low carb, high fat diet is better than how we currently eat. The film made me remember that my brother had been on the Paleo diet, which is a similar concept.

    So I bought a few books and started cold turkey. I had one final “hurrah” day where I ate junk food all day and started fresh on a Tuesday. I’m about 2 1/2 months in and have already lost 20lbs!

    Dan wrote on November 16th, 2011
  6. My tipping point was actually a very vain one. I was asked to be in my friend’s wedding party and I didn’t want to be the ‘fat’ bridesmaid. I also turned 25 this year and was tired of hating what I saw in the mirror.

    I’ve been attempting my best to be primal since April of this year, and what started as a vapid attempt to lose weight turned into a lifestyle change for the better!

    Caleigh wrote on November 16th, 2011
  7. 360˚ mirror.
    Enough said.

    Jenn Hack wrote on November 16th, 2011
  8. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. During the hike, I developed “hiker hunger” like anybody else who hikes long distance. Bottomless, unceasing hunger due to a daily calorie deficit. I gained back all the weight I lost afterward (the trail is 2663 miles.) I was trying to lose the weight through diet and exercise but the hiker hunger had returned. It brought me to tears. I sat there over one last dry salad thinking I can’t go on with this unsatiable hunger. I saw a video where a nice Swedish doctor said if I ate lots of butter and cream I could calm my hunger. I tried it and the hunger went away instantly.

    Diane wrote on November 16th, 2011
  9. Mark! You have moved into my head lately…how to eat more veggies, tipping point, healthfulness in nature. How’d you do that?! ;-)

    A couple years ago I started to pull-the-plug on my sedentary bulls***. Seeing a photo of myself on a hike STUNNED me out of denial. Holding a friends hand while his 24 y.o. daughter died from a horse accident. Watching my mom crutch around when a she used to be vision of strength. Having to bury my 63 y.o. dad, after he battled 4 years of the effects of diabetes, cancer.

    So I finally took that surfing class I’d been dreaming of for 20 yrs. I took that trapeze class too. And when I noticed that protein, meat protein, seemed to help my migraines, yet I INSISTED on being vegetarian….denial couldn’t live here anymore.

    And when I went looking for further confirmation of my suspicions, guess what came up every time I did an internet search.

    MDA

    I feel like there is a blues song in this somewhere. Or a country song! haha

    Thanks Mark and MDA’ers — you folks lay down an awesome path of support every day. Love it.

    Jessica wrote on November 16th, 2011
  10. My tipping point was coming for several years but I continually headed it off at the pass. Ten years ago I was at a good weight, for me, I am very petite, and possibly an OK body fat %. My approach to low carb was the Zone which is too low in fat. In my early 30s after several years of doing the Zone I one day stopped sleeping, this was after having adult acne for several years also a sign of an endocrine/hormonal imbalance but back then I couldn’t put the pieces together. I went on the birth control pill which caused me to become estrogen dominant while continuing my version of low carb primal…A few years later I joined a gym and gained a few pounds, started eating red meat but then a year and a half later managed to lose the 5 lbs and another 5 leaving me in an underweight condition. I once again stopped sleeping well and turned to weekly wine and pizza to cope. I continued to eat red meat and walked but my calories were too low and protein intake not high enough etc. Last fall one day when putting on my skinny jeans I caught a glimpse and realized wow, maybe I’m gaining body fat. This past summer the tipping point finally arrived when I learned I’d become skinny fat, with a super low weight and super high body fat %. Am still reeling from the shock to some extent.

    anon wrote on November 16th, 2011
  11. For me it was my acne. I had terribly acne for about 6 years. I started to do a lot of research online about overall health. I learned a lot and realized that dermatologists know nothing about nutrition, stress and how it related to acne.

    I started a blog and while researching gluten I always came back to this blog. I thought it was all bullshit at first but then I decided to give it a try. I have not looked back since April, 5, 2010.

    When I got cramps in February of last year and looked at my diet I realized that Gluten may be having a large effect on me. I was right!

