What I Learned from 75 Hard Challenge

When I was going into labor with my first baby, I was at 175 pounds. Prior to getting pregnant, my heaviest weight was at 125 pounds.

More recently, I weighed 190 pounds going into 2020.
At 5′, this weight has become a confidence killer and physically painful.

2020 was the year I was going to make breakthroughs with my health/fitness and my finances.
Like really get my shit together and make 2021 THE best year of my life as I put in the work THIS year.

2020 had other plans and COVID happened and that threw some wrenches in my plans, especially financially as I had to pull more personal and payday loans so I’m in more debt than I have ever been since I’ve gotten divorced four years ago.

But my financial setback is not what I’m here to talk about.

I’m here to talk about the mental shift I’ve made in 75 days from Andy Frisella’s 75 Hard Program.

It’s free but it’s ruthless.
Here’s the link to the podcast that explains everything that goes behind it:

https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/mfceo-project-podcast/75hard-a-75-day-tactical-guide-to-winning-the-war-with-yourself-with-andy-frisella-mfceo291

In summary, you have a list of tasks you have to do and if you break any one of them, you have to start over.
The criteria you have to meet:
1. Pick a diet. Any diet. It doesn’t matter what it is: pescatarian, vegetarian, keto, macros, or simply cutting sugar or not eating out.
What matters is sticking to it for the next 75 days.

Also, no alcohol. And no cheat days. This is a 24/7 commitment for 75 days.

2. Workouts: 2 SEPARATE 45-minute workouts. They can’t be done back to back.
(If you want to know why they have to be separate and think it’s not fair and how you don’t have the time to do two separate workouts, listen to his podcast)

At least one of those workouts MUST be done outside. No matter the weather, how tired you are, or how sick you might be. You push through.
His one exception is: Don’t be stupid.

As in.. if there’s a hurricane outside, then don’t go outside. Have some common sense but overall, no excuses

3. Read a personal development book, at least 10 pages.

4. Take a progress picture EVERY DAY.

5. Drink a gallon of water EVERY DAY.

What happens if you fail any of these tasks? You start over.

No one is keeping track of these tasks except for you.
This is based off integrity and being honest with yourself.

I honestly didn’t think I could do it. But I did it.

My motivation was really wanting to do something to get my butt into gear to become healthier and I really wanted to do this program. But I also didn’t want it enough to start over. So I gave it my all in one shot.

Frisella said it himself that this isn’t for the physical transformation (even though that’s why I wanted to do it) but more so for a mental transformation.
And that’s exactly what I got from it.

I finished my 75 days in April and here are the HABITS that stuck, even if I am a little more lenient with it:
Doing something active every day
Drinking at least half a gallon every day.

When I say lenient, I mean, yes, there have been days when I didn’t do either of those things, but overall, I’m much more active and hydrated than before I started the 75 days.

Here’s where I can see a transformation in my mentality.

I have set goals physical goals for myself.
It’s not about the number that I see on the scale but what I am doing and creating a new reality for myself.

Part of intentionally living for me is doing the things you wish to be so that when your dreams become a reality, you have evolved into the type of person who would live that way.

For example, an athletic person will be active and have a love for movement, training, and pushing themselves. If you’re a couch potato that doesn’t mind skipping workouts more often than not and staying in to watch Netflix more often than going outside to move your body, there’s a misalignment there.

You can’t be both an athletic person and a couch potato.

Your actions dictate who you are.

The identity I wish to become is someone who has more life and spirit.
Who enjoys movement, exploring, and trying new things.
Who is physically apt to be able to do those things comfortably (not struggling to breathe and taking a break every 10 minutes).

This means I have to actually get off my ass and move.

For awhile, my workouts didn’t really have a direction. They were intentional and planned but there wasn’t an end goal. It was just to simply get the workout done for the sake of getting it done.

But somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted to be outside more.
I want to run.
I want to hike longer trails and higher elevations.

So for the month of July, I decided to focus more on my cardio fitness and prep myself for runs and hikes.

I committed myself to completing Turbo Fire (A kickboxing home workout program) and walking at least 5k every day.

There have been days when I felt like skipping my walks and sleeping in, but sure enough, I have been getting it done.
I had swapped a couple of days around so far on my workout program but nonetheless, all workouts have been completed so far.

And I owe it to the 75 Hard program.

I learned to commit to myself, my goals, and my desired outcome.
I don’t have to “start over” for failing to commit but when I do fail to commit, I’m truly failing myself and the future that I wish to create.

I started a tracker in my bullet journal and my goal is to see more of the designated colors for each day for each task (walking, working out, blogging, posting on YouTube) than black (the color I’m using for missed goals), and so far, there is none.

I started doing this about a week before July but didn’t actually start tracking until the week of July started.

So “on paper”, I’m only eight days into this new journey I’m on but I’m feeling just as determined as I did the first day.

I pushed through the pain in my feet, my bunions, my ankles, my knees, my hips, the shin splints. I learned that I have severe overpronation in my feet which is the cause of all these pain so I learned stretches and exercises to help my feet and started getting into the habit of using my TheraCane and foam roller more often.

I pushed through the comfort of sleeping in and making sure I get it done and over with first thing in the morning.

Before 75 Hard, I probably would have given up.
I didn’t have the “mental toughness” to overcome obstacles.

75 Hard helped me realize I can do what I set my mind to do.
It’s something that I plan to apply into my financial goals as well as I return back to work in August and start a part-time job next week (God is GOOD!).

Doing 75 Hard was one of the most challenging commitments I had to keep but the discipline and the mental transformation that comes from it is every bit worth doing it.

It outlines the frame of intentionally living and and forces you to look at the choices you have around you: is this serving me? Or will it hinder me from what I need to do?

I have learned to simplify my life, my habits, and really only focus on the things that matter that will help me reach my goals.

If that’s not transformation, I don’t know what is.

It’s a program I highly recommend.
You’re worth it ❤

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