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5 Oct

Primal Persistence: Staying the Course Through Life’s Ups and Downs

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!

real life stories stories 1 2Hi, I’m Rio. I’m 29 years old and I’ve been Primal since October 2011. I’d like to say that since then I’ve lost 25 kgs (55 lbs) and have a visible 6-pack. However, that for me is not the case. My story is still successful, but it is more a story of persistence.

I’ll start with the usual. I’ve been overweight my whole life even though I was an active child/teenager/young adult. Mum used to put “healthy” food on the table with a few treats on the weekend, but I was still painted with the “big girl” label. Unfortunately, the healthy food consisted of bread, pasta, potatoes and grain-based snacks. I started Weight Watchers when I was 12 years old. I was 72 kilos (158 lbs). Since then I feel like my life has been a perpetual cycle of “feeling naughty” and depriving myself. I have tried the weird and wacky diets (such as the soup diet) and more depressingly the CW “eat healthy and exercise” diet. I worked my butt off at the gym, ate low fat, and calorie-counted to within an inch of my life, and still I never saw the numbers I hoped for. I gave up time and time again, only getting heavier at the end of every attempt. I felt like a failure. At the end of 2010 I was 87 kgs (191 lbs) (I’m only 156 cm (5′ 1″)) and felt huge. I was also due to get married in April 2011. I always thought that my wedding would be the time when I would finally lose the weight and I thought up until now that my early attempts hadn’t worked because I didn’t have the ultimate motivation. I so wanted to be a thin and beautiful bride, so I hopped on the “eat right and exercise wagon” again, and again I was disappointed and devastated…I was, after all my efforts, going to be a chubby bride. My wedding was a wonderful day, because I married the love of my life, but I’ll always look back with a tinge of regret over my size.

ScreenShot2012 10 05at110343AMIn August 2011 after returning from our honeymoon and ballooning yet again to 87-88 kgs (191 to 193 lbs) and feeling miserable and fat, I thought to try a different approach and booked in for 12 Hypoxi sessions which were incredibly expensive (around $700 for 12 sessions). Hypoxi treatments consist of cycling gently for 30 minutes with your lower body encased in a pressurised chamber which applies and releases pressure as you cycle. The theory is that the pressure mobilises your body fat into the blood stream, so that you can magically cycle it away. Far fetched? Kinda. The Hypoxi team set you up with a list of suggested foods to “eat and not eat” which consisted of eating good fresh food and avoiding refined carbs and potatoes 2 hours after a Hypoxi session. I thought I’d better follow the eating plan since I was paying so much money for the treatments. Surprisingly, I lost a good chunk of weight and centimeters around my body and looking back it was really my first introduction into the Primal lifestyle – low carb and gentle exercise (compared to the approaching-chronic-cardio exercise regime I was used to). Not convinced it was the Hypoxi treatments that caused the weight loss on its own, I started to research low-carb diets when someone posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple to a Facebook page I am a member of. Once I started reading the articles and information on your site I was instantly hooked. I downloaded The Primal Blueprint and devoured it in a few days. I started eating Primal and my energy levels improved instantly…I couldn’t believe it! I’d gone from being tired and listless all day (falling asleep on the couch around 8 pm every night) to bounding out of bed in the morning and not feeling tired until 10 pm that night, with none of lethargy through the day (which I had started to think was “normal”). With little effort I lost 5 kilos (11 lbs). I felt great!

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Since those initial 5 kilos the weight loss has been slow, but still on the decline. I’ve lost about 15 kgs (33 lbs) and 17 cm (7 inches) from my waist since my initial Hypoxi session. My measurements are also still decreasing. What is more amazing is that the shape of my body is changing. I’ve lost 10 kgs (22 lbs) before on the “eat healthy and exercise regime,” and sure I got smaller, but my body shape didn’t change all that much. This time my waist is visually smaller, nipped in at the sides, arms, and legs.

However, three or four months ago I had a “Primal stumble.” For some reason (winter perhaps?) my sugar and carb cravings came back. I got depressed and I got “angry.” Oh my, was I angry…..at life, at my husband and at my stupid body for not responding the way I wanted it too (why hadn’t I lost all my weight?!).

