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7 Mar

Little by Little One Will Travel Far!

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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  1. Congratulations to you and your son!

    PrimalParkGirl wrote on March 7th, 2014
  2. Hi Mindie,

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

    This thing works !!!!


    John wrote on March 7th, 2014
  3. Congratulations…you look radiant!

    Alice wrote on March 7th, 2014
  4. 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.

    IcarianVX wrote on March 7th, 2014
  5. Fantastic job. May you never go back to that old life. I hope Conventional Wisdom completely dies a quick death.

    Nocona wrote on March 7th, 2014
  6. You look GREAT!! Congrats!! You also look so much younger in your last photos, than you did in previous ones. Amazing!

    AustinGirl wrote on March 7th, 2014
  7. Congratulations! You look amazing and have such an inspiring story! Keep up the great work. After all, it’s the little thing.

    Jesse wrote on March 7th, 2014
  8. Love the energy of your story! Congratulations!

    Karen wrote on March 7th, 2014
  9. 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!

    Judy wrote on March 7th, 2014
  10. Oh, Mindie, you look so good! :) Thank you for your inspiring story.

    granny gibson wrote on March 7th, 2014
  11. Very sweet! Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah wrote on March 7th, 2014
  12. Mindy,
    You are an inspiration!

    Julie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  13. 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!

    Kelly wrote on March 7th, 2014
  14. 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!”

    Nick wrote on March 7th, 2014
  15. Awesome story! Congratulations!

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 7th, 2014
  16. You look great! And I am glad you feel great too. Best wishes for the future, and thanks for sharing your story.

    Siobhan wrote on March 7th, 2014
  17. 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

    Melissa wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • 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!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  18. 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!

    Lynn wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • +1

      Brooke wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • Me too! I was like…what is this wet stuff on my face… ;D

      MaddieLion wrote on March 7th, 2014
  19. 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!

    Pastor dave Deppisch wrote on March 7th, 2014
  20. Wonderful, marvelous, stupendous, fabulous…!

    CJ wrote on March 7th, 2014
  21. Congratulations Mindie for fighting through the tough times, picking yourself up, and pushing yourself to get to where you are today!

    Byron wrote on March 7th, 2014
  22. WOW! What an inspiration!

    Natalie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  23. Love the railroad photo!

    Karen wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • +1

      Rene Rushing wrote on March 7th, 2014
  24. Mindie, I love your story and I am so inspired by you. Thank you for sharing. You look fantastic!

    Simone wrote on March 7th, 2014
  25. 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!

    Primal and Proud wrote on March 7th, 2014
  26. 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!

    Jess wrote on March 7th, 2014
  27. Brava!!!!! I needed to read this, today! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    Shana wrote on March 7th, 2014
  28. 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!

    Jenny wrote on March 7th, 2014
  29. 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!!

    Joe wrote on March 7th, 2014
  30. !!!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!!

    Candi wrote on March 7th, 2014
  31. WOW Mindie, that last photo of you is so full of life! Simply gorgeous!

    Jess wrote on March 7th, 2014
  32. so inspiring! a reminder to celebrate all the little steps that make up the mile… hooray for health!

    adina wrote on March 7th, 2014
  33. Terrific Mindie – my jaw dropped. Wow!

    John Myers wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • You made me smile! Thank you!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  34. 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 :(

    Ellen wrote on March 7th, 2014
  35. Way to go Mindie! You look absolutely radiant!!

    Carol wrote on March 7th, 2014
  36. Wonderful story. Congratulations on your journey to health!

    Jill wrote on March 7th, 2014
  37. 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!

    Annette wrote on March 7th, 2014
  38. What an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story, you look radiant and full of life!

    MaddieLion wrote on March 7th, 2014
  39. Great job and keep it up!

    Chad H. wrote on March 7th, 2014
  40. Mindie, your smile in infectious! I hope you are proud of all that you have accomplished.

    JennF wrote on March 7th, 2014

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