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12 Sep

The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins Now

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If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too. That’s right, it’s the annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge!

The 30-Day Challenge Details

So what’s the challenge? To get Primal, of course! I hold this 30-Day Challenge every year to encourage Primal beginners to give this way of eating, moving and living a try because I know it works, I know how empowering it is, and I know it changes lives.

I also do it to motivate those that have been dabbling with the Primal lifestyle for a while, but haven’t fully committed or still have some room for improvement (myself included!), to go all in and resolve to finally tackle whatever it is they want to address in their lives.

The actual challenge itself is pretty straightforward. The details can be found in the image below. I recommend downloading the 30-Day Challenge flyer here, and clicking on the links to learn more about each of the topics. (And maybe print a few copies to hand out to friends!)

No sign-up required. Anyone can participate. Just commit to the challenge, and check back every day for motivation and guidance.

Above and beyond the challenge as outlined below, I encourage you to make your own personal challenges. Customize your goals to fit your needs and commit to 30 days starting now.

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The Primal Leap – One-on-One Support

This 30-day challenge perfectly complements The Primal Leap. The Primal Leap is my effort to provide one-on-one support and step-by-step guidance to those looking to lose weight, take control of their health and get Primal for life. If you would like expert feedback and be told exactly what to do and when to do it The Primal Leap is for you. Learn more here.

Community Support

Just like last year, I highly encourage you to use the forum during the challenge. In it you can start a “Primal Challenge Journal” to publicly state your goals and track your progress.

Create a journal to receive positive feedback, advice and help along the way from myself and the Mark’s Daily Apple community.

The 30-Day Challenge Contests FAQs

The main challenge itself isn’t competitive but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some friendly contests along they way!

Over the course of the next month Mark’s Daily Apple and sponsors will be giving away thousands of dollars in prizes.

Here are some rules and answers to FAQ:

  • There will be a new contests nearly every day for the duration of the 30-day challenge (through Oct. 11), so check back daily!
  • All contest prizes relate in some way to the Primal lifestyle. You won’t find any miracle weight loss pills, tummy crunching sling-a-ma-doo-dads, or whole wheat health blast jazzer snackers.
  • Some contests will require a bit of leg work while others will require something as simple as commenting on a blog post.
  • There is no limit to how many contests you can participate in.
  • The duration of any one contest depends on the nature of the contest. Some will last a few weeks (to give you time to complete the contest task) while others will be as short as one day. All deadlines are Pacific Standard Time.
  • Contest prizes will be awarded either by a random drawing, by reader voting/polling or by an executive decision (who I think should win!).
  • Some prizes will only be available to United States residents. If you live outside the U.S. and win a prize that can’t be shipped internationally an alternate prize of equal value will be awarded.
  • I’m not being paid by any company that is sponsoring the contest with a prize.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

New to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple?

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If you are new to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple and don’t know where to begin here are some resources to get you started:

1. Not sure what it means to “Go Primal”? Check out these articles for the basics:

2. The Primal Blueprint 101 Page

3. The Forum – Ask any and all questions you have about the Primal lifestyle.

4. The Book

5. What to eat? – Primal Blueprint Recipes on MDA and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

6. Have a question? – Contact Me

Tell your friends and family about the challenge so they can get Primal, too! Use the “ShareThis” link below to send this article via email.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I’m committing to getting a good nights sleep every night. Its hard to do being a college student! Also, I’ll be biking to campus instead of commuting.

    Laura wrote on September 12th, 2011
  2. This is perfect! I was planning on starting to eat Primal today. When I opened the website today and saw the 30-day challenge it was fate. My goal is to simply get into the grove of eating Primal and change!

    Loretta wrote on September 12th, 2011
  3. My personal challenge is to make my workouts challenging, enjoyable and different. I can be consistent with eating a complete Paleo diet, but I always struggle with the workouts because I get into a routine that gets boring.

    Erin wrote on September 12th, 2011
  4. My challenge is doing the all out effort once a week. I’m committed.

    kris wrote on September 12th, 2011
  5. My primal challenge is to read Mark’s book and then to convince my wife to ditch grains!

