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October 05 2018

I Couldn’t Believe How Easily It Was All Happening

By Mark Sisson
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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’ve struggled with my weight for my entire life. I’ve been on and off diets since the 5th grade. Every time that I’d lose weight, I would just gain even more weight back. This was my way of life until about 5 years ago. I had seen a picture from my sister’s wedding, and I could barely recognize myself. I was 23-years-old and had gotten up to 260 pounds (at 5’9”). I knew I had to make a change.

I started counting calories, but I was still eating a very high-carb diet. I also started working out (intense cardio) 5-7 days/week. I did this for about 6 months and was able to drop 50-60 lbs. This was definitely the hardest thing I had ever done. I was exhausted and constantly thinking to myself “am I going to have to live this way forever if I want to be healthy?”

Soon enough, I had started to gain weight again when I let off the gas a little bit. Accordingly, I went back to the same weight loss plan I had done before—high carb, lots of cardio, and calorie restriction. I was hungry all of the time, and I felt mentally and physically drained. I was able to drop weight again, and I had actually gotten down to 170 lbs (90 lbs lost).

At this point, 2 years later, all I could focus on was keeping the weight off. I had some ups and downs for the next 2 years, but overall, I was able to keep the weight off and it was EXHAUSTING. I was miserable. I was constantly counting calories, and I was tired the majority of the time.

Last August (2017), someone had asked me how I was keeping my weight off, and this same person asked if I had ever thought about trying paleo. I had heard of the paleo diet, but I had never really looked into it. I was curious to know exactly what paleo was, and I began to research. I stumbled upon Marksdailyapple.com, and my life hasn’t been the same since. I dove right into all the blog posts. After reading The Primal Blueprint, I decided to adopt a primal lifestyle. I started eating a primal diet, and I stopped killing myself on the workouts. I started doing PEM exercises [Primal Essential Movement] in place of all that cardio.

I effortlessly lost 15 MORE pounds in 3 months; I was down to 155 lbs. I was starting to see major changes in my body composition. Muscles started forming, and I couldn’t believe how easily it was all happening. More importantly, I had never felt better!!! Living was much easier, and the results were much better.

I have stuck to the primal lifestyle ever since. I now have so much energy; I’m no longer obsessing over calorie-counting; I sleep better; I am excelling in my career due to a major increase in productivity; and I am a generally happier person and more fun to be around. I live a much fuller life now!

The Primal Blueprint saved my life (and my sanity). Thank you so much for teaching me how to live a healthy and full life!

THANK YOU!

Susannah R.

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  1. Awesome. Yes, the PEM’s work so well. It’s great how fast Primal works for almost everyone. Hopefully we can kill off chronic cardio for good in the near future.

  2. Amazing – actually I said holy sh**t when I saw this. You look great. What an inspiration. Keep up the lifestyle. In another 20 years as you age it will really show. No aches, pains or meds.

  3. Wow, you’re the most effective and convincing case study in primal/paleo efficacy I’ve ever seen! You’ve left no room for doubt.

    I hope you never hesitate to spread the word to those who may benefit from your experience. I see many young people with obvious bad nutrition that I would really love to help steer to primal but as a person who has never been much overweight I don’t feel I have the credibility or sensitivity to bring a painful and embarrassing subject up, it feels too much like fat shaming. But no one will ever doubt that what you’ve achieved is extraordinary! Congrats and respect!

  4. I am so happy for you that you found an easier way after all your hard work and determination to lose weight and keep it off. All the best

  5. I love these stories. Was it hard to transition completely? I’ve been trying for 5 years now and can’t seem to hang on. All of these success stories make it sound so effortless.

  6. Wow Susannah congratulations: short, to the point and super inspiring!

  7. You are an inspiration! I usually like details, but I like how you cut to the chase. If Mark ever makes a 12 month before and after inspiration calendar one could hang on the wall, you should be in it! Nice Job!

  8. Oh, wow, this is amazing! I was just visiting the success story section to grab the link for a blog post and I am absolutely thrilled to read your amazing story! My blog post topic is about easy and effortless weight release, and here you are, saying the exact thing with incredible pictures to boot. I had to link your story in my blog post as well. 🙂 I’d love to interview for my podcast, but I don’t know how to contact you! If you might be interested, drop my a line through me website. Thank you for sharing your story; this is going to be a huge inspiration for so many people.

  9. Thank Mark, for sharing such a real and inspirational story. Stories like this inspire many to get aware of their health and fitness. Also congrats Susannah! For sharing their experience of following the primal lifestyle.