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January 02, 2012

Community, Accountability, and a New Year Challenge

By Mark Sisson
153 Comments

Happy New Year, everyone! Is everyone pumped for 2012? Resolutions made and in action yet?

I’m coming at the new year with big plans, the first of which is a brand spankin’ new Challenge. I’ll get to that in a minute, but let me first say a few words about the power of resolutions.

Experts tell us that those who make resolutions are literally ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who are interested in change but don’t make a specific, concrete commitment. Now that’s reason to resolve. Sure, motivation can and does wane. A little less than half of those who make resolutions are still committed to the journey six months down the road, but there’s plenty we can do to make sure we’re not among those who detour themselves. Among the most effective strategies: making your resolution public (PDF). Announce it to the world. Shout it from the rooftops. Own it. Flaunt it. Do a dance around it on YouTube. Tell the world you’re going to make this happen. Chances are then, you will. And you’ll have a great time doing it.

Now for the 2012 New Year Challenge. Can you imagine us kicking off the new year without something big and bold? In last week’s Grok Throws a Party, I mentioned 2011 was the year of the success story on MDA. So many of you have written to tell me how much you appreciate the Friday posts – how they inspire, encourage, and keep you focused in your Primal journey. It’s the infinite variety of people in these Friday stories – the whole gamut of ages, interests, fitness levels, and life circumstances – that showcase Primal living as an answer for anyone interested in taking health to a whole new level. It’s the emotional detail behind their stories, the struggles they’ve experienced, the better life they’re celebrating. It’s the jaw dropping before and after pictures.

Which brings me to the New Year Challenge… Let me share an email I received this past month from reader Adam.

Hi Mark. Huge fan of the site and all you do. I have an idea I wonder if you’d consider, inspired by the Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories you publish on Fridays. For those of us considering a Primal commitment in the New Year, it might prove inspiring to send our ‘before’ photos to you for publication in one post upon the understanding that you will also publish ‘after’ photos at a later date. This could be either predetermined (3 months or 6 for example), or when each respective person considers themselves ready. Though it’s a somewhat artificial method of motivation, that doesn’t mean it might not provide the final push many of us may need to really go Primal in 2012. I for one find the stories very inspiring, and by having sent the before photo we would be publicly accountable for our results thereafter. While this may not work in every case, I’m pretty sure it could help for many people. I’d be very interested to know if you think it can be incorporated into your plans for the New Year.

Adam, it most certainly can! Here’s the plan….

The 2012 Challenge is “Success Stories in the Making“. Just as Adam described, I want to provide everyone with a platform to formally share their Primal journeys this year and to benefit from the encouragement of MDA members. I’m creating a new page on MDA that will include those “before” pictures (along with updates), and Challenge participants can create a journal to track their progress, share updates, request advice, or enjoy support from one another and the greater MDA community in this special forum.

I want you to join what I know will be one amazing, inspiring, and motivated group of folks here. All you need to do is choose a photo – fully clothed or semi-clothed (no fig leaves, please) – that (figuratively speaking) says “Hello world, this is me! I’m committing to going Primal this year.” Email it to me along with your first name, age, and your personal goal. Make sure the photos are at least 540 pixels wide. A full body shot would be best but isn’t essential. Oh, and please use “In the Making” as the subject line of your email. This will help me organize all submissions.

I’ll reveal the Challenge page next week. Be sure to send your photos and personal goal statements by Saturday, January 7. I’ll publicly announce a request for update photos a few times throughout the year but you can feel free to send updates at any time.

Let me say this. It’s not about who has the most dramatic “reveal” in their photos. It’s not about the biggest weight loss or the greatest muscle gain. Yes, you will lose weight, and you will gain muscle, but going Primal is about reclaiming vitality as a whole. Look back at the Friday Success “after” pictures. Re-read the stories. What always strikes me is the sheer energy and elation that comes through. The photos illustrate inspiring physical changes but they also reveal something deeper, more personal about each person’s achievement.

