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September 21, 2010

Halfway Through the Primal Blueprint Challenge

By Mark Sisson
751 Comments

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.

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Maya
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Melody
Melody
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Maya
6 years 9 days ago

It was a pretty dramatic change and probably saved my relationship to be honest. It was getting bad.

Josh Papesh
Josh Papesh
6 years 8 days ago

It probably saved your life too. Or at least dramtically extended it 🙂

kelly q
kelly q
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Brandon
6 years 9 days ago

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 Miller
Brandon Miller
6 years 8 days ago

It is awesome to see someone get some help with ADD. I will tell my friends about it!

Candice
Candice
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Melody
Melody
6 years 9 days ago

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…) 😉

jeff
jeff
6 years 9 days ago

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.

myles456
myles456
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Justin Yin
Justin Yin
6 years 8 days ago

Keep it up!!!

Melody
Melody
6 years 9 days ago

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. 🙂

kelly q
kelly q
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Melody
Melody
6 years 9 days ago

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. 🙂

Kyle
Kyle
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Thomas
Thomas
6 years 9 days ago

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 🙂

Curtis
Curtis
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Kate
6 years 9 days ago

Yeah! Chasing kids is definitely Primal! Grok Mammas did that all the time. 🙂

sphinx
sphinx
6 years 8 days ago

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!

Kristen
Kristen
6 years 8 days ago

Motherhood: lot’s of moving (chasing kids, cleaning) and lifting heavy things (kids, laundry, bags of groceries. 🙂

San
San
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Jack
Jack
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
6 years 9 days ago

The best part is watching muscles appear from seemingly nowhere. You always had them, they just suddenly appear from beneath the pudge. 🙂

TBNorwood
6 years 9 days ago

Way to go Jack! We should take on Aaron in some MMA.

Amber
Amber
6 years 9 days ago

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.

e.
e.
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Maya
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Patty
6 years 9 days ago

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.

kelle
kelle
6 years 8 days ago

Amber- So very sorry to hear about your loss! My Father in law passed away last week.

nedbee
6 years 8 days ago

Sorry about your loss… but happy for your future!

DaveG
DaveG
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Andy Martin(Jeep80915)
Andy Martin(Jeep80915)
6 years 9 days ago

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!

MamaSofi
MamaSofi
6 years 9 days ago

Congratulations to you! What an accomplishment. You should be proud.

SLS
SLS
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Tori Kean
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Andy
Andy
6 years 9 days ago
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… Read more »
Melody
Melody
6 years 8 days ago

That’s pretty cool that you can see the response at various levels. Neat. 🙂
Here’s hoping your wife joins you soon!

Sue
Sue
6 years 8 days ago

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!

L-D
L-D
6 years 8 days ago

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 . . .

San
San
6 years 8 days ago

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’.

Kyle
Kyle
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Claire
Claire
6 years 9 days ago

That’s great! I’ve been following the 30-day challenge since 2009. haha

e.
e.
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 9 days ago

Sweet! My new goal? Getting a compliment like that! 🙂

Andy Martin(Jeep80915)
Andy Martin(Jeep80915)
6 years 9 days ago

That’s awesome…any Jessica Rabbit-esque pics should be posted!

e.
e.
6 years 8 days ago

aw, thanks guys. If Mark picks me for the workout gear, I’ll post a J-Rabbit pic. 😀

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 8 days ago

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!

Karen Liwoch
Karen Liwoch
6 years 7 days ago

Until you mentioned the bumpy skin, I hadn’t noticed that mine have almost disappeared! Thank you for saying something, it brightened my day.

e.
e.
6 years 7 days ago

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. 😀

Matt C
Matt C
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Melody
Melody
6 years 8 days ago

Sounds like things are going really well for you. Good work. 🙂

San
San
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Curtis
Curtis
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Murdock
Murdock
6 years 9 days ago

2 lbs a week is great!!

Kelly
Kelly
6 years 9 days ago

Good on you for resisting the bad food and sweet drinks for reducing stress! I bet that dark chocolate tasted way better anyway! 🙂

Cody K
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Kevin
Kevin
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Steven
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Thomas
Thomas
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Baxtherin
Baxtherin
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 9 days ago
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… Read more »
Peggy
Peggy
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 9 days ago

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!

hmrf
hmrf
6 years 8 days ago

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: http://rosstraining.com/blog/2010/09/14/hand-training-with-a-rice-bucket/

Reid
Reid
6 years 8 days ago

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!

Bobbi
Bobbi
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Claire
Claire
6 years 9 days ago

congrats on the progress! Was the Primal Leap your first introduction to PB or were you following it before too?

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Claire
Claire
6 years 9 days ago

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.

