It Will Pass and I Will Be Stronger

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!

Dear Mark,

I have been completely Primal for just over a year, and working towards that for almost three years. It has changed my life from feeling like I was living in an unlit and windowless room, to really participating in life and finding fulfillment. It’s been that dramatic.

I was an active, healthy kid with a good diet until I was twelve. My home life became very unstable. I was moved around a lot, and lived with several different relatives and attended different schools. It was hard on me. I was a very introverted kid to begin with, and I didn’t make friends. I read books and did homework and ate. I quickly became very sedentary, and very sad, and I had access to a lot of processed, sugary foods that my mother had never kept in my childhood home. I was given a lot of autonomy over my diet, and I quickly became addicted to these foods.

Lindsey through the years

By the time I was 16, I weighed 240 lbs at 5’7″ and I was extremely depressed, bulimic and very unhealthy, with bad skin. That was the year I was also diagnosed with PCOS, an explanation for my painful, irregular periods and other symptoms. I tried to lose weight by restricting calories, but when I was depressed I would care less about my long-term health than my need for something comforting to eat. So I would binge, and feel guilty, and purge, and my bulimia got worse.

Lindsey through the years

By the time I was 18 and living on my own, I was very sick. I was binging and purging more or less all day long, sometimes close to ten times a day. I remember feeling very scared the first time I threw up and had blood start pouring like water from my nose. I was more scared to stop throwing up, though. I wasn’t having periods at all, but occasionally I would go to the bathroom and find that there was nothing but blood in the toilet. That scared me, too.

When I was 20, living alone and in college, my depression and bulimia continued, and I also started drinking, alone, most nights. The nights I didn’t drink alcohol, I would do other drugs. I also started smoking. Once I was intoxicated, I would go out for a walk, alone, in my very bad neighborhood at three in the morning. I would occasionally get bursts of energy, and in one such burst, I got a new roommate, a new job, and I joined a community group. Then I was assaulted by someone I thought was my friend. I felt like my depression was a black hole sucking me in, that my life would just feel worse and worse until I died. I wanted so badly to die, but I was afraid to kill myself. I was hoping, I think, that the world would take care of it for me.

When I was 22, I had another one of these moments when my depression lifted. I bought a gym membership this time. I started going all the time, I would use the gym sometimes, and run on the treadmill. I wanted to know what to do at the gym, so I was looking at lots of online resources. I found nerdfitness.com, and through them, I found Mark’s Daily Apple. I remembered that a customer at my old job had, a couple of times, mentioned that he ate a caveman diet, but I hadn’t cared to look into it at the time.

When I did read about eating like a caveman, it resonated with me. I had started learning how to cook, and I was enjoying it, so the idea of a diet made of whole, unprocessed ingredients appealed to the chef in me. I love reading about science, so the more I read, the more it appealed to me, and the more Primal principles I started to apply to my own life.

I found that not counting calories and not throwing up was nerve-wracking. I gained weight at first, started purging again. I stopped weighing myself. The better my diet gets, the less I get an urge to binge. With no binging, I don’t purge. I slip up once in a while, but those incidents are getting further and further apart. I also got a physical job that I love: working in the produce department at the grocery store. I lost a lot of weight. My high weight was around 290 lbs, and now I weigh between 155 and 165 lbs.

Lindsey - Happy Birthday!

My depression started to lift even more after I eliminated grains and sugar from my diet. Within 3 months I could feel a major shift. I no longer had long periods of apathy and hopelessness interrupted by the occasional “good month.” I now feel very calm and still inside. I feel tethered, and even when I do get sad (because it’s got to rain sometimes), it no longer feels like I’m getting sucked into a black hole of depression. It will pass, and I’ll be stronger.

I am stronger. I get stronger all the time, and calmer, and happier. That’s what keeps me doing this caveman gig. I’m so strong, in fact, that this spring I’m leaving on an adventure, I’m going to walk across the USA, from my home on Vancouver Island, to my parents’ home in Connecticut!

