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26 Sep

Midpoint Check-In: The Power of Community (Plus a Simple Comment Contest)

CommunityWith all the action around here, it’s amazing to me we’re already at the midpoint of the 21-Day Challenge! The flood of feedback, comments and contest participation has been awesome, and it’s all a reminder of how great a community this is. It never ceases to amaze me actually just how positive a group we have. Seriously, in all the blogosphere, I’ve never stumbled upon anything like it, and I have people tell me as much all the time. Sure, the growth and engagement that all the web number crunchers measure are stellar, but I’m talking deeper than that. I mean the genuine support that is shared here.

From day one of this blog (hands for how many of you were with us way back in 2006!), it’s been the case. People want to help people. There’s great conversation and healthy challenge on the boards, but the spirit of exchange is impressively constructive. Readers themselves have told me how much that collective energy impacts them – how they’ve tapped into it to get them through rough patches or to help motivate them toward bigger visions of thriving and transformation.

The fact is, it’s all too easy to isolate and live with the misguided view that we have to do it all alone – that we should do it all independently. Sure, maybe some of us can conceivably get to our goal without the support, guidance, sharing, etc. But why would we? What are we trying to prove to ourselves? Some people find it noble, but I think it’s just unnecessary. There’s something small and surrendered about the self-contained approach. The fact is, when you open yourself and your process to others, your view of that process and your vision of what’s possible become more expansive.

Likewise, when you’re feeling discouraged because of a setback or crisis of confidence, others can hold that promise for you. They can be the mirror for you. You may not be able to envision great progress on certain days, but seeing it in others – and imagining it for others as you encourage fellow readers on their paths – makes your own possibility of success feel less remote. A community holds optimism – and wisdom – collectively.

On that note, how goes the journey? What is everyone up to – trying, cooking, lifting, feeling, enjoying etc.? I want to encourage each and every one of you out there to interact today (and every day would be cool, too) on the comment board. In fact, it’s the focus of today’s Contest….

Epic BarsThe Prize:

The EPIC bar is a 100% grass fed animal based protein bar. It’s paleo friendly, gluten free, and low in sugar. The names of their bars alone leave the mouth watering: How about a Bison Bacon Cranberry bar, a Beef Habanero Cherry bar, or a Turkey Almond Cranberry bar? Yes, please. To all three, thank you very much.

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The lucky winner of this contest will win 3 boxes of EPIC bars plus an EPIC bar t-shirt. Retail value: $125.

BONUS: Use the code EPICHEARTSMARK at and get free shipping on your order. Valid for five days.

The Contest:

Leave a comment on the board about what you’ve struggled with lately in the Challenge, and/or give your advice to others. Share your anecdotes, stumbles, questions and successes. Share the totally random and nagging craving you’re having, the annoying vestiges of low-carb flu, the odd sleep disturbances or dream patterns (not unheard of), the strangest comments you’ve gotten from various people, the hardest part in the process so far.

Likewise, offer your suggestions and encouragement to others. What strategies did you use to kick cravings? How did you motivate yourself to exercise on days you were tired and it was raining buckets outside? What did you tell naysayers that seemed to get them off your back? If another reader has a struggle or a question and you have an answer–go for it! A winner will be randomly selected from all the comments.

So, there you go! Throw in your questions and responses, and see the support of the MDA community at full throttle! I’m looking forward to reading how everyone is doing and what comes of all the great community feedback. Thanks for stopping in today, everybody. Here’s to an even more amazing and successful second half of the Challenge!

The Deadline:

September 26, midnight PDT.

Who is Eligible:

U.S. residents only for this one. Sorry international readers!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

A winner will be randomly selected.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Even though I’ve been primal for about a year, I had my very first experience with someone being snarky towards me for not eating a piece of pizza! I couldn’t believe this woman’s comments (an acquaintance, thank goodness, not a friend). We were at a bar watching the football game Monday and I was about to leave. I mentioned that I was hungry and wanted to go home and cook, and she told me there was pizza. I simply replied, “I don’t eat pizza,” and she made a face and said, in a very mocking, childish voice, “Ooooh, I don’t eat pizza. I’m gonna go home and have a salad and be healthy!”

