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21 Sep

Halfway Through the Primal Blueprint Challenge

The Prize:

A Portable Pullup Bar courtesy of Trapeze Rigging. I’ve been using this thing for over a year now. It’s the bar I use in my Essential Movement videos. I used them up at PrimalCon. I’ve got one at the office that has been a stalwart tool for the Worker Bees. It’s a simple design, breaks down easily into a carrying case, works great in a garage, backyard or if you want to take it to the park to add some pullups into a sprint routine. The height of the crossbar is adjustable to allow for dip exercises as well. Enter today’s contest for a chance to win the Primal workout gear.

The Contest:

It’s easy and all it requires is a little honesty. Have you been following the 30 Day Challenge? Then tell me how you’re doing so far. Give a progress report. What’s proving difficult? What was easier than you expected? Have you lost weight? Did you gain a little back after the initial water weight drop? Do you have more energy? Or maybe you’re trudging through the “low carb flu,” after making such a dramatic change in lifestyle. Maybe you quit and started over, once, twice, or eight times. In three sentences or less, tell me how you’re doing in the comments section below. Then comment on someone else’s progress report. This is a support community, so be supportive. A random drawing will be held to determine a winner.

The Deadline:

September 22, 8:00 a.m. PST. 24 hours.

Who is Eligible:

Everyone, everywhere.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. So far I lost 4 pounds but the big difference has been emotional. I have ADD and was getting depressed because of life issues. I am less moody, more calm and able to handle stress from my kids, boyfriend & lack of job easier.

    Maya wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Wow – that’s awesome! Non-weight-related successes always inspire me the most and want me to get the message out there… You are a great testimony!

      Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • It was a pretty dramatic change and probably saved my relationship to be honest. It was getting bad.

        Maya wrote on September 21st, 2010
        • It probably saved your life too. Or at least dramtically extended it :)

          Josh Papesh wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That’s awesome that you’ve found a way to be less moody and more calm with all the stress. I hope for the same success you’ve had, as I seem to be tipping towards more irrational lately.

      kelly q wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Congrats on the weight loss so far, that’s really great. But the mood changes are really awesome, that’s what it’s all about!

      Brandon wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • It is awesome to see someone get some help with ADD. I will tell my friends about it!

      Brandon Miller wrote on September 21st, 2010
  2. I fell off the wagon… big time. But I’m up and back on again. I’m working to make the right changes, not just picking and choosing what to do.

    I know the results the program b/c I saw them; weight loss, clear skin, better mood…
    I will see them again!

    Candice wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Welcome back to the wagon. :)
      You can do it. You’ve done it before, so I know you can.
      (I wish my skin cleared up…) 😉

      Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Hang in there. There is no wagon — there are just multiple choices we have to make each day. Keep trying for good choices and success follows.

      I’ve been primal now since May, lost about 40 pounds, am more muscular than when I was a teen (I’m nearly 40) and have loads of energy. Been mostly participating in the Challenge, with an emphasis on getting all the workouts in.

      jeff wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • It’s ok, just move on and don’t be guilty. I’ve been mostly primal besides peanut butter and some conventional meat. Weight has gone up about 4 lbs, increased PR on everything.

      myles456 wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Keep it up!!!

      Justin Yin wrote on September 21st, 2010
  3. I’ve lost 4 pounds since the start of the official challenge, though 10 since the start of my personal challenge, and 22 since the start of the year. The whole thing has been way easier than I thought. And tasty. :)

    Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
  4. I lost 7 pounds which seems to be all water weight, as it came off in the first week and I haven’t lost any more since. I just started babysitting a 2 and 5 year old, on top of my 3 year old when this started so needless to say I have been experiencing lots of fatigue, frustration and stress. I have not been working out at all besides chasing kids, but have noticed leaner arms and a slightly flatter stomach.

    kelly q wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Chasing kids – you’re definitely working out. And it sounds like you’ve lost fat and gained muscle – you have thinner arms and stomach, but the same weight. Cool. :)

      Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Cutting the carbs will definitely cause an early water purge, so you’re probably right about that. Don’t sweat the fact that nothing else has come off, though. It takes your body a few weeks to adjust to burning fat as a primary fuel source, so by the end of the month you should be losing 1 or 2 lbs of fat per week. Congrats!