Thank you for giving me the tools I needed to save myself.

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  1. All I can say is wow!! You are one strong woman. I am so happy for you!

  2. Thank you for sharing your story. It gave me the chills to know that i can do this too..

  3. Food (especially the wrong foods) can be like a drug that you’re never allowed to fully quit thanks to that pesky problem of continued living.

  4. What a powerful story! I wish you nothing but success for you in all of you endeavors. You deserve it!

    1. I also want to add that apart from the fantastic success you’ve had, I think getting a physical job was a really smart idea and your transition (not counting calories and it being nerve wracking) is a aspect of this lifestyle change that is often overlooked. We need to be more aware of it in order to manage it better if we this kind of experience.

      1. I agree, Alison, it’s a hard habit to break, and a big source of anxiety for a lot of us.

        1. So is weighing yourself each day. I still do, I just can’t shake a habit of a lifetime. Lindsey your story is chilling, good on you for pulling yourself away from the abyss. No one is joining the dots between the processed diet on offer and the mental health of our population. Congratulations I am in awa of your achievement 🙂

  5. I am reading this at work, and I need to stop myself from crying. Your story is amazing! What a journey you’ve been on (and continue to travel)!

    1. Yes, this was the first time I had tears reading the Friday success story! Amazing story Lindsey.

    2. Ughh….I can’t help but cry reading this. Even though I’ve never experienced depression, reading your story gives me a glimpse at how lonely and dark it must have been for you. I hope you feel empowered now because you look SO happy in the last picture. I’m so proud of you!

  6. You are such a strong woman and so inspirational! I’m about 8 months on Paleo. I’m hoping I get a 6 pack like you by the 1 year mark! Unbelievable transformation. I am so inspired by you as I too have pcos. Paleo has completely gotten rid of all associated problems.

    What is your work out routine?

    1. I’m so glad your PCOS is under control!

      I do most of my “working out” at my job, which has me walking about 10 miles a day and lifting about 10,000 lbs over the course of the day. Other than that, I tend to get really into one activity, like sprinting or Pilates, for a few weeks at a time, and then move on to something else. I like trying new stuff. I also have a chin-up bar in my kitchen doorway, and I do push-ups on the stairs.

      1. Hey Lindsey, I’m also from vancouver island!!! reading your story here today really moved and inspired me and I want to thank you for it. I wish you all the best 🙂

        1. Thanks so much! Go Team Van Isle! I’m in Campbell River…for 49 more days 🙂

  7. Wonderful to see you come out of your shell and into the cave! You look great!
    Grok on!

  8. That’s one hell of an ambitious walk! You going just through the states or cutting through Ontario on the way?

    1. I’m thru-hiking the American Discovery Trail ( discoverytrail.org ), so I’ll just be in the states this trip.

      1. Fair enough then 😉 It would have been nice to meet you if you were passing through the bottom end of ontario. Either way it’s nice hearing your amazing story! Good luck on your journey!

        I’d love to connect sometime- On the forum I’m under the username Ecks and I keep a regular journal on the forum.

    1. Hooooooly crap was along the lines of what I was thinking.

      300 pounds to six pack ! Somebody give her a medal

      1. +1
        Amazing transformation, Lindsey- great job! You look soooo happy and solid inside now. Yay!

  9. Wow, Lindsey, what an amazing story! It’s so sad that you had to go through all those years of pain, and most of it due to the “foods” you were consuming. But it’s wonderful that you found the right path to health and happiness!

  10. “Holy shit.”

    Those were the words that audibly came out of my mouth when I saw your after pics. Seriously, awesome work, not only on improving your diet but improving your outlook. Way to go!

    1. Haha I wasnt sure how Mark felt about swearing but I literally just said the exact same thing!

      Congrats Lindsey it’s like a brand new you, sounds like your going to have quite a journey ahead of you with that walk! The mental health improvements are always the coolest!