ReadyToGrok
ReadyToGrok
6 years 9 days ago

Excellent work! 90% is pure awesomeness.

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

Grok on!

Tanya
Tanya
6 years 9 days ago

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

Nick
Nick
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

I have been doing well! I’ve lost fat, but retained muscle. My energy was low, but now it’s on the rise again!

NB
NB
6 years 9 days ago

Awesome.

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

Annie
Annie
6 years 9 days ago

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!:)

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 9 days ago

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…

Amy
6 years 8 days ago

I’m in the same boat – just need to remember to do something fun and active to get that fitness in!! Keep it up:)

Murdock
Murdock
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
6 years 8 days ago

Just stick with it, you’ll get where you want to be!

Luigi
Luigi
6 years 9 days ago

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!

ryan
ryan
6 years 9 days ago

That’s awesome! Keep up the good work… and you’ve reminded me to get back to jiu jitsu class!

Baxtherin
Baxtherin
6 years 9 days ago

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!!

George Mounce
6 years 8 days ago

Nice job, I too have found it very easy to live primal and it just melts the excess weight away!

Kelly
Kelly
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Kerry
Kerry
6 years 9 days ago

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.

kelle
kelle
6 years 8 days ago

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…

Sarah Due
Sarah Due
6 years 9 days ago

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 =)

JenCat
JenCat
6 years 8 days ago

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!

Laura
Laura
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Amy
6 years 8 days ago

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:)

Seth
Seth
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Primal Toad
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
6 years 9 days ago

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?

stephen sherman
stephen sherman
6 years 9 days ago
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… Read more »
Steve Fruendt
Steve Fruendt
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Fred flintstone
Fred flintstone
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Brandon
6 years 9 days ago

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.

wyatt
wyatt
6 years 8 days ago

My energy has gone way up too! It feels great!

Tanya
Tanya
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Christine Crain
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Bethany
Bethany
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Marti
Marti
6 years 8 days ago
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… Read more »
ReadyToGrok
ReadyToGrok
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Sonia
6 years 8 days ago

woohoo! Congrats on the weight loss- I’m trying to work on the “Lift heavy things” as well!

humanvitamin
humanvitamin
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Sarah Due
Sarah Due
6 years 9 days ago

So true! I can feel such a difference eating primally than how I felt when I ate tons of grains and sweets.

Kerry
Kerry
6 years 9 days ago

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 fitday.com 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.

Karyn (Calvin's wife)
Karyn (Calvin's wife)
6 years 9 days ago

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!

wd
wd
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Regards,
WD

Kerry
Kerry
6 years 8 days ago

Thanks for the advice, I will try it out.

Sarah Due
Sarah Due
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Annette
Annette
6 years 9 days ago

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

Christine Crain
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Primal Toad
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Andrew A. McNeill
Andrew A. McNeill
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Kev
Kev
6 years 8 days ago

Great work Primal Toad we all need to check ourselves every now and then and do a little fine tuning.

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Larissa
Larissa
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

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

Colin
Colin
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Ben
Ben
6 years 9 days ago

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!

Emily M
Emily M
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Karyn (Calvin's wife)
Karyn (Calvin's wife)
6 years 9 days ago

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.”

Grokette
Grokette
6 years 8 days ago

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.

Andrew A. McNeill
Andrew A. McNeill
6 years 9 days ago

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.

San
San
6 years 8 days ago

I’ve never enjoyed journalling, especially what I ate. So this is an inspiration to me. Thanks. 🙂

Ely
Ely
6 years 9 days ago

Sweets don’t taste good.
I can do a reverse pullup.
I love sprinting!!!

erika
6 years 9 days ago

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.

Colin
Colin
6 years 9 days ago

I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in how I look and feel since the start of the 30 day challenge. It really is easy to stick to the guidelines of primal eating. As a college student though, my biggest challenge is getting enough sleep at night.

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 9 days ago

As a fellow college student, I know how hard sleep can be. I find that taking a Magnesium supplement about 30 minutes prior to heading to bed really helps with the sleep quality, especially if the quantity is not quite there. Best of luck!

Colin
Colin
6 years 9 days ago

Thanks, I’ll definitely have to give that a try!

wd
wd
6 years 9 days ago

Hey MDA’ers!

I’ve attempted this lifestyle before with not nearly the same gusto I have to thrive on this time. I have greater endurance during the day, and believe it or not–more focused thinking (no lower-carb “fog” for me). This site has been a great resource and a continuing source of inspiration to always strive to be better.

Grok on!

Kris
Kris
6 years 9 days ago

Mark, from what I can see, there’s no knurling on this bar. 9 out of 10 times, your forearms will give out way before your back or upper arm does.

