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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. Thanks Dave! Your words mean a lot to me!

    mindie wrote on March 8th, 2014
  2. I loved your story!! Wonderful and inspirational!

    Mimi wrote on March 8th, 2014
  3. Amazing transformation, thanks for posting this!

    wildgrok wrote on March 8th, 2014
  4. This story definitely requires a follow-up in about a year. Before and afters of the son, too, if it’s OK with him! Way to go, huge transformation.

    dragonmamma wrote on March 9th, 2014
  5. I know he would love to be a part of it! I will suggest it and one never knows you might read about him in the up coming year! Good idea by the way!

    mindie wrote on March 9th, 2014
  6. Wow! Congratulations Mindie and family. Thank you for sharing your story reading about your journey was just what I needed this morning.

    Marta wrote on March 9th, 2014
  7. Amazing!!!! Congratulations!!!

    Helen wrote on March 10th, 2014
  8. Mindie: I am so proud of you and have watched your transformation on a daily basis , as your coworker you have helped me too in so many ways! I am blessed to have you in my life & treasure all that you are as a woman & my friend. I know you will continue on this inspirational journey. Thank you Mindie for your strength & courage!

    Toni wrote on March 10th, 2014
  9. Hey Mindie!!!

    Great, great story! Thank you for sharing.

    May I ask what doctor you were referred to in the twin cities? I have been looking for a doctor in the area that has an understanding or promotes a healthy lifestyle such as Primal.

    Keep up the good work!


    AJ wrote on March 10th, 2014
  10. An, I used a place metabolic treatment- Dr. Corey Schuler

    mindie wrote on March 10th, 2014
  11. Ok it was AJ( device changed it on me sorry)
    metabolic treatment center

    mindie wrote on March 10th, 2014
  12. Absolutely radiant – you look wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to share your story. Very inspiring.

    Karen wrote on March 11th, 2014
  13. Mindie,
    I had goosbumps reading your story– reminds me so much of my own mom, who unfortunately passed before she was able to get a handle on her weight.I am so proud to be stepping out of her “shadow” in going primal. Keep up the good work!

    Katie C. wrote on March 11th, 2014
  14. Amazing story. Way to go.

    Steve wrote on March 12th, 2014
  15. Great Job Mindie!

    It’s always inspiring to see someone succeeding, and, as you said, keeping in mind the “little successes” is what is truly important! Keep it up!

    Alex wrote on March 12th, 2014
  16. Wowww. loving it. Thanks Mindie – I love love love that last pic!! welll done.. :)

    Anna wrote on March 12th, 2014
  17. You look fantastic, and I know the feeling of trying and failing over and over, and then to finally be successful. Hang in there, keep going no matter what. Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration!!!

    Debbie wrote on March 12th, 2014
  18. I’m on accord with the others, this was inspiring. I’m going to see how far I go on my path to “caveman” life. I think this was a valuable post to boost my desire. Thanks Mindie!

    Nora the explorer wrote on March 12th, 2014
  19. Good on you for your determination, openness to new paths, and self-discovery, Mindy.

    From a railroader perspective, I want to offer a lifesaving suggestion. Standing or stepping on a rail is a quick way to get fired from any railroad in the US. Reason being that they can be slippery, and the distance to the other rail (56.5″) is often about where your head will land should you slip. That rail you are standing on weighs 90-110 pounds per yard, it will win when a skull hits it.

    Not only that, but runaway cars and trains can sneak up surprisingly quickly and silently. It happens often enough that every rulebook used in the US warns to expect something moving in either direction at any time. Railroaders with long experience sometimes forget and are killed, enough that there is a special committee that catalogs those accidents…

    So a good Grok looks both ways for approaching mastadons, sabretooths, or freight trains, then crosses quickly and directly –not putting a foot on the rail– until they are out of the area where an approaching train or runaway car could strike them.

    For reference, I’ve tried being struck, just lightly, and made a firm decision to never let it happen again.

    speedyk wrote on March 14th, 2014
  20. Speedyk, thanks for the input! Good thing the track we were on is not used anymore! Been out of commission for some time! As you can tell the one next to us still is. I don’t mess with them, they are a little bigger then me:)

    mindie wrote on March 15th, 2014
  21. I’m a little behind on catching up with success stories and glad I didn’t miss this one! I like how a lot of your statements end with exclamation points!! It’s like you are excited and have this zest for life and want to share it!

    iluvoptics wrote on March 15th, 2014
  22. What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing and congrats on all of your hard work paying off.

    Tersie wrote on July 20th, 2014

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