Contest: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s 2010! Let’s get this year, nay, this decade off on the right foot. This will be the decade that you hone in on what makes your body tick. This will be the decade when you develop a lifelong strategy of health and wellness that works for you. This will be the decade when your smart choices about how you move, what you eat and what you think manifest themselves in a strong, lean and healthy body that would make Grok proud.

Believe it, commit to it and act on it.

1. Believe It

You can attain the health you want and deserve. And the Primal Blueprint can help you get there. If you’re not so sure read the dozens of Success Stories found here on MDA. Read about Diana’s 125 lb weight loss. About Sabrina transforming her body and regaining her energy levels after giving birth to 5 kids. About David seeing noticeable improvements in symptoms related to Asperger’s Syndrome just weeks after going Primal. Or about Kristy who overcame IBS and body image issues with the Primal Blueprint. If they can do it, so can you.

If you need a little more encouragement or simply a good kick in the rear these posts may do the trick to get you in the right mindset.

No Better Time Than the Present

Reflect, Regroup, Resolve

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

It’s Time to “Get Real”

2. Commit to It

What better way to begin this journey than a public pronouncement of your intentions? During last year’s 30-day challenge many Mark’s Daily Apple readers found that stating their goals in the forum gave them just the motivation they needed to achieve their objectives. At the very least this exercise requires you to think through and then articulate what it is you want to accomplish and how you might go about seeing it through. At the most it adds a level of accountability to your ambitions – to yourself and to those in the MDA community that are participating and supporting you in your journey.

This year I thought we’d try this again but with a twist. This is where today’s contest comes in. We’ll be taking this concept and putting it in video form. See all the details below.

3. Act on It

Have all the belief and commitment you want, but you’ll get nowhere without action. Luckily, MDA helps here, too. I strive to give you all the tools, information and resources you need to succeed. The book, the forum, the recipes, the workout prescriptions, and the free weekly newsletter are just the tip of the iceberg. In 2010 I’m going to be opening the floodgates. Stay tuned for more publications, more free content and more of everything you love about MDA.

Now, on to the contest and prizes!

The Prize:

A Pullup Bar – And not just any pull up bar. It’s a portable, adjustable, polished aluminum, free standing, pullup/dip bar that can support a 350 lb Grok. You won’t find this thing tucked behind the cardioglides at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods. This bar was built for circus training, and circus folk don’t mess around… unless they are clowns. The adjustable height allows for bodyweight assisted pullups if you’re trying to work your way up to one pullup. Or if you can already pump out a quick 10, set the bar to a max height of 84″ and get to work on the one-handed pullup. The bar comes courtesy of Trapeze Rigging. Besides pullup bars, these guys can outfit you with an entire backyard trapeze set if you’ve got a little Tarzan in your Grok veins. Also…

17.5 Pounds of Grass Fed Beef – It’s fittingly called the “Inside Round Primal” and it comes from US Wellness. These are the folks who donated a 5 gallon bucket of fat for our 30 Day Challenge last August, and they’re pretty much the only place on the web you can find real pemmican. Besides grass fed beef, US Wellness also sells top quality lamb, poultry, veal, pork, bison, and even rabbit. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for elite meat.

But wait, there’s more! In fact, nine more…

YouBars – No ordinary protein bar, you get to pick all the ingredients that go into your YouBar. Want coconut? Almonds? Blueberries? Make it so. The winner gets a box of 13 custom designed bars.

Dark ChocolateAmano Chocolates are single origin and have won high marks from the prestigious Academy of Chocolate in London (that’s right, there is an Academy of Chocolate). The winner will receive a gift box of 10 70% dark cocoa bars. A healthy, sensible vice.

Salad Dressings – The big ass salad (BAS) is one of the cornerstones of Primal eating. And a salad is only as good as its dressing. The winner of the recipe contest will receive a six pack of salad dressings courtesy of Zukay Live Foods. Made from fresh veggies bought from local family farms, no chemicals or added sugars are used in these tasty tossed-lunch toppers.

Resistance Bands – For people who don’t have a small fortune to drop on an entire weight set (which is most people), the resistance band is a cheap, compact way to get your strength training done. Rubberbanditz makes a tight little package with a nifty carry bag. If you visit their website, I’d suggest checking out the goofy/endearing promo video.

Bath & Foot SoakPampering is Primal; the winner will get to do some serious pampering with a 6.5 lb can of Ancient Minerals magnesium flake bath and foot soak. Good for the constant barefooter. Also included are Ancient Minerals’ magnesium gel and magnesium oil.

Coconut OilSaturated fat is healthy and coconut oil is full of it. The winner gets a 16 oz bottle of the stuff from Barlean’s.

