Why I’m Doing the 75 Hard Challenge

Wow, this year has been a wild ride. We still have almost half of it left. Here’s hoping it dramatically changes for the better!

I’d like to say that I’ve managed well since March, but if my lack of posts are any indication, I would be lying. A lot of negative things have happened to me, and despite my attitude that nothing was going to keep me down for too long, I stayed “down” far longer than I would have imagined. So the short of it is, I need something new in my life to push myself.

I need a reason to stop moping around, rolling out of bed right before work, and feeling like “what’s the point?” I’m a firm believer that you have control of your life, and only YOU can make changes. But I’m over here not listing to myself, just existing.

The reality is, the pandemic is not just going to end. And me waiting for things to return to normal isn’t the answer. Who knows how long I could be waiting. Essentially I am giving myself an excuse to not work out, to eat only snacks, to wake up right before my morning meeting, etc.

I think I lost myself a bit over the last 6 months. But I’m tired of it. It’s time to get back to pushing myself to be better. It’s time for me to step back outside my comfort zone. It’s time to go back to living, even if it looks different than it did before everything happened. And I feel that this challenge is going to get me there.

If you don’t know what the 75 Hard Challenge is, let me tell you.

  • No alcohol
  • Drink 1 gallon of water a day
  • Work out 2 times a day for 45 minutes each. One workout must be outside. Rain or shine.
  • Read 10 pages of a non fiction/ entrepreneurial/ self improvement book
  • Follow a diet of your choice, with no cheats
  • Take a progress picture everyday.
  • AND if you mess up anywhere in the 75 days, you start back at day 1.

The truth is, I need something to focus on. I need something to get me back to who I was before this pandemic. And this here is going to do it. In fact I have no doubt this challenge will make me a better person than I was before. I want to cultivate that mental toughness to get through life. And I want to set myself on a path of success. Because if you can do this for 75 days, I believe you can set any goal and knock it down.

I am HIGHLY motivated now, but I know that will waiver over the course of 75 days. I am ready for it.

Honestly, I thought this was just another silly fad at first. I had no intentions of pursuing this. But the more it was in my face, the more I saw about it, the more I realized this is not a fad diet or something. This is a mental challenge more than anything. And that is EXACTLY what I need right now.

I forgot for a minute there that I am striving for constant self improvement. After all, that’s what prompted this blog. My journey to understanding who I am, and improving myself while sharing it. I hope to document my journey over the next 75 days. I know for a fact I am going to struggle, but I am determined to be one of the ones who finishes this. I know I can. So if you have any interest in trying it, or watching this play out, stick around because I will certainly share the good AND the bad. 🙂

Also, if you’re on the fence about doing this, or want to learn more, listen to the “REAL AF with Andy Frisella” podcast. I listened to the episode 75Hard: A 75 Day Tactical Guide for Winning the War With Yourself”, and it REALLY got me excited to do this.

Let me know if you’ve done the challenge, plan to do it, or you’re in the middle of it. I would love to hear your experience!

Until next time,

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