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September 17, 2010

Contest: Share Your Success Story

By Mark Sisson
16 Comments

Primal Blueprint Damage Control Master Formula and Vital OmegasThe Prize:

An entire year’s worth of my top-shelf multi-vitamin-antioxidant, the Primal Blueprint Damage Control Master Formula. And what the hey, I’ll also include a year’s worth of Vital Omegas.

The Contest:

Beyond the informative, MDA is also a place where people can go to find encouragement and inspiration on the road to better health. And nothing inspires better than example. If going Primal has improved your life, great or small, now’s your chance to share it with hundreds of thousands of people. Make and upload a video sharing your Primal success story. Maybe you’ve had a life changing success such as dramatic weight loss, a body transformation, or the reversing of type 2 diabetes. Or perhaps you’ve simply had a successful day like finally grilling a perfect steak, achieving your first pullup, or nudged your stubborn aunt to start taking what she eats seriously. Whatever your success story is, share it.  The video doesn’t have to be long, a minute or two is fine. Nor does it just have to be a talking head, if you want to show how you’ve transformed your backyard into a Primal garden, or show us something you can do now that you couldn’t do four months prior, go for it. No points off for thinking outside the box. And don’t forget to say your name (or nickname/handle) and tell us where you’re from!

The video needs to be an original video made for the purposes of this contest. Title your video “[Your name’s] Primal Blueprint Success Story” when uploading to YouTube.

Upload your video to YouTube and then email me the link. I’ll publish select videos on Mark’s Daily Apple at the end of the month. Include the words “Success Video Submission” in the subject line of your email. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.

The Deadline:

September 28, midnight PST. A week and a half.

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world can win this one.

How A Winner Will Be Decided:

Video submissions will be posted on September 30. The Worker Bees and I will choose a list of finalists to be voted on by readers.

Fine Print:

MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any videos submitted.

Visit the 30-Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

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Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 13 days ago
Well, I won’t be making a vid, but I will say here that since making the change, my digestive problems have nearly disappeared, my energy levels don’t go up and down like a rollercoaster, and I’ve lost the extra bulk I was carrying around (maybe 5-10 pounds). And that’s just me doing what I like to call “lazy” primal (i.e. not nearly as much exercise as I’d like). Back when I was swimming all the time, I watched what I ate and still ended up feeling ravenous and having crazy energy lows. And I always said that for as much… Read more »
gilliebean
6 years 13 days ago

That’s awesome!! Well done! 🙂

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 13 days ago

My story very similar to your 🙂 finally on track with exercise the last couple months. I’m with you M’lle!!

We are changed for the better & for life.

(not photogenic, no vid from me either)

I love all the stories! They always kickstart me when I’m “slumping” 🙂

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
6 years 13 days ago

I’m an alcoholic, and I can swear for damn sure that I wouldn’t have had the strenght to stop drinking, if I hadn’t first started a huge daily regimen of supplements. It may seem backwards, and I wouldn’t recommend drinking to anyone, but do whatever you can to take of your health in spite of what you do to sabotage it. Even if you still eat crap foods – take supplements. I took strong vitamins and minerals and fish oil and garlic and rose hip for my aching joints. And then, one day, it didn’t seem impossible to stop drinking.

EvadneFrances
EvadneFrances
6 years 13 days ago

Hmmm — what about us technically challenged folks who don’t own a video camera and wouldn’t know how to operate one if we did?

George Mounce
6 years 13 days ago

http://primalpilot.blogspot.com/2010/09/afpft-2010.html

Says it all. Thanks to living Primal and using CrossFit I’ve sustained a 95-100 score on the USAF physical fitness test for 5 years running now.

I first found Mark’s blog quite some time back and he’s been a huge influence on how I live my life and how I eat and train.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 12 days ago
Ulla…coming from a family of alcoholics, (and I could certainly see myself down that same road if some things were different) Gaining control of your insulin and blood sugar fluctuations is CRUCIAL for control. If your blood sugar is out of control (ups AND downs) it is very difficult to beat this addiction. What are all the people eating/drinking at an AA meeting? Sugary coffee and donuts. And chain smoking. I would love to do some research into this area because I got the “light bulb” to come on some time ago and have observed this in many folks. Living… Read more »
Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 12 days ago

And by the way, Ulla, congrats and good luck!

slowness
slowness
6 years 12 days ago
Growing older my metabolism changed slowly, and before i knew it i was about 40 pounds overweight. The funny thing is, since i was thin as a teenager, i always considered myself thin, even in my sorry state. Of course, it helps not seeing yourself in a full body mirror 🙂 Have gone through all the diet bs, and since i´m a physician, i knew the Atkins method (didnt try it), but it always seemed like a “trick” diet for me, because of manipulating the insulin level. What clicked for me was, that through the paleo blogs it was revealed… Read more »
Sam Cree
Sam Cree
6 years 11 days ago

I don’t drink anymore, but used to quite a bit. I often had cravings for sweets the next morning, so there is for sure some kind of connection between them and alcohol. Now that I’m “primal” I don’t even seem to give a damn about alcohol, although admittedly I was leaving it behind even before taking this route.

Still, I’ve been wondering if eating sugar somehow triggers an urge to drink.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
6 years 11 days ago

Great to see your responses, folks! I never connected sugar cravings and alcohol, I have never liked sugar, but pasta for sure, and if you are hungry or exhausted, you want to drink. I’ll pay more attention to that part of it in the future, too – thanks!

Suvetar
Suvetar
6 years 9 days ago
I’ve always been the skinny/athletic type. Even as a teenager I’ve had chronic sinus infections, heart palpitations, feeling of ‘minor heart attacks’ several times a year, digestive problems (hard stools that wouldn’t move for the most part), nails that would peel backwards, flimsy and brittle hair, severe PMS and very painful menstruations. This continued and had gotten worse to the point of being hooked on laxatives and having to miss work days every month for my Menstruation. At the age of 37/38 I came down with rheumatoid arthritis and lower back degenerative disc disease on top of everything else. I… Read more »
Erin
Erin
4 years 3 months ago

Great story, I have just been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I have more or less been Primal, need to be more so as well as seek treatment. MDA has certainlt taught me a great deal. Amazing stuff.

Alex
4 years 30 days ago

Hi Erin,
Have you had a any success in dealing with your degenerative disc disease? I’ve been primal for a few months and it has helped me a lot in regards to my back. Please let me know if you have time.
Thanks,
Alex

jane jakins
jane jakins
6 years 8 days ago

marks daily apple

babyphatclothing
5 years 7 months ago

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