    Primal Toad wrote on November 16th, 2011
  12. I recently reached a tipping point around sleep. Have had sleep issues for years, but lately they have intensified into ongoing insomnia, accompanied by intense anxiety. I’m surprised, because I feel I’m doing most of the requisites: black out curtains, dim light before bed, no stims for months, strict paleo, earthpulse magnet for rf neutralization. I’ve resolved to fix this for good this time, but am at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    peter j wrote on November 16th, 2011
    • A few suggestions that I’ve received from fellow Grokkers: 1) are you unconsciously engaging in chronic cardio, or simply overdoing your workouts? This could be causing a spike in your cortisol levels, keeping you from getting to sleep easier; 2) are you supplementing with magnesium and Vitamin D (or getting adequate sunlight)? and 3) how much caffeine do you take in per day, and at what times? Also, take a look at this article, brought to my attention by primal dan: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/biphasic-sleep/
      It’s really changed my outlook on what constitutes proper sleep, and I’ve been SO much better for it. Hope you can figure it out =)

      Siren wrote on November 16th, 2011
    • As I mentioned in my post, my family has recently started on Iodoral, an iodine/iodide supplement recommended by Dr. David Brownstein in his book “Iodine: Why you need it, why you can’t live without it” My 35 year old daughter and I both had insomnia terribly and my daughter had anxiety attacks so bad she has medication for them. I have been taking the supplement for three weeks and sleep SO well now. Same for my daughter and she has only been on it two weeks. Also she has not had an anxiety attack in four days. My husband is also sleeping much better and has stopped snoring. I’ve seen other positive changes since I started taking Iodoral, but you mentioned insomnia and anxiety specifically

      Island Girl wrote on November 16th, 2011
    • I feel what you are saying–and tho’ I occasionally struggle w/ it still, there are some things that have helped.

      -Removing alcohol from dinner or post dinner helped tremendously. Sounds like you’ve done that.

      -If you exercise reg., try doing it at a diff. time of day. If late day, it can rile some people up a bit.

      -Examine what goes on while you are awake when you’d rather be sleeping. Is your mind a “mouse on a treadmill”, spinning thru the days events? You may not be addressing the real upheaval in your life–work, money, signif. other, etc. Really spend a bit of time assessing your anxiety. Is it really about the lack of sleep?

      -I’ve also really enjoyed my yantramat. All those prickly points relaxes and warms me prior to bed. Seemed to help the soreness post exercise too.

      I’m sorry if this all sounds trite; your description sounds like you are well educated on the alternative options.

      Jessica wrote on November 16th, 2011
  13. Ultimately, my tipping point was a blouse. I know it sounds shallow, but looking at myself in the mirror, absolutely busting out of that blouse only 4 months after I bought it was a real wake-up call. I combined that awakening with a strong desire to end years of digestive issues I’d been suffering through. Thanks to the gluten-free “fad” all over the news, I started doing my homework. Then I heard an interview with Karen DeCoster, I found out about PB and was directed here, to MDA and all its wisdom and support. I’ve never felt better in my life. =)

    Siren wrote on November 16th, 2011
  14. My tipping point was actually just two weeks ago. I had just gotten over a sickness(third this year) and was having IBS issues from sticking to the comfort sick foods like chicken noodle soup, crackers, and 7-up. I was at my heaviest weight and couldn’t fit into some of the clothes I had purchased a measly 2 months before.

    I’d heard of the Primal blueprint and had been reading Mark’s Daily Apple for over a year, but had never taken the initiative. I finally buckled down, and now have lost 7 lbs already! I feel great!

    Laura wrote on November 16th, 2011
  15. My tipping point came this July. Everything in my life was a mess, I was unemployed and depressed, and self-medicating by eating tons of junk food. Not surprisingly I gained a ton of weight. One night I had horrible chest pains and ended up in the ER. I was diagnosed with acid reflux, but the pain was so bad I couldn’t believe it. I dedided I needed to change my life, I could not live this way anymore, obese and in horrible pain whenever I ate, living on Maalox and Nexium. I am only 37 and I did not want to live the rest of my life like that. While surfing the internet I found the MDA website, and dove right into it. Cut out all grains, sugar, caffeine and junk food. Now all I eat is meat, veggies, nuts and yogurt, a small amount of fruit, and I drink water. I started walking everyday.

    Slowly but surely my health improved, and I lost weight without really trying to. My reflux is a hundred times better, sometimes a get a little bit when I’m anxious, but no more sleepless nights in horrible pain. And since July I have lost 80 lbs and am still losing. I had enough self confidence back to go out and find a new job.