    Anthony wrote on September 12th, 2011
  6. I’m committing to getting myself back on track with a primal diet. There’s been too much grain and sugar creep so time to kick them to the curb again.

    musajen wrote on September 12th, 2011
  7. I’m committed to cutting processed sugar as well as revamping my workouts to being primal!

    Jonathan Ploeger wrote on September 12th, 2011
  8. My personal challenge includes three things…

    1. Avoiding temptation and planning better to stop eating crap while I am at work.

    2. Making sure I am doing my Crossfit workouts at least 3x a week.

    3. Making sure that I am moving slowly at least 3 hours a week.

    Looking forward to it!

    Laura wrote on September 12th, 2011
  9. I am siked!
    My challenge – Getting on board with Primal Fitness!

    Lauren W. wrote on September 12th, 2011
  10. I am challenging myself to get a minium of 8 hours of sleep every night.

    Marko wrote on September 12th, 2011
  11. No Gluten! No Sugar! To spend less time on unproductive activities (that means you laptop) and more time on things that are good for me- working out, food preparation and studying hard.

    Jenn wrote on September 12th, 2011
  12. I am so excited about this year’s contest! I already cleared out my pantry and went primal grocery shopping! BODY FAT… Goodbye… meat, veggies, LEAN MUSCLE hello!!!!

    chris wrote on September 12th, 2011
  13. I want to start moving more. When I’m not working I tend to forget to do that…
    We’ve got lovely walks round here, and I have a dog so really no excuses not too!

    I also really need to start sprinting.

    And writing down what I’m eating!

    It’s going to be a good 30 days to success :D

    Sarah wrote on September 12th, 2011
  14. My story isn’t unique: middle-age man who woke up one day and realized the skinny kid he once was is now fat.

    Began working out with a trainer and counting calories. Lost a lot of weight. Knew I needed to learn some stuff. Still learning but have been keeping primal for several weeks now. Feel great, full of energy.

    Just started reading this site and like the challenge. Consider me in!

    Robert Owens wrote on September 12th, 2011
  15. Woo Hoo! There are five of us in the office all in and one we’re working on in baby steps. We’ve all got the flyer up in our cubes and spreading the word.

    My focus for this challenge will be sleep and sprints. I already walk the dog every night for a mile or two – no reason I couldn’t throw some sprints into the mix.

    Sonya wrote on September 12th, 2011
  16. Retweet complete!

    I am doing very well with the food aspect of the PB have been for quite awhile,but I need to work on the fitness! My goal for this challenge is to start the PB weekly schedule and stick to it. I am confident that in the next 30 days I will be able to do more activity than I have in years.

    Lexxy wrote on September 12th, 2011
  17. I am committing to cutting back on grains and lifting heavy things (I only do that about once a week, need to go up to two!)

    Marcia wrote on September 12th, 2011
  18. Smile, laugh, have fun, and stick to my primal fitness plan for the next 30! Party like a Grok Star!

    Matt wrote on September 12th, 2011
  19. My personal challenges for the next 30 days are to sprint 1x a week and to learn something new — how to sew! LHT is already in place, and I’m loving that.

    Ginger wrote on September 12th, 2011
  20. Planning on taking this serious. My wife and children need me at optimal health, as well as my brothers and sisters at the firehouse. I’m also sick of baggy clothes but not impressed with fat thighs and man boobs! As a man with five children, I too want to “look” sexy. My wife says she likes me like I am now, as all good spouses say, but what about a new look?

    Timothy wrote on September 12th, 2011
    • As nice as your wife statement may be, at least you realize the truth. Stay strong and keep at it man!

      Xeper8 wrote on September 12th, 2011
  21. Heck yeah! It’s go time. I’ve been living primarily for a few months but have had an off few days. I won’t let it get me down because I know of the 80/20 rule :) – but this challenge is certainly good motivation to stay on top of it!

    Xeper8 wrote on September 12th, 2011
  22. I am joining the challenge to ditch my reliance on junk food and rid my body of the toxins I’ve thrown at it over the past 29 years…

    Mike wrote on September 12th, 2011
  23. I’m walking an hour a day 5 days a week and cleaning up my diet!

    joshua76 wrote on September 12th, 2011
  24. I discovered the PB only a few days ago. Currently I am reading the book and try to apply the eating plan.
    My goal for the challenge is to quit processed food, sugar and grains. This will not be easy as my better half doesn’t like the idea of giving up bread, pasta etc. and I am spending most weekends with the rest of the family and they don’t eat (and cook) primal. I will do my best to stick with my eating plan.

