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17 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge: Progress Report

The Prize:

The winner of today’s Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Progress Report Contest will receive their choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in this blog post describing your experience on the Primal challenge thus far, and do it in 3 sentences or less.

How does the reality of achieving your challenge goals compare to how you thought it would be when you began the challenge? Has it been easier? More difficult? Are you happy with your early challenge results? What does Primal living mean to you?

Contest Deadline:

Midnight tonight, August 17th.

Choosing a Winner:

One comment, and thus one winner, will be chosen at random.


From the United States to the United Kingdom and from New Zealand to New Delhi everyone is eligible. No restrictions.

Other Important Info:

  • Remember to use your real email address in the comment board. If you don’t we won’t have a way to contact you.
  • Multiple comments won’t get you multiple entries. One comment is enough.

To track all the contests visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

Visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge for challenge details.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Last year around this time, I did a primal “diet” for six weeks, cutting out all sugars and starches. Going cold turkey last year (with an end in site) was easier than limiting my carbs to 100g/day (my challenge this year) but hard to maintain long-term. For a carb-craver, it’s a difficult transition to slowly cut back, but it’ll be totally worth it in the long haul.

    fritchbeetle wrote on August 17th, 2009
  2. My Primal Results (in three sentences or less):

    1. I Lost 30 lbs.
    2. My Blood pressure went from 135/95 range to 116/68 range.
    3. My Fasting blood sugar went from 120-130 down to 70’s to 80’s and my Glucose tolerance test dropped from 198 to 100.

    Dave, RN wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • In two weeks??! Wow!

      BestSelf wrote on August 17th, 2009
  3. I can’t believe i feel this good. Dramatic improvements in body composition and energy in a couple of weeks. it’s amazing what you can achieve when you get your facts straight.

    FreeToLive wrote on August 17th, 2009
  4. I’m about 80% and have been for 4 months; I feel great.
    I stepped on a bee and my foot is swollen. I think it’s time to try the 5-fingers.

    MK wrote on August 17th, 2009
  5. Went Zone by end of 2007, started paleo by end of 2008 and feel awesome. Feels great to live a healthy life.

    Felix wrote on August 17th, 2009
  6. The challenge has helped me stop backsliding ( I was cheating with ice cream too much!) I really like the way I look and feel since I started doing the primal thing, and I don’t want to screw it up.

    juno61 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  7. Family, stress and death have made the past month a rocky road. Living primal (80/20 for sure!) has kept me from tumbling even deeper down a [depressing/fattening/unhealthy] rabbit hole. Thank you!

    BenJ wrote on August 17th, 2009
  8. I’ve been doing this for about 14 months now; I’ve lost 24 lbs (and am right where I want to be). I feel much better with more energy, and my wife is happy!

    Jeffrey K wrote on August 17th, 2009
  9. Primal has been much easier than I thought it would be. I feel so much better, healthier, and just…cleaner somehow. It has also helped my blood sugar drop back into the normal range- which was the primary objective.

    DiabetesCanKissMyButt wrote on August 17th, 2009
  10. During the first two weeks of the Primal challenge, what I’ve enjoyed most is being part of a community that all the members are trying to live the lifestyle I find so wonderful. The support here on Marks Daily Apple that is available to help me make the necessary healthy lifestyle changes is incredible. Thanks everyone.

    Luvbirds wrote on August 17th, 2009
  11. Eating primal has helped my moods stabilize so much. I’m off the carb/sugar roller coaster!

    Sarah wrote on August 17th, 2009
  12. Primal is the way of life!! It hasn’t been easy, but the way it makes me feel in incredible!!

    Colin wrote on August 17th, 2009
  13. Biking to work, hiking, doing pushups and sprinting, it all feels great on the primal diet. It has been easier than I though to deepen my primalness, which for me is to reduce dairy and too much nuts, gather more food in nature, do more high intensity training and sleep more. Primal to me is all about being in nature, eating nature, sweating in nature, playing in nature and relaxing in nature.

    Andreas Larsson wrote on August 17th, 2009
  14. Veins emerging in forearms and calves for first time. Thank you.

    JeT wrote on August 17th, 2009
  15. Diet – I’ve cut out all added sugars and grains, very much enjoying the added veg and fats.

    Exercise – Cut out all “chronic cardio” and added sprints.

    Lifestyle – Taking some extra time each day for “play”

    BShannon wrote on August 17th, 2009
  16. I’m down to 56,3 kg, the lowest I’ve ever been (as an adult). I’m starting to see some real muscle definition, which I really like! Energy levels are high despite low calories (I’m on a strict diet, but it’s Primal), so I’m doing great! I really loved the book too, so thanks :-)

    Halo wrote on August 17th, 2009
  17. I did a linear least squares fit of my weight data (daily weighings). Looks like I will lose about 5 lbs. by the end of the challenge if the current trend continues. I was hoping for about twice as much weight loss.

    Allez wrote on August 17th, 2009
  18. My goal was to make my “lift heavy things” workouts harder, when I was done I had to ask myself ” could I of done better?” Writing down a plan of what I was going to do before the workout is what I believe helps, I didn’t just go through the motions, I really DID IT and did it with an attitude like a GROK star;)

    clayberg wrote on August 17th, 2009
  19. Eating cleaner, playing more, living better!

    wallycav wrote on August 17th, 2009
  20. I’m coming from 30 days of a stricter-than-strict Paleo challenge, so these two weeks have been great; more lifestyle/normal than out-of-the-ordinary, if you know what I mean. They’ve proven to me that living Primal is a very sustainable, natural way to live, and it’s the way I’m choosing for so many reasons: health, vitality, appearance, and happiness. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s a way of life that my kids can easily grasp, and use to build a great foundation for a healthy, vibrant life.