  11. Amazing transformation! Love that smile in the last pic – you can just tell you’re loving life.

  12. Reading this was like a punch to the gut. I have a lot in common with you — at least the Before side of things. Your After is an inspiration, and something I’ll save to work through tough times. Congratulations on your success, and thank you for having the courage to so candidly share your story.

    1. Same here. With the exception of certain details, she could be telling my story.

      You’re an inspiration Lindsey!

  13. you have done an amazing thing. I got goosebumps reading this story and am trying not to cry at work. I am so happy for you. Thank you for sharing your story <3

  14. Congratulations on your awesome transformation. And thank you for not being afraid to share the details of your purging days. People need to know how scary that can be and how it damages the body.

  15. Lindsey, what a story! To come from such a dark place back to a happy life. There are so many good things to look forward to in life. It’s a lesson for us all not to believe we can’t improve our lot in life – how we feel is in our control more than we might think.

    BTW you’re looking awesome these days – you rock girl!

  16. Like others, I was teary reading your story. Love the phrase – It will pass, and I’ll be stronger. What a great mantra. Keep a blog so we can follow your journey. I think your life will hold amazing things for you. Grok on and stay primal!

  17. You are one strong woman. A great song for your walking journey is an old Motown one. Look up on You Tube, Edwin Starr’s “25 Miles.”

  18. Damn fine.
    Compared to the journey you’ve been on, the walk across the continent should be a piece of (primal) cake!

  19. wow, good for you for embracing life, and then gradually making lots of changes to take care of yourself better! it’s great that you feel much more solid and stable, and great that you can MOVE and adventure!

  20. Congratulations! Good to see that you found your way. Sounds like quite a journey.

  21. I don’t think I’ll stop smiling for a week after reading this. Amazing job! I’m so happy for you.

  22. Thank you so much for showing the awesome power of transformational living ….I hope you find much more enjoyment in the future. Heal well!

  23. Congratulations!! You look amazing on the outside, and you can tell that you feel darn fabulous on the inside too!

  24. I don’t normally respond to these stories as I read them, but I feel compelled to today.

    The health and emotional issues you faced seem scarier and more severe than anything I can relate to. I am enlightened by the pain and suffering of such disorders, and inspired by your story and your success.

    Fantastic work!

  25. Congratulations on such an amazing turn around in your life story! I’m always surprised on Fridays – who would have thought so many different stories/problems/lives could all be so dramatically helped by PB? Or that so many lives can be damaged by the wrong foods?

  26. The smile and the eyes are the same, but everything else is different! You look great, and from the sounds of it, feel great too. Awesome and inspiring.

  27. Lindsey, what a beautiful person you are, and what an inspiration for those needing to lose weight. Your photos make me smile.

    I lost 20 pounds over the last two years just by eliminating sweets. More recently I began to suspect that I’m gluten sensitive and eliminated all grains, sticking with protein, lots and lots of mostly low glycemic veggies, and a small amount of whole fresh fruit. The result was downright astounding. I lost another 18 pounds without even trying and got rid of my IBS problems as well.

    I recently started adding a few of the starchier veggies back into my diet on a 2 or 3 times a week basis because I was afraid my weight would drop too low. My weight is now at an ideal level for my height. It’s also better for the blood pressure and easier on my arthritic knees, so I’m pretty happy about it.

    This approach might not work for everyone, but it sure worked for me.

  28. AMAZING! And like others, I am sitting here at work trying not to cry! What a moving transformation! From the valley of hell you walked out to tell the tale! You, woman, are an amazing survivor!

  29. I am another trying not to cry at work! I am so proud and happy for you, girl!! Way to rock that 25th birthday! Love your story and your beautiful smile!

  30. What an inspiration you are, Lindsey! Thanks for sharing your story. I will be forwarding this to several people I know who might just benefit from hearing it. Best wishes for the future, have a great life, and be sure to check in here from time to time!

  31. incredible. the strength to do what you’ve done is amazing, and you look gorgeous! to life!