The Challenge isn’t a competition but a chance to share your story and Primal journey real-time with the MDA community. Putting yourself out there, making your resolution public will, indeed, infuse a sense of accountability, and that reality will work for you in ways that might make you contemplate, even hesitate, for a moment now. Trust me, it will be a communal momentum and a powerful source of drive to tap into.

And let me tell you something about MDA readers (if you haven’t already noticed). I have never witnessed, let alone been a part of, such a positive, supportive health community before this one. Know that when you submit your photo, you have literally hundreds of thousands of people rooting for you. You will have their enthusiasm, their backing, their encouragement along the way. You are among friends here (just check out the Success Story comment boards if you need convincing).

It’s your time! I want you to feel the excitement of making your resolution real, tangible, manifest. You have nothing to lose (except poor health and extra pounds) and so much to gain.

I am so pumped to begin this Challenge with you. I hope everyone today will offer their support to the initiative. Here’s to an amazing 2012, everyone.

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Janet NZ
4 years 8 months ago

…tip-toeing quietly away… before anyone notices I have been here…lol
Happy New Year Mark!

Janet NZ
4 years 8 months ago

Ok, stop shouting at me! 🙂
I’ll send the photo tomorrow, I promise!

Bob Carson
Bob Carson
4 years 8 months ago

You’re requesting that we send you nude photos? Are you freaking serious?!?

Just kidding. Happy New Year!

Tasha
4 years 8 months ago

I want to participate, but I don’t have any tangible goals yet. I want to build some muscle definition. I’m not sure what a reasonable goal would be (in terms of # of push-ups or pull-ups (don’t have a bar yet) or squats) when I’m pretty much starting from 0.

Annette
Annette
4 years 8 months ago

How about just progress? If every month you can do MORE of each of those things than you could the month before? That will take commitment and will no doubt produce some awesome results!

Doug D
Doug D
4 years 8 months ago

GREAT idea, Annette! I went primal without any set goals, but have achieved what I feel are incredible results. Not knowing what goals to set was part of the issue of not setting any for me. But progress IS just as much of a goal as anything else.

namelesswonder
4 years 8 months ago

I set some more tangible goals, ones I know I can reach. I’m getting a removable pull-up bar and want to be able to do one pull-up by my birthday (mid-June) and 10 regular push-ups. I’ll increase the goals as I reach them, which should happen at least once, maybe twice, before June 🙂

Primal Toad
4 years 8 months ago
I don’t have any specific goals either. I just want to feel awesome. Feel alive. Be full of energy every single day. I want to love life. I know that focusing on eating whole foods, primal foods, will help me do that. When I first went Primal on April 5, 2010 I felt amazing. Alive. On top of the world. I’ve been on and off since that date but am ready to be on for life. I don’t worry about the little things but I am done chowing down on anything that is not primal. I’ve never been a goal… Read more »
TokyoJarrett
4 years 8 months ago

Same here, no specific goals physically. However, I feel the most alive and aware when I’m trail running in the mountains near Tokyo and I’d love to feel that way all of the time. I wonder if that’s possible.

Improving my memory would sure help me pass the native-level Japanese proficiency exam coming this summer. Translating my blog will help me gear up for that if I can just get my motivation up for that.

So ya, rather than physical, I’m shooting for heightened awareness and memory with a side of inner peace (^^)

Karen
Karen
4 years 8 months ago
Tasha, I don’t have a bar either, but started doing assisted squats & pull-ups anyway… To do a pullup, you can sit by an interior door, with a leg on each side with your butt on the floor & hang on to the doorhandle, (one hand on each side of the door.) It’s not perfect, but it is a good start! Works for assisted squats too, by using the door handles as you would a pole. I really wanted to get started & didn’t want an excuse “not to”, so had to get creative & work with what I had… Read more »
Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

Happy New Year! Gotta admit I had a little moment of panic go through me as I read this. I think all the better then to take up the challenge. Ok–here’s my public admission. I’ll be sending in my photo tomorrow once I snap my picture tonight.

