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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. Every day of my journey seems more real and vibrant. Everything tastes and feels better when you live, refrain, indulge, endure, fast, move, play, tribe, and share as you were meant to. Going primal makes life beautiful again!

    Bryce wrote on August 17th, 2009
  2. Living the primal lifestyle has been a tough transition at times but luckily I have a great person in my corner who has been primal for almost a year and has been helping me through this transition. I feel better and I actually cook a lot more than I did before and have found myself to actually be quite good at it! Going #Primal has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!

    Nicola M wrote on August 17th, 2009
  3. So far i feel healthier and stronger. I am encouraged to keep going. And best of all i have helped others get on track to.

    Kash Dermody wrote on August 17th, 2009
  4. I’ll be honest: I’ve not gone 100% primal so far. I’ve gradually been getting into it the past 2 months since I’ve found the site, but I’ve taken inspiration from the Twitter posts about meals, I’ve found more energy, and I can see actual muscles forming underneath my layer of stomach fat, hah. Sure, I slip every now and then, but I’m getting more an more away from processed food, and I figure if I can’t make it, it’s not worth eating.

    JustinAche wrote on August 17th, 2009
  5. It’s been GREAT! I haven’t felt this alive in ages. I can’t wait to continue even further down the path of Grok!

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on August 17th, 2009
  6. I didn’t participate in the first Primal Health competition and wish I had because it really helps keep me motivated. I love the body mind and spirit benefits from going primal. I’m achieving my personal goal this time round too: having more fun!

    m1844 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  7. Other than a few get togethers with faily and or friends, and traveling it’s been easy. I know I feel my best inside and out when I LIVE this way, so I find myself straying less often as time goes by. Onward and upward!

    Becky wrote on August 17th, 2009
  8. Really enjoying the 30 day primal challenge – I started the Primal lifestyle about 3 months ago and I have lost over 30 pounds. I feel great and it has been so easy to follow! Month to date I have lost 6 pounds.

    Jeremy wrote on August 17th, 2009
  9. I am very pleased with things so far – this is truly a way of eating and exercising that my body appreciates. I am losing weight, yet staying totally satiated. To me, this all makes sense: eating healthier, natural foods without modern modifications, exercising in a way that builds strength, and having fun while I am at it.

    South Beach Steve wrote on August 17th, 2009
  10. After the first week of the challenge, surprise, found out I was pregnant! I have revised my original goals to accomodate, and look forward to the challenge of being pregnant AND primal.

    CardioJunkie wrote on August 17th, 2009
  11. After 8 weeks of transition to a primal lifestyle, this challenge provided the impetus for me to finally give IF a try. I’ve done it twice and it was WAY easier than I thought it would be. Thanks Mark!

    Jenni39 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  12. I’ve actually found going Primal to be pretty easy for me. Month to date, I’m down about 4-5 lbs, but over the whole 47 days now, I’m down 15lbs. I feel GREAT!!!

    Tracie Lehman wrote on August 17th, 2009
  13. Extreme frustration and no support at home, I am alone.
    Gave up after seven days, but at least I have the weekly fasting down.
    I will start again after I have time to shop & prepare food.
    I’m glad others are having great results.

    Holly wrote on August 17th, 2009
  14. talked my wife into doing the challenge. so far she is enjoying it. Her energy levels are way up.

    Terry Gilmore wrote on August 17th, 2009
  15. I started running in a more minimalistic, primal way by ditching the heavy trainers and am now running primarily in racing flats. I do barefoot work several times per week and do multi-joint, functional lifting at the gym. I can see a huge difference in my strength after a few weeks!

    Jason wrote on August 17th, 2009
  16. The Primal Challenge has helped me gain muscle, lose fat, and feel great. By cutting unnutritious calories from excess carbs, by adding in more vitamin-rich vegetables into my diet, and keeping my high-protein proclivities, I have been able to trim my waist and grow bigger at the same time, all while feeling plenty satisfied!

    Josh C wrote on August 17th, 2009
  17. I’ve been eating primal for about 6 months. I haven’t lost any weight but my sleep patterns and energy levels have improved a lot. Perhaps with some I.F. I can get the weight down.

    Tin Tin wrote on August 17th, 2009
  18. My goal (lose 10 lb in 4 weeks) has been challenging (only 3 lb in 2 weeks).

    I have to “move, move, move” and believe more in the overall proces.

    Eating primal is not enough!

    mcoz-09 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  19. I’ve been trying it for a while after reading Gary Taubes book. But I read the book because of reading this site. I haven’t really noticed much difference yet but I’m hoping it’ll improve.

    William wrote on August 17th, 2009
  20. Going primal has been a lot easier than I thought it would be – I thought dropping my carbs to under 100 per day would be difficult, but I’m averaging 75 per day. So far, I’ve dropped 10 pounds and my energy level is way up. Best of all, my ankles are no longer stiff after I’ve been sitting – I can actually walk normally after sitting at my desk for 30 minutes.

    camilla wrote on August 17th, 2009
  21. I started a week later than the official one – with a few friends. Right now it’s a little too early to tell, but boy has it been hard trying to be really good. Been around family for birthdays is fine for eating cake and good treats, but the leftovers are driving me nuts! But I know it’s better for me.

    iamcam wrote on August 17th, 2009
  22. Continuing to lose excess weight. Sleeping better and smoking less.

