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September 16 2013

The 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Begins Now

By Mark Sisson
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21Day Challenge Graphic

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 21-Day Challenge!

Before we get to all the details, let’s kick things off with a simple contest. Click on over to this page and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+ by using one of the icons on the left side of the page, AND leave a comment in the comment board below with your commitment to this year’s challenge. That’s it! Help spread the word about this year’s challenge and leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com.

This contest ends at midnight (PDT) tonight, Sep. 16. A winner will be selected at random and everyone around the world is eligible.

Now, on to the challenge details…

What Is the 21-Day Challenge?

What’s the challenge? To get Primal, of course! As you’ve already seen if you clicked the link above, this year I’ve put together a nifty infographic that summarizes the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge. Click here or the image below to see the full version. (I encourage any bloggers out there to share this infographic using the html I’ve included below it.) Additionally, you can dig deeper into each section of the infographic by visiting this more detailed Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge page.

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Infographic

In brief, this is the Challenge. Do it for just 21 days and the results will speak for themselves.

  1. Eat real food.
  2. Avoid sugar, grains, unhealthy fats, beans/legumes.
  3. Align your carb intake with your weight goals and activity levels.
  4. Move frequently at a slow pace: Get between 2-5 hours per week of moderate aerobic exercise.
  5. Lift heavy things: Conduct 1-3 brief, intense sessions of full-body functional movements.
  6. Sprint: Go “all out” once a week.
  7. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
  8. Get 15 minutes of direct sun exposure each day.
  9. Play! Find time to let go, disconnect, unwind and have fun each day.

No sign-up required. Anyone can participate. Just commit to the challenge, and check back every day for motivation and guidance. Articles over the next two weeks will be about taking steps to align your lifestyle with the Primal Blueprint. The third and final week of the challenge will be entirely comprised of reader-created content. That’s right, MDA readers (you!) will be running the show. Stay tuned.

Above and beyond the challenge as outlined above, I encourage you to make your own personal challenges. Whether it’s eliminating or adding a certain food to your diet, losing weight, going barefoot more often, getting better sleep, or anything else, customize your goals to fit your needs and commit to 21 days starting now.

Who Is the 21-Day Challenge For?

I hold this 21-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 take control of their health.

There’s something here for Primal veterans, too. It’s a good idea to revisit the basics from time to time. And hey, the chance to win free stuff isn’t half bad either.

Why 21 Days?

After many years of training clients and interacting with hundreds of thousands of Mark’s Daily Apple readers, my team and I have found that 21 days is the sweet spot for eliminating old habits and replacing them with new ones. It’s long enough to make legitimate progress toward reversing years of adverse lifestyle habits, long enough for most people to get past the low carb flu (if you experience it at all), and long enough to give the Primal Blueprint a fair shake, but not so long as to be seen as a daunting undertaking. In other words, anyone, including you, can give this a go for three measly weeks, and in that time you are bound to see results. If you have weight to lose, it’s reasonable to expect a reduction of three to seven pounds of excess body fat during this period, and to continue at that rate safely until you reach your ideal body composition.

I’m confident that you can transform your life in just 21 days with the Primal Blueprint. So confident that I wrote an entire book about it…

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation

This 21-day Challenge perfectly complements The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. The Total Body Transformation is all about making Primal living easy ? distilling the philosophy of The Primal Blueprint (detailed in the 2009 hardcover volume) into 8 Key Concepts, 5 Action Items, and a lively 21-Day Challenge of daily endeavors in the areas of Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle ? with corresponding journal exercises. You’ll be shown exactly what to do and when to do it – eliminating any guesswork – to get and stay Primal for life.

If you can spare an hour a day for just 21 days, I guarantee that you will reprogram your genes and transform your life with this guidebook.

Order a copy today to enhance this year’s challenge, and for added guidance and direction.

The 21-Day Challenge Contests

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 three weeks 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 new contests on Mark’s Daily Apple every day for the first two weeks (through Sep. 29) of the 21-Day Challenge, so check back daily!
  • New to this year, there will also be contests held exclusively in the Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter, the Forum, and on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe, create an account, or follow today for chances to win.
  • 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 couple weeks (to give you time to complete the contest task) while others will be as short as one day. All deadlines are Pacific Daylight 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 for being featured in a 21-Day Challenge contest.

To track all the contests visit the 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-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. Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge page – On this page you’ll be introduced to the basics of the Primal Blueprint and can follow numerous links to learn more.

2. The Forum – 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 the Mark’s Daily Apple community.

3. The Books

4. What to eat? – Primal Blueprint Recipes on MDA, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals, Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings

5. The Newsletter – Sign up on this page to get 9 free eBooks, a 7-day course on the fundamentals of lifelong health, and more.

6. Have a question? – Contact Me

Tell your friends and family about the challenge so they can get Primal too! And don’t forget. Share this infographic across social media by using one of the icons on the left side of the page, AND leave a comment for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com.

Best wishes and good luck on your first day of the Challenge. Check back tomorrow for a new contest and an article on going into the Challenge with the right frame of mind. Grok on!

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  1. Time to get back on track! Been slacking a little too much recently.

    1. This is great timing for me! I’ve been playing with the idea of Primal for a while but haven’t made the full commitment. I know I can stick with it for 21 days! Let’s do it!!

      1. Yes, I do need this! It’s time to really settle into this way of living.

    2. After 14 months of dedicating to Primal, the latter half of it has been a half-hearted effort. My 21-day challenge is to finish reading and then implement wholeheartedly, the elements of Primal Connections.

    3. All ready to get 100% on track again. It’s amazing how straying a bit here and there makes a big difference.

  2. Been Primal for a while, but will use this 21-day challenge to be 100% dairy free and help heal my gut!

  3. I am super excited! I recently got some achillies tendonitis and i am looking forward to slowing things down, taking it easy, eating right, exercising what i can and recovering FAST!

  4. Just what I needed to get back into the swing of things, time to refocus and kick it up a notch……..Let’s go!

  5. Perfect timing! My fiancée and I we’re talking about his health last night and I actually convinced him to do this with me. I still can’t believe he agreed to give up beer. Should get me to finally string more than 3 primal days together at a time!

  6. I am excited to start my first 21-day challenge! I am hoping to heal my gut and get healthier.

  7. I’ve been Primal since March. For the next 21 days I’m going to focus on getting 8 hours of sleep. It’s been tough with a toddler.

    1. Great idea! The challenge can be for anyone. Just find an area you would like to improve and go from there. I will be focusing on incorporating more sprints and “all out efforts”.

    2. 8 hours is tough with kids, I feel your pain. I have a 2 year old (who sleeps) and a 7 month pregnant wife (who does not sleep). Two months until my regular sleep ends.

  8. I wish the “What to Eat” chart was hanging on every person’s refrigerator / wall and the Challenge list is a great template to live by. #7 is my big challenge.

  9. My birthday is coming up in a couple of months so I plan to use this 21 day challenge to finally drop those last few pounds and get my strength training up!

  10. This is such a perfect time to get people on board or back on track. Going into the holiday season feeling great mentally and physically, and knowing it is largely from the choices in nutrition that you’ve made; will certainly help to avoid the holiday weight gain issues that so many of us succumb to.

  11. I was introduced to Mark’s Daily Apple and The 21-Day Total Transformation in January, 2013. It has been a total health transformation for me. It inspired me to “re-invent” myself and follow my passion for promoting real health and fitness!

  12. I linked this on google+! I would love to win a gift certificate. 🙂 I’m not sure I can participate, though, I’m going to a restaurant on Friday or Saturday. But I can try!

    1. No reason you can’t eat primal at a restaurant. Get a steak and veggies if you’re rich, Or a Cobb salad if you’re not. Who can argue with bacon, avocados, hard boiled eggs and greens all on one plate? If you’re. Worried about non primal salad dressings, salt and pepper does a pretty good job as long as the stuff in the salad has some flavor.

  13. Perfect timing — just started a get-healthier-by-Thanksgiving challenge/competition at work, so this is a good opportunity to see if I have the willpower to make this latest attempt at breaking free of the SAD be a successful one.

  14. I’ve gained all the weight I lost “starving myself” for my wedding 3 years ago and then some with added health problems to boot (good ol’ pre-diabetes and crepitus++ that severely impedes my movement, one thing that will help is weight loss. Until I lose the weight, my physio won’t let me do squats as I can make my knee worse…I certainly can go no where near parallel.

    In 21 days I want to finally kick the sugar habit and hope to lose about 5lbs in the process and get into the habit of taking regular exercise, even with the impending London cold coming on!

  15. Perfect timing! I just finished read the 21 day challenge book and look forward to becoming primal.

  16. I’m committing to daily exercise, or play – I’ve been a bit lax in my intentional movement.

  17. I’m hoping to improve my sleep patterns during this challenge. I also want to encourage my family to jump on board also.

  18. I’m committed! Sprinting has never been something I’ve incorporated successfully in the past, so that’s a goal for me.

  19. I have been 100% Paleo since April 1, 2013. Have hit a plateau. So frustrating. Here’s hoping the 21 day challenge will get things moving again! Good luck to everyone! 😀

  20. I have been dabbling, but failed to commit. I know I have to though (53 yrs old and 17kg too heavy) so today is it: I commit.

  21. I’m excited to do the challenge. I eat pretty well now but I would like to be more strict, and I need to up my activity. Thanks for being my guide Mark!

  22. Thrilled to be part of another 21-day challenge! My focus this time around is getting a grip on my stress levels. Fall is particularly stressful for me – working full-time and then some, going to school part-time, and this year my husband just had major shoulder surgery so I’m doing a lot more for him right now that usual. I love everything I do, but there’s just SO MUCH of it! I need to find a way to take some time for me, so I can keep those stress levels in check.

  23. I am going to use the 21 day challenge to get back on the wagon! After the past 2 months of moving to a new city, starting grad school and a new job, I have been slipping and my body is definitely feeling it. Looking forward to getting back on track!

  24. Shared on Facebook Captain! Going to finally sprint once a week! (and slackline everyday of course)

  25. I’m stoked to be part of my first 21 day challenge! Let’s get this thing going!

    I have a weight goal I’ve been trying to reach, I know it’s not about the weight but about being healthy, for me it’s achieving the goal that means something.
    (:

  26. I really slacked off since my Whole30 2 months ago so this is the perfect challenge to get me back on track!

  27. My first 21 day challenge!. In addition to this core challenge, I will take my probiotics and vitamins every day! Thank you for this ‘re-connect to primal lifestyle opportunity! 🙂

  28. I’ve slacked off on my Primal ways in the past year or so. This challenge is the perfect way to get me back on track. Goals for the next 21 days: Kick sugar, quit smoking, eat 100% Primal, lose some body fat (and weight), get into a regular movement routine, MAKE PRIMAL MY WAY OF LIFE!