After the 5th serious fight with my husband (which seemingly seemed to start over nothing) I knew something had to change. I knew that the actions and attitude that I was portraying was just NOT me! So after doing some research on how I was feeling, two weeks ago I did two things. I started CrossFit (my exercise had dropped to nothing during winter), and I gave up the birth control pill. I am now 14 days no hormones, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again. I can’t begin to describe the effects giving it up has already had on my mind, my emotions, and my libido. As for CrossFit…I love it! It has the structure I need, with the freedom to work within and push through my own limits and boundaries.

I often felt frustrated reading other people’s success stories, and think, “why did I not lose 20 kilos in the first 6 months and get ripped abs?” But then I have to stop and think what I’ve gained. I’ve gained health. I’ve gained energy like I never could have imagined. I’ve gained my happiness back. And I’ve gained a healthy body that bends and twists and lifts and runs.

If I were to offer any tips to the Groks and Grokettes out there like me, it would be to keep going. This thing is for life. It’s not a quick fix and not many people (outside the community) get that – I can’t count the amount of times people have said to me “what do you think will happen when you go back to eating normal.” Well, I am eating normally, thank you very much.

Another thing that helps me stay sane is having a fantastic support network around me. My husband Scott is sometimes-but-not-100%-Primal, but very supportive. I have a fantastic friend/personal trainer who is passionate about Primal/paleo nutrition and lifestyle, and a great friend who is also living the Primal life and lifting heavy stuff. It is beneficial to have people to bounce ideas off of, to ask for advice about what worked for them when this or that happened, and to generally glow in the awesomeness which is the Primal lifestyle. What is even better is that I’ve now managed to convince my mum and my sister to adopt the Primal principles. I’m so happy that they too are now on the track to being healthy and happy.

So in the end, being Primal for me so far is not about what I’ve lost….rather what I’ve gained (health, energy, an inner glow). And I couldn’t be happier.

Rehanna

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  1. What a great story! I love your attitude. Mind if I borrow some?

    Suzanne wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Borrow all you need! :)

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  2. Rehanna, love your last photo, you look so happy! Congratulations on your life change, your new figure, and your new health. And you are not the only one who cannot take hormonal BC. Spent my 20s in a clinical depression and never figured it out until my daughter got on them and went crazy.

    Diana wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Hormonal BC started my weight gain at age 21. For some reason, the hormones mess with my set point. The same thing happened with both my pregnancies. I wish I could do ‘em over on a Primal diet to see if a different diet might have better protected me, but too late now.

      Dana wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Same here, spent my late teens/20s in a depressive haze. Thought it was just me, because the doctors said it wasn’t the pill so keep taking it. I finally figured it out for myself. Hormonal birth control does a nasty number on my mental health, libido, etc.

      Anna wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Thanks! I am happy!

      I’m now 32 days no BCP and I still have my ups and downs, but I feel myself again and it’s such a relief. I hadn’t noticed how much I’d changed until I quit it and i wish I’d done it sooner!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
      • You look amazing i think you are little hard on yourself your progress is great, thats alot of weight to lose!! The dam birth control pill i gained so much weight as a teen and went crazy from it! I stopped taking it lost all the weight by the time i was 19 and have never gone back to BCP since. Now I would love to make a few suggestions, I highly suggest taking a supplement called “her Energy” by Brad king. you can get them in the states althogh its a canadian product i do believe you can order it on http://www.vitacost.com Take 3 pills 3 times a day. What this does is binds to bad estrogens in the body from birth control and pulls it out. I know many women coming off birth control will lose weight from this as well just feel so much better. Speeds the detox of BCP whch can take a long time to recover from. take the whole bottle like instructed. then do another bottle with taking just 3 a day. As well i would highly suggest having your hormones tested through saliva testing. it is usually a missing key for many women trying to lose weight. hope this helps! I have an on going fascination with hormones and weight loss myself. what also worked for me was the very contaiversial “hcg diet” but gotta say it worked like a dam and i have kept the weight off for 2 years!!! Because your eating well already you would have lasting results with it as well!! Any questions feel free to ask.

