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24 May

I Feel Like I Can Do Anything

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!

Mark,

I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll try to be short :).

Basically, after 21 days I’ve lost 16 pounds and haven’t added exercise yet. Thank you for… well… answering all the questions I had via your site. It gave me enough belief to try this for 21 days. Having done so well, I’m now putting away the scale and going to continue for another month or two without daily monitoring of my weight.

The week before I came across Primal/Paleo I yet again decided to count calories, eat 6 times and day, workout like crazy, etc. The same ol’ same ol’. Of which I’ve done for 15 years of being obese.

That week I failed yet again. By Friday of that week I was literally famished and by Sunday I found myself at Wendy’s eating TWO combos so as not to pass out. I went home sad and told myself I’m never going to lose weight. Another week wasted.

As I laid in bed Sunday night it became clear to me that being hungry and having no energy was my enemy. No matter how good a diet and exercise plan was, I would fail again and again if I was hungry.

So I decided to google other diets that you could eat more or not be hungry. Paleo kept popping up in my searches. I’d give it some reading but would ultimately tell myself I could never do Paleo due to the many restrictions of dairy or yummy fruits, lean only meats etc. Too restrictive I thought.

Then I came across your site and from 8pm till 2am I read and read and read. You’re approach was much more reasonable. I felt I could do this. Bought all your books for my iPad.

By 2am I was beat but before I went to bed I decided I was going to try at least 21 Days when I woke up.

Week #1 – lost 8 lbs
Week #2 – lost 5 lbs
Week #3 – lost 3 lbs

I battled with energy dips, general sick and foggy feelings, sleep problems and being hungry before I started. Within just 3 days I had constant energy, solid sleeping and overall felt great right away.

As a leader in a large local church, a lot of close friends and loved ones are now starting their 21 day journeys based on the basic info I could impart to them.

My goal is 180. I have another 60 lbs to go, but for the first time in 20 years I have deep down hope that I’ve found the way so to speak. I’m expecting to get back to about 1-2 lbs of weight loss a week. I know the first few weeks are unusual.

Just wanted to say thank you. I’m still in my infancy figuring all this out but your resources have been exceptional. I was so happy this morning I even made a video on YouTube.

God Bless.

Scott

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Sara, I would like to encourage you to start. Even if it’s small steps like going gluten free and sugar free, then advance to go completely grain free. You may feel the “Carb Flu” when you get rid of the grains but it really is worth it. Your head clears, you are better able to deal with emotional upset like depression, anxiety, anger, etc. Like many of the comments here, it’s really nice to NOT feel that carb loaded hunger. However, if you are like me you may have to mentally prepare yourself to NOT eat unless you are hungry. I sometimes feel compelled to eat when it’s “time” even though I am not really hungry. I hope you enjoy listening to what your body “wants” and does NOT want as you go through your journey in primal eating. I did not read the book yet either but I did get rid of the grains, beans, sugar that was keeping me from enjoying life like I should. You can do it!!!!

    2Rae wrote on August 12th, 2013
    • Thank you for the encouragement, 2Rae. I went on Atkin’s several years ago, and lost a lot of weight, but after a bad break-up I gained all of it and more back. I’ve just been more and more depressed the past few years, and I’m kind of at the end of my rope. Weighing myself was a bit of a wake-up call, because I’ve never been this heavy. I’ve gained 80 pounds in the past 3 years. I am tired of being exhausted and depressed all the time, trying primal is kind of my last hope. I figured I’d give it a month, and then see what happens.

      Sara wrote on August 12th, 2013
      • Sara, there is some evidence that going primal may help with depression, especially if you work on all aspects of it, not just food. There are multiple aspects to it. Food is key to changing your body composition but getting outside and moving is just as important from a mood standpoint. Also, getting enough sleep and being part of a community.
        That being said, if you feel like your depression is really serious I would encourage you to seek help. I would, however, encourage you to really try the primal/paleo lifestyle before going on any medications.

        I often think of it this way, do the things that people do that you would like to be more like. If you want to be healthy, fit and happy then do the things that people who are do. Even if you don’t feel like you belong doing a trail run, get out there and get on that trail. You may not run much at all in the beginning but just being there is a huge step in the right direction.
        In time the results of emulating what other people do will produce results.
        Beware, when you first go primal you may see big changes in the scale and then they may plateau. This is normal and happens to a lot of people. Don’t get discouraged after 3 weeks if you stagnate a bit.
        Your body composition will normalize. It didn’t take a month to get where you’re at, right? Don’t expect 3 years to be wiped out in 3 months. 😉
        You’ll do great if you stick with it.
        Good Luck!

        spayne wrote on August 12th, 2013
      • I can relate to the “end of the rope” issue. I had gained over the years since turning 37 and going through the changes in hormones. Seemed as though none of my doctors were all that troubled about it, normal as we age, WHAT? Rrrrr. So finally trying to just dump the conventional wisdom / propaganda and embracing the primal eating parameters has given me a new outlook, it’s possible to feel good again and learn about what makes me gain weight (and feel bad) and just toss it in the garbage. Oh yes, there is that overwhelming urge to eat some, oh say, ice cream, but the more I use my self control the easier it is to visualize it as garbage for me.
        When we learn about ourselves we find there are layers of things to process. Once we get one thing under control we are then free to move on to the next layer that needs to be addressed. However, we are now getting stronger so it’s easier as we go.
        I’m glad you are going to try it.

        2Rae wrote on August 12th, 2013
  2. Hi Scott ~ I saw your YouTube video a couple of days ago (11/27 to be exact) and while checking out success stories on MDA discovered it here as well.

    I had the same problem with other diets/systems, etc. No matter how self-disciplined I was in following “the rules” I was always hungry! Even with Weight Watchers – I got so sick of counting points! I’ve only been on PB for a few months and have NEVER been hungry nor do I have the usual ups & downs in energy levels. I feel so much better over all, sleep better (no more bathroom breaks either), and wake up alert as well.

    I’ll be waiting for your next video just like everyone else. Go. Scott. Go. :)

    BTW – I find no conflict between the Primal Blueprint lifestyle and my beliefs.

    Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on November 29th, 2013

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