  32. SO inspiring, and congrats for being YOU! Good luck on the walk! Will you be blogging about it?!

  33. My heart goes out to the younger you. I am an eighth grade teacher, and I have many students who I think are traveling that same sad path, moving around to different homes, too much autonomy, and eating pure crap. Even the school food is 100% USDA certified SAD crap. I am so glad that you found a new path, and I can only hold out hope that some of my students will get there someday too. Congratulations!!!!

  34. Wow, awesome story. I wish you continues success.

    Share your story….there are far too many young women going through the same thing you did-but they do not know how to escape.

  35. I got a little choked up reading this. Thank you for sharing your story, it can be very meaningful and helpful to someone who needs to know they aren’t alone! Good for you!

  36. Your beautiful smile there is wonderful to see. Clearly your spirit is becoming as fit and strong as your body now is, you are an inspiration to us all. You should take a great deal of pride in your outstanding accomplishment!

    I know how difficult dealing with depression can be, you have done a wonderful job of beating it down and taking charge. I have always kept very physically active in my life as that’s been the most effective way to ward off the propensity to depression. Keep moving and stay vigilant, these battles do tend to recur. You have just won a huge victory and proved you’re a strong warrior!

  37. wow…WOW!!!…wowwww….I am lost for words…wow…
    your story really puts me to shame..but you have inspired me so very much…you look stunning!!could you share with us what your daily food intake looks like now compared to what it used to be?

    1. My eating was pretty awful before, lots of candy, crackers, sugary frozen food and chips, fast food, pizza.

      Now I eat tons of eggs and bison, I’m lucky enough to have a bison farm a few minutes down the road from me, and lots of salmon, I live in a fishing community. Whatever veg is in season, I’ve learned lots about that from my work. I love all kinds of squash, and a little fruit. Lots of coconut products, as well.

  38. Hi Lindsey, wow what an inspiration you are! Congratulations on taking control of your life, you’re glowing with health and happiness 😀

    I’ve had a long time struggle with sugar addiction and the depression it causes and have only this week started trying to change that (again). Your story has really given me a boost, thank you!

    As someone above said~ please write a blog about your journey, I for one would love to read more from you.

    Peace, love and continued good health
    ~Kaz x

  39. WOW!!! Great job, Lindsey! You are an inspiration. I’m going to forward your article to both my daughters (22 and 19) who are at school and struggling with their weight. Keep up the great work!

  40. What an incredible transformation – both physically and emotionally. This is just outstanding. A triumph, really. Congratulations on taking control of your life.

  41. H***Y S**T Lindsey! And good luck on your walk across the US – please keep us updated in the forums! I’m posting this to my facebook page pronto…

  42. That is a very moving story, Lindsey. I love your title and theme, “It will pass and I will get stronger,” because it’s important to be able to deal with adversity and setbacks, something you have clearly mastered. And I love your final line thanking Mark for giving you the tools to save your life. You can’t give greater thanks than that.

  43. Lindsey!! Amazing transformation! I too live on Vancouver Island! Would love to connect. Trying to build a “Primal” community here for people like us who feel like we are on our own in our primal lifestyle… email me at [email protected]

  44. It tickles me pink every time a success story mentions someone finding marksdailyapple.com from nerdfitness.com like me. Especially when they find it by googling “can’t do one chinup”.

  45. Lindsey!! Awesome work!! And yesss, another Nerdfitness rebel here! I found MDA thru NF too, and thusly has my life been changed. You have done such amazing work and you inspire me to keep going! 🙂

  46. Lindsay – You are so amazing!
    Hope the family stuff doesn’t suck you in again. Stay happy 🙂

    1. I definitely don’t want to give the impression that my family has been anything but supportive; they are my biggest cheerleaders, they just didn’t know how to help me. My relationships with them are so much better, though, now that I have fixed my relationship with myself. Thanks for the good wishes!

  47. I love Fridays:)

    Thanks for sharing your very moving and inspiring story Lindsey.

