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27 Sep

Contest: What Does Living Primal Look Like?

The Prize:

When we spend most of our waking life sitting (or, even worse, slumping over) in a chair, we invite disaster. Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is unnatural and harmful to our health, which is why I recommend standing and staying active during the workday. If you haven’t yet stood up against workplace sitting today is the day. Courtesy of Ergo Desktop comes the Kangaroo Pro, an adjustable height desk unit. This makes it easy to switch back and forth between standing and sitting (because hey, standing for 8 hours straight is no good, too). It retails for $499. As if that wasn’t enough, the winner of today’s contest will also win…

A sandbag from Ultimate Sandbag. I’ve been using one of these bags for a couple years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by my Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture, but that’s a story for another day. Store this sandbag next to your Kangaroo Pro and you’ll begin seeing your workday in a whole new light. The winner will get a choice of one of the four sizes of ultimate sandbag (power, strength, challenge, or burly packages). Retail value: between $99 and $179.

Bonus: Use promo code “primal” to receive 15% off any purchase at Ultimate Sandbag for the duration of the challenge. And that’s not all…

Courtesy of Stack Exchange Fitness & Nutrition comes the FitBit. What is Stack Exchange you might ask? It is a collaboratively edited Q&A site that offers advice from physical fitness professionals, trainers, and athletes. It’s a great place to get answers to really specific questions that might be difficult to find elsewhere, and it’s moderated by the community so all the information is high quality. Check out this thread, for example, where members share their experiences with barefoot running. Stack Exchange is donating this nifty bit of technology. Learn all about it here. Retail value: $99.

That’s $700+ in prizes, and all you have to do for a chance to win is…

The Contest:

What does it mean to eat, move and live Primal? A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, so while I attempt to articulate what Primal is each day here on Mark’s Daily Apple, what better way to answer this question than with hundreds of Primal photos?

Over the years, during these annual 30-Day Challenges you’ve shared glimpses into your lives. You’ve shared pics of your Primal-stocked fridges, of your breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You’ve shown your groceries (two years in a row) and your best Grok poses. You showed the world what it’s like to forage in a fast food nation. And don’t forget the time Grok was spotted far and wide. Let’s continue this tradition of showing Mark’s Daily Apple readers (particularly those new to this way of life) what living Primal looks like.

All you have to do for today’s contest is email me a pic that captures some aspect of your Primal lifestyle. Going on a hike this weekend? Take a snapshot and send it over. Cooking up a delicious meal tonight? Shoot it and email it to me. Got a standing workstation at your office? It’s time to pull out your phone cam. Just about anything goes for this one. Let’s show the world what living Primal is all about. I’m talking barefoot pics, dancing pics and meat eating pics. Sun bathing, meditating, and playing. Bounding, leaping, laughing and socializing. Whatever it is, as long as it relates to the Primal lifestyle AND you (and/or your friends and family) are in the photo your submission will qualify you to win the prizes above. For ideas, take a look at some of the photos of me that rotate in the header above. But be creative. I’m sure you can do better. Kudos (and the prize!) to the person that submits the photo that best epitomizes the Primal lifestyle (see “How a Winner is Chosen” below).

Use the email subject heading “Living Primal” when submitting your photo, so I can easily find and organize all submissions.

The Deadline:

October 2, midnight PST.

Who is Eligible:

Anyone with a camera and peculiar lifestyle habits. Only one entry per person.

How a Winner is Chosen:

The Worker Bees and I will pick the photo that we think best represents the Primal lifestyle.

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

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. This is quite the challenge! Wide open… good luck picking the winner Mark and worker bees!

    I’m in Hawaii… does anyone have any ideas for the Toad?

    I could go to Honolulu Burger Co and purchase a double grass fed burger with local sausage. I had that last night and it was out of this world. Lettuce wrap style.

    Or I could attempt surfing or paddleboard for the first time. Or, why not hike Diamond Head and have someone take a picture of me when at the top?

    Are we limited to only one photo?!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • One entry per person. Great ideas, Toad!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • Definitely go hike Diamond Head if you haven’t yet even if you don’t want to use it as your photo submission. It’s not at all a challenging hike, but the view is pretty spectacular.

      Uncephalized wrote on September 27th, 2011
      • I might be doing it as early as today. If not, ill certainly be doing it within the next 4 days since Im within 2 miles walk to it but will be moving to the Hawaii Kai area Friday night for 20 days before I come back here.

        Another idea is playing a game of ultimate with strangers. Or, playing on the playground – this may do it!

        Primal Toad wrote on September 27th, 2011
        • Hawaii Kai is a nice area man! Hit up the Kona Brewing restaurant, it’ll be right nearby (I don’t know if you’re doing beer or not but I LOVE Kona Brewing beers. In fact I’m wearing a shirt from there right now).

          Sigh. I don’t know what possessed my mom to move away from Honolulu. It could have been my hometown! I got stuck in AZ instead. A bunch of my cousins and my grandparents are there or on the other islands, though, so I get to go a lot.

          Uncephalized wrote on September 27th, 2011
      • Are you in Honolulu right now? If you like burgers, The Counter at Kahala Mall makes really good ones and they’ll serve you a burger bowl on organic greens. Or if you’re on the North Shore, Kua’aina Burger in Haleiwa town is pretty great. Lots of good burgers on O’ahu!

        And if you like sushi, I would definitely recommend Kaiwa, which is in Waikiki. Fantastic food and an interesting sake menu, but definitely pricy (expect at least $50/person to get a decent sized meal).