      Kyle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Kill two birds with one stone and use watching the little ones as a workout> clearly it has worked, you are noticing changes just by watching them> they will have fun if you use them as weights, never too early to get the kids involved in low level exercise :)

      Thomas wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Kids know how to fulfill Primal rule 6: PLAY. Stick with it… it sounds like you’re making progress. Don’t sweat what the scale says. For me, how clothes fit made much more of an impact than the number on the scale. Fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for years really showed the progress.

      Curtis wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Yeah! Chasing kids is definitely Primal! Grok Mammas did that all the time. :)

      Kate wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Great idea, I’ll try using my 2yo son as a weight!
        When I saw him, on sunday,running up a hard and rocky slope in the wood, laughing, to catch me , I really thought that kids are the best exercise motivator and exercise tool!

        sphinx wrote on September 22nd, 2010
        • Motherhood: lot’s of moving (chasing kids, cleaning) and lifting heavy things (kids, laundry, bags of groceries. :)

          Kristen wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • It’s so easy to get lost in all the childcare and not think about us moms and what WE need. I’m behind you cheering loud.

      San wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  5. I just stepped on a scale for the first time during a family vacation to Norway. In KG’s I’m down to 85 KG’s – 187 lbs by my calculations (10 lbs down from when I started.) More astounding than that though is the fun I’m having as the weight drops and muscles pop.

    Jack wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • The best part is watching muscles appear from seemingly nowhere. You always had them, they just suddenly appear from beneath the pudge. :)

      Andrew Hunter wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Way to go Jack! We should take on Aaron in some MMA.

      TBNorwood wrote on September 21st, 2010
  6. I started the challenge a week early so I could ease in if I found it difficult, but it was easier than I thought. Then my mother-in-law passed away on Day 1 of your challenge and I was swept up into five days of eating whatever neighbors brought over. Now I’m back on track and feeling great, though I have not yet gotten into a good routine for my workouts.

    Amber wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Amber, so sorry to hear about your loss. Good for you for getting back on track diet-wise. The workouts will happen eventually! I think the diet part is the hardest aspect, and you’ve got that tackled! Keep it up!

      e. wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • The workouts were harder to fit in for sure but you are showing a lot of strength by getting back on track during a time of such family stress. I have a messed up foot so I have to slit my workouts up throughout the day in short increments. It works great cause my foot can rest but it’s also good when life is just busy. Food on the stove, do some pushups. watching a video, do a few box jumps etc. You are doing great. coming back after a food fest is hard.

      Maya wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I’m also sorry for your loss Amber. It is great that you are able to get back on track so quickly.

      I am really loving working through the 5 essential moves in the PB fitness ebook, and they don’t take much time so I have been able to work them into my routine fairly easy.

      Patty wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Amber- So very sorry to hear about your loss! My Father in law passed away last week.

      kelle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Sorry about your loss… but happy for your future!

      nedbee wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Sorry for your loss. It could have been very easy for you to just fall into a bad routine. The motivation to exercise will come as you see more results. Good job.

      DaveG wrote on September 21st, 2010
  7. I have never felt better then when I eat and live Primally! Since starting this lifestyle I’ve lost 85 plus lbs, going from 240 to less then 154…been working really hard for the last month to two at packing on muscle. It seems much easier when eating clean…I’m about 160 now and leaner(yet bigger in a good way) then ever! Thanks Mark…Thank you for(in my opinion) doing a fantastic job of “Marketing Common Sense” for those of us that needed someone to speak into our lives and help us see that we could be more than we are currently!

