The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins Now

If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too. That’s right, it’s the annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge!

The 30-Day Challenge Details

So what’s the challenge? To get Primal, of course! I hold this 30-Day Challenge every year to encourage Primal beginners to give this way of eating, moving and living a try because I know it works, I know how empowering it is, and I know it changes lives.

I also do it to motivate those that have been dabbling with the Primal lifestyle for a while, but haven’t fully committed or still have some room for improvement (myself included!), to go all in and resolve to finally tackle whatever it is they want to address in their lives.

The actual challenge itself is pretty straightforward. The details can be found in the image below. I recommend downloading the 30-Day Challenge flyer here, and clicking on the links to learn more about each of the topics. (And maybe print a few copies to hand out to friends!)

No sign-up required. Anyone can participate. Just commit to the challenge, and check back every day for motivation and guidance.

Above and beyond the challenge as outlined below, I encourage you to make your own personal challenges. Customize your goals to fit your needs and commit to 30 days starting now.

Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

The Primal Leap – One-on-One Support

This 30-day challenge perfectly complements The Primal Leap. The Primal Leap is my effort to provide one-on-one support and step-by-step guidance to those looking to lose weight, take control of their health and get Primal for life. If you would like expert feedback and be told exactly what to do and when to do it The Primal Leap is for you. Learn more here.

Community Support

Just like last year, I highly encourage you to use the forum during the challenge. In it you can start a “Primal Challenge Journal” to publicly state your goals and track your progress.

Create a journal to receive positive feedback, advice and help along the way from myself and the Mark’s Daily Apple community.

The 30-Day Challenge Contests FAQs

The main challenge itself isn’t competitive but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some friendly contests along they way!

Over the course of the next month Mark’s Daily Apple and sponsors will be giving away thousands of dollars in prizes.

Here are some rules and answers to FAQ:

  • There will be a new contests nearly every day for the duration of the 30-day challenge (through Oct. 11), so check back daily!
  • All contest prizes relate in some way to the Primal lifestyle. You won’t find any miracle weight loss pills, tummy crunching sling-a-ma-doo-dads, or whole wheat health blast jazzer snackers.
  • Some contests will require a bit of leg work while others will require something as simple as commenting on a blog post.
  • There is no limit to how many contests you can participate in.
  • The duration of any one contest depends on the nature of the contest. Some will last a few weeks (to give you time to complete the contest task) while others will be as short as one day. All deadlines are Pacific Standard Time.
  • Contest prizes will be awarded either by a random drawing, by reader voting/polling or by an executive decision (who I think should win!).
  • Some prizes will only be available to United States residents. If you live outside the U.S. and win a prize that can’t be shipped internationally an alternate prize of equal value will be awarded.
  • I’m not being paid by any company that is sponsoring the contest with a prize.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

New to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple?

If you are new to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple and don’t know where to begin here are some resources to get you started:

1. Not sure what it means to “Go Primal”? Check out these articles for the basics:

2. The Primal Blueprint 101 Page

3. The Forum – Ask any and all questions you have about the Primal lifestyle.

4. The Book

5. What to eat? – Primal Blueprint Recipes on MDA and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

6. Have a question? – Contact Me

Tell your friends and family about the challenge so they can get Primal, too! Use the “ShareThis” link below to send this article via email.

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. Excited to have a community of friends committed to health and nutrition. My biggest challenge will be sprinting once a week….started this morning.
      Great first day! Kicked my butt!

      1. Me too! I figured sprinting was the perfect way to begin the challenge.

    2. My challenge this month is to incorporating sprints in my morning walks.

      1. This has been difficult for me. I tend to fall over my own (big) feet and since I haven’t sprinted in years I’m afraid I’ll do a faceplant.

        1. LOL! I thought the same thing as I apprehensively lurched forward in to full throttle sprint during my regular walk a couple of weeks ago. But I did it three times that walk…couldn’t move for a week after but WOW it’s kind of liberating esp when I consider I haven’t sprinted since probably high school. Give it a whirl. Don’t worry about what others in the neighborhood are thinking of you. And bring the Neosporin just in case! 🙂

    3. I’m using this challenge to put me the rest of the way into a Primal life long committment. I’m 65 and I have a ways to go to get back to an optimum state of health and fitness. So, everyone wish me luck !!

      1. Best of life.. I’m going to be 50 in less than two weeks I’ve been getting primal for several months now and it’s a grreat feeling!! My current challenge is to do a pull up. I have a torn rotator cuff injury so I’ll have to be very careful.

    4. Great contest – I’m going to incorporate more of a primal approach / functional training for my lifting heavy things over the next 30 days.

    5. Been “primal” for several months now, but need to tighten things up a bit in SEVERAL areas. Great timing!

    6. My personal challenge: To be strict for these 30 days about no grains and no dairy. I love milk and yogurt, but I’m trying out a non-dairy diet. And I’ve been avoiding grains with not much problem, except when in social situations where grains are offered. Also, a big challenge for me is to ignore my sweet tooth!

      1. Candida overgrowth will make for sugar/bread cravings, as the little yeasties demand you to feed them!

        1. I understand the worry about Candida overgrowth. I’ve had to deal with that fighting back with yogurt or acidophilus, but I don’t buy them controlling my appetite for grains–demanding that I feed them. I’ve had sugar or bread cravings without any Candida overgrowth at all. That appetite comes from somewhere else, not yeastie mind-control.

    7. It’s great to know that there are people all around the globe who are up for the challenge and up for the lifestyle too. Never been fitter, never been stronger, never been more motivated.

    8. I’m stoked about this! My main challenge is to play more. I’m also going to try and keep a log here on MDA so I have a record of these 30 days.

    1. This is going to be the most difficult part of the challenge for me. I have a 5 month old at home that makes this very difficult.

      1. 🙂 I doubt Grok and Mrs Grok slept solidly for 8 hours when they had babies. But feeding in the dark, using super-diapers that don’t need changing at night, and keeping it as low-key as possible will all help.

        And don’t underestimate the power of a 20min nap if you can swing it. A nap might even be more valuable to you than walk, if you’re faced with the choice.

    2. My biggest challenge will be to get at least 8 hrs of sleep each night…zzz.

      1. Yup, me too…add me to the long list of “need more sleep” folks!!

      2. Since the days are getting shorter, maybe I can take advantage of the extra dark… Lack of sleep has always plagued me.

        Does anyone have good advice on how to get enough shut-eye?

      3. I’m a nurse and work different shifts so may find this difficult as well. I have to get up early to get kids off to school so some nights it can be 5-6 hours of sleep. Then I am groggy and end up relying on coffee to keep me going. I just can’t think of a good point for a restorative nap before 2pm–that is when I am most energetic.

      4. I’ve found for me, using the scientific method, that taking 250mg of magnesium at night helps me sleep more solid.

        That is magnesium, not melatonin.

        I knew I was vitamin deffecient based upon my poor diet and lifestyle. So I started to supplement one of five different supplements prior to bed (Magnesium, Selenium, D3, B12, E, and K). I noticed in the mornings after I took a Mg does the night prior I felt more rested.

        Since I never read anything about Mg and sleep I do not think this is a placebo effect. Granted biochemistry and sleep is very complex and there are numerous variables but at the end of the day this is what I observed.

    3. That’s a really good one. I need to get earplugs… City living is tough. 🙂

    4. Sleep is my big challenge too! With 4 kids under 5, it can be tough, but I’m committing to be in bed by 9:30 each night in complete darkness. I’m also going to focus more on fitness and do kettlebells 2-3x week, hike with the kids for a few hours a week and spring once in a while 🙂
      Thanks for the challenge again this year Mark!

  1. Sounds great, Mark! Instead of riding the subway two stops from Penn Station to my office, I am going to walk – 1 mile each way. Tried it this morning, and it was delightful, and only ~10 minutes or so longer than the subway.

  2. My personal challenge for this month will be to incorporate at least 1 HIIT exercise each week. I still continue to lift 2-3 times/week, but sometimes it’s difficult to motivate myself to kick my own ass. 😉

  3. My life has been a little crazy recently, so despite moving toward a paleo lifestyle, I haven’t managed to really get all the sugar removed from my diet and exercise back into my days.

    The paleo challenge is my catalyst to refocus my energy on myself and make the changes that are important to me!

    1. I’m with you there. 10 lbs have crept back on me and I’ve had new family members move in, a job change etc. I have been struggling with sugar, dairy and grains lately as I had taken them back up. I need to get on the ball now! My exercise lately (except for walking) has been nonexistent unless I’m lifting or boosting a patient.

  4. I’m in!! (@TheSaladGirl)

    My personal challenge is to eat when I’m hungry, and, more importantly, not eat when I’m not.

    1. That is my personal challenge as well! Sometimes I catch myself eating when I am not hungry. I still eat Primal foods, but it can slow my progress.

    2. That is definitely a challenge for me too. I eat when I am nervous and stressed and as a student working on a huge project I am both of those frequently!

      My personal challenge is to work the crap out of my arms and abs. I cycle every day for my commute but my arms and abs are not getting the same attention as my legs. Push ups, planks, pull ups and dips whenever I am watching a movie, waiting for dinner to cook, or just because I have a spare couple of minutes.

      1. Go for a swim. Good for the back, arms & belly. Also good for sleeping. Goes very well with cycling…

    3. same here! i tend to eat even when i’m not necessarily hungry. this will be my challenge as well

      1. I’m another one. My worst ‘want to eat’ and ‘not really hungry but still eating’ times are when I’m tired and yes, I struggle getting my 8 hours. In fact I struggle getting 6!

    4. This is my big thing too! I’m already fairly lean because I’m a cyclist, but I tend to munch on food when i’m bored, and considering I’m bored all day at work, that makes it hard!

      My goals –
      Stop eating when not hungry
      Weights twice a week
      8 hours+ sleep a night!

  5. My personal goal: implement the Primal Fitness Plan by sprinting once per week and continuing to work up to pull-ups and push-ups.
    I’m already pursuing a 100% grain-free, soda-free and alcohol-free September.

  6. My personal challenge is to wear my VFFs to work. I walk A LOT at work (5-10 miles a shift), and I’ve worn them before but catch a bit of flak for it. 🙂 So that’s my goal!

  7. My personal challenge is to make a commitment not to give in to sugar and cheats! I tend to do really well living primally throughout the week, but have a horrible habit of messing up on weekends (college life makes things pretty tricky for me).

    1. I am making the same commitment. Just being home with the kids and hubby on the weekends makes cheating almost inevitable sometimes. I’m committing for the next month to avoid those temptations, no matter what!

    2. I am committed to the exact same thing! At home, it is difficult with the boyfriend eating as he pleases, especially when he has really good bread at home… that is my weakness!

  8. Giving up artificial sweeteners. Farewell iced coffee cart man.

  9. Good luck to the winner… but I have to put in my $0.02 about VFFs being as close as you can come to barefoot. 😉

    Mark, let us send you a pair of Invisible Shoes and you can experience what others have found, namely, that the barefoot- and ground-feel is way better.

    1. So right! I love my VFF’s in the winter here in No. Nevada, but my invisible shoes are definitely closer to barefoot. They’ve been my first choice for every shod occasion since purchasing 3 mo. ago. VFF’s look so sad in closet.

  10. Personal challenges for me are:

    1. Get minimum 8 hrs sleep (not easy!)
    2. Manage my stress better
    3. Play!

    Gotta make them all good habits!

    1. Me too! Work has been super busy lately, increasing #2 and decreasing #1 & #3. Looking forward to making them more of a priority over the next 30 days!

  11. My challenge is to track my intake, especially my carb intake.

    I’m already eating 80-90% primal, but I hate food journaling. However, I think once this 30 days is over and I’ve journalled faithfully, I’ll have a much better handle on what my actual carb and protein intakes are, and will have gained the ability to easily estimate and plan my meals.

  12. My personal challenge is to do some low intensity moving and activity most days. I’m too sedentary except for workouts, and I want to do more activity with my daughter.

  13. Tweets done — via @M_C_Alexander

    My personal challenge is to give up grains, sugar, and starches for the full 30 days.

  14. I’ve done really well ditching the grains and sugars. Six months primal and I’m 25 pounds lighter, four sizes smaller and the hypertension is gone. This is a postmenopausal freaking miracle! This month I want to really get the Franken oils out of my food. Yesterday I made my own bleu cheese dressing. Grokettes are fanatical label readers!

    1. Oh, me too! I’ve dropped 56lbs by being Primal! I really want to focus on the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 this challenge…it’s something I hadn’t looked at before, and now that I’m aware of the issue I really want to tackle it. Good luck to you, and congrats on your postmenopausal freaking miracle!

  15. Haha, no twitter for me! However my personal challenge will be to introduce my new friends at my new college campus to the Primal lifestyle.

    Bring on the challenges!

  16. My personal challenge is to become more consistent with my exercise and follow primal fitness

  17. My Primal challenge this month is to eat something that I have grown. Hopefully my (extremely small, container-based) garden will produce romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, and zucchini near the end of September. First time trying to grow things!

    1. Oh, that’s a great one, Rob. I’ve never done that myself, either.

    2. Careful – you start out with a container garden, next thing you know you’ve got a couple of 4×8 beds in the backyard and are wishing you’d built more!

    3. It is so cool eating something you grew. I had the chance to do a few complete salads with my own garden stuff. good luck

    1. Nice. I just went 27 days without beer, and I think I was pretty gluten-free (incidental contact in restaurants possible). It wasn’t too bad.

      I’ll join you in both!

      1. Gotta tell ya, completely eliminating beer or alcohol in general will be the hardest habit to break. I will join you in reducing this month, but I will not promise to cut it out completely. That will be part of my 80/20!!

      2. Beer is my bulwark. It’s a tiny indulgence, once a week, but its got to go. I’ve quite enjoyed those alcoholess nights at the bar.. good luck.

    2. A noble goal indeed, good luck with it! I’ve been gluten and beer free for 16 of the past 21 days. Time to step up to the plate and make it 30 days in a row ^_^

  18. My mini-challenges are:
    1. Get 8 hours sleep every night
    2. Stick to crossfit class at least 3x per week (but being careful not to overtrain)
    3. Get my mom and siblings to join in!

    And 4. Develop a better relationship with food by eating when hungry and stopping when full

    Good Luck everyone!

  19. My challenge is giving up grains. Each of the steps will be challenging but this will be the biggest.

    1. Giving up grains is also my biggest challenge. Eggs without toast seems to be a huge hurdle.

      1. Fry chopped garlic and shallots in butter or bacon grease til soft,then stir in whirled eggs,chopped spinach,olives,mushrooms,tomatoes,etc. Cook. Eat with bacon strips. Enjoy!

    1. That’s mine too. In fact, I loaded myself up this weekend on sugar for one last go at misery. I’m looking forward to trying 30 days without the stuff (and also dreading the first few days without it too!)

