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January 30, 2017

Ending One Challenge, Starting Another

By Mark Sisson
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Inline_Challenge_EndThe Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge is over. It’s back to regularly scheduled programming, which means no more contests, prizes, call-outs, or blatantly inspirational posts meant to motivate you to greatness (instead, I’ll resume surreptitiously encouraging you to greatness). I’m going to miss it, but 21 days is about the limit for this type of thing. A challenge wears out its welcome eventually.

The best part of the Challenge is releasing contests, then sitting back and watching the content roll in. Your creativity keeps me going. Your enthusiasm sustains me. And your recipe videos make me salivate.

From poke salad that took me back to Da Poke Shack on the Big Island (go there, folks—best poke on the island), to a knife-wielding cat concocting beef coconut chowder, to burgers with sweet potato buns, I was digging all the kitchen creations this year. Great recipes, great food, and great production value on the videos.

Your Grokposes were awesome. The winner, Kevin Q., clearly deserved it, what with his depiction of yours truly as some interstellar guardian against the sugar menace. Karen T. was elegant and ethereal, Paleofam featured a delightfully indifferent baby, magicaxe has probably speared a deer before, Justin H. made me want to watch The Big Lebowski again, and Sheena featured two dogs in incognito.

I’m jealous of some of your kitchens, and mine is no slouch. You guys all clearly know what you’re doing in the grocery store. I’d love to have dinner with you, or at least raid your pantries.

And then we had the the perennial favorite “You might be Primal if…” contest, whose entrants never fail to make me chuckle, chortle, snigger, or—very rarely—titter.

Writing posts for the Challenge is another favorite because I always learn something new.

You learned how mindfulness—a topic I always struggle with—promotes better health.

I gave you 11 concrete physical challenges to attempt this month—or any time in the future. I also provided 41 ideas for simple challenges and individual experiments to try to improve your life.

I explored just how long it takes to see and feel the benefits of exercise, both acutely and more long term.

I gave some of my best kitchen tips for Primal cooking newbies (and experts).

For the slow-burners, dreamers, and wanderers who pursue achievements a little differently than type As (like me), I provided a few alternative goal-setting insights for making the most of the Challenge (and beyond).

It was a fun one to be sure.

Now the hard work begins. Now you have to muster more internal motivation without so much external coming in daily from the blog (although please share your journeys with one another on the forum—which is now functional and will undergo one more upgrade to take care of the last residual hiccups). It’s your turn to keep the party rolling, maintain your results, and avoid lapsing back into your old bad habits.

The community is still here. The tools remain (inside you). The content created these past few weeks still stands. You’ve done it for 21 days. You can do it for 210. You’ve taught yourself to fish.

The prizes have changed. You won’t be winning any cows, Primal Kitchen care packages, or gift certificates, but you can get something even better:

The ability to decide your fate.

You can feel better. You can eat well every night. You can achieve that fitness goal. You can keep that pantry cleared of junk food, map out the month’s meals ahead of time, eat lunch outside instead of hunched over your computer, read books instead of Twitter feeds before bed, sprint up that hill outside your front door once a week (it’s right there), wake up a little early to make the farmer’s market. Nothing physically stops you from maintaining your victory. You have the knowledge to do it, and a great set of resources if you run into issues. You understand why these interventions are so beneficial on an intellectual level. You even tasted success throughout the challenge, so you feel the benefits, too.

That’s way more valuable than any salad dressing. Except maybe ranch.

Thanks for reading, for joining in the Challenge, and being a part of this community. Grok on, everyone!

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Suzanne
Suzanne
6 months 18 days ago

Who won the “You Might be Primal If” contest?

Andrew H
Andrew H
6 months 18 days ago

I am also wondering this!

Sara
Sara
6 months 18 days ago

I really enjoyed the challenge this year. I am hoping you make it a tradition to have the vimify app free once every year. Having the community and daily tasks makes the challenge much more enjoyable than going it alone. Thanks for the wonderful content!

David
David
6 months 18 days ago

Thanks, Mark. Nice way to start the year. Reinforcing and relearning good healthy living habits

Elizabeth Resnick
6 months 17 days ago

This community, as well as my own little community of followers, is one of the things that keeps me motivated. I love how MDA touches on so many topics other than just what we are eating and how we are working out. I love hearing the Friday success stories…never gets old. For any one who is new to Primal, and maybe got a jump start with the 21 day challenge, I’d encourage you to stay around. This is an awesome community, and such a great resource.

Zach Rusk
6 months 6 days ago

The community is definitely an integral part of this blog and the movement. I am very happy that I was able to attend a Primalcon event, but wish they were still happening. Who wants to set up a lower-class outdoor outing somewhere??? Near Austin? 🙂

Honey B
4 months 17 days ago

I’ve been following Mark’s blog for two years & every time he comes up with something motivational & inspiring. This is really great article to read & I’m much more clear towards my goals. Thank you so much Mark.. Keep on sharing 🙂

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