I’m beside myself. WTG…you’re awesome. I’ve put aside my preconceived ideas of beauty and have become my biggest cheerleader every morning in the mirror. I regress sometimes, making choices that make me feel numb, like drinking and random Tinder one-night stands, because I want to remember sex with someone other than my predator. I don’t mind. Because sometimes I want to indulge, dammit. I hardly ever watch tv now. Ganeesha, get some! . I’m pleased these young women are doing so well, but I’m inspired more by men. How you doing? The pure joy that you radiate is beyond awesome. Since April however, I’ve lost some more inches. I’ve lost 15 lbs so far. So thanks Neesh, and thanks Mark (and the MDA family), from just one member of our little Primal tribe . Probably the most memorable title for me was: I never knew I felt so bad until I started to feel good! It was hard, made me sweat and oh my gracious I felt it the very next day. I politely refused to ever give up meat in favour of flavoured soya chunks and sought out a plan that better suited my palate. You look amazing!!! When I moved cities to start a new job working in a hospital, I faced a nightmare more horrific than anything I could have thought possible: I was raped. Wishful thinking, I know, but one can only hope that the next time “experts” do a review of Paleo, they first read the following before claiming it is “for men” or “all meat”: “I’m a primary school teacher. No matter what has happened to you, you can still be a powerful person who is able to inspire those around you, just by being courageous enough to choose to live. I have lived my whole life on rice and the week was the first time I ever go without grain of some kind. I wondered how my body had changed so rapidly; how, I thought, I had lost control. Wow, you give me hope for my wife’s transformation! I went Primal last June and my life is upside down in all the best ways! It wasn’t until a bartender, who worked at the breakfast bar I visited every Saturday, asked me whether I was OK, that I allowed myself to say that no, I wasn’t. My body was just existing, serving me well, carrying me through my greatest joys, and surviving my deepest tragedies. I stopped swimming because I didn’t want to be that exposed in a swimming suit. What did your average daily meal plan consist of? Rats self-select for higher protein. Who knew this body was hiding under there all this time! Now that’s an inspiring teacher! https://www.marksdailyapple.com/subscribe-to-blog/#axzz2QLEximc9, As for the stories by older men, please meet… PAPA GROK. In fact, I was looking for ways to take my own life as I felt like I didn’t have anything to live for anymore. At first, I can’t lie, tears were shed over the loss of bread. Congratulations on your success, A+. This is your body's way of preparing you to nurse a baby when you're older. I hate my body because I have nothing or no one else to hate. There is no timeline for when I will be ‘done healing’, only a slow and steady effort towards a better future. My best friend has lost 30. I’m still losing inches and I have teeny baby muscles starting to form. Great transformation and the fact you are reaching out to others to make a positive impact on their lives is even more impressive. And I love that you are bringing family, friends and students along with you, clearly you chose the right profession for your talents! ), the stories were familiar: weight lost, energy gained, illness overcome. My family and some friends and coworkers are now entertaining the idea that the Primal Principles make sense and are no longer just questioning and refuting all I say, but so far no one wants to bite the bacon and forego the bread! I was in bed for 3 weeks with little movement and it … You must be an amazing teacher and I hope to learn something from you of how to inspire others. What else did you change in 2012 (sleep, sun, stress management,etc.)? It was not exactly a positive image. I recently got my bloodwork checked for a work health challenge and I was trilled to see my triglycerides at 38. I keep telling people about the Primal life and hopefully I can convince even more that this is the way we were meant to be. . Asthma’s ass has been successfully kicked. I’ve accepted my reaction and know that there is no ‘right’ way to react after being raped. But he knows that when he’s at my place, bread, pasta, roaches and grasshoppers stay outside. I hate my body because it has defied me, because it isn’t naturally thin, naturally hot. Looking goood!And who said you have to take bacon and butter off the menu?This is where many go wrong.Keep up the positive frame of mind,and share your story with many more who need this kind of inspiration. Eh eh! This story is going to be my pick-me-up for down days! I am unable to download the success stories EBook – is anyone else having problems with this? Turns out it was the other way around. Ganeesha, My body changed dramatically after I was raped, but I’ve learned to love the new me ... training was impossible because my mind was constantly in fight … We are human, not perfect beings void of feeling. I didn’t analyze my changed body because I … Turns out, I’m allergic. Now that I’ve gotten this far, I’m going to spend the next 90 days trying to convince myself that “moderation” also applies to cheesecake and dark chocolate. You feel like a superhero and you look like one too! By putting on weight, that is exactly what I was consciously trying to avoid. Sometimes, Cops and Robbers. Tears in my eyes. When my body changed. I just wanted to feel like I owned my body again. apart from how great you look, I am so happy to read that your health is great and your life enjoyable! In what regard did your Asthma improve? . That is when I decided to seek help. First of all, I’m impressed that you were diagnosed with a gluten ‘allergy’ and that instead of treating the symptom, they encouraged you to deal with the cause. I didn’t want to go out, was exhausted and slept all the time. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thanks for the motivation…as well as the desire to visit Trini! Congratulations! You tell a wonderful, inspiring story, Ganeesha! The slogan has been used around the world and translated into many different languages. @aprilisfabulous, ‘I love my body because it has birthed and nursed two little girls!’ @Ryeswmmr, ‘I love my body because it is strong and it gets me where I need to go.’ @chasingthenow, ‘I love my body because it makes it possible for me to live a full, healthy life!’ @Dana18_Brown, ‘I love body because I am in control of it. It was hard for me to get on a bike or run outdoors because of the fear of being whistled at or finding myself in places that were not well populated. It doesn’t matter if I was – it doesn’t give another human the right to do that to my body. I cannot thank all of you at MDA enough. Just one week into MDA, this is just what I need. Awesome work girl…………and teaching your kids at school that there are alternatives to junk food and sugars is setting them up for a great future. They swap ideas and recipes for that and bring fruits, nuts and veggies to school as snacks”. Welcome to the Mark’s Daily Apple Ketogenic Diet Hub! Fantastic! I live in paradise. Mark has a good mix of stories, all ages, and with different circumstances. He eats primal in my home. It took a week before showers weren’t painful and the bruises faded. I just want to maintain that. Apart from the occasional cheesecake slice or scoop of chocolate-caramel-pralines ice cream, I’ve had no problem sticking with my primal plan. Along with gaining curvier hips, your breasts grow during puberty. Your story is amazing and the highlight is that you have a little tribe! In fact, for the first one and a half years, I struggled to cover up, what I would consider, bad acne on one of my cheeks and my jawline. But as I gained weight and my body changed, the acceptance vanished because I never learned to love my body. If I have breakfast, it’s usually a layered omelette (egg, bacon, cheese, random vegetable, another egg on top). What works for you? If you aren’t yet a newsletter subscriber, what are you waiting for? Thanks for making me smile today. I knew I would never be the same. It’s free, and it comes with a whole lot of other goodies as well when you sign up. Grok on! 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