    2. me too! Sugar is poison! It’s also considered to be more addicting than crack/cocaine. Not kidding. Get off the sugar and you can improve your life (myself included). Good luck!

      1. Agreed, sugar is worse that crack/cocaine coz it’s everywhere.

        I will join in the 30 day challenge and I will

        1. eliminate all sugar
        2. include some heavy lifting in my exercise regime

        Thanks Mark, perfect timing with this challenge.

  20. Looking forward to completing the 30 day challenge.

    My goals, to continue to CrossFit 5 days a week, get in as close to 8 hours of sleep a night and stick with the primal blueprint as close as possible.

    I have been crossfitting for 5 weeks now, just competed in my first competition and am about 5 lbs from my first of many “mini goals” to fit into the pants I wore 6 years ago by my 6th wedding anniversary on October 8th.

    Looking forward to the challenge!

  21. I am excited about this! My personal challenges are to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night (instead of the 6-7 I normally get), and to quit binging on things that are technically “primal” but not good in large quantities, like fruit.

    1. I have the same goal. Im trying to steer clear of that almond butter also. To being binge-free!

      1. I’ve been almond butter free for 8 days now.. It’s still hard though! Always thinking, mmmmmmm, this banana would be great with some almond butter! Or this Coconut Oil would taste so much better with some almond butter..
        After 3 jars in 1 week though, it was time to get rid of the trigger food 🙁

        1. why can’t we eat almond butter on Primal? all it is made of is almonds.

        2. I hear ya!!! I’m completely addicted to the stuff (and the odd spoon of peanut butter too) 🙂

        3. Almond butter is great, but most nuts are a lot higher in Omega-6 fatty acids (pro-inflamatory) vs. Omega-3 (anti-inflamatory). So although nuts are yummy, in excess they can really drive the ratios of the omega 3’s and 6’s way too far toward the 6’s, just as grains and many processed foods will do.

          Robb Wolf gives a solid explanation for all this in ‘The Paleo Solution’.

  22. My personal challenge this month is to make lunches each day. It’s a simple thing, that I used to do all the time, but I’ve gotten lazy. So. Making lunches for myself and my husband so we don’t have to wonder what we should have if we’re hungry.

    I baked a chicken last night, so I’m part way there this week. 🙂

    1. Oh, I retweeted, but Jenn ain’t my twitter name. Let me know if I need to fill you in on that.

  23. I love this time of year. My personal challenge: limit coffee to once a day and better regulate my sleeping habits.

    I’ll be doing what I can to spread the word!

  24. My personal challenge is to do LHT twice a week, plus walking or recumbent bike three days a week for 30 minutes or more. Get a mini-tramp to bounce on!

  25. I am going to commit to bringing primal to football viewing for me and my buddies.

  26. I’m ready, and I think the wife will actually be on board this time. I’m crossing my fingers. We both need to stick with it for a full 30 days this time.

    1. If she does, can you tell me how, my wife won’t get on board. She’s atleast trying to be gluten free at home with me having celiac, but she won’t give up grains.

      1. Giving up grains is hard. I would challenge her in love (she’s got nothing to lose) and see how she feels! Maybe you can make a goal together as a couple… ie, we do this together and if we are successful we will ____ and do whatever you have always wanted to do, like go stay in wine country or go on a mini cruise or a night out without the kids…

      2. I’ll tell you why I don’t jump on board my husband’s programs: he tries to be my coach. It is very annoying. He keeps telling me I should do this and that and that whatever I am doing, I ‘m doing it wrong. That’s why I don’t run with him–he tries to micromanage that! He is not on board with Paleo eating, He is stuck in the SparkPeople dieting meme.

        1. My wife and I have gotten in the same arguments about diet. I’ve tried to “help” her in the past by telling her what to do but that never seemed to actually “help”.

          I finally learned it’s best just to do what I am going to do and respect her choices.

          So, I started eating Paleo about 6 months ago and at first she thought I was nuts, but slowly over time after seeing my results and sharing info from this site with her, she has begun to eat more Paleo meals and guess what….she loves the results!

          So, I guess the moral of the story is we can’t change other people, only ourselves.

          But slowly the people closest to us notice the positive changes we make and they eventually will be curious enough to test things out themselves.

          Results speak louder than words. So my suggestion-Do it on your own. Make sure you explain why and that you are committed.

          It’s only 30 days. You can tell them that at the end of the 30 days, if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…then at least you know and you can move forward…but you’ve got to try because your health and well being are worth it.

          This could be a huge pivotal moment in your life that could lead to a lot of amazing new changes not only in your health, but everything else in your life because your health affects everything.

          Whoa! Sorry for the novel, your stories resonated with me so thought I’d share. I’ll stop talking now.

  27. My personal challenge is to be able to continue my primal journey into the weekend where I have difficulty resisting SAD urges

  28. I love beeing primal. And i have “converted” to of my closest friends to this lifestyle. What i want to do now. Is to have at least 2 of my co-workers to be primal. I Know they are interested, but i will help them take the last step!

    My personal challenge will be to stop stress about not getting enough food. I shall start to eat when im hungry, and stop when im full. Not “force feed” myself.

  29. My challenge for the month, along with the going “hardcore” grain-free (my boyfriend has happily agreed to participate along with me, which will be great!) is to walk the dog every evening, and to actually remember to take my vitamins every day.

  30. I’ve got the eating part pretty much under control. My challenge is the primal fitness.

  31. I feel like I’ve got the diet and exercise part down. I plan to focus on getting more sleep during this month.

  32. My personal goal is to follow the plan 100% and not “cheat” for the entire 30 days. This includes staying away from grains and sugar and getting to the gym or outside for workouts.

    1. This is my goal as well. 100% Primal with NO cheats. I’ve been cheating all summer long eating ice cream from a local Dairy. It’s made from grass-fed milk/cream, but added maple syrup to sweeten…which I used as an excuse. Too many carbs! Gah!

    2. That is my goal: the eating plan/diet. I have backslid to grains, sugar, dairy… ugh. No wonder I have headaches and have put on 10 lbs this summer! I’m sticking with eggs, meat, veggies, very little fruit and staying away from my nemesis–Greek yogurt and Swiss cheese.

  33. Done and done! This is going to be interesting since this is my first day going Primal!! Looking forward to it!

    1. I guess you could say my challenge will be getting through the carb flu and grain withdrawals.

  34. My personal challenge is to move from more of a low carb lifestyle to more primal. Less preservatives, bad oils, etc.

  35. My personal challenge is to give up the diet soda! That has been my crutch, and I know I can do without it! Grok on!

  36. – Exercise outside every day for at least half an hour
    – Do one sprint day every week
    – Do at least one heavy lifting day every week
    – Stretch for 30 minutes total a day
    – Get at least 7 hours of sleep a day
    – No Diet Coke


    Sorry… I’m just excited xD
    My personal challenge is to finally wean myself off sugar altogether and find some tasty primal treats to have instead!

  38. My own personal Challenge will be to really & truly do the weekly sprints. Really & truly!!
    As a side note – I love the annual challenge because I love catching everyone else’s enthusiasm, I love reading all the comments, hearing the stories, & seeing how excited each prize winner is.
    I just love this community!

  39. I just got into Primal a couple of weeks ago, so my goals are simple: to eat only Primal and to get outside to walk every day.

  40. My hubby and I are going to do the challenge and were just talking this morning about finding some ways to play together out in our yard. (That won’t get us arrested.)

    We’re thinking things like catch, frisbee, tag….etc. Also a game of Pick Up All the Crap in the Yard.

  41. My goal is to spend more time away from noise created by electronics/TV/man-made ‘stuff’.

    I want to incorporate more silence (or just natural noise) into my day.

    Mark, excited for the challenge – always fun to take time to recommit!

  42. My personal challenges are:

    1)to give up the slice of bread I eat every morning – the only non primal food I still eat!
    2)to attract more followers to my brazilian primal blog and spread the primal lifestyle on the country;
    3)get my mom to join in!

  43. My personal challenges are:

    To eat no crap.
    To get 3 hours low-level cardio each week.
    Stand more at work (I’m standing now!).

    Let’s grok!

  44. My challenge is sticking with it long enough for it to become habit.

    I did well with last year’s 30-day challenge–for about 45 days. Then one can of non-diet soda led to another, and another, and soon I had quickly fallen off the wagon (and off the road, through the ditch, and all the way down the ravine), erasing the 30-ish pounds I had lost and adding another 20, to boot. This time around I’ve been at it for a couple of weeks and am using some non-primal crutches (Zevia sodas, primarily) to help me through the rough spots until I’m strong enough to do it right.

  45. Is there a hashtag we should associate with retweeting this? like #PrimalChallenge or something?

  46. My personal challenge is to incorporate 2 heavy lifting workouts and 3 hours of easy moving into my weeks. With 5 kids I’m pulled in at least 8 different directions each day, so I know it will be tough!

  47. Awesome!

    I have a few personal challenges:
    Eat more vegetables, try new Primal recipes, encourage my friends to get involved, and play more!

  48. Personal challenge #1: Eat/drink exactly zero dairy for the next 30 days. It’s been my major crutch and I want to kick it to the curb. I have a little extra motivation since I had some last night after not having any for a couple of weeks and it caused me some pain.

    Personal challenge #2: Work sprinting into my weekly exercise. Possibly in place of one of my 3x/week weighlifting sessions.

    Personal challenge #3: Walk at least one continuous mile every single day. My dog will appreciate this one. It will also be much easier since September is when the weather starts getting semi-tolerable outside in lovely (ha!) Phoenix.

    Personal challenge #4: Build, and start using, an aquaponics system to grow yummy vegetables and fish. I’ve already got the 55-gal food-grade drums for fish tanks and grow beds.

    1. let me know if you have any issues, I’ve had an aquaponics set up for a year now. I made plenty of mistakes that i’ve learned from. but plenty of yummy veg too!

      mostly stick to the KISS method.
      Keep It Simple Stupid!!

  49. I’m excited to participate in the challenge this year! I only lurked and half participated last year…

    my 30 day challenge to myself is to be MORE primal… I’ve been slacking. I need to make a weekly meal plans and to PACK A LUNCH.

  50. My personal Challenge will be to give up the grains and legumes and finding new ways to eat snacks and food. But, the biggest challenge for me will be to erase everything I learned as “right” thus far and reprogram myself to learn what is good and bad for my health!

  51. My challenge is to make dinner for myself+husband with healthy fats every night!

  52. I’m working to better implement the full lifestyle. Found Primal from a blog posting or two, and am using this time to expand to more than just the nutrition aspect.

  53. I’m in! Excited to see what changes Primal will bring over the next 30 days and beyond.

  54. Really excited about this 30 day challenge! For me getting out into the sun and away from my desk during the work week. Breaks have never been a part of my work day and that needs to change!

  55. My goal is to actually stick with the Primal Lifestyle — I know that I feel so much better when I eat/live this way, but temptations get in the way. I am going to put myself before the “ease” of giving in to other’s ideals.

  56. my challenge is to really focus on PBF. my wife and I have been doing great with the primal blueprint eating, but would really like the added improvement of the fitness. 3-5 hrs slow movement, 2 days of heavy lifting, and one day of sprints. excited to see what happens.

  57. I started a Whole 30 at the beginning of September fully unaware about this challenge. I will continue that thru the end of this challenge, and maybe right up thru my birthday…a Whole 78 till I’m 31.

  58. My personal goal is to be 100% primal for the 30 days and not be tempted by my weakness food —those salty potato chips.

  59. My challenge is to continue on with Primal. I started it last Monday and my goal right now is to stick with it throughout the Primal Challenge and see how it goes – so far it’s been great and I feel AWESOME. The 3.6lbs of weight I lost in a week helps with that I’m sure but I’m still waiting to experience the carb lows that I’ve been warned of!

  60. SO excited to start! It’s going to be a huge challenge for me to give up grains for a month but I’m ready!

  61. My goals for the challenge:

    1. Be 100% compliant to my dietary goals
    2. Plan my meals a day in advance
    3. Adhere to the PBF program for 30 days
    4. Track my results via subjective (look, feel, perform), objective (comprehensive biomarkers, measurements), and a video diary of the experience.

  62. I’m so excited for this year’s challenge! I missed last years and am pumped for this one! I’m going to focus on all the blueprint laws but have my emphases on sleep. I am going to attempt to give up coffee and eliminate sugar from my diet to help me sleep better. A side challenge for me is to try to incorporate the principles/blueprint laws into the pediatric weight management clinic that I work at and try to get them to really make some changes this month!

  63. I have given up the grains, but am still struggling with sugars. I want to kick the refined sugars out of my diet.

  64. My biggest challenge is to decrease my dairy and chocolate consumption. I am going to limit my dairy to some goat cheese and small amounts of half and half, and my chocolate so that I do not go over 50g carbs every day.

  65. My personal challenge is to get my sister to try primal eating for 1 month. (She is diagnosed ciliac and gets massive headaches from gluten, yet she refuses to give up a whole grain and candy based vegan diet)

    1. have her read “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Kieth. If that doesnt cur her veganism, good luck….

  66. what great timing – last couple weeks or so i’ve been slipping up. my personal challenge is to get back on track which means: 1. weekly menu plans with at least one new recipe per week and 2. tracking food & exercise (i like MyPlate on livestrong).

  67. I’m giving up all grains and sugar and I’m not eating out at all during these 30 days.

  68. My challenge is to get 8 hours of sleep a night, and to eat STRICTLY paleo. Allie loves to cheat with sugar. No more.

    Let’s go!

  69. My personal challenge is to pass the plateau and lose the last 7-10lbs. My hubby picked up a kettlebell for me yesterday, so I plan to do 2-3 kettlebell workouts/week.

  70. My personal challenge is to get over my fear of liver, and to make sure I get my sprint workouts in each week.

  71. I’m committing to getting a good nights sleep every night. Its hard to do being a college student! Also, I’ll be biking to campus instead of commuting.

  72. This is perfect! I was planning on starting to eat Primal today. When I opened the website today and saw the 30-day challenge it was fate. My goal is to simply get into the grove of eating Primal and change!

  73. My personal challenge is to make my workouts challenging, enjoyable and different. I can be consistent with eating a complete Paleo diet, but I always struggle with the workouts because I get into a routine that gets boring.

  74. My challenge is doing the all out effort once a week. I’m committed.

  75. My primal challenge is to read Mark’s book and then to convince my wife to ditch grains!

  76. I’m committing to getting myself back on track with a primal diet. There’s been too much grain and sugar creep so time to kick them to the curb again.

  77. My personal challenge includes three things…

    1. Avoiding temptation and planning better to stop eating crap while I am at work.

    2. Making sure I am doing my Crossfit workouts at least 3x a week.

    3. Making sure that I am moving slowly at least 3 hours a week.

    Looking forward to it!