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

Geez, I actually was a little apprehensive about hitting the “submit” button. *grin*

Stevie D
Stevie D
4 years 8 months ago

You go girl!!! Good for you!

EZ
4 years 8 months ago

I feel apprehensive just trying to decide if I am going to join, I think its the photo that does it. I already set up a new years 30 day challenge on my blog but this feels more…public, yikes! Good for you hitting submit!

Marlene Harrison
Marlene Harrison
4 years 8 months ago

@Happy Cycle Girl: Everytime I see your avatar photo it looks like your licking cake batter off your fingers… which then makes me think of white cake batter… which I love. No fair.

Marlene Harrison
Marlene Harrison
4 years 8 months ago

for every grammargeek about to start twitching, I meant “you’re.” Also, I refuse to give up my elipses abuse.

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

Marlene,

I guess I have to update that photo. It was actually chocolate icing from a cake! (she writes while blushing)

It’s one of the things I am looking to give up with this new challenge (actually all sugar). Have a look at the picture I’m submitting for said challenge–I am sadly waving goodbye to a container of ice cream.

David
David
4 years 8 months ago

The cake was easy to give up, it was the frosting that I had a hard time with.

Try coconut milk ice cream instead of regular ice cream.

Ginny B
Ginny B
4 years 8 months ago

Raw ice cream works too, and is just absolutely amazing! SOOOO much better than the junk from the grocery store any day!

Tasha
Tasha
4 years 8 months ago

This is awesome! Thanks!

ezestreets
ezestreets
4 years 8 months ago

This is going to be my year. 64 years old. 312 lbs. I’ve been circling this site for months, reading and waiting. I also have been drinking a bottle of wine a day for a year. Tension at home and work is incredible. Nowhere to go but up!

Annette
Annette
4 years 8 months ago

One step, one day at a time. I think this IS going to be your year … and you’re going to love living the primal life. Welcome!!

Randy Knapp
4 years 8 months ago

Hey man, now’s the time! This community is amazing. And let me tell you, my ability to deal with stress as a result of the Primal lifestyle is so much higher than it used to be.

We’re here for you, pulling for you, friend!

Doug D
Doug D
4 years 8 months ago
Welcome to the Primal Lifestyle, ezestreets! Stick with it and you will absolutely amaze yourself with the progress you’ll make. Not only the progress, but the speed at which it can happen, if you REALLY stick to it. In less than 2 months I dropped 20 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle. No mean feat and by no means the best results on here. But for me, the way I feel INSIDE is worth more than anything else. WElcome, friend! We’re all here rooting for you and hoping that 2012 really WILL be your year!
Missy
Missy
4 years 8 months ago

This is the year! We’re all in it together, one day at a time!

Becca
4 years 8 months ago

2012 will be your best year yet 😀

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 8 months ago
I’ve begun a 21 Primal Challenge with my sparkpeople Primal Team (we are your fanclub there!) as of TODAY! We are cleaning out our fridges, I just freecycled the LAST of my frozen breaded fish items and all other grain-based treats. I’ll come up with a pic for the forum. My little one is on the adventure with me, since November, and she’s been doing way better, too. She had just had a glorious breakfast of: scrambled eggs, broccolini sauteed with garlic in coconut oil, organic kiwis and orange slices from our produce bin. She asked for huge SECONDS on… Read more »
Randy Knapp
4 years 8 months ago

Hey, I’m starting the 21-Day Transformation with my parents and one of my friends today too! I’m already pretty Primal, but with all the holiday treats that were around, my 80/20 rule became something like a 60/40 rule! :\ Time to get back in the game.