  29. Ridiculously Excited about doing this challenge! I’ve been dabbling on and off in the paleo/primal lifestyle for months, and this is just what I needed to fully commit myself. Nervous about doing it right before the good Halloween sweets come out, but I guess I will learn to live without them!

  30. This is my 3rd year of the challenge. My Primal life began 9/12/11. I even had the great privilege of attending PrimalCon this year in Oxnard. What a great time!

  31. In August, I committed to 30 days of primal eating. Now, I’m ready to do 21 days of primal LIVING! I’m ready to lose weight so I can enjoy my life so much more. I live in the mountains, and hiking and fishing can take it all out of me because I’m carrying around an excess 80-100 pounds. I’m not going to lie, I’m also ready to lose this double chin!

  32. First 21 day challenge
    GOALS 1. lose 4 pounds body fat 2. keep carbs under 100g daily 3. practice intuitive eating.
    Ready to go with a kitchen full of the right foods. Hope every one has a great challenge! Don’t forget to play 🙂

  33. I have played around with the idea of a primal lifestyle for a couple years now. I have bad knees and would always say that I couldn’t do most of the physical activities. I used that as an excuse to not do any of it. I CAN follow the correct eating and choose to start that today!

    1. In addition to getting back on track with Primal eating after derailing this summer, I want to focus on establishing a fitness routine, expanding on daily walks to add LHT and sprints. I am so ready for this!

  34. Awesome! I look forward to this challenge every year!

    Goals are to reduce stress, perform better and get overall better wellness!

  35. I’ve been reading this blog for over a year, taking a half assed approach to my Primal Lifestyle and haven’t done a true 21 Day commitment. Today is it! Today is the best day of my life!

  36. Happy Birthday to me! Perfect timing for this challenge now that I am 42 years young!

  37. I have been eating primal since March, 2012 – now I am committing to the primal exercise for the 21 Day Challenge.

  38. I think this is the boost I need! I’ve made huge changes in my life over the last year nutritionally but have been feeling that fatigue of fighting to stick with it and keep going deeper. Particularly the fitness aspect is what I would like to focus on and be consistent these next 21 days. Thanks Mark for all the encouragement on MDA!

  39. This next 21 days I will commit to embracing the whole primal living program. Let the challenge begin.

  40. Yes!! Love this. I just totally spammed everyone I know with this and already I have had 2 responses about people wanting to take part with me! Woo hoooooop!

  41. I just started a Master’s program 3 weeks ago, and my body is definitely telling me it’s time to tighten up. I had a migraine this morning that still isn’t quite gone yet, and nothing screams “Check yourself!” like a migraine. I want to use the 21 days to ditch sugar, rein in the amount of starch I’m eating, and see if full-fat dairy is something I can indulge in.

  42. We’ve been primal, to a certain degree, since July 2013. Learning and exploring along the way. So much energy without the grains. Need to work on the sugar though and this challenge is a good way to commit. Hubby’s blood sugar (a Type II diabetic) has been so much better, he’s meeting with doc to reduce the meds.

  43. After adopting this way of living over 2 years ago, I’ve somewhat fallen off the wagon this summer and have had a hard time cliimbing back on, even with the lousy effects of conventional living (sort of like a down hill roll that just keeps going). This is the perfect way to get back on track! So happy I stopped by today to see this! 🙂

  44. Great start to the week. Me and my husband are committed, lets see what the results can bring!!

  45. Sitting at 300lbs down from 340lbs just a few months ago. Going to use this challenge to step it up a notch and get below 250lbs. Time to Grok on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Its time to rock again and get back on track. Roll Tide!!

  47. Shared! My goal this year is to dial in my sleep patterns and eliminate as many external and internal stressors as I can’

  48. Need to restart after vacation…and that was over a month ago. I feel so awful and know that it is because I am toxic again. Let’s go pale!

  49. Pinterest, Google +, and twitter shared!!! I need this to get kickstarted!! Let’s go!!!

  50. Really looking forward to the challenge. Hoping my wife joins me (if she doesn’t I will lead by example). Let’s go!

  51. I feel fantastic after over three years of 80% Primal living, but I need to focus on playing, sprinting, and indulging in the vino a little less frequently 🙂 I need a challenge!

  52. Been trying to go primal for almost a year but keep getting tripped up by sweets. I’m committing to trying this challenge and becoming the fat burning beast I once was!

  53. I recently just started the switch over to Primal. Last week me and my bf ate through some of the remaining SAD foods and just yesterday we went grocery shopping for the week. This Challenge couldn’t have come at a more convenient time for me!!! So excited to finally get healthy 😀

  54. Hi, I’m also joining this bandwagon. My initial goal is to lose 15 pounds. Grok on!

  55. I’m excited to start this. I have only been eating primal for about 2 weeks now. I do have raw milk though.

  56. Whoop Whoop! Been looking forward to this to really get back to primal after a hectic end-of-summer slew of activities. Perfect thing to recharge going into fall. Let’s get our Grok on!

  57. Perfect timing to help me refocus. I’ve plateaued on weight loss for the last 4 months or so. Thanks!

  58. Not a newbie but looking forward to breaking my current health plateau! Enjoy everyone 🙂

  59. I’m in! I actually recommitted last Thursday (after allowing more junk than should be there back in my diet). Very excited 🙂

  60. Just started back to school(I homeschool my daughter). So is a good time to get back on track with being primal too.

  61. I’ve been primal before but have fallen off the wagon. Taking the next 3 weeks to rededicate myself to my health

  62. Committing to commuting by walking/biking and keeping indulgences low!

  63. YAY!!! I hope I can fine tune what I have been learning. Time to go for a walk!

  64. I’ve got the primal eating down pat. I love all of the new recipes I’ve been trying since January of this year. I’ve lost 20 pounds without a lot of physical effort. Starting today, I stop the inconsistent workout schedule and start doing it right! It’ll be a bigger challenge with a major audit and some weekend travel thrown into the 21 days, but I’m up for it! Time to get toned!!

  65. I have been following The Primal Blueprint for nearly a year. I am at a healthy weight and participate in primal-style strength training twice per week but I want to re-up and work on some other aspects of my engagement with the primal lifestyle.

  66. I have been cleaning up my diet for a month now thanks to MDA and Whole30. I would like to incorporate exercise and outdoor/play time in the next 21 days.

  67. Need to get back on track. Was feeling great following the plan, but since I have slacked, my cycles are out of whack, my arthritis feels worse, and the weight is slowly creeping back on. I know this works, and was excited to see this challenge starting up. Good motivation to start back NOW!

  68. I turned 39 back in April, and I promised myself I wouldn’t be fat when I turned 40. After a false start, I got serious about going primal on Memorial Day and lost 20 pounds in 2.5 months, was feeling terrific, and very happy. Since then, I’ve maintained the weight loss, but have been “cheating” more than I should. So for me, this 21-Day Challenge is a great way to get back to the basics of going primal. It’s going to be fun!

  69. I’m mostly there, just need to take the final steps…I’m in!

  70. I am so excited about doing this challenge. I’ve been lurking here for a couple years and I am finally going to do this. Thank you for telling it like it is!
    I shared to my fb, twitter and pinterest. Going to go and publicly commit on my blog now!

  71. I commit to being Primal (plus dairy) for the 21 days. My only goal is to feel better at the end of it.

  72. Time to recommit! I’ve been doing well but need to push through the plateau I’m on. Grok on!

  73. Perfect timing. I’m going to work on healing some autoimmune issues, and the 21 day commitment is just what I need.

  74. I am in. Hoping to use this as an opportunity to get back on track after traveling.

  75. I have a very long way to go. But I am going to kick it off with my commitment to the 21 day challenge!

  76. I’M ALL IN! I’m very excited. I’ve been following the PB for about 3 months now, and I just this last weekend got bored and cranky and slipped a bit. This is just what I need to recommit!

    My goals are to lose another 20 pounds, keep carbs under 50g a day, and not spend all day in the house playing World of Warcraft… WOO HOO!

  77. Wellness Gangsters are excited to be on board with this challenge. Just threw up a Facebook post and tweet. May even have a link on our website. We look forward to growing healthier with you all. If you’re on Instagram, hashtag #wellnessgangsters and we can see one another’s progress in this challenge.

    Good luck and thanks Mark!

  78. Goals: weight loss, cutting out sugar

    Looking forward to this years challenge!

  79. I’ve been dabbling with a paleo diet on and off for about 7 months and am ready to make this a permanent way of life. I’m all in, lets start this party!!

  80. Last year’s challenge was a turning point for me in my health and fitness. This year, I will focus on the essential movements (more attempted pullups!) and ensuring that I get adequate play.

  81. Count me in! I’m going to use this as a way to get more of my friends and family to try going primal. I’ve been at it for a year now and it has changed my life!

  82. So excited! Ive been wanting to do this and this is just the challenge I need to get started. Now the hard part will be sticking to it during vacation!

  83. This year I will take on the challenge of playing more frequently.

  84. I’m pretty good at following the Primal Blueprint, but I’m going to try extra hard during these 21 days to eliminate all high-fructose corn syrup and replace things like bottled salad dressing with better options.

  85. Facebook/twitter/etc, etc only contests are lame. It excludes those of us who exist on the physical plane the majority of the time 🙂

  86. Been primal for over a year and love it! I’m ready to get a good refresh on all of the concepts.

  87. My wife and I cleansed the house of SAD foods last friday. I am so ready for this!

  88. Yeah, a good idea coming off a lot of work-related travel recently… need to get back on the tracks.

  89. Count me in. No weight goals to speak of but more overall health and fitness. Been overindulging in cider and slacking off on the veg and now that the kids are back in school I can feel my body fighting harder to avoid getting sick(er).

    I can do 21 days. 🙂 Now, back to my Thai beef crockpot soup that I’m making for supper. 🙂

    1. What I can’t seem to do, though, is successfully embed the infographic on my blog, or leave comments on it. That’s OK in the grand scheme of things – but I’d love to boost the signal, even if it’s just a little bit.! 🙂

  90. I, too, haven’t jumped all in! Going to focus on movement and simple food.:)

  91. I totally forgot this was coming and started my own 21 day challenge last week. I slipped up this weekend (even veterans make mistakes) and this is a perfect time to start anew.

    Good luck everyone!

