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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:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. As a football player at Harvard University, the Primal Blueprint has allowed me to be in the best shape of my life with more energy. I feel like I can run all day while a lot of the other players tend to crumble during the stress of preseason camp. This diet combined with the demading workout regiment is exhilarating.

    Murphy wrote on August 17th, 2009
  2. Philosophically, I find the best thing about living like this is the animosity towards ugly companies trying to stuff you full of their cheap dumped crap, tied up in a package that tries to convince you that buying this product will make you happy. It’s turning around to them and saying, actually, no, I don’t want any of your bullsh*t.

    Physically, it means effortless beauty, which is always nice.

    Catherine wrote on August 17th, 2009
  3. I am not finding this challenge to be hard at all. I said that I would not weight myself until the end, so that is what I am doing. I have been 100% primal!

    Helen wrote on August 17th, 2009
  4. The Primal Challenge has helped “free” me from a culture that loves to shove sugery, starchy, fried good down our throats. It has enabled me to reassess what should energize me and what should stress me out. The Primal Lifestyle has allowed me to lose 25 pounds in 4 months and get freakin’ strong and fast at the gym!

    Steve English wrote on August 17th, 2009
  5. I feel better and am never hungry between meals. Love having bacon for breakfast almost every morning.

    Chas Prebil wrote on August 17th, 2009
  6. It has been empowering to take ownership of my life using the Primal Blueprint. I especially appreciate the 80/20 principle as it ensures this will become a way of life, not just a “flash in the pan” program. Thanks Mark for all you do.

    Karl T wrote on August 17th, 2009
  7. I started this challenge a week before the official start date and have been going strong for 21 days! My energy is incredible. I even gave up TV as a part of this! :)

    Carla wrote on August 17th, 2009
  8. The challenge is all the incentive i’ve needed to keep focused. Knowing others are “watching” plays a huge part in helping me keep on plan.

    The primal heavy-lifting days are the best part, by far. Deadlifts FTW!

    james wrote on August 17th, 2009
  9. My body has been growing hair like mad. I have a desire to knock women over the head and drag them back to my cave. Lastly, I lost my office job when I speared the office pet with a sharpened pencil (thought he looked tasty).

    Shane wrote on August 17th, 2009
  10. eat 6+ eggs in butter for breakfast & shock my friends.

    am about 9% body fat, leaner than all my friends.

    wish more people would understand and stop thinking a bowl or refined grains is a healthy breakfast… :(

    Oscar wrote on August 17th, 2009
  11. I have been mostly primal for a half a year already. This time has given me even more info on why to keep it up. My families biggest hurdel (minus my addiction to ice cream) is finding easy things for my wife to cook for luch because she gets back from the gym just before lunch and doesn’t want to cook.

    Dennis wrote on August 17th, 2009
  12. Enjoyed the PB challenge, if for no otherreason to see the results of many. My goal is to lose BF around my wasit but really lost any. Using PB and Paleo diet, IF, too, Xfit 3x a week, and sprinting 2x aweek. Any ideas to reduce BF, I’m all ears! Alos, eating between 30g and 55g of acarbs a day.

    David wrote on August 17th, 2009
  13. Stupid mistakes wreaked havoc on diet, exercise, and sleep the last week. I was able to get in short walks and bikes, and played outside every day. I took some naps, and was able to meet 1 of my 3 “brain” goals. I can still finish strong.

    Gregg wrote on August 17th, 2009
  14. The two big differences in going Primal has been energy and stamina. While it’s still a bit of a challenge, it’s a little easier than I thought it would be. I’m really happy with the mental and physical results thus far, and I’m really enjoying the challenge.

    Andrew wrote on August 17th, 2009
  15. I have weened myself off regular coffee and have become a fan of americanos, found coconut milk to be a great alternative for milk in some cases. I’ve been feeling great and quickly losing some lbs and find myself not being hungry all the time anymore. And another plus is i’m enjoying cooking more and can’t wait to try new recipes!

    Dennis wrote on August 17th, 2009
  16. I’ve been 80% primal in terms of diet – probably before the official challenge. I’ve been able to maintain energy levels, and do all the physical activities I want to. Traveling and eating out is less stressful now that I am not on a regimented 3 hour eating routine.

    Robert Gioia wrote on August 17th, 2009
  17. The PB challenge comes at the tail end of a wellness program at work I’ve been organizing and participating in. Bodyweight down from 183 to 166 lbs in 3 months, bf% from 14% to 10% (measured with handheld meter), and many PR’s on crossfit WOD’s. Most significant impact of the PB challenge is that I actually went an entire day without any bread/grain.

    brian p wrote on August 17th, 2009
  18. Since going primal a few months ago, Ive had no regret, except that I didnt start earlier. Ive had increased energy, lost bf, and feel stronger and better not fretting about the ‘fat content’ and calories by eating real, satisfying food. The challenge has kept me on track with accountability since I have to (honesty) post my food intake and workouts. Lovin the primal life!

    Ly wrote on August 17th, 2009
  19. Since starting the Primal challenge I have fine tuned my diet with organic/local foods. I have also eating new fruits and vegetables as they become available at my farmers market.

    Paul Sheahan wrote on August 17th, 2009
  20. Just lowered the carbs a little more this week and actually have even more energy.

    Alex wrote on August 17th, 2009
  21. The word “challenge” put me into an existence of really following the Primal BP. Being a week late in starting the challenge, I am very pleased with my results: 50-60 g of carb consumption down from 150 -175, 3 meals a day with no need for snacking, looser pants and feeling great. And that’s just from the eating side of the BP; I now plan to implement the fitness side now that I am past the carb withdrawal sluggishness I did feel for 2 days.

    shalon wrote on August 17th, 2009
  22. ENERGY!!!

