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 can’t move.” I said to my fiancé.
“What? What do you mean?”
“I can’t move! My back hurts so much.”
In May 2013 I was on vacation in the Netherlands with my girlfriend. She was pregnant in the 9th month and on that vacation I proposed to her on the beach (and lucky me, she said yes).
One morning I woke up and couldn’t move. The pain was so bad that I had to roll out of the bed because I couldn’t get upright. Damn, I was 28 years old. What happened?
I never played any sports and was always a bit chubby. When I met my girlfriend I was pretty big already. I didn’t own a scale so I don’t know my weight at the time, but it had become really bad. So after the “I can’t move” incident, we traveled back home, I immediately stepped on a scale, and had a mini-heart attack – 105 kg. Oh boy. How did I become so fat?! To make things even worse I smoked a pack of cigs per day.
Something had to change.
After Googling a little bit, I found the workout app You Are Your Own Gym (body-weight exercises only), and started right away. Man, I didn’t know muscles could ache that much! Along with this, I started to count my calories. By October 2013 I had lost around 3 kilos… but I felt sluggish and really crappy.
One evening I googled “Losing weight without effort” (or something like that), and found a link to Mark’s Daily Apple and started to read. I read and read and read. And read. Wow, could it be so easy?
Living in Germany, there was no way to go to a book shop and buy The Primal Blueprint, so I went online and ordered the book via Amazon. It arrived fairly quickly and I read the whole thing within a few days. I was convinced. This could be it!
I told my fiancé: “Honey, I want to try that out. I have to lose weight. Will you support me?” She was really skeptical but she agreed to support me. So in October 2013 I started to live primally.
The first week was pure hell. I loved bread and it was really hard to ditch the grains. I had a massive headache, my belly really hurt, and I sweated constantly. I was feeling really sick and I nearly stopped the whole experiment.
But then something magical happened – my mind cleared. It was a revelation. The foggy feeling I had my whole life was gone. I was feeling like I had a mini super computer in my head. It felt like I could think faster, clearer, sharper – it was unbelievable. The craving for bread was still there, but this new feeling in my head was so awesome that I did not think about turning back.
I trained constantly with the YAYOG app. After a few months, I started to ride my bike regularly to work (22 kilometers one way). A little bit later I moved on to the Freeletics app and was hooked. Tough workouts in a large group – awesome feeling!
So what changed during my journey?
Will I ever turn back? Hell no!
There is still some remaining body-fat, but I am on my way and I don’t want to hurry. It will vanish eventually, so I am pretty relaxed.
Going primal was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, Mark, for everything. I don’t know where I would be today without you. Probably pretty fat and immobile. 🙂