    What an awesome community this is!!
    X

  48. Holy Cow. That was one of the best stories I’ve read on here, probably because a lot of it really resonated with me. I’m well on my way to submitting my own but this one was fanTastic.

  49. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story! I’ve had very similar experiences with the “black hole”…it’s amazing what food can do, good and bad. I’m happy you’re on the other side now!!

  50. Good for you, girl. You are the best example of finding your way out of the dark and realizing that you, despite early circumstances, can create your own life with light and happiness. 🙂

  51. Lindsey,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It was so inspirational to me. It shows what perseverance can do. I have been living primally for about 2 years but in a half in kind of way. The food part is easy for me but I have had trouble giving up wine. Your story has really motivated me that there are no excuses if you want something bad enough you do what it takes not matter what….Congratulations on turning your health around. You are beautiful.

  52. How are you walking to Connecticut? Are you going to hike the American Discovery Trail?

    Thank you for sharing your story. So many women get caught in eating disorders and a lot of the time it’s the food’s fault, not a personal weakness.

    1. Yes, I’m traveling south to San Francisco and then traveling east on the ADT

  53. Wow, such an inspiring story! Beating bulimia is an awesome thing to be proud of every day. Good luck in your walking journey!

  54. Awesome story!!!! So many similarities to me and many others.. thank you for sharing your story!!

    “Thank you for giving me the tools I needed to save myself.”

    BEST FRIDAY MDA QUOTE EVER!

  55. I think this is the best Friday post ever.
    The best of everything to you, you certainly deserve it!

  56. Wow, what an inspirational story. You are so brave to share it with us. Thank you!

  57. It’s like others have said – I look forward to Fridays just to read the Real Life Story of the week. Lindsey, your story easily made my week! You are testament to what Mark’s PB Blueprint truly brings forth – not just a diet change but a life worth living and celebrating. Here’s looking at you kid.

  58. Wow! Amazing inner strength!
    Lindsey, your story belongs in the pages of Reader’s Digest!

  59. Your inner strength is amazing! You not only saved yourself but set an example for all people who suffer from eating disorders! You are a beautiful and courageous young woman. Good luck on your hike!

  60. Great job Lindsey! Keep up the good work, Stay Strong!
    Have a great weekend everyone!
    Rod

  61. Very inspiring story. This is a cautionary example of the devastating effect that highly processed foods can have on the psychological balance of humans. These foods cause us to develop unhealthy behavior patterns in every aspect of our lives.

    The only way to regain control is to eliminate those non-foods from our lives, and replace them with the real thing, as you have done. Well done, Lindsey.

  62. Lindsey, you are a wonderful person but the plans for a 3,000 mile walk suggests that the new diet has helped with your undiagnosed bipolar disorder but not completely solved it. Good luck and God bless, but consider a little counseling before you embark.

    1. I appreciate your concern, and I’d like to reassure you: I’ve completed some counselling, I will be travelling with an experienced backpacking partner, and I have the full support of my family, who will be tracking me via GPS and keeping in regular touch. These plans are 6 months in the making and I have been diligent about my preparations.

  63. Lindsey, It would be great if you posted your hike on trailjournals.com so we could follow your progress. Great site for hikers currently on the AT, PCT and CT. You can do it!!!! (forget Tom C.)

  64. Wow, your story gave me goosebumps. Happy 25th indeed! Congrats on your amazing new life, healthy body and healthy mind. And good luck on your walk!

  65. Thank you so much for sharing such a marvelous story! I sincerely hope that you will continue progressing and become healthier every day!

  66. oh my goodness! What a GREAT success story! you were so sad and depressed, it was painful to read, but now you are happy and seem like you have a new lease on life! That is SO AWESOME!! COngratulations!!

  67. I look forward to these real life stories every week. I love them all but this is the first time I have commented. Amazing transformation and inspiration story!!

  68. Lindsey, you are amazing. I’ve never posted a response to the daily posts before but had to for you. You inspire me. I want to reach through the computer screen and give you a hug. What an adventure your life will be (already is)! Hugs.

