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August 31, 2009

Patience… Persistence… Promise…

By Worker Bee
19 Comments

Believe it or not, we’re rounding the corner on our 30 Day Primal Challenge! It’s been an unbelievable few weeks of stories, support and success. (If you think we’ve motivated you along the way, just know you’ve done the same for us in our work. This is why we love what we do!) Tomorrow Mark will offer the official congrats and message for moving forward. Today, however, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the past month – your past month to be exact. Once you were here, on board, what got you through (e.g. a good friend, faith, fear, humor)? What did you find in yourself along the way? Are you looking forward yet? Every reader, as we saw in last week’s incredible posts, has a unique story, but we thought we’d tease out a few common threads. Let us know what you think.

Patience

We’re used to having it our way and having it now. Our culture is increasingly about expediency. Too many of us want the “easy button,” the quick fix, the simple pill prescription, the “after” shot when we’ve barely begun to see the “before” for what it really is. Patience is an endangered virtue these days, and our collective health suffers for it. We’d argue, however, that the Challenge – and healthy living overall – requires and fosters genuine patience.

We mean, particularly, patience with yourself and the process. It takes time and consideration to bring real change into your life. It takes patience and fortitude to direct your life through a new vision, to put into practice new revelations and routines. And that’s what the Challenge has been about: rewriting the script of your daily life – not just making some casual substitutions but patiently plotting out a whole new trajectory.

Persistence

In those tracks you’ve set a pattern of persistence. Your efforts toward consistency have been physical, mental and logistical. Sure, the 30 Day Challenge is just the beginning when you compare it to the span of a lifetime, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at either. Whether you began the Challenge with a decidedly resolute or nonchalant attitude, you’ve ended up practicing diligence, found staying power throughout these few weeks. You started the month perhaps taking up a 30 Day “trial,” but in the meantime you’ve laid down a foundation for something much bigger, more lasting.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve been through the most difficult part. As you imagine beyond the 30 day horizon, keep in mind that for most people it only gets easier from here on out. Maybe you’ve experienced some setbacks along the way, but make no mistake: you’ve worn in the grooves of a new lifestyle. Have you thought about the natural ease of staying in those grooves, the opportunity your current momentum provides? An object in motion tends to stay in motion. How about persisting? How about keepin’ on keepin’ on? Our advice: don’t backtrack and have to start all over again.

Promise

Perhaps you committed to the Challenge with enthusiasm for the finite span, the hoopla, the prizes, the extra support. But as you find yourself at the end now, consider where it’s taken you. The Challenge has, ultimately, been your journey, and you’ve likely seen a few ups and downs – but more than likely a lightening of the load over time. You’ve put in the time, the patience, the persistence, but have you noticed along the way that it’s taken less of those along the way? The ultimate promise of the PB is, of course, the health and vitality it offers. However, as many PBers can attest to, it doesn’t take long before the PB just feels like normal life. The promise also encompasses this: the patience and perseverance you pay upfront constitute an investment with continual return. Know this: there comes a time when you will find yourself just living the Blueprint instead of planning and thinking about it all the time, but you’ll be benefiting each step of the way.

Can we say it now? Thirty days is just the beginning. Maybe this challenge was the kick start you needed to create real change for your life. Don’t let up now. If you’ve seen real change in thirty days, think for a moment what you could do in sixty days, in ninety days, in a whole year. Recall the stories of other readers last week and imagine what you might have to say with a few more months under your belt.

Think of how far you’ve come in these weeks. Where do you find yourself now? Where do you see yourself down the road from your new vantage point?

Have other thoughts to add from your own retrospectives? What has the month meant to you personally? We’ll see you for the big wrap-up tomorrow!

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Furious Mittens
Furious Mittens
7 years 3 months ago

I’m just glad to find out how many people are as enthusiastic about Primal living as I am. And the varying degrees with which people convert. I’m still at the basic level of cutting carbs and eating more healthy fats, but I’m excited to work my way up to dropping all artificial sweeteners and switching to grass fed. Grok on!

Jane
Jane
7 years 3 months ago

My favorite part was getting my family involved. They aren’t 100% there yet, but they started to believe me that this was the best way to live and even started seeing some beneficial changes. It was/is so rewarding to bring the people I care most about towards a healthier life. It took some time and patience to get them started, but now we are all just rolling with it!

ohiolopez
ohiolopez
7 years 3 months ago

Have not had a beer in a while, last fudge cookie I had was 8 days ago then I also lost two pounds.

I have recommitted myself to this lifestyle, thank you Mark.

Aaron Blaisdell
Aaron Blaisdell
7 years 3 months ago
It has been amazing to see the transformational stories, and to watch the superb videos extolling simple, but effective workout routines and delicious primal recipes. Looking back on my own progress of going primal over the past year, I’m continually struck by the huge degree to which total systemic inflammation was a part of my daily life. I can’t even conceive of going back to the grain-based, industrial vegetable oil diet I used to consume. It feels like looking back on a stranger in a strange land when I think back to my old self. I feel like I’ve divorced… Read more »
GeriMorgan
7 years 3 months ago

Well, I’ve done what I’ve set out to do (except achieve shaved-ice perfection; I’ll have to do that today), but I don’t know if I really feel transformed. I definitely feel inspired, though. This September, I will challenge myself to following Daily Fitness Solution’s workout suggestions at least four days a week.

