How 75 Hard Prepared Me For Blogging
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April 5, 2021, Day 1 of my very first 75 Hard Challenge.
Little did I know, I was laying a foundation upon which a whole new journey was to be built.Little did I know, I was laying a foundation upon which a whole new journey was to be built. Click To Tweet
I was oblivious to what the next 75 days had in store for me, and had no idea that the next 2 1/2 months would be preparing me for another chapter in my life.
You see, at the time I just thought it would be a great way to pass some time. It wasn’t like the challenge was anything outrageous. It wasn’t 75 days of Death Races, or something equally crazy. It was simple things. Eating right, staying hydrated, getting exercise, reading, things everyone should be doing. How hard could a challenge like that possibly be?
I also didn’t know that in a few short months I would be publishing my first blog post. At the time the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind.
Before we get to that let me give you a rundown on what 75 Hard is.
Developed by Andy Frisella, the challenge entails 75 days where you must complete every day:
- 2-45 minute workouts, one must be outdoors
- follow a diet with no cheat meals
- no alcohol
- drink 1 gallon of water (I did weight in pounds divided by 2=number of ounces you should be drinking. This is pretty standard. I do not have a large enough body mass to be drinking 1 gallon of water a day.)
- read 10 pages of a non-fiction book
- take a progress picture
- If you don’t complete a task you must start over at day 1 (I can’t imagine not completing this in 75 days.)
It doesn’t even specify what kind of workouts, or what kind of diet you need to follow.
I already read a ton. All the time in fact.
I stay well hydrated because I know how essential this is to proper bodily functions. Hydration affects everything from digestion to our nervous system to how well we can focus and concentrate on a task.
I try to eat healthily but needed some motivation to stick to my GF diet so this was great.
I don’t drink alcohol often so wasn’t worried about that.
Plus back in January my husband and I started doing Conqueror Virtual Challenges so I was already working out.This is going to be so easy. #75Hard #75HardChallenge Click To Tweet
Now I also came across critics who were giving all kinds of reasons as to why doing a 75 Hard Challenge was detrimental to your health and mental well-being. Personally, I believe these are just excuses, but that is another story for another time. Definitely take precautions if you have serious health issues. Consult your doctor if required. Use common sense.
I Got Ready
I Bought a 1L water bottle so I could keep an accurate measurement of my water intake, made and printed a checklist for each task for the 75 days. There are a ton online but I couldn’t find any I liked so I just made my own. I was set. Ready for day 1.
Well, I soon found out there is a reason it is called 75 Hard.
To be fair Andy does warn you.
It is (bad word) HARD!
That seemingly simple list of innocuous daily tasks is so (another bad word) HARD!
Let me break it down for you.
First I’ll start with water intake.
I thought I was doing so well in this department because after all, I know better. Ha, if you are not actively MEASURING and TRACKING your water intake you are not drinking enough. I wasn’t drinking enough. There were so many times during those 75 days I would be so frustrated with myself because I would be getting ready for bed and realize I still had a liter of water to drink. I probably don’t need to tell you how inconvenient it is to drink a liter of water before bed! Every single time saying I am not going to do this again.
Tomorrow I will have all my water drank by supper time!
Well tomorrow comes, you get busy, and at bedtime, you realize that once again you have a liter of water you still have to finish. (more bad words) I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I did this to myself. You would think I would learn, and some days were good, but those days I got busy and didn’t get my water drank, those days were hell. Actually, the nights were hell, but you get the point. There was no way I was starting over at day 1 because I didn’t finish a liter of water.
Now once I was actually drinking enough water I noticed some really neat things:
- you will sweat out of every single pore on your body when working out, places you didn’t know could sweat
- you will not overheat when working out or when it is 30+ degrees outside
- you actually won’t pee as much as you think you will once your body adjusts, give it a week or so
- you will actually feel better, your mood improves, your skin looks better, I was sleeping better when I didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night to pee.
The bottom line, drink plenty of water.
I Just Don’t Feel Like It
Another thing that was completely unexpected was the number of days I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I didn’t want to get up and get dressed, never mind actually going outside to exercise. The days it was snowing or raining were exceptionally hard. The days that I was up 3 times the night before because I had to finish a liter of water before bed…(bad word) HARD. Sundays, hard. I had always viewed Sunday as my “rest” day. The day I could lay around the house and not feel guilty about doing nothing. Hard.
I quickly discovered the easiest way to overcome these hard days was to get outside. On these days I usually did both workouts outside. Being outside just makes a person come alive. Like being well hydrated, it just makes you feel better.
The bottom line, when you feel down, lazy or unmotivated, get outside.
I mentioned earlier how I don’t really drink much alcohol. Well, it doesn’t seem like a big deal until you CAN’T drink alcohol. The days I would come home from work and want to crack open a bottle of wine, or Tequila. Hard.
Instead of sitting down after supper with a bottle of wine, you go outside and walk. Or downstairs and jump on the elliptical. Do a few sets of push-ups, or sit-ups, or squats.
You have now avoided the alcohol and finished a workout! It’s almost bedtime, best finish that last liter of water.
Sticking to my diet was easy, also not overly restrictive. There was no way I was giving up chocolate.
That was the best part!
I love to read.
FUN FACT: I read 1305 pages of non-fiction in 75 days.
- Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The Iceberg Effect by Dean Holland (read this one twice)
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D.
- The Vital Glutes by John Gibbons
Along with a couple of e-books on marriage and relationships.
It’s All About Progress
Lastly was the progress pictures. I did one every day. Basically so I could post it to my Instagram. Usually not the full body because I wasn’t expecting a huge change. I mean I lost 5-10 pounds, depending on the day.
My posture did improve though. Being bent over a massage table all day takes its toll.
I definitely got stronger. My cardio has improved so much. I beat my record on the stationary bike twice and last weekend my husband and I did a 46 km bike ride.
What does all this have to do with blogging?
I published my first blog post on June 7, 2021. Day 64 of my 75 Hard Challenge which concluded on June 18th, 2021.
What do they have in common you ask?
Well for starters, both have hard days. Just like I had days I didn’t want to work on the tasks to finish my challenge there are days I don’t want to work on my blog. Days I don’t want to write.
Do it anyway.
All you need to do is start. Before you know it you will be done.
Develop good habits early on.
When I first started 75 Hard I decided that on the days I had to work I would get up at 5:30 am to get a workout in before work. I made sure there was plenty of food in the house that didn’t violate my diet. I packed snacks, always carried my water bottle. These habits helped ensure my success.
Now I have a schedule of when I am going to work on my blog. I have a set day that posts get published. I keep a notebook around all the time to jot down ideas as they come to me. I also keep notes of skills or concepts that I need to learn or work on. What I found works or doesn’t work. Questions I have. I keep a list of blogs that I have commented on. These habits help me focus, stay on track, and