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!
I’ve been meaning to write you a thank you note with a little bit about my story. Throughout my teenage years, all the way through college, I have always been involved in sports and considered myself to be in pretty good shape.
The problem was, I was never happy with how I looked. It actually held me back from things I enjoyed like going to the beach/pool with friends. Some people would probably think I was crazy b/c I was by no means fat. I had about 195-200 lbs on a 6? frame at the end of college.
Then came active duty Air Force. I always performed well on the PT test. I could max the 1.5 mile run, pushups and sit-ups, but my waist measurement always handicapped my score. I was a person who thought that I was ‘big boned’ and could never drop down to a 32.5? waist (I was always between 34.5? and 35.5?).
Over the last couple of years, I had stumbled upon some of your articles from time to time, but was always too stuck in CW to listen.
Last summer, I made a goal for myself to get in as good of shape as possible for my March 2010 trip to Barbados. I started eating smarter (but not really primally), and lost maybe 10 lbs. When I went home for Christmas, I was down to 185 lbs and was about 60% primal. I was feeling great.
Back to Germany I went, 2 months left to go; it was crunch time. With the exception of a meal with a side of fried potatoes, I was as Primal as I thought I could get. It worked wonders. I lost another 10 lbs and was down to 175. I could see definition in my upper abs, and I had reached a new level of vascularity.
I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge with all of us Groks. I now have no problem being shirtless, I catch myself staring at this new, toned, weightlifting machine in the gym…and best of all, when I take my PT test this month, I will max the waist measurement with a half inch to spare.
While some of my reasons were for vanity, I can say my energy level is better, along with my digestion and sleep habits. My next goal is getting my Dad to stick with the diet.
A while back, you posted my story on your blog. Well I have a big time update that I believe must be due to going Primal. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an intolerance to many fresh fruit (mostly bananas, apples, pears). This was a bummer because I loved bananas and apples. Using the magic of the interwebz, the most obvious explanation was that I had Oral Food Allergy (OFA). I’m sure you know what this is but the idea was that the fruits I had an intolerance to had a link to the fauna I was allergic to. Well, some time mid 2009 was the last time I had eaten a banana and an apple before I went Primal. The intolerance was very apparent, but I ate them just to see if I would still react. Then, yesterday, we had a luncheon at work and I wanted a piece of the nice arrangement of fresh fruit available. So, I already had a few strawberries, oranges are a hassle, apples were the fruit I reacted to the worst, and bananas didn’t give me too bad of a reaction. I grab the banana and decide to eat it for s’s & g’s. I destroyed the naner, and……NO REACTION! I couldn’t believe it. I chalked it to either going primal, or masking by the other food I had eaten. Today, I decided to press my luck….no whammy, no whammy, no whammy, STOP (sorry, had to)…..and buy a few bananas and apples. One apple and one more banana later, I think my intolerance is gone. As if I were going to go back to my old eating habits, it definitely won’t happen now.