Finish Line: The 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge

Whoever says you need months to see major transformation or create dramatic change in your life needs some Primal schooling. Folks, another year, another Challenge has officially crossed the finish line, and let me tell you – it never, ever gets old. Not that the rest of the year at MDA is chopped liver (who came up with disparaging saying anyway?), but the energy of the Challenge is something I look forward to every year. I’m blown away by the enthusiasm, the creativity and engagement I see come through on the boards, the Grok gatherings and the reader content. It’s nothing short of awesome. Thanks to everyone who took up the Challenge this year and all those who offered support along the way. In the midst of a head spinning 21 days, so much happens I love to sit back at the end and take a satisfied look-see at everything that came together in the MDA site and community.

Grok-Worthy Competitions

Clearly, I’m not the only competitive one in this bunch! Can I say the post-its still get me every time? There’s something just so gratifyingly simple and subversive about it. And how about them groceries? There’s nothing like witnessing good Primal bounty. Those pictures are how it’s done, people. Thanks to all who offered their questions and support in the power of community contest and their feedback on our supplements and the upcoming Primal Teen book. And how about a hand for the companies who offered up their Primal products for the Challenge? From delectable Primal snacks to grass-fed beef to bacon, an Ergo Desktop to a Squatty Potty, no wonder the competitions were so hard fought. Grok never had it so good.

First-Rate Reader Content

I’ve been doing the Primal thing for quite a few years now, but when I see the ingenuity readers display in their Challenge submissions, it feels like a whole new game to me. The recipes inspire my own Primal cooking, and the workouts give me a whole new reason to look forward to some free time. Then there are the Grokfeasts! Yes, it was another amazing year of the Grok-inspired gatherings.

Congratulations again to Chi-town, but a big thanks to everyone who came together to feast.

MDA Highlights

Although the Challenge is always first and foremost about the reader experience, I always like to highlight some core principles in a new way or repurpose concepts for the Challenge. Such was the case with the now-”classic” posts (as readers told me), “The Primal Blueprint Refresher – A Dramatic Reading” and the “10 Habits of the Highly Successful Hunter-Gatherers” but also for the posts on abundance mentality, success strategies and Challenge Q&A. They’re all great refreshers for reinvigorating or deepening your Primal commitment at any point.

Now That It’s All Said and Done…What’s Next??

Tell me – and all of us within the MDA community – what this 21-Day Transformation Challenge has meant for you. How do you feel? What did you accomplish? What’s changed for you? Finally, what’s next?

Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran PBer, I think the Challenge opens up new dimensions of the journey. It naturally encourages us to think about what we want to change, where we can be more satisfied, why or how we might want to experiment for better results, more satisfaction and fuller healthy, happiness and contentment in our lives. What do you hope to find (or contribute)? Offer your feedback. Pose your questions. And congratulations on a Challenge well done!

Thanks for reading and joining us for the Challenge, everyone. Be sure to share your thoughts and successes on the 21-Day experience. What was your favorite part of the Challenge – and the MDA content and contests? Any recommendations for next year?

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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