  78. I am siked!
    My challenge – Getting on board with Primal Fitness!

  79. I am challenging myself to get a minium of 8 hours of sleep every night.

  80. No Gluten! No Sugar! To spend less time on unproductive activities (that means you laptop) and more time on things that are good for me- working out, food preparation and studying hard.

  81. I am so excited about this year’s contest! I already cleared out my pantry and went primal grocery shopping! BODY FAT… Goodbye… meat, veggies, LEAN MUSCLE hello!!!!

  82. I want to start moving more. When I’m not working I tend to forget to do that…
    We’ve got lovely walks round here, and I have a dog so really no excuses not too!

    I also really need to start sprinting.

    And writing down what I’m eating!

    It’s going to be a good 30 days to success 😀

  83. My story isn’t unique: middle-age man who woke up one day and realized the skinny kid he once was is now fat.

    Began working out with a trainer and counting calories. Lost a lot of weight. Knew I needed to learn some stuff. Still learning but have been keeping primal for several weeks now. Feel great, full of energy.

    Just started reading this site and like the challenge. Consider me in!

  84. Woo Hoo! There are five of us in the office all in and one we’re working on in baby steps. We’ve all got the flyer up in our cubes and spreading the word.

    My focus for this challenge will be sleep and sprints. I already walk the dog every night for a mile or two – no reason I couldn’t throw some sprints into the mix.

  85. Retweet complete!

    I am doing very well with the food aspect of the PB have been for quite awhile,but I need to work on the fitness! My goal for this challenge is to start the PB weekly schedule and stick to it. I am confident that in the next 30 days I will be able to do more activity than I have in years.

  86. I am committing to cutting back on grains and lifting heavy things (I only do that about once a week, need to go up to two!)

  87. Smile, laugh, have fun, and stick to my primal fitness plan for the next 30! Party like a Grok Star!

  88. My personal challenges for the next 30 days are to sprint 1x a week and to learn something new — how to sew! LHT is already in place, and I’m loving that.

  89. Planning on taking this serious. My wife and children need me at optimal health, as well as my brothers and sisters at the firehouse. I’m also sick of baggy clothes but not impressed with fat thighs and man boobs! As a man with five children, I too want to “look” sexy. My wife says she likes me like I am now, as all good spouses say, but what about a new look?

    1. As nice as your wife statement may be, at least you realize the truth. Stay strong and keep at it man!

  90. Heck yeah! It’s go time. I’ve been living primarily for a few months but have had an off few days. I won’t let it get me down because I know of the 80/20 rule 🙂 – but this challenge is certainly good motivation to stay on top of it!

  91. I am joining the challenge to ditch my reliance on junk food and rid my body of the toxins I’ve thrown at it over the past 29 years…

  92. I’m walking an hour a day 5 days a week and cleaning up my diet!

  93. I discovered the PB only a few days ago. Currently I am reading the book and try to apply the eating plan.
    My goal for the challenge is to quit processed food, sugar and grains. This will not be easy as my better half doesn’t like the idea of giving up bread, pasta etc. and I am spending most weekends with the rest of the family and they don’t eat (and cook) primal. I will do my best to stick with my eating plan.

    My tweets are protectet. Will retweet still work for entering the contest?

  94. Aside from getting more strict with my diet and exercise, my goal is to win the support of my doctor in trying to eliminate/reduce the seizure medication I’ve been on for most of the last 12 years, and try to tackle the issue with diet (more ketogenic) and lifestyle (more sleep, cut the booze) changes.

  95. I just started LHT (my 5th workout will be tonight) and I’m committing to doing 2-a-week, every week. My goal is to be in level 2 of all the exercises before this 30 days is done.

  96. My challenge: to try at least 1 new primal recipe each week this month. Can’t wait to get started!

  97. My personal challenge is to just straight up have fun and make the 30 day challenge an adventure! I’ve been pumped about this since last years challenge!

  98. My personal challenge is to cut out all alcohol for better sleep and commit to sprinting once a week! Giddy-up!

  99. I’m super excited to get this on a roll man! I just finished my own 30 challenge to get me started and read the primal blueprint last week.

    My own personal Challenge will be a two part thing, the first half will be to get more sun. I have always avoid the sun like the plague because CW says too.
    The second half will be to “lift heavy things” 3 days a week. Right now I might get one session a week in.

  100. Giving up grains completely and getting a solid workout 4 times a week.

  101. I’ve been primal since May and despite being plagued by gout flares all summer and the stress of involuntary unemployment I have lost 65 pounds, my triglycerides have come down from over 400 to just under 200 and my doc took me off blood pressure meds.
    I still have just over 100 pounds to lose so I’m using this Challenge as an opportunity to reboot my eating to as ideal as possible (loving husband just bought 1/4 of a grass fed cow), add in the exercise/fitness now that my gout is under control, and learn how to let go and just PLAY again.

  102. It’s time to get in gear and get PRIMAL. My mini-goal is to take the 15 flights of stairs every non-workout day for the month. I have been doing it on an irregluar basis, but stepping it up to make it a consistent routine!

  103. Best of luck to the 2011 Primal Leapers! Just follow Mark’s infographic above and you will be amazed at the results.

    My one suggestion to those who are just starting: take a picture of yourself with your shirt off. Nobody ever needs to see it but you. In thirty days, the difference will blow your mind.

  104. Get sufficient rest, and limit alcohol, dairy, and artificial sweeteners.

  105. My personal challenge is to stay away from all sugar/grains completely – no cheats! Also LHT 2-3 times/week.

  106. I dove head first in to primal living around the beginning of the year. I’ve been pretty good about eating and I CrossFit 4-5 times per week, but my goal for this challenge is to fine tune and include some of the things I haven’t really been diligent about and make them a habit. This includes sprinting and walking/hiking, sleeping 8+ hours per night, and reducing and possibly eliminating time on the computer/smart phone or watching tv.

    For me, this is a kickoff to getting in better shape by the beginning of December. I’m getting married during Tough Mudder in Tampa! I want to kick ass and look good doing it!

  107. My challenge: Eat primal, except for already scheduled special occasions (bachelorette, girls night, weddings).

    I’ve got my best friend as my accountability partner & my husbands support! Good thing for a noob, right?

  108. My challenge for the next 30 days is:

    1) Make sure I get at least 2-3 days of LHT in

    2)Get in 1-2 weekly sprint sessions


  109. My challenge during this 30 day challenge is cut back on dairy and stop drinking Starbucks Mocha. The Starbucks mocha is going to be very tough for me to quit.

    1. We’ve cut way back on Starbucks with a stovetop espresso pot and a milk frother. Unsweetened almond milk actually froths really really well – like to four times its size. I add a bit of Stevia to the almond milk before I froth it because I like my lattes sweet.

  110. I’m so excited! My personal challenges are to make primal lunches for my husband and myself for work. Also to stand at my desk more often. I’m lucky to have a standing desk, why not use it!? 🙂

  111. My goal right now is to do more moving slowly – to the tune of a walk at lunchtime 3 times per week and at least one long walk on the weekends to get me up to at least 3 hours per week.

  112. My personal challenge this year is to commit fully to the Primal lifestyle focusing on getting enough sleep, keeping to my exercise schedule and most importantly making time to play and have fun 🙂

  113. I have 3 extra challenges for this 30 days.

    1) Give up diet soda for 30 days.
    2) Get more sunlight.
    3) Try not counting calories or macros for 30 days.

  114. I’m giving up grains. Pizza will be the hardest, but I’m committed to trying.

  115. My personal challenge is learning to cook primal! I am not very creative in the kitchen and I would love to be able to expand my culinary repetoire.

  116. So excited for this…it’s just what I needed!

    Personal goals:
    +play more!
    +follow the PB fitness guide

  117. My personal challenge is to go 100% strict with my nutrition for the entire challenge! (Especially added sugar…) I’m also going to commit to blogging every day about the positive affect that the challenge will have on my life (

  118. 1) Start sprinting once a week again.
    2) Stop cheating with sugary junk & grains (no cheat meals or cheat days for at least 30 days!!).
    3) Increase to at least 5 hours of low impact movement every week instead only doing probably 2 or maybe 3 hours like I’ve been doing recently.
    Really good timing for this challenge to start! I lost a decent amount of weight the first 4 months, but I have slowed the last 2 months. Still seeing progress, but July 4, Labor Day weekend, summer gatherings, etc., etc., have caused me to not be nearly as strict as I had been. Now I cheat a little bit almost every day. I need to get really focused again, as I have more weight to lose & I haven’t consistently been under 100 carbs per day in a while. 🙁

  119. I’m in the sprint-committing boat. For the longest time I’ve been dreading/avoiding them for a long time, but I’ve done one sprint session a day for the past two weeks,and I find there’s nothing quite like running for your life. And I mean “running for your life” in more than one way!

  120. I’m committed to REALLY eliminating grains and sugars and getting rid of my heartburn issues.

  121. My challenge is to get more steadily into the fitness part of things. I’ve got the moving slowly part under control, so I need to start lifting heavy things and sprinting. Tried a couple sprints last night and was amazed at how fast my body can move now that I’ve been eating primally and lost a bunch of extra weight!

  122. I’m fully committed… I bought the book two weeks ago before I got the notice for the challenge… almost finished the book and I hate to say no to a challenge… I’d been training CW for my first marathon, so transitioning to a more primal regimen may prove most difficult but I’m game… Day 1 and challenge on!

  123. I’m going to use a half hour of my lunch 3 days a week to do light weight/high rep workouts. Why not all five work days? Because my heavy workout days fall on the other 2 days ;p and I like having the weekend for outdoor family play time.

  124. This is my third stint on the primal blueprint in a year, I have trouble sticking to it past a few weeks. I’ve successfully lost weight each time then fall of the horse. So my challenge is to give up caramel colored carbonated beverages once and for all and to make it all thirty days (and beyond). I need to eventually catch my brother who is now 185-190lbs through the primal blueprint.

  125. My goal is to lose 10 more pounds before the end of the 30 day challenge!

    I went primal (with zero cheats) from Jan 2011-May 2011 and lost 15 lbs… But I slacked off this summer.

    It’s time to get back in it – to win it – and to lose the last 10 lbs and stay healthy the primal way for life!

    So excited about this challenge!!

  126. I’m in the midst of a Whole 30, so my personal challenge is to shut off my phone/computer by 830pm so I can get a full nights rest, and to start walking the dogs every morning at least 2 miles for my easy moving (including some short sprints with the pups). I also need to add in some lifting.

    Since I’m already no grain/no added sugar/no legume/no choc or alcohol, I’m good there! 😀

  127. I want to concentrate on eating more whole foods and not relying on protein powders to supplement as much as I used to.

    Oh, and 8 hours of sleep a night would be nice 🙂

  128. My personal challenge is to learn to cook primal to love my meals and to give up grains.

  129. My own personal challenge – I’m starting Crossfit later this month!! Thankfully I have a couple of weeks with the Primal Challenge to get my nutrition fully on track before I start working out regularly at my box. I’m TERRIFIED but also know that it could be one of the best things to happen to me.

  130. I’m excited for the new 30-day challenge. I started on my paleo journey in Nov 2010. This summer, I got off course a tiny bit, particularly with exercise. My challenges are:
    1. Get more consistent sleep – in bed by 10pm!
    2. Reintroduce “lift heavy objects” 2x a week.
    3. Minimize sugar/fruit intake (no more than 1-2x a day).

  131. It’s finally here! On top of getting serious about eating and moving primally, my personal challenge is to quit smoking for good…horrible, I know, but I’ve cut back considerably and am finally in the right mindset to quit!

  132. I’ve been pretty fully primal for months now, but what I need to do is cut way back on dairy, to just heavy cream for my tea, and plain yogurt with berries for a treat. All the rest is going bye-bye (yes, that means YOU, Haagen Dazs!)

    I will also get sun every morning by doing my workout in the back yard instead of inside. Gotta go do it right now!

  133. I will get 7.5-8 hrs of sleep at least 6 out of 7 days per week. Continue being dairy/grain/sugar free. Re-eliminate starches. Limit fruit intake to 1-2 servings per week. 3 crossfit WODs each week. Add’l walk/easy moving 2-3 times each week. Extra credit: get my husband to do the challenge.

  134. I commit to doing sprints once each week. I do the low intensity every day, and I lift heavy things twice a week, but the sprints have been hard to work in.

  135. My personal challenge will be finding an effective exercise routine. My first attempt will be trying to get over my fear of walking outside the house. I’m hoping to start on a really short walk, and when I get home without a panic attack I’ll be able to convince myself to take longer walks. I’ve discussed it with my roommate who knows me better then anyone else and we cannot come up with a ‘solid’ reason I have such a ‘fear’ about walking around the neighborhood.

    1. Is there a park or a “designated” walking area you can get to? That could be useful for getting started… In cities like the one I live (Houston), walking around the neighborhood is not always easy to do, but there are plenty of parks you can drive/bike/bus to and get a good use of your tax money. 🙂

      1. That would be nice but I don’t have a car or drive! (for the same reasons mostly) So anywhere I’d want to go to exercise I’d still have to walk through the neighborhood. 🙁 For errands and such, my roommate drives, but he isn’t much into the whole moving thing as he does way to much of that at work.

  136. So excited to be part of this! Gonna give me grains, continue with crossfit but also introduce yoga back into the routine.

  137. I’ve been doing pretty well with the diet part of the lifestyle. I just need to schedule the time to do the exercise. I used to be really dedicated to exercise but I’ve been staying in my weight comfort zone due to eating primal so therefore I have been slacking. My goal with the new challenge is to incorporate exercise and get in transform my body even more!

  138. This past week I’ve been testing the primal waters, so I’m committing to changing food habits and eating more primally for the next 30 days, and also committing to move more – I’ve gotten lazy lately!

  139. Personal commitment for me is going to be bodyweight resistance training 3 times a week. Either Tabata style or just following Mark’s free ebook.

  140. My challenge is to do two kettleball workouts and one sprint workout each week. The diet aspect isn’t much of a problem for me, it’s getting up and getting moving!

  141. I’m in too! Last year was so fun I was lucky to have my primal leap kit in time for the challenge. I feel like my eating is dialed in so this year my personal challenge it to dial in my movement and fitness level.

  142. My three top challenges are:
    1. Getting enough sleep
    2. Getting in my sprints
    3. Making sure I cook, so I have good lunches for the week.

  143. So looking forward to this! My personal challenge is to practice stress-reduction techniques everyday, and eliminate added sugar.

    I’m suprised by how many people are going to try to get more sleep! Good luck everyone….

  144. Stick with the challenge for 30 days and do the PB fitness plan. Started it this weekend.

  145. I just happened to come across your blog last week and immediately purchased your book so the challenge is perfect timing for me. I’ve been barefoot running for a year now, so I’m open to going the rest of the way with my lifestyle.

