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March 07, 2014

Little by Little One Will Travel Far!

By Mark Sisson
114 Comments

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 have struggled with weight since I was a little kid! I can remember when I was 13 my folks got me into the Diet Center in our town. I tried that for a year and lost a few pounds. I tried and it was just too much. I went to my folks one night with tears streaming down my cheeks saying I just can’t do this anymore!

I tried again in my late teens with Nutrisystem. I lost a few pounds, but had to give it up due to the fact that I could not afford it anymore. (The food was not that good anyway, so no real loss).

Circa 2007

I fell in love in my early 20s and we were going to get married! Yea, but I was a size 22-24. Bride dresses did not look good! So once again the next weight program was Weight Watchers! I joined a year before my wedding and lost 80 lbs. Yea, I’m not a fat bride! But after the wedding and the bliss the weight came back to find me!

Mindie - Pre-PrimalI got pregnant a few years later and started of my pregnancy at 190 and ended at 290! I got pregnant 1 1/2 years later with son number two, and had an emergency C-section weighing just shy of the 300 lb mark. A month after the birth, I had a thrombosis of the deep vein and a pulmonary embolism with some damage to my lungs. The doctor said I was very lucky to be alive! I was in a pair of Jobst socks from my ankles to my waist for a year! They had zippers from my ankles to my waist. They were hot and just plain yucky! I did try to keep moving and doing things that moms do! But I fell on my knees a year later and damaged one ACL in each knee. I was told that I was not a candidate for a knee replacement because I was too big. They sent me to a doctor to see about gastric bypass, but I just did not feel right about it! The risk was too high and it might not even work! So I said no!

I lived in pain for the next several years with my knees and every other joint in my body. I felt like a 90 year old everyday! It hurt to even get out of bed.

I once again did Weight Watchers and lost another 50 lbs. Ok, so I was back down to 220 at this time! Yea, but it was very short lived.

I then tried TOPS group, even ran it for a bit, then life got in the way and my weight went back up to 270 and stayed there for about 12 years!

Circa 2012In 2011, I decided to try Atkins! I lost 25 lbs then I started to gain on Atkins! I was like what the heck is going on!!

So a friend of mine suggested in 2012 that I talk to a doctor in the Twin Cities. This is where the CAVEMAN diet came in and saved my life! I still was in shock that I could not have chocolate! I was like what??? REALLY! But I got over that in a hurry when my doctor told me that if I cheat I have to start over again! I was like no way!

So it was a day-to-day basis thing. About two month into it my knees did not hurt as much. My mood was getting better. I was happier!

I had to do a detox, drinking everyday for about a year with GREEN stuff! But now I can tell if I have not had my greens! It is like night and day on how I can tell what my body needs. I think back and go HOLY COW I have not had sugar in a year and a half!

So this is where Mark’s Daily Apple comes in! I have to keep myself involved with my eating every day or every week to keep me motivated and I found Mark’s page! I love to read his ideas and motivation! I looked up the success stories and thought wow I am one of those! Mark had made a statement about give your self credit even if it is a little thing. I had been fighting to get my weight to move for the past six months. Reading Mark’s comment, I thought, I am so far better off now than I was a year ago. So I might not be losing weight, but I am still going down in inches. I think often, little by little one will travel far!

I have been sitting at a good weight of 200 lbs. I bike ride and/or walk everyday! I can bend down and tie my shoes without having to prop my foot up!! Little things!

One other thing is I have been painkiller free for the better half of a year with not Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol. I was at about 8-12 pills a day before I started this journey!

Mindie and Husband

My other success is my 14 year old son who has been dealing with headaches on a daily basis since he was 12. He decided to join me just before Thanksgiving of 2013! Within two weeks of being gluten free he was headache free! He says that he is not as depressed as he was. Then in the beginning of the new year he went sugar free too!

He was and is my biggest fear because he follows mom’s footsteps way too close! So now with the healthy way of eating he can follow his mom’s footsteps and be going down the right path!

I am very proud of myself and my son!

I love the feeling of being able to go places and have people say, WOW! you look great, younger, such pretty skin, etc…. How do you do it? Well, let me tell you. There once was a caveman…

Mindie - Post-Primal

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PrimalParkGirl
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations to you and your son!

John
John
2 years 6 months ago

Hi Mindie,

Last night I referred yet another person to this site :).