    Sean wrote on August 17th, 2009
  23. thought i’d give primal a whirl
    eating moving laughing like a cave girl
    a brand new life has begun to unfurl

    jennifer wrote on August 17th, 2009
  24. Eating an exercising has been going great, as my body composition progress has been fantastic!

    My only goal (more complete sleep) seems to have gotten jinxed when it became a goal, and actually became worse.

    I’ve been taking small correctional steps this week and have made some progress the past few nights

    Grok wrote on August 17th, 2009
  25. Primal Challenge in 3 sentences:

    1) Is very hard due to the fact many people don’t understand why I am doing this despite the explanation.

    2) Fruit taste sweeter and veggies more vibrant since my tastes buds are not consumed by artificial sweetener or fillers.

    3) A great excus to go fishing more often mmm flounder……

    Keefe wrote on August 17th, 2009
  26. At first I thought this challenge would be really difficult for me since I have such a bad sweet tooth but it has actually turned out to be easier than I thought to go strict paleo. So far I’ve lost about 7-8 pounds in one week (I got started late), I have a lot more energy and my recovery from workouts has been a lot faster making me a very happy Grok! I have tried to incorporate primal living into my paleo challenge: hiking on rest days, getting some sun every day (living in San Diego helps), eating real food, working out hard and getting enough rest to support it and so far Im feeling great!

    Mike_G wrote on August 17th, 2009
  27. Went to the doc at the end of July with severe headaches; had a bp of 154/104 and blood glucose of 103 – knew it was time for radical change.

    Serendipitously, my friend found PB and as I learned more I knew intuitively that this was the right path, and I was right in time for the challenge.

    I have lost 10 lbs., my bp is down to 118/80, new glucose results this week which I know will be better, keeping carbs between 50-100, eating clean, moving frequently at a slow pace and even sprinted some yesterday (new concept for me), my energy levels are good and stabilized, I feel lighter and stronger, my kids are transitioning and I see behavior improvements in their moods, my doc is very impressed, and I feel great!

    (see? All that in only three sentences! I need some VFFs!)

    Luscious Lucy wrote on August 17th, 2009
  28. After a minor heart attack earlier this year, I switched to a near-primal diet but kept breads and grain products if they were high-fiber. Having those products in my diet made it easier for me to hit a predictable 25-35g of fiber each day. Trusting that there’s more than enough dietary fiber in the fruits and veggies that I’m eating has been the biggest thing to let go of in going totally primal.

    Plus, my family loves starchy foods, and I’m still left to make pancakes on Sunday morning and spaghetti dinner once a week. I’ve got to stop my default behavior of just hoovering up any leftovers off the kids’ plates so they don’t get thrown out.

    Brian wrote on August 17th, 2009
  29. The hardest thing for me to overcome has been horrible sweet cravings. Another primal friend and I set our 30-day primal challenge goal to cut out sweets to tackle the sweet addiction. Although it has been tough, I have already noticed benefits and being held accountable by someone else certainly helps a lot!

    Krista wrote on August 17th, 2009
  30. Since going primal, my appetite has really calmed down. I think the extra fat and lower carbs are just what I needed. Plus, I have more energy for my workouts.

    Thomas Jones wrote on August 17th, 2009
  31. Primal eating and exercising is going fantastic: I feel great, have tons of energy and am even beginning to love burpees, squats and lunges intead of jogging, but… I have failed miserably at blogging during the challenge. Oops.

    grainfreegirl wrote on August 17th, 2009
  32. i’ve been having a hard time sticking with it. generally my days begin well but end badly. hopefully i’ll get through that and be all awesome, all the time.

    jazzno wrote on August 17th, 2009
  33. To me, primal means emulating how humans lived for most of our evolution. It’s difficult at first, but a rewarding life-long committment.

    Anthony wrote on August 17th, 2009
  34. Going Primal has been one of the more rewarding things I’ve ever done. I never dreamed I could feel this good so quickly. I think if people would really try it, they would never turn back.

    Trey Crowe wrote on August 17th, 2009
  35. I’ve lost 16 lbs since starting the challenge. It’s been much easier than I thought it would be, especially the intermittent fasting. My most surprising discovery is the primal workouts I get with my three year old daughter just walking the neighborhood, kicking around a soccer ball, or helping her ride her “big girl bike”.

    Keith wrote on August 17th, 2009
  36. Since starting my challenge, I notice more energy and being clear headed, plus dropping a few pounds can’t hurt. I feel a little in control of my future.I have trimmed out the excess and everything seems more simplified.

    Marthab wrote on August 17th, 2009
  37. The idea of going primal has been somewhat hard to accept, but as I’ve always been a healthy-conscious eater, I am adapting to it very well. Since going primal, my daily caloric intake has drastically reduced while I am still getting enough protein and fats. I am even more energized! I will lose these last few pounds in no time. Not to mention the great recipes I have come up with! Now I am going through the hardest part: giving up grains. No more huge bowl of oats for breakfast; no more brown rice for dinner; no more convenient sandwiches. It is such a disappointment to find out that what we’ve been eating our whole entire life wasn’t good for us. No one said the truth wouldn’t hurt though, did

    Raphael Silva wrote on August 17th, 2009
  38. My scale loves primal. Fogginess has been replaced with alertness, energy, and clarity. I’m getting more deep sleep.

    Mike wrote on August 17th, 2009
  39. Living the Primal Blueprint–I am renewed.

    Chris Robbins wrote on August 17th, 2009
  40. It hasn’t been too hard to give up the energy drinks and add more fish to my diet, but I’ve fallen off the wagon with chips a couple times. I feel better when I eat well, so that’s motivating me. Primal living means making choices that are right for me, even though it’s a fringe existence in this sometimes messed up modern world!

    DThalman wrote on August 17th, 2009

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