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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


You want comments? We got comments:

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

    Steve wrote on March 7th, 2014
  2. Well done. You can be very proud of yourself.

    LCDR USN Ret wrote on March 7th, 2014
  3. 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.

    Susan wrote on March 7th, 2014
  4. That’s one long journey. You did it!!! Congrats!

    Linda A. Lavid wrote on March 7th, 2014
  5. This was one of my favorite success stories! You go, girl. Yay!!

    KariVery wrote on March 7th, 2014
  6. Congratulations on your new life, and feeling better. The picture with the pretty smile says a lot. Good for you !!!!!!!!

    Margie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  7. 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.

    Paul in Australia wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • 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!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  8. 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 see if I can get through 24 hours of clean eating. So nice to see your success story with photos I can actually relate to! Now I can better visualize an image of what I might look like when I reach my primary goal, because it is to just reach 190 and hold for a while till my body can make that a new setpoint. Best wishes to you!

    Katrinka wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • 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!!!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  9. 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!

    Bayrider wrote on March 7th, 2014
  10. 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 :)

    meg wrote on March 7th, 2014
  11. Fabulous story. Looking at your earlier pics, I wouldn’t have thought it possible. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

    Jo wrote on March 7th, 2014
  12. Wow! Keep it up!

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on March 7th, 2014
  13. A little thing? Hardly! Your success is hugely impressive & inspiring! Thanks for sharing, & may you & your son continue on this path to lifelong health!

    Paleo-curious wrote on March 7th, 2014
  14. I’m in tears here at work because my mom looked so much like you. I only wish she were still alive to learn about this way of eating. I lost her when she was only 51, and I still miss her every day.

    I am sure your family is proud of you for how you’ve reclaimed control of your body and your life, and grateful they’ll get many more years to love you in. Even more than their pride (although it is sweet), I hope you feel so much pride in yourself. Congratulations.

    Catherine W wrote on March 7th, 2014
  15. Congratulations Mindie You look marvelous!
    Grok rules!

    Jennifer wrote on March 7th, 2014
  16. Mindie, your story is wonderful! I am excited for your continued primal journey. Kudos to your son for his choice to get himself well because of your inspiration.

    Cindi wrote on March 7th, 2014
  17. I want to THANK all of you that posted comments today! You made my day! Tears are running down my cheeks with joy of all the nice things said! Travel light!

    mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  18. Sorry for being off subject here but I just have to vent. I went to Yahoo today and read a typical SAD article from a “nutritionist” by the name of Ruth Frenchman on what we should eat for breakfast. Nothing new from her misguided advice but what really saddens me are the comments. The information is out there but people are just not making any attempt to receive it. It seems a bit pessimistic but my impression of my fellow Americans are of sheep being led to slaughter.

    victor wrote on March 7th, 2014
  19. Fantastic. You look absolutely radiant and so happy in that final photo. Keep it up!

    Stacie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  20. Love your story! Is the first picture at the fort on Mackinac Island? It looks very familiar. Congrats on a job well done! :)

    The Beckster wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • Yes it sure is! Good eye!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
      • One of my favorite places to visit. It would be a great venue for a future PrimalCon – minus the fudge, of course. :)

        The Beckster wrote on March 7th, 2014
        • Well I would go! I love it there! We would have to walk every where we go! I wonder if Mark reads the comments- we could drop hints!!!

          mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  21. Mindie,

    You are amazing!!! You are such an inspiration! And yes, you and Mark are right, the littlest things make such a difference. Thank you for reminding us all of that. Your last picture shows such happiness in your beautiful blue eyes! Congratulations!

    Karen wrote on March 7th, 2014

    Lorie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  23. Bravo, Mindie! You look radiant! You’ve done magnificently…and look at how you’re helping to change your boy’s health for his his future good!