    Andy Martin(Jeep80915) wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Congratulations to you! What an accomplishment. You should be proud.

      MamaSofi wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Amen to that. I’m always fascinated and amazed at the people who have implemented paleo/primal eating and literally blossom into an entirely different (better!) person. So much change (and they say change is hard), you and others are truly the ones that stand at the top of the courage mountain.

      SLS wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Wow, that is pretty amazing. I feel very inspired by people who go through such a great transformation. I’m working on my muscles too! They are so scrawny.

      Tori Kean wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  8. I’ve been using this go-round as an opportunity to dial certain things in, as well as test, a little more deliberately, certain aspects of 80/20-land.

    The best part, though, is that my wife is now diving in to a more serious approach to things Primal (she’s taking a different route at the moment [new Atkins book], but should end up where I am sooner rather than later).

    The big change is following a PBF workout “schedule” this time around – WAY MORE FUN! “Practicing” soccer with my kindergartner is now a key aspect of my weekly exercise, and the most fun of any workout I do, mainly because it’s play AND totally, 100% fractal – ’cause that’s how 5-year-olds are, anyway.

    I’ve also been able to determine almost exactly how much grain product triggers the negative responses, and it’s fascinating: essentially, a small cookie, or a half-slice of bread don’t trigger the stuffy-nose response I now associate with wheat; size up to a full slice of bread, or a bun, or a bigger cookie, and blammo! Instant stuffy nose, and a sugar crash about 40 minutes down the road. I knew about all that stuff already, but now I know that the volumes required are tiny indeed. I think that’s good news, because I’m far more sensitive to it than even last year.

    Andy wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That’s pretty cool that you can see the response at various levels. Neat. :)
      Here’s hoping your wife joins you soon!

      Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Amazing how your body lets you know about stuff like that. I recently had a salivary test done and found that my anti-gliadan antibodies were way up despite being gluten-free and 90% grain free. I figure my body isn’t beaten down so much and is able to react more than it ever could before. So maybe the more sensitive thing is actually good!

      Sue wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • It’s great that you’ve been able to make a direct connection with how what you eat affects you. I just made and ate a carrot cake frosting with lots of dairy in it – hello acne. Maybe me and dairy don’t get along so well after all. I’ll have to see . . .

      L-D wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • I appreciate the information about the amounts you eat before negative responses occur. Wow! The amounts are small–I’ve not yet tried your “experiment” to see what my “no-no” would be.

      I never thought to just go to the backyard and kick around a ball with someone. Oooooooooo… what fun I have to look forward to. ‘Play’ sounds so much better to me than ‘workout’.

      San wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  9. I’ve been adhering to the “30-day challenge” since early 2008. Every now and then I allow myself a vice, usually a craft beer and football binge, but I always hop right back on the next day. I’m healthier, more energetic, and haven’t gotten sick once since I started.

    Kyle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That’s great! I’ve been following the 30-day challenge since 2009. haha

      Claire wrote on September 21st, 2010
  10. Other than a few slips, I have been steadily primal since 9/1 (I started the challenge early because I knew I’d slip on my birthday). Down a few pounds, bump red pimple-like skin on my arms is clear, and someone told me today I have a figure like Jessica Rabbit. The other day I suffered an intense psychological craving for fruit, almond butter, and chocolate even though I was not hungry.

    e. wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Sweet! My new goal? Getting a compliment like that! :)

      Mademoiselle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That’s awesome…any Jessica Rabbit-esque pics should be posted!

      Andy Martin(Jeep80915) wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • aw, thanks guys. If Mark picks me for the workout gear, I’ll post a J-Rabbit pic. 😀

      e. wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I have some “bump pimple like skin” too and hope it clears up as being primal continues. Your post made me look up “jessica rabbit.” May more compliments come your way!