  92. I’m 3 weeks in on the Primal lifestyle and already seen a huge change in my body. I’ve lost close to 20lbs and about 3 inches off my waist.
    Love this challenge and the New Food Pyramid image…printed it off to go on my Fridge. So looking forward to what my body will look like in another 21 days. I’ve almost got my wife to buyin and start hitting the program due to my success.
    Thanks Mark.

    1. I shared on FB, I don’t have accounts with the other things, but I have also shared with my coworkers! I have been on and off with Primal for the past year and a half. Now it’s time for me to get off the fence and fully commit to a lifestyle change that helps me to feel great! My goals for the next 21 days are to eliminate the sugars (real and fake) and walk every day. I am also hoping to positively influence my loved ones into making better health choices!

  93. I’m in! Thanks for a great challenge to inspire is to continue on a healthy lifestyle!

  94. My wife and I were just discussing getting back to some Primal basics, and sharing that possibility through Facebook and Google+ seems like another good thing to do!

  95. Quit eating cheese. I want to say quit eating sugar, but I’m really chicken!

  96. Thanks Mark for putting this challenge out there. Perfect timing for me. I have lost a total of 84 pounds over the last year and a half and would like to lose 16 more by my birthday in November. I’m up for the challenge! One hundred pounds down, here I come!

  97. I’ve been primal for just over a year, but I’ve definitely got room for improvement. With cold weather upon us, my ultimate frisbee league is done for the season, so I need to start a new ‘sprint’ routine. I picked up rock-climbing as a hobby, so there’s some heavy lifting and full-body strength training. Goals for these 21 days will be cracking down on diet, and working on getting better sleep!

  98. I’ve posted on my Facebook feed – all my family and friends know I’m Primal, but it’s time to get really serious following a vacation with a few cheats!

  99. I shared this on FB. And I will do the 21 day challenge. I eat almost primal, but now I aim for All the Way Primal for 21 days.

  100. I’m in too! I’ve been primal for a while now, but haven’t given up dairy. Now is the time to see if reducing/eliminating that will give me some weight loss. I currently have a stress fracture to my tibia, so any suggestions for exercise would be great!

  101. This contest always comes at JUST the right time, as we’re heading into winter and a more natural lifestyle becomes slightly more difficult! Thank you!

  102. I’ve tried doing strict Paleo for about 2 years now but have failed to stick to it for one reason or another. I’m 49 and I want to be about 8-10 lbs leaner, so TODAY IS IT: I am going to commit to this 21 day challenge. I can do it!! Good luck to me and everyone else.

  103. I’ve been looking forward to this starting up again!! I’ve been keeping to primal eating, but I need to get my butt in gear with exercise again.

    & Thanks for the chance to win all the goodies!

  104. I’m committing to the 21-day challenge! I’ve been slipping a lot lately and being lazy about my eating. Today I start back at it, especially focusing on Sleep and Sugar!

  105. This is my first challenge and am excited to see what I can do in 21 days!

  106. Perfect timing! today makes 21 days smoke-free (after 40+ years). Now to learn other ways to deal with stress. Thanks, Mark!

  107. Looking to drop ten pounds, and this is the scaffold I’ll need.

  108. I commit to reading John Durant’s new book, The Paleo Manifesto, while doing squats and sprints.

    1. Hey, I also want to work on my squats! Including a squat challenge…. squat for 10 minutes straight by the end of 21 days!

  109. I have been mostly paleo since January and have done well losing thirty pounds and gaining muscle mass. For 21 days I will not cut any paleo corners and see what happens.

  110. My 21 day challenge is to eat exclusively from farmers’ market foods via Hometown Harvest, a farmers’ market delivery service. This way I can eat the best foods available to me and see what happens!

  111. I’ve been off the wagon too long! Time to get back on. I’ve slipped into bad habits again without even realizing it. I’m excited to be fully committed to the 21 day challenge! Starting now with my daily giant cup of green tea!

  112. I’m jumping into the 21 Day Challenge again. I did this in 2011 and had such great results (weight loss, more energy, better moods, etc.) but slid back into my SAD habits during the holidays and have struggled to get back off the grain-sugar-processed cycle again. I’m not sure why it was so easy the first time and has been so hard ever since, especially when I’ve experienced the results firsthand. Jumping in again (and rebooting my Fridge Foragers blog in the process) with whole heart. Thanks Mark!

  113. I am going to eat 100% primal 6 days a week and on the 7th still follow the 80/20 rule for the 21 days

    I will also strive to get 8 hours of solid rest

  114. Thank you for doing this. I think this is exactly the kind of thing I need to kick my butt into gear and keep me accountable.

    Also, shared the graphic on bookface.

  115. Ready to kick off my paleo reboot with the 21 day challenge. Saving my 20% for pumpkin beers 🙂

  116. I’m committed to getting more sleep, eating a primal diet, and getting in some movement everyday. Basically starting over. 🙂

  117. Back on the horse! Lost 25 lbs this past spring, now 25 more to go! Hoping I can -not- go back to my carb addiction this time around.

  118. I started primal blueprint at the end of july. Go there slowly but steadily and with a lot of commitment !
    This challenge will help me to go further into the whole programme, got above all to improve exercices.
    Thank you for this site and the help I can find here

  119. Whoa! Didn’t know this was coming today, but I’m in! Halfway through the 21 day challenge book, but today is as good a day to start as any!

  120. i just got the 90 day journal book, so perfect timing to commit to the 21 day as well.

  121. I will take that challenge! I have mentioned the Primal Lifestyle to my wife several times, but she has very little interest. Any helpful advice on how to successfully convert your significant other would be greatly appreciated???

  122. I’m about to have my 3rd child (EDD Oct 3) and really want to be off grains, sugars, and fake sugars before baby arrives. I know everything will be easier if I can do that plus baby and I will both be healthier too. Stress sugar eating will be the hardest to eliminate.

  123. Totally went of the reservation for about a week, so this is perfect to get me back to clean and healthy living! (Just in time for Vegas – uhoh!)

  124. This will be my second 21-day challenge. This year I need to focus more on moving more, getting better sleep, and being consistent with my eating. I get stressed (working on my Master’s now..so lots of sitting and writing papers) and tend to not eat which plummets my energy. Looking forward to this! Thanks for the wealth of information and encouragement Mark and Grok community!!

  125. 21 days, here I come! Food rules, no problem. My challenge is to get enough sleep and to move more. I want to be swinging from the tree tops by winter!

  126. Turns out my “slight” slip-up of a summer of wine, crisps and ice cream hasn’t done wonders for my health, waistline or mental state. The primal challenge has come at just the right time. I don’t want to set any goals beyond Feeling Better 🙂

  127. I’ve been eating somewhat paleo/primal since May of this year and have lost 15 pounds without exercising. However, I have yet to commit to a strict 21 or 30 day regimen. But this is it! I want to loose another 25 pounds and will use this as a stepping stone to help me get to my goal.

  128. I’ve always eaten pretty “healthy”, but I’ve never felt as good as when I started eating Primal, two weeks ago! Now let’s see how *living* Primal goes in wintery Wisconsin…

  129. Count me in!

    I actually have a pretty primal lifestyle. My only 2 bad spots are sugar (2 tspns in the evening) and peanuts (because of the energy for running).

    Should I cut them cold turkey?

  130. I commit to 21 days of tracking of what I eat on MyFitnessPal so I can align my carb intake with my weight goal.

  131. I have been following this blog and looking for a jumpstart. I will commit to following the 21 Day Plan.

  132. I started Primal eating in January and I’ve been really good with the food that I eat but I don’t always follow through with playing, sprinting, and exercise as I should. I am going to use this 21-day challenge to focus on getting outside and being more active!

  133. $200 for Primal stuff?! I’m in! Mark don’t forget to post the question I asked you!

  134. I’m going to use this as a time to buckle down and improve my sleep. I’ve made a lot of improvements in this area but could do better (less screen time before bed, etc).

  135. Let’s do this. Been slacking, but it’s time to get back on track!

  136. Yep, time to get back on track and no better time to start than with this challenge.

  137. Let’s do this Mark! Third straight year of the challenge. Very psyched. Love the primal lifestyle.

  138. count me in. going in for the full 21, hoping to lose fat and gain muscle

  139. This is the start of my third week, eating just vegetables, fat and protein, but I need to cut out the vodka on the weekend! I’m going to start sprinting and tracking my hours of slow movement (I usually just do what feels natural, but have no idea how much that really is).

    -Kim

  140. Primal for a year now. In this 21 day challenge I’m going to focus on reducing the primal treats and see what it does for body comp.

  141. Thanks Mark – I’ll help spread the word. I’ve lost 20 lbs in the last three weeks but especially looking forward to my blood tests coming up this week. . . they will be the true test of health benefits from primal.

  142. This is such good timing… some old (nasty) habits have been creeping back in, sister in law is a real nuisance.

    This will help me re-focus and give me the support I sometimes need to resist! 🙂

  143. Good timing. My commitment is to get through the next three weeks making the right food and lifestyle choices, where there are potentially dangerous and challenging items on the agenda: some night-shifts at work, quite a few stressful meetings, an anniversary and a birthday to celebrate, a meal out with a vegetarian, rainy days in general etc etc. And finally to get into the habit of doing more primal exercises!

  144. I’ve been thinking about going primal for a while but never stuck on for more than a few days. Would love to try this challenge and see how the 21 days go.

  145. I need to get back on! I’ve been off for exactly a year unfortunately.

  146. I tend to fall into a rut and eat the same few meals over and over. While that lack of choice helped me to make primal choices a habit, I think it’s time to get out of my comfort zone. I plan to not eat the same thing twice for the next 21 days. Staples like olive oil and grass fed butter wouldn’t count, but I will not repeat a protien or veg. That will get me to use the grass fed beef and lamb liver, tongue, kidney, heart etc… that have been in the freezer. Plus hit Wholefoods and try one of every seafood option there.
    I also will not snack the next 21 days. There is really no need for it, it’s such an idle, dumb thing that I want to curb. And I will try to IF twice a week, I always feel so good when I do. Nothing to it but to do it!

  147. I am SO excited. This could not have come at a better time :).

  148. This is a great motivator! I’m already eating primal 90% of the time, but I’m taking the challenge to sleep 8 hours every night and add primal exercise to my routine. Grok on!

  149. Been Primal a little over a year now. I want to help use this challenge time to limit my intake of sweeter foods. I would also like to focus on the thoughts I have around food and cravings.

  150. Living Primal has been wonderful for me. 2.5 years so far and not going back but I’m looking forward to taking the challenge to tweek some areas I’m lagging in. Thanks Mark!