    Terry wrote on March 7th, 2014
  24. Unbelievable transformation. So glad you feel better. Congratulations.

    perennialpam wrote on March 7th, 2014
  25. Dear Minnie, your skin is FLAWLESS. I am a German who has to read the Daily Mail on a daily basis (work related), beg your pardon if my English is somewhat uncouth, and they have, on a daily basis, some prominent person whose skin they declare “FLAWLESS”, Nöö! But your’s is. And your beautiful eyes, so sparkling! I know how hopeless it feels if you are too overweight (“will never get there anyway, could as well have some crackers”). Congratulations and all best wishes to you!

    barbara wrote on March 7th, 2014
  26. I am so proud of my mom. She very beautiful an tough. She gets through the day with happiness. I love her very much. She is one of my best friends. I couldn’t live to see her ache an be in pain for the rest of her life! Im pretty sure no other mom has accomplished what she has. An that’s very beautiful. As for myself I feel so much better. Its a struggle everyday to teach teens what I know an do everyday. They don’t understand it an think im stupid, mentally crazy, but its made my life all for the better. Ive always wanted to say to her what I gonna say: Thank you for giving me the opportunity, support, an everything between to get to this day. If it wasn’t for you I never would have made it through another night of crying mysekf to sleep becuz I felt fat, ugly, worthless. I now feel important needed in this world I don’t have too use my friends as a support beam to keep my self esteem up. Thank you so much. I never will be able to repay you for what you have done for me. Love you forever an always, your son.:)

    Maclain Tanner wrote on March 7th, 2014
    • Maclain I love you more then the stars and the moon! We will continue down this path to healthy together and fight the demons on the way!
      I’m so proud of what you have accomplished so far! You are amazing!

      mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  27. I am sorry, please shift compliments for Minnie to Mindie. (My excuses, Mindie.) You really look great, and of all the fat pork chops I ate – not one of them told me: Think before posting.

    barbara wrote on March 7th, 2014
  28. Barbara you sound like a hoot! Thanks for the compliments! It’s funny to me to hear I have flawless skin! I guess I have never thought about it!

    mindie wrote on March 7th, 2014
  29. Wow, that was over 50 exclamation points! Maybe we could coin a new phrase, “Paleo, live life in exclamation!” LOL You look awesome, congrats on your success and getting your family involved.

    Jen wrote on March 7th, 2014
  30. Congratulations to you and your family for adopting better health. Because you made the decision to adopt a better diet, your son no longer has to suffer from headaches. Think for a moment of how his dietary transformation is going to change the lives of those around him. One simple choice. Grok on!

    Michael B wrote on March 7th, 2014
  31. Well done Mindie. Looking great.

    BW wrote on March 7th, 2014
  32. Your dad and I are so proud of both you and Mac. Keep up the good work. Love you guys tons.

    DeAnn wrote on March 7th, 2014
  33. Lovely Mindy. : )

    Madama Butterfry wrote on March 7th, 2014
  34. What a inspiration, thank you for sharing!

    Petra wrote on March 8th, 2014
  35. Great success story! You look so happy in the last picture!

    hlofromcello wrote on March 8th, 2014
  36. Mindie, I’m on the same journey and was going:, knees not sore, check; no more painkillers, check; great skin, check; more energy, check 😉 I can only imagine the joy it brings to your heart to know your example has inspired your son and to see him flourish.

    Michia wrote on March 8th, 2014
  37. Wow…you look stunning and your health shows in your clear eyes. Bravo!!

    Helga wrote on March 8th, 2014
  38. I an so happy for you that you are finally enjoying life. I can only imagine how much more joyful your days are without the chronic pain. Thanks for sharing your journey!

    Deana wrote on March 8th, 2014
  39. Incredible! You are beautiful!

    Marisol wrote on March 8th, 2014
  40. Mindie.. sometimes we just don’t understand how much impact does these lifechanging stories like yours have on us, the readers.

    I am shocked, proud and inspired!

    And as you said, kids are following their parent’s footsteps. So I guess you have one good reason to kkep on the healthy lifestyle.

    Kepp going, share your story and help other people break through their habits.

    Thank you!


    dave wrote on March 8th, 2014

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