Larissa
Larissa
6 years 9 days ago

As always, it started out great, but then a weekend of a lot of energy expended came up. There were some primal snacks, but some Taco Bell was consumed, followed by (dark) chocolate and wine, which has not been finished, so it is not as bad as it could be. I’m still biking everywhere, so moving slowly often is still the major part of my life.

Tyler
6 years 9 days ago

I’ve been primal for about 9 months now, and this 30 day challenge was a way for me to buckle down into a no-cheat mode. I’ve done pretty well, but I am a Detroit Lions fan and have had to drown my sorrows with a beer on the past two weekends. Still doing better than my typical 80/20, so I see it as a success! I’m maintaining my weight, feeling great as always.

Emerson
Emerson
6 years 8 days ago

9 months is spectacular! Being a Niners fan, I can sympathize with drowning of sorrows. Next time try a Nor-Cal margarit. Totally Primal!

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 9 days ago

So far, I’ve been doing great with no worries or concern. I have been on board for about 8 or 9 months now and every day is easier than the last. Good luck to all!

alysa sullivan
6 years 9 days ago

I started my challenge about 10 days before the official start. Have lost 4 lbs and they are staying off. Hardest thing I have to admit is walking away from the occasional potato chip -otherwise am loving the way the body feels

musajen
musajen
6 years 9 days ago

Awesome job Alysa! Keep up the good work and know that an occasional potato chip fits perfectly within the 80/20 rule. It’s really incredible how the body improves on this plan.

Annette
Annette
6 years 9 days ago

My family has been on PB since Aug 9th, since the challenge started we have been doing very well, although we do need to get some more activity in though. My 14 yr old daughter has visibally lost alot of weight, probably at 15-20 pounds, DH and I have lost about 10 each, and my 18 yr old son buffed up, other than my son we all have ALOT to lose, so this is a long term life style for us.

amarie84
amarie84
6 years 9 days ago

keep up the great work! i started the change before the challenge, but it wasn’t until the challenge that i started to include the heavy lifting. boy has it made a huge difference. there are easy ways to get active. go mall walking, park much further away than you normally would, try to get your heavy lifting in (it’ll make a huge difference in the weight loss). and btw, that’s awesome that your whole family is in on it! i’ve tried to get my parents to follow it, but no luck.

RWVAChris
RWVAChris
6 years 8 days ago

That’s great to hear Annette! My family & I have been on PB together too & it is a great feeling to all be on the same page!

Sam
Sam
6 years 8 days ago

Awesome that you have gotten your family involved. I’m still working on that challenge!

amarie84
amarie84
6 years 9 days ago

since the start of the challenge i’ve lost six pounds. i feel great and enjoy the workouts and the foods i’ve been eating. i think the best thing is the more changes i see, the more i want to tell the world and get more people into this lifestyle.

San
San
6 years 8 days ago

I feel the same way about telling more and more people about PB. I think I’ll put a URL of MDA on my fb page in addition to by mouth.

ryan
ryan
6 years 9 days ago

I have not been doing well. Work required me to travel, and I used that as an excuse to slide away from being Primal. I’m back home now, so I still have time to turn things around.

Ellen
Ellen
6 years 9 days ago

I can relate. My journey with a primal lifestyle involved several starts/stops, and each time it got easier and easier to get back on track. Now that you know you like primal living (and how it affects you), I know that getting back on track will be something you achieve and go at with excitement! Best wishes!

Echo
Echo
6 years 9 days ago

Even with my faltering a couple times I have felt better overall and lost. Pay attention to your body as you get back into it and you will see just how good you feel!

Fideo
6 years 9 days ago

Keep at it!, I can relate as. At home it is easy to avoid things by not buying them.

It is difficult for me at times, like being at work when there is pizza brought in for everyone.

It is hard to resist, but giving in usually leads to me feeling like crap for the rest of the day. If I have way to much outside of primal in a day then the “old feeling of hunger” (Crashing blood sugar) creeps back in a few hours later.

Pepper
Pepper
6 years 8 days ago

I can relate. It’s tough to stay on track when you’re away from your usual habitat. Good luck with the rest of the month!

evadnefrances
evadnefrances
6 years 8 days ago
I can really sympathize with you, Ryan, having been in the same slide many, many times–including the last few days. However, I really hope you can connect with the good parts of being primal, particularly the part about being kind to yourself. (I guess that’s not an actual primal rule, but it’s infused in the whole approach, so at least it’s MY Rule #11.) It’s hard to move forward looking backward, so try to focus on every little primal thing you do that’s on your behalf and let go of any recriminations about the other stuff. Just keep at it… Read more »
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