  146. My goal will be to sprint once a week. This is the one part of the PB Fitness I have never tried.

  147. Get my full 8 hours of sleep, visit my box 3x a week and give up my one Coke Zero a day.

  148. I am so excited about this. I have been taking a break from my blogging and on a media fast. When I came back on I started this. My goals are:

    1. Totally primal for the 30 days…no slipping

    2. Learning to cook great food primally (and getting myself back into loving cooking).

    3. Learning to play more with my daughter.

    4. Blogging about my journey (with pictures)


  149. i’m in this year! I just found the site a month or so ago & have been trying out recipes. i’m really going to try 2 strength training workouts a week. I have a pull up bar so I guess it’s time to learn how to use it 🙂

  150. I am ending chronic cardio and trusting the PBF method to reach my fitness goals in a more sustainable way.

  151. OK, besides the obvious personal quest for the coming month, I will finalise my business plan for a new primal fastfood concept for the Swedish market. WoW!

  152. My goal is to quit making excuses and really commit to doing my best.

  153. My personal challenge: Get at least 7.5hrs of sleep a night! Which means I need to be sleeping by 9:30pm. Good luck to me! 😀

    1. And also to actually follow PB Fitness guidelines! Definitely been doing too much slacking there…

  154. Tweet, tweet 🙂

    Since embracing Primal 6 weeks ago I’ve dropped 20 pounds. Success makes it VERY easy to keep on the path. This challenge I’ll focus on ::

    1) 8 hours of sleep every night
    2) Keeping my exercise up – 2 weight lifiting, 2 dancing (fun) and figuring out one sprint
    3) Keeping grain out (it makes me feel all hangoverish now!)

  155. I’m battling a sciatic nerve issue, so my challenge is to walk every day as much as possible and to lift heavy things (arms only for now) 3 times a week.

  156. Oh there are so many personal challanges to choose from! For me the main one is sticking to the main challange itself!

    Other then that I would say to just move more (like my 3 year old moves)!

  157. I’m committing to not turning to comfort foods in times of sickness and stress. Its time to confront the actual battle of living a primal lifestyle even when its hard.

  158. I love eating primally as well as LHT, sprints, and moving frequently at a slow pace. The biggest part of primal living that I have struggled with is adequate sleep. So this 30 days on top of continuing strong with primal food and exercise, I plan to really focus on quality sleep. This means turning off the tv and computer early, doing some nice reading, and off to sleepland.

  159. My personal challenge is:
    1. to be consistent with my workouts
    2. to give up sweets

  160. My biggest challenge will be cutting out grains. I LOVE grains. But I’m committed to trying this for 30 days! If I feel better at the end of the 30 days maybe I won’t be so in love with grains anymore! 😉

  161. These last few weeks I’ve fallen off the wagon and had a junk food frenzy. This is the perfect time for me to recommit myself!

  162. I have been following Mark’s blog for just over a year now and have been on and off Primal eating since then. I am down about 50 pounds and have another 50 to go. This time I want to go the whole 30 days and stick with it for the rest of my life!

    My personal challenge/commitment will be to incorporate primal fitness despite a recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee and the often extreme pain that goes along with it. I am only 44 and I am determined to improve my health and fitness level instead of succumbing to the diagnosis and wallowing in it. I also have foramenal stenosis in my neck which can be debilitating in terms of my upper body so I will not be able to do all of the Primal Fitness activities but I CAN walk and do modified activities that don’t severely aggravate my knee and neck!

  163. Hi Mark! My personal challenge is to better manage my stress by committing to: 1.)at least 3 work outs a week 2.) taking a 10-15 minute walk each day to break up the work day (outside to get sun too if it’s not raining) and 3.) to spend at least 20 minutes unwinding after work either reading a book or drawing.

  164. Gluten & grains? Gone
    Sugar? Not a problem
    Sleep? Check
    Playing? Check
    Sunshine? Totally a check
    Partner in primal crime? Yeah, I’ve got a really cute one 🙂
    Dairy? Umm, I live in Wisconsin…
    Alcohol? Guilty–I make a mean margarita and….did I mention I live in Wisconsin?

    Naturally, the last two are my big goals for the month! Let’s do this!

  165. I have been a dabbler. We had our 4th kid a few months ago and I fell off the wagon. My goal is to build on that dabbling for more consistency. I’m also jacked that my wife is joining me this time.

  166. My goals are simple, since my kitchen is almost completely primal already. Sun, sleep and play. Starting NOW.

  167. I am using this challenge to try and ditch my sweet tooth. I’ve let a little too much chocolate back into my diet.

  168. My personal goal: Incorporate more primal meals into the week and not consume any alcohol during the 30-day challenge.

  169. My challenges for this month are: add a sprint workout once a week, move from mostly grain-free to completely grain-free, and moderate my chocolate intake! I’ll be looking around for that page with primal breakfast ideas; I usually have oatmeal for breakfast…

  170. My challenge this week is to get 3-5 hours of easy going activity.

  171. my personal challenge is, and has been for quite some time, not getting weak and letting all my common sense fly out the window when it comes to social eating! i really give myself wayyy too many undeserved free passes when it comes to lunch/dinners with friends, office birthdays (it seems like there’s at least one a week!), breakfast pastries etc. i know what i need to do (eat more satisfying primal food and carry some primal snacks, just in case), but i need to kick myself in the pants and do it!!!

    1. haha oh boy, here goes my first test! today is a coworker’s birthday, and they’re sending ME to go buy a couple dozen cupcakes!!! I WILL NOT EAT A CUPCAKE! I WILL NOT EAT A CUPCAKE!!!

  172. Committing to get at least 15 minutes of sun a day even throughout the winter!

  173. I have a few foci:

    1. No grains, but especially no gluten
    2. Eat protein in the morning
    3. Sleep at least 7 hours/night
    4. Take a nature break once a week to recharge
    5. Any physical activity > no physical activity

    Good luck Primals, GROK ON!

  174. My challenge is to lose weight, gain muscle and get rid of prescription acid reflux and allergy meds! Can’t wait!!

  175. My personal challenge is to start working out as well as eating primal

  176. Both my husband and I have decided to make the Primal switch and are doing the 30 day challenge! I am committing to learn all that I can about PB and adjusting my lifestyle accordingly.

  177. My personal challenge is to actually brown some grassfed ground beef once a week for my lunches. It’s getting too pricey on my big ass salads to buy salmon or some other cooked primal protein.

  178. My challenge is to find more time to play and sleep. Eating primally I can do, even if I take advantage of the 80/20 rule too often. But I know I don’t sleep enough and play enough. That’s my goal for the month.

  179. My challenges are going to be cutting out grains/sugars/starches, cooking more at home rather than defaulting to take-out, and getting 8 hours of sleep nightly!

  180. My commitment will be to spring once a week. That seems to be the hardest thing to get in my schedule each week.

  181. Today is perfect timing for beginning the Primal Challenge, my hubby left for his annual training before heading back to A-stan, so I can eat right without him tempting me with the good ‘bad’ stuff!!

  182. I just checked out your site today after reading some of your book last night (love it so far… I won’t go into the details but it totally makes sense to me). Yeah – I’m just in time for the 30 day challenge!!! My goals for the next 30 days – to follow the food & exercise plans (I would love to walk for 3 hours a week, just have to figure out how to fit that one in!).

  183. My personal challenge is to repair my sleep… go to bed earlier and commit to 9 hrs of sleep at least 4 nights a week.

  184. I’m committing this rmonth to only eating when hungry and stopping when I feel satisfied.

  185. I am cutting out all alcohol and switching from coffee to tea. Alcohol is my biggest weight loss downfall.

  186. I’ve been pretty good so far but have a big trip planned to Ireland in October, so I want to push harder. I am commiting to more exercise and less wine, dairy and fruit this week (wine is a fruit, right?).

    Also, sleep, I need sleep!!

  187. Love this! Retweet done, of course. @eatsbutter

    I’m going to challenge myself to up the activity level to 6 days/week, no excuses!

  188. I need to work on letting go and playing more… Quit taking life so seriously….

  189. My challenge is to give up sugar. I’ve been grain-free for over a year now, but I can’t seem to give up sugar! This leads to high carb intake for me.

  190. I’d like to cut out the dark chocolate covered almonds (% of darkness unknown) and the “Kind” nut bars, which have extra sugar in them – and instead, stick to macadamias and 88% dark chocolate for treats. Those almonds are hard pass up, but this challenge will help with the motivation! I’d also like to avoid all chips this time – not a single one!

  191. I don’t Tweet. It’s one more way for me to sit on my backside instead of being up and moving. But someone else can enjoy the Vibrams. I’ll cope with my traditional sneaks, thanks. 🙂

    But I hope the rest of the contests don’t all involve Twitter.

  192. My mini-challenges are- #1, because we just found out that I’m pregnant, I’m going to aim for better sleep and rest, #2- really trying to ditch the grains.

    Have a great month, everyone!

  193. My personal challenge is finally to stop finding excuses, do the work, get the results so hopefully, my parents will see the change and want to follow in my footsteps to stop their needless pain and suffering.

  194. It’s been a year that I’ve tried to go primal. On and off, on and off. The reason I could not stay “on” is my husband, who cannot live without his beer and non-primal snacks. Therefore, my challenge is to turn him into a primal husband, which will help me BIG TIME to stick to this lifestyle too.

  195. I have been about 90% primal for the last month — I WILL go 100% now. My husband has been 100% primal for the last 6 weeks and has dropped 20 pounds, been sleeping better, feeling better … I will do the same.

    I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time this weekend and loved it, I know that is a great exercise and will continue to do that as often as possible.

  196. Stopped eating grains, legumes, etc on 8/15/2011 – discovered Primal Blueprint later the same week whilst looking for something that made more sense than Atkins. PB is the way to go – real good food! My goals –
    1) Sleep more – 7+ hours
    2) LHT – 2X week – my gym workouts have been suffering for the past couple of months
    3) Try IF – skipped breakfast today and doing well so far – we’ll see how long I make it.

    I have a freezer full of great meat and a fridge full of farmer’s market produce (mostly greens and tomatoes) – can’t wait to dig in.

    1. Oh – and my barefoot style shoes showed up on Friday and I love them (got the Merrell Trail Gloves).

      1. You’re going to continue to love them – I bought mine so I’d have a pair of shoes to hop on the treadmill with without having to hunt down socks, and now I wear them most of the time my feet are shod.

  197. My personal challenge is to plan ahead so that a busy schedule doesn’t inspire me to eat whatever food is readily available instead of whatever food is best for my body.

  198. I’ve been around 98% primal for the past month, but only diet wise. My challenge is to start and stick to the primal blueprint fitness plan.

  199. I’ve recently started working full-time, and with the school year starting, I’m feeling burned out, like being Primal is “too hard.” Plus I’m getting pushback from daycare who wants to feed cookies to two-year-olds, and thinks my son will feel left out if he doesn’t get any.

    Being primal isn’t that hard!! It’s very simple! So my personal challege is to conference with the teachers and solve that problem, and to create my school year routine so that I can be primal on a busy schedule. It’s not that hard, it just requires a little more planning than I’m doing.

  200. I’m so excited! My challenge (which actually started last week) has been to get my family on board with eating primal/Paleo with me. So far: I stopped giving my two year old milk or juice. Now he drinks only water and has a much bigger appetite for stuff like scrambled eggs and broccoli! YAY

  201. My challenge is to master the art of “moderation”. I tend to do things with an all or nothing mentality. It would be nice to live primal as a lifestyle instead of a diet and incorporate real-life choices such as chocolate and alcohol without feeling like I am cheating. I’m ready to start living and quit dieting!

  202. Hey, is there anybody out there? I’m gone cold turkey all the way. Barebones, fine tuned. I’ll be doing minimum carbs, 50gr. or less per day; 100gr. protein; and the remaining energy as needed w/FAT! Keeping it easy and stress free, I’ll be on a body fat reduction personal challenge for 30 days; currently 190lbs 5’11’’ ‘bout 30% body fat; (As per tape measurement method) minimal effort so as to minimize caloric needs. Only workouts will be “greasing the grove” mode with the five essential movements, walks, and introducing tabata sprinting, say once every 10 days. Game on, wish me luck. Hey, maybe there’ll be a success story here. (Taking photos today)

  203. I’ve been Primal for a year. 100% Paleo since January 2nd. My only problem is I am not avoiding poisonous things everyday. For some reason a few gluten free chips here, or a few pieces of candy are in my life. Time to get them out for good. I am in the best shape of my life, mentally & physically. Time to step it up again!

  204. My personal challenge right now is to try at least 3 new Primal recipes in the next six weeks.

  205. My personal challenge is to give up the sugar, I’ve been part time primal for a while now but I need to ditch the sugar once and for all!

  206. It’s time I get rid of my festering sugar addiction! I also need to break my chronic cardio addiction as well. I hurt myself in my last long run two weeks ago, so my body has decided to force me into changing whether I like it or not. I’m excited to see what the next 30 days has to offer =)

  207. well, after a solid two week bender (partying with friends from San Fran to NYC, using Chicago as the center crutch), it’s time to get serious. been eating relatively primal for ~month, but little physical activity (other than curling 12 ounce aluminum cans with reckless abandon). left torn knee ligament may be nice enough to let me play and give this 30 day challenge a real shot (*note, not tequila or bourbon shots, see sentence #1).

    daily weight measurements, plus a full blood workup to follow.

    hardest part? i have lots of travel in between. i’ll use that for intermittent fasting. biggest change i’ve seen in this month (when not drinking) is that i really don’t have that much hunger in between. trimming for a marathon a few years ago using the south beach diet, that wasn’t the case. i could have chewed through leather shoes come lunchtime.

    adios Pabst in a can, i’ll miss ya.

  208. I do love a good RT (@kaitswanson).

    I committed to NOT wrecking my weekends with junk food.

  209. I’m going to try and get to less than 150 carbs, and eat more veggies and meat.

  210. I’ve been working the Primal Blueprint for 5 weeks, I’ve lost 18 lbs of FAT and feel better than I have in 8 or 9 years. I haven’t put together the perfect week yet and I’d like to have one week out of the next 4 that is 90-100% perfect. I usually have one night where i might drink 3 beers instead of 2( only once or twice a week) and have yet to do the full fitness blueprint for the week. The lift heavy things component has been the casualty of my busy schedule. SO, MY CHALLENGE: at least one week out of the next 4, Complete all workouts and no cheating on the diet. Go to bed and rise at the same time and get 8 hrs per night. LETS DO IT!

  211. My commitments:
    1. No grains
    2. In bed by 10:30 on weekdays
    3. move more
    Minimal dairy, sugar, fruit

  212. My challenge is to eat as many whole foods as possible. I’m having a very hard time entirely giving up grains (the only thing I still really eat is old fashioned oatmeal…) due to past binge eating episodes. Completely cutting them off hasn’t worked (YET!!!) but I want to eat mostly vegetables, fruits, good fats and good proteins, and cut back on the oatmeal, peanut butter, and processed stuff!

