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19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

Picture13 3The Prize:

Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during the first week of the 30-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive two Steve’s Club Samplers ($32 each) and five Grass-Fed PaleoStix ($30).

Bonus #1: Use promo code paleokitmda for a 10% discount through the month of September.

Bonus #2: 15% of the proceeds go to support Steve’s Club National Program to bring CrossFit and nutrition education to at-risk teens in cities across the country.

The Contest:

It’s been one week since the 2011 30-Day Challenge began. How are things going? Well, I hope. While I know many of you are already seeing and feeling the benefits of going Primal, I imagine there are those of you out there that are finding the transition to be less than a walk in the park. And why not? Decades of bad habits and poor eating don’t get reversed overnight. So today I’m asking you to share any struggle you’ve had in the last seven days of this challenge. Did you have a tough time kicking your usual bowl of morning cereal? Was the sandwich platter at your company meeting speaking to you? Were you unable to muster up the energy or willpower needed to attempt a Primal Blueprint Fitness workout? Big or small leave a comment below expressing your struggle AND how you plan to go about overcoming said struggle, and you’ll be entered to win the prize above.

Check back tomorrow when I’ll be attempting to address many of the common stumbling blocks you list in today’s comment board.

The Deadline:

September 19, 6:00 p.m. PST. Only 9 hours to participate in this one. (I need a little time to put tomorrow’s promised article together!)

Who is Eligible:

Any U.S. resident that faced some sort of hurdle or stumbling block in the first week of this challenge. Sorry worldwide readers. Most countries prohibit import of meat products.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. My struggle is finding the time to cook more of my own food. With a 16 month old and another on the way, my free time is virtually zero. I have a few go to meals out which include either chicken or steak with a bunch of grilled vegetables, but I’m sure they are cooked in a non-primal oil or the meat is not the quality I would prefer.

    My goal by the end of the 30 day challenge is not only eat the right foods, but also to prepare most – if not all – of what I eat. I plan to do this by cooking in much larger portions so that one dinner could also act as 2-3 lunches with leftovers. The first meal I plan to prepare like this will be a soup/stew with a beef roast, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and whatever else we have on hand. Hopefully this will take the pressure off of eating out as often and will spur other ideas to follow the primal diet more closely.

    Dave wrote on September 19th, 2011
  2. My biggest struggle is to avoid the temptation of fruit. I gave it up for the 30-day challenge to see if it really had an effect on my blood sugar. This would normally not be a problem in the winter time when they only thing available is an apple but there is still an abundance of local peaches and plums not to mention yummy watermelon. So hard but I made it a week and lost 3 lbs to boot so I know I can do this!

    Terra wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. My struggle has been with planning. We had a really busy week getting ready for a yardsale. My next struggle will be a trip we’re taking this weekend. I’m planning on taking a cooler with some quick items.

    Wendy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. My major goal during the challenge is to get more sleep. In the past week I’ve gotten precisely 0 more hours than in a regular week. 6 weeks is a great weeknight and 5 is typical. I just can’t seem to manage my other life demands well enough to squeeze out a few more minutes of shuteye each night.

    Whiteknight wrote on September 19th, 2011
  5. My challenge has been to play meals that work for me and the rest of my family.

    Heather wrote on September 19th, 2011
  6. I’ve been trying to get closer to the 80/20 rule, right now I’m eating around 60/40. I’ve gotten rid of all the sweets in the house, and plan on going full primal for few days. Now I just need to fully convince the girlfriend…

    Matt wrote on September 19th, 2011
  7. My struggles are: too much diet soda and sitting all day at a desk job. I need to re-establish green tea and daily walks!

    Karl wrote on September 19th, 2011
  8. I went cold turkey from eating pasta and such to paleo. I’ve had some trouble getting enough meat in my diet and resisting the desserts! I’m eating at an all you can eat buffet style cafeteria. Sometimes I’ll sit down to eat with my friends and they’ll all be eating the most delicious looking chocolate cake I have ever seen!! To fight this I’m going to go buy some fresh fruit and keep them in my room so I can munch on them instead and get some dark chocolate. The meat problem however is more difficult because we can’t cook meat in the dorm kitchen so I’m playing with the idea of making some food at a friends and keeping it in my room.

    Ellie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  9. I have been eating Primal for a few months now, so I decided to use the challenge as a time for fixing other bad habits.

    My struggle has been that I never get up when my alarm goes off, even when I’ve had sufficient sleep. I take the dog out and feed her, and then I always crawl back into bed rather than making use of my extra time in the morning when I could be making a better breakfast, reading a book, writing for myself, or myriad other things.