        Stiles wrote on October 6th, 2012
    • I can’t do hormonal BC either. The first one I tried made me suicidally depressed within 2 cycles of taking it. Fortunately I also noticed that I felt a little better as soon as I took the ‘sugar pills’ each month, so I just quit taking it… and within 48 hours I felt normal again.

      So I tried a different one – which gave me migraines. And my GP gave me anti-migraine drugs to counteract the side-effects of the BC drugs, at which point I just thought “What the? I’m happily married, there are other options for BC, and if they fail, a baby would not be worse than this catalogue of side-effects. What on earth am I doing?”

      Happiness :)

      We use Fertility Awareness and have had 4 planned pregnancies and no surprises :)

      homehandymum wrote on October 7th, 2012
  3. Hi Rio. Thanks for sharing. As much as I love the Friday success stories sometimes they leave me bummed out (because it feels like everyone’s so freakin’ perfect!). I appreciate your realistic viewpoint – everyone’s gonna stumble but this thing’s for LIFE :)

    Cat@thingsmybellylikes wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Absolutely, and that is the sentiment that helped me push through my struggles.

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  4. Thank you for sharing your story, Rio…I can completely relate. After starting a minimal carb diet in May 2011, I went Primal in May 2012. The scale hasn’t gone any lower since then, but the changes to my body have been incredible. On those days when I get down on myself and fixate on how I’d like the number on the scale to be 20 lower than it is, I remind myself to be proud of what I’ve accomplished; that I’m doing right by my body and in time it will all come together.
    You look incredible in your ‘after’ photos, so happy and content. Keep it up! :)

    J-me wrote on October 5th, 2012
  5. Wow – well done! You look fantastic!

    I totally understand the frustration when you read the more extreme success stories but you fail to magically drop 6 dress sizes overnight.

    The results are very obvious to everyone else looking at your photos- even if you don’t notice day by day as you get slimmer and healthier.

    Have a gold star for your acheivements so far – this is just the beginning of a long and healthy life!

    Primal V wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Thank you and I agree! Here’s to a happy, healthy and long fun filled life!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  6. Seeing someone having a great time on an outdoor adventure like you are in that last pic is more inspirational to me than a photo of ripped abs.

    Alice wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • 100% agree Alice, having a defined six pack isn’t my definition of success, but living a life that’s full of fun and energy certainly is!

      Well done Rio, think there’s a song named after you;

      “Her name is Rio, and she’s totally Awesome”…

      … ok, I better ease off the beetroot juice

      Patrice wrote on October 5th, 2012
      • Both Alice and Patrice are spot on, in my book!

        KEW wrote on October 5th, 2012
        • Thanks guys! I’d take fun and energy over sculpted abs too!

          Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
        • I’m so with you guys! Rio, I love love love your motivation to be the best YOU not just a physically different YOU. That is what made my primal moment, the knowledge that our mental state is really a major sign of health… not just those pesky abs which will or will not show one of these days! (come on kale, work your magic!)

          So happy and proud to be in a community that supports you for your own journey. It’s exactly the kind of place I want to be!

          Valentina wrote on October 8th, 2012
  7. You have a wonderful attitude and have gained so much. Keep going and you will reach your goals

    Sharon in NC wrote on October 5th, 2012
  8. Congrats!! You look great and so happy!!

    AustinGirl wrote on October 5th, 2012
  9. You just spoke for everyone! I can relate 100% to the ” this is not me” feeling when you stop working out and trapse into sugar land. So great you have to mental strength to stay at it, and roll with life. You are a great example.

    Susan wrote on October 5th, 2012
  10. Rehanna,

    You’re a great inspiration and a paradigm of how to keep things in proper perspective. My vanity is made more evident every time I look in the mirror and think I’m wasting my time because I’m not seeing exactly what I want to see. The recollection of where we have been and the realization of where we are presently is an exercise worthy of our daily attention. Well done.

    Josh wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Thanks Josh :)

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  11. Fantastic story Rehanna. You nailed it on the head — what is important is what you have gained!

