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30 Nov

I Didn’t Know How Bad I Felt Before, Until I Started Feeling So Good!

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!

Dear Mark,

I am writing to add myself to your list of PB success stories. The pictures I’ve attached above pretty much tell it. The first three were from the last few years, and they show me at my heaviest. The one in the pink gown was taken at about three months into the PB plan, and the last one, of me with the kettlebells, was taken a few days ago, at 7 months into the plan. I am holding 40 pounds worth of kettlebells and that’s how much weight I’ve lost since February of this year, with your help.

I am currently 54 years old, have struggled with weight gain and loss for the last 35 years. The yo-yo started going up and down in college, and I would gain and lose over and over. I have tried every fad diet there is, including starvation, and have done Weight Watchers three times. I was active over the years, but my food intake was typical of the standard American diet you refer to all the time. SAD indeed. I was lazy when it came to food preparation and I ate a lot of cereal, bread products, and protein, power, or granola bars. I would never have thought I could go without it like I do now. Cereal and toast or an English muffin was a favorite breakfast, and dinner of mine. I drank a lot of coke over the years.

I gained more recent weight after I had a hysterectomy in 2005. My hormones got messed up. I had a few job changes, life stressors in excess (sick parents, a son in college, financial issues), and a terrible, wheat, other grains, and sugar filled diet. If I managed to lose some, I would gain it back, plus more. I worked out with a personal trainer for close to a year in 2010. I managed to lose about 18 pounds by counting calories, carbs, protein, and doing excessive cardio, and a very strict lifting schedule. The minute I lost focus, back it came.

I had a physical exam summer of 2011 and I was unhappy with my weight (high 170s) and lab results. My cholesterol and triglycerides were high, and my HgA1C was borderline for Type 2 diabetes. I had asked my doctor to run one, because I wanted to see what my numbers were. As a nurse, I was seeing a huge increase in the number of diabetic patients and it worried me. I felt like I was headed to being a Type 2 diabetic if I didn’t change things. I didn’t feel good, I felt sluggish, and was really self conscious about how I looked.

I moved to Tennessee in August of 2011, (knowing no one, to start a new job) and joined a gym for something to do. I dabbled around at it, then the holidays started and I got heavier, and hit 183, my highest ever. I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, yet again. In January 2012, I got a free session with a trainer, who was sympathetic to my tale of woe. She listened to my frustrations, and then she told me she had something for me that she thought would really appeal to me. Her words were, “as a nurse (I’m a registered nurse for 34 years) you will like the science behind this plan.” She wrote your website down for me, and I was interested enough to look at it.

I studied your website for about three weeks. I read every article, every link, several success stories. I signed up for your emails, and started having many “aha” moments. I ordered the 21-Day Total Body Transformation, read it, and committed to trying it. I endured “low carb flu” and detoxed off sugar and learned how to shop differently. I started taking my lunches to work, and got a lot of questions about what many perceive as an odd eating style. Weight did not come off fast at first. I almost gave it up, about four weeks into it, because I was not seeing results like I wanted to see. I remember reading in your books, though, to stick with it and be patient and that eventually, without the constant influx of carbs my body was used to, it would HAVE to start burning my stored fat. At last, slowly but surely, pounds started dropping off.

When I bumped up my exercise by adding two or three Zumba classes a week, and walking more whenever I could, my weight loss accelerated. I noticed how much better my stomach was doing without so much bread and other grains. Over the years, I had been troubled by a lot of abdominal problems, and had one doctor tell me I had IBS. I have suffered lactose intolerance since childhood. I wasn’t having cravings anymore, I wasn’t hungry two or three hours after eating, wasn’t having frequent hypoglycemic episodes like before, and wasn’t desperate to find anything I could find to eat like I had previously.

I tell people I was a good student. I studied your information, and did what you said to do, including the planks, squats, pushups, and working on pull-ups. I started as an 80/20 girl, and I am moving over time more toward 90/10 now. I find that “when I stray, I pay” with the way I feel in my body. I’ve learned to listen to it, and be more attentive to what it’s telling me.

I have gone from 183 pounds to 143 pounds in seven months, from size 16 to size 8, and have lost 11 inches off my total measurements. My skin looks clear and bright, my hair is shinier, I feel so much better. I have more mental clarity. I am very aware of feeling lighter and how much easier movement is. I feel stronger. I have had to buy a whole new wardrobe. Even my shoes don’t fit. My FEET lost weight!

Mark, I read your articles and comments so often I feel like I know you. I want to say thank you. I am so happy that your information was given to me and that I actually looked at it!!! I am hoping very much to attend one of your Primal Conventions. Maybe 2014! The best way I can sum it up is by saying this:

I didn’t know how bad I felt before, until I started feeling so GOOD!