    I couldn’t believe it. Up until this point everyone around me has been so supportive of me and has never said anything about what I do and don’t eat (they’ve noticed the nearly 50 pounds that I’ve lost). So to have this woman I occasionally see react in that way really stunned me. She said she was kidding, but I think it’s a reflection on her own unhappiness with herself, and an attempt to make me feel bad about my life. Anyway, that was a very new experience for me, and I really feel for those of you who get reactions like that all the time.

    Stacie wrote on September 26th, 2013
  2. I struggle with feeling like I’m missing out on something that represents “the good things in life” (e.g., big bowl of popcorn). I find it helpful to literally count my blessings when these thoughts come up.

    Jon wrote on September 26th, 2013
  3. I have been semi primal for a while now. Then in June my mom and I went on the 21 day challenge. Cutting out beer and tortilla chips(my only two non primal vices) Made a huge difference. I lost 15 pounds from June to August and have maintained the weight loss. Apart from the weight loss I love everything about primal eating, sleeping, and moving.

    The eating is overall effortless for me; my largest challenge is still tortilla chips with fresh salsa (In Texas with some of the best Mex food around, I don’t really care about the tortilla chip but it is an AWESOME vehicle for delicious fresh, tomato/jalapeno/onion/cilantro goodness)and food at work (today someone made chocolate cake from scratch. I am not even a sweet eater, but the mood hit me right and so I enjoyed.)

    Sleeping primally is 100% effortless. We live in a small town on a small road with no road lights, our normal schedule is in bed by 9-10 wake up at 5:30-6. We love sleep.

    Movement/Sunlight is the largest problem. At work in a windowless box from 6:45am – 5:30pm + commute. Arrive home and cook a primal meal, by the time supper is ready and kitchen is cleaned, sun is setting and I’m ready to tuck into bed. Also, my husband has a very physically demanding job, so when he get’s home he is ready to rest, and I am ready to move. One solution is I often turn up merengue or some other upbeat music while I am cooking and cleaning so that I move. Also, last night we went skateboarding, which we always love.

    For any of you first timers, press through to the end, it is well worth it! You will gain new insight to how your body works, and have a new love for yourself like I can’t explain.

    Happy Primal ya’ll!

    Christin wrote on September 26th, 2013
    • A friend made salsa from his garden and brought it to a bbq we were having and I was dying to try some, but had nothing to put it on. We brought some things for the grill including zucchini, so we cut one of those up into really thin slices and used that as chips. I was thinking, “Okay, I guess this will do…” (homemade tortilla chips tempting me from the nearby bowl), but it actually was really perfect. Didn’t detract from the salsa at all and was sturdy and tasty. Maybe give that a try the next time tortilla chips are challenging you and see what you think.

      Loren wrote on September 26th, 2013
  4. So far the challenge has been great. It’s come at the perfect time, and I feel energized and ready to make big changes in my life (which, for me, is going to mean venturing back into the gym after years away and finally giving the weights a try). The first week I lost 4 pounds (I’m a woman, over 40), which surprised me because two days before my weigh-in I went carb-crazy on a short road trip, which included a bakery stop at the famed Czech Stop in the town of West, Texas. After a week of strict adherence (and a natural, surprisingly low carb intake), I indulged in a pimento cheese sandwich (it’s been MONTHS since I’ve had bread!), a couple of cream cheese kolaches, and a smaller pecan pastry roll. My calorie and carb total that day was scary. Maybe there’s something to the carb-load thing (even though I realize these are not the healthy carbs recommended), because I was shocked to see the 4-pound loss for the week just a couple of days later. (I also lost 6 inches.) I’m feeling great and optimistic! Keep at it, everyone!

    scribbler2013 wrote on September 26th, 2013
  5. I’ve been primal for about a year and a half. I’m down 58 lbs but I still have a few to go. the hardest part is not screaming at my inlaws when they congradulate me on my weight loss in one breath and scoff at my food choices in the next. It’s bizarre.