      AlyieCat wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Until you mentioned the bumpy skin, I hadn’t noticed that mine have almost disappeared! Thank you for saying something, it brightened my day.

        Karen Liwoch wrote on September 22nd, 2010
      • Good luck to you, I hope it clears up. And I meant “bumpY” pimple-like skin, but I think I was suffering a brain fog. 😀

        e. wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  11. Been Primal since July 26th, 2010. The 30-Day Challenge was a good opportunity to “re-up” my commitment.

    Lost 8 lbs. Seems to be mostly bodyfat. Been doing PB Fitness for 3 weeks – noticing some tricep and bicep definition. Flatter stomach for sure.

    Energy levels way up! Feeling good.

    Need to focus on improving sleep quality. Doing okay but could be better.

    Thanks for such a great site and resources. Read Primal BP earlier this summer – awesome!

    Matt C wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Sounds like things are going really well for you. Good work. :)

      Melody wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Good job at working toward your goal. I, too, will need to focus on improving sleep quality, but first have to learn about how to do it.

      I agree with you that Mark and staff have really done a great overall job and giving us as much information, in all sorts of media, about getting healthy and staying healty. I am so blessed knowing about Primal.

      San wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  12. I’ve done well and am steadily losing 2 lbs a week. There was only one moment of weakness during a stressful time and instead of gorging on terrible food & sweet drinks, I calmed myself by taking advantage of my “20” by having some dark chocolate and then played outside with the family.

    Curtis wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • 2 lbs a week is great!!

      Murdock wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Good on you for resisting the bad food and sweet drinks for reducing stress! I bet that dark chocolate tasted way better anyway! :)

      Kelly wrote on September 21st, 2010
  13. I’m having a difficult time gaining muscle mass while following primal principles. On the other hand, I find it easy and ever so enjoyable to consume fruits, vegetables, and meat. Although I might not be 100% primal, by reading your book, you’ve taught me sensible ways to lead a MUCH healthier lifestyle than what I was previously leading. So for that, I thank you Mark! See ya around!

    Cody K wrote on September 21st, 2010
  14. I can’t say I’ve changed my diet a ton since starting the challenge as I’ve become more and more primal over the past year. I still keep a 20% that includes 85% dark chocolate and possibly nuts and nut butters if we’ll include those on the list. I’ve tried to cut down a little on these as well as random cheats like pizza at the parents house and I’m enjoying the challenge thus far.

    Kevin wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • 20% happens and it sounds like you are doing great. I don’t include nuts or dark chocolate in my 20% though, I just use those as part of the plan. The random cheats is tough to overcome with family, sounds like you are doing well at managing them though. Good work.

      Steven wrote on September 21st, 2010
  15. I started being Primal about 2 weeks before the Primal Challenge started. Not only have I lost 13 pounds but I have adopted a lifestyle that is free and clear of toxic things. Overall I feel more relaxed, free, and energetic! Loving it!!! Grok on!

    Thomas wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Awesome Thomas! I love the initial weight loss that accompanies the start of becoming primal. It’s just amazing what our bodies hold on to. Way to go so far and good luck in the future!

      Baxtherin wrote on September 21st, 2010
  16. As far as progress goes, I decided to try out some new things: more fun things with veggies (my favorite addition here being leek soup), getting up earlier (more work done + more consistent energy), Tabata sprints (with some TIGHT hamstrings afterwards), cutting down on the fruit (from several per day to 1), and cutting down on stress (which has been difficult with a looming thesis deadline). I’m having a difficult time with keeping bodyweight exercises consistent because of some wrist pain (probably from that thesis) that keeps me from being able to do pushups, overhead press, and any variation on this (did I mention I could also REALLY use a pull-up bar?). If anyone has suggestions for getting this wrist of mine back in working condition, I’m all ears!!