  151. I can’t wait to feel better and be more healthy by eliminating grains and sugars from my diet. I also resolve to start to exercise daily to help reach my weight and health goals. Excited! 🙂

  152. I’m in, too. Although it’s fair to say this is how I live my life anyway, a little accountability never hurt anyone!

  153. I’ve been slowly dipping my feet into primal lifestyle and I think now is the time to go in 100%!

  154. I’ve researched and dabbled in Paleo/Primal for the last year. After a minor surgery 2 weeks ago, I decided I was going to be strict about my eating Primal. Lab results came back from my surgery. I have uterine cancer. Now I have a real motivation! I have been a sugar addict all my life. I believe this might have been a factor in my getting cancer. My goal this year? To have my surgery to remove my cancer, and remain cancer free forever by living the Primal lifestyle.

  155. I have been mastering Primal nutrition in my diet for a year and a half now, but I would love for this 21 day challenge to give me the fitness boost I need to make a habit of it.

  156. This is perfect timing for me. I have struggled with the heat this summer. Now to get back to moving

  157. Great timing.. Kick start to the busiest time of year for the family!

    3 Cross Country practices, 1 CC Meet, 4 basketball practices, 6 baseball games, 1 baseball practice, back to school night, orthodontist appts, and 2 physical therapy appts.

    Instead of eating crap out everyday, we are pre-making our meals and snacks!

    Thanks Mark for the constant motivation!

    The Crofoot Family

  158. Looking forward to the 21 day challenge! It’s time to get back on track and retrain my decisions to living healthy.

  159. Goals:
    1) more slow movement, measured by switching to a stand up desk in my office and getting out for a walk every day
    2) primal movements at least twice a week, shooting for 3 sets at the “primal mastery” level (though for pull ups I still have a ways to go), plus yoga 3 times a week
    3) continue working toward a full planche push up by improving tuck planche and l-sit hold times (shooting for 10s each)

  160. My goals for this 21-day challenge: eliminate all grains, added sugar, and legumes. Also, drink one cup of bone broth a day. Can’t wait to kick start my health journey with this challenge!

  161. I’m on this! I’m using it as a final kick in the butt to get completely on board with the Autoimmune Protocol, since that works the best for me. So, I’m going to eat according to that (which definitely falls into the guidelines for this challenge) and also challenge myself to include offal into my diet at least once a week. I feel proud of myself that I am actually already meeting all the other aspects of this challenge outside of the diet, so I’m just going to keep that up!

  162. Thank you for providing this great resource! I’ll be focussing on exercise and more imaginative meals – I’ve just signed up for the newsletter to get some ideas.

  163. I’m in of course 🙂 First 21 day challenge but not new to the primal life! Follow my journey via the blog^^ or on instagram at PrimalTeen! Good luck everyone

  164. I’m in for the 2013 challenge! I’ve been busy at work he last few months and have let go of good habits–I want to use this challenge as a way to get back on track! Just returned from a great grocery store trip so my fridge will be stocked with all the good stuff! Here we go!

  165. This is EXACTLY what I need to get me back on track. Bring it, Mark! (:

  166. Yay! Thanks for this timely challenge! I’ve been flirting with Primal for a bit less than a year now, but never really committed to it. Now it’s a chance to feel a part of it and to get some accountability.

    I mostly want to kick my binge eating habit and to prove myself I can live “clean” for more than a week. 21 days in an absolute dream in regards to that. Accessorily, I have a big high-mountain trek planned in 1 month, so I really want to get in a better shape by then.

    Looking forward to the daily updates, I suppose support will be very much appreciated.

    Thanks Mark & team for all your work!

  167. 21-Days is an easy to stick to commitment. I will def be supporting this fully and involving myself. I’m sure after 21 Days it will become habit and bring forward a New! Healthier Chapter in my life.

  168. I’m going to use these next 21 days to refocus and re-energize my efforts and work on making sleep a priority 🙂

  169. This comes at a perfect time for me! I have been letting a bit of sugar creep in, have dropped IF because of that, and need to get back to sprinting. Thanks, Mark, for making it a group activity!

  170. I’ve been gradually becoming primal since last November…this is my first 21 day challenge.

    Since our diets are pretty much under control my husband and I will focus on getting 8 + hours of sleep (and sleeping earlier rather than later), blacking out our bedroom, limiting artificial light, getting some sun, getting all our exercise in, and having time for play!

    🙂

  171. I’m in! Been mostly primal for some months now but I’ve had a couple of bad junk food days recently and it’s time to get back to it!

  172. I will use this challenge to learn to watch my hunger levels! Eat until I am satisfied, instead of past full. I will stick to my 90%+ Primal habits as usual!

  173. Have been eating mostly Primal for more than 2 years now to aid in control of Blood Glucose levels ( I’m an insulin dependent diabetic). Now is the perfect time to concentrate on getting leaner and having some fun doing it!

  174. I slacked off all summer and this is a great chance to get back to where I was. I feel so much better when I am Primal. Time to get my grok on!

  175. I’m all in! 21 days of strict adherence is just what I need (I’m usually about 80%). My goals include: not even the occasional grain (no more organic corn chips!) or legumes (peanut butter or chick peas), go back off of coffee and drink more herbal teas, establish a better exercise routine of squats, push-ups, etc., and reduce stress.

  176. I keep trying this and then failing and then trying again. I love cooking and have already done so many recipes on here that are delicious, that I don’t know why I still find it hard to stick to. I’m thinking having a community and the forum for support will help. Looking forward to improved overall health and feeling a little more satisfied with the picture in the mirror

  177. I hope my share will get others to take this challenge too. This lifestyle has changed for much for myself and my husband. Thank you Mark!

  178. I’ve been primal since February, and have noticed some huge improvements. I’m looking foward to reigniting things during this 21 day challenge.

  179. Okay, so this gal needs to revisit (ahem) especially after all this tailgating (Lord help me get through football season). Let’s go primal!

  180. I shared on Twitter. My husband and I have been eating primal-ish for awhile now but I’m not seeing the results I would like. Excited to do a challenge and commit to the exercise part of it!

  181. Thanks for all your efforts! In the past month I have: almost finished Primal Connection (already read PB), installed a slack line in the yard (which is way harder than you make it look in your YouTube), created a stand-up work station (love it) and bought my first pair of Vibrams (planning to do their two week foot strength training program and then run a 5K in them on September 28). I haven’t visited SquattyPotty.com yet but that section in your book made me laugh out loud over and over! All these things bring looks and questions from poeple, so I tell them about your website and books and about being primal.

  182. This is a great plan. Thanks for letting people live while on a path to be healthier. I have cut out most carbs. I love the 21 day commitment plan – great way to get things started.

  183. I am going to give these next 21 days my very best and see what wonderful changes arise in my life! Thanks for the kick and the structure!

  184. Been paleo since beginning of 2013 but haven’t been totally committed these past few months, time to get back on track, heal my body and get strong! Can’t go wrong with good health and happiness! 🙂

  185. Lately, I’ve been putting about 75% into maintaining my primal food choices. Its time to change that!

  186. Very excited to have this challenge! I did the Whole 30 for the month of August and have started to slide back into some bad habits. Good luck everyone!!!

  187. I’m going to walk at least 30 minutes every day, lift some heavy things 2 times per week and sprint on Sunday. I’m not going to start hibernating even though its getting colder outside. Grok on my friends!

  188. Time to renounce my biggest enemy, the weekend Beer, and focus on that 8 hours. Maybe pick up the exercise a notch.

  189. I cannot wait for the 21 day challenge! I’ve been “dabbling” in primal for a long while, but it’s time to finally give it a go!

  190. Two and a half months primal and down 20 pounds! My ADHD-like symptoms are more under control than they’ve ever been in my adult life. This year’s challange is perfect timing. It was my wife’s birthday party yesterday and she said her goodbyes to cake and ice cream! This is the incentive that she needed to go primal with me. Good luck everybody!

  191. Here we go…I’ve been eating exclusively primally for a week now and am ready to try the rest of the plan–the primal living part!

  192. Here we go! My goal is simply to commit fully for the 21 days, track each day in a journal, and see what happens!

  193. Newly engaged and marrying the love of my life next year so the timing of this challenge is perfect!!! Looking forward to forming a new healthy lifestyle and living a long happy life together!!!! and looking fantastic in the wedding pics 😉

  194. Shared on Facebook. Coming up on 3 years Primal. Have added trail running into my repertoire and love it.

  195. I’ve been lurking and flirting around (the primal ways) for a while but for some reason didn’t really commit. This 21 day challenge might just be the right time to flip the switch. I need to lose a small sheep worth of fat and gain a small dog worth of muscle. That’s me not wanting to talk numbers 🙂
    Good luck and great success to everyone!!

  196. Perfect timing for this challenge. I’m just getting back on track after letting myself slide back into unhealthy. I felt awful! After a full week of no grains I’m feeling so much better but the cravings are strong. So a 21 day challenge? I’m in!

  197. Hoping to finally take the leap and stick with it! Tired of feeling bad all the time!

  198. That infographic is fantastic! My husband and I reached out to all our facebook friends and created a group in order to share Primal resources/challenges/recipes… two friends from that group are now joining us on the 21-Day Challenge.

    We’ve been Primal for 7 weeks now and I’ve already lost 9 pounds without really trying, so I’m using the Challenge to really step up exercise/movement, get better sleep (this is a huge thing for me as I tend to suffer from nightmares), kick-start my further weight-loss by staying in the lowest range of carbs… and to finally settle into a 100% Primal lifestyle.

    I’m so excited! Thank you, Mark, for this challenge, and for all the resources you provide on a daily basis… I always find energy and inspiration here!!

  199. So excited for this year’s challenge! I had a great time cleaning up my diet last year, and this year I’m looking forward to focusing on getting good sleep. As a college student this is definitely a challenge sometimes!

  200. I’m going to try to incorporate more play (not so easy for a Ph.D. student during the academic year).

  201. I’ve known about the primal blueprint for over 3 years now and i want to get back on track like i was last year this time. My goal is to get in shape for tennis season, get rid of my acne, and just feel overall better than i am with junk food!

  202. I’m so excited to start this with my partner, A. Goals: lift 3x’s/week, work out 3x’s week (whether it be shooting hoops, weight lifting, biking, etc), and completely cut out gluten! In general I am around 70/30 primal but on weekends I do squeeze in a burger or pasta so I’d like to cut it out for 21 days, yay! I’m excited to see what I can push myself to do.

  203. Shared on Facebook and Twitter!

    I had planned to refocus and recommit to Primal starting yesterday so this is PERFECT timing!