    John wrote on October 5th, 2012
  12. I don’t have a visible six pack going on either, but I still feel like this is worth doing and then some. It will be interesting to see if the weight comes off once you are off the pill for awhile. I think my problem is I get busy and only do 80/20 most of the time.

    Sarah wrote on October 5th, 2012
  13. I am so thrilled for you that you have found Primal this early in your life!! I have spent the last 26 years of mine fighting my body at every turn and never really living in it. Primal has been the same kind of dramatic feeling but not really dramatic looking success story. I’m down about 15 pounds, but feel and look so much better!! Keep it up, Girl!!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on October 5th, 2012
  14. When I was younger I was overweight and I went on a low-fat diet and used to run a lot. I lost a LOT of weight and managed to keep it off for about 3-4 years. Then it all came roaring back and I gained more weight than ever. I could never get myself to lose weight and keep it off.

    Since going low carb and then primal I myself have not lost a significant amount of weight like the success stories of others. However, I do enjoy not being as hungry and not having to snack all day. My weight loss has been very slow, but I keep in mind that this is a lifetime commitment and so it may take a while.

    Nathan wrote on October 5th, 2012
  15. Rio, Your story is a breath of fresh air.
    I can relate, I’ve only lost 5 lbs, but have gained energy, health and a new lease on life. I’m also looking for my abs, in time I hope, we both find them.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

    Anna wrote on October 5th, 2012
  16. Thanks for your story. It’s good to know that there are regular pepole out there who are primal too.

    ponymama wrote on October 5th, 2012
  17. Rio,

    Two things in your story really jump out at me and made me want to respond. The first is your observation that your body shape is changing as a result of the primal diet. I have noticed the same thing and have wondered if I was going crazy. I now have a waist for the first time in my life, as you mentioned, and I also have fat where, as a woman, I am “supposed” to have fat…i.e. hips and bottom. Not an overabundance, but enough to finally give me the womanly shape I always lacked before. It’s amazing how this happens just from a diet. I attribute it to hormone regulation.

    Which brings me to the second point, birth control. I just made the decision this month to give it up, and I am so happy I did. I think it was my final stumbling block on the road to weight loss, gaining energy, stabilizing mood, and controlling my blood sugars. I can already tell a difference.

    Your story reminds me so much of mine and is a great encouragement! Thanks for sharing, and good luck as you continue your journey!

    Juniper wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Thanks and good luck to you too! We definitely seem to have similar stories and its refreshing to learn I’m (we’re) not alone!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  18. Anyone can see that you are doing wonderfully and look great. There’s a huge difference from where you started.

    I am 58 yrs old, let me give you some advice because at your age it’s not so obvious. A year in a lifetime is nothing! You will continue to have success with this, be patient with yourself. Introducing Crossfit into the mix is really going to step things up. Six months or a year from now you will be amazed with yourself and with many happy and healthy years ahead of you. This is the smartest thing you can for your future, vitality is the key to all happy lives. Great job, great attitude, congratulations.

    Dave wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Well said: “A year in a lifetime is nothing!”. It’s far too easy to forget this today. We live in a world of instant gratification and expect, and usually get, everything NOW. Being patient is key as is seeing it from the perspective of what you’ve GAINED instead of just what you’ve lost (carbs/comfort food, weight). Something we could all benefit from remembering.

      Christina wrote on October 5th, 2012
      • Agreed, I’m learning that now! Patience is defiantly something I’m working on!

        Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Good comment.

      Leah wrote on October 9th, 2012
  19. What, no pics of you dancing on the sand? :)

    Just what I needed to read today. I’ve been frustrated on and off by my lack of progress which leads me to give up and feel horrible and bake a loaf of bread and eat the whole thing with lots of peanut butter on it, then get depressed and re-resolve and resolve again to live Primal for a few days until I fail to see any scale movement or body composition changes…it’s a vicious cycle.

    So glad for your success, Rehanna. Thanks for sharing your story and for giving me some much-needed perspective and motivation.