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I learned a neat trick from a therapist when I was suffering from data-entry wrist. Use one of those wide, blue rubberbands that comes on the broccoli. Place it snug around all 5 fingertips of that hand. Repeatedly try to spread all the fingers apart & bring back in. Keep the band in your pocket & do it throughout the day.

      Peggy wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Thanks, Peggy! I started doing some forearm curls to try to strengthen my wrist. I think I had a slightly old injury that has been exacerbated by too much comp work. I’ve recently noticed that when I bend my wrist forward, I see a lump on the back of my wrist (which was NOT there before). I’m going to get myself to a doc soon to check it out. I’m sick of not being able to do a push-up!

        Mademoiselle wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • You might try to do the push ups on the knuckles. Helped me a lot.
      And as quite often wrist pain can be helped by working on wrist strength, you could try out using that now-unnecessary rice for something better:

      hmrf wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Fish oil is really good for your joints like your wrists. I hear Mark has a good fish oil product called Vital Omegas. Keep up the great work!

      Reid wrote on September 21st, 2010
  17. The primal leap kit has made all the difference in the world for me. I now feel like I have the confidence to do it right. It is week two and I am happy, have a sunkissed glow, and am ((9)) lbs lighter!

    Bobbi wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Nice work! Sometimes I get caught up in the dogma, and forget that the goal here is to be happy! Thanks for the reminder, and keep it up!

      Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • congrats on the progress! Was the Primal Leap your first introduction to PB or were you following it before too?

      Claire wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • The glow is the best! I decided to get me some of that too. It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to boost your mood.

      Mademoiselle wrote on September 21st, 2010
  18. I have been following PB eating over 90% since the start of September and it feels great. I notice a huge difference in my ability to focus consistently throughout my workday. I’m looking forward to adding in more primal exercise throughout the second half of the challenge.

    Claire wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Excellent work! 90% is pure awesomeness.

      I know I have felt stronger than ever and see progress on the PB Fitness routine.

      Grok on!

      ReadyToGrok wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That is what I am looking to do…add in more Primal excersize. I think I have the food part down (minus the one crazy craving I had last week). I am also going to try new veggies and maybe some liver =O

      Tanya wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Isn’t that feeling of improved concentration great! I’ve felt the same way since beginning the challenge. Good luck with addding in some new primal routines.

      Nick wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  19. I have been doing well! I’ve lost fat, but retained muscle. My energy was low, but now it’s on the rise again!

    Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Awesome.

      Seeing the muscle appear again is always a huge bonus, too.

      NB wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I felt increased energy also and i love it! cutting process carbs really helped , i used to have a dip in energy but now i feel great all day. good for you too!:)

      Annie wrote on September 21st, 2010
  20. I have been behaving very well, diet-wise. Resisting all the usual temptations brilliantly & feeling better for it! Have slacked a bit in fitness of late, but getting back on track this week…

    Peggy wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I’m in the same boat – just need to remember to do something fun and active to get that fitness in!! Keep it up:)

      Amy wrote on September 21st, 2010
  21. I have lost little to no weight but I feel great. I can do more pull-ups and can move more weight in the gym. I have enough energy to live on two sometimes one meal a day. I wish I was losing fat like all these other people. Keep up the good work everyone!

    Murdock wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Just stick with it, you’ll get where you want to be!

      Giancarlo wrote on September 21st, 2010
  22. I haven’t lost any weight as I’ve been pretty lean for last two months but feel a good boost in energy. At this past weeks Jiu-Jitsu class I did not get gassed as fast and seemed much faster than the others I was paired up with. Definitely a good improvement since switching to primal living.

    GROK ON!

    Luigi wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • That’s awesome! Keep up the good work… and you’ve reminded me to get back to jiu jitsu class!

      ryan wrote on September 21st, 2010
  23. I’ve stuck to the 80% for this challenge so far, but I had a couple episodes where I exercised my 20% for social situations. I’ve lost more weight than I ever intended and am below my goal weight of 195 by 3 pounds, from 232!! Thank you Mark, and GROK ON!!