This thing works !!!!

John

Alice
Alice
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations…you look radiant!

IcarianVX
IcarianVX
2 years 6 months ago

Awesome job Mindie. Great to see that you finally got things working for you and that you are no longer having to pop pills just to get through the day.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 6 months ago

Fantastic job. May you never go back to that old life. I hope Conventional Wisdom completely dies a quick death.

AustinGirl
AustinGirl
2 years 6 months ago

You look GREAT!! Congrats!! You also look so much younger in your last photos, than you did in previous ones. Amazing!

Jesse
Jesse
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations! You look amazing and have such an inspiring story! Keep up the great work. After all, it’s the little thing.

Karen
Karen
2 years 6 months ago

Love the energy of your story! Congratulations!

Judy
Judy
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations Mindie. I love your story and I love that both you and your son are finding so many benefits to this life style. You are truly inspiring. Life is beautiful!

granny gibson
granny gibson
2 years 6 months ago

Oh, Mindie, you look so good! 🙂 Thank you for your inspiring story.

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 6 months ago

Very sweet! Thanks for sharing.

Julie
Julie
2 years 6 months ago

Mindy,
You are an inspiration!

Kelly
Kelly
2 years 6 months ago

Mindie,
I’m thrilled for you! But it was especially heart-warming to know that your son decided to follow you on this path. As a parent, I give a small cheer every time I see my kids make a choice that will benefit them in the long run. You’ve done a great job as a role model!

Nick
Nick
2 years 6 months ago

Mindy, a huge smile is sitting on my face right now. Way to go! Your attitude is wonderful, and you have made some huge, amazing strides that should not be taken lightly. You worked for that change, and you deserve to say “I DID IT!”

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 6 months ago

Awesome story! Congratulations!

Siobhan
Siobhan
2 years 6 months ago

You look great! And I am glad you feel great too. Best wishes for the future, and thanks for sharing your story.

Melissa
Melissa
2 years 6 months ago

How does one climb a mountain? One step at a time! 🙂 WTG! Your story may be that last straw for me to finally try. Thank you for sharing 🙂 ps you look awesome but so glad you feel awesome – it really shows

mindie
mindie
2 years 6 months ago

You can do it girl! Your straws are gone! Just jump and have faith in yourself! If I can do it and I’m not just saying that you can do it!

Lynn
Lynn
2 years 6 months ago

Mindie, you’re an inspiration whose story has just brought me tears of joy. Thank you for your courage to put your story out there. You look radiant. Congratulations!

Brooke
Brooke
2 years 6 months ago

+1

MaddieLion
MaddieLion
2 years 6 months ago

Me too! I was like…what is this wet stuff on my face… ;D

Pastor dave Deppisch
2 years 6 months ago

Never give up– even if you give in on occasion!

I pray that more will come to Mark’s site and become advocates and adherents to Primal!

CJ
CJ
2 years 6 months ago

Wonderful, marvelous, stupendous, fabulous…!

Byron
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations Mindie for fighting through the tough times, picking yourself up, and pushing yourself to get to where you are today!

Natalie
Natalie
2 years 6 months ago

WOW! What an inspiration!

Karen
Karen
2 years 6 months ago

Love the railroad photo!

Rene Rushing
Rene Rushing
2 years 6 months ago

+1

Simone
Simone
2 years 6 months ago

Mindie, I love your story and I am so inspired by you. Thank you for sharing. You look fantastic!

Primal and Proud
Primal and Proud
2 years 6 months ago

This is just one more reason to love Fridays. Truly inspirational, I can only imagine the feeling of righting not only your ship, but your son’s.

Congratulations on your change and thank you for the inspiration!

Jess
Jess
2 years 6 months ago

I have tears of joy after reading this and seeing your beautiful smiling face at the end. Good for you!!! I just shared your story with a moms group that I’m a part of. You are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story!

Shana
Shana
2 years 6 months ago

Brava!!!!! I needed to read this, today! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Jenny
Jenny
2 years 6 months ago

wow, you look fabulous! what an inspiration to keep walking forward. that’s so great that your son benefits from your being a role model, too!

Joe
Joe
2 years 6 months ago

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story — it really touched me. And keep on walking! Like Mark says, we were born to walk!!