  213. I am committing to do the full on sprints! and “primalizing” my pantry b/c I love to cook!

  214. My personal challenge: I became Primal about six months ago as a tool to aid in my recovery. I am recovering from traumatic brain injury. It occurred on 11.29.09. It would be more than a year before I could read again and begin to construct my rehabilitation. I believe going primal has greatly aided in my recovery but I still have many issues related to my TBI.

  215. My personal challenge for this thing? Organize and lead 2 Primal/MovNat group workout sessions this month (one every other weekend). If that goes well, try to bump up the number.

  216. I’m committing to being 100% primal for this challenge! Nutrition, fitness, sleep, sun, everything! 🙂

  217. My personal challenge…to get back where I was 12 months ago after going Primal for the first time…I’ve slipped and slid my way back to being addicted to sugar..I’m fine with everything else, but sugar gets me. I am also eliminating HP sauce and ketchup from breakfast… my bacon and eggs tasted so good this morning with just good old salt n pepper! So these 30 days are my time. Bring it on.

  218. My Bestie and I are starting full force today! We are pumped and ready to go! I can’t wait to see great improvements in my health and weight! Good Luck everyone

  219. My personal challenge is to not drink any beer, which is extremely hard for me, since I am a huge craft beer afficionado. I am going to TJs to pick up a few bottles of red wine (sensible vice) to help with any cravings.

  220. It’s the best birthday present I can give myself (I hit the big 4-0 in November). I have had ups and downs in the past year but I only buy clean and haven’t TOUCHED cereal in over a year! Now if I could just not touch anything fried for a month… (my weakness – it’s part of my weekly 20%) Hardboiled some eggs to help me out in the mornings (for some reason I just don’t feel like scrambled eggs in the morning) as I’ve found that cheese, nuts, and berries just aren’t cutting it. Made an Italian-style meat and veggie stew for lunches this week and have the fridge and freezer stocked with good meats – ready to be marinated in good oils, vinegars, maybe some wine, and a SMIDGE of organic worcestershire (for the steaks). Got my baby broccoli and farm fresh green beans as accompaniment. Big ass salad fixins to have with the stew for lunches and even made my own desserts (melted organic 72% and 85% chocolate covering loads of unsweetened coconut, almonds, and cashews).

    I unfortunately have a sensitivity to the sun but I have a heavy bag and gloves, a gazelle (you’d be surprised what you can do on that thing), and have been eyeing the stairs as a full-body climbing challenge (upstairs AND downstairs – forwards and backwards). Maybe my husband will finally get the P90X we so desperately need, lol.

    Let’s do this!

  221. I am so excited for this Mark! I just got out of a 3 year relationship, that left me a little depressed. I feel your challenge will be the best cure for my disappointments. My personal struggle is to not only move on with my life but improve it! I plan on combining this challenge with crossfit, so Ill keep you posted!!!

  222. My personal challenge is knowing when to say when. A.k.a. I eat too much!

  223. 15 minutes sun exposure a day!? I’m british… Does rain exposure count?

    Otherwise, my goals for the month are to nail the 8-9 hours of sleep thing, spend 1-2 hours walking in forested areas every day, get back into fasting and (reluctantly) stop eating cheese! 30 days…

  224. I’ve been dabbling with primal/paleo eating and cooking for several months but haven’t fully committed. The next 30days for me are about giving up the sugar and processed foods!

  225. I am going to commit giving up the grains and the sugar, planning my primal meals, getting in my low intensity walks/hikes, being consistent with my CrossFit attendance, and most importantly remembering to PLAY! I’ve been neglecting that lately.

  226. I am very excited to begin the Primal Challenge. My personal challenge is to stick with it 100% of the time for 30 days. Once I start cheating, I keep cheating. I have no self-control =). That’s why I can’t cheat at all. It has to be all or nothing for me.

  227. Personal Goals:
    Give up “calorie-free” sweeteners (Splenda and Maltitol, etc)
    Cut out caffienated coffee

  228. My biggest challenge have been staying away from processed sugary “food.”

  229. My own personal challenge as someone new to Primal living will be to commit to the process! I will finish reading The Primal Blue Print and start a Primal Challenge Journal. And check in daily to see what the next step is to be.

  230. I am using this as a (re)starting point and a jumpstart for my training for the Tough Mudder next year. I’m registered, paid in full and ready to go.

    I kinda fell off the wagon when I started a new job after being primal for over a year. I’ve been eating mostly primal but have cheated A LOT more than I should have. The alcohol consumption has went up too much as well. Today(well yesterday) is the new beginning!

  231. My personal challenge would be to stop abusing milk (indulging too much). I drink raw grass-fed organic milk, but I rely too heavily upon it.

  232. Mark,

    Good timing…
    I just “challenged” your big ass salad today 🙂

    I will get some folks on board and with your help get them into 30 days of the primal challenge.

    Make it a great week everyone.

  233. My Challenge: to completely remove all traces of vegetable oils from my diet.

  234. My personal challenge is to rid my diet of grains (aka…get rid of my wheat belly!), and to wean myself off sugar. Excited to change my lifestyle for the better and have even introduced my husband to the plan. He is in!

  235. My personal challenge is to add more play! My husband and I are great about workouts and eating, but don’t set aside time to play enough!!!

  236. My personal challenge: Giving up Diet Coke. This might get ugly but I really need to do it.

  237. Trying to commit to giving up grains for good as well as sprinting once a week!

    And sleep.. we could all use more sleep 🙂

  238. I’m modifying my original committment to include reading EVERY SINGLE article that’s linked to throughout the challenage! Knowledge is power 🙂

  239. I’ve lost 50+ pounds since December mostly following low carb after reading Gary Taubes books. Gave up grains completely in May, signed up for a grass fed meat CSA in June. Unfortunately in the last month or 2 I’ve gotten myself addicted to sugar again. My big vise is Ice Cream, always had a weakness for it. For this 30 day challenge I will be avoiding ice cream. Not counting my near daily ice cream, my diet is otherwise about 90% primal. I also need to start exercising regularly.

    1. I hear you Dan. For me it’s a lot easier to be strong in the grocery store than at home… If I don’t buy it, I can’t eat it!! GOOD LUCK!

      1. For the most part I’ve only been eating ice cream from ice cream stands, some of which have their own cows from which the ice cream is made. I can only assume it’s “better” than the store bought stuff but I’m sure it’s still way to high in sugar.

  240. I’m committed to no cheats w grains or sugar! I’ve moved my 70%+ chocolate to different cabinet than hubby keeps his treats.

    Also make sure we have a family hike every weekend in addition to gym time.

  241. Biggest challenge for me is managing all the things that need to be done with PB: the extra time to cook real food, since nearly EVERY shortcut to preparing food has a “gotcha” (where, oh where, can one find a pre-made option that’s PB friendly, without a dozen chemicals or added sugar/artificial sweetener snuck in that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg??), the time spent in the sun, walking, playing, LHTing, sprinting, AND making sure to get enough sleep (at the right time) and NOT getting stressed at the same time.

    1. Oh, and I don’t care if it for a pair of VFFs (and I’d love a free pair to try, no doubt) I refuse to join Twitter!

  242. My personal challenge this next 30 days is to have fun and win one of these contest during the challenge! & PLAY more & Sleep more.

  243. My two biggest challenges over the next month are learning to recognize when I’m full (and stop eating) and cutting the sugar, including fruits, from my diet. I’m very unsettled by the idea of eventually not enjoying sweets…

  244. I’ve been doing this (mostly) for nearly a month, and I’ve lost 8 lbs, and have “saggy butt” jeans according to my wife. This month I’m commiting to NO added sugar, sprinting once/week, and 2hrs of kayaking, at least twice/week. The last one is weather-permitting, as I live in SE Alaska, and 40knot winds can make it nearly impossible.

  245. My mini-challenge is journal my diet and exercise and post it to my blog, with a primal or paleo recipe, every day during the challenge.

  246. As a working mom with 2 babies at home, sleep isn’t happening and I’m finding it really difficult to dedicate time to working out. So my mini-challenge is to play more and take the stairs at work! Trust me, it will be A LOT of stairs! 🙂

  247. My personal challenge is to follow all 10 principals of primal for the full 30days!

    I’ve got the “before” picture taken (not my proudest moment I can say that) and will be ready to share when the “after” picture done!

  248. I’m excited to use this challenge to get me back on track. I was doing great over the summer; living primal and loving it. Then I injured my leg, scaled back my workouts and ramped up my non-primal eating. Ugh! Now I’m getting off the couch and turning off that TV. Time to get my Grok on!

  249. My personal challenge will be to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and no more often than once every other week, this will be especially difficult being a college student at the beginning of football season, but all it does is hurt me!

  250. I am going to NOT eat when I’m NOT hungry!

    I started going Primal on September 1 but I still find myself eating out of habit or boredom when I’m not really hungry.

  251. My challenge is to get friends and family involved. I would like to finally get a primal workout group together with friends.

  252. I do Crossfit 4 days a week but I definitely need to implement 4 hours of easy moving activity and of course more play time is always needed!

  253. My challenge is to be more consistent in taking the time to work out every week, especially play. I grew up playing basketball and I try to do so once a week, but when I get busy or lazy, somehow play is the first thing to be abandoned.

  254. My biggest personal challenge will be to cook every night so that I have lunch the next day. It’s almost imposible to stay on course when I’m looking at a fast food menu.

  255. After a year and a half of halfway living the primal lifestyle, I think it’s time to truly commit to the challenge. What better time to do it than my 19th birthday?

    My personal challenge is to eat fully primal while living as a college freshman on campus. Our dining hall is very good on having something for everyone, even to the point of having gluten-free items marked as such. However, there are some days that there is little to nothing there, so it’s going to be tough. Maybe make them fasting days? I’ll figure something out.

    Either way, I am looking forward to the next thirty days!

  256. I’ve been primal for nearly two years. However, being a college student really taxes on my sleep cycles. My primal goal for this 30 day challenge is to return to a normal sun up – get up/ sun down – go down sleep pattern.

  257. I’m committed to making my own salad dressing and changing my 80/20 to 90/10. Also, my mini-challenge is to get my parents and grandparents to make Primal changes to their own lives this month.

  258. To drink WAY less coffee than I normally drink. (2 cups a day, max) It’s black coffee, but still….1st step is admitting you have a problem.

  259. I’m so happy to get started. My mini challenges include improving sleep quality by getting to bed by 10 and making my room darker, cleaning out my pantry of everything that doesn’t belong there (DONE!), taking pictures to track progress, and journalling my feelings on each day so that I can see whether what I eat really is affecting my feelings.

  260. I am committed to getting stronger and faster through the primal blue print challenge. And if it works for the first 30 days ill just keep right on keeping on! Excited!

  261. I just re-tweeted! I have never used Twitter before, so I dont know if I did it “right”…
    Today I am starting the Challenge with a fast…nothing like IF to clean the slate.

  262. I have been lurking on this site since May 2010, and have finally decided to try this. I come to you as a newly-reforming obligate carbivore, and grad student as well– so my challenges include small budget, never enough sleep, and constant time crunch, as well as today’s special events of “Taking Fiance to the ER” and “Co-Worker Brings Vat of Chicken Biryani To Share.” Really, today??? But I persevered… hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

  263. During this 30 day challenge, I’m committed to finding primal options for on the go meals. Have the snacks down…almonds, fruit, jerky, etc. Now I need to find complete (Primal) meal options that can be consumed while driving. Will keep you posted!

  264. I’m one of those “dabbling with the Primal lifestyle for a while, but haven’t fully committed” people. I was quite excited when this challenge was announced. My personal challenge is to cut out grains and start actually cooking primal meals. Here’s to day one!

  265. My personal goal is to win the VFF’s. Ever since I lost mine, my life has been imcomplete.

  266. Okay, I’m in. Time to reintroduce regular workouts after a summer focused on lots of play. 1 bodyweight workout, 1 heavy lifting workout, and 1 sprint workout per week. That’ll get me set for starting my “serious” winter training on October 20. Cheers!

  267. I’ve only been primal for about 10 days now, but have already noticed a significant difference. Still dealing with some minor on again/off again carb flu symptoms, but overall I already feel so much better. My energy levels have increased, and although I ditched the scale, I can definitely tell I’ve dropped some unwanted poundage.

    Here are my personal 30-day challenges:

    ~ Get to bed earlier so I can wake up with the sun
    ~ Be more consistent with my workouts, focusing first on form

  268. During this challenge I will be spending 2 weeks with my daughter’s family. My goal/challenge is to create a desire for them to learn more about the primal way of life through my healthy example.

    I love a good challenge!!

  269. More play time! I just got a new BJJ gi, it’s been too long since I had fun grappling with my buddies!

  270. I am committing to giving up grains and getting better sleep! I’m SO excited for this!

  271. My personal challenges are:

    1. To tighten up the diet and not over indulge on the “in moderation” items.

    2. To sprint once a week.

    Looking forward to this next 30 days!

  272. My wife has helped me get into being primal. It’s been a great change. I have dropped weight and with this challenge I’m going to try to follow it better and see what happens.

  273. My personal challenge is to get enough quality sleep every night. This is one area where that I desperately need to improve.

  274. My goal is to go full primal, I tried it out a few weeks ago and did pretty well and then decided to see how I felt about normal food again. I felt all the bad effects of the food and generally felt sick. Along with going full primal I want to get at least 8 hours of sleep on the weekdays. Also I want to get back into martial arts.

    1. I meant to say go full paleo* I guess I just have primal on the brain

  275. I’m in. My personal challenge is 30 days without grains(wheat/oats/corn) and sugar.

  276. My biggest personal challenge will be to stay primal-compliant while out socializing with friends, whether that be spurning fried foods or a few beers for happy hour!

  277. My goal is to add in sprinting once a week. I’ve already been going almost 10 months and have gone from 125 to 114lbs on my 5ft0 frame and feeling great!

  278. My personal challenge is to stick with this challenge for the full 30 days!! 🙂

  279. After having already lost 60+lbs living primal…my main goal for these next 30 days is sprinting atleast once a week, and try to get more sun. I’m also going to keep preaching to friends, co-workers, and family members in order to convince them to do the same 🙂

  280. Count me in! I’ve gone mostly primal and seen great results but I’m going to use this as the chance to focus on cleaning up my lunches at work and get back lifting heavy things a couple times a week.

  281. To get my family to join in on living primal. My wife is pregnant with our second child and my daughter is 2 1/2. So making this a fun transition for everyone will be a challenge and a big commitment.

  282. My personal challenge is to get back into a fitness routine. Between working full time and being back in graduate school, exercise went out the window for awhile. Time to bring it back!

  283. Oh my, sleeping properly is definitely where I need to focus my energies!
    I recently graduated from an intense undergrad program, and my brain still hasn’t realized that weekly all-nighters don’t need to happen any more! Plus, my crossfit workouts are so much harder with too little sleep… no thanks!

