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26 Aug

Stare Your Excuses in the Face, and Take Control of Your Health

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!

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Mark,

Thank you so much for e-mailing me back! I’d love to share my story! I find that even though people are constantly asking me how I lost so much weight, they tune me out immediately when I try to answer.

Believe it or not, my story starts with a car accident. I fell asleep at the wheel, and I realized that I had a problem. I had been much more tired than usual, my decrease in cognitive ability was affecting my grades, I was “throwing things” or falling for no reason, and my crazy hallucinating nightmares were keeping me completely stressed out. Since I was 18 when this started (I’m 19 now), I had a hard time finding the help I needed. I was sure that I had a neurological disorder, but my family and friends kind of thought I was crazy.

Since I was tired all the time, I was eating constantly. I was a chubby kid starting in middle school, and my weight had never really affected my happiness. All I wanted to eat was grains, even though I have IBS and grains make me incredibly sick. I knew that on top of my other health issue, I had some sort of weird addiction to grains and sugar. My stomach problems were enough to land me in the hospital for a night, and get me a colonoscopy/endoscopy as a high school senior. Though I tested negative for celiac disease, grains were definitely the culprit. Following my gastroenterologist’s suggestions I cut out all grains for a while, and my stomach started to improve. However, I was still eating a bunch of processed crap that I knew I shouldn’t eat; but I kept telling myself that it was normal for college students to eat that way.

Finally, I found a physicians assistant that would see me about my neurological issues (no one would see me without a referral from my doctor, which was impossible to get because my pediatrician was unreachable 99% of the time and my new adult doctor couldn’t give me a referral because I’d never actually gone to him). My physicians assistant’s name, ironically, is Mark and he changed my life. I went through some crazy tests and found out that I have narcolepsy. I was so incredibly tired all the time, I was actually damaging my memory and my thinking ability. Even though I was sleeping, my body wasn’t going through sleep cycles correctly. My body was looking for the energy that I missed from sleeping, so I tried to fill that need with food. Finding out I have narcolepsy was a difficult thing for me. I had done poorly in my first semester of college, and I was disappointed in myself for letting my health go for so long.

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When I finally coped with the fact that I have narcolepsy, I started to take control of my life again. Medicine and new advice about how I could improve my situation allowed my life to go back towards normal. I realized that I wanted to be as healthy as possible so I started exercising. I was always active, playing sports up until high school and taking dance classes until college, but I was definitely not fit. Overweight and lazy, I started slow. When I saw results, I decided to stop “winging it” and find a plan that would work for me. Through my search, I was changing what I would and wouldn’t eat by the day – one day I would eat sugar and the next day I would only use artificial sweeteners.

I found real structure when I bought a pair of shoes. A friend of mine bought a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, and I fell in love. Before long I blew a week’s pay (my babysitting money) on my very own pair. I knew that Vibram’s were a cultural phenomenon, but I never realized that a pair of shoes could start what they started. Every time I wore my FiveFingers in public, someone would tell me to “Grok on”, ask me if I’m “Primal”, or say something about “Mark’s latest post”. I was confused. Finally, a mom that I babysit for told me about a friend of hers. She told me all about MDA and The Primal Blueprint, so I bought the book.

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I jumped into the Primal Blueprint eating and fitness lifestyle full throttle. I started losing weight immediately. Now, I’ve lost a little over 100 pounds and I’m still going! I had to make a few psychological changes when I started to get healthy, and these changes are what I like to share with people most:

1. Stop rewarding yourself with food – I thought that I “deserved” a “treat” for everything. If I got a good grade I could “skip” a workout and go “relax” because hey, I worked hard. I had to change my mindset. I realized that unhealthy food will never be a “treat” because all it does is hurt my chances of reaching my weight and fitness goals. Food is something that humans eat in order to gain the necessary nutrients to survive. Fueling my body correctly is important for living the life that I am living, and that is the “treat” that I “deserve” for working hard. OK, let’s be honest, this mindset is harder to change than it sounds. So, I stopped biting my nails. I grew them out and began getting weekly manicures. My new reward was relaxation, pretty nails, and smooth hands.