    Adam Kayce wrote on August 17th, 2009
  21. Having already been eating and exercising Primally, I chose to focus on the lifestyle components like sleep, play, and also my stress levels. Yoga, meditation, and incorporating many tips from have helped me to start managing my stress better, and I’m sleeping better as well. For the rest of the challenge and beyond (because this will be my lifestyle forever!), I’m going to keep working at the play aspect in particular to bring it up to the level of the other “laws,” and I’m also going to tighten up my carbs to lose some body fat.

    Jessica wrote on August 17th, 2009
  22. 30 days so far, and feeling primalicious! Lifting stronger, running faster, getting leaner all while eating more food than ever before! This is the true path to the best me I was originally created for.

    Julie Parisien wrote on August 17th, 2009
  23. My goal was to find the perfect combination of weight-loss and ultimate health.

    My side-results goals, were to influence others to want to ‘follow’ me because of my results, without having to push people.

    I have since had wonderful weight-loss to where I can FINALLY see my muscles AND I seem to have new ‘converts’ daily, due to my (and my husband’s) obvious results!

    SassaFrass88 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  24. Having another primal challenge has been great for me. It has kept me in line and it is becoming easier and easier to stick to this life style every week!!

    gertiep10 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  25. It’s been harder than I thought (I love corn chips!). I am veeeerrrry happy with the results! Primal living means, to me, correct living.

    Ben Owen wrote on August 17th, 2009
  26. Since going Primal I’ve dropped about 14 lbs and I no longer feel the desire to shovel food RIGHT NOW DAMNIT the minute I feel hunger pangs. Plus my energy levels are constant and I feel much more…involved/connected(?) with the food I’m eating. Preparing and eating food has become much more of a meditation process, something I’d never equated it with before.

    musajen wrote on August 17th, 2009
  27. Awake, alive, refreshed…

    Chris Tomek wrote on August 17th, 2009
  28. Going Primal has given me 10x the energy I used to have. I’ve also rediscovered the joy of play and sport rather than getting bogged down in regimented strength and fitness programs.

    Tom Woodward wrote on August 17th, 2009
  29. Finally, after Zoning, carbing, counting calories and other plans an eating plan that works for my life, and lets me live my life too! Losing weight and energy level is through the roof, while enjoying my food, and my life. Primal has been mostly easier than I expected and more rewarding than I expected too, and I love the community here that makes me feel at home.

    Matt M wrote on August 17th, 2009
  30. Ten months primal living and averaging about 5 lbs a month weight loss – I’m 39 and now back to my 23 year old body with an added 10 lbs of muscle.Latest Challenge has been a focus on my weaknesses (stress, dairy and alcohol) and it is working great – I am sticking to it. I wear a size 13.

    sean wrote on August 17th, 2009
  31. I’ve been Primal for a number of years now but the latest challenge / forum reading has actually made me go more Paleo.

    I’ve dropped fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy etc. and increased my saturated animal fat considerably.

    Th results? I feel great!

    Winalot wrote on August 17th, 2009
  32. The Primal Challenge has been surprisingly easy for me to adjust to. I expected that I would dog it more than I have – and I am very happy with my results. I’m 25 lbs lighter than when I began living primal back in June.

    George wrote on August 17th, 2009
  33. My 30 day challenge to give up sugar hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be. Your mind causes you to think you aren’t capable of things that are totally doable. Journaling is really helping me stay on track and will be a good way to look back and see how far I’ve come.

    Jaime wrote on August 17th, 2009
  34. I can’t believe I was a carbo addict! The first 2 weeks on the Primal Diet I went thro’ total Carbo-Blob to Grok transformation w/ all the withdrawal symptoms that entails including headache’s, brain-fog, low energy, crazy cravings (my hubby of course had none of this…men, really!). Then, last week everything suddenly cleared and I’m now a fat-burning, energy-generating machine. Amazing, but true!

    Nina_70 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  35. So far, it’s been great, about five months in. I love not having that “carb haze” after (and even during) my meals–though I’ll admit to having been stuck on the “20” side of “80/20” lately due to a stressful couple weeks at work…

    chowza wrote on August 17th, 2009
  36. Hey Mark,

    Since reading this site and doing some research, I’ve given up the meal replacement shakes I’ve been drinking (3 times a day) for the past 3 years. I’ve switched to having bags of almonds on my desk to munch on all day long, and I’ve worked on just complex lifts at the gym (deadlifts, squats, pull ups, and presses). I’m definitely stronger and leaner already!


    Steve wrote on August 17th, 2009
  37. I have gone strict paleo this past month. It was hard the first week, but I stuck to it, and now I’m feeling better than ever. I’m losing fat and gaining muscle, and my strength and cardio are increasing as well.

    Chad Cilli wrote on August 17th, 2009
  38. The best part for me has been the almost absence of my shoulder impingement symptoms.

    I guess this is from the lack of inflammation after eliminating grains.

    Clint wrote on August 17th, 2009
  39. As an Army Officer, primal living has afforded me the physical ability to effeciently lead my men from the front. In a world where physical prowess speaks highly of your character, my first impression is high in my ‘office’ environment. I enjoy the challenge of constantly improving myself and upping the ‘anty’ for my soldiers at our Physical Training (PT) sessions, Grok On and Hooah!!!

    Ryan wrote on August 17th, 2009
  40. I’ve been getting really good at eating only when I’m hungry, and not because the clocks says it’s time.

    This lead to the realization that, most days, I can get away with 2 meals, with a few snacks in between.

    Madame P wrote on August 17th, 2009

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