So here’e some encouragement and companionship as we go forward in 2012 together! Grok on!

peggy
peggy
4 years 8 months ago

good lord I sunk to 20/80 last month. And It Shows!
So I will take my picture tonight & send it in! I WILL get back on track, reclaim what I lost, AND surpass where I was.
That’s my goal 🙂

KellyO
KellyO
4 years 8 months ago

Me too! I remember it was just a short month ago how I didn’t ache, want to sleep all day or feel bloated or a little sick. Darn those processed foods!

I’m back.

EZ
4 years 8 months ago

Ugh me too! So many brave people, I may have to do this.

Chellie B
Chellie B
4 years 8 months ago

Me, too, or is it three? The pix of me on New Year’s Day preparing to Polar Bear plunge into frigid Lake Michigan aren’t horrible, but you can see that I am not the lean machine of days gone by when Primal was the rule instead of the exception. I’m a fellow Sparker, too. Gonna go find that team and join asap!

Jonnelle
Jonnelle
4 years 8 months ago

Hi JoyBeer

from a fellow Sparker 🙂 teammate and all!

Yep, we’ve cleaned our fridges, gave the cookies from TJs to co-workers (belated christmas gift from one of my kids at church) and are ready to go for 2012.

bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve resolved to take full control, stop allowing sabotage from others. I started a food log. I figure if I have to write it down I’ll think twice. also I want to keep track of the fat, protein carb numbers.

Peter Soliman
Peter Soliman
4 years 8 months ago

As a very big dude just starting out in the primal world (started Nov 22nd)I am so excited to get this started! Everyone around me thinks I’m crazy and now I’ve got a whole tribe to be crazy with! Bring it on I’m super pumped!

Megs
Megs
4 years 8 months ago

Yeesh. It’s rough looking at the picture that I just sent in – so much more the motivation to set the Grokette free of all the extra me! Gotta clean out the fridge of all the holiday freebies and leftovers tonight…

Arty
Arty
4 years 8 months ago

I have TONS of goals…laid out over the entire year, each month is 1 goal down!

And, for the first time in my entire life none of those goals have actually anything to do with either my weight or my health, thanks to 2 years of eating primal 🙂

Happy, healthy and successful new year everyone!

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
4 years 8 months ago

this one goal per month is brilliant! i love the idea…
now,about that photo for mark’s challenge – gulp! gotta just do it!

Cindy
Cindy
4 years 8 months ago

None of them have to do with weight or health! Wow, I want that to be me!

brendan
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve resolved to have a six pack by June 1st. It will be done.

Jen
Jen
4 years 8 months ago
I’ve tried just about everything since I was 16 to lost the weight, but it just keeps coming back. My father passed last February from a heart attack and poor health. I’m determined not to have that happen to me. So I’m going to commit to the Primal lifestyle as much as I can as my New Years Resolution. I’ve picked up the 21 day transformation and now am starting today. Just cleaned out the fridge and heading to the pantry to de-carb as it where. Lol. Here’s hoping I can get to my birthday in late May with a… Read more »
Milemom
Milemom
4 years 8 months ago

Very sorry about your father, Jen; I’m still struggling with that loss two years later.

LexxyV
4 years 8 months ago

Email sent- I really need to get back on track with eating primal ( holidays- self explanatory- ehh) I need a good challenge and a way to hold myself accountable-

ILovePrimal
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in! Sending photo soon…

frank
frank
4 years 8 months ago

good idea mark

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 8 months ago

I was praying there would be a challenge at the start of the new year! 😀 I’ve been eating 80/20 since just before Thanksgiving. Traveling to family and friend’s houses for nearly two weeks at the end of December wreaked havoc on my brain and eating habits. I feel like I did at the beginning of November. 🙁 I am SUPER motivated to get my brain and body back on tract. I am publicly declaring I am sending in a photo for the challenge. IT”S MY TIME!!!

Christine
Christine
4 years 8 months ago

I didn’t plan on actually doing anything formal but now that I see this I am totally down! I really don’t eat to many processed foods as is but tend to stink at eating a lot of meats. I think this is a great way to get on track stay motivated and get inspired by others! 🙂

meret
meret
4 years 8 months ago

love this! great idea!