2. Prepare yourself mentally for the people that will sabotage your good intentions – I’m Italian, and my family eats pasta. Thankfully, my parents are very supportive and they ALWAYS make sure that there is something for me to eat. My boyfriend’s family, however, is not as supportive. They don’t intentionally trap me by only serving food covered in flour, they just simply don’t understand that “no grains” doesn’t mean “a little bit of grains”. It’s hard to change people’s minds. I’ll never be able to respectfully get it through their minds that I will never eat “low fat” salad dressing (or any dressing out of a bottle) because it’s full of sugar and other chemicals that I don’t want in my body. They are sure that these foods are healthy, so I am still learning how to speak up for myself about my dietary preferences.

I knew that it would be at least slightly inconvenient to eat out (at restaurants or other people’s houses) but I didn’t realize how much my feelings would get hurt. It’s really hurtful to watch people in your life completely disregard your lifestyle and cover everything in stuff you can’t eat. My favorite is how everyone chooses Italian restaurants to eat out at; I am Italian so nothing there is going to impress me anyway but unless there is steak on the menu, I can’t eat there. I’ll admit, I had my share of hysterical fits when I came home to find my perfect organic (and expensive) chicken marinating in something that had sugar in it. It’s important to educate your family and friends about your choices, but it is imperative to your own mental health for you to realize that they won’t listen at least some of the time.

3. Listen to your excuses… they are the hurdles you need to overcome before you can commit to a healthier lifestyle. I am the first person to call bull$#!% (excuse my language) when someone says that they are simply too busy to eat healthy. The time a person spends at the drive-in could easily be spent preparing a salad. However, if you have no salad in the house, you aren’t going to make one. Instead of saying you’re too busy to eat healthy, realize that you are too lazy (probably because of the tiredness invoked by your hectic schedule) to eat healthy. However, if you feel that eating healthfully is “too hard” for you, then you’re not going to do it. You need to make it easy. McDonald’s isn’t going to start serving Primal meals, so you have to take your health into your own hands. Find one recipe that you can do quickly and easily and keep the ingredients around. Slowly expand your healthy meal making, and you’ll love the food you’re eating so much, you’ll be “too busy” to eat unhealthy food before you know it!

If your excuse is that healthier food is more expensive, I’m going to tell you that you’re flat out wrong. Grow your own vegetables, buy what’s in season, use the money from your daily run to Dunkin’ Donuts to supplement your new healthy food grocery bill. Whatever you do to figure out a way to buy the foods you should be eating, just remember that eating healthy now will probably save you costs in the form of medical bills in your future.

Another excuse I hear a lot is “well, every time I try something it doesn’t work so I’m just going to eat whatever I want”. Here’s the deal: you haven’t tried the Primal Blueprint. DO IT. If the success stories, the easiness of the plan, and the clarity of the core ideas aren’t enough to prove that the Primal Blueprint is awesome, then try it yourself. you will see the results that you want to see. Why would you stop trying to get healthy just because you think it’s hard? What if a heart surgeon stopped operating because it was too hard?

If you examine your excuses, you will be able to come up with a clear plan of how to jump over your own personal hurdles when it comes to getting fit. Seriously, the only thing standing in your way is you.

4. Take control of your health – When I was trying to find out what was wrong with me, I blindly listened to any medical advice I got. Instead of fighting to see a doctor, changing doctors when I should have, and putting my health first I acted like I was wrong for seeking answers. I felt that I should be apologizing for “wasting” people’s time. I felt like a big baby who was whining about my problems. Here is what I didn’t realize until later: it is never wrong to be cautious about your health. Don’t let a busy doctor or a person who can’t feel what you’re feeling tell you that there is nothing wrong. You know your own body, and your health is something to fight for. If you feel like you might have a medical issue that is affecting you, let that become part of your new healthy lifestyle. Take control of your whole health, not just your fitness.