  204. I am committed. I will be traveling during most of this time, so it will be an extra challenge 🙂

  205. After over a year of living the primal life, it’s time this machine gets a tune up. Posted the challenge on instagram and will update as I have epiphanies. Going to focus on increasing the slow movement, being faithful about weekly sprints, and NOT cheating on the “healthy” processed foods (my vices: Larabars, Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips)!

  206. Shared on both facebook AND pinterest – great challenge and great snapshot of the primal lifestyle – thanks! 🙂

  207. My first 21 day challenge; hoping for great success and boundless energy.

  208. Liked, shared, +1’d…
    I’m in. Been primal for over a year and this is my first time doing the challenge. Cant wait.

  209. I’ve tried LCHF, but now it’s time to go Primal!
    Need to get the stress level down, and hopefully my psoriasis and headaches will get better too.

  210. I am going to work on getting 8 hours of sleep every night I do not work and staying on track with a low carb lifestyle.

  211. Thanks for the challenge, need to get back on track…………

  212. I’ve been thinking (scary for anyone that knows me!), and I think one of the things I really need to work on during this 21 day challenge is getting my sleeping sorted out.

    If I’m tired, grumpy and in a hurry then that’s going to send me SAD (even tho’ I’m in the UK – we have the same food issues here!)

    If I can get my sleep sorted out I’ve got a chance at getting the other things right, at least I would hope so

  213. I love the 21 day challenge. I’ve been Primal for a couple of years now and I have slipped this summer with the “sensible indulgences.” This year it is exactly what I need to stay the heck out of the M&M bag…

  214. I am committing to getting off some of this baby weight! Sleep will be difficult with an 8 week old, though.

  215. I am planning on feeling miles better by following Mark’s dietary guidelines to reduce the amount of injected insulin I take, I can’t wait to have some energy, I’ve been 30 years without any! Good luck everyone:)

  216. Tomorrow is my last day on my first full Whole30. Over the last month I’ve lost 12lbs. I don’t want to lose my momentum. Plus at this point eating paleo is starting to feel like second nature. I’m totally up for a 21 day challenge! Bring it on! I’m going to try to recruit my friends as well.

  217. Looking forward to completing my first 21 DAY CHALLENGE!!!

  218. I have been `almost primal’ for a few months now, lets see if we can take it up a level for the next 21 days!!

  219. I’ve been playing around with the idea of going primal for a while now. No better time than now to give it a go! Looking forward to the challenge!

  220. After chemo and surgery, my body isn’t cooperating with me. My doctor told me to go Primal. After toying with it a couple weeks, I’m noticing my body is communicating with me – it’s happier. This 21-day challenge is just what I need to go from play to proper-Primal.

  221. Not looking to lose a lot of weight but ready to switch up my diet and see how much better I could feel.

  222. Been pondering about starting the 21 day challenge for a while… No better time than now!

  223. I have been living the Primal Lifestyle since January 1, 2013, at a 90/10 compliance rate. To date I have lost 55 pounds. I look forward to this 21 day challenge to go 100% Primal and enjoy more great eating and living!

  224. What a coincidence! I actually started trying to get back in line and eating better today! Really want to drop 20-30 pounds off and this will help motivate me.

    Biggest issue will probably be getting enough sleep since I have one 19 month old girl and 11 week old twin girls! LOL. Might have to make up the lost sleep time with lunch naps.

  225. So happy to begin! I’ve been primal for 1 1/2 years, now it is time to kick it up!

  226. Looking forward to this 21 day challenge, been trying Primal for about a year now without very much focus. It will be good to use these three weeks to finally get the focus that I need. I’m in…

  227. I love the Primal lifestyle, but I find myself constantly pressured into non-Primal situations (i.e. dining out on sub par food, skipping workouts) and compromising on what I want! These 21 days will give me a reason to really stick to my guns and live completely Primally, sprints and all!

  228. I am more excited for this year’s challenge than in previous years. My spouse, more family members, and more friends have started to shift to a primal way of living. Maybe we can take home the cow for this year’s primal feast.

  229. I just shared it on Pinterest…I think. I am too young to have technology issues like this! I did share the food pyramid infographic and looked up Tabata sprints…I may have to try them sometime this week. There is a park by my house that I can “fast walk” to and then sprint around.

  230. Ohh, I would love to participate, but I’m on my first pregnancy trimester so I don’t know if it’s a good idea to make big changes in my diet right now (although I’ve been on & off primal for some months already). But there are some guidelines that would definitely be good for me! So I guess I’m 50% in 😀

  231. I was following the PB earlier this year and feeling like I was successful about 60% of the time (and I was happy with that). In recent months I have ‘fallen off the wagon’ in a big way and I’m *really* noticing the impact it’s had on my weight, my health, my skin…
    I’ve been talking about getting back to being more Primal for a number of weeks now, and I think I’m ready – to take the challenge!! This isn’t going to be easy for me, as I am just *lousy* when it comes to willpower – but I’m going to give it a go! I will ready my pantry and start the challenge THIS WEEK.

  232. Been Primal for 30 days and lost 12 lbs! Excited for the 21 day challenge to see what’s next and start incorporating IF.

  233. Already on day 14 at the moment, but this is a perfect opportunity to stay on track for the remaining week (and beyond).

  234. I´m IN! And excited about it:). Thanks Mark, you´re the best!

  235. I’ve been eating MOSTLY primal for a few weeks now, but I am committed to go full-force for the next 21 days!!

  236. Pressing the restart button and looking forward to doing it with this group!

  237. We’ve already been eating primally for months, but I think the challenge is just what we need to get serious about the primal exercise part of it before we go on vacation next month. Hubby and I are definitely in…even if he doesn’t quite know it yet. 😉

  238. I shared because it was a great infographic before I knew it was part of the contest! I’ve been Primal for about 9 months now, but have been letting in little cheats (slipping to the top of the Primal food pyramid) more and more, so this is a great chance to refocus!

  239. I put in a treadmill desk over the weekend for this specifically. I lost 50 lbs last year, but have been not dong as well this year. This is my new kick off.

    Need to figure out where to do pullup attempts.

  240. Been dancing around the full commitment for some time. There is no time like the present. My wife is on-board for the first time as well. Time to get back to the basics! Thanks for issuing the challenge and I look forward to seeing everyone’s results.

  241. I’m ready, ready, ready! Strarted Primal eating/living August 15th and feel great (in addition to losing 13lbs!). So I am looking forward to joining the challenge and working on a.) increasing sleep time, and most importantly b.) sit down to eat at least one meal a day with my teenage son!

  242. Man, this challenge could not have come soon enough! I have been slacking and eating like crap recently (just recently started back up at school). This is just what I need to get back on track!

  243. I’ve been dabbling in eating primal for a little while now, but I am ready to jump in completely!

  244. Using this challenge to go from about 90/10 to as close to 100% as possible. Try to cut out in between meal snacks and work on breaking my infatuation with peanut butter 🙂

  245. Point 8. is tough when half of the time, it rains all day … sucks to live in the North sometimes …

  246. Mark found you last year from my good friends over at Paleo Treats. Loving your site, message and thoughtful approach to life. Going towards Paleo for sometime. Looking forward to getting serious with the next 21 days. Especially good as Weds. is my birthday. Making this gift to myself. Busy full time mom of two toddlers, busy business owner, artist and teacher. Time to get my self in order so I can keep up! Thanks!

  247. The Primal Blueprint changed my life last June, 2012. Finally eased my auto-immune disease like drugs never accomplished. I thought NOTHING would ever get me off-track to return to a decreased quality of life, full of pain, exhaustion, depression… Until my sweet baby boy, Malachi was born still this May 2, 2013 due to a cord accident. Now I’ve learned grief can overwhelm anything and everything. Grieving takes over a person’s ability to concentrate, organize thoughts, organize activities (especially cooking), and overall consumes your ability to function normally as your brain attempts to process what this new version of life is, absent of your loved one. It doesn’t matter what you KNOW is right, when your whole world just feels so WRONG. I have quickly spiraled back into auto-immune flare-up disaster, eating the dishes that loving family and friends stocked our freezer and pantry with, when eating at all… Sleeping sporadically has taken a toll, as well. And extreme physical pain is now limiting my physical function.

    I am committed. I refuse to let my sweet Baby Malachi’s legacy be that his tragic accidental death also killed me. I must survive, for my surviving family, and to honor the memory of my sweet, sweet baby boy.

    In loving memory of Malachi Alan Reinagel, Born Still 5/2/13, 21 inches, 6 pounds. In our arms just a moment, but in our hearts forever. Godspeed, my sweet one. I still love you every day, and always will; death can’t take my love for you away. -Momma

  248. I’ve been primal for a year or so, but it’s time to cut back on the chocolate and alcohol and ramp up the sleep!

  249. Ready to go completely primal! Lately the 80/20 principle has been creeping toward 70/30 for me. I’m all in this time!

  250. I only went back on to FB for you, Mark and Primal Blueprint! Now that I shared this awesome challenge, hopefully I’ll have the prize to spend on Primal Fuel!! Love that stuff with coconut water! This challenge is on my calendar! Let’s go!

  251. Woohoo! Did a Whole30 pre-wedding a few months ago, have slacked since then, and the timing of this challenge is perfect! Just in time for the honeymoon and before my jeans get any tighter!!!

  252. I’m in! Been trying to go Primal for years…got serious about a week ago…but could definitely use this challenge to get strict and on track with the food, exercise, and SLEEP! Can’t wait!!!

  253. I need this. Life has whomped me this year, and I need to be kind to myself. I will try to frame this that I am nurthuring myself, not challenging myself. I have had so many challenges this year (death of a close loved one, natural disaster, 50 hour workweeks, single parenthood…), that I need to take this like an adventure I’m doing with a dear, exhausted friend. Myself.

  254. I am so ready for this! I haven’t really fallen off the Primal/Paleo bandwagon but I have been losing motivation to cook and grocery shop and meal plan and exercise, on top of school, studying, tutoring, and other responsibilities. I think that this challenge can reignite the passion I had for this lifestyle.

  255. I’m in! A little cold turkey here, but just the shove I need. Have baby weight to lose.

  256. My wife and I have been looking to get back on track. We have lived Primal best we can for 3 yrs in January. Living Primal is part of the reason we have a 20 month old son. I stay home with our son since January of this year because of my wife’s job change and we just got married. With life going on we haven’t been doing as well as we would have liked. I feel like the 21 day challenge will get us back where we need to be.

  257. This always seems to come at the right time, soon as I fall off the primal wagon.

  258. I’m committed. I want to lose 50lb and this is the best way to kickstart my body into health and I know a healthy body will help me get my weight under control. I need to beat sugar cravings, and this will help. I’m fed up of spending hours in the gym only to eat crap afterwards and un-do all my efforts (which have been useless to my goals to date). Bring it on…..