Coconut Flour – The coconut love just keeps coming with a 2 lb bag of coconut flour from Tropical Traditions. Use it to make some pancakes.

That’s 11 prizes for a total value of $700! Does your cell phone have a video camera? Then you’ve got everything you need to enter this contest…

The Contest:

Tell the world what your New Year’s Health Resolutions are and how are you are going to achieve them in a YouTube video that is 60 seconds or less in length.

Are you going to lose 20 lbs? Eliminate stress? Train yourself to wake up without an alarm clock? Get in the best shape of your life? Say it on video in 60 seconds or less. Upload your video to YouTube and then email me the link. I’ll publish select videos on Mark’s Daily Apple at the end of the month. The video doesn’t have to be fancy, but creativity is always encouraged.

Please title the video “Primal Blueprint New Year’s Resolution:” followed by your own sub-title.


Anyone. Yes, anyone in the whole world can win. If you live outside the 48 contiguous United States you’ll get everything except the grass fed beef. I apologize to the Kiwis and Aussies, but sending 18 lbs of meat halfway around the world doesn’t work well (customs agent + large chunk of meat = fail). You’ll get a non-potable substitute prize just as awesome.

Contest Deadline:

January 15, midnight PST. No time to waste. Only two weeks and counting, so get your submission in ASAP!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

One winner will be selected by random drawing.

The Fine Print:

  • You can upload your video to YouTube or any other video sharing site (e.g. Vimeo)
  • Only one video submission and contest entry is allowed per person
  • To be eligible for the prize the video needs to be titled as per the instructions above
  • The video needs to be an original video made for the purposes of this contest
  • By submitting your video to this contest you are giving Mark’s Daily Apple the right to broadcast and edit your video

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Woo hoo! Another contest – time to break out the video camera and have some fun!

    (That’s one tasty looking chunk o’ meat, boy howdy.)

      1. While some people (and some populations) enjoy healthful success in eating only meats, this is by no means the only option, and for many not the best option. Vegetables provide an abundance of nutrients but just as importantly is that they provide dietary and gustatory variations, an important factor in adherence.

  2. I won’t participate in this contest but I’m absolutely looking forward to all the competitors’ videos and effort! They’re always inspiring.

    As for me, my new year’s resolution is actually to lose overall weight — and since my body fat percentage is already pretty low, this means that I’ll have to lose a lot of that weight in muscle. Pretty unconventional, I know.

    Many of the principles I employ (and live by) are found on MDA, so thank you (as always) for that.

    Becoming slimmer and lighter will help me feel even better! I plan to update with pictures of the weight (muscle) loss on my blog.

    Looking forward to spectate the contest here.

  3. OOooo I would so love to win all that awesome stuff!! <3 But I am sort of shy on video…:S

  4. I might make a new years resolution now. I haven’t had a good solid goal for a while. This might be what I need.

    1. A good goal might to be LESS obsessive… you seem very high stress about your eating habits and exercise, what with the “gerbil wheel” and alternating super-long fasts with ridiculous amounts of feasting.

      Just sayin’…

  5. I’ve got a goal a month to achieve in 2009. So far, so good! Nice post. Love this time of year. Let’s hope we all keep it up past mid February.

  6. Great idea Mark!
    I am a new poster to your amazing blog though I have been lurking for a few months now…gathering data. I think I will join the contest in spirit. Better health is prize enough (and I’m camera shy)

    I just finished reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and I have been perusing this blog for some time now. I think I am set with enough info to start.

    As far as food:
    I am kicking off the new year with a fast (I started at midnight Jan 1, 2010…now 33.5ish hours in)
    I have stocked up with fish, shrimp, grass fed beef, good veggies, coconut oil/milk/cream, eggs, and some amazing whey protein powder (from grass fed cows…yay!) I think I’m set.

    For exercise:
    I walk to and from work (4 miles total) 4 times a week and will soon add walking to and from school (5 miles total) twice a week.
    I think I will also try to incorporate some strength training that involves using your own body weight…just need a bit more info on that. I am a beginner so I think that is all I can handle for now.

    Thanks for all the great advice.
    Good luck everyone!

  7. Not to be too critcal but in the interest of accuracy, ( It’s 2010! Let’s get this year, nay, this decade off on the right foot.)the current decade is not over until the end of December 2010. The year 2011 is the beginning of the next decade.

    1. Not to nitpick, but I believe Mark was correct when he said “let’s get this decade off on the right foot.” A decade is a period of 10 years, so if the year 2000 was year 1, 2001 was year 2, 2002 was year 3…. the 10th year is therefore 2009, so the next decade does in fact begin on January 1, 2010. The 1950s started in 1950, not 1951, right?