Candi
Candi
2 years 6 months ago

!!!Mindie!!! Your story is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for taking it one day at a time, moment at a time, being involved and mindful with your food and demonstrating that life and good health are worth the sacrifice!! Especially when others, like kids, are watching so closely. It’s so satisfying, fulfilling, to pass along the goodness! Keep it up!!

Jess
Jess
2 years 6 months ago

WOW Mindie, that last photo of you is so full of life! Simply gorgeous!

adina
2 years 6 months ago

so inspiring! a reminder to celebrate all the little steps that make up the mile… hooray for health!

John Myers
John Myers
2 years 6 months ago

Terrific Mindie – my jaw dropped. Wow!

mindie
mindie
2 years 6 months ago

You made me smile! Thank you!

Ellen
Ellen
2 years 6 months ago

Way to go Mindie! I tried Nutrisystem once too before I discovered the caveman way. Ugh, that stuff tasted terrible! A lot of soy I think, needless to say it didn’t work for me. I’m trying to get my kids to change like you did, my mom too who just had a pacemaker put in yesterday 🙁

Carol
Carol
2 years 6 months ago

Way to go Mindie! You look absolutely radiant!!

Jill
Jill
2 years 6 months ago

Wonderful story. Congratulations on your journey to health!

Annette
Annette
2 years 6 months ago

What a success, congratulations Mindie, you look and sound AWESOME!
Very inspiring, thank you; I just started living this way last week Monday and I daily inspired by people like you.
Thank you Mindie and thank you Mark!

MaddieLion
MaddieLion
2 years 6 months ago

What an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story, you look radiant and full of life!

Chad H.
Chad H.
2 years 6 months ago

Great job and keep it up!

JennF
JennF
2 years 6 months ago

Mindie, your smile in infectious! I hope you are proud of all that you have accomplished.

Steve
Steve
2 years 6 months ago

This is one of the most dramatic before/after photos so far. Well done!

LCDR USN Ret
LCDR USN Ret
2 years 6 months ago

Well done. You can be very proud of yourself.

Susan
Susan
2 years 6 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Mindie! I am so inspired! You look just fabulous, and more importantly, I’m so happy you FEEL fabulous! Congratulations.

Linda A. Lavid
2 years 6 months ago

That’s one long journey. You did it!!! Congrats!

KariVery
KariVery
2 years 6 months ago

This was one of my favorite success stories! You go, girl. Yay!!

Margie
2 years 6 months ago

Congratulations on your new life, and feeling better. The picture with the pretty smile says a lot. Good for you !!!!!!!!

Paul in Australia
Paul in Australia
2 years 6 months ago

I think 200 lbs (about 90 kilograms) might be a healthy weight for you. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but you look to be not far short of my height of 5’10”. I’m down from 132 kilos (291 lbs) in August last year, to well under 120 kilos (266 lbs) now. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m nearly halfway there. So if you can keep where you are, you should be alright.

mindie
mindie
2 years 6 months ago

I’m glad to hear of your success! Keep it up and move forward no matter the pace! Just so you know I’m short:) 5`4(I try very hard not to think about how far I have to go- it makes me sad, so I just think I made it they the day!

Katrinka
Katrinka
2 years 6 months ago
Mindie!! I can’t get over how much I look like your first two “before” pictures! I mean glasses, hairstyles (long and short), bodyshape, clothes – everything but hair color. I found MDA and Primal eating last year and I was doing well but then major depression took over in June and I’m now 24 pounds heavier than I was a year ago. I fell off the Primal wagon (feeling good, getting healthy) and back to the prison of sugar and grain (always tired, looking like crap) and it’s been REALLY hard getting back on track. It’s a daily battle to… Read more »
mindie
mindie
2 years 6 months ago

You can do it girl! It sucks some days I will not lie! There are days of I knew I could get away with it I would! Buy I know that if I do I start all over again! Plus the pain comes back and my mood starts to sink! You sure can get a hold of me if you need! I’m more than willing to help!!!

Bayrider
Bayrider
2 years 6 months ago

Outstanding, and you’re looking great! You have come such a long way, wow. I know how difficult it is to lose even a few pounds, how hard it is to change lifelong habits. You’re a great role model for your son, and for the rest of us too! Many thanks for your story!

meg
2 years 6 months ago

Yes! Once again, little by little has worked for someone! Keep going down this path, you look amazing for it and you’re saving your son’s life as well as your own! Congrats 🙂

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