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19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

The 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 with the first week was profoundly silly sounding, but I kept forgetting that I was doing this. I mean, it is not a diet, it is a way of life, and changing your way of life is soooo not like ‘going on a diet’. You go on a diet overnight. But you change your life over the course of time, bit by bit. I think this 30 day challenge is meant for us to, as WinkBlu stated, change things one by one. And then over 30 days these new habits get practice so that hopefully at the end of the 30 days they all stick. I also have a hard time thinking about consequences. What consequence will having a slice of my best friend’s one-year-old baby’s birthday cake have? After all it is his first birthday. I get to say I ate the cake. I was not the stuffy ‘dieter’. Interestingly my friend (she knows me very well) when offering me the slice said ‘Rachel you don’t want this, right?’ But I took it; there were many people right there eating it, I don’t want to seem like I think I’m too good for this cake. But the fact is 800 calories and a carb load later that slippery slope led to other non-paleo foods not just that day, but all weekend. And today as I write this I sit with the consequences. No, I am not a failure, I am human. But being human I have yet again eatten crap my digestive system is not used to and for good reason does not like to deal with.

    Rachel wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • It is so hard! Especially when the consequences aren’t so obvious. “Oh one piece of cake.. Oh one cookie!”

      My weekend was similar. One coffee with half & half led to another, then a sugary latte.. and oh gosh.

      We’re in the boat together my friend.

      Elanor wrote on September 19th, 2011
  2. I’m having a very hard struggle, mainly because my other half is not participating with me. So the food in the house is not 100% primal. While it isn’t SAD diet, its not great for primal eating either. There’s cheeses and half & half and diet sodas… I did really great the first 2 weeks of my own personal 30 day challenge and lost about 4 pounds too, but I’ve been guzzling the sodas over the weekend and even had some hummus and pita bread on Saturday. In company, its impossible not to eat what others are eating, especially if its the only thing available. I have no self control. I tell myself “I’m going to be healthier” while I’m drinking a latte.. I tell myself “I’m going to bed earlier tonight” and its already midnight. I don’t know what to do. I wish that I were allergic to all this stuff so the detriment was more obvious. As it is I just have to convince myself that I’m killing myself with every bite.

    Elanor wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. My struggle is with shutting off the computer and going to bed. I work full-time, am in school and I have three young children. There is always a lot to get done in the evenings after they go to sleep. I was successful 5 out of the first 7 days. The other two days were a STRUGGLE. I am committed to 8 hours of sleep per night during this challenge and my husband and I have come up with some creative teamwork to ensure that this happens as often as possible.

    Karina wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. As a massage therapist I sometimes find myself balancing with my knees in people’s hamstrings for hours. I’m certainly not an athlete — at least not yet — but strictly meat and veg has left me feeling ravenous and not properly re-fueled after prolonged exertion. I think I will do some more research on what the “endurance athletes” do to re-fuel and maintain strength and stamina even though my situation is a little different!

    Wren wrote on September 19th, 2011
  5. My struggle since I started PB has been making time to move frequently at a slow pace between LHT & sprint days. It’s too easy to sit behind a desk all day, then come home and sit some more. So I’ve been trying to get out of the house every day with my wife and son to move around as a family. We go to our local big box store on weeknights and let our 2-year-old walk around the store while we chase him. On weekends with good weather, we go to a park or playground, and my son and I climb on the jungle gyms together and play on the the slides and the swings. I get funny looks from other dads, but I suspect they’re envious. Climbing on stuff with your kid = very primal, not to mention fun.

    TJ wrote on September 19th, 2011
  6. The hardest part has been a kid’s birthday party I went to. How on earth do you turn down cheesy, saucy, pizza? And once you cave for that, why not just go for the cupcake with sprinkles, too. . .

    peg strickler wrote on September 19th, 2011
  7. my struggle has been my afternoon sweet-tooth on work days. dark chocolate is super tasty, but in moderation! my plan is to try cinnamon tea first, then real food if hungry, then limit it to 1 square savored over a long time.

    rose wrote on September 19th, 2011
  8. My struggle has been finding paleo foods with enough carbs to help me get through my workout without adding weight. I also gave up coffee (was drinking up to 50 oz a day) since I absolutely CANNOT drink it black, and everything I add in there is deinitely not paleo!! Tired & unmotivated is not how you want to start a workout!

