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January 27 2010

New Year’s Resolution Contest Results

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

On January 1st, I asked readers to share their Primal Blueprint New Year’s Resolutions on video. Folks wrote poems, made their own Grok shirts, and even threw away all their sugar products on camera. Nearly 40 people submitted videos; below are a few highlights…

You can watch individual entries here on YouTube, or here on Vimeo.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated. It’s always a pleasure to add faces to the voices in the Primal community. I’d love to be able to give a grand prize to each and every participant, but this time around there is only one grand prize for one lucky winner. Without further ado, the winner of the contest is…

Aaron R.!

Aaron wins over $700 in Primal goodies including a mobile pull up bar, 18 pounds of grass fed beef, YouBars, dark chocolate, resistance bands, salad dressings, magnesium bath flakes, coconut oil, and coconut flour. Check out the original contest post for a little more detail on all the nifty Primal merch.

Now that we’re almost a month into the year, how are folks doing? Setting the bar higher? Lower? Discuss your Primal progress in the comments section.

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  1. What a hoot! The Lady (and child) doing the pull ups cracked me up..! Talk about a laugh out loud moment. That was great, it made my day.

    1. Thanks Biglee, we had fun doing it. And no children were harmed in the making of the video. ;0)

  2. Mark –
    Naturally I’m disappointed that I wasn’t chosen as the finalist – who wouldn’t be with those prizes?!
    But all in all it was great to see and hear others along with their resolutions to get more Primal. To know this community exists and that there are others just as concerned about their health as I am is a comfort and support. It is contests, participation and involvement like this as an example that led me to make Mark’s Daily Apple my home page for whenever I flip on FireFox.

    Kudos to all the videographers – and to all the rest for making resolutions that will make it beyond February 14 (studies suggest 80% of NY resolutions fail by then). Without us, reading this blog and living the Primal lifestyle, we can never expect others to join in the fun. “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

    On this site it is US, so “If it’s up to us, just jump on the bus!” Next bus stop: Groksburg!

  3. Congrats Aaron R!
    My progress so far? I am now 100% Primal and IF once a week for 24 hours. Clothes are fitting differently, estimate in another month will have to buy some new clothes. Overall I feel great and I did my first full pull up last night without my little helper. 1 down 4 to go… :0)

  4. All of those posts were amazing, especially to the lady who read the poem.. beautiful (both you, your poem, and the quality of your cinematography)!

    BTW, congroks to Aaron!!

    I didn’t enter into the contest this year, but I figured I could still post my progress here. Since starting the second week of January (90% Primal), I have lost 15lbs of bf, and shaved about 6 inches off of my midsection. These results are incredible! I never thought I could go without bread and sugar, then I just did it cold turkey and BAM!, it feels amazing.

    Thanks again to all of you guys for posting your inspiring vids! May you all achieve all of your goals for the new year.

    Grok on!

    Steve S.

  5. Congrats to Aaron!

    We had to go off paleo for a few months, we’re back on now as of Monday. During that brief period I gained a considerable amount of bodyfat (not sure how much, and I’m afraid to get on the scale, but it was enough to convince me to stay on it for good this time!). So, I guess all I can say to others is “learn from my example, do NOT stray from the path!”

  6. I’ve been following your site for a while now and thought it was a good time to chime in. I started my switch to a health food nut last fall and that started me on the path to researching everything I could. I had already switched out most of my diet to eliminate fast food, processed foods and sugars. Every month I got closer as I took out cheese and dairy almost entirely and started eating yogurt instead. Wheat and starches are next! My fridge looks totally primal.

    Now that I’ve found your site I’m cutting back even more. I have found the articles here a great resource in my research for nutrition. I made the commitment a couple weeks ago to go entirely primal! I’ve eliminated grains and adding in tons more veggies.

    I’m am totally hooked. It hasn’t been a hard switch at all. I feel so much better. I have TONS of energy. I haven’t been sick in MONTHS. Eating this way has changed my life and will continue on through 2010 as I fufill my new years resolution to go primal. It’s still January.. I can still do that right? haha

    You guys all inspire me so much! I will definitely keep coming back for more updates. Grok on!

    1. Congratulations, Mary! I fully understand your enthusiasm and excitement! I started following the Primal Blueprint a couple weeks ago myself, plus exercising with a shovelglove, and the change is monumental. My wife of seven years says it’s like my head is stuck on someone else’s body.

      Just like you, I thought it would be hard, but I’m amazed at how easy it is when you’re bursting with energy and good health. I’ve never been good with New Year’s resolutions, so I’ve been making a daily commitment to take not one step backward, but to ratchet up the primal lifestyle ever so gradually. My next big goal is a good fast.

      No turning back now, for either of us!

  7. Wow- The videos were inspiring and funny and great! What a trip to see so many different people committing to the primal lifestyle! I get super-fired up everyday from reading Mark’s blog and my CrossFit training, but this just took it to the next level!

    Good luck everyone we met on the video and all the others who are setting and reaching goals that we as a community don’t even know about!

    Stay the course- it is worth the effort!

  8. For more on who’s living like Grok check out these links from the PB 101 page:

    The following links will give you a sense of the Primal community; who else lives like Grok, pictures of what they eat, and how they succeeded.
    100 Primal Breakfasts
    100 Primal Lunches
    100 Primal Dinners
    Families who shop like Grok
    Success Stories Page (highlights and stories from some of the original Grok stars)
    Success Stories Category (all posts generated directly from readers)
    The Forum (join in a discussion, ask a question, talk to your neighbors)
    Grok in the Wild – Send in a pic!

  9. Yay Aaron! I’m sure you’re gonna LOVE all that Grok gear! Put it to good use! And maybe share the chocolate? 😉

  10. WOW WOW WOW! I am super stoaked! I cannot express my gratitude to the MDA community, Mark, the ‘worker bees’ and the sponsors. Thank you so much!

    This will all get put to good use! (I’ll even give the bath salts a try… hah)

    The pull-up bar will be seeing it’s place inside a classroom at UCF soon, I just taught them about ‘pulling’ exercises, and didn’t have one to demo in the classroom… NOW I DO!

    I know with this jump start in enthusiasm I will be able to achieve more than ~75% paleo, and strive to eck out long held staples like peanutbutter even.

    PS – Everyone else had awesome videos! I am envious of your creativity, keep up the great work and hit those resolutions. Grok on!

  11. Congratulations on your win. And also congrats on anyone who has stuck with their new years resolution all the way through January. You are doing better than 99% of people this year.

  12. good thing cheese is primal because that compilation video has lots of it

  13. Hi Mark!

    I have a question relating to your last post. Some of us on a thread were discussing how hard we find it to get through a long intermittent fast, never mind doing a workout and THEN fasting. The one thing we have in common is that we’re all women!

    So here’s what I’m wondering: is it possible that men can handle intermittent fasting better than women? It seems logical that a man would more likely go sprinting after some game, possibly multiple times in a day, and come up empty-handed, thus fasting after a hard workout. Women, on the other hand, were more likely going out and searching for plant sources, so even if they came up empty-handed, it would only be after long, slow work and not hard sprinting. Is this logical, and would it apply today?

    Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the question, Deanna. This might make a good “Dear Mark” post, maybe as a compilation of similar questions I get relating to how the PB might differ for men and women. Stay tuned!

  14. Just wanted to comment and say that the girls in this video are waaayyy cute.

    just sayin.

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