    I plan on moving my alarm clock across my room, and shutting the door when I leave the bedroom. Also, I may ask my wife to kick me in the stomach if I get back into bed, though I’m afraid of the bodily harm that may result!

    Dan wrote on September 19th, 2011
  10. My husband and I struggle with our usual kick off to the weekend on Friday night. We usually like to start off the weekend with a pizza and a cold beer. Now we’ve tried to substitute with a bacon and veggie frittata and a small glass of red wine.

    Shelly wrote on September 19th, 2011
  11. The two biggest challenges are getting sufficient sleep and changing one’s food intake while family members struggle. How to overcome both of these challenges? Listening.

    Listen to your body when it gets tired after sunset – rather than pushing through until you get your second wind, respect what your body is telling you and go to bed – don’t power through and stay up for a couple more hours.

    Listen to what your body is telling you when you eat primally, and encourage those who struggle to listen to how they feel after they eat a piece of cake. Sugar jitters and caffeine jitters are very similar.

    Mark wrote on September 19th, 2011
  12. I am struggling a lot with body image right now.

    I know this sounds ridiculous and trivial, but I work in an industry that is very appearance-centered and it’s especially hard being female working among a male majority.

    I tend to eat when I get anxious so it’s been challenging to recognize the pattern of “angst-make bad choice in food-eat” and SHUT IT DOWN.

    I admitted in my journal on the forum that I came to this initially as a weight loss plan, but I feel so freaking fantastic that it’s become more of an obsession to get as healthy and strong as possible.

    The most challenging thing is to really LISTEN to those who are supportive of my choice to go Primal, and even making drastic changes to emulate and assist me in my Primal goals. Like my Best Beloved.

    Charon wrote on September 19th, 2011
  13. I have been primal for about 8 months after my DH finally talked me into trying it and I will never go back. I am using this challenge to tweak mainly my diet, especially coming off all the summer BBQ’s, etc. Social gatherings are def. the hardest part. Went to a party this weekend and all there was to eat was chips, pizza and alcohol or soda. So mad because I would have brought some veggies and primal ranch dressing if I knew that was all that was going to be there. I think having some primal food on hand to fall back on is very important to getting through those situations.

    Karen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  14. Breakfast is my usual struggle. My standard non-primal breakfast isn’t cereal or a bagel, but chai or green tea lattes from Starbucks.

    I found myself turning to that usual breakfast a couple of times last week, but this week I’m rededicating myself to finding primal substitutes. Smoothies are good, especially with raw eggs for protein. :)

    Christine M. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  15. I know I’m responsible for what I put into my mouth, but my boyfriend is so good at sabotage. At least twice a week he doesn’t want to eat what I’ve prepared (steak!). We wants fast food, soda, and fries. I don’t want him to feel denied of this “fun,” but gosh this is getting old. I admit there have been times I’ve gone along with it. I’ve been working so hard to make sure there’s enough primal food in the house, so there is always something here, but he doesn’t want it half the time. Although this morning he told me he’s not doing fast food and soda anymore, so here’s hoping. He’s shocked by how much weight he’s gained and how much stamina and strength he has lost.

    Debra wrote on September 19th, 2011
  16. I struggled with adapting to crazy plan changes. One minute my plans were solid, then up in the air for several days, then completely turned around. Because of this, I didn’t meet many of the goals I had set for myself, including getting on a solid sleep schedule, getting to work at 8:30 (instead of my typical 9:30-10), working out every morning, talking a walk at lunch every day, making it to a CrossFit workout 4-5 times a week, and abstaining from alcohol on week nights.

    That being said, I did manage to sleep about 8 hours each night (just not at the times I had planned), get to work around 9, sprinted once, hiked once, walked in the morning once, walked at lunch a couple of times, LHT at CrossFit once, and ran Warrior Dash this weekend. I only had one drink during the week, and kept my drinks to a 2 drink maximum per day on the weekend. Meals were good, and I even made a huge batch of eggs and soup so I can just quickly heat up my meals for the next few days. I did have one slightly questionable meal after Warrior Dash, but that’s it! All in all, this week wasn’t too horrible, and I did accomplish much of what I set out to do. I wish I had been able to more, but it could have been A LOT worse.

    My solution is to prioritize. If I can’t do it all every day, then just focus on getting the most important things done and not stress about the rest. 100% is preferable, but 80% is acceptable sometimes. Food = #1. Always. Next comes sleep and working out. Then comes sprints, walking, and hiking. Last comes getting to work early and refraining from alcohol during the week.

    Mandy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  17. My struggle has been resisting all the college food and greasy pizza. My friends want to order out or go on social events a lot, and I find myself struggling to resist temptation. I plan on trying just to order the healthy options at the places we go, or just eat beforehand.