After you commit to stop rewarding yourself with food, prepare yourself mentally for the hurdles you might encounter, stare your excuses in the face, and take control of your health, here are some tips to make the transition a little easier:

  1. Prepare a few “healthy” recipes that you LOVE. These should be foods that you look forward to eating.
  2. Do something fitness-wise that you’ve always wanted to do: go on a hike, swim laps at the local pool. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, break down your barriers when it comes to exercise and you will reap the rewards.
  3. Plan rewards. I bought myself really nice new clothes for my vacation because for the first time, I love to shop and I can’t wait to take pictures on the beach (something I never would have done at my old weight). When you see results, celebrate them.
  4. One thing that I did was make a “thin-spiration” poster. I put pictures of the resort I’ll be visiting on my vacation, a swimsuit I’d love to wear, fitness moves I wish I could do, and a quote from Kim Kardashian: “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels” to remind me that my goals are so much more important than the momentary temptation to eat something unhealthy.

I’ve attached two pictures, one of me before I started the Primal Blueprint (last fall, peach picking) and two of me taken recently (at an outdoor concert with my boyfriend, and a picture of me and my boyfriend before a night out). I hope my story is helpful in some way. The Primal Blueprint has really changed my life!

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Thank you again!

Sarah

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. ” … chicken marinating in something that had sugar in it.” Oh boy, I had one of these moments this week!
    My sister is allergic to tomatoes (anaphylactic reaction) so I’ve cut them out too, to see if they’ve been affecting me. And of course, I don’t eat grains.
    I’m visiting family this week and what was for dinner last night? Traditional spaghetti and meatballs. So frustrating.

    I’d also like to note, I was planning to make a meatza (pesto sauce, no tomatoes =P ) with that ground beef.

    Another highlight (lowlight??) of the week: My aunt was shocked that I was going to pour the fat from my bacon over my salad; she wanted to mix it in with the dogs’ food. Poor non-primal pups. Those kibbles do not look like food!

    Laura wrote on August 26th, 2011
    • I started my dogs on complete raw a couple months ago…they are thriving, and literally cry with anticipation when they see me getting their raw chicken thighs, hearts and gizzards, and bits of beef heart ready. They NEVER got that excited about their kibble.

      And…talk about return of the white teeth…simply amazing. Not to mention the reduction in dog poop in the yard, and how the little there is, disintegrates in a day.

      Grok on, dogs!

      Peter wrote on August 26th, 2011
      • Good for you Peter! Primal dogs for the win! My 9 year old looks like a young pup – never had any skin or teeth problems, no gray hair, muscular and beautiful. And the tiny poops always remind me that our own poops should be smallish too – all food utilized and well digested.

        HillsideGina wrote on August 28th, 2011
  2. “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels” was a mantra used in Weight Watchers in the 80s, so it pre-dates both famous women who have been given credit.
    Thank you, Sarah for a success story so full of wisdom. And thank you, Mark, for providing a forum with such a wide variety of success stories to encourage us.
    This started out as just another ‘diet’ for me, but I’ve learned so much, and through stories like this I’m motivated to keep learning and growing. What an awakening!

    Kathy wrote on August 26th, 2011
  3. Great story! Thank you so much for sharing. I can totally relate to feeling like crap in college. I constantly got fed the “IBS” line from doctors who would only give me more and more drugs which made me loopy and did nothing to cure me. It wasn’t until I cut out gluten and dairy (though I’ve been lactose intolerant since I was a kid so that wasn’t a big transition) that I began to feel better, although this was a couple months ago and I’ve been out of college for a few years now. I’m going to buy the Primal Blueprint right when I get out of work! Congrats and thanks again!

    Kristen wrote on August 26th, 2011
  4. Sarah, you’re expressing the wisdom of a long term, expereienced cave dudette. Grok on! My granny worked as a nurse for 30 years and always said, “you can pay the farmer or you can pay the pharmacist. Great story!