      1. I’m with Vernon on this one, Kat. Year 2000 belongs to the previous decade. Theres no year 0, so year 1 is the 1st year, year 2 is the 2nd year, so year 11 would be the 1st year of the next decade.

        1. no way. the new millennium did not start during the same decade as the 1990s. the “90s” began in 1990 and ended in 1999. 2000 certainly marked a new decade. that decade ended in 2009. that we don’t refer to any year as “0” is irrelevant to defining a characterization of groups of years.

  8. I won’t be making a video but I do have a good goal. 🙂

    It’s my goal to have a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby… Around December of 2010 it might even be time to start introducing some primal solids to the baby too! Exciting. 🙂 My little babyGrok.

    1. No video from FlyNavyWife? Ah, what a shame. You should know that we’ve only had 1 entry so far, so the chances of winning could be pretty darn good. Congrats on the soon-to-be babyGrok!

  9. I think I have a crush on the portable pull-up bar–where has this thing been my whole life? I’ve been looking for a doorway bar that would work in our strangely configured apartment, but this is even better. A Google search reveals that there are taller and sturdier versions available from other sites, but the Trapeze Rigging model hits the sweet spot aesthetically and pricewise. Has anyone here actually used it? I know that kip-ups are probably a no-no, but is it strong enough to support rings or ab slings?

  10. My new year’s resolution is to get more Vitamin D and eat local meats!

  11. My New Years’s Resolution is “NO MORE EXCUSES”. I am sick and tired of making excuses for my shortcomings rather than taking responsibility for them and hitting them straight on. No more excuses about my weight. I know what to eat, and what Not to eat. Nobody can force anything into my mouth without my consent. Every day that I wake up, I have a choice to make, from now on I choose to take responsibility for my every bite that goes into my mouth, along with no more excuses for not doing my WOD.

  12. Aloha!
    My daughter, Allison is visiting from the mainland and we are now making our plans for videos to enter. GREAT mother daughter activityand another is this weekend to a woman’s Event so I am getting the feel for more natural activity and FUN in the process.

    Our challenges:
    For me…to lose 50 pounds, Yeeeks!
    I’ve never said that! I’m a nutritionist (I have always advocated fat, eggs, meat, coconut oil/milk etc.)who has had the weight gain creep on over a stressful period of life (including menopause)…because of the overload of carbos (grains specifically for me).
    I am looking for the support to stay the course and I see this is the place to be, Marks recipes alone will keep me tuned in!
    I am almost finished reading Gary Taube’s “Good Calories Bad Calories” and am reading Marks book next!

    My Daughter Allison has committed to getting enough upper body strength to do hand stands this year.

    Off to the beach to make some videos to enter!

    Mahalo to everyone here -you are all so inspiring in your own ways and Mark -I am so glad I found you (heard you on Jimmy Moore’s pod cast)~ Aloha!

  13. My new year’s resolution is that what I see in the mirror will delight me and what others see in me will delight them.

  14. This is great! And now I can test out my new iFlip camera…nice.

    Submit your video!

  15. Does it necessarily have to be a video that I myself have recorded? Because if not, I would be able to do the next best thing (no video camera right now); a slideshow with several of my pictures and a synced up sound file.

  16. I am new to this site. Started reading PB about 2 weeks ago and loving it. How do I enter if I do not have a video camera?

  17. Okay, gonna do my video this weekend with the kids. Got 2 contest to win.
    First, I got the Staff Advisory Committee to start a “Biggest Loser” campaign for the next 12 weeks beginning January 11. The person to lose the most “fat” (I had to explain what “fat” loss meant) will win the $$$ everyone will contribute to.

    Second, MDA’s fabulous contest. I’m really diggin on that pull up bar. Hmmmm chocolate (drooling like Homer Simpson)hmmmm

  18. Video?? This primal Luddite don’t submit no video.

    Seriously, I’ll note a NY’s resolution of seven years ago that I’ve stuck with ever since: I make my own bread. Once you get your routine down, it’s easier than you’d ever imagine, and homemade bread is a fresh reward every day. I control the ingredients completely — some of which may not quite mesh with your “primal” dictates but they sure do work for me and that’s what matters. Cheers!

  19. Wow, you have no idea how hard I’ve been looking for that pullup stand. I thought I’d never find it online anymore, I could never remember the website or who made it. Then, you’re throwing it in as a prize for something I plan on doing anyway? Hell yes count me in, but maybe I missed something. Is this a year long thing? Or a 30 day challenge? Also I want to submit a video, but I’d like my privacy as well. So does the video need to include anything else but what I want my goals to be? I mean, I don’t need to have videos showing my current physical state? I’d definitely be down for this though.

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