  69. So wonderful to read that you’ve changed your life, and so young too. You’ve been through so much pain but you’ve got many many decades of wonderful living to make up for the last 20 or so years… Strong, wise, healthy…. yay!

  70. Thank you Lindsey for sharing your story! It was so moving… I am so glad to know that you are out there, working hard every day to overcome the immense challenges of modern life, and finding joy in it! I will think of you when I am feeling depressed and anxious. If you can overcome, who am I to want to give up?!?! Thanks for the inspiration!

  71. I was drinking a glass of wine while I read your story and the last picture of you I wanted to lift my glass and clink on yours and toast you. I understand about the “black hole” that depression feels like. I found, for me, that it was the gluten in the wheat that kept me down and wanting to die for so long. I took anti-depressant drugs for about 25 years when it was the wheat all along. It took about 4.5 years of eating like a cave woman to finally turn the sunshine back on, but this diet helped right away by relieving the sit-in-the-floor-sobbing-uncontrollably-wishing-I-would-die episodes that followed wheat by 2.5 days (no wonder I didn’t suspect it). The sadness lifted, but the happy didn’t come for several years, but it’s here now!!! And I feel so happy for you. Clink! to you. And many more.

  72. Congratulations Lindsey. I agree with the others, this is one of the more moving posts we’ve seen here on MDA.

    I hope you’ve found great support emotionally to compliment the physical/nutritional support you’ve been brave enough to find on your own. Sounds like you’ve been through a lot and then some.

    Thanks for being generous enough to share your experience and best wishes for a life that gets only more and more beautiful. 🙂

  73. that change is unbelievable! very inspirational story. thanks for sharing it. sending you a big hug fm Europe:-)

  74. Good for you, my friend. And thumbs up on the long-distance walking. Please report!!!

  75. Wow, you are an inspiration! Have a stupendous adventure…every journey begins with one small step.

  76. Were you ever prescribed birth control pills, or any other hormones, for your PCOS? Just wanted to give you the heads up that these drugs can cause depression. I had MAJOR depression while on the pill, but none of my prescribing doctors ever tipped me off. In fact they didn’t realize there could be a link.

  77. Wish I had read this on Friday– I fell off the primal wagon for a day or two and felt horrible– thanks to this story I am back on with the reins firmly in my grip.

    Thanks!!

  78. You’ve worked so hard, you have so much to be proud of. You are right – you are strong. Look at what you’ve done. You’ve changed that course of your life! That’s extraordinary! Congratulations!

  79. We are often surprised, upon finding a bucket of strength, that the well has been in us the whole time. The more you pull from the well, the more vast the reservoir. Revel in your adulation… you deserve every exclamation mark, every admiring nugget, every silent “we love you”.
    Enjoy your stroll, realizing that you’re not crawling along the surface, but rather turning the entire globe below you with your powerful strides.

  80. Thank you so much to everyone, I am overwhelmed by you! This has been a great experience for me, I am so happy I have this community to share with!

  81. Thank-you for sharing this honest and brave story! It takes alot to “put yourself out there”. Your parents must not only be proud of the healthy physical daughter you are but also proud of the honest woman of great character that you are. This is mandatory reading for my beautiful 14 year old daughter tonite. I want her to see what a REAL woman with character looks like. Thanks for being the role model so many young ladies need. Good work!

  82. Lindsey,
    You make an amazing, strong role model to young women. Congrats on your success and finding happiness. It is amazing how getting back to basics is so healing, and you should know that the entire Primal community is rooting for you and will continue to cheer you on!

  83. Lindsey, your story is so inspiring to me. Not to mention, you look so wondrously happy in the final pic on your 25th birthday. I too am turning 25 this May and am on the road to becoming primal although not there 100% yet. Your story gives me strength. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  84. Lindsey,
    You are such a strong and brave woman! Congratulations on your success in gaining physical and psychological health. You look absolutely beautiful!