  284. Living on a college meal plan can make it really hard to go completely primal. My biggest challenge is going to be finding non-soy infused meat!

  285. My three kids and I went Primal four days ago. I suspect I’m now dealing with candida die-off. So besides getting to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep if that’s what my body wants, I’m going to get outside and walk each day this week.

  286. My personal challenge: Quit cheating on the weekends! No more take-out or delivery when feeling lazy on a Saturday

  287. I haven’t eaten dairy grains or sugar for 4 days, got started earl for the challenge and i feel great.

    I’m about 120lbs over weight and looking forward to being active again.

    btw: going barefoot is the BEST PART!! walked a couple miles on Saturday barefoot. the asphalt got a little hot… I AM in Texas

    next step: getting some five fingers!

  288. My challenge will be to continue eating clean and remember the 80/20 rule if I mess up and not stress too much. I also want to walk to the gym (45mins) at least once a week instead of taking the bus.

  289. My Personal Goals:

    1. 8 hours of sleep
    2. Manage my stress better
    3. PLAY!

  290. My challenge is to start cooking more primal meals for myself and to start sprinting.

  291. My personal challenge is to STOP being addicted to food/eating. Get rid of the cravings!!! To go get active instead of going to the refrigerator.

  292. I’m in. Biggest challenges?

    – 7-8 hours of sleep each night
    – alcohol. have cut way back (and only drink wine or vodka/tequila & soda when I do)
    – that whole ‘lift heavy things’ part

  293. My challenge is to stay awake with what I am eating. Too much non-attentive eating has been going on.

  294. Psyched for this! I needed a swift kick in the butt. My goal is to remain completely wheat/gluten/grain free. I’ve never done a full month of this, even though I’ve been eating Primal for over a year now. Time to kick the grains to the curb!

  295. My biggest challenge with this will be getting the allotted amount of sleep while trying to complete this challenge and another 30 day challenge on top of work and training (kickboxing).

  296. My personal challenge is getting in the strength training 2x a week. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with it. I ride my bike and I walk a lot but when it comes to the strength training I constantly put it off. Any suggestions anyone?

  297. My personal goal: To go full-fledged primal for 30 days. I have dabbled in eating primal for a while, but have seen little results (maybe 80/20 in my head is not 80/20 in real life). At the end of the month, I will relax a little and see if anything changes.

  298. I have actually convinced my parents to take the challenge with me and am committed to helping them get through it and realize better health and happier days 🙂 thank you!!

  299. my personal challenge is to give up grains and get the diet soda OUT of my diet

  300. I’m in! My personal challenge is lifting more heavy things. 10 years ago I worked in a commercial bakery and lifted 50lb bags of flour and 85lb boxes of butter daily! Ah the irony: because I ate the crap we made I still couldn’t put on any real muscle, and I went from hypoglycemic to prediabetic.

  301. My personal challenge is to quit grains and smoking (tobacco isn’t primal, right?) and to incorporate all aspects of primal fitness into my life (even sprinting, once I feel my knees can handle it).

  302. Sprinting and reducing stress are my two primal challenge goals.

    I sprinted for the first time last Saturday and it gave me the most intense soreness I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been lifting for a decade and heavy squats haven’t even attacked me like this. It was fantastic. This is the only commandment I haven’t really tackled yet.

    I just went back to school full time and I’m going to be working on preventing an aneurysm while I study for my classes. The long slow walks and sunshine are a tremendous help!

  303. I love it. I’m going 100% gluten free this month to see if it really makes a difference. I’ve been 90% gluten free for a long time (the odd beer or wrap happens…), and it made a huge difference. Now for the last inch.

  304. My husband (after much cajoling) agreed to give it his all for the 30 day challenge, so I’m very excited for this. My personal goal to figure out a viable mechanism for making sure weekday breakfasts and lunches for the whole family are primal (while staying on the budget…).

  305. I’m re-committing myself to sprinting once a week. I’ve slacked off recently! Can’t wait!

  306. My personal challenge is to support my family, every day, for 30 days through this; they’ve not yet “committed” but I know they can do it.
    For myself, giving up those SBUX mochas. They are the simplest pleasure.

  307. Stop the months-long dabbling & finally & fully commit to a healthful primal lifestyle.

  308. I’ve been primal for the last 3 1/2 months. My personal challenge is to kick my fitness back up and really start flying! Started today with a 5 mile nature hike in my new Vibrams.

  309. My personal commitment is to pack my lunch each workday so I don’t fall prey to those carb filled foods at the local restaurants!

  310. My goal is to go “grainless” for the whole 30 days. Grains are so convenient because they are cheap and portable. But they have also led me to 60 lbs. of extra weight. So I say, “Grains, be gone!” 🙂

  311. I want to be more active during the week. I took Muay Thai on Saturday and went Sailing on Sunday. I want to keep this up. It has already completely improved my mood!

  312. My goal is to sprint at least once weekly. I’m off to a great start as I completed my first session yesterday and feeling great today with just a little soreness (the good kind!) in my calves. Good luck to everybody taking part in the challenge! You won’t regret it.

  313. my challenge is to recommit myself fully to paleo after 1.5 weeks in italy gluten-ing it up bigtime. I also want to make my own breakfast at least 6 days out of the week, and bring lunch to work at least 3-4 days per week.

  314. My challenge is to do more active things that will help build strength and improve my core. I already have the diet down, my son and I walk a lot together, but I’d like to build strength and improve my core.. which is very weak due to having surgery on my back. (Not making excuses, facts, and going to work on it!) 😀

  315. I’m really excited to start this challange. I stumbled onto this website about a month ago, and I ‘ve been making the switch to primal way of life. I’m making 3 commitments:
    1. To eat when I’m hungry and more importantly to NOT eat when I’m not.
    2. To play more as part of my exercise program.
    3. To get in 5 hrs of “move slowly”

  316. I’ve been “sort of” primal for more than a year. My big challenge isn’t giving up wheat or sugar, because I find those pretty easy, it’s giving up french fries.

    So: my personal challenge is to give up french fries for the full 30 days.

    My second personal challenge is to do the workout portion. My primalness has been mostly following the eating plan, but I have not done the workouts.

  317. I hereby pledge to final tackle that huge stack of roasts in my freezer from the pastured half cow I bought last year. Slow-cooker here I come!

  318. My husband and I are just getting in to a primal diet, great time for a 30 day challenge!

    My personal challenge is committing to Lifting Heavy Things, and being able to do pull ups for the first time in my life!!!

  319. I am committing to walk more and say goodbye to cheats. Farewell chocolate cake donuts

  320. My mini-challenge is to eliminate all sugar/sweetner sources including stevia & fruits! Also, to greatly restrict my nut intake

  321. I am going to add my primal sprinting back into my workout again after a month and a half off from a broken foot. Can’t wait!!!!

  322. my biggest challenge will be cooking primal not only for myself but with a husband and 2 small children (ages 2 and 3) at home. my husband hasn’t bought into this primal diet yet so the food i make (and buy!) has got to be good. im not a great cook so i’m hoping the food can win us all over

  323. Prepare two new primal meals per week. I’ve fallen into a rut and need to dig my way out!

  324. I am really happy to be starting the challenge this year… I hope my story will be featured in one of those Friday stories soon!

    The challenge I’m giving myself this week, is to focus on getting all my meats/eggs/fish/seafood from organic, sustainable and non-conventional ways. I am committing to grass-fed beef, pork, lamb etc… and Organic/cage free eggs. Limit the amount of fruits I eat (that one will be really tough) and get rid of ALL the grains (we’re big rice eaters where I’m from so it will be interesting).

    Very glad to have stumbled upon the site a couple of months ago and looking forward to the transformation!

  325. I personal challenge will be to cut out ALL sugar, beer and diet pop. I don’t have much of any of them, but I’m going to cut them out completely.

    I also challenge myself to getting both body weight workouts done every week.

  326. This is perfect timing for me. The summer has been a fall off the primal wagon for me so I have been getting back on track lately so this is perfect incentive! I challenge myself to be 100% primal the whole month, very minimal fruit, and minimal nuts (have found recently that i have a sensitivity to them) 9 hours sleep a night, finish my 1/2 marathon, minimal meals out of the house (1-2 a month). I will also be doing a few day juice fast and detox the first 3 days of fall, I do this every year to detox. This is the only time I wll be eating much fruit. So excited to recommit myself to my best!!

  327. My mini challenge is to not wuss out and kinda sorta lift medium things.

  328. Although I am a long-time lurker, this is my first post! So excited about this challenge! I have several health issues and have recently dabbled in the Primal lifestyle. I have already seen results with just a moderate amount of effort, which has really motivated me to go all out.

    So, although I have many personal challenges for the next 30 days, my top 3 are: learn to cook a wider variety of Primal meals, say goodbye to sugar once and for all, and, most importantly, get my wonderful husband to complete this challenge with me.

  329. Woohoo! I’m looking forward to trying out your suggested exercises.

  330. I already eat relatively “primal” and train enough to stay fit. The mini challenges for me will be a) sleeping enough, and b) fruit in moderation.

    Also c) dropping my Monster Rehab habit will be…difficult.

    *deep breath* Here goes!

  331. Though I’ve been pretty good with the diet part of TPB, I really need to implement more of the exercise.

    So, for this month, I’m going to try a new workout of the week every week.

  332. I’m going to really focus on moving slowly all day long. First step – standing desk.

  333. I’m giving up grains!!! I’m a carboholic so I am soooo siked about giving up unnecessary grains and added sugars! I can and will do this! whooo hooo!!!

  334. I’m making my mini personal challenge to manage my stress better (not easy homeschooling 5 kids) and get more low level aerobic activity.

  335. My personal challenge is to schedule my exercise each week. My approach has been to “fit it in” which has proven a bit to hap-hazard!

  336. I commit to getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Going to have to hit the hay early, which is always a challenge for me!

    I’m also going to remind my boss about my request for a stand-up work station. I have persistent SI problems, and my chiropractor has diagnosed me with “sitting disease.”

  337. My personal challenge is to give up grains and dairy (which is not hard to do because I very much dislike milk) and walk to my class at least once a week. I go to school mondays, wednesdays, and fridays, and I park in the “remote parking” which a little over a mile away from my classes, I did it this morning and I feel great =)

  338. My personal challenge is to get out and run at least 2x per week, and bike 5x per week (weather permitting)

  339. I have two commitments as they are sort of interrelated.

    1. I will not have the ‘all or nothing’ mindset when it comes to eating and training.

    2. I will stop eating when I am full by removing the food from my line of site. Either by covering it up or physically removing it.

  340. I’m ready – I have been a dabbler in the Primal lifestyle and then with a recent move have not been doing very well at it. I am back on board and ready to do the 30-day challenge. Our new home is in a quiet mountain town so it should be easy to incorporate play, sun, exercise, and good sleep up here!

  341. During this 30 day period I hope to sleep better, feel better, and not eat any breads or grains, or fried food!

  342. So excited for this! Been mostly primal since the start of the year, but have slipped up here and there.

    My challenge is to recruit as many people as I can to do the 30 day challenge with me. So far, I’ve got 5! Also, to fully commit, and work on my sprints.

  343. whooohooo! I did a 30 day juice reboot/fast last august and now I’m on a paleo diet no, lifestyle… in the beginning of September, I used to eat S.A.D. plus eating a lot of white rice… and sugary drinks… but I’ve been off it for a month now… so here’s go the next 30 through this challenge.

    goodluck everybody

  344. My personal challenge: commit to quality sleep this week; a fight I usually seem to lose.

  345. This is exactly what we need right now! I recommit to cutting sugar from my diet. 22 weeks pregnant and want to finish out this pregnancy doing it all right.

  346. My challenge is to do a full minute handstand and increase my pull-ups to 9 reps

  347. I started experimenting with eating paleo at the beginning of this year, and have learned a lot through the ups and downs of changing my diet while being a full-time traveler. I’m in for the challenge, and I’m also pretty determined to find ways to stop making concessions, since traveling regularly is still in my long-term future.

  348. My Primal journey began last year at this time, so this is truly the “most wonderful time of the year.” Subscribing to the BP is one of the best decisions I have ever made, but like life istelf, it has been an up and down ride. Great habits breed great habits, but desk jobs, alcohol, and unsupporting members of society make it easy to stumble. The community here, along with a few converts in my own personal life have made the ups far greater than the downs and I look forward to this month as a confirmation of why we continue this incredible lifestyle. Here’s to the 2011 30-day challenge!

  349. Personal challenge: To get back on track after a vacation filled with way too many cheat days!

  350. Here are my top commitments for this year’s Primal Challenge!

    #1. Lift heavy things (in this case, Stronglifts 5×5 3x a week)
    #2. Relax/Meditate/Play
    #3. Stop drinking so much (ie: stop using my 20% rule 80% of the time)

  351. I am going to commit to lifting heavy things and removing grains from my diet.

    Primal Here I Come!

  352. So excited! Actually just started to change my diet to all primal yesterday (insted of just every now and then) and then logged onto the website and saw that this contest has started! My mini challenge is to follow the 30 day challenge as closely as possible.

  353. My personal challenge is to do at least one successful pull-up. I have done reverse pull-ups and about a week ago started Australian and other variations (thanks to advice from the usual wonderful people in the forum) to push forward. In 30 days I hope I can do at least one real regular pull-up. Ideally more!

    My other personal challenge is to do all of the 5 essential movements (at the level where I am now) as many days as possible, and document my progress.

    1. I used to never be able to do a full pullup either, but after a few weeks following the PB Fitness progression (chair assisted 2-leg, then 1-leg, reverse pullups) I finally built up enough muscle to do one just a couple weeks ago. It’s an amazing feeling, good luck to you!

  354. My challenge is to give up grains and sugar for a month and sprint 1-2x per week. My sister and I started our own grain free challenge September 1st so the timing on this challenge is perfect. I feel great so far and know it will only get better!

  355. My body likes a primal-ish diet, so I’m going to try it again. I get symptoms similar to reactive hypoglycemia on a standard diet, but not when I reduce carbs. It has gotten to where, if I am feeling anxious, I first check the clock to see if it has been more than 2.5 hours since I ate last. So very annoying. I just have to keep an eye out for neurochemical imbalance. The last time I tried the PB I went from inattentive ADD to overfocused ADD, so this time I have 5-HTP pills to help.

  356. My personal challenge is to:

    1. Climb Trees
    2. Lift Rocks
    3. Sprint
    4. No Beer. Only Red Win.

  357. Personal Goals:
    1 hike/sprint/week 2 kettlebell workouts/week, 1 mile walk everyday on treadmill.
    No grains 6 days/week
    I’m ready!

  358. My personal challenge is to go out and hike a different trail each weekend throughout the challenge! I’m hoping to learn some new recipes and make some primal lunch boxes to take with me on the trail.
    Also, I want to get more sleep and cut down on the coffee and dairy.

