The Weight Dropped Off Effortlessly

Mark Sisson
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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!

This Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story was submitted a few months ago during
the annual 30-Day Challenge.

I have been
following a Primal Blueprint diet for the last 9 months and the
results for me have been amazing! I want to share my success story
with you.

One year ago
I was 34 years old, 5’7”, 177 lbs and wearing a size 16
jeans. I was really not happy with myself. Other than the extra
weight, I was a pretty healthy person. I had been very active with
the Weston A. Price organization and lifestyle for the previous
6 years so I had already eliminated most processed foods from my
diet long ago. I bought a grass-fed cow every year to stock my freezer,
I belonged to a raw-milk herdshare, I diligently soaked and fermented
all the grains I ate and bought all my vegetables through local
farmers I was friends with. I even had my own backyard chickens.
Even so, my weight had been slowly climbing over the last year and
when I reached that high of 177 and really evaluated how I felt
I knew something had to change.

At that time
I had a very progressive friend who had lost a lot of weight recently
and overcome health problems by adjusting her diet to gluten free/specific
carbohydrate (SCD) and taking up running. I was happy with what
I was eating, I didn’t want to change but I was intrigued by
the running and the 5k/10ks she was doing so I decided to give running
a try. I was never really into exercise before, I typically felt
tired and unmotivated a lot but this time I wanted to do something
to change. I started in September 2010 with Couch to 5K program
and I fell in love with running. I felt good doing it and I continually
amazed myself with my increasing distances. I completed my first
5K in late October 2010 and immediately had fantasies of myself
crossing the line on 10ks and half marathons. By the end of December
I was running about 4 days a week and completed my first 10K distance.
I was excited with my progress, but even with over three months
of running under my belt I had barely lost any weight (only 5 lbs)
and I was still wearing a size 16 (maybe I could squeeze into a
14) jean.

Then I got
injured. Just after Christmas, after three days of continuous running
on some hilly routes, I suddenly developed an inflamed tendon in
one ankle and I could barely walk for a week. The doctors said it
was an “overuse” injury (I didn’t actually roll it
or anything) and I needed to stay off of it for eight weeks. This
was a crushing blow to my new runner lifestyle. My plans of signing
up for that first half marathon in April of 2011 just went out the
window. I was pretty bummed. So as I was sitting around in January
with more time to think, I heard that same progressive friend of
mine talk about this Primal
book she had read and how great it was. Once again
I was intrigued by her description and I went and got a copy for

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December 31, 2011

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