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75 Hard Challenge

I decided to finally do the 75 Hard Program

75 Hard is a program where you complete a list of things to do everyday for 75 days. No cheating, no compromises. If you miss something on this list, you start back at Day 1. 

The Rules of 75 Hard:
1. Exercise twice each day for 45 minutes – one of these workouts must be outdoors
2. Drink a gallon of water a day
3. Pick a diet or eating plan and stick to it with absolutely NO CHEAT MEALS and NO ALCOHOL
4. Read a minimum of 10 pages every day of self development or business book.
5. Take one progress photo each day

Nate and I decided to start this challenge tomorrow. He has actually completed this challenge once before. I have been scared to start it. Scared of what? I’m not really sure. But if I sit here and think about it, I think I’m scared of failure.

Could I really not drink for 75 days? Could I really drink a gallon of water everyday? And 2 workouts … how will I find the time to get them in?

But after drinking these last 3 weekends, feeling like doo doo every Sunday, taking 2-3 days to get back to normal; it’s time for a break.

It’s time for me to focus on myself, my body and nutrition.

I decided to take this training course on Holistic nutrition. For the next couple months I need to focus, study and learn. I can’t do that if I’m constantly fighting a hangover every week. Before you assume that I’m a raging alcoholic, I don’t drink that much. I rarely drink during the week but usually on the weekends I’ll throw a few back. But it literally takes me 2-3 days for the fog to lift and for me to feel mentally normal again.

If I’m struggling 2-3 days a week. I can’t make my goals happen. So, kicking alcohol to the curb for 75 days may not be easy to do but it was an easy decision to make.

Reading use to be my struggle but now that I have to read books for the training; I think that will be a breeze. My main concern is getting everything in. The Water, the 2 workouts …

However if I don’t try, I’ll never know and if I do this, this could and will help me get to my goal in November.

To be the healthiest I have ever been by the time I turn 40 in November.

My goal throughout these next 75 days is to lose 12 lbs. That’s a little over a lb a week, which I think is do-able. Especially if I’m not drinking, working out 2x a day, drinking a ton of water and sticking with my diet.

Speaking of the diet part. When it comes to the dieting I have had not so great experiences. I find myself becoming obsessive with what I eat. A few years ago I tried Whole 30 and while it was good, it wasn’t sustainable. All I thought about was food, and that is not like me at all. I want this challenge to be somewhat sustainable. So, instead of a specific diet I’m focusing on eating whole foods, low carb, low sugar.

I’ve got all the emotions right now. I’m a little excited to get it going and get some progress towards my goal. But I’m also a little nervous, will it be hard? Will I be able to do it? Will it even help?

And then I think to myself, the things you are doing now aren’t doing anything. Nothing has changed. I’ve been in the same cycle week after week, month after month. It’s time to make a change.

You can’t be doing the same stuff over and over again and expect different results … that’s called insanity. It’s time to make it happen.

Over the next 75 Days I will be posting weekly updates, sharing my experience with you along the way. I’m doing this in hopes to show you that we all can do hard things.

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