    Dasbutch wrote on August 26th, 2011
    • That is an awesome aphorism. Thanks for sharing.

      Timothy wrote on August 26th, 2011
    • “you can pay the farmer or you can pay the pharmacist” Love it, love it, love it — a very wise Granny indeed!

      PrimalGrandma wrote on August 26th, 2011
  5. This is again another wonderful story!! I love hearing from people of all ages, but I really love hearing that someone who is just 19 has taken control of her health and life now!! Just think of all the great things that will come from this!! Way to go Sarah!! You are an inspiration!!! :):):)

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on August 26th, 2011
  6. Vibrams were my primal “gateway drug” too! ;D

    cTo wrote on August 26th, 2011
  7. Wow! Very inspirational! So proud of you at your age figuring this all out. I wish I understood this when I was your age, instead of following CW for so many years.I do wish people were more supportive, but people are like sheep (sheeple). They follow the crowd & never question CW, even when it’s apparent that it doesn’t work. I mean, if your testimony can’t convince the skeptics, who can? You look amazing, Sarah! Congratulations!

    Michelle wrote on August 26th, 2011
  8. First off thank you so much for sharing your story. I love story days. They keep me going in a world of sabotagers.

    You had mentioned, “I had some sort of weird addiction to grains and sugar.” I’m now coming to realize the same thing about carbs. I feel like a recovering alcoholic or drug addict around them. I never thought of myself as having an addictive personality, but now with carbs…yikes. I’m glad now that my body reacts negatively to eating them. It helps to stay away when they make you feel like crap.

    Good job and good luck with the “in-laws.”

    Jennifer wrote on August 26th, 2011
  9. Hey Sarah! Great article… so glad to hear you have made these major changes at such a young age! Fyi, life sometimes sneaks up on you, so just a gentle suggestion to have some way of reminding yourself in the future if need be.

    Also… here’s an Italian restaurant tip…

    I order two Italian meatballs in marinara (might be a little sugar, but it’s maageable) and a big salad. Or if there are no salads, I order vegetables… they usually have some sort of veggie serving.

    The meatballs work great for me! Or some sort of meat a la carte…. they can usually swing that.

    cnico wrote on August 26th, 2011
    • Ask about what’s in the meatballs. Most of the time they use bread crumbs as a filler/binder. Or just don’t compromise and eat at home.

      samui_sakana wrote on August 28th, 2011
  10. What a fantastic story. It seems some of the best successes are when someone stumbles on being Primal.

    I love all the tips. Things we all struggle with.

    Thanks.

    StevieB wrote on August 26th, 2011
  11. What a great story! I’ve read it twice, bookmarked it, *and* emailed it to myself. I’m just starting out with PB after a couple failed attempts at VLC paleo, so I’m definitely going to use these tips and remember your success when things get tough.

    Alicia wrote on August 26th, 2011
  12. I’m so with you on people who don’t respect your lifestyle, or, worse, think you weird for it or make presumptions. I’m a model, and so people automatically judge me as anorexic (how anyone chowing down a gazillion juicy lamb shanks a second can be anorexic is anyone’s guess…). I got so annoyed the other day, a guy I knew who once saw me eat salad (oil, steak, nuts, the works) said “how salad can be filling, I don’t understand you anorexic models. I had to visit my gym for a punching-bag boxing session after that.

    My family is very supportive (my gran doesn’t agree with what I do, but she’s still supportive and doesn’t try to force anything on me), and always respect my lifestyle when choosing somewhere to eat, or preparing a banquet table. It’s lovely that they always have some nice paleo stuff on the table for me. And, my dad is totally addicted to my paleo nut soda bread.

    But what REALLY gets my goat is other people. “Come on, just a little won’t hurt;” “you HAVE to have some of this”…NO. I don’t. no sugar means no sugar. Otherwise it’s like a friend of mine who said he was “vegetarian except for bacon.” I wonder sometimes why people care so much what I eat.