    Jen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  9. My struggle has been with being a busy graduate student who really only gets to see her boyfriend when they go out to eat….trying to eat primal out is hard! I’m managing it thanks to some interesting workarounds…I’m trying to convince him that we should cook for each other, but he’s not on the primal boat. I’m keeping on though!!!

    Candice wrote on September 19th, 2011
  10. I did great during the week, but completely blew it over the weekend. I did however manage to get to the gym 5 days last week and lost 3 pounds. I just think how much more I could have lost if I had maintained focus during the weekend as well :-(. This week will be better.

    Debbie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  11. Really nice beer. A year working abroad in Asia leaves me vulnerable to temptations of the microbrewed variety. An occasional drink is perfectly fine with me, but I need to realize that a year (or month, week, day) of deprivation does not justify a year of equally painful and unnecessary indulgences.

    W F Baby wrote on September 19th, 2011
  12. I’m having trouble getting enough sleep while being in graduate school. I am however getting more than I used to so I do feel a little better. Also, I’m struggling with removing baked goods and ice cream completely from my diet. It’s hard for me to say no when someone offers me one of the above mentioned. I don’t want to be a bad guest or anything, haha.

    Matt C. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  13. I’m still challenged by beer consumption. I’m limiting myself, but we homebrew, and beer is a lot more than a drink in our house.

    Valerie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  14. My goals during this challenge were to give up ice cream (pretty much my only non primal food at this point), so far so good on that, and to exercise more. For some reason I always seem to forget until bedtime and then think…crap I didn’t workout today. I may have to try scheduling times and put them in my phone.

    Dan wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I did do a corn maze (no eating of course) on Saturday, I guess that covers 2 – 2 1/2 hours of “moving slowly”, emphasis on the slowly…

      Dan wrote on September 19th, 2011
  15. As many others have said, my struggle has been getting enough sleep. This also throws me off for working out. Such a vicious cycle.

    Scott wrote on September 19th, 2011
  16. My struggle has been to do more/enough primal exercise. My plan to correct it is to schedule out when I’m going to do what at the beginning of each week so that I don’t have to think about it (and talk myself out of it) each day. :-)

    Jen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  17. UGH! I just let my struggle get the best of me again. Someone brought a Costco cake into work and I ate a piece. Man, I hate when I do something like that. It didn’t even taste good

    MacNip wrote on September 19th, 2011
  18. Dinner with my grandparents.

    I like to have dinner with my grandparents every week or two, and this last week they prepared the usual: mashed potatoes, potato salad, Meijer pork cooked on the George Foreman, etc. Not wanting to be rude, of course, I stuffed my face. (Hey, potatoes are my weakness.) The effects? I was tired the rest of the day and had to suppress a migraine with some Excedrin.

    Tyler wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Oops, forgot how I’m going to solve it!
      I invited them over for dinner, and plan on cooking a wholly Primal meal for them. I think I’ll hook my grandpa on the meat the first time, and my overweight grandma will undoubtedly love what I tell them about the diet. (She lost 100 lbs on Atkins once before, so she’s not too opposed to high-fat. I’ll be sure to explain the many differences, of course!)

      Tyler wrote on September 19th, 2011
  19. My biggest challenge so far is still finding food that I can eat as breakfast that will get me going. My wife and I are on a tight grocery budget, and it’s difficult to find great primal food that works well as breakfast material. I’ve heard that a lot of primal enthusiasts have dinner leftovers or salad for breakfast, and I’m still having some trouble wrapping my brain around that concept. To me, breakfast = cereals, eggs, bacon, and so on.
    I think I may try doing the salad thing for breakfast, or try to find some sort of nut/dried fruit mix I can do that will get me the energy to start my day.

    Michael Althauser wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I eat something like this every day for breakfast. A chicken thigh, beef sausage, or some other piece of protein. Sautee in pan with spinach, some peas, both, broccoli or some veggie of choice. I sautee in coconut oil and butter. Then I scramble in 3 eggs or poach or fry 3 eggs and place on top. I season the sautee with pepper, cayenne, tumeric, cumin, a 21 seasoning from costco and a little salt if I want. Very good and delicious and no hunger for quite some time.

      Marc wrote on September 19th, 2011
  20. My struggle this year is the same one that popped up around this time last year: resisting all the pumpkin-flavored junk that’s been coming out. Always loved them, especially DQ’s pumpkin pie blizzard. Overcame it yesterday by making a primal “sensible indulgence” batch of pumpkin bars.