    Baxtherin wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Nice job, I too have found it very easy to live primal and it just melts the excess weight away!

      George Mounce wrote on September 21st, 2010
  24. The thing I’ve been having a hard time with is the weekends hanging out with friends. There’s always a ton of snacky stuff like quacamole (good!) and tortilla chips (bad!) and they go so well together! Otherwise it’s been going great – I’m so glad I’ve found MDA!

    Kelly wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Crispy/crunchy is a weakness for me. I like to toast sliced almonds and add a few to sauteed veggies to scratch the “crunch” itch. When I indulge in chips and guac/salsa, I tend to get the “Have some chips with that guacamole!” comment as it is piled as high as possible!

      Mademoiselle wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Try celery or carrots with cashew or almond butter that seems to help my need for crunchy items and it satisfies for a long time with the protein from the nuts.

        Kerry wrote on September 21st, 2010
        • Great idea – and celery is actually really good with so much more too…. try it to scoop guac! I like to dish several spoonfuls into a bowl and then just eat it with a spoon…

          kelle wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • I used to eat granola every day, and after going primal I really missed my crunchy snack too. So I just switched it up and keep trail mix on hand now to satisfy my crunchy craving. I’m a huge fan of guacamole as well, and now I use carrot sticks for dipping instead =)

        Sarah Due wrote on September 21st, 2010
        • I make primal granola. Take the recipe for primal energy bars and omit the egg. Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and toast everything. Really satisfies that craving!

          JenCat wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • I have the same weakness. I like to have some primal trail mix on hand when those urges hit. I also like the cheese crips from Joyful Abode once in a while.

        Laura wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Oh nachos… my only weakness!! For me, i have some cheese when i get the urge for a salty snack. But, keep the good stuff at 80% and dont sweat a few nacho nights:)

      Amy wrote on September 21st, 2010
  25. I have found it extremely difficult to justify the HUGE markup on pastured meats. It is upwards of 100% more expensive per pound. Hopefully I can find a cowpool soon.

    Seth wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Pastured meats are more expensive but if you do manage to find a farm that sells 1/2 or full cows then you can save a lot long term.

      I purchased 1/2 cow at the beginning of the summer for $2.88 per lb. final cost. Also, organ meats are VERY INEXPENSIVE and are by far the most nutritious part of the animal. It might take a while to get used to eating them but everyone can do it!

      Primal Toad wrote on September 21st, 2010
  26. Well, my exercise has been impaired by a pretty serious bike crash. Was really excited sprinting up the hill…and then skidded out at 25mph going down the hill. Bike’s fixed, I’m not seriously injured, but a sprained wrist puts a big damper on my activities–suggestions?

    Andrew Hunter wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Andrew, bummer about the crash and the wrist sprain, but don’t let this injury set you back so far that you lose momentum. There are plenty of other exercises that you can do that don’t compromise your wrist. Make the changes for now and then in the mean time, start some good rehab to get that wrist back in shape. Start with moving your wrist through a range of motion regularly throughout the day; Motion is King. (You can trace the alphabet just like people with ankle injuries) Next work on isometric contraction in all ranges of motion to remind your muscles how to fire correctly and start to build stability around that joint. Once you think you’re ready, you can start full range of motion exercises. Good luck. Get well soon but in the mean time, stay well.

      stephen sherman wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I understand how an injury can hinder any exercise. I dislocated my shoulder the Friday before the challenge started. It has been mostly walking and lower body exercises till I can work in my shoulder again.

      Steve Fruendt wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  27. Great job.I can’ beleive how easy this is.It’s been over a month since I started.10 lb. loss, strength -weight ratio has greatly improved.I am hooked.

    Fred flintstone wrote on September 21st, 2010
  28. So far during the challenge, I’ve lost 4.5 pounds. And I have so much more energy than I did before, while overall eating less food.