    Milla wrote on August 26th, 2011
  13. Wow! I don’t even know you, and yet I’m so proud of you! Way to go, taking your health in your own hands! The idea of a thin-spiration poster is awesome :)

    I have recently been slacking off on having a primal diet and exercise plan. I blamed it on my friends and family, since they’re very ‘You don’t like what we make-You can leave!’ and ‘Have some fries please I can’t eat it all’- without a thought towards my primal eating plan. Sometimes people don’t understand that if you’re trying to do the best you can, then even a ‘little bit’ is not ok.
    Reading your post was just the kick in the butt I needed to realize I’m the culprit, no one else! I have to stick up for my habits, because no one else is going to.

    You’ve done a wonderful job, and I love your attitude!

    Caleigh wrote on August 27th, 2011
  14. Thank you for the reminder to do what makes sense instead of what everyone else is doing. My mother-in-law is a diabetes nurse educator, and I am having some trouble sticking to my guns. Luckily I figured out that I’m allergic to wheat, but convincing everyone that I don’t want gluten-free stuff because it still makes me feel like garbage, and that I’ve had plenty to eat with “just” meat and salad is still not easy. I’m a people-pleaser by nature, so I’m struggling with being “weird” and not buying ice cream for my husband or son because they “deserve” it. Food is fuel. Thanks for the reminder. My weight still isn’t where I want yet, but maybe I’ll reward myself with “new” clothes from the thrift store instead of candy.

    Sarah M wrote on August 27th, 2011
    • Yes. This. Enough with the GF-baking.

      I think I had some of that wheat-opioid stuff going on before I stopped eating it because GF baking not only lacks the consistency/flavor characteristics of flour concoctions but it just lacks the food reward for me. No, I don’t “need” to eat GF bread. My wife is convinced that GF baked goods will make me happy. They won’t. They don’t have the food rewards of wheat-based goods, but of course I’m not eating those anymore because they trigger a painful auto-immune reaction. I’ll have the sweet potatoes, thank you.

      Another Halocene Human wrote on August 27th, 2011
      • And if I want to take drugs I’ll stick with a glass of wine.

        Another Halocene Human wrote on August 27th, 2011
  15. Why head shots?? Congrats on the weight loss, but I could never tell from the pictures you submitted that you lost any weight.

    Milemom wrote on August 27th, 2011
    • Look at the arms. I think the sunglasses make it hard to see what’s going on with the face. Primal people typically look a lot happier in their photos.

      Another Halocene Human wrote on August 27th, 2011
    • I don’t have too many pictures from when I was heavier…I spent a lot of time dodging cameras back then!

      Sarah wrote on August 28th, 2011
  16. Awesome job, Sarah! You are wise beyond your years, especially the part about the sabotage. It’s very real. People don’t want you to leave them in the dust. You look great, and I love your lips!

    Ginger wrote on August 27th, 2011
  17. “Listen to your excuses… they are the hurdles you need to overcome before you can commit to a healthier lifestyle.” Exactly that! My birthday was Tuesday (must be something about birthdays) and I was doing great until we were driving by a favorite bar and I told my husband “Let’s go to Leo’s..” I didn’t stop with just one, sad to say. I also regretted it the next day, big time!
    I am going to remember that I create my biggest hurdles. Sarah, you are very inspiring. Have a wonderful vacation! Grok on.

    LoriZ wrote on August 27th, 2011
  18. Sarah, your story was very interesting to me because I was also diagnosed with narcolepsy at age 19 (however, I had been experiencing symptoms since age 13. It can be very difficult to catch so you’re lucky to have found that doctor that would pay attention to you!)

    As it turns out, my narcolepsy was actually a symptom that had developed out of Lyme Disease. I found this out about a year and a half ago, at age 22. The narcolepsy meds made me feel better for awhile, but eventually I started getting other symptoms. It became obvious that narcolepsy was too simple of an answer.

