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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. Oops! Not so good at following directions (and I’m a teacher!).

    scrappy828 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  2. It has been 3 weeks since I started the Primal Blueprint, and I’ve lost 8 lbs of fat, have more energy and just feel great all day long. I’ve made a goal to lose 20 lbs after 10 weeks and get my cholesterol under 200. When I reach my goal, my family has agreed to start the program as well so I’m not just doing this for myself but for my parents, siblings, wife and children.

    neidermeyer wrote on August 17th, 2009
  3. I really appreciate this challenge. I have been in a rut and started letting myself go a tad by eating more carbs than I needed. I love the recipes and love to read the comments. I feel inspired by others. It keeps me motivated.

    Stiah wrote on August 17th, 2009
  4. I love it so far! I have not had any grains since starting the challenge, which is crazy because I appreciate a good bread, haha.
    It’s amazing how much better I actually feel when I only eat what I was meant to eat! Thanks Mark!

    Anders wrote on August 17th, 2009
  5. Going primal has definitely been a challenge for me. Have to come up with ideas for breakfast, make sure I get more walks/sprints in. Doing more hikes and staying away from grains, but staying away from sugars is a bit harder.

    No major physical changes though, but for some reason I feel leaner.

    The best part of going primal is having to come up with primal meal ideas with whatever is in the fridge, some of it turns out really really good.

    Ghazal wrote on August 18th, 2009
  6. I love primal living baby. Eat right live right. 2 weeks in, a life-time to go.

    Shervin Shoghian wrote on August 18th, 2009
  7. I’ve been eating primal(ish), from Sweden and still use quite a bit of dairy, for a couple of months now but went for a summervisit to my parents just as the challenge started so I made my challenge to try to stick to the plan while camped in a ‘foreign cave’.
    I think its been going quite well, parents atleast slightly open to my ideas, helped quite a bit i think by me pitching in with the cooking of quite a few really tasty meals. =)
    I fear they will probably fall back on the bread wagon again when i move out but personally I think its made my own stance stronger.

    Magnus wrote on August 18th, 2009
  8. I’ve lost 5.5 lbs so far and I feel good, my energy is up this week.
    It’s been easier than I expected, I haven’t counted or weighed or tracked carbs – freedom eating.
    I’ve made an effort to move and to exercise, maybe not enough yet, but I am trying to increase each week.
    I’m 50 and I think I have finally found a way I can eat healthily and effortlessy and lose weight, with exercise that I believe I can build into my life regularly….Thanks Mark.

    ukgrokgranny wrote on August 18th, 2009
  9. I’ve been on and off primal living. I started over year ago and once I started immediately dropped about 20 lbs but after that it’s been tough losing the last of the abdominal fat and getting the energy to power through the day. These three weeks have been a good refresher…although no ice cream in the summer is hard :)

    Chris wrote on August 18th, 2009
  10. I feel good and excited about continuing the primal diet. Overall I am feeling better and have performed bettered athletically.

    Simon wrote on August 18th, 2009
  11. The Primal Challenge makes me realize I was right about my body disliking carbs several years back when it was a “fad”. I’m enjoying my daily 2 eggs and having fun Groking in my overgrown yard. Body, mind, and yard are really kicking @$$ right now!

    Diane wrote on August 18th, 2009
  12. I’ve got the book, I followed the way, and i took it like a pill,and there’s no turning back. I feel like Neo, taking the pill and out of the Matrix(Conventional Wisdom).Going Primal and being primest!

    Bryan wrote on August 18th, 2009
  13. The more I get into this lifestyle the more I get out of modern living. TV, cars, movies, video games, malls, who needs ’em. Give me the Great Outdoors.

    Primalchild wrote on August 18th, 2009
  14. My progress has been surprising at how undisciplined I can be dietarily. But I’m getting there and I’m amazed at how much my waist cleans up with ONE REALLY GOOD DAY. As you have said in the past, it’s all about the transition. I’m getting there and I’m taking my wife with me!

    Tom wrote on August 18th, 2009
  15. Eating is more satisfying. No sugar cravings to speak of. Starting to lose the belly fat that I could never get rid of not matter how much I worked out.

    redforevergone wrote on August 18th, 2009
  16. Mark,
    Love eating primal and definitely feel so much better – quick question though – any advice for those of us that are hypothyroid? I’m on medicine and such but the pounds are so slow to come off – even with regular primal exercise and really good primal diet… Plus gluten-free for two months now… Any advide you may have is much appreciated… And thanks for sharing this great information with us!

    Pauline wrote on August 18th, 2009
  17. The Primal experience has been a revelation. I have been doing my best to follow Robb Wolff and Mark’s advice to the letter and I feel great because of it.