Griff
Griff
7 years 3 months ago
I’m already noticing changes. We don’t have a scale in the house (yet – it’s on the way because my husband wants one now), but my blood sugar is behaving itself, more or less. I’m getting used to being full on far less food, and not feeling deprived (which still startles me!). And I’m pretty sure that I have wheat allergy and/or gluten intolerance, because now when I encounter a wheat product, my bowel flares back up. I used to have horrible IBS. It’s pretty much gone. We’ve emptied our pantry of pasta and canned legumes and canned corn, given… Read more »
FlyNavyWife
7 years 3 months ago

I feel really bad about giving away the grainy foods too… a friend called me up needing rice and I gave her ALL of the rice I had left.

I was SO HAPPY to learn that she needed it to absorb moisture from her phone (which her son had taken swimming with him) and not to eat. hahahaha.

Kelli
Kelli
7 years 3 months ago

This month was a great way to concentrate on my new lifestyle more completely. I have enjoyed a month of more activity, more energy and overall better health. I am excited to keep working at it and though I know I will have setbacks, as I have throughout the month, I also know that I can overcome and rise above them. Thanks Mark and Team for challenging us to take things to the next level!!

fritchbeetle
7 years 3 months ago

Perseverance. It is so important to remember that permanent change can sometimes take time. Thank you! 🙂

dml
7 years 3 months ago
What I think this month has shown is that what seemed like a huge change wasn’t a big deal. In the past month, I’ve gotten lighter, leaner, stronger and faster, and I’ve done it without feeling deprived or feeling run down. I had exactly one cheat for the whole month and that was something I planned in advance, not some spur-of-the-moment loss of control. As much as I love bread and potatoes, I’m simply changing my thought processes towards them, and finding that I can eat well without them. Plus, the flexibility of meals and eating is fantastic. No pre-planning… Read more »
Alisa - Frugal Foodie
7 years 3 months ago

Slightly off topic of the post, but I just saw this article – http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/best-packaged-foods-for-women?cat=15629.

I found the “health claims” listed with each packaged/processed food highly amusing and thought I would pass it along. It really shows how corporations are shaping what Americans think healthy is.

Sharon
Sharon
7 years 3 months ago
I have always been in good health but open minded person that I am, finding out about the primal lifestyle made such good sense that I jumped right in. I can always be better, right? For some odd reason changing my diet from 36 years of being a vegetarian to primal has been no big deal for me. Oh yeah, except for all the grease and periodic freak outs over raw bloody meat. But otherwise it seems very easy to eat primal. Much to my surprise, I am not the least bit interested in grains anymore. I have dropped 7… Read more »
Laurie Donaldson
Laurie Donaldson
7 years 3 months ago

I think I have made strides in the right direction. There is lots of room for improvement, but my consumption of other grains (I was already gluten-free) and sugar has been nearly eliminated. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that this was easier than I thought. The nice part is that I don’t feel like quitting. In fact, the thought of the challenge ending is kind of disappointing, but I have no thoughts of ending this journey and I look forward to adding the other components as I continue.

Diana Renata
7 years 3 months ago

Great blog post!

I think one thing that I am really struggling to learn in patience. It’s been a long, long, long road and there are some days where I just want to be “done.” I guess what I’ve had to realize is that I’ll never be “done.” Instead I have to enjoy my life (and my body) as it is, right now, not what it might be. It’s not perfect, but it’s better, and for that I’m blessed.

How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

So goes the Primal lifestyle. Taking it one bite at a time. 🙂

FlyNavyWife
7 years 3 months ago

Mark, thank you so much for hosting this challenge. I was already getting into the primal way before the challenge started, but once it got rolling I was more motivated to jump in with both feet, especially with the fitness aspects.

It’ll only get better from here, too!

I’m ordering a jump rope tomorrow (none of the store I checked out had adult ones so I have to order it online) which I’m super-excited about, and might make some homemade primal workout equipment too. Mmm….heavy things.

Dollface
Dollface
7 years 3 months ago

This is a great post and I too have to agree with Diana about patience. Sometimes you just want results faster than physically possible…but mentally I think it’s helpful that it happens slowly.
The lifestyle never ends and thank god for that, how rewarding it is to live this way!

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
7 years 3 months ago
Honestly, it’s been a bit of a frustrating month. My weight went down, then back up again (despite going to very low carb) and I sprained my ankle one day after signing up for a 15K charity race (I’m hoping to be be able to run it as it’s not until December, but I have a pain in my foot as well). On the plus side, my skin looks better, I do look a bit leaner and I’ve stayed away from ice cream, chocolate and other naughties (I already eschewed grains). I’ve cut carbs right down, even to the point… Read more »
Debbie
Debbie
7 years 3 months ago
I’ve been pretty primal since the beginning of the year anyway but this challenge has been a fun way to look at the way I eat with new eyes. I didn’t change much since I was already grain-free, sugar-free, PUFA oils free, processed food free. But I got to try some new things. I also bumped up my carbs some which made eating a bit more varied. I’d been trying to keep them under 30g for most of the year. But since I had not lost any weight doing so I decided to see if bumping them *up* a bit… Read more »
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