    Marti wrote on August 17th, 2009
  23. The Primal challenge has made me confront my biggest fear – accountability. It hit me in a meeting, everything…everything is connected and I need to be accountable to my wife, kids, grandkids and great grandkids! I don’tknow if I will live to dance at my great grandaughters wedding but if I am I will be functional and vibrant because of my accountability to the Primal Blueprint and the Challenge to live life!

    megerj wrote on August 17th, 2009
  24. Thankfully, this challenge has served more like a dietary ‘return to grace’ for me. I’ve returned to melting off the excess fat and have lost yet another belt loop. I’m not doing as well at exercise as I thought I would and need to focus on it more.

    darienx19 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  25. It is amazing to me that this is no longer about losing an arbitrary number of pounds but has evolved into a genuine desire to become lean, healthy and fit. It’s as though I didn’t really start living until the age of 47, and have gone from a life of frailty to feeling like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.

    And my husband’s getting a kick out of watching his tiny wife lug heavy things around.

    Pebbles wrote on August 17th, 2009
  26. Life has never tasted so good spiritually, physically and mentally. Have to work on those late night munchies cravings though.

    Jason wrote on August 17th, 2009
  27. I’ve been trying to be primal 60/40% for several months now but this month I’ve set a goal to be in Mark’s 80/20 Primal. I’m an avid CrossFitter and have had a pair of Vibram Sprints since December ’08. I’ve pretty much worn them out, so a new pair would be awesome!! I’ve got holes on several of the toes, and god knows after “umpteam” workouts they stink to high heaven even though I wash them regularly.

    Blake wrote on August 17th, 2009
  28. Eating primal is a dream come true! I can eat all my favorite foods, and keep my six pack too (abs that is)! My wife is a little worried that I’m going to move to alaska and catch salmon with the bears, hmmm not a bad idea…

    Mikeymike wrote on August 17th, 2009
  29. I’ve really struggled. I don’t know how anyone else finds this, but I’ve got a real discipline problem. I’m hoping it gets easier and being at college makes it only more difficult. I hope that I can just push through and keep going.

    Marcus wrote on August 17th, 2009
  30. I am only 8 days into the primal challenge but I have found it to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. There is a group of about 20 people at the Crossfit gym I attend that are doing it together and we share our experiences/recipies with each other.

    Dinger wrote on August 17th, 2009
  31. Condescending comments and jokes are hard to swallow but, in time, they will be gone as people around will see the difference in me. So, Acknowledge them and let it go!

    Moon wrote on August 17th, 2009
  32. I’ve always lived with the “everything in moderation” idea guiding my decisions. As a mind-set and true way of life, Primal Living has helped me take that notion of moderation to a new level in healthier choices. Especially during The Challenge.

    cwdana wrote on August 17th, 2009
  33. There is something beautiful in the simplicity of the primal those juicy chicken breasts with the skin on and bones in I’m about to attack…that is the key: “attack” with abandon: attack your food! attack your workouts! attack your cravings! attack life! Grok say: “Kill it and eat it!!”

    Randy wrote on August 17th, 2009
  34. I have been pretty much grain free for a couple of months and eating way more fruit and more veggies too. I think I’ve lost about 10 pounds without really changing my exercise much. I figured the dietary changes would be the biggest hurdle so that has been my focus.

    Doug Van Cleve wrote on August 17th, 2009
  35. Putting my goals in writing gave me a reason to stick to them and it’s been easier than I thought. I’ve experienced increased energy levels, and I am continuing to gain muscle and lose fat, so I’m really happy with my progress. Primal living means making decisions about your diet, fitness, and general health that will help you thrive and avoid the diseases that plague our society.

    steve wrote on August 17th, 2009
  36. Well I amworking toward the goal of being primal, and plan on getting the “Blueprint” for my 51 bday this month to help. Still wondering about giving up my nofat cott cheese and nofat yogurt along w a multibean salad I liked and think/thought was healthy. Love the IFs, don’t feel the guilt if i miss a meal or feel like it will throw mymetabolism off.

    2bshredded wrote on August 17th, 2009
  37. Eating primal was easier than I thought so that I overreached the 80/20 rule I set. But loosing the bf% and gaining strength takes longer than I imagined – also due to an injury. But I kept the inflammation at bay!

    Swiss-Chick wrote on August 17th, 2009
  38. While I haven’t had the weight loss I hoped for (.4 lb), today’s contest prompted me to remeasure–I’ve lost about 1 inch from my waist!!! Yippee!! All of the support on the forum has been amazing.

    Catalina wrote on August 17th, 2009
  39. I love my high energy levels, lower blood pressure, lower weight, smaller waistline. For the first time in years, I feel like I have amazing control over my food intake and am happy about all the food I am eating. The workouts, both the intense lifting and the longer walking/hiking are easier to complete.

    scleah wrote on August 17th, 2009
  40. So far, so good! My goals were: to cut back on sugar, gain muscle (I’m 5’10” 127lbs 15%body fat), do 1 pull-up, and be my husband’s girlfriend.
    I have cut waaayyy back on sugar (occasional honey still). Haven’t gained much muscle & have lost 1.5lbs (not what I wanted). Getting closer to a pull-up and that works my abs too! Giving lots of massages to my husband & not wearing pj’s all day on the weekend.
    The hardest thing seems to be getting enough protein every day.

    scrappy828 wrote on August 17th, 2009

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