    I owe it all to following the primal way of eating. I have so much energy now and feel like a new person. Soon I am going to start lifting weights to get in even better shape.

    The PB works, I am living proof. This article about tipping points really hit home. Thank you so very much for this website, it has given me my life back. When people ask me how I did it, I direct them here.

    Lisa wrote on November 16th, 2011
  16. My tipping point came in August 2010 when, after 8 years of struggling with various inflammation related disorders (rosacea, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, persistent candida, arthritis, irritable bowel, gall bladder disease, and obesity) I learned that, age age 56, I had type 2 diabetes and hyptertension. My GPs response was limited to prescribing metformin, but I knew I needed to do more. I started reading various blogs and books, and was particularly inspired by Gary Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, as well as Dr. Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution”. Thanks to a healthy low carb diet, (as well as Metformin and exercise) I’ve finally been able to lose 65 pounds, normalize my BP, and normalize my fasting blood sugars. Still working on inflammation, though, as my CRP remains high. Unfortunately, my GP is not the least bit interested in how I’ve been able to achieve these results….wish he’d read this blog!

    Clarice Perkins wrote on November 16th, 2011
  17. My tipping point came
    when I was in my first
    year of college.

    I grew up an overweight kid
    my entire life, and because of
    that, I became very self-conscious
    of not only my body, but
    my entire self-image.

    In college, I tried out for the
    basketball team. Basketball was
    the one activity that kept
    me from being a complete introvert
    and shy from the world. (I hated
    shy)

    But I didn’t make it. And I got
    upset, internally. I was angry at
    myself for carrying around the
    weight because I felt like it was
    more than just ‘fat’ I was carrying
    around. It was my insecurity and
    my lack of confidence.

    At that moment, I said ‘that’s it’.
    If I can’t even shine in the one
    thing I loved to do at the time,
    something had to change.

    I was sick of being in that
    limiting mindset. It was holding
    me back from doing things,
    way too much.

    So I went for it.

    I dived right in to changing my
    body.

    Everything else: buying TPB, eating
    healthier, learning more, gaining
    self-confidence…

    was details.

    Brandon wrote on November 16th, 2011
  18. Great post Mark!

    The tipping point is huge. You’ll never commit unless you’re IN FROM ALL ANGLES, and you WANT to change. It’s much like smokers trying to quit. Usually it’s a strong realization or life-changing moment that “wakes them up”! Doctor’s visit, pregnancy, etc.

    My tipping point, was when I saw 238 on the scales, and my baby boy was about to be born…I also realized that I’d gained 60 lbs I’d put on at a rate of 5-6 lbs a year…and I THOUGHT I ate pretty healthy!!! Running worked at first, but you plateau, and it just doesn’t feel right…like something’s missing.

    Then I found Primal…holy smokes!!! 18 months later, and I’m 175 lbs, and in the best shape of my life!

    I share my story / primal experience with everyone, and help to educate those who are interested, or ready to take the primal Plunge!

    Thanks Mark…you changed my family’s life!

    Rob L.

    Rob Lindsay wrote on November 17th, 2011
  19. I had two tipping points. First was my first ever (and I pray my last) overnight visit to a hospital. I went to the emergency room in terrible pain throughout my midsection. I ended up staying there for 5 days while they treated two blood clots that luckily found their way to my lungs. It was a real shock to someone who has always been relatively healthy. I hated the hospital and knew that things needed to change. I had been pretty sedentary over the previous 5 years having given up my weekly hockey when I was transferred to Florida and my job overwhelmed my life. Once I was finally off the meds (my 2nd tpping point) I knew it was time for some changes. They were the first medication I had ever been prescribed and I hated every day of it. The blood thinners really affected me in many ways. Once I was allowed off the coumadin I started to research alternative ways to get back in shape. I first found kettlebells, and later after seeing good results with that began dong more research and stumbled onto the MDA site. Since April I have dropped 49 pounds, and almost 6″ off my waist. I am working out again and feel better than I have in many years.
    Since changing to the PB I realize that I had issues almost daily with my stomach. I always felt bad after dinner, and sadly never thought about making changes to my diet. I also had blood work done about a month ago and my Dr. was blown away by my numbers. Everything was significantly better than at any other time in my adult life!
    Thanks Mark.