Lois
Lois
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in. I was hoping there would be a challenge just as I’m starting this adventure. I cringed big time sending in those photos, but can’t wait to see the changes. It’s so exciting to be part of this community!

Alessandra
Alessandra
4 years 8 months ago

Okay, I’m gonna do it. I’m going to send in the picture. I’ve been on and off since this past summer. One of my coworkers got me into the book, but I’ve had a hard time sticking with it. My goal this year is to pay better attention, which is something I struggle with on a daily basis. So, hopefully this will help.

Sonia
4 years 8 months ago

Great minds think alike. I am starting this journey. Not from scratch, but fully committed for one year. I requested a blog on Dec 10, and I just posted a few minutes ago. I came out here to tell you thanks for the inspiration and to encourage you to consider people in the midst – not already through the storm. Sounds like you already see that value. Glad to hear it! Thanks for all you do. My husband and I are on board!

Heather
Heather
4 years 8 months ago
I’m in too. For me this community is a daily pleasure, when everyone around me think I am on the road to ruin. Trying to convince my family of young adults who are very healthy that this is the way to go, it’s a bit of an uphill challenge. My goal this year is to get the exercise part going, as I am the queen of plateaus. However, I am happy, have lost 22 pounds since august 2011 and am off half my medications with the hypertension ones to go next visit to my puzzled doctor, so I am stoked.… Read more »
Alessandra
Alessandra
4 years 8 months ago

Uhm, I can’t get the e-mail link to work. I clicked on it, but nothing happened. 🙁

Amelia
Amelia
4 years 8 months ago

Email:
mark at marksdailyapple dot com

Trixie
Trixie
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in! How long do we set the goals for? I’m not worried about weight but I’d like to be able to do one full pull-up and a full push-up by the end of the year. Is that too far out?

Ginny B
Ginny B
4 years 8 months ago

I guess it depends on where you’re starting from, but I suspect you could smash that goal by the end of the year!!

jen
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in! I had already decided to blog this journey for accountability, but this takes it to a whole new level. I’m a bit shy about sending a pic (I just had our 3rd baby, so it’s not pretty), but we’re all friends here, right? 🙂

Lois
Lois
4 years 8 months ago

Jen- Wait til you see mine. Very not pretty. I think we’re not the only ones.

Trixie
Trixie
4 years 8 months ago

I had my third baby two years ago. I still have stretchmarks and extra wobble. It’s all part of nature.

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
4 years 8 months ago

i have 5 children, AND i’m old! so i’ll be wearing a t-shirt! LOL

Renae
Renae
4 years 8 months ago

You have 5 children, too?! Let’s hear it for all us parents who want to be good role models – – and NOT a burden some day from abusing ourselves…

jen
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in! I had already decided to blog this journey for accountability, but this takes it to a whole new level. I’m a bit shy about sending a pic (I just had our 3rd baby, so it’s not pretty), but we’re all friends here, right? 🙂

JW
JW
4 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a great idea! I’m going primal starting today anyway. I’m a little bit worried about staying on the wagon though. Right now I have a month off from work, but once I go back I’m afraid I won’t be able to stick with it. I work on a ship and it’s hard to avoid the non-primal food that is provided.

Heather
Heather
4 years 8 months ago

I used to work on ships a long time ago, just avoid the fried stuff (probably veggie oil, ask the chef), go for the cold meats and salads, eggs and bacon for breakfast, and pig out on roast days, but no gravy, and dodge the roast potatoes as they are usually deep fried. I would talk to the cook/chef as well, maybe he can point out the bits of the menu that fit the plan, and try for the 80/20 as much as possible, you can do it!
Cheers

marika
marika
4 years 8 months ago

MDA is the most inspiring website on the planet! Yet I’m too shy to send in my picture. Since I started the primal/paleo diet 7-8 months ago, no grains or beans have crossed my lips. However, I’ve only lost 12 lbs and don’t seem to have gained any more energy than I had before. I’m wondering if it’s too late for me since I started at age 65 and am now 248 lbs on a 5’7″ frame. Any other women of my age group out there with good success. If there are, I will definitely send in my picture.

