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20 Aug

Contest: Tell Your Story

The Prize:

Another pair of Vibram Fivefingers! If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last few years, you probably know how much we love these things. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers. Get ’em on your feet!

The Contest:

We’re nearly three weeks into the challenge and folks are reporting some amazing results. Weight lost, muscle built, even complexions cleared. Now’s the time to show it! As I announced in yesterday’s newsletter, all next week Mark’s Daily Apple will be featuring reader created content – videos, photos, stories – that you’ve sent in. This means you have the opportunity to show the rest of the community who you are and what you’ve accomplished.

So for this contest I want to hear your story. Write it up and include a photo if you can. Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is even better, but not required. Don’t worry if you’re not a chiseled Adonis. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” contest. Whether you’ve lost 100 pounds over three years of Primal living or you’ve simply managed to kick that diet Coke habit since the Primal Challenge started, just tell me what going Primal has done for you. I’m looking for interesting and personal tales. It doesn’t have to be a thousand word diatribe, but hopefully more than a few sentences. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and honesty is king. I’ll be featuring reader stories every day next week. Each story featured will receive a Grok shirt, and one will be selected at random to win the Vibrams.

Email me your story along with any pictures and use the subject heading “My Primal Story.”


Read Sterling’s story for an idea. And here’s another.

The Success Stories pages also have plenty of peachy examples, but the sky is the limit here. Don’t feel bound to write it like a success story. Frame your experience however you want.


From the United States to the United Kingdom and from New Zealand to New Delhi everyone is eligible. No restrictions.

The Contest End Time:

August 28, midnight PST.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

An executive decision will be made to determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. The winner of the Vibrams will be chosen at random from those that are published.

To track all the contests visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

Visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge for challenge details.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Oh goody! Story time :)

    Grok wrote on August 20th, 2009
  2. And I was just about to write you with my latest test results!

    Lisette wrote on August 20th, 2009
  3. I would like to say thankyou to all at MDS for this challenge. I was having trouble starting with the books on my own but when I decided to commit to the challenge- things changed. I began by eating a huge salad with eggs for breakfast every morning and then making myself eat tilapia for dinner(I was vegan for many years,can hear the sighs). What I got out of this challenge is a loss of 10lbs,the pouch on my stomach is gone and the constant bloating,cramping from all the grains, beans,and sweet fruits are gone. But the most amazing change I’ve realized is the sugar cravings that used to be my life are completely gone! This challenge has really changed my life.

    Summer wrote on August 27th, 2010

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