    Jake wrote on September 26th, 2013
  6. My biggest challenge going primal is learning how to relax and making sure I eat enough clean food during the day. The thing that gets me throught tho is you gotta want it for yourself badly enough to just do it and be healthy and happy

    dlkempt wrote on September 26th, 2013
  7. What a perfect day for this message and challenge. I am feeling very alone and would love a big piece of vanilla cake…I started Paleo in january and up until now have done very well. Its comfort food time here in WNY and I am having a hard time not eatting apple pie, fritters and cobbler. I am trying to stay away from alot of nut flour so I limit what I will make paleo style. Its hard! I have found that if I read the label of a food item, the minute I read a non paleo ingredient I put it back and look for something good for me! Most days it works

    Sarah wrote on September 26th, 2013
    • I sauteed up some apple slices in butter for awhile, added cinnamon and nutmeg and served them to my granddaughter with heavy cream. She doesn’t need to lose any weight, but loves to eat ‘healthy’. She loved her ‘pie and ice cream’. I keep trying to rethink food thanks to MDA.

      Ann wrote on September 26th, 2013
  8. My struggle right now is being overwhelmed in several aspects of my life, both at work and home. I should catch a break at work soon, once the vacant position is finally filled, but it’s a State job, and those take forever to fill. I’ve tried looking at various paleo recipes to find one I think my husband, daughter, and I may all like and quickly give up. I’ve never gbeen much of a cook. My husband is dealing with quite a few health issues, that he knows would improve if he ate better, but he’s just not motivated to change his diet – depression and chronic pain make it difficult. His vision tends to blur after reading for a few minutes, but it’s not something glasses will help, so he’s not much help finding recipes. My own health improvements were mild, but I was already in fairly good healt, so that doesn’t exactly inspire him to try something new. My allergies, which are my biggest health issue really have not improved much, if at all. I think going dairy free for a while may help, but I may also be allergic to coconut. Fall allergy season is just getting started, so now is not the time to try to find out about coconut – too many other variables – pollen, mold, etc.

    I know that once the situation at work improves, I won’t feel as stressed by things at home, so that’ll improve soon too.

    b2curious wrote on September 26th, 2013
  9. My biggest inspiration has always been the success stories. Every Friday I wait until just after 8 am PDT to click on MDA and read about fellow Primalists who have made the change. I get inspired every week and always feel that twinge of disappointment when the stories are not up right away. Then of course you have to read the comments after the post and see the outpouring of love and support! The success stories are a big part of the reason why I am still primal 18 months into this and going strong!

    Carter wrote on September 26th, 2013
  10. I’ve been Primal for over two years and by far the hardest thing is being the only one in the family committed to it. Dinners have become Primal for everyone just out of economic and practical need and nobody complains, but breakfast is still all about bread and heavily flavored coffee for the wife and kids. It hurts to watch them struggle with seasonal allergies, not believing there might be a connection despite my testimony.

    Wanting to jump up on the grocery store shelves and shout the primal truth in the chip aisle is starting to subside. Slowly. Being fat brings judgement, and heavy people still draw my attention but not my judgement. Now my attention is motivated by a desire to offer them the cure, but I despair that any comment would be perceived as judgement.

    On the bright side, after two years, people who I loaned the Primal Blueprint and 21 day Challenge books to early on are starting to ask for them back and I’m seeing friends adopt the lifestyle! It’s as if they needed to watch me to see if it was a fad diet and I’d suddenly gain back all the weight and more, or rather something that would last. Redemption is sweet and it’s worth keeping comments positive so as to not alienate up front. Managing hormones instead of calories for the rest of my life!

    Rob in Alaska wrote on September 26th, 2013
  11. Just attended the PB lecture last night at my Box. Super excited to hit it hard.

    Christian wrote on September 26th, 2013
  12. Honestly, I’ve been primal long enough that my goal of tightening my 80/20 to 90/10 during the challenge isn’t very difficult. And I’m slightly OCD. :) With that said, I just wanted to encourage all those out there who are just starting out or are struggling with Primal eating/living. Give it time, don’t give up – it will pay off in the end. I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been thanks to this lifestyle so keep at it! You can do it and I’ll see you on the other side. Grok on!

    Ryan Ransom wrote on September 26th, 2013
  13. I’ve ‘gone primal’ a hundred times and each time slipped back to my SAD ways. Thing is that each time I’ve done it alone. This time I’ve enlisted my family, my workmates and even my choice in music to all be supportive and help me hold myself accountable. It is do-able!