    Mark wrote on November 17th, 2011
  20. My moment wasn’t so much a tipping point as an “ah ha” moment. For the last 10 years I’ve suffered from acne and debilitating monthly migraines. I juiced, ate raw, cut out dairy, ate very little meat, took a variety of herbs, etc. I finally just gave up and came to the conclusion that I might as well eat what I want because eating “healthy” wasn’t working. All the while, I was chronically fatigued, gaining the typical pound every year for the last 15 years, and generally feeling old.

    I came across the paleo diet in July and everything clicked on an epic scale. It made so much sense that I immediately abandoned my hearthealthygrains & beans and started eating real protein and gobs of good fat. I never looked back and after three months, I can finally say I’ve gone over 30 days without experiencing a migraine. I figure that I’ve LOST three days a month, for ten years, or 360 days of my life – one year – to feeling incredibly miserable and now, I just might be free. Thanks to Mark, Robb, and Art for setting me on this path.

    Chandra Hartman wrote on November 17th, 2011
  21. Hmm, interesting. My background is somewhat different in that I have never had any kind of tipping point or time of realisation I needed to switch from an unhealthy to healthy lifestyle. From my teenage years I’ve always done my best to take care of myself, with the knowledge I’ve had at the time (and done my best to get knowledge). Unfortunately, I’ve got fatter and sicker whilst doing that. I have to admit, I am envious of those who have a tipping point style success story. All I have is 20 years of striving and two autoimmune diseases lol!

    Katherine wrote on November 17th, 2011
  22. I’ve been struggling with this all my adult life, chronic health problems, etc, and been involved here for almost a year and 1/2. I don’t think everyone can do it all in one big push. If I ever get to write a Friday story, it will be a step-wise story starting with a five pint a week Ben and Jerry’s habit.

    I keep thinking that I haven’t made any progress, but really, I have. I notice how much stronger my feet are from wearing minimal shoes. Ice cream is a rare treat, now and so is anything from the gluten-free bakery. I tried quinoa, but found it too starchy!

    I am at the end of my first week dairy-free. It has been a long week! If I get anything like a big tipping point, I hope this is it.

    slacker wrote on November 17th, 2011
  23. Today, my first day on insulin for type II diabetes. I’ve tried before but this time, I HAVE TOO.

    gewitt wrote on November 18th, 2011
  24. Two things happened in short distance of each other. First, when I bent over my pants slid down my ass to ever so slightly expose a “plumber famous” part of my anatomy. Apart from being embarrassed it was very annoying so I decided to climb on a scale, something I haven’t done in years. Follow the second part, the scale tipping in at a whopping 82 kgs, which is a lot for my body composition. That was it! I was done!

    Michelle (SA) wrote on November 19th, 2011
    • hahaha! the ‘plumber famous’ part of your anatomy.

      nice name drop

      Brandon wrote on November 19th, 2011
  25. “One reason why some people who get overweight or depressed or stuck in a health rut stay there and never get better is because they live an isolated existence. They don’t leave the house, they go straight home from work, they refuse invitations to go out. It’s not about lack of physical activity; it’s about maintaining a staid life that removes any potential for confounders.”

    You just blew my mind. This describes me in every way.

    Velocirapper wrote on November 19th, 2011
  26. I look pregnant even though I’m not. That’s enough of a tipping point for me.

    Tien wrote on December 2nd, 2011
  27. My tipping point was seeing my obese father no longer able to walk, and every other health complication (heart issues, etc) that he otherwise could have overcome, rather forced him into a nursing home at only 55 years old, essentially signing over a disability check to medicaid subsidized and awful facility he bi**ches about cnstantly. But there he sits, eating manufactured cafeteria food every day, addicted to all the sugar or artificially sweetened stuffs he can get while getting his daily dose insulin from the staff.

    Needless to say, what was an athletic experiement in my early 20’s where I dropped weight and got leaner became more of a long term life-or-death proposition at 30. Eating primal, avoiding pharmacauticals, getting enough sun and sleep, pushing awful snacking away because living, and living WELL is more important.

    Anthony wrote on March 28th, 2013

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