I want to preface this with wow- how long has it been since I wrote anything for this? Lets just not answer that… I do want to say that I have a lot of written but never published posts so that counts for what? Nothing I guess…
I have a lot to get through and a lot of things to talk about so I’m just going to skip the life update except to say this: Covid sucks, life is weird, we have all been places and done things we never thought we would and its led up to this point in time. So now I’m going to talk about 75 Hard and why I’m doing it and what my overall plans and goals are. Lets blast through this and get to work!
What is 75 Hard? Well I’m going to link the website here, and you can read about it yourself. But basically its a mental toughness challenge- “an ironman for your brain” as the creator Andy Frisella says. He has a great podcast about it (if you arent wild about cursing just be forewarned) that is full of information. BUT for me this is about being accountable and present for myself. Its about gaining the mental strength to start something and see it to the finish even if there are hard times, I dont want to do it, or I get bored. You can read back on this blog and see that there are TONS of failed attempts at things and I think that it stems from having the ability to keep myself accountable. I’m not saying that everything I do needs to have a start and a finish, I just want the big things that I say I’ll do- like losing weight, or committing to whatever goal I have, to happen for myself. And I think I need some mental toughness to make that happen.
If you dont know there are 5 things that you have to do everyday for the 75 days. They are:
- Work out 2 times a day for 45 minutes each- one of those workouts has to be outside
- Stick to a diet- no cheat meals or booze!
- Drink a gallon of water a day
- Read 10 pages of a nonfiction self help book
- Take a progress picture every day
There is an app thats like 5 bucks that’ll help you keep track of these things or you can just do it everyday on your own!
Right now these are my plans for each of these items
Exercise 2 times a day:
Right now I get up at 6 am every day (except weekends because I wanna sleep in!) and workout starting at 6:30 am. I rotate what I’m doing strength, yoga, cardio. I’ve been doing workouts on the Peloton App, which have been amazing. My second workout is either a bike ride or a walk. Everyday at 4 pm I leave for my walk/bike ride.
I am using Weight Watchers and eating within my points. Overall I need something that I can do long term and WW gives me the means to do that. I truly hate counting macros, though why points are better I dont know. But this is what I’m working with. I dont use my extra weekly points, and I eat clean so even though I can have McDonalds and count the points, I’m not doing that because of the challenge. In the long run of life and my goals for this year, I am looking for a diet that is sustainable long term and depriving myself of everything just isnt going to work. I’m not eating sweets, except fruit, or fast food or anything. I just really like WW and the flexibility that I have with it.
In general I am looking at giving up booze for the whole year. Though that is not something that I am aiming for, its just something that comes with this challenge. I think its an important thing to look at because I feel like because of covid I’ve been drinking a lot more.
I think this is pretty self explanatory. I have a huge gallon jug that I fill up each night and I have a 32 oz cup that I use during the day and fill from the jug so I can have cold water. It works.
So right now I’m reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and I like it okay. It wont last me the entire challenge so I have some books on Amazon that I put on a wish list that I’ll use when I get done.
Every morning I get dressed and take a progress picture right before I workout. It works for me!
There isnt a lot of difference between day one and day 7, and thats okay! Next week I’ll try to make sure to get the right pants with the right bra and pants to match up with day one, and yes there are 8 because today is my 8th day.
As you can see I’ve been doing this for 7 days. Thursday was the end of my first week. I have some goals for this year that I’m going to share here and the 75 Hard is the first part of that goal. 75 Hard isnt about weight loss though they say that it is a byproduct of the challenge. My goal this year is about weight, but I think that I need the mental toughness to make it happen, which is why I’m starting with the 75 Hard and working my way through it.
I’m not calling this a resolution because its really just something that I would do whether it was January or May. Its just that I recently found out about 75 Hard and wanted to do it. So I started on the first of the year.
My goal this year is going to be to lose 100 pounds. I know thats a big undertaking so I’m just going to break it up by 3 month intervals and I’m going to apply the 75 hard rules and maybe look into some other challenges. But I think that having the right mental strength to make this happen and to set rules for myself and stick with them is going to be what makes this time different.
One of the things that is on my weekly list of accountability is posting here. Of course I’ll give you an overall view of my 75 Hard when I get done, but one of the ways to keep myself accountable is going to be here on the blog, and I do daily posts in a Facebook fitness group with my friends.
There are other phases that come after the 75 Hard program but I’m not sure if I’m going to do them once I get done. Something that Frieslla talks about in a podcast is how one of the phases he has people stop the 5 requirements for a month to see how they react when you take away the rules. That was something that really stuck with me. It might be part this process for me.
I just know that every 3 months I’m going to reassess how I’m doing (I do this weekly with my workout plan) and make adjustments to what I’m doing to reach my 100 lb weight loss and how its being done. At the end of March I’m going to take a look at what I need to do next to keep working toward my goal. I know I get burnt out and bored, its just a personality trait of mine or maybe something that I just do. And taking stock of my goals and plans on a shorter term is going to need to be something that I plan into my program!
I just want to end this by saying that I do finish things, I do follow through with goals. Just sometimes not the really hard ones, and for some reason not the weight loss one. Oh I’ll lose weight for a short period of time, a couple of months, three months, etc. But for the long term I dont keep it off and I dont stick with my goals and I want that to change for me.