    I’ve noticed that the nutrition has fallen into line easily with this challenge and the night-time snacking is OVER so I’m working on sleep – has anyone else noticed an increase in slightly off and over vivid dreams? I’ve had some doosies lately!

    Thank you for this kickstart Mark! I’m tired of the bouts of imflammation, joint pain and massive guilt – put my foot down, said my piece and it stops now. The bars sound awesome and yes, the names are cool. :) Thanks for the chance to win such a great item.

    Melinda wrote on September 26th, 2013
  14. The first week of my challenge was a piece of cake, er…I mean meat. I was in my own kitchen, cooking for my husband and visiting M-I-L, the later having no clue what eating healthy is. Then I received a call that my dad had a stroke and we immediatly left for northern CA, an 8 hour drive at best, a 12 hour drive with dogs and M-I-L. Gas station convenience stores should honestly be called “carbohydrate stores” that’s really all that’s available. We did find a restaurant near the hospital that would make omelets with your choice of ingredients, that was a lifesaver!
    Dad is doing well and we’re back home today, M-I-L has gone home and DH will eat whatever I cook for him!
    The only craving I really had during that time was a cappucino, I just ordered a black coffee and dealt with it.

    Vicki wrote on September 26th, 2013
  15. It took my DH a couple of years after I went Primal to come on board. He refused to believe that a breakfast of Cheerios wasn’t “heart healthy” like the TV commercial promises. Once he finally saw how well I was doing by permanently changing my eating habits, how good all the food tasted, etc., he was right there with me. So some people eventually come around, and I suppose a lot of others do not, but there’s always hope.

    A friend still gives me a bad time and gets snarky, but I just look at him and think to myself “Hey, I’m not diabetic and I don’t weigh 250 pounds and I’m not on a bunch of prescription meds” so I just smile and keep quiet. Believe me, the satisfaction is well worth not feeling the need to be snarky in return.

    So to those of you pestered by family/friends that give you a bad time, refuse to stop offering you “just a little piece of bread” or that “all things in moderation” crap or whatever else nonsense they conjure up, keep the faith, stick to it and you will prevail.

    PrimalGrandma wrote on September 26th, 2013
  16. Waaaaahhhhhh. I just sprained my ankle really badly at Crossfit today. This injury is going to be a huge difficulty for me both in training and how I adjust my paleo eating for less activity. I am so disappointed.

    Jennifer M Purtlebaugh wrote on September 26th, 2013
  17. Having no problem following diet. Only one bite of non-primal food (some rice protein in a chocolate suicide raw nut bar).
    Biggest problem right now: staying focused and keeping intensity at full throttle during my heavy lift sessions…

    Zach rusk wrote on September 26th, 2013
    • Oops
      Reply to this so I can get responses

      Zach rusk wrote on September 26th, 2013
  18. I’m recovering from major surgery (a hysterectomy, about a week and a half ago), and I’m not sure how to eat over the next few weeks.

    Since January, I’ve gone from 200 lbs down to 160, eating primal, IF, walking and doing weight lifting and calisthenics. A lot of that work was in prep for this surgery.

    I’m tall and muscular, so if I never lost another pound, I would be OK with that. I’m a size 8 and look like a reasonably fit, thin person.

    I’ve lost the last three pounds since the surgery. I have no appetite, and I’m anemic. I’m sleeping two to four hours in the middle of the day. I also just caught my younger son’s cold, and possibly his bronchitis. I’m no longer really in pain; I’m just exhausted. Oh, and I’m a single mother with two school-aged kids. Friends and family have brought us meals, but it’s the usual pasta and rice dishes. I have decided not to be strict about calories or carbs for at least the next few weeks.

    I guess my question is, how do I eat in a healthy way while also supporting my need to heal after this major surgery? I don’t want to start a weight gaining process, but I also need to give my body the fuel it needs to heal.

    Jane wrote on September 26th, 2013
    • “I guess my question is, how do I eat in a healthy way while also supporting my need to heal after this major surgery? I don’t want to start a weight gaining process, but I also need to give my body the fuel it needs to heal.”