    Amy H. wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Give me another year of CrossFit and ill send one in! Never give up, if you stumble, assess why (maybe write it down, including how you feel mentally and physically) and then move on….it gets easier, trust me! Just don’t give up!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  20. Awesome story! Congrats on all your success. To me things like happiness, energy, and glow are the bigger measures of success and are what will continue propelling you forward. It feels good to feel good! Keep it up

    luke depron wrote on October 5th, 2012
  21. Thank you for writing this. There are so many things I can relate to: “I feel like my life has been a perpetual cycle of “feeling naughty” and depriving myself.” I’ve never been overweight but believe it or not that’s me, too. And I’m still there in many ways. I also relate to the anger phase – Why can’t I kick these damn cravings? Why does liver make me gag? Why is this so hard for me?

    It’s frustrating when everyone is so upbeat about how easy it all is and how effortlessly good they feel – I still feel tired most of the time and sick to death of eating meat and eggs and veggies and all I want to do is put a cookie in my mouth. Food for me is very emotional; somehow bone broth and kale just don’t do it. At all. I keep hoping it’ll change, but… Thanks for your post. It helps!

    Gydle wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • What about fat? It’s important and easy to come short on if you’re not careful, since most meat sold is with most fat removed. Try putting butter / coconut oil / animal fat on everything. To me, fat really makes a difference.

      Sofie wrote on October 5th, 2012
      • @Gydle: Fat, worked into my daily calorie count, is what keeps me from feeling sorry for myself. I rarely get the “munchies”, which are hard to resist. I’ve finally lost a few pounds and a couple of inches after a long stall!

        Rehanna, I commend your great attitude!

        gibson girl wrote on October 5th, 2012
  22. 55 lbs in 12 months! That’s losing over four pounds a month or a pound a week. Sounds like some real progress to me!

    Kai wrote on October 5th, 2012
  23. I’m in the same boat at this point (although I haven’t been super strict with my diet when it comes to a few things, like popcorn…). I haven’t lost any weight (I’ve actually gained some, or so the scale at the office tells me), but I have enough energy nowadays to ride my bike to and from work, workout after work at the gym, and still have a few hours of energy left when I get home to build a fire, split wood, cook, clean, etc. My clothes are fitting looser, and my body shape is starting to change somewhat, so I don’t consider it a failure at all. I just really need to get a fabric measuring tape to start counting my inches to actually have some sort of a measure on my success (thank you, quantitative brain)!

    Charlayna wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • I wish I had measured myself at the beginning of my journey instead of weighing myself. Those demon scales really don’t tell the full story. Thanks for this story, I can relate, as I have only lost 12 kilos, and have largely stalled there in the last 4 to 5 months. So I am refocusing on all the gains, and they are so many, no GERD, seasonal allergies,, dry skin gone, inches gone around my waist, headaches gone; the list is longer than the weight loss. We are all different, there will be different shapes out there in the primal community, and I think that what has gone before and the damage it has done is definately a factor. I am now focusing on life, gut health, feeding my family real food, playing with our new puppy and enjoying the approaching summer down under. Well done Rehanna, you look fabulous and your life is there to be lived!

      Heather wrote on October 5th, 2012
  24. Lady, you are HOT! :D

    Good for you for pitching the Pill. I am convinced that messing with our hormones is one of the dumbest things women can do.

    Rebekah wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Naw thanks :) and yep deffo agree! No more artificial hormones!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  25. I love the success stories on Fridays, and this one is awesome. Not only do you look great, you look like you FEEL great! Continued success on your journey.

    CS wrote on October 5th, 2012
  26. And pink Vibrams to boot! Way to go!

    Alisha wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • I have 5 pairs, including a silver sparkly pair (my going out vibrams) and the limited edition Australian flag version :) I’m hooked!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
      • I haven’t seen the sparkly silver ones! Wherever did you get them?? I do have the Australian flag version though… I couldn’t resist when I saw them on the site. Boy do I get some looks when I wear them though!!

        Anyways congrats on your success so far! Like you I’ve lost a few kg pretty quickly, but weight loss has slowed right down (I still need to lose about 15kg more). I’ve also just started CrossFit! It’s an awesome workout, and I already feel some changes happening.