  259. I’m in! Excited to be part of the challenge this year!

  260. I have been primal for about 10 months and am gonna use this challenge to renew my primal spirit! I’m going to focus on playing more and really sticking with my workout routine!! Also im using this to get my husband to join me. Thanks MDA for changing my life and for being able to influence others!!

  261. Been eating primal, but still feel terrible with unknown illness. The pain and fatigue hinders my ability to get adequate exercise (and lose weight). So I’m committing to the challenge to push myself to exercise and move despite the discomfort, hoping I’ll find and feel some improvement.

  262. How did you know this is just what I needed? I’ve been gluten-free for 18 months, mostly paleo for a year. Time to get serious with moving primally and controlling my indulgences.

  263. I am ready to get serious about losing that last 10 pounds! Time to go primal!!!!

  264. Ok, I’m in. I’ve been dabbling for awhile and now, 9 weeks post-baby, I’m ready to give this a go.

  265. Pinned, G+’d, Liked and Tweeted…can’t wait to get started and hopefully finish the challenge.

  266. I’ve shared the page to my Facebook and I’m commenting here to declare my intentions of doing the 21 day challenge! I reached my 3rd anniversary of being primal this summer and my life is forever changed( plus my husband and three children and some friends and family). Thanks to Mark and his team for your work and inspiration!

  267. I’m morbidly obese. I would say I’m about 180 lbs overweight. My pledge for this first 21 days is to convert to eating primal, and moving primal!

  268. I’m so excited about this and look forward to it each year! I’ve been slacking on the lifting heavy things portion lately, and I’ve just purchased free weights in order to work on that (gym membership expiring). Nothing to reboot commitment like the 21 day challenge!

  269. Challenge accepted! I have been gluten free (a lot of the time) for over a year now – and around this time last year started the primal lifestyle. I started pretty solidly, but the last six months haven’t been the best. Time to get back to the basics with only good quality food & lots of fun! I just spent the last week cleaning up my diet & was ready to have a clean month of eating – Thanks for the motivation & perfect timing!

  270. I started with barefoot running last year, added a stand/sit workstation in the Superstorm Sandy renovation, and then I learned about Mark’s Daily Apple in spring 2013. I’ve been gradually going more primal since but now I’ll focus on sleep and sunlight (now that summer’s over).

  271. I have tried to complete the primal challenge before by using just the book but find it hard to stay focused. My goal is to finally complete a primal challenge from day 1 – 21!

  272. I’ve been thinking about for awhile. This seems the push I need to get started.

  273. I think the two hardest things on this list for me are to get 8 hours of sleep a night and to get 15 minutes of direct sun exposure a day in Seattle. I can change my sleep patterns, I don’t think I can change the weather.

  274. I have been on and off Primal for months now and I am ready to go 100%! I’m ready to feel better and lose the last few pounds I have been holding onto! Here’s to a better quality of life!

  275. IN and in! Loving doing the challenge every year! 3rd year being paleo/primal and love every minute of it!

  276. I’m in! I have fallen so far off the Primal wagon the past few months and am anxious to get back on it.

  277. I am committed to cutting out dairy and building my total # of pull ups. Let’s do this!

  278. I agree with those saying they need to get back on it…I lost the first 30 lbs. easily 3 years ago, then hovered for a while until last Christmas – this time the goal is to kick the sugar greatly (my phrase is “My drug of choice is sugar, and my preferred delivery method is chocolate”), and also increase the movement, esp. the play and weightlifting.

    Thanks for the great website – always great info! 🙂

  279. I have a feeling this is exactly what I need to get back on track…bring it on!

  280. I am so excited to join the challenge this year. I hope I can kick fatigue to the curb along with a few extra pounds. (:

  281. I’m in! Must kick this bad habit of Saturday “cheat days” that turn into a full weekend of junk.

  282. I can’t wait to start up….hoping it will help with my knee pain.

  283. I was thinking this would be an easy win, since I’ve been following the Primal Footprint diet for the past month or so and recently added the Primal Blueprint fitness outline. Unfortunately, my amount of sleep per night has been worse than ever. My goals are to 1, keep up the diet, 2, keep up the exercise, and 3, get more sleep per night. I’m not sure that I can immediately move from 5 or 6 hours per night to 8, but I’m going to try to get there by the end of the challenge.

  284. I try to spread the PB word wherever I can. This will help me step up my game a notch so it’s timed quite perfectly. Pick me, randomly! 🙂 Thank you, Mark, for all you do.

  285. I haven’t checked in here in a while, but I’m glad I did. This is exactly what I need to get my butt in gear, I’ve been trying to get back on the wagon and just couldn’t quite make it. And my husband has agreed to do it with me!

    1. Even my 14 year old carbaholic daughter is going to give it a try!

      Miracles do happen…

  286. Been dabbling for far too long! Grateful to be starting with some structure around me … today!

  287. So excited for the 21 day challenge! My whole has been eating primal for about 2 years &we love it! My son was born in November and my goal is to lose the last 5 lbs of pregnancy weight!

  288. Time to Grok out and lose some weight, gain energy and take on life! Not to mention, tame down the daily wine consumption!

  289. Need to shift the 2 kgs of winter weight that have crept on… going tramping for 4 days soon… not sure how strict I will be with food I am taking though… prepacked dehyds looking easy…

  290. tried this last year with no support and failed miserably. really want to complete it this year for more than the sake of finishing the challenge. day 1 has been alright so far!

  291. Love it! Already eating primally but have been indulging in treats so need a reset.

  292. I am definitely up for this challenge. I have started and failed so many similar challenges. This time I WILL DO IT!!!!

  293. I have been toying with the idea of eliminating dairy for awhile and I also need to “clean up” my eating in terms of NOT having a ‘few bites’ of whatever junk my kids happen to bring in the house. Other than those two things my diet is great, but I’m sure those two things are making a much bigger impact than I am aware of.
    I also am committed to 8 hours of sleep! I have arranged my daily calendar to make that a possibility.

  294. I’m in and am dragging my husband with me, he said he’d do it at least. I’m already primal with food but need to get some exercise, more than I do now. So that’s my challenge and his will be to join in some exercise and get rid of any of the grains that he sneaks (right in front of me). Plus, I’ll try that whole 8 hours of sleep thing, we’ll see if my body will do it.

  295. I have been needing something to get me going again exercise-wise. Just last night I was wondering when the next challenge would start. I have done the 30 Day Challenges in the past, and they were a lot of fun and very helpful in establishing better health patterns. I am attempting to drag my whole family into it this year. So far, 4 have committed to do it with me, and that has only been in the last 2 hours since I first texted them. So excited!!!

  296. Time to up my percentage & see if I can drag my wife along with me!

    Gotta beat the biscuits (cookies) & get more sleep – these are my nemeses!

    Iechyd dda all & Grok on!

  297. Commited to work on healing my gut in order to make the primal lifestyle that much more effective in the long run.
    Also working on nagging back pain thru a combination of proper posture and workouts.

  298. Love the Primal way of life and cant wait for more people to embrace this way of living as that is the best way to make it easier to live, with more understanding! Printing the pictures!

  299. My wife and I are really excited to try the 21-day Challenge. 🙂 I tweeted the infographic above, it’s simple to digest but still explains everything!

  300. Count me in! I’ve been looking at last year’s challenge for a little while and thinking about starting. Now that this one is here, I’m ready!

  301. Using this to get refocused and to renew my discipline with Primal & Paleo lifestyle. Need to really zero in on the sleep factor….I generally get 6 hrs. Two extra hours would feel wonderful, just have to commit to the changes to make it happen. Thanks for the challenge, Mark!

  302. I started eating primal a little over a year ago, and I have enjoyed fantastic results. Chronic sinusitis, acne, hypoglycemia, and digestive issues all went away, in addition to some extra weight. But I am still having a hard time sticking to a consistent exercise program. The 21-day challenge could be exactly what I need to finally get on track!

  303. I’ve been eating fairly Primally — mostly 95% / 5%, with some 80% / 20% days — and have lost 32 pounds so far, and I’m thrilled about that. But exercise has been the missing part of the equation.

    I’m excited to have this 21-day challenge — my first! — during which I can focus on building my exercise practice to the same level as my nutrient intake.

  304. First 21 day challenge — I’m committed and excited to begin!

  305. Looking forward to the camaraderie of the challenge. I’ve been having physical therapy for the past six months and am looking forward to working out again (carefully).

  306. Perfect timing 🙂 My knees keep swelling and doctors are having trouble finding solutions… but having recently been introduced to this webiste I am finally have some success… I’ve taken more than 1cm off the circumference of each knee over the past 3 weeks and I have knee caps again! Thanks Mark for all your well researched/linked info.

    Now that I’ve played around with diet, I think I am learning to listen and see what works. My goals for the 21 day challenge: to always make good food choices for the full 21 days and see how my knees improve (specifically no dairy as well as Mark’s food pyramid). Seems easy, but sometimes the most basic challenges can be the most challenging yet rewarding! Am pumped – lets go!!!!!

    Shared on: https://twitter.com/EvDaySmallThing

  307. Ok, I’m in.

    I’ve been doing this awhile, over a year, and have lost at least 25 lbs, but I mostly try to stick to the eating element, and not the exercise portion, etc. (when I “cheat,” I at least maintain gluten-free, but overdo the carbs, so I haven’t lost all the weight I need).

    For the 21 day challenge, I will keep a log of all the action points above, along with maintaining low enough carb intake to lose weight–and I’ll shoot for 80%+ adherence.

  308. I’m in. I’m starting to lift weights and get moving even more… even with an 8-5:30 corporate job.

  309. This challenge coincides with a weight loss challenge at work! I’m excited that Primal will help me in that challenge!

  310. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you…

    Good luck everyone!

  311. This is going to be a BLAST! Time to Grok this thing, enjoy the process, and embrace a new way of living.

  312. PrimalPalooza 2013 has begun with a bang! Love the new infographic. My 21 day challenge will be to go 100% Paleo and cut out all the Paleo treats…I’ve locked up all the dark chocolate so unless a bear raids the house (high-unlikely) and leaves me only with chocolate, I’m good to go. 🙂

  313. I’m in! Time to focus on my sleeping, and my moving, and my playing. And my eating…

  314. I am looking to tighten up my mostly Paleo lifestyle and kick some sugar cravings in the process.

  315. YES! This is perfect timing for me. I have been gluten-free for 2.5 years, but I want to take it to the next level. Lose some more weight and get my inflammation down. I’m in!