  359. I’m re-committing to giving up grains and reducing alcohol. Beer is my weakness, because we homebrew.

  360. I’ve been doing pretty well as far as diet goes, my main challenge is going to be keeping up with it during a hectic college year.

  361. I’m doing a decent job of transitioning to PB when I’m eating on my own(I get more precise the further I get in the book; I’m almost done!), but I’m struggling with how to manage in social situations. This month my goal will be to be confident making my own choices in social situations and not feel a need to always appease others.

  362. While my diet ain’t all bad from the Primal standpoint, I would like to go 30 days with completely eliminating all grains, and seeing how close to 100% primal I can get.

  363. My personal challenge is to get adequate sleep… and to play more.

    Very excited for my first Primal challenge!

  364. To sprint with my kids (I’m hoping that a vigorous game of tag counts for this) at least 3 times a week. And to follow that up with sit ups and push ups. I have my food dialed in… not so much on the excercise- so this will be my ‘start’.

  365. My personal challenge this month is to end my dependence on sugar! I’ve killed the grains pretty successfully but I’m using this 30 days to really get rid of the processed sugar!

  366. Sorry if this is a repeat.

    My person challenges are:

    1. Reduce chronic cardio (I’m addicted)
    2. 8 hours of sleep with no TV
    3. Clean pantry and motivate family (this means I cook!)

    Looking forward to it!

  367. I’m going on a trip this weekend to Austin for my favorite event of the year, Austin City Limits Festival. And I’m going to make it through while staying Primal. There, I said it. DONE.

  368. My personal challenge is to limit coffee to once per day, get 8 hours of sleep per night, and get back to doing CrossFit at least 5 days per week.

    This will be my first 30 day challenge and I look forward to it!

  369. I am committed to spending my new energy on positive actions and emotions. Leave the negative crap behind! Eat well, sleep well, move well, be well. Thank you, Mark! One month primal and happy as can be. Super excited for this next month!

  370. My personal goal is to get proper sleep and do my best to keep away from grains while I’m in Italy & Croatia for the next 2.5 weeks!

  371. I still eat a few grain and sugar laden cheat meals every week. My personal challenge is to stop eating so many cheat meals.

  372. The most difficult part of the challenge for me will be the low level aerobic activity for 3-5 hours per week. I do the LHT and sprint training but it is sometimes hard to get the moving slowly part in. I probably get it chasing around my daughter and walking at work but I want to make time to go for walks in the evening with my wife, daughter, and dog.

  373. My biggest challenge will be dealing with the constant free desserts and pizza parties that are rampant on college campuses. Willpower to the test! But this month will fly by an I’m ready to commit!

  374. I already give up grains for a couple of months, sprint once a week and I walk, swim and hike a lot, so my biggest challenge will be to lift more heavy things (I just broke 2 fingers so it won’t be easy!) and slow down on alcohol and cheese (I’m French and work in a cheese shop, so concider I start with a handicape!).

  375. My goal during this challenge is to be so primal it makes Grok rethink his commitment to the Primal Blueprint!

  376. Since i’m also training for a 1/2 marathon in January, I would like to shoot for an 8 mile run within the next 30 days! And eat create a tasty Paleo dinner.

  377. My personal challenge is to get more sleep. Might be a little easier now that the days are getting shorter. Thanks for the challenge Mark!

  378. My personal challenge for this month is to go no grains/sweets/processed carbs (not even my 20%) to give my gut a rest. Since dabbling in Primal my colitis has improved, but I want to continue that and push it to the next level.

  379. I am ready for this challenge. Last night I drank 7 liters of beer and then got 3.5 hours of “sleep.” Let the games begin, comrades!

  380. Today was my first day of crossfit, my goal was to meet awesome, kind, happy and healthy people in my city and I can’t wait to have group classes with them! I’m committed, and you started it all with the Primal Blueprint. Thank you, Mark!

  381. I know this is a little off-topic, just wanted to say that the commentators on this blog (all you good primal folk!) have excellent spelling and grammar. It’s good to see a corner of the Internet where it is commonplace.

  382. My personal challenge is to give up sugar and grains completely. I’m pretty pumped for my first 30-day Primal challenge!

  383. I am committed to sprinting once per week, doing all of Mark’s WOWs during the challenge, limiting alcohol and going strictly gluten free for the duration of the challenge! Grok on!

  384. My personal goals:

    1.I’ve been at 99% since starting here, so I want to focus on more variety of my primal food choices – as well as tracking it all.

    2. I lift heavy each week, but now I am committed to completing the 20′ x 30′ rock patio in my yard – Lift large rocks, shovel crushed granite and repeat until done !

    3. Get more sleep !

  385. Retweeted! My personal challenge this month is to ditch the sugar and grains completely (fell off the wagon this summer due to kitchen renos) and hit the exercise targets (2 lifts and a sprint) each week. Walking isn’t a problem because I have this dog. Staring at me. Right now…

  386. my personal challenge will be to incorporate partial-day IF most days and be sure to implement “moderation” in regards to dark chocolate and wine! once that bottle is open…

  387. I will walk more at work instead of sitting in front of the computer. I will use a log to count my steps each day.

  388. My personal challenge is twofold. One is to get adequate rest on my days off. As a firefighter who works 24hour shifts it is easy to get behind on sleep when we have lots of calls after midnight. So setting a routine for my days off will be key to make sure I dont get behind the eight-ball. My other goal is to cut down on excess carbs. I have Celiac’s so eating gluten free is a necessity, but it is easy to “over-carb” and get lots of extra sugar from gluten-free grains and fruit. My goal is to snack on more veggies and healthy proteins and fat rather than reaching for a meal replacement bar or fruit or god forbid that gluten-free brownie.

  389. My Personal Primal Challenge is to tighten the gap on my 80/20. I’ve been letting that 20% become closer to 30-40%. Also, I would like to eliminate beer and diet soda from my diet (or move them to treats). I am going to start doing twice weekly primal workouts!

  390. I’ve already started. Got more than my standard 6 hours of sleep last night. I’m hoping the humidity increases here in Texas so that I can get more play in (lungs don’t like dry air darn it).

  391. My personal challenge is to start doing my sprint once a week. I started into the Primal life slowly: changed my diet slowly but surely, eventually started walking 3 days a week, and now am lifting heavy things 3 times a week. The sprints are the next!!!

  392. I’ve now been diagnosed with two conditions related to fat increase around my middle, due to non primal eating for years. So I will:

    1. Give up potatoes (no more fries!)
    2. Cook my own meats and veggies instead of spending money on going out to eat so much
    3. Re-joined gym – will follow the lift heavy things and low level aerobic activity

  393. My personal challenge will be to stick to the PB exercise plan and to give up grains.

  394. How to control myself not to nibble on fruit (fresh or dry), nuts, or the occasional chocolate bar when I am a researcher stuck in front of the computer all day long? Eliminating grains and dairy from my diet was easy (went cold turkey and never looked back) in comparison. Bummer :(!

  395. My personal challenge is to cut back on tea (with sugar!) to one cup a day or none. That’s my last sugar holdout and I drink usually 2-3 cups. Also am challenging myself to eliminate dairy except for butter and yogurt. I may have a cheese problem, so this will help me figure that out. So excited about this year’s challenge!

  396. My personal goals will be:

    1.) Cut back my drinking of alcohol to 0 – 1 times per week.

    2.) Get more sleep (> 6 hours)

  397. Eat more Protein and give up corn and rice! Wheat was easy to give up but its harder to kick rice with stir fry and corn chips.

    1. My goal for the next 30 days is to get my family on board by:

      1. allowing my 6 year old to “help” in the kitchen and pick primal recipes to make together, hopefully we’ll develop some new favorites to replace the old.
      2. packing all of our lunches and snacks to avoid the pitfalls of the fast food/ school cafeteria food when we’re away from home.

  398. My goal is to reduce alcohol intake and get back into exercising regularly. As for play, I’m going to start exploring the state park I moved next to! Biggest challenge will be not cheating when travelling and going out for dinner.

  399. My commitment is to incorporate exercise and fun in to the family routine.

  400. I’m going to work on expanding my primal cooking skills. I know there are more creative meal options out there than I’m currently eating, so I’m going to take the time to explore some new dishes (and maybe buy the Primal Blueprint Cookbook)!

  401. I have been slacking on sprints and lifting heavier things than my body weight. This will be my goal this week!

  402. I’ve had a chronic illness since March that leaves me constantly fatigued and with muscle and joint pain, so I stopped exercising.
    My challenge is to ease back into it with short walks daily and some simple exercise once or twice a week. I’m tired of feeling like an invalid and I think my body will appreciate more attempts at getting the blood flowing! 😉 Thanks for the incentive, Mark!

  403. My goal is to primalize my dog Griffin’s diet — I’ve been primal for a little over a year and a half and I’ve had Griffin for about a month. There are some great dog foods out there, but I know with some research, planning, and determination, I can ensure my pooch is getting the right nutrition too!

  404. My challenge is going to be making primal meals out of everyday foods like chicken Parmesan and other hearty foods. I am trying HARD to get my parents into the Primal lifestyle and being able to “disguise” healthy foods as old school favorites would be extremely beneficial. Using the 3 book pack I just got, I look forward to the excitement ahead!

  405. I am definitely going to focus on the sleep aspect. Three kids under the age of 6 are cutting into my 8hrs a night. I know this is affecting all sorts of things. This challenge is going to be great!

  406. My personal challenge is to get myself on a primal fitness plan. I’ve been doing relatively well with eating primal and making primal recipes, but the fitness element is lacking. I am starting this afternoon.

  407. My personal challenge is to consistently lift heavy things and sprint every week.

  408. Joining in big time this month. I came down with some Achilles tendinitis after the Ruckus race here in Columbus last month and have been a bit depressed and not-very-Primal over the past three weeks. This is coming at the perfect time to get me back on track! Thanks!

    1. I guess I didn’t get in my personal challenge… here we go: I’ll get my 3-5 hours of moderate exercise by commuting to work 2-3 times per week and taking walks. I think that’s an exercise that shouldn’t affect the tendinitis much.

  409. I was previously following the ZONE, and since finding the Primal website only a few weeks back, i have incorporated Primal into my (our) lifestyle. ZONE and Primal work well together, though I (we, my wife and I) have been using Coconut Oil for a couple of months which is not considered Zone friendly. Thanks to primal and my own research, though not Gluten Intolerant, I (and I have convinced my wife) so, we have been going grainless. I have found some interesting recipes through this website with both Coconut flour and Almond flur, though i minimize those, as well, and stick with Organic, grass-fed, non-grain-fed meats, fish, and vegetables and fruits.

  410. Wow, 15 pages of comments.

    I re-tweeted and am doing the primal challenge.

    I am have been working on my diet, exercise and sleep already. I just unplugged the TV in my bedroom this weekend and hopefully that will help with my sleep and time management.

    I read last week that “only” 2 hours of TV a day for a year adds up to 30 X 24 hour days of TV! Who knew?

    I most likely will have more of a struggle with getting in sun shine and play time.

  411. After researching the paleo lifestyle for a year or so, I finally dove in with a personal 30-day challenge in May. I even enticed my 7 and 8 year old daughters to join me. What an exciting month that was for our family! We’ve always eaten fairly healthy, balanced meals but we did rely pretty heavily on rice and oatmeal. I loved finding new dishes and preparations to take the place left by those now undesirable items. It’s been nearly five months and I couldn’t be feeling better! My best friend (who first introduced me to Mark’s Daily Apple) and I have even started our own blog @BiPolarPaleo to encourage each other and share our love of cooking with others!!!

    Since we started at the beginning of summer and we’re always on the go, I haven’t had time to practice some of the paleo fitness techniques. That is my personal challenge for the month, along with getting my girls and spouse to choose fewer “cheats”.

  412. 5 months paleo, never going back. Down from 225 to 185. Joints feel great, stomach feels great, I can feel muscles growing and working. Once you do it for a month, you will be hooked.

  413. Just bought a super-duper slow cooker to use this fall and winter. Goal: learn some Paleo receipes to use in it!

  414. I’ve been dabbling for a little while and slip on the eating a little bit. My biggest problem is finding the time to exercise. I work long hours every day and am going to school to get a better job, so I barely have any time not spent doing homework in some way and I’ve also never been a very active person. I need to learn how I think.

  415. I started eating primal and resetting my metabolism on Aug 1. I’ve lost 20 lbs so far and now I’m starting in on primal fitness to continue the process.
    Short term goals – sprint rowing once a week and maintaining my smile by getting smaller each week. Long term goals – posting a friday success story by the end of the summer next year and going to AHS 2012 as an example. Seems like a long way off but, you know, time flies when you’re having fun!
    Day by day, I’m working hard to make less of myself!

  416. My personal challenge is to be more diligent about avoiding ALL grains, not just gluten-containing grains (to which I am EXTREMELY intolerant, learned that when I first went primal a year ago). Lately I’ve been lax and have eaten my rice with Thai or Indian, and I want to try to be strict about it this month to see if some of my lingering issues get better.

  417. No twitter here.

    My goals are to incorporate heavy lifting back into my schedule twice a week and to cut out the dairy (other than butter- but no more cream in my coffee and much less cheese for now).

  418. My personal challenge is to allow myself to open myself up to feel the benefits of this lifestyle.

  419. I am committed to helping my family do this together and keep us on track. I start and stop too often giving in to pressure from the outside. This time we are committed as a family (2 kids 11 and 12, my husband, myself and my mom – from a distance). I want to do the full 30 days and track all the positive changes so we can continue further!

  420. I’m committed to sticking with this for 30 days. It always seems I can get through about three weeks before I fall off the wagon.

  421. My personal challenge is to STICK WITH IT, with as few cheats as possible, for the next 30 days. It’s going to be a doozy because of all the Oktoberfest celebrations going down, but I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again!

  422. I’m already subcribed from last challenge, but now I’m on board.
    Thanks Mark!

  423. My personal challenge is to go for a 1.5 mile walk in the sun at least 3 days per week during my lunch.

  424. The two most difficult things for me: moderating dairy (and, okay, also dark chocolate, because YUM) and getting a good night of sleep. I have an 18 year old cat who wakes me up anywhere from 4:30 am to about 5:30 am to feed her. (It doesn’t matter that there’s food in the bowl.) There’s nothing quite like getting your face slapped with a cat’s tail to wake you up too early. Sigh…

  425. I’ve been dabbling in primal eating/living for quite a while now but haven’t been very serious about it. I also haven’t lost the last 10 lbs from my pregnancy 3 years ago. So, my challenge this month is to really test whether living truly primally is the right thing for me. If I sleep, play, eat and move like Grok, will I finally lose the fat I’ve been carrying around? Let’s see!!!!!

  426. I have been eating according to the Primal Blueprint for awhile…mostly. I am going to go full in and give up, what will be by far the hardest thing for me, beer.