    William wrote on September 19th, 2011
  18. My biggest struggle so far has been obtaining an adequate amount of sleep. I’m a busy college student and no matter how much I say I’m going to go to sleep early, I never do. This has got to stop! I tried going to bed earlier every day this past week and I only succeeded once. And I felt great the next day! I definitely need to work on improving my sleep cycle because I can’t afford to fall asleep in bio class again!

    Yvonne wrote on September 19th, 2011
  19. I’ve been doing well on the sleeping front. (But mainly because I’m on vacation right now.)
    My problem is the working too much. I keep forgetting the play part–even while on vacation. I start analyzing things and working when I’m supposed to be relaxing. Hard to step away from things…luckily I have some friends who are encouraging the “less-workaholic” me.

    Cindy Hanna wrote on September 19th, 2011
  20. I’m having trouble cutting back on a lot of the fruits I used to eat way too much of (several bananas and lots of grapes each day just to name a couple). Going to focus on berries (frozen and fresh) to curb the sweet cravings!

    Kathryn wrote on September 19th, 2011
  21. My struggle has been exercising at a slower pace. I’m an ex-collegiate swimmer and training hard is the only way I know how. I’m making sure to take my dog or kids and enjoy my exercise this week. If it’s not fun….I’m not doing it!

    traci wrote on September 19th, 2011
  22. My struggle this past week has been finding time to exercise. I tended to think, “I only have half an hour… I will just do some work instead.”

    If I would time my sprints or kettlebell workouts, I would realize that I do, in fact, have time to get a quick workout and shower (if needed) completed in half an hour. I will just start doing my workouts this week instead of thinking about doing them.

    Chuck Grimmett wrote on September 19th, 2011
  23. My struggle has been having no support in my life for going primal. Today, though, I talked with one of my bio friends about some studies regarding the effects of carb-intake, and he seems to be seriously considering cutting out most carbs in his diet.

    James Williams wrote on September 19th, 2011
  24. All has been smooth sailing this week except that satisfying IPA after a long work week. next week I will stay away from the grocery store on the weekends.

    kepo wrote on September 19th, 2011
  25. My struggle is bread. I love subs, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches, etc. Someone brought a box of Panera’s bagels and pastries to my office last Friday, and I almost cracked.

    Drew wrote on September 19th, 2011
  26. I’ve been struggling with a few things… sprinting has been put on the back burner these past couple weeks. My body has just been craving long walks and intense lifting but not sprinting even though I know how beneficial it is and how accomplished I feel afterwards. I also have been lagging on sleep just a bit.

    katie @KatieDid wrote on September 19th, 2011
  27. A couple of months into going primal, I started to have insomnia at night. I have been pretty much all primal with some dairy. Although the few times I have indulged in some grains, I have noticed I sleep better. So my challenge/struggle is to find out what is really going on and to treat it without a bowl of Kix before bed.

    samui_sakana wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Perhaps I can fix it, by adding in some higher quality carbs like sweet potatoes or squash.

      samui_sakana wrote on September 19th, 2011
  28. This isn’t my first time around, I came on board during the Primal Challenge in 2010. In the year since my Primal lifestyle shift I’ve gone off course twice, once for Thanksgiving and again once last weekend on vacation.

    I know that my one -massive- weekend of cheating won’t break me, but it’s so frustrating to sit around today lethargic and sweating and bloated. Ick. The organic ice cream was nice, but it set off the chain of events leading to the less than organic pizza.

    I’m already in recovery mode. Today is a workout and dialed in meals with specific macros, tomorrow is a day long fast, Wednesday is extra fat and extra low carbs, and by Thursday I should be lean, kicking, and back on my rock climbing wall like a pro.

    Chris wrote on September 19th, 2011
  29. Getting rid of all grains was easy, but I’m having trouble avoiding vegetable oils. I’m going to try experimenting with skipping lunch and/or driving the extra mile or two to go home for lunch.

    SlimIcy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  30. This is my first post!
    I found the Primal lifestyle while researching low-carb things. I’ve had success with Atkins before, so I’m used to the low carb thing. But I’m finding it sooo much easier to just cut out grains altogether – being free from counting is wonderful, and there are no cravings. Doesn’t bother me to be around the bad stuff, and I don’t have to have it.

    My biggest challenges are getting enough sleep and making time for workouts. No grains? No problem. Sleep more? While I’d like to, it’s not been easy. But I’m planning to dial bedtime back a bit at a time to work on that.

    I’d like to try a sprint workout as well – I think I will plan a trip to the park this week.