      Can you afford to buy from during this time of healing? It helps me when I can’t cook.

      Linda Sand wrote on September 26th, 2013
      • Thanks, Linda! I will look into it.

        Jane wrote on September 27th, 2013
  19. My big challenge these days is sleep. I’m not getting enough of it. There are the days where I just simply stay up to late and those are very my fault (although partly fueled by being to busy during the day and afternoon to get some couch time in!) but many nights it’s just life happening. Summer makes for a busy work schedule, Some special classes I’m teaching that start early, a house to re-model (and I really really want to work on it!) that keeps me out in the evening and then a handful of ambulance calls to go out on that have mostly come at the littlest sleep possible kind of times. Sigh. This is an ongoing challenge. Unfortunately being busy and tired makes me want to eat anything that is easy and I revert to, at best, eating bread and practically living off of dairy products. Cooking takes time and I don’t want to spend any of the little I have left doing it!

    But I’ll work through it. I always do. I’m getting better about setting an evening time limit for the house work such that I can get the dogs walked by a decent time and off to bed. Tryig to at least lean towards other easy fast food stuff that is primal or at least not just starch, sugar, gluten, and/or dairy. Or coffee. Too much coffee!

    Noctiluca wrote on September 26th, 2013
  20. My challenges… work food (bagels, donuts, candy, cookies, blech), crazy high grocery bill (meat meat meat!!!) and late night eating (hello, chocolate!). I’m a work in progress!

    Marie wrote on September 26th, 2013
  21. I want sweets all of the time! How do I get rid of these poisonous sugar cravings? I think it is made more difficult by the fact that I live in a dormitory where my meals are provided for me, so inevitably I have to gaze longingly at attractive desserts.

    Katie wrote on September 26th, 2013
  22. The toughest part is daily food preparation, especially in planning for lunch, since you can’t trust what is in the cafeteria dishes. I’m planning on making big batches of food on Sunday.

    Martin wrote on September 26th, 2013
  23. As a college grokette without a kitchen, this challenge has been especially, well, challenging. But it should be! I’ve been working on eating primally for about a year now, but having trouble with consistency. Social pressures, emotional times, lack of sleep–the list of excuses goes on and on for falling off the wagon as many times as I have. So, the way that I’ve seen this challenge, most importantly, is a time to revamp my mentality. It’s not a diet that I’m cheating on, it’s quality of life that I’m cheating myself out of when I go back to my SAD ways.

    I’m happy to say, that so far in the challenge, while I may have overindulged, it has been on the good stuff. I splurged on my budget a bit and bought primal pacs. I savored some extra dark chocolate after an especially stressful week. I’ve stopped beating myself up about the things I still need to do to fulfill the requirements of the challenge, and just enjoyed incorporating them into my days as best as I can.

    So happy to be a part of this community of all of you doing the same!

    Sarah Beth wrote on September 26th, 2013
  24. Admittedly, I am not participating in this 21-day challenge. I have been online less frequently and did not notice its beginning. However, I did successfully go primal in the past and saw encouraging changes, so I am working toward it again, albeit, in longer than a 21-day challenge.

    Two of my greatest difficulties are 1) making more of my own meals and 2) cutting out, to a much greater degree, alcohol. I do not believe I am an alcoholic, but it definitely pushes me toward my 80/20 without few other considerations.

    I work two jobs and may be getting a third (only requiring a few hours a week, really). I want to eat mostly organic and so tend to show for small quantities at a time. The problem is my hours are crazy enough sometimes that I even let that wonderful, healthy, hard-grown food rot in the fridge. HELP!!! :-(

    Anybody have tricks/suggestions to work on either?

    Kevin Goldman wrote on September 26th, 2013
    • Get kitchen tools to minimize prep time, like a food processor, a hand immserion blender, a slow cooker, maybe a sous vide if you can afford it. Get different spices. I highly suggest you get the book “Well Fed” as batch food prep is laid out and it works.

      Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on September 27th, 2013
      • Thank you Ron, for the suggestions!! I’ll check on the book too!

        Kevin Goldman wrote on September 27th, 2013
  25. I have really struggled with the shared morning teas/ birthday cakes etc. Working in a school and being end of term makes it hard not to be involved and even harder to turn away the food! Bring on the Holidays!

