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Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize:

Steve’s PaleoGoods – Steve’s Originals is now Steve’s PaleoGoods. The name may have changed, but Steve’s still serving up the same delicious hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together. And now he’s got paleo sauces, dressings, cereals and more, too. If your struggle during this first week of the 21-Day Challenge [1] was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive 2 PaleoKrunch Samplers [2] ($67.98), 2 Steve’s Club Samplers [3] ($59.96), 2 Seasonal Samplers [4] ($57.98), 2 PaleoChef Samplers [5] ($66), and 2 Sauce Samplers [6] ($44).

Aerobis Blackthorn Battlerope and Sling Trainer – Elmar is a reader over in Germany who decided to start who his own fitness business. A year’s worth of German engineering later I received a Sling Trainer [7] in the mail (for all I know, I may have been the first American to get one). Great for anyone interested in adding a little variety to bodyweight strength training, wrap it around a tree limb or telephone pole to add dips, reverse rows, hanging planks, or assisted pistol squats to your routine. Once you’ve mastered the Primal Essential Movements of Primal Blueprint Fitness [8] using a Sling Trainer is an excellent way to help you take things to the next level. And the quality of build on Blackthorn products is unmatched.

This year, aerobis [9] has also donated a battle rope. If you aren’t familiar with battle ropes, check out these rope training exercise videos [10]. Win this contest and you’ll receive both a 10 meter Blackthorn Battle Rope [11] (retail value: $166) and a Blackthorn Sling Trainer [12] (retail value: $117).

BONUS: Use coupon code MDA2013 at Functional Movement Shop [9] to get 15% off your order at until Oct. 15th. No minimum value, no strings attached.

Nick’s Sticks – Need a Primal snack? Like your beef grass-fed? Nick’s got you covered on both counts with his Grass-Fed Beef Sticks [13]. His Snack Sticks are made with 100% grass-fed beef or free-range turkey and seasoned with Redmond organic salt. The lucky winner of these delicious treats will receive one 25-pack (2 sticks per pack) of beef sticks and one 25-pack of turkey sticks. Total retail value: $150.

BONUS: Use coupon code MDACHALLENGE at checkout for 10% off any order of Nick’s Sticks [14].

Primal Essentials Kit – The winner will also receive a Primal Essentials Kit [15] (Primal Flora [16] (probiotics), Vital Omegas [17] (omega-3 fish oils) and Vitamin D [18]) – the three supplements just about everyone should be taking in my humble, completely unbiased opinion.

That’s over $700 worth of incentive to do something you’ve been meaning to do anyway. Pay it forward…

The Contest:

We’re just a few days into the 21-Day Challenge [1], but I know many of you have seen amazing results [19] going Primal leading up to the challenge. Weight lost, muscle built, complexions cleared, even meds kicked. Now’s the time to share it! This means you have the opportunity to show the rest of the community who you are and what you’ve accomplished. In the process you’ll inspire thousands of people to take control of their health just as you have. I don’t know about you, but I get a kick out of that.

So for this contest I want to hear your story. Write it up and include a photo. Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is even better, but not required. Don’t worry if you’re not a chiseled Adonis. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” contest. Whether you’ve lost 100 pounds over two years of Primal living or you’ve simply managed to kick that diet Coke habit, just tell me what going Primal has done for you. I’m looking for interesting and personal tales. Details about your health history, how you found MDA and the Primal Blueprint, what has worked and what hasn’t, what differences you’ve seen in how you look and feel, and anything else you think readers might be able to learn from and you’re open to sharing are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a thousand word diatribe, but hopefully more than a couple paragraphs. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and honesty is king.

I’m sure many of you have thought about sending your story in, but just haven’t gotten around to it. There is no better time than now. I’ll be featuring reader stories during the 21-Day Challenge and beyond, so get yours in soon!

Email me [20] your story along with any pictures. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.


One of the most memorable stories published on MDA: The Unconquerable Dave [21]. If you haven’t read it, do it now. You won’t regret it. YAWP!

View other Success Stories here [19] for ideas on how to write your own story.


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

Additionally, everyone that has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple since the last year’s Challenge is automatically entered to win, so don’t worry if you emailed me just a few days ago. You’re entered!

The Deadline:

October 2, midnight PDT. Less than two weeks away!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

An executive decision will be made to determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. The winner of the prize package above will be chosen at random from those that are submitted.

To track all the contests visit the 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page [22] for daily updates.