Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
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 feel like now is the time for me to finally share my success story, though I will be the first to tell you the journey certainly continues!
I was an active teenager and fit all the way into my college days. While no one would have ever said I was skinny, having a thicker bone structure and build, I was certainly never fat or even overweight.
Enter the college experience. Most guys will know the college routine. Pizza, video games, football games, beer, wash, rinse repeat. Do that for a few months, let alone years and well… you start wearing all that sugar and grain from both solid and liquid forms.
After getting married I pretty much continued on with that pattern. The next thing I know, I have put on some pretty significant weight… I mean a lot! What I didn’t realize though was how all the inflammation and other symptoms like bloating, gas, and how my skin reflected my eating pattern. Having two little sons running around the house made me seriously reevaluate how long I was going to continue running my health into the ground. Having been a high school athlete I knew what it was to workout and get in shape, but the uphill battle with food seemed nearly insurmountable.
On a visit from my dad, who is an executive coach and in the process of completing The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification, we had yet another talk about my weight, eating and love of all things hoppy. He left me the web address of MarksDailyApple.com and I began digging. Between lots of talks with my dad, and deep diving on the website, I decided to go all in for at least 30 days to see if this really was all it was cracked up to be.
All I can say is wow!
Oh initially I had to deal with the carb cravings, my desire for a cold one and pizza while watching football. But I got through my 30 days with radical changes in how I felt. I had not only lost a chunk of weight but I felt better than I had felt in a long long time.
I was quite shocked to be honest. What I realized was how sub-par I really felt without actually knowing it! The brain fog, groggy post meal lethargy and constant heart burn were such constant companions they just seemed normal. I knew that feeling this good after 30 days meant there was no going back for me.
Dad told me I had to take photos at the beginning of this because the results would be worth seeing. Reluctantly I took the photos (above). At the six month mark I have lost 51 lbs, have just had my lipid panel done with my doctor… and I am in an excellent range.
What’s more is I love to cook and have taken on coming up with primally aligned meals and recipes, and Instagram them frequently . All I can say is thank you for this website and for all the knowledge and encouragement I have received. I hope my story can help encourage someone else to take the plunge to get on the primal path. I thank you, my beautiful wife Mina thanks you, and two little dudes, Ty and Dom, thank you every time I am out coaching one of their baseball or soccer games or rough housing with them.
I am incredibly grateful!