    BiggyT wrote on September 19th, 2011
  21. Think like a caveman, you might not be able to hunt for yourself but you can gather daily at your local farmers market. Get what you NEED AND NEED ONLY for that day its how I live and its awesome.

    zach wrote on September 19th, 2011
  22. I’ve been trying to fast once a week. Although it’s not necessarily the prescribed amount, my goal is to make it an entire day each week with nothing but water and coffee. Everything goes great until bed time. I have always been a pre-bed snacker. My routine used to include a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and a glass of skim milk. Now, my routine includes a few spoonfuls of almond butter and a glass of coconut milk. No problem! Except when I start trying to go to bed on an empty stomach. I can’t sleep. My mind races. I don’t want to turn on the tv because I don’t want to absorb all that blue light. Next thing I know, I’m at the fridge–totally ruining my goal.

    Any fixes for this mind-racing problem? I am thinking about adjusting the goal:once a week I will not eat until dinner.

    Josh wrote on September 19th, 2011
  23. Committing to MY time. I get myself caught up in everything else going on and ended up with one weekday evening at home. I’m learning to prioritize and put my needs first, but it’s amazing how quickly things change. I get so frustrated, which is silly since it’s my time, but I end up with “obligations”. This week’s goal is to do most of my workouts in the a.m. Even if I slept like crap. That’s a doozy.

    Toni wrote on September 19th, 2011
  24. My struggle is getting my evening meals on track. I am able to manage meals for morning and lunch, but evening dinner with the family always seems to be a task. So to combat this, I have decided that for the next 4 weeks, I will be cooking, and dinners will be “Primal” for the whole family.

    Jason wrote on September 19th, 2011
  25. We were out of town this weekend– that was much harder than I anticipated. I didn’t accomplish the goals I set forth. The nachos at the game were too much to resist. Yesterday put me back on track and hopefully the rest of the month will be much more successful!

    donna sue wrote on September 19th, 2011
  26. My biggest struggle in week 1 is always the sweet craving for a piece of chocolate or a gummi fruit snack. I never realized how ‘dependent’ I’d become on those after lunch or dinner, but clearly, I had since I was jonesing for something sweet nearly every day after a meal.

    Kate Galliett wrote on September 19th, 2011
  27. My struggle lately has been cooking from scratch, and not relying on packaged food. It takes a lot of time, especially with a toddler running around. The health of my family is a top priority for me though, and I hope that this new way of cooking will become less intimidating over time.

    Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  28. Committing my time to the workouts in the morning. I have to make the time since I always seem to get caught up in things to do after work and then trying to get myself to bed by 8:30 hoping at least 6 of the next 8 hours I’m actually sleeping. I let myself get flustered, but I need to schedule and follow through this week. Make a routine. Make it my life.

    ToniWA wrote on September 19th, 2011
  29. My struggle this first week has been a fracture in my foot. I have an air-cast on for the next month and then more X-rays. I am so bummed!! I had started cross fit and was loving it, and now I’m just in so much pain. It is really hard for me to be patient and not push myself before I’m healed.
    Food wise, I’ve actually been doing well. Its easier at home though. We had a family dinner out last night and saying no to hot fresh bread was hard… But worth it. Aside frm my foot, i am feeling much better eating this way.

    Julie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  30. honestly my first week was good for the first two days, then I went to my school’s cafeteria and ordered the grilled chicken. It came out completely raw. I should have had a salad but instead I had the chicken fingers. Since then I have been off track until today. The main problem for me is finding food in my college’s cafeteria that is acceptable to my picky taste buds and also fits under the primal blueprint.
    I plan on telling all of my friends about the challenge, instead of just my roommate, and asking them to intervene if they see my going for anything not paleo. For now it seems my big bag of mixed nuts and salads at dinner are my only option but that’s what I will do

    Joe Coffee wrote on September 19th, 2011
  31. I have been primal for 2 weeks. I find it difficult to replace the food I have been eating all these years. These 2 weeks I replaced bread/cereals in the morning with nuts and some fruit. Lunch: noodles/pizza’s with salads/sweet potatoes/omelets. Dinner: skip the rice (yup i’m asian) and I just eat the dishes. My parents are skeptical, because I’m sluggish now (carb-flu?). I hope this changes when the first month is over…

    Johnny1988 wrote on September 19th, 2011
  32. My struggle has been the weekend, mainly during this time because of it being football season. Since turning 21 (okay maybe a little before) having a nice cold beer while watching my team has been a staple. Now I know that a beer or two may not be horrible, but I normally like very good beer, that is very high in carb, and after a few of those, I want something greasy. This weekend I failed, so my wife and I were trying to find a way to avoid it this weekend. I’ve already purchased some chicken drummies, and i’ve got the spicy buffalo chicken wing page bookmarked. My plan is to this week, make food ahead of time (wings) and to go cold turkey on the beer. I figure skipping it completely will be the best, so 1 doesn’t lead to 3.