    My tweets are protectet. Will retweet still work for entering the contest?

    Turnstone wrote on September 12th, 2011
  25. Aside from getting more strict with my diet and exercise, my goal is to win the support of my doctor in trying to eliminate/reduce the seizure medication I’ve been on for most of the last 12 years, and try to tackle the issue with diet (more ketogenic) and lifestyle (more sleep, cut the booze) changes.

    Matt wrote on September 12th, 2011
  26. My challenge is removing grains from my diet for 30 days

    Karis wrote on September 12th, 2011
  27. I just started LHT (my 5th workout will be tonight) and I’m committing to doing 2-a-week, every week. My goal is to be in level 2 of all the exercises before this 30 days is done.

    Marshall wrote on September 12th, 2011
  28. My challenge: to try at least 1 new primal recipe each week this month. Can’t wait to get started!

    Jane wrote on September 12th, 2011
  29. My personal challenge is to just straight up have fun and make the 30 day challenge an adventure! I’ve been pumped about this since last years challenge!

    Michael wrote on September 12th, 2011
  30. My personal challenge is to cut out all alcohol for better sleep and commit to sprinting once a week! Giddy-up!

    John wrote on September 12th, 2011
  31. I’m super excited to get this on a roll man! I just finished my own 30 challenge to get me started and read the primal blueprint last week.

    My own personal Challenge will be a two part thing, the first half will be to get more sun. I have always avoid the sun like the plague because CW says too.
    The second half will be to “lift heavy things” 3 days a week. Right now I might get one session a week in.

    Trevor Fullbright wrote on September 12th, 2011
  32. Giving up grains completely and getting a solid workout 4 times a week.

    kasey wrote on September 12th, 2011
  33. I’ve been primal since May and despite being plagued by gout flares all summer and the stress of involuntary unemployment I have lost 65 pounds, my triglycerides have come down from over 400 to just under 200 and my doc took me off blood pressure meds.
    I still have just over 100 pounds to lose so I’m using this Challenge as an opportunity to reboot my eating to as ideal as possible (loving husband just bought 1/4 of a grass fed cow), add in the exercise/fitness now that my gout is under control, and learn how to let go and just PLAY again.

    Lisa wrote on September 12th, 2011
  34. It’s time to get in gear and get PRIMAL. My mini-goal is to take the 15 flights of stairs every non-workout day for the month. I have been doing it on an irregluar basis, but stepping it up to make it a consistent routine!

    Will wrote on September 12th, 2011
  35. Best of luck to the 2011 Primal Leapers! Just follow Mark’s infographic above and you will be amazed at the results.

    My one suggestion to those who are just starting: take a picture of yourself with your shirt off. Nobody ever needs to see it but you. In thirty days, the difference will blow your mind.

    Timothy wrote on September 12th, 2011
  36. Get sufficient rest, and limit alcohol, dairy, and artificial sweeteners.

    Nicole wrote on September 12th, 2011
  37. My personal challenge is to stay away from all sugar/grains completely – no cheats! Also LHT 2-3 times/week.

    Caryn wrote on September 12th, 2011
  38. I dove head first in to primal living around the beginning of the year. I’ve been pretty good about eating and I CrossFit 4-5 times per week, but my goal for this challenge is to fine tune and include some of the things I haven’t really been diligent about and make them a habit. This includes sprinting and walking/hiking, sleeping 8+ hours per night, and reducing and possibly eliminating time on the computer/smart phone or watching tv.

    For me, this is a kickoff to getting in better shape by the beginning of December. I’m getting married during Tough Mudder in Tampa! I want to kick ass and look good doing it!

    Mandy wrote on September 12th, 2011
  39. My challenge: Eat primal, except for already scheduled special occasions (bachelorette, girls night, weddings).

    I’ve got my best friend as my accountability partner & my husbands support! Good thing for a noob, right?

    crazykate wrote on September 12th, 2011
  40. No cheating on the grains!!

    Ned wrote on September 12th, 2011

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