    As a supplement to the antibiotics I started taking for Lyme Disease, I began eating Primal. Low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free diets are sometimes recommended as an alternative or complementary treatment to bacterial infections like Lyme. The theory, I believe, is that bacteria in your body need some form of sugar to survive and multiply. I don’t think this has been proven by any study (God knows how hard it is to get studies funded for natural remedies as opposed to drugs that bring in $$$), but there are many people who say they could not recover from chronic Lyme Disease until adopting a Primal-esque diet.

    Anyway, I started eating Primal in March 2010 and noticed how much better I started feeling within just a few weeks. I has more energy and was actually waking up on my own, without an alarm, feeling refreshed and ready for the day! That hadn’t happened since I was a child.

    I kept taking the narcolepsy meds because I was told that this was likely a manifested symptom that would never go away. But on a couple of days I forgot to take meds and noticed that I didn’t have “sleep attacks,” at least not nearly to the extent that I used to. Finally, last December, I decided to quit the meds entirely. Turns out I was fine without them!

    I can’t “prove” that this is the result of eating Primal, but I have noticed that if I do “cheat” and eat sugar, I’m a lot more likely to feel sleepy again! This is good enough “proof” for me.

    In your case, Sarah, you may very well have narcolepsy that is just plan narcolepsy, not linked to an underlying condition like mine, in which case it may be that you have it for life. But I wouldn’t be surprised if eating primal at least helps with the symptoms, even if you do have to take meds. Thanks very much for sharing your story. I really enjoyed it and I always get excited when I hear people talk about narcolepsy, which is often misunderstood and which I know is extremely difficult to battle. Grok on and best of luck!

    Aimee B wrote on August 27th, 2011
    • Hey, this was a really helpful comment on narcolepsy. Thanks for sharing.

      Jon Th wrote on August 27th, 2011
  19. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I’ve been slipping from 80/20 to more like 60/40 and I’m feeling the effects big time! You just crushed all the excuses I’ve been using on myself – thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Carrie B wrote on August 27th, 2011
  20. Great story! I love the way you outlined tips and suggestions while also describing your experience with those points. Well done.

    Congratulations and warm wishes for continued success and spreading the good work of primal living!

    Jessica wrote on August 27th, 2011
  21. Sarah, first, CONGRATS on finding your way to health so young in life and on the weight loss. It is inspiring to me because I have seen a few questioning whether or not women could lose significant weight on this life program. I really believe in the tenets of it and since I have to lose just over 100 pounds I was very hopeful that I could also use it to lose weight. Although my issues are different than yours, your story tells me it is indeed possible and for that I thank you more than I can say!

    Chris wrote on August 27th, 2011
  22. WOW!! I think I will have to look into The Primal Blueprint.

    This story was truly inspiring and she started taking charge of her health and fitness at the age of 19. That is really impressive.

    Plus Size Workout with The Curvy Goddess wrote on August 27th, 2011
  23. Wow! Very interesting!

    I suffer from hypersomnia, as well as multiple other health problems. If I have half as much improvement as you have had with your health, it would be freakin’ awesome!

    That and sparkly Vibrams… :D

    Moe wrote on August 27th, 2011
  24. Wow Sarah you look incredible and sound like a primal pro! Great to see women getting serious about primal, love reading inspirational stories like yours. Great tips too :)

    Dollface wrote on August 27th, 2011
  25. I loved everything about this post. I did not like the quote at the end, “nothing tastes so good as thin feels” — I don’t think this is what being Primal and healthy is all about. As a person that struggles with disordered eating, a comment like this doesn’t help the minds relationship with food. Anyone else see what I mean?