MaloryVon
MaloryVon
4 years 8 months ago

A lot of women with insulin resistance have to take extra measures to get back into shape. I started off with the more lenient Primal diet approach but found that the only way I can keep it up is eliminating caffeine, dairy and fruit (pretty much anything sugary or starchy in general). They may have some great nutrients in them, but they also jack up your insulin and cortisol levels which completely botches attempts to become more insulin-sensitive. It sounds hard, but believe me: It’s ironically easier to stay on track without them.

JC
JC
4 years 8 months ago
Never too late! I am in the same place – started primal last spring, lost 20 pounds, great energy, great sleep, very active. Then winter came to Montana…dark when I go to work, dark when I get home, cold all the time, no yard work or activities going on. The carb cravings came back, I cheated a bit more over the months, then the holidays, sleep sucks, no energy, plateau on the weight loss, feel like crap. I have been reading about Dr Kruse and the Leptin Reset so I started a couple days ago. Along with a re-commitment to… Read more »
Hillside Gina
Hillside Gina
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve been thinking about doing the picture and results thing but just couldn’t bring myself to do it – vanity, ya know? But I’m doing it tomorrow morning – yeah!!! Vanity is a great motivator!

Brenda
Brenda
4 years 8 months ago

I have put in my 1st post. Now for the New Years Resolution to get back to the primal lifestyle.

Doug Dahl
Doug Dahl
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in, I’ll post pics this week. I plan on making this my healthiest year ever.

Sharon
Sharon
4 years 8 months ago

Holy Cow! I can’t believe I just did it. . . and I used *that* photo that I’d hidden away in embarrassment.

samui_sakana
4 years 8 months ago

So funny! I barely even glanced at my photo 😛 I had my coworker take it and then just sent it in without dwelling too much. Good luck.

Tina
Tina
4 years 8 months ago

What perfect timing! I was just thinking a public statement is just what I need! I have been in a “transformation contest” or two in the past, and being public makes a huge difference believe me!!! That accountability makes it much easier to stick to things. I’ll have to get that pic in. I don’t have much weight to lose (5-10lb) but I really need to FEEL better!

Grokiana
Grokiana
4 years 8 months ago

I’m with you!! I’ve lost about 35 pounds since last year, but I need to lose another 5-10-ish, lean out, tone up, and I need to feel better!! First order of business: take picture and email it in. Second order of business: get some sleep!

Lindsay
4 years 8 months ago

This is my year. I have a goal weight. But wonder if this is the most important aspect. I just want to feel like myself again. I want to become more capable… I’m 31 and have been carrying around some extra poundage for the past 10 years. No more. 2012 is my year baby: more personal empowerment, more strength, less blob. I started a new blog just to track it all… which will be up and running by the time the challenge starts! WHoooo-boy accountability is tough. Hopefully this community will help me through!

Patrick
4 years 8 months ago

New Years challenges are a great idea! I was just blogging about ways to improve the likelihood of New Years resolutions. Some ways I think include reducing the resistance to your goals. For example if getting out of bed is difficult for you do everything you can to make it easier. Place the alarm clock far away (so you have to get out of bed) place your workout clothes out. Even cue a favorite song to get up to. Some more ideas are on my site

Sara
4 years 8 months ago

I have read every single comment posted so far and YOU ALL are the reason why I am proud to be Primal! Sure, I love feeling better and being healthy, but to know that I have smart, supportive people who “have my back” is more than I ever expected. I am nervous about posting a photo…not looking too hot after the holidays, but accountability is important, so I’m in! Looking forward to seeing the results!

