I woke up this morning feeling terrible, again, and checked the MDA website as I do frequently at my less than fullfilling job. I was happy to see the 21 day contest starting again. I hope it will help keep me motivated to stay primal and really make the primal lifestyle work for me.

About me: 34, female, RN, 5'7'', 228 lbs. Married to the best guy ever.

Challenges:
Weight - has skyrocketed over the past three years after multiple injuries I sustained during triathlon training. Sleep - quality has suffered a lot.
Mood - has suffered a lot. I lost my mother three years ago and only recently tapered off Zoloft. However, the lack of the daily endorphin dose I used to get from running has left me feeling less than enthusiastic about things.

Goals:
1. Eat primal exclusively for the next 21 days (9/17/13-10/8/13); also no alcohol.
2. Gentle, sustained exercise daily for 21 days. Mostly swimming with some walking and/or yoga.
3. Get at least eight hours of sleep a night.

I am including my favorite motivating poem here so that I can remember how strong I can be (I used it a lot during my triathlon days). I hope anybody reading this finds inspiration in it too.

If—
By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!