    Brandon wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • My energy has gone way up too! It feels great!

      wyatt wrote on September 21st, 2010
  29. I got a bit of a head start (approx. 3 weeks in so far)Ive gone about 80% primal and I have had a great experience. Excluding my 1 icecream bindge, I have lost 11 pounds and just feel better overall. My cooking experiences have been interesting and the kids are getting on board too! I look forward to getting into more Grok like exercising and lerning new ways to cook and live life healthy, energetic and happy!

    Tanya wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • This is why I like the Primal way of eating. My husband has no problem with me slapping a TBone and grilled veggies in front of him. Not at all like when I tried W*ight W*tchers and all he did was complain about low fat this or low fat that tasting like card board!

      Full Fat FTW!

      Christine Crain wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • I know what you mean! My husband is thrilled that great meat and bacon is on the menu. :) Its nice to be able to change and have a spouse on board.

        Bethany wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Tanya, the great thing about the 80/20 rule is that you don’t have to beat yourself up over an ice cream binge (unless the ice cream falls in the 80% side of the equation…) It’s great that you’ve got your kids on board…

      My boys really enjoy the grass fed beef and buffalo I get at the local farmer’s market, as well as the fresh organic veggies… my middle son loves to work out but my youngest son (22 y/o) can’t believe that man can exist without eating bread and pasta…

      I have been following the primal eating plan for the last year and a half and although I’m down 80 lbs, more important to me is that I have “lost” my cane and all my prescription drugs…

      Marti wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  30. The scale appears to be going backwards, but I attribute that to upping my intensity on Lift Heavy Things days. This challenge has been an excuse to look at my diet more and cut out even more of the bad stuff. I am down 8 pounds from where I started, but feel stronger and have more energy than I have ever had in my 38 years.

    ReadyToGrok wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • woohoo! Congrats on the weight loss- I’m trying to work on the “Lift heavy things” as well!

      Sonia wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  31. One of the best things is how much energy I get from eating as apposed to feeling all bloated and wanting to take a nap!

    humanvitamin wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • So true! I can feel such a difference eating primally than how I felt when I ate tons of grains and sweets.

      Sarah Due wrote on September 21st, 2010
  32. I have done well on the PB so called diet. I don’t think of it as a diet at all. I have lost 13 lbs, but have come to a plateau. I need to try to use site more to analyze why this is happening. I know I should do IF and that should help. I will keep trying down to the last 5 pounds.

    Kerry wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Wow! 13 pounds… that’s great! I am trying not to use FitDay every day, as I tend to obsess, but it has definitely helped me gage my carb intake and overall percentages. Congrats on the weight loss!

      Karyn (Calvin's wife) wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Hi Kerry,

      Welcome to MDA. I’d recommend doing a short day water-(or coffee / tea)-fast, just skip a couple of meals and have a light dinner, in the beginning of your IF’-ing. Eventually you may try a 24 or even a 36 hour fast and reap those benefits, but try not to get frustrated if you over-indulge afterwards, and if you do–stay primal!

      Good luck on beating the plateau, and keep on the forums for a great resource with many first-hand accounts to assist you through your situation.


      wd wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Thanks for the advice, I will try it out.

        Kerry wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  33. Had a serious slip over the weekend when I went to tailgate for a college football game (at least my team won!) But the challege has been awesome, and it has kept me trying new things in the kitchen. The multiple blog posts every day have been really motivational too!

    Sarah Due wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Weekend is over and behind you, those occations are simply life, give yourself the grace to enjoy the moment and move on! Isnt it fun trying new stuff, I have always cooked, and even I am experimenting! Keep up the hard work, we all know it pays off

      Annette wrote on September 21st, 2010
  34. Since it’s harvest season, I’m having a hard time keeping my carbs down: there are just too many delicious apples and pears to eat at the moment. Also, I’ve been very busy getting my business running, so I’ve only had the opportunity to Light Heavy Things once a week and no time (or energy in some cases) for sprints. Only one slip up so far though; I had a few chocolate ship cookies in the afternoon.