    Shaun wrote on September 26th, 2013
  26. My biggest struggle right now is a friend who lives with us. He lost his job awhile back and eventually his apartment. He’s out of money. He complains about what we eat. He is a huge pasta eater. I am stressed. I want to help a friend but I feel like his Mother, when I say “my house, my rules, my money”. I am not buying processed garbage for him, I refuse and he will have to deal with it or leave, which it may come to if he doesn’t come around. I don’t want to lose a friend but I am not going to compromise our way of life to suit him.

    Yoga every morning helps.

    Sharon T wrote on September 26th, 2013
  27. I find that my sugar cravings get completely out of control during my “special” time of the month, or sometimes before. Then, the next week, I have no desire for it at all. Any other Cave Women have this issue?

    Susie wrote on September 26th, 2013
  28. Started this in mid August and love it! The hardest part was thinking I should eat because it was “time to eat”, but got over that quickly. I just am not hungry that often. Thanks for the free shipping on the Epic Bars – I ordered a sample pack. Wish there were samples of your Primal Fuel – I’d like to try before buying.

    PrimalDuck wrote on September 26th, 2013
  29. I have been struggling with working Sprinting into my workout mix. I have a friend at work who has been doing some HIIT for some time now and I just had my first workout with him the other day. Kicked my Butt, but it was great and I am motivated again to Move (really!!) Rapidly a couple times a week.

    Also, I struggle with Beer!!! Pretty much nothing else, but Beer is sooo hard to give up!


    Mario wrote on September 26th, 2013
  30. Everyone seems to have done so well that it makes a bit depressed. I had an amazing week and a half, but felt really bad after having a bit of bread and desert on Sunday and today a huge binge, which included muffins and biscuits — things I wouldn’t eat with such voracity. Perhaps the best explanation is having worked a night shift and have slept only 4 hours, maximum. It really affects you. Perhaps it’s just a way of undermining my own efforts. Anyway, congratulations everyone. At least I felt the difference until today and will try to use that to go back on track from the morning.

    Leonardo wrote on September 26th, 2013
  31. Benefit – sleeping sooo deeply lately, dreaming every night!
    Challenge – dreading trying to keep this up when I a at school

    tigerchik wrote on September 26th, 2013
  32. Of course I wanted to lose weight! And I haven’t yet… :( But…I feel great! I have never felt this good in forever!!! And…I am not being so hard on myself. I can feel myself getting stronger and in a few years…maybe I will have lost some weight. My attitude has changed. I am not sure I really care if I lose weight or not.

    Yoli wrote on September 26th, 2013
  33. My biggest challenge is making breakfast before my husband leaves for work in the morning, because he’ll say he “ran out of time” if I leave it up to him to feed himself (ADD strikes in so many annoying ways). I work from home and am not hungry until mid-morning. So while I’m extremely glad he’s doing the challenge with me, I wish I didn’t have to face fried eggs quite so early. I just remind myself that it keeps him from stopping somewhere later and eating bad stuff! The man loves his carbs.

    Gina wrote on September 26th, 2013
  34. I LOVE epic bars especially the bison bacon ones. I’ve been Paleo/Primal since last August, coincidentally when I started medical school. I’m mostly using this way of eating to achieve health, since I have a bunch of heart issues, a connective tissue disease, and PCOS. I had fallen off the bandwagon, drifting to a less than 80/20 lifestyle. And it was showing. So, I used this challenge to jump back on. Right now, I’m in one of the toughest modules I’ve taken thus far in medical school and find it hard to fine time for play, lifting, and getting adequate sleep. I try to get at least 8 hours a night, but that cuts down on my studying time AND I still wake up groggy. I’ve also tried to increase my walking to and from class and during breaks between classes but I still feel like I’m not tackling the activity part of this lifestyle to my best abilities. I am, however, eating pretty well and have been supplementing with magnesium, zinc, NAC, iodine, and selenium (from brazil nuts) and drinking Tulsi tea, since they are adaptogens and antioxidants to help reduce stress and keep my mind clear and fully functioning as I tackle these classes. Hopefully after my final next Friday, I can get back into the swing of things, activity-wise. I might extend the length of my challenge period.