  316. Goal – reduce carbs to under 100g and sleep 8 hours a day – and lose 6lbs body fat.

  317. I’m 48 and have been primal for about 2 years now. I had been struggling with my hormones, so I went to the doctor about 6 months ago and asked, “What can we do about my hormones?!” She (Dr. Cate Shanahan) said we can’t address your hormones until you get off of sugar. Give up sugar and if you’re still having trouble in 2 months we’ll address it. Well, I haven’t called back yet! I fell off the sugar wagon about 3 weeks ago though, so I am using this challenge to get back on track. Perfect timing!

  318. I’ve been primal (ish) for 3.5 years. I’ve gotten much stronger, but I’m not happy with the flab I still carry. I commit to uncovering the gorgeous muscles I’ve been working on!

  319. This timing lines up perfectly for what has been a growing desire to ‘redo’ my life, as I’ll be starting back to college the 23rd of this month. My pending divorce may have been the best thing that ever happened to me, rivaled only by this challenge/opportunity to love myself. 🙂

    Goals

    1) To achieve and maintain all of the 21 Day goals noted above.
    2) To do it because I’m worth it, damn it.
    3) To lose weight and get fit in mind, body, and spirit.
    4) I’ll even give up my occasional cigar for 21 days.

  320. I’ve been primal for almost two weeks, and I could use this challenge as motivation to stick with it! So far I have been feeling great and well energized despite my very active job! I’m very excited!

  321. Just finishing a challenging 2 month work schedule, with another one starting next week so it seems like a perfect time to set some specific goals and try to keep some kind of balance. Specifically I want to: 1. Kick the sugar habit, I did it once but it’s been coming back lately. 2. Keep up the exercise – not going to be easy with my upcoming work schedule, but I should be able to get SOME kind of exercise in multiple times per week. Anything on top of those would just be gravy really.

  322. I’m in – PB helped me lose 50lbs but I’m still skinny fat (and not so skinny through the middle) so I want to rededicate myself for 21 days and complete what I’ve begun.

  323. I am commited to maintaining a paleo template diet and encouraging fellow autoimmune thyroid patients that is also in their best interest to go paleo to regain and maintain their health and wellbeing. The Hashimoto’s 411 group on facebook has close to 100 members whove already commited at our recommendation. I refer our members to Marks Daily Apple often. Hashimoto’s 411 loves Grok!! ….and Mark 😉

  324. Time for me to get committed following ALL the steps for the next 21 days, not just the ones that revolve around diet. That means making time for play and getting enough sleep too!

  325. I am ready to get back on track. Lift heavy things, incorporate TRX, eat better and sleep longer.

  326. Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of going “as primal as possible”…..I feel great. let’s do this.

  327. My body needs some serious detox and rest from hard core cardio and excessive lifting. Here to repair and restart!

  328. Gained a couple pounds recently. A good time to focus and take them back off.

  329. Bring it on! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into tidying up my diet and learning to live exercise because it is fun, not a chore.

  330. This is what I needed to get back on track. I feel so much better mentally and physically when I eat better.

  331. Freezer full of meat, fridge (and garden) full of produce, pantry full of herbs, spices, and sardines! Let’s do this!

  332. Lost 15 pounds following dietary advice about 75% of the time…but that was months ago. This will be my first 21 Day Challenge and the first time combining dietary advice with fitness advice. Any helpful suggestions on doing this while home educating 5 kids (that doesn’t include my husband because he works away from home right now) would be much appreciated. 🙂

  333. cut pop, candy out of my diet( they are both huge parts of my caloric intake) and limit my grains.

  334. I have dabbled with the Primal Blueprint for the last year and have felt great when I have stuck with it. Hopefully this challenge is what I need to stay committed!

  335. I am in! looking forward to a leaner, stronger, happier me 🙂

  336. I just bought the book yesterday, so I’m ready to get started. I’ve been wheat free for 3 weeks and feeling such a difference.

  337. So excited for this! I’ve been primal for most of the summer, but spent alot of time transitioning, then eating WAY too much chocolate cake when some relatives came to visit, then transitioning again… Now I finally am feeling really good, and I plan to carry that forward during this challenge.
    My big goal is to plan ahead better for breakfast and lunch, so it can just be grab and go, without compromising on my carb numbers just because I’m in a hurry. I also plan to be more cognizant of getting enough electrolytes, and play more

  338. I am committed. 🙂 Been primal for 2 years, and it’s time to take it further!

  339. I’m in! Been primal for three years, but a 3-week refresher is always worth while.

  340. My fiancé and I just decided to go full primal for a month last night. I went on the website this morning for some inspiration and here’s the 21 day challenge! Perfect timing! Bring on the Challenge!!

  341. This is my first Primal Challenge after going grok in January…I think this will be good to help me get back 100% paleo, I’ve been straying a little too much lately. Perfect timing!

  342. Shared on Facebook. Looking forward to this year’s challenge!

  343. Excited to join this challenge and get back on track. After we finished an Ironman in July, my husband and I slacked off a bit, so I’m excited to join this challenge!

  344. This is awesome! Can’t see what kind of impact this will have on my weight and my diabetes!

  345. Have been semi primal for 6 months…Time to get serious! This will be a real challenge as we are heading to Scotland for a week of travel and a wedding – Wish me luck!
    ps. Is scotch primal 🙂 ?

  346. I am currently involved in a challenge through work utilizing the Lose It! app to track my progress. I am hoping to utilize The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge to supplement my endeavors.

  347. I’m in! Focusing on less fruit and dairy, less eating out and zero grains!

  348. I’m in! Too many indulgences becoming regular diet occurences. Time to tighten the focus and the body.

  349. I’m in. I need to get back on track after my ten day vacay binge.

  350. Shared on a local FB ancestral eating page. Maybe I can encourage a few to do more than just the eating! I have just joined a gym in order to fit in my fun/exercise: swimming. Now to get my eating back closer to the 100% for this, and away from the 60/40 I have been doing!

  351. Been waiting for a challenge to re-committ to the paleo life style.

  352. My goal is to get more sleep and not fall off the wagon on the weekends.

  353. I am doing the challenge. I am tired of gaining weight every year and I want to feel better!

  354. Very excited to start this challenge!! Hoping to lose a bit of weight, but more importantly, feel better in general.

  355. I’ve been dabbling in the primal pool for almost a year now after I experienced a few inflammation-related health issues as a vegan (for 3+ years). I’m ready to commit 100% and get rid of these problems once and for all! I’ve always been overweight too, and I’m thinking I’m finally ready to become a fat-burning beast!

  356. Just started 2 weeks ago and feel very positive about the diet and lifestyle changes I’ve made so far. I’m already enjoying more daily sun, fun socializing, and of course the diet which I love. Plus I’ve signed up for the Primalcon in Lake Tahoe. I’m jumping in with both feet and really appreciate the timely support of this 21 day challenge.

  357. I am so ready for this ! I started the Primal Blueprint about 10 days ago and am committed to finding the really healthy and fit version of myself. Would love to win a gift certificate so I could try some of the supplements.

  358. I am new to the paleo/primal lifestyle and challenge myself to commit to 21 days of clean eating. Mostly I want to remotivae myself to move more. Need a kick up the bum!! 🙂

  359. So happy to have a bunch of other people to do this with & keep me motivated!

  360. Ok, I’m in.

    I’ve been mostly primal for over a year–have lost 25 pounds. When I get off track, I do at least maintain gluten free and that has made a big difference in my joint inflammation!

    Most of my paleo effort has been in eating well. For the 21 day challenge I will work on incorporating all of the action points, keeping a log of it, plus keeping my carbs down so I can also lose weight.

    My goal is to be 80%+ in all areas.

  361. Shared on Facebook and posted my 3 goals for the challenge.
    1. More sunshine each day
    2. Eat less sugar
    3. Squat more

    Need to spend more time squatting and work on that ankle/hip mobility I can keep playing hard 🙂

  362. I started on my Primal journey last November and with Crossfit lost 17kgs from november to February. Since then I have had two surgeries and other sicknesses and have fallen off the wagon and put half of the weight back on through not being able to exercise and eating SAD (which makes me sad….).
    Perfect timing for this challenge. I’m in!!

  363. Interval training up the Squamish Chief, BC to start this challenge off with a bang. Been primal for three months. Always stoked to keep learning. Grok on!!

  364. Count me in! I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and to having ago at the Primal Essential Movements as well! 😀

  365. I’m committing to eating primal with specific emphasis on eliminating grains, sugar and diet sodas. Also I commit to moving more. Let’s do it!

  366. I just found marksdailyapple and the primal way of life a week ago. I have already witnessed incredible changes. I’m very fit but have had digestive problems my entire life. I’ve elimated all sorts of things from my diet in the past (meat, dairy, citrus fruits, caffeine), but I never thought it could be the GRAINS!! I started my primal journey one week ago. On day 2, I was at my doctor (gastro), because of problems I’ve been having. I’m having a colonscopy this Friday to rule out any major problems. When he asked if I had any questions, I said, “do you think it could be grains that are doing this to my system?” His answer, “Nope.” And off he sent me with three prescriptions. I’m not trying to lose weight, but I’m sure I’ve already lost a few pounds (judging by the looseness of my pants). I can’t wait to see how I feel after 21 days!!! THANKS MARK!! Now I just have to convince my strict vegan/no fat at all in his diet friend to join me.

    1. not to mention my husband and three kids!! I’ll get myself straight first, and then will convert my household.

  367. Needed some extra motivation to avoid those (SAD)quick meals this week with a busy…busy schedule this week (6:30-20:00)…

  368. Going to use these 21 days to be entirely Primal/Paleo. I’ve been doing pretty good for the last month but still couldn’t man up to completely leave dairy products out. It’s time to give it a try. At least for the next 21 days…

  369. I’m in! I started on the primal path back in March of this year and lost 19 pounds, zero brain fog and lots of energy. Stress has taken it’s toll and I’m back to my sugar snarfing ways. Time to get back to feeling fantastic!

  370. I’ve dabbled with Primal, mostly going gluten free. but need to cut out all grains, sugar, and alcohol.

    Here we go!

  371. I’m so excited to go completely primal! I hope to inspire the rest of my family as well. Thanks for all the good information and making this so easy to follow.

  372. Count me in! Looking forward to getting fit and lean over the next 3 weeks!

  373. My challenge this month is to not only slow down eating, but refocus on having complete meals. Lately I’ve been doing so much panicked grazing because I don’t have meals ready, so I want to challenge myself to make more meals each week.

  374. I’ve watched a someone do very well with this, time to give it a go!

  375. I Tweeted (@Bake,Run,Live). I want to make a change to more Primal workouts. I’m ready to leave the chronic cardio behind for some heavy lifting!