    Caleb wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I like beer during the game, too. One thing I thought of is the local full line grocery store’s liquor department has a small section where they’ve taken some bottles of “the good beer” out of the packs and sell them individually. The idea is that a 6 of Joe Shmoe’s Unfiltered Grain Juice might be intimidating if you’ve had it, buying 1 bottle to try out isn’t. Must be successful marketing as they’ve done it for years. A single bottle of beer in the fridge for Sunday? Doable.

      Deannacat wrote on September 19th, 2011
  33. Visiting family can be quite difficult. I never want to insult anyone, and the food choices can be quite tempting. I think I’m going to do my best to fill up beforehand and always choose the lesser of two evils when indulging. For example, I might indulge in a scoop of ice cream but avoid bread.

    Brendan wrote on September 19th, 2011
  34. My struggle this week has been getting enough sleep. I have made myself get as close to 8 hours a night as I can but it is HARD sometimes with 2 little kids to get quality sleep. My solution, is to keep trying and to make it my goal every night. I am waiting for that moment when I wake up for work, before my alarm, feeling refreshed….is that possible at 5am even with 8 hours of sleep???

    Katie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  35. Before the Primal Challenge I was 330lbs. in July. August came around I told myself, getting healthy is my gift for myself when I celebrated my birthday last July. The first 30 days of August I was on a just juice fast/feast. thought about it and now done it. I’ve lost 33 pounds, now Initially I thought I was going to be become a vegetarian! but I crave meat so much that I stumble on Paleo/Primal. now my 19th day on the Paleo diet… no Lifestyle and a week on the Primal Challenge I’m still struggling with White rice and bread as it is all around me and a staple being in a Filipino Household. I haven’t had it in 49 days! specially soda and sugary drinks. As far for the workouts? I love it. it’s becoming Play for me. throwing a really heavy rock and chasing my dog or nephew around. Oh I really credited Dr. Doug Mcguff also he’s very Primal/Paleo about the workouts. I’m really embracing the whole “caveman mentality” goodluck everybody.

    Fel wrote on September 19th, 2011
  36. My struggle is breaking the cycle of not cooking at home. The amount of fast food and cheap restaurant food I used eat is staggering (although, I think I could write a decent blog on how to eat on the cheap and never set foot in a kitchen except to reheat leftovers O_o). After many years of eating like this, it’s too easy for me to just say “oh, we’ve got stuff to do this evening, let’s just go to ____’s and order the usual” and have half for lunch the next day or grab some cheap fast food. Always eating out means no need for cook-able food at home, so when there is some desire to cook, there are never any ingredients to make anything. By then the desire is gone and we’re on our way to ____’s.

    Curtis wrote on September 19th, 2011
  37. I have struggled during the first week. I am very good during the week because I am pretty structured with my work week. It is during the weekend that I often slip. All of my slips are completely preventable if I prepared ahead. Friday night I was at the Phillies game and did not have anything prepared so I ate at the game. Again, had I prepared the night before, I could have cooked something and ate it before leaving work. Also, I was not as strong as I wanted to be in the exercise department this week. Though, I did end the week with a 2-hour walk on a fall, crisp night, which was nice! My goals: to be prepared more for every situation and not let my emotions throughout the day determine what I eat.

    Kimberly wrote on September 19th, 2011
  38. My struggle is sugar and alcohol. I have come up with some amazing primal desserts – like fruit dipped in salted agave caramel sauce – and have enjoyed sipping some good Anejo tequila. Primal life is good!

    Jolie Kat wrote on September 19th, 2011
  39. I went to a music festival this weekend and passing on the beer was not easy!

    Catherine wrote on September 19th, 2011
  40. I have to say my main battle came this weekend during our watching of Doctor Who. We always have Jellie Babies. I overcame this by sauteeing some veggies when the hubby brought them out so I wouldn’t be tempted. So of course, he saved me 2. Which I told him to give to the kids. Battle overcome!!!! Now, just have to win the war.

    ShadowKat wrote on September 19th, 2011

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