    Meagan wrote on August 28th, 2011
    • I used that quote because it struck me so strongly when I heard it. It made me force myself to see food for what it is- nutrients. it’s not a comfort or a luxury. Also, It helped me see that as “comfortable” as I told people I was at my weight….I wasn’t. It’s not possible to be healthy if your 100 pounds over weight. I should have put “healthy” instead of thin, or maybe even “fit”, but I didn’t mean to imply that being thin is more important than being healthy.

      Sarah wrote on August 28th, 2011
  26. Sarah, I dig the list. I do that too much. If nothing changes, nothing changes. Right on. Later.

    Dave wrote on August 28th, 2011
  27. Wow! What a fantastic story! :) Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

    Melissa wrote on August 28th, 2011
  28. I was reading this super awesome story and got up for a minute. When I came back my (non-primal, carb-loving) husband was sitting at the computer reading this story. I didn’t say anything and he didn’t say anything, but he sat and read the entire post. I don’t want to be the pushy wife that starts eating differently and expects the whole family to follow suit, but this was promising :)

    samui_sakana wrote on August 28th, 2011
  29. Thanks for sharing this, it is inspirational to see how she managed the challenge.

    Neil Butterfield wrote on August 29th, 2011
  30. While I love seeing success stories from the ladies on here, and your tips are all awesome indeed, I hate that quote about nothing tasting as good as skinny feels, attributed often to La Kardashian or Kate Moss, but has actually been around since the 1920s or before. How about nothing feels as good as being healthy and fit? Because let’s be real: some dark chocolate with red wine tastes damn fine, skinniness notwithstanding.

    Leigh wrote on August 29th, 2011
  31. What an amazing post and a wonderful success story. Thank you very much for sharing.
    I especially enjoyed reading your success points. Very inspirational.

    chocolatechip69 wrote on August 29th, 2011
  32. What a fantastic story, and congratulations on your success!! I’m 20 (started Paleo/Primal right after I turned 19), so it’s SO nice seeing a story here from someone who’s my age that’s also having to deal with college/family/being a young Primal devotee. Grok on, girl! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Leigh wrote on August 29th, 2011
  33. awesome story! love that it started with five fingers=) I think I will have to reward myself with another pair of vibrams this weekend since I am down 21 pounds from primal eating;)

    Sylvia Jimenez wrote on August 30th, 2011
  34. hi, it was nice to see how you’ve changed your life so much through determination and going against the grains. and speaking of which, i hope you will be reading this, did you ever find out more about your IBS? i highly suspect you were either starting to develop a gluten allergy or, more likely you are like me, that you have a “lectin” sensitivity. i urge strongly that you google “the lectin story” and “leaky gut syndrome”. i have both of these and that was the reason why i stopped eating grains and nightshade veggies. it’s extremely informative and the two topics will likely improve your understanding and life even more!

    justin wrote on August 31st, 2011
  35. Great story! It really is amazing what can be done when you put your mind to something. Losing weight can be very challenging. It’s important to set goals from the start and reward yourself when they are achieved. Once you begin to see results it gives a little extra motivation to keep going.

    Treating Scoliosis wrote on September 1st, 2011
  36. Wow. Thanks for the tips! This is the motivation I have been looking for. Congrats on your results!

    Amanda wrote on September 8th, 2011
  37. Sarah – WHAT AN AWESOME STORY AND TRANSFORMATION! I just came accross this in my newsfeed as I started hanging out on MDA (full time during work lol) after your story was posted, but have been trying to catch up on old feeds. I have been primal for many years and just want to say that of all the stories I have read on here, yours really is so well written and inspirational! I have kept a few of these to forward to loved ones when they decide to make such positive changes for themselves – yours will be one of them! Congrats on your transformation beautiful girl!

    lisa wrote on October 27th, 2011
  38. Thank you so much for this post. It had me with tears in my eyes. I feel like we are the same person! Especially the part about your family not supporting you that much, which I am currently struggling with. I needed to see this because I am so sick of putting excuses in the way of a new life that waits for me. You are now like a primal sis to me! Thank you!

    PrimalRach wrote on July 26th, 2012

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