        Uncephalized wrote on September 27th, 2011
        • I am. Kahala Mall… I’ll have to look that one up. I’ve been to the Ala Moana mall and some smaller one too.

          I’ll keep Kaiwa in mind. I’m not spending any extra money right now but may go to a nice restaurant or 2 during my last 6 nights. Working hard and playing hard to save some money!

          Comment above – I don’t drink beer. Do they have good wine?

          Primal Toad wrote on September 27th, 2011
        • @Toad, I don’t know about wine, but I doubt it, since they’re a beer brewery.

          Uncephalized wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • You could hike to Maunawili falls and jump off the 60ft jump.

      Im in Hawaii
      as well. Im military stationed as Schofield Barracks

      Terry wrote on September 27th, 2011
      • No thanks. But, If I did this and someone snapped a sweet photo of me halfway down then I’d have a “decent” shot at winning.

        But, no thanks. Lol.

        Primal Toad wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • First time surfing might not yield very good photo ops! 😉 Jumping off the waterfall would be cool!

      Jules wrote on September 27th, 2011
  2. My husband suggested a picture of me breastfeeding my son…

    Good idea, but I think I’ll come up with something a little less revealing.

    Ashley G. wrote on September 27th, 2011
  3. I sent you my entry (I sent a “bonus” photo too, but that one’s just for you… for context heh!) Enjoy!

    Bex wrote on September 27th, 2011
  4. Mark, are videos acceptable too, or photos only?

    Uncephalized wrote on September 27th, 2011
  5. Just went on a hike this weekend! And there’s a lost opportunity!

    Aloka wrote on September 27th, 2011
  6. Can we do prize substitutions? I already have standing/sitting desk options and I’m still obsessing over yesterday’s half dozen pair of VFF’s. It’s weird, even as a girlie girl I’ve never been shoe obsessed but I find I want a pair of VFF’s to match any outfit so I can wear them all the time.

    LisaS wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • No, no prize substitutions. But… there may be another pair of FiveFingers as a prize in the future. Stay tuned!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2011
  7. Great contest I’ll try and dig up a good picture.

    Mary Hone wrote on September 27th, 2011
  8. Anyone have that Fitbit thing? I was looking over the website and I think I want one. Seems pretty nice. Combining the healthy tracking we should all be doing with the laziness we all secretly want.

    Billygoat wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • I don’t have one personally – tried to get one last year but they were on backorder for 3 months – finally gave up and decided to get one later when things calmed down.

      That being said, I have several friends who have one and they swear by them – love them to pieces, literally, LOL. The only complaint I have heard is they wish it could be worn while swimming….

      ldygeko wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • I have had a Fitbit for about a year now. I really like it. It’s nice to see your activity in graph form at the end of the day. It also does a pretty good job tracking your sleep and how often you wake up.

      Berry wrote on September 27th, 2011
  9. Does that include us grokkers outside the US (Canada in my case)

    Nion wrote on September 27th, 2011
    • Yep. Everyone is eligible.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2011
      • YAY!

        Nion wrote on September 27th, 2011
  10. Hmm…I just made myself a big ass salad loaded with supergreens and super-spices, along with super-fats and organic cottage cheese, and a fruit fly is wanting a bite too. THAT would have made a great picture but it’s kinda difficult to take a picture of the fly trying to steal my dinner. 😉

    Jess wrote on September 27th, 2011
  11. I suppose lying on the floor dripping in sweat after my weekly sprint day isn’t necessarily representative of the whole primal lifestyle. But it does look funny. :)

    Mary E. Clark wrote on September 27th, 2011
  12. Thanks for extending this contest through the weekend, Mark. My primal buddies and I are participating in a primal event this weekend. I’ll definitely send a pic.

    AwesomelyHumble wrote on September 27th, 2011
  13. If I could only submit last year’s picture :) I still love seeing it on your website – it’s going to be hard to top.

    PrimalCon looks amazing. It’s not in the grad student budget at present.

    Lastly – you should know that I’m going to order the primal fuel to give as a wedding present in December. You’ve made it to wedding registries! (and will definitely be on mine!)

    Ashley wrote on September 28th, 2011
  14. I just converted my desk to a standing workstation today! I’d send in a photo, but as I’m the newest of newbies to primal living, I don’t really have a “primal” body yet 😉 I’m standing at it right now! Barefoot, of course 😉

    Melissa wrote on September 28th, 2011
  15. Mark,
    Thanks for introducing the tech stuff. One question that concerns me is about FitBit device. Isn’t bearing electronic devices around us all day to track metrics harmful to us? I wouldn’t ask this if I hadn’t read PB. I don’t know the perils of having electro-magnetic waves around our body all the time. I’m sure you would have done the due deligence before suggessting, but I don’t see it on the website. Can you provide links please?

    lakshmi wrote on September 28th, 2011
  16. I am a big believer in the Fitbit (have not thought about the electromagnetic stuff). I have even created a primal/paleo group on


    Steve O wrote on September 29th, 2011
  17. Hey all you guys in Hawaii, know of any delicious places to eat on Maui in or around Ohukai Rd Kihei, HI 96753? I’ll be there in about a month for work – haven’t been since I was 10 with the chicken pox – so I’m very excited, even if its only for the weekend!

    Jena wrote on September 29th, 2011
  18. Wow. What an great contest! Just one photo! But it’s gotta be an AMAZING photo. 😉

    gilliebean wrote on September 29th, 2011
  19. Maybe my picture of me eating a turkey leg? Thoughts…

    Primal Toad wrote on October 1st, 2011

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