  85. That is just so cool Lindsay. I never did the bulimia gig, but depression, for sure. Getting one’s mind back is the ultimate finger to the ‘food/health’ industry. Brilliant, every happiness to you.

  86. Honestly, this is the first post I have placed for the the success stories, not that the others haven’t been inspirational and motivating, but I am so pleased for you and you look fantastic. As the others have said, it is so sad that you went through the heartache and pain over the years, but look at you now. Thank you for sharing your story and your strength of character. I am only 3 months into being a cavewoman, but loving it too.

  87. Lindsey you are an inspiration–thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. Not only is your strength to rise above your hardships beautiful, but you are as well. Truly amazing.
    And your abs are killer:)

  88. From a fellow British Columbian and woman (and someone just in the start of the primal journey) I have to say: you have UTTERLY INSPIRED ME! Thank you for sharing this!

  89. Aw, you’re awesome, and you look like you could be my own little sister! Please do some updates on your adventure–I hope Mark and Worker Bees would help us cheer you on!

  90. Lindsey,

    Your story is a beautiful one that I can relate to very much. I also have suffered with bulimia for many years, and i remember well the dark days of bingeing/purging all day long, feeling hopeless, and feeling alone. I have found a lot of relief following a caveman diet. Like you, I am not perfect and have slips, but they are very few and far apart. Thank you for putting yourself out there. I could not be happier for you and I feel more strongly than ever that I am on the right path as well…

  91. I love this. People so often focus on weight as the issue, but this just shows that going primal can mean so much more. Well done – I’m inspired!

  92. Very inspiring story! This was a very big struggle doubtless, but you are an inspiration to others who wish to make changes in their life. Bravo!

  93. Congratulations, Lindsey! You may have found the tools you needed on MDA, but you did this on your own. Great job, girlfriend! And, because you figured this out while you are still young, you have a lot of years of healthy and happy living ahead (and probably prevented some more serious stuff from setting in.) Again, you GO, girl!
    Sheryl

  94. Leave that dark hole behind you Lindsay and never look back. I’ve never felt so emotionally connected to a Friday success story as I do to yours. I just want to hug you! I’m so grateful to Mark and this community for being here and saving your life, because that is exactly what happened. Take care of you and enjoy your new found freedom!

  95. You’re an inspiration to so many Lindsey. You showed people that the power to change is in our hands and harnessing adversity leads to greatness.

    Congrats on your transformation!

  96. Congratulations Lindsey, your story is nothing short of incredible. I wish you the best of luck on your walk! I also have to remark that your story should be making national news headlines: you cured PCOS, depression, bulimia and obesity in one year by going Primal. Way to go!

  97. Lindsey,
    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m in the black pit of despair right now, and your story has given me the push I need to start going primal and reap all the benefits that comes with it. I wish you the best of luck on your walk across the US. I hope you meet cool people and have great experiences.

  98. This brought tears to my eyes. I know what it feels like to be shrouded in a dark place in your life, feeling like the only way to end it is suicide. And now that you’re out of it you start to enjoy the many things in life you’d never thought you’d enjoy. Grock on, Lindsey! Your story is both amazing and inspiring!

  99. That was inspiring! Why don’t you blog your walk and keep us informed about your feelings and experiences.

  100. wow, great amazing transfomation… it` s example for everyone who want lose weight.

  101. You’re story is very inspiring! Congrats to you…
    And remember, Don’t be sad, be awesome!! 😉

  102. You are so inspirational! You look amazing and happy! God bless you on your journey!

  103. Wow, Lindsey! I, too, got a little chocked up reading your story. It takes a really strong person to go through and overcome the problems you have faced in your young life. But you did it! You search out information and found a better way to live – through PB, healthy eating and exercise. Hard work and perseverance bring rewards. Good for you!

    I envy your self-determined trip across the U.S. That’s quite a challenge you set for yourself and wish you nothing but the best.

    Happy Trails, Lindsey!

    Grok On!