  427. My personal challenge this month is to work out in the morning before work since I’m up early anyway and tend to waste time reading the paper or something. I’ve been primal since last November so the eating part is for the most part set in stone by now but occasionally I still cheat so this month will also be about being 100% Primal with no cheats.

  428. My goal is to stay steady. I started Primal one month ago (for the 2nd time). It’s been going great and I just want to stay consistent with Primal eating and with PBF. I have a major vacation coming up during the challenge and I want to stay as Primal as I can while away.

  429. I am going to commit to sprinting 10 min once every 5 days. I currently jog 6 miles on average about every 3-4 days, this will be a big change, but as I have read, worth it!

  430. Well since I’m going on a week long road trip across the country this friday, my mini-challenge is to do a WOD at 3 different crossfit gyms along the way, or to at least to do some sprints or a mile long run every morning (we will be camping every night, so it will be on trails)

    And now that I’ve posted it here I’m committed 😀

  431. My challenge will be to eat more veggies. It’s been easy to cut the grains and sugar, but I need to eat more than just meat! That being said, I just found a local farm with affordable grass-fed beef ($3/pound for the ground beef, wow!).

  432. my personal challenge is to wear a heart rate monitor and force myself to SLOW DOWN and keep my heart rate in the 55%-75% range. Currently I tend to hover around 80-90%… I am a chronic cardio fiend and wonder why at almost 50 my body is breaking down a bit at a time… so LESS IS MORE is my motto. (I have been eating primal for 6 weeks now and feel like I have a good handle on that)

  433. Two-fold: I eat close to 95% primally except I’m completed addicted to dried mango and eat it in obcene quantities. So definitely full-stop no more dried mango. A more important challenge will be to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Good luck everyone!

  434. Personal challenges:
    1)Incorporate more fun into my workouts.
    2)Get proper amount of sleep.

  435. My personal challenge for this month is to conquer the 24-hour fast. I’m doing my first “mini-fast” today by skipping lunch — I had breakfast at 8am this morning and won’t eat dinner until 8 or 9pm. By the end of the month, I’d like to have at least done one full-length 24-hour fast. 🙂

  436. My challenge is to give up grain for real. I’ve cut down a lot in the past month or so, but I’ve been “cheating” a lot more than I’d like.

  437. I’ve been living Primal for awhile now but feel I have been stumbling along. Even though I’ve lost a good deal of weight from just nutrition, I’ve never committed yet to the activity like I should have. Well now I’m selling out to this during this Challenge! Even thinking of starting a blog just to record my progress. I’m really excited to move through this Challenge and then when it rolls around, attend my first PrimalCon!

  438. Been mostly Primal for about 9 weeks now. Already down about 25 pounds, and about 40-50 pounds to go!

    My commitment is to really get engaged on Primal Fitness and to go from 80/20 to as close to 100% as I can on the eating side of things.

    Grok on!

  439. I started the goal a bit early, but for the next 30 days I’m going to get 8 hours of sleep a night at least and any day I can manage it I’m going to get 9.

  440. My personal challenge is finally cut the grains from my diet. Cutting sugars has been difficult but mostly doable…grains on the other hand is proving to be a huge challenge for me. It’s everywhere!

  441. Hey everyone, i’m new here!

    I have been primal for 1 week. I’m having a bit of carb flu now…but that’s not going to stop me. My challenge is going primal for life!

    I’m going to register on the forum. See you guys there!

  442. My personal challenge will be to let go of sweets. Specifically flan. I am new to primal and hopefully this challenge will help get me started.

  443. My challenge is to go primal for the 30 days. I already do low carb but am nit consistent in my primal behaviors. So I will be focusing on consistency and the 80/20 90/10 rule!

  444. I’ve been doing a nutritional challenge following the paleo diet & 5+ crossfit-esque workouts per week plus a couple of sprints with pretty great results. The biggest challenges as I move forward remain — getting 8 hours of sleep each night & fighting sugar cravings!

  445. My personal goals:

    1. Find the right carb balance for me. Very low carbs leaves me weak and shaky, but going primal has made me carb-shy.

    2. Get back into doing some kind of exercise daily. Semi-healed shoulder injury is no excuse for doing nothing!

    3. Get blood work done to see if my slightly-elevated cholesterol (LDL) has dropped. My HDL is always up, so that’s a good thing.

    4. Ask my doctor for a referral to an endocrinologist. Get my thyroid properly re-tested! Get adrenals tested, too.

    5. Find a physiotherapist to work on an old neck injury that holds me back in life! Other therapies have helped, but not 100%. Haven’t tried physio yet.

    6. Resign myself to the fact that coconut flour is too high fiber for my gut… and give it up Sigh.

  446. I have been primal for a year now, and I would say a very good primal follower for the past 6 months. Lost 20 pounds (now 103 pounds for 5’5″), have ten times more energy then before, no more belly pain, new muscles, life is fantastic 🙂

    My challenge this year is a double one:
    – For me, get more into primal fitness (I do strength training a bit but mostly pilates and gentle jogging):30 days to master the 5 basic exercises and start sprinting!!
    – And get my brother on track. I sent him his readings this week-end, gave him a training program + a food journal to follow with me. I hope I am going to turn him into a healthy Grok 🙂

    Thanks Mark for all your good advice. You changed me and now I am going to try to change my bro 🙂

  447. Committing to lifting heavy things and decreasing cardio a bit to add a few pounds of needed muscle. Thanks Mark (and team) for the inspiration!

  448. My big challenges:

    – sleep. I have a toddler, but it’s 95% not her fault.

    – cut out the diet sodas and Monsters.

    – reinstate my water habit.

    I have been exercising and working on diet, but I feel these are holding me back more than the possible extra exercise I’m not doing yet.

  449. I’ve fallen off the primal bandwagon over the summer. This challenge is exactly what I need to get back on track.

  450. My goal for this month (besides eating primal, of course!) is to turn off the computer and TV in the evenings. The TV part of that is easy, but the computer will be more of a challenge 🙂

  451. I’m on day four of no grains or refined sugar — hope this challenge will help me stick with it another 30 days! It should be much closer to a habit by the end of the month!

  452. I couldn’t do ONE SINGLE PUSHUP this weekend and that pissed me off!!!! I used to be able to do quite a few. I’ve been following the Grok eating style for a little bit now (but a little to much dried fruit and a few bowls of corn chex sneak in). I’m hyped and ready to be serious!!! I’ve got two little girls that need the role model and a husband that needs the support. Let’s do this!

  453. So excited, the biggest challenge I think will sticking to it at work when I forget to pack something and I only have 30min.

  454. I’ve been completely primal for 3 weeks now. I’ve lost 20lbs and feel better than I’ve felt in 15 years. Can’t say enough how much total elimination of wheat and sugar are vital. I tried for 4 months to “eat less wheat” or have a cheat day once a week and it just lead to more cravings. After three weeks of total elimination, my cravings for food are gone and my taste has changed (along with not being hungry all the time).

    My personal goals for the next 30 days:
    1. Stay the course with eating primal.
    2. Add more “play.” After Mark’s speech at AHS11, I think “play” is something vital and I’m definitely missing it.

  455. My biggest challenge is definitely to learn to cook. Or rather, to learn to cook things that actually taste good. I’m great at “bland” and “boring.” It’s hard to maintain motivation for the long term when food just stops tasting good. I find myself eating not enough (<1200 cals/day) because I just don't want to eat (even when I'm hungry.)

  456. My personal 30 day challenge is to sleep outside in the elements for the full 30 days and record any health benefits (mental or physical) that seem to come up as a result. Obviously I can’t call it a true “scientific” experiment, but I’m familiar with evaluating placebo effects and perceived differences vs. actual differences. With any luck my results with this will lead to future ideas on how to isolate variables and provide accurate results and analysis.

    1. And if anyone has any suggestions how to improve the validity of my work, or just has some additional ideas for me to throw in during this “challenge”, feel free to leave them here!

  457. My personal challenges are to officially kick my diet coke habit…start sprinting more…and continue to show my friends and family how to optimize homecooked meals with primal substitutions for grains.

  458. I want to learn to cook some primal meals my kids won’t turn their noses up at. I also want to get those weekly sprint sessions in. I am a mess right now, but I look forward to seeing how far I can go in the next 30 days!

  459. In the past year I have gone primal for 2, 3 week stints. I felt great. I can’t remember why I quit the primnal lifestyle to return to one that just is not working for me. My personal challenge is to stick to the challenge for the full 30 days.

  460. My challenge is to ignore the near constant cravings for sugar and bread!

  461. My personal challenge will be to be prepared in order to facilitate meeting the 30-Day Challenge. With 5 days at conferences (brad pudding) coupled with 4 additional days spent in Las Vegas (insert any of many temptations here) all to be topped off with a day at the Texas State Fair (fried butter!) in the next 30 days I will need as much preparation and determination as I can come up with.

  462. My Challenge will be to precook my meals for the week. Most importantly, to stop eating before I feel really full because usually at that point I have overeaten.

  463. I’m pretty excited that the rest of my fam is taking the challenge. My wife and three daughters on board. The initial bribe was that I’d let them have a primal brownie with breakfast this morning though! 🙂

  464. Lift heavier things. 😉

    I’m going to try and get my deadlift up over 200. Currently at 160lbs.

  465. My goal will be to precook my meals for the week. Most importantly, to stop eating before I feel really full because usually at that point I have overeaten.

  466. My personal challenge: switch off more. Less computer and less mobile = more sleep, more play and more walks.

  467. Primal eating is going well, so my challenge is the Primal fitness. I used to run frequently, and stopped doing it, but didn’t start low level cardio or lifting heavy things. I’m going to do it now, plus a weekly sprint session.

  468. I am committed to getting stronger so I can shovel the coming snow with ease.

    I just plain flat out eat too much so am going to only eat two nutrient packed meals a day. Hopefully between 1 and 7pm four days a week and just breakfast and dinner the rest of the week.

    Two goals with this, loose a few pounds and hopefully repair anything this old body needs repairing.

  469. I’m challenging myself to stick with eating real food. Don’t give into the peer pressure of sugar, beer, wheat, etc. (Reading Wheat Belly – fascinating book!)

  470. My goal is to focus on changing my palate and general sense of taste. I’ve done 30 day challenges before (not always very well!), but I usually focus on making paleo foods taste like or remind me of non-paleo foods. While this is a great treat sometimes, eating paleo is fundamentally about appreciating the flavor and nutrition of foods in their natural state. So, I want to love strawberries for their natural sweetness and not simply because they reduce my chocolate urges! I’ve already noticed a palate change in the switch from peanut butter to almond butter. I can’t stand the taste of peanut butter anymore; almond butter is no longer my begrudging substitute, but my new favorite! I hope to make this a general transition relating to all foods.

  471. My challenge will be to cut my lawn using my new reel mover. Human powered!!

  472. My personal challenge is to get 8+ hrs of sleep and to be stress-free for a month.

  473. My challenge to myself:
    1)commit to 30 days of grain free/primal eating (don’t be afraid of fat)
    2) find more ways to play/exercise. I have already challenged my husband to a wrestling match in the back yard hee hee.
    3)learn ways to cook with all the primal foods that are now in my pantry(coconut oil is solid? who knew?)
    3)source out local and/or organic food and maybe plant a winter crop in my garden

  474. My 30 day challenge is to continue to adhere to Primal lifestyle (I’ve been in for 2 months now) to completely revert the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is a life-ruiner!

  475. I spent last week “test driving” Primal Blueprint and today I’m in it all the way! I have felt fantastic…until today. Right now my challenge is getting through the carb flu without giving up. And making sure I’m eating enough fat. The fruits and veggies really aren’t a problem. Excited to be here and to be on this challenge and hoping this nausea and fogginess goes away soon!

  476. My personal challenge is to cut out TV for 30 days along with all added sugar!! Will be tough but doable.

  477. I’m only 19 years old and I’ve been reading into this. It’s a great way to get the most out of my last bit growing I’m doing and it even helped me quit smoking! My personal challenge is to eat more eggs at breakfast and take a twenty or thirty minute walk on the trail in the woods behind my house.

  478. My personal challenge is to give up sugar and grains…no cheating!!

  479. My personal challenge is to reduce my caffeine consumption so I can get better quality sleep.

  480. I’ve been doing primal for awhile and have had success. But regardless my biggest challenge is sugar and things that taste sweet… I swear it’s a serious drug.

  481. I’m gonna try and go 100% for the 30 days. Nothing but meat and veggies, abandoning the fruit, nuts, and dairy completely.

  482. I’m committing to restarting my primal fitness plan again, and get outside more. I work full time, have 4 kids, and am in the final year of my dissertation, so it’s all to easy to let exercise slide – but I really miss feeling fit and this challenge is a great way to get my groove back!!

  483. I’m excited! My personal challenge is to avoid sugar. I primarily eat grain and dairy free, and eat a significantly less sugar. But I would still like to eat even less.

  484. Mark im a big fan of the website and im pumped up and ready for the 30 day challenge. Im training for the tough mudder in december so my goal for the next 30 days is to do 10 miles of running/jogging/walking a week.

  485. We’ve been eating primally for about eight months… what has been the difficulty is in implementing the ‘move’ portion, particularly given my size. We’ve gotten our ratios down to about 95% primal, and definitely feel better, but realize the weight loss cannot really be impactful without the movement aspect. As someone who finished a bachelor’s and a master’s in the last four years (just graduated this summer w. the master’s), and is enrolled to begin law school for January, 2012, I know I won’t survive unless I can really focus on becoming fit and healthy. I’ve learned so much about living primally from a dedicated co-worker and from following Dave-man, and even from Mark himself (we are continually amazed at his generosity of spirit in sharing information with people such that as many as possible are healed and become whole individuals again!!!! We were not ready to meet the primal challenge last year when a co-worker wanted to drag us into it, but this year is different – it’s literally do or die at this point! And we’d never bothered to create a Twitter account, so that’s one small step out of the way! Good luck to all, and happy whole-food meat-eating y’all! Grok on 🙂

  486. Starting the challenge today. Here’s to transitioning from being a former professional cyclist to a runner and learning how to do it properly (via strengthening from Vibram and barefoot running)! Hoping a Primal diet will help with mood issues from such a drastic change in lifestyle, from pro athlete to student.

  487. I am committing to give up dairy (been low carb for a year now) and not only that but I challanged both my kids to do this with me. They agreed! Now to get my husband on board…

  488. I’m in! I’ve been trying to give up sugar and grains for a while now. I do really good for a week or longer. Then it peters out and I need to start all over again. I do awesome Mon – Fri. But my husband isn’t on board and when he’s off on weekends is when I do my worst. I’m going to do better despite him and even try to get him on board!

  489. Not only to eating primal but getting in a variety of vegetables and trying new primal recipes. I tend to find a food routine that works but now that my husband and daughter are in I have to consider them too.