Texas Kel
Texas Kel
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, what a challenge. I have photos I took to motivate myself. (My 3rd child is 1) Not pretty ones! Hard to push that ‘send’ button. OK, here goes….

steph
steph
4 years 8 months ago
I so need this acountability. I lost 30# going low carb and feel wonderful. I am attempting to transition my family too. I need to loose another 30 # as I am 5’7″ and hovering at 170#. I want to be even more healthy. I want to be able to do a pull up and 30 real push-ups. I want my baby belly gone! I do not think the food will be a problem except for the dairy. I would like to know where Zumba would fit into the primal fitness plan. I love my Zumba.
Veronica
Veronica
4 years 8 months ago

I love Zumba too, I think it fits in as “play” which is one of our rules of primal living. I wonder if it would fit in as moving at a slow pace, mixed with sprints (slow song mixed with fast songs?)

bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 8 months ago

I too love Zumba, It is the only organized exercise (?) that I’ve been able to keep with. I actually enjoy it. Definitely play

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Sue
Sue
4 years 8 months ago

Fabulous idea – I love it! I also agree that everyone is so supportive on this website – we can ALL succeed in this journey to become and remain fully primal! But it’s even easier when you know there are others out there who can provide support, even via the internet!

Hugh
Hugh
4 years 8 months ago

Great Idea!
email and photos submitted…
My own goals, to achieve during this year, are pretty simple: being able to do at least a dozen full pull ups, run a full set (of 8) Tabata sprints and fit into off the rack L (or even M) size clothes.
Happy New Year everyone!

Hugh
Hugh
4 years 8 months ago

(8) should be ( 8 )

OC Hugh
OC Hugh
4 years 8 months ago

Hello Hugh.

Since you copied my name I’m going to copy your goals. 🙂

Happy 2012 from one Hugh to another.
OC Hugh

Sonia
4 years 8 months ago

Here is my picture and info. I am more than ready for this challenge! Blood work doesn’t lie. Primal works! http://wp.me/p23kXC-6

Erin
4 years 8 months ago

Excellent idea! I’m in too. Need accountability. Need all aspects of my life to be balanced. Need our 11 yr old daughter to see how to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Need to live healthfully til I’m 97, so i can love lots of grandkids. Our whole family is in. Happy 2012. Thanks Mark.

KC
KC
4 years 8 months ago

I’ve been off and on Primal for a couple of years, so it’s time for me to get (and stay) serious. I just sent my photo in, too. 🙂

Ada
Ada
4 years 8 months ago

I just took pictures this morning (Singapore time) before reading this post. I’ve been “trying” to go Primal for most of 2011 but half-harted at best. 2012 is it for me and my husband is on board…my 11 and 6 year olds are another story. I want to live by example for my kids, my mom and sisters. Wish me luck and Grok on!! This is a GREAT idea and I will participate. Thank you all for all the inspiration and information.

David
David
4 years 8 months ago
With our 15 year old, we told her that she could continue to eat what she wanted to. We started in June ’11 and slowly she has eaten less and less of the old foods and more of what we eat. She only complains now the next day when she goes to a friends houses and eats the wrong foods. She now knows by experience that eating like her friends will make her feel sick and tired. She is so exited about all the weight she has lost, including the little belly she had. Yesterday out of no where she… Read more »
Ada
Ada
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you! I needed to hear a little encouragement where kids are concerned…honestly, I wonder if I use them as an excuse at times…this transition is proving more mentally challenging than anything else for me. Grok on!

Kevin W
4 years 8 months ago

ii’m in too! This is the a great idea and perfect timing. Good luck to everyone!

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Neil
4 years 8 months ago

Great idea – posting up photo’s (even in your own house) is a great way to keep you accountable. Even on the internet people can develop a sense of loyalty and accountability to people they’ve never met.

Craigp81
Craigp81
4 years 8 months ago

I’m in … and I’ll rope my girlfriend into it too! Double trouble … Craig (and Pat)

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