  376. Perfect timing. Ready to get back on the bandwagon after a bit of late summer slacking.

  377. I’m turning 30 in mid-October and want to do so feeling my best! Have been eating in alignment with primal principles for a little over a year, but summer has brought lots of travel and parties, meaning lots of opportunities to fall off the wagon. I plan to focus on reducing my alcohol intake, getting better sleep, and getting into a primal exercise/movement routine — in addition to better adherence to primal eating principles. Excited to join everyone in the challenge!

  378. I’m so excited to try this 21-day challenge! I’ve been wanting to give primal/paleo a try and can’t wait to find out for myself the benefits of this lifestyle.

  379. I’ve been primal over 3 years, but completely slacking lately.

    I’m in!

  380. I am in, fell off the sabertooth and hit a McD’s on the way down time to catch up with that tiger.

  381. waited for that kind of a challenge for quite a long time.
    great opportunity to get back to old routine
    let the fun begin

  382. Great timing! I’m running my first Warrior Dash in about a month and was just thinking that I need to tighten up my eating & training. This is a great motivation!

  383. I have tried eating primal for a few days at a time and it really makes you feel great. Time to buckle down and make it a lifestyle. No excuses for birthdays, parties, or BBQ’s. It can all still be done within the lifestyle. Lets Go!!

  384. I’ve been Primal for 4 years now and am in the best shape of my life, having lost 60lbs in the first year and kept it off this entire time. I’m going to use this 21 Day Challenge to move towards vainer goals – like actually getting that 6-pack!! It’s one of the reason Primal works for me.

  385. 21 day challenge:
    Been there, done that, doin’ it again!

  386. Great timing for the challenge. Just got back from a long trip and wanted to refocus on my primal ways.

  387. Been looking for motivation to get back on the primal track. Timing is perfect for this. Day one started great!

  388. Started going Primal on my birthday the end of april and have lost 45 pounds. I have not followed exactly and maybe this will get me on track.

  389. This year I’m vowing to get up and move every 2 hours while at the office or sitting on my butt at home. I also want to try one new Primal dish each weekend.

    And I’m stoked about the new infographic–looks awesome! Pinned to my primal recipes board 🙂

  390. Love MDA and the Paleo/Primal way of life. I hope more and more people hop on board the Caveman bandwagon with the already sizable and faithful contingency we have here!

  391. I’ve been primal for a few months, but I started eating grains again… At first it was just a little bit at a time, and I didn’t have any trouble so I thought maybe it’d be alright if I ate grains sometimes. Then one day I ended up eating grains with every meal (SAD for a day), and got the worst stomach pain I’ve ever had, plus my wrist ached horribly and could hardly function (only ached once before, after eating grains another time). That was the day before yesterday I think.
    So this 21 day challenge comes with perfect timing as I was trying to reinforce my primal diet, vowing to not eat grains. Maybe once a month? Once a year? (hard letting go, lol)
    I’m gonna do my best! Had a couple wonderful primal meals today already 🙂

  392. Looking forward to being able to “amaze” my diabetes care doctor with better controlled blood sugars and less diabetes medicine. He’s had me on the standard ADA diet for the last 3 months and I’ve gained back 40 pounds and have had to double the amount of meds I take daily to have normal blood sugar numbers.

    Found a new primary care doctor that is a lot more open minded and actually listens to me when I tell her something. Like I do way better on way less carbs!

  393. Lose 6 lbs in 21 days following the guidelines of the primal blueprint challenge

  394. I am ordering a slack line and my goals are to work out every day and to give up beer for the next 21 days!

  395. Was introduced to this lifestyle almost 2 years ago and it did wonders for my health!! Felt better than I had in my entire life and I looked good naked. 😉

    For about 6 months now I’ve gotten off track. “Cheating” a little more each day. My body is unhealthy again and I need another challenge to bring me back.

    1. Cheating a little more each day? That sounds like what I did. Did not end well, as one day I had full SAD meals… Apparently my body really doesn’t work with the stuff, lol.

  396. Count me in! I’ve been reading here for a few weeks now, and I’m ready to take the plunge. Day 1 is down – easier than I was expecting, despite the unexpected challenge of a sick kid.

  397. Great timing! 7 months till my 40th and just made one of my bucket list goals to submit a success story by my birthday.

  398. I’ve been trying out primal off and on for 3 years now and I HAVE to do it right this time. I’m a slow starter but my blood sugars are starting to rise out of the pre-diabetic range and into the diabetic range so it’s now or irreversible damage will be done. I started today and was primal excepting some coffee creamer and a tiny half serving of rice! YAY! I totally started the journey today with no knowledge of the international jumpstart this year and it happened to coincide. When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

  399. I’m in! Now my Facebook friends are all asking, “No beans? No grains? Aren’t they healthy?” Time to share. 🙂

  400. My 21 day challenge: I commit to no added sugar and to start lifting heavy things (via Crossfit)

  401. Its been almost 2 years since I went primal. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Have learned so much and it’s great to be in charge of my own health. Totally awesome!!

  402. Been trying to ease into a primal lifestyle for a few months now. This challenge is perfect to jump into it all out!

  403. Long time reader, first time Challange-doer. I’m excited to use this to kick my gluten-free eating into fully primal eating!

  404. I’ve been dabbling with the primal lifestyle for almost two years now…it’s especially tough for me to maintain because I am a pastry chef by profession. How do I justify this lifestyle for myself, but promote the opposite for others? All I know at this point is that this challenge has come at the exact right time. I was ready to re-commit, and now I’m definitely in! My goals are myriad, but the main focus for the time being is weight loss. Long term, I’m looking to become a lean, mean, primal athletic machine who lives life instead of merely surviving it.

  405. Excited to start! I spend a lot of time helping and coaching others. Now is the time to honor my own body and spirit!

  406. I am excited to do this. I support and coach people to reach goals- now is the time to honor my spirit and body.

  407. I needed this. I’ve been Paleo for a bit over a year now, but I feel like I never embraced the whole thing, I just got the food bit down and made an effort to sleep more, but the exercise and the play have been beyond me. I am hoping to make it work this time.

  408. I’ll be focusing on better meal prep/planning. I’ve had the saying “Failure to plan is planning to fail” rattling around my head a bit too much lately. I’ve invited some friends and family to join the challenge, so here’s to hoping they seriously try and see some great changes.

  409. I’m committing to start LHT and minimizing stress. I think the two go hand in hand, but minimizing stress is hard in my line of work. Wish me luck!

    I’m also going to do my best at staying away from the sugary treat jar down the hall 😉

  410. I am in. My husband and I are running this challenge together.

  411. I’ve been in the 20 of the 80/20 zone lately, so it’s time to reboot my food choices. I have been upping the ante on play and primal movement in the last 2 weeks, so this is just fuel to keep on going. Rock climbing lesson on Friday, swimming on Saturday, hiking to the waterfall on Sunday… By Jove, I think I like this kind of exercise!

  412. Thanks Mark. Just when I thought that I was falling off track, by announcing this contest, you have pulled me back on line….

  413. I am committed! Hopefully the hubby is too! I’ve told a few friends, also.. hopefully something will come of it!

  414. I’ve been primal with varying levels of consistency for about a year and a half. Lost 30 pounds, husband came back from working away and I gained 5 back! This challenge comes at a perfect time since I’m a teacher and school just started again, so I’ve got a routine and structure again which helps keep me on track. Just got my husband and sister (new roommate!) on the primal train and they are doing the challenge too! My challenge is to add lifting heavy things and sprinting and hopefully lose another ten pounds.

  415. Yay! I’m in. Hopefully this will be the inspiration I need… I need to stop using an uncooperative, non-paleo husband as an excuse for eating things that make me look and feel like crap.

  416. I’m in. I’ve been slacking lately, but this will help me get back in gear. I remember the transformation when I started the primal lifestyle, and am looking forward to the 21 day challenge helping me get back to where I want to be.

  417. Just started a couple weeks ago. Not that good at this yet, but will give it a go. 🙂

  418. I’ve read primal blueprint, subscribe to the blog, and have “dabbled” in paleo. I’m ready for a challenge!

  419. I’d like to get back on track after slipping off the wagon. But more importantly I’d like to lose the last 10kg that are hanging about. I think that I need to be 100% Primal and keep my carbs below 50g per day in order to shift this last bit of weight. This goal is a goal that keeps getting carried over year after year and I’d like to really go at it with all of my will power for my first 21 day challenge. No giving up on me!

  420. I’m here for the challenge! I have a myriad of health conditions and at least 30 to 40 lbs to lose! I’m ready!

  421. Love it! what a great season to start this more then 21 days till Canadian thanksgiving.

  422. Committed now more than ever! Love PB; it has made such a difference in my life. Goal is to lift harder than ever before!

  423. I have gradually been working into the primal lifestyle over the past year. I have almost perfected the diet and am on track with the exercise. Over the next 21 day I am going to focus on the lifestyle aspects (sleep, sun, play etc.). Best of all, I have finally got my whole family involved! Can’t wait to see their reaction when they realise how good this way of life is!

  424. Time to add back more exercise now that my health is better from eating high quality healthy food.

  425. What I really need to work on is getting back to exercising. Would love to get 8 hrs sleep but being menopausal that is an impossibility. Will make sure I am relaxed if not asleep for 8 hours.

  426. Starting the Primal plan a week ago and now I am ready for the Challenge!

  427. okay, but it’s going to be difficult to get 15 minutes of sun with the days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler.

    1. Agreed, in the UK it’s going to be pretty much impossible. I think I’ll just aim to get out at lunchtimes for at least 15mins’ fresh air, rather than staying at my desk the whole day.

  428. My first 21-Day challenge after hanging around MDA for 18 months! Perfect timing for this challenge, it will end with my half marathon and then I’ll have 2 weeks in Mexico getting primal in the Yucatan!

    I want to be stricter with grains & sugary treats, keep my lactose intake as low as possible, do more bodyweight exercise, and learn to play!

  429. My wife and I are both in! We have been loyal readers of the blog but not as loyal followers of the Grok way of life. We are now taking the challenge.

  430. My goal is to slow down and take some time clear my mind/meditate/enjoy the moment everyday! Shared this page on FB!

  431. Such good timing! My husband and I just did our first Primal day yesterday! We are in!

  432. Threw the challenge up on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’ve been trying to live more primal for a few months now but different hurdles always get in the way. It’s time to stop making excuses and buckle down and embrace a simpler way of doing things.

  433. Great timing! I have let beer re-enter my diet over the last month or so, and along with has come a few other grains. Ready to knock it out and live to the fullest!