    Chandra wrote on August 18th, 2009
  18. Ugh-Fug throw stump. Ugh-Fug get strong. Ugh-Fug catch fish and pick blackberries.

    cruxclimber wrote on August 18th, 2009
  19. Something lost each day
    As primal blueprint’s reclaimed
    I’m myself again

    Brad wrote on August 18th, 2009
  20. My primal experience over the past 14 days has been extraordinary. I’ve lost 6lbs and unlike most of my diet experiences, I’m full of energy. My mood, mental clarity, and energy levels are definitely up while my sore joints and inflammation are down. I feel great!

    Popa Murph wrote on August 18th, 2009
  21. Since going 100% primal I’ve lost weight despite trying to eat more food. My abs are poking through even more now so whatever I lost must have been fat. My workouts have been shorter (~20mins) but they leave me feeling great and give me a full body workout. I’ve been doing mostly kettlebell and calisthenics, and the high-fat diet gives me so much more energy to workout.

    Also, I’ve been going barefoot most of the time, or I wear Sanuk Vagabonds (like moccasins) with no support, and my feet feel so much better. I really can feel my toes spreading out. And yesterday I was at the golf course with my old shoes on and my feet felt so cramped. I even rolled my ankle because I stepped on a rock. Wearing shoes with heels makes you walk on your heels instead of the balls of your feet so your ankle is weaker and thus easier to roll.

    Ben wrote on August 18th, 2009
  22. My energy levels have been great and I’ve not been getting tired at work. I’m not really overweight but I have lost 8 pounds of fat while on the diet and working out regularly.

    evileyejoe wrote on August 18th, 2009
  23. I was pretty close to primal before, so I haven’t noticed any huge results. But things seem good so far!

    Laurel wrote on August 18th, 2009
  24. I have never felt better than since I went Primal. High energy levels, steady and effortless weight loss, stable mood, better sleep, clear skin, and best of all: very stable and controlled hunger.

    SerialSinner wrote on August 18th, 2009
  25. Two months and a half now, without any grain, nor legumes.

    I am 45 and I was getting a little bit sad, because I was beginning to feel myself in the beginning of the last part of the life (I have lost my father when he was 55), with small aches in articulations, and other small disfunctionalities.

    Now, I feel again myself full of life and energy and my mood is wonderfully positive!

    Murat wrote on August 18th, 2009
  26. Thanks for the Vibram FiveFingers!

    Dinger wrote on August 18th, 2009
  27. The craziest thing, my husband and I have meant to enter almost every contest thus far. We vow each day that, “tonight will be the night that we post our pictures, write in the blog, add a comment,” but then, after putting our 12 month and 3 year old children to bed, we pass out ourselves. This challenge has allowed us to really challenge OURSELVES and really do it for us and evidently, not for any of the prizes!

    Julie Wright wrote on August 19th, 2009
  28. I am a lifetime natural bodybuilder who has never used steroids. Since following the Primal Blueprint diet I have made amazing gains. I have been able to build muscle while dropping bodyfat. People keep asking me whats up and I tell them I have gone Primal. Thanks Mark

    Gary Liss wrote on August 19th, 2009
  29. After 6 months of unemployment (ongoing), and numerous aches and pains from 5 days in the gym or sports field per week, I have given up my original goal of better diet (can’t afford it – I live in Britain; free-range anything is absurdly expensive) and more exercise.

    So, for the last two weeks in August, I am going to focus on reducing stress, playing, and trying to enjoy my life. My eating will suffer for sure, but it is the best I can do for now.

    Russell wrote on August 19th, 2009
  30. My husband and I have loved going Primal. We are 58 and are nearly back to our age “40” bodies. We used The Red Bucket Strategy (by Greg Wingard) available at to really focus our attention on going Primal. After 3 mos. it was second nature for us to be our Primal selves and stay that way for the past year. Using the Red Bucket along with the Primal Blueprint we have changed our habits for the better!! Go Grok!!

    Becky Honey wrote on April 16th, 2010
  31. My family has had a case of high cholesterol and diseases my father even had a heart attack at age 32. I just past that mark and knew my cholesterol was bad and needed to make a change. PB was that change and after a recent physical I’m as healthy as an OX thanks to the new diet and fitness routine!

    Luigi wrote on July 13th, 2010
  32. I’m the only one in my family that doesn’t have diabetes, I’d like to keep it that way. Also I have been tired all of my life I’m hoping the primal way will change things.My daughter has been eating primal for awhile now and love’s it.

    postermama wrote on September 7th, 2010
  33. A couple weeks in and I feel more energized, healthy and awake! Im also enjoying my food more than I ever thought I could…cooking healthy fresh food is awesome!

    Tanya Pierce wrote on September 10th, 2010
  34. LOVE that I’m now going PRIMAL! 120 days in, lost 40 BIG LBS of FAT so far! Love my body transformation. No more pain in my joints and my wife is very happy that I no long snore. Thank you.

    Gaummy wrote on July 30th, 2011
  35. The diet is in place! Now onto moving and playing more. It’s not always easy in the real world, but it’s really worth it.

    Cara wrote on September 13th, 2011

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