    Thanks to Mark for this terrific site and to everyone else for the additional motivation! :)

    Mary wrote on September 19th, 2011
  31. I’m injured. I bruised and possibly cracked a couple of ribs at the spartan race (most primal event ever) and so I am limited in what I can do for exercise, which makes me want to reach for my ultimate comfort food: peanut butter.

    I’ve been a little lax since i got hurt (just over three weeks now), but since the 30 day challenge started i’ve noticed a little bonus: i think i’m healing faster.

    Primalrob wrote on September 19th, 2011
  32. My struggle is with scale obsession. I have used that as a motivator for the past two years, and I am having a hard time letting it go. I feel great and have so much energy, but still felt disappointed when I didn’t have a good number on the scale last Friday so I had to weigh myself again this morning. When my husband and I first started working getting healthy we would weigh ourselves daily and track it. Once we went primal we cut back on it, but I can’t give it up completely. It is especially notable since I started lifting weights the last four months and can tell a difference in my body composition, but have had no change in weight.

    I am not sure how to get over the struggle completely, but we did get a set of calipers and have been measuring our body fat %. I am working on being more accepting of that number than the number on the scale.

    RachelDee wrote on September 19th, 2011
  33. I teach HOT yoga and I find that I am very low on Energy when I don’t have carbohydrates. What can I do to stay hydrated and have energy without grains? I recently had my gallbladder removed and have trouble with nuts and beans.

    Sharon Wells wrote on September 19th, 2011
  34. I am having a problem with snacking at night. My goal was to work on sleep but somehow I always find myself looking for bad snacks after dinner before I go to bed. My strategy to fix this is going to be to have my dinner and have a set time where I will get in bed. If I’m not tired yet ill read but need to be in the bed by then. However if the craving hits me before bed time my plan is to go for a quick walk with my wife. Usually the snacking is due to being bored so I plan on taking a quick walk to take my mind off it and if I’m still hungry I will snack on some nuts and see how I feel. I am hoping that the walk will distract me and the nuts will be filling enough. I plan to go out and buy a few different types of raw nuts so I don’t get bored with the nuts every night I get hungry.

    TJ Docherty wrote on September 19th, 2011
  35. My biggest struggle has been resisting the mid-afternoon carb craving. I always want some potato chips, something starchy, around that time. I admit I did succumb to this desire a couple of afternoons last week.

    Lauren wrote on September 19th, 2011
  36. My biggest struggle has been the carb-loaded snacks that my roommates keep in our room. I am in the constant presence of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chips, peant butter, vanilla sweetened yogurt, oatmeal… you name it, it’s in my room, and it’s not primal. (I’m currently trying to go Primal in a dorm room and using a dining hall!) I had a great first week, and the weekend just ruined it. But I’m back on track for today, and for the week!

    Alex wrote on September 19th, 2011
  37. It’s been a struggle to find the time for a work out. I walk home from work most days, about a 30 minute brisk walk, but I promised myself that I would do some bodyweight resistance work as well 3 time s a week. So far I managed twice last week. Oh well, at least that’s better than 0! Aiming for thrice this week.

    Joel wrote on September 19th, 2011
  38. Argh, the struggle! I actually started my primal journey on July 31. I’m seeing wonderful results so far and I refer to my first week as the narcoleptic week. Once I got through that and my body relearned how to process its fuel, I was good to go.

    Now that I’m over a month in I’ve hit a couple different struggles. The one over my last week has been finding the inspiration to cook. I’m a single cavegirl who lives in a one person cave. Since it’s just me, I use to eat out probably at least one meal a day. Now, I’m cooking all my meals, everyday. After a month and a half I’m dragging my feet in the kitchen and whining like a five year old about cooking again. And then there’s the dishes! **sigh**

    I’m trying to work around this by getting inspired with some fresh recipes. I’ve been watching the food network and in my head primalizing each recipe they make to keep my brain engaged and inspired. Last night I tried Sarah’s Enchilada recipe from Everyday Paleo and that got me excited. I think I’m now on a shrimp kick.

    I’d love advice on this one for when the shrimp kick wears off.

    Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  39. My biggest struggle has been getting adequate sleep. Being a full time student and a full time mom makes it hard to find enough time to study and be a parent. Here’s to eight full hours tonight!

    sara wrote on September 19th, 2011
  40. My biggest struggle is getting adequate sleep, I am probably getting 7 to 7.5 hours a night but I know I would feel much better if I got more. I am usually get up early to do laundry and pack lunches. My plan to overcome this is to get help from the kids with laundry and lunch the night before. They should be able to help me with this after dinner.

    Veronica wrote on September 19th, 2011

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