I’ve gone from being a sugar burner to a fat burner, and it’s still coming off. When I tell others about the PB plan, I feel like I’m paying it forward. I have started to give your website information to fellow medical staff and even some patients who ask my advice on nutrition and weight loss. I also gave it to my 23 year old son and told him I regret not feeding him better as a child! I didn’t realize until I really “got it” that food is medicine, and what you put into your body is of utmost importance to good health, and quality longevity. There is a shocking lack of good dietary and nutritional information out there, for the general public. We are still spoon fed what I now consider terribly erroneous information about food in general. I’m trying to help change that in some small way by explaining what I now know to people, and hoping they are interested enough to pursue it for themselves. I stand as an example that it can be done.

Thank you again for life changing information. I will continue to be a fan.



You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Lynn, you look wonderful! Thanks for your inspirational story. I’m close to your age and, in my third week of Primal eating, I am having a hard time sticking to it. I feel better than ever before, but I need the pounds to drop a little faster. Your story gives me hope. Thanks!

    Regina wrote on November 30th, 2012
  2. Well, it’s been said a few times, but Lynn you look gorgeous and honestly 20 years younger. Bravo to you and thank you for spreading the word in your medical practice.

    Lauryn wrote on November 30th, 2012
  3. I love it! What a great story. I totally relate to this as a mother: “I also gave it to my 23 year old son and told him I regret not feeding him better as a child!”

    Joy Beer wrote on November 30th, 2012
  4. I am an overweight 48 (almost 49) year old woman, so I read this with avid interest. I am so pleased that this worked for you–you really do look incredible! You’re an inspiration to me and your story is very encouraging. Thanks.

    Alana wrote on November 30th, 2012
  5. You look awesome Lynn, and so much younger!!

    Kathleen wrote on November 30th, 2012
  6. You are a beautiful woman! Thanks for sharing your story!

    mars wrote on November 30th, 2012
  7. Great story, inspiration to us all, well done!

    Caro wrote on November 30th, 2012
  8. When I saw your after photo I actually said out loud “Good lord you look like you’re in your twenties!”. Good for you! It goes without saying that you look amazing. Your success story is probably my favorite one I’ve read so far:)

    Ingrid wrote on November 30th, 2012
  9. Great story, Lynn! Thank you for sharing it! I was the same way – didn’t realize how badly I felt until I cut the “feel bad” foods. I tell people all the time that you don’t know how badly you feel until you eliminate the stuff that is likely making you feel bad b/c it’s been with you your entire life. It’s all you know! Thank you for solidifying what I tell people by telling your story. I shared it on Facebook so people can see I’m not the only one who says this. :) Congratulations on your weight loss!!

    Jenn wrote on November 30th, 2012
  10. …you look great too!

    Jeannie_5 wrote on November 30th, 2012
  11. Thanks for sharing your story. I couldn’t believe you were in your fifties in the before pictures. But in the AFTER pictures you look like your own daughter.

    Cindy wrote on November 30th, 2012
  12. You tugged on my heart strings a little bit there Lynn, when you told your son you regretted not having fed him better…. Amazing transformation, keep up the awesomeness :-)))

    Victor Dorfman wrote on November 30th, 2012
  13. Congratulations, Lynn! Thank you for setting such a wonderful example. I hope your story helps many others discover their healthy selves as you did so thoroughly.

    “When I stray, I pay.” Very well put. I have to re-learn that lesson every once in a while, too!

    Timothy wrote on November 30th, 2012
  14. Wow, Lynn, that is amazing! Congratulations on the weight loss and the FEELING GOOD! I was looking at some before and after pictures of me today (I am 5 months in and have lost 22 lbs and 2 pants sizes) and was amazed at how different I look. I have not gotten into the working out like I should, but that is coming slowly! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

    MoodyGirl wrote on November 30th, 2012
  15. OMG! You look like you’re in your 30s!!
    Fantastic! Mind if I ask your height. Just curious:)

    LisaLisa wrote on November 30th, 2012
    • MoodyGirl
      thanks for the nice comments. My height is 5’7″.
      I really DO enjoy looking younger now…i was so happy to be losing weight and I was focused on the body…then realized when i saw pics that my face was looking younger…total bonus.
      thanks again.

      Lynn wrote on November 30th, 2012
    • 5’7″ (sorry, i just saw that i answered the wrong person before when i did this….oops)
      and now, (as of Jan 1) I’m down 47 pounds total, current weight 136.
      So happy with Primal lifestyle. Good luck to you also. Thanks for nice comments.

      Nic wrote on January 5th, 2013
  16. Congratulations, very inspiring, you rock big time, you look great!!!