    Christine Crain wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Ah I know what you mean about having trouble with not chowing down on apples. I see them at the farmer’s market and can just taste their deliciousness with homemade almond butter!

      Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
  35. Prior to the challenge I had been primal for 5 months but was slipping off a little bit over the last 2 months. So I decided to partake in the challenge and I must honestly say that the more primal I live the more awesome I feel. Its a great reassurance to know that living this lifestyle really is exactly how I want to life my life forever.

    Grok on!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I was in the same boat. I didn’t even plan on taking the challenge, I just kind of got sucked in reading all the posts. But I’m glad I did because I got kind of lax about it over the last few months. I’ve been enjoying it thus far, though.

      Andrew A. McNeill wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Great work Primal Toad we all need to check ourselves every now and then and do a little fine tuning.

      Kev wrote on September 21st, 2010
  36. I feel like this challenge has been really successful on the food and exercise front, I’m 100% grain free and love it! However, I feel like I’m missing out on the community aspect of the challenge since I’m on a college campus and know almost 0 people in total let alone anyone to join me in my primal endeavors.

    Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • If you sign up on the forums here, you will find a lot of support. However, I know what you mean. It is a little difficult when your SO or anyone else doesn’t support you 100%. Are there any forums at you school that you could post something to see if anyone else would be interested in trying going Primal. It would be a great way to meet people and get the support in person that you want.

      Larissa wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • I am signed up for the MDA forums and I agree that it is a great source of information and support. I’ll have to look into a school forum that I could post on to find some fellow primalites. I love to talk about food and stuff I read on MDA and while the forum does help it would be nice to have someone in person. Not to mention it takes me out of the running for a lot of the challenges this month since so many are about doing things in groups

        Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I know what you mean! Being at college, I’m in the same boat. I got my girlfriend to join me in the challenge, but she goes to school an hour and a half away from me. But you’ve always got MDA readers here for community support!

      Colin wrote on September 21st, 2010
      • Is there a forum for college students living primally to give/seek advice and support? If there isn’t we should definitely start one. We could put in easy recipes to cook without a lot of time or equipment and dorm room workouts and the like!

        Ben wrote on September 21st, 2010
        • Why don’t you just start a group on Facebook and post it here and to your friends. Put invites to your activities on the page, I’m sure someone local will find you.

          Emily M wrote on September 21st, 2010
  37. I haven’t lost anymore weight, as I had come into the challenge just losing 8 additional pounds from dialing in my paleo/primal diet with less carbs and little or no fruit. But, my workouts are strong and my sleep is sound. Now, just to figure out specifically the when, where, and how to “have a picnic. win a cow.”

    Karyn (Calvin's wife) wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Well if you’re in the Austin, Texas area, I’m still trying to win part of that cow too. 😀 Good work on the sleep. How do you do it? Haven’t been able to get that part down yet.

      Grokette wrote on September 21st, 2010
  38. I rarely track weight, I mostly go on visual cues, but I feel like my primal challenge is going well. Tracking what I eat on Fitday has given me a good way to monitor what goes in, it’s something I didn’t do before. I’m seeing the potential for great success.

    Andrew A. McNeill wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • I’ve never enjoyed journalling, especially what I ate. So this is an inspiration to me. Thanks. :-)

      San wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  39. Sweets don’t taste good.
    I can do a reverse pullup.
    I love sprinting!!!

    Ely wrote on September 21st, 2010
  40. I’ve been on the 30-day challenge since mid-June. 😉 I’ve easily lost over 20 pounds and am close to hitting my ideal weigh; I feel very strong. I have lots of energy and I feel steady throughout the day. I haven’t really felt the need to deviate from the blueprint and lots of people have commented on my transformation.

    erika wrote on September 21st, 2010

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