        Fiona wrote on October 5th, 2012
        • I got the silver ones in the vibram store in Milan when we in European earlier this year…they may sell them on the vibram website though? :)

          Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  27. Rehanna,

    Way to go! That’s an awesome story and I’m glad you are enjoying your successes–I too have had moments where I break my good habits and fall into old comforts, and I immediately find myself short-tempered, groggy, and just not the same person. Having a support network online and with a few choice friends helps me keep it together.

    Cheers!

    Brent wrote on October 5th, 2012
  28. Hi, Rehanna, what a great story! My experience has been like yours–long persistence, health improvements, and no six pack! My husband and I have conceded that we’re not going to have photogenic bodies, but we are healthier than ever, as we near age 40!

    Jenny wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Nice work! It’s never too late to start feeling good. My mum is 55 and started primal this year, she’s looking and feeling great!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  29. Never being satisfied with what you can actually become but always happy with the progress and loving who you are.

    Congrats.

    Evan Pavan wrote on October 5th, 2012
  30. And to follow on, I’ve had difficulty with emotional eating, too. I’m realizing I need to address some of the inner issues behind all that, and face discomfort and boredom in life, rather than fill it with food. A book called Full-filled addresses this really well. It doesn’t address nutrition or what to eat, but does talk a lot about loving ourselves, motivation, self control, living life NOW, not when we have “better” bodies.

    Jenny wrote on October 5th, 2012
  31. Thanks for such an honest story. Perfection is rare-many of us will never have a six pak or look good in a bikini, even when we achieve a healthy weight. Striving for health and mental wellness, feeling strong and vital-that is success! Love the sparkle of vitality you exude.

    Colleen wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Agreed! And thank you….. :)

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
  32. I really needed to hear this today. Your story is so similar to mine, and it gives me hope that I’ll be able to continue to see health benefits as I continue to enjoy a Primal way of life. Thank you!

    reluctantmango wrote on October 5th, 2012
  33. Lucky hubby!

    Simon wrote on October 5th, 2012
  34. Rehanna– You know– the only six pack I may ever have experienced as a six pack of beer. But being primal, healthy, happy and with more energy than 90% of pastors my age– Primal is tops- Great work– keep it up.

    Pastor Dave wrote on October 5th, 2012
  35. You have been, are, and will be lovely! And with such enjoyable wisdom! I loved your observations and story.

    Joy Beer wrote on October 5th, 2012
  36. Shaming thin women is not an improvement over shaming fat women.

    Sofie wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • I agree.

      Lynna wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • I agree with the sentiment. Every woman is different, and its something I’ve struggled with my whole life. With my broad shoulders and ample booty I’m never going to be a size 8, but those same qualities give me the opportunity to back squat 70kgs (and rising) and I’ve had many naturally slim girls ‘wish they had my boobs and curves’.
      Every woman is different and beautiful and what matters is health and vitality!

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Don’t be afraid of commenting! I think a lot of women are just hurt by the current trend of calling curvy women “real women” and implying that thin does not equal womanly (I guess a backlash against the pressure to be slim in society?!).

      I know you weren’t trying to imply that “real” women have to have curves, but many slim women are constantly being bombarded with the idea that they’re not womanly, so it’s easy to interpret someone’s words negatively (or as anti-slim) when that wasn’t the intention!

      Fiona wrote on October 5th, 2012
  37. I find this post to be one of the most motivating I’ve read here on the site. Sure, it’s inspiring to read about the “I got so ripped” success stories, but I appreciate Rio’s honesty about her journey. The pounds don’t just melt off for everyone. Truly inspiring and a reminder that health is the goal over a six-pack any day.

    Dena wrote on October 5th, 2012
  38. Thanks for sharing Rehanna! Your story strikes a chord with me – I appreciate the encouragement today!

    Meg wrote on October 5th, 2012
  39. I hear ya about the BC. I tried it for a while for my PCOS, before deciding I’d rather be fat than smaller and insane. :D

    Wildrose wrote on October 5th, 2012
  40. Gentlemen….break out the rubbers and give these beautiful women a break! Sounds like birth control pills are for the devil.

    Nocona wrote on October 5th, 2012
    • Hell yes! :)

      Rio wrote on October 5th, 2012

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