    WildGrok wrote on November 30th, 2012
  17. Congrats!!! You look great!!! It’s so wonderful to see a nurse especially look healthy and strong. You rock. :)

    Amy wrote on November 30th, 2012
  18. You look amazing and so young. Great job and way to inspire.

    apical meristem wrote on November 30th, 2012
  19. Awesome! You look so young and fit! :)

    Pamela wrote on November 30th, 2012
  20. Good for you Lynn. Food is the best medicine for most, you’re right!

    Froggie wrote on November 30th, 2012
  21. Amazing.

    And you look so good…!

    Patrícia wrote on November 30th, 2012

    CYNTHIA CHAMBERLAIN wrote on November 30th, 2012
    • thanks Cynthia ! Glad to know you also. This whole journey has been fun, and a real learning experience.

      Lynn wrote on December 4th, 2012
  23. From a guy: WOW!!

    Tom Sawyer wrote on November 30th, 2012
  24. Great job sticking with it Lynn! I like that you are sharing, or “paying it forward”. It is amazing how many people don’t believe that it is as simple as it is. Every person that we can get to at least check into it has a chance to make some incredible health gains.

    Mike wrote on November 30th, 2012
  25. Great job– sticking with it is what it’s all about. Because it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet you’ll never go back!

    And BTW– welcome to Tennessee!

    Rev. Dave Deppisch wrote on November 30th, 2012
  26. Lynn, I’m a 53 year old nursing student and just love your story. I lost a quick 25 lbs when I first went Primal two years ago, but have been stalled ever since. I have used my age as an excuse but I’m really motivated by what you have achieved at essentially the same age. The big difference is my activity level needs to increase and that’s been so difficult up here in the rainy PNW.

    Melissa wrote on November 30th, 2012
  27. Lynn, So proud of you..I didn’t realize just how much we have in common. I had my TAH in 11/1988 for endometriosis. Both ovaries were taken out at different times. I’ve been messed up for a long time til I started paleo. I’m happy to say that it has made a big difference in the way I feel. Keep up the great work.
    Love ya

    Melanie wrote on November 30th, 2012
  28. Wow, Lynn! You looking fantastic!!! And your post is exactly what I needed today. I just finished my first month of paleo and I have not lost a single pound and I kept reading stories where people saw results immediately. Good to know that it may take a while for some of us. You are an inspiration to me and thank you so much for sharing your story.

    Judy wrote on December 1st, 2012
  29. Congratulations! Keep going you look fantastic.

    Susan wrote on December 1st, 2012
  30. Pretty lady. Healthy lady. Happy lady. You are an inspiration for us ‘not 20 yr olds’! I am in the midst of perimenopause and just discovered a symptomatic uterine prolapse and more. It has derailed me. I need to hear these stories to give myself another kick in the butt to move on and find other ways to remain active with my new ‘challenges’. Thanks!

    Pam wrote on December 1st, 2012
  31. Wow Lynn! You really are an inspiration. I am 46 and have been overweight since I was a young child. To see what you accomplished really motivates me to not give up. You look amazing! And what a testimony to your patients and peers. Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

    Val wrote on December 1st, 2012
  32. What a beautiful lady you are.

    Nicole wrote on December 1st, 2012
  33. Boom. Kick ass story. Looking good.

    BW wrote on December 1st, 2012
  34. You look and sound so much more youthful! It never stops amazing me how much just our food choices can age us, both mentally and physically.

    You are kicking ass!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa wrote on December 1st, 2012
  35. Congratulations and welcome to the life you always wanted. :)

    James wrote on December 1st, 2012
  36. Lynn, your story mirrors mine almost exactly. I just turned 46 last week and, following the advice on MDA since July of this year, I have gone from 186 to 149. Being a fat-burner is an amazing way of life and eshewing grains, sugars, and processed foods has added (good) years to my life. I look better and, more importantly, I FEEL better. When people ask me how I lost (and continue to lose) the weight, I tell me with enthusiasm. Most people don’t want to hear the message — they’re not ready to give up their SAD ways of eating. Fair enough: my newfound health and vigour are testiments all on their own! Thanks for sharing — inspiring!

    Shel wrote on December 1st, 2012
  37. Lynn: Congratulations on being open-minded enough to give this a try. The more medically trained personnel who experience success on PB, the better off we will be. You truly look amazing and I’m sure your son is very proud of you! Congratulations on your hard work — because even a good plan needs discipline, and motivation. Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring all of us! /Lu

    Louisa wrote on December 1st, 2012
  38. You look so beautiful, Lynn. Well done!!

    Susan Alexander wrote on December 1st, 2012

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