    Janelle wrote on September 26th, 2013
  35. I keep working at going primal, right now I would say I am 50-60% and definitely can see how much better I would feel at 80%. The challenge is helping by being a fixed period of time to make a concerted effort. Thanks Mark!

    Walking and sprinting are my strong points. I still need to work on rounding out the other body area workouts. I need to do better with primal snacks and to eliminate grains.

    Glad the challenge isonly half way. Maybe I can make it yet.

    Sean wrote on September 26th, 2013
  36. the hardest part for me was getting back in the routine of cooking. I was on a clean paleo diet for months and then started a new job. The stress caused me to head back into old habits of having a drink or two after work and by the time I’ve had that I don’t feel like doing anything. Getting a clear head though has been amazing. I think the hardest part of the challenge has been also forcing myself to go out and get 15 minutes of sunlight a day. It’s very rewarding though to make it out there and get it.

    One thing I did to really motivate myself was go out and buy supplements. I feel like if I’m investing myself financially in my health that I am more on board and the mental follows. Asides from having a square of dark chocolate, I’ve been feeling great!

    BTW good paleo breakfast smoothie recipe:
    2 egg yolks
    1 tbsn coconut butter
    1 cup spinach
    .5 cup frozen mango
    smidge of cilantro
    half an avacado

    I’ve been doing that for breakfast along with a couple of strips of uncured pastured bacon and I feel GREAT!

    I also ate some liver pate before i went to teach classes tonight after getting off work at my day job. It was like liquid energy. I ate it and felt so energized. I found myself training with the class rather then directing it… something I haven’t done in forever!

    Kelsey wrote on September 26th, 2013
  37. My biggest challenge is getting involved with other people, being social. Embarrassing but true. I found the courage to step out of my shell recently when a co-worker was struggling with trying to rescue a cat that was abandoned recently when her neighbor died. She was facing financial trouble, a spouse that hates cats, a daughter that is afraid of cats, lack of knowledge about cats…yet she wanted to help. I got involved and helped out with getting the word out, and offering to talk with her family. Would you believe that spouse who ‘hates’ cats has fallen in love with this little stray, the daughter has overcome her fears and is cheering on the new family member, a big wheel in our company is footing the vet bills for a year, others have come up with food, toys, beds, carriers, grooming tools. I don’t take 100% credit for this, but I’ll take some it! I never would have become in anything like this before, mostly for fear of failure or being made fun of. But now I have courage! Must be the bacon.

    Siobhan wrote on September 26th, 2013
  38. I’m so lucky to have quite a few primal mates in my office. Last year we did the challenge together and this year, too. We recently had a pot luck all day feast and it was awesome because most of the dishes were primal so it was easy for us to participate and enjoy the day with the rest of the crew.

    For exercise/play motivation, a friend and I volunteered at one of the mud run/obstacle course races locally. We’re no where near in shape enough to participate but just working behind the scenes and seeing all the enthusiastic participants has inspired us even more in our efforts.

    My biggest challenge, which seems pretty lame, is that so many of my friends are single and most of our outings revolve around events where there is alcohol and drinking. I do love my wine! I’ve been avoiding going out but can only do that for so long.

    Sonya wrote on September 26th, 2013
  39. One of my breakthroughs was owning the fact that I’m an abstainer not a moderator. 80/20 doesn’t work for me. I can’t eat 1 slice of pie on a special occasion. I either eat pie or I don’t. If it’s not on my list, it’s easy to say no. I need everyday to be a Primal Challenge. And that’s ok!

    Andrea PB wrote on September 26th, 2013
  40. The biggest challenge for me is being overwhelmed with work and life in general lately, and every time I think I’ve gotten out from under it for a bit, something else goes haywire. I’m dealing with it fairly well for the most part, and I think it helps to have been on the PB since February; I cope better than I used to. But still. I don’t get enough sleep and I’m running ragged all day, every day, and then I’m exhausted, and then I’m more likely to eat something horrible for me, and then I actually FEEL horrible which makes me feel even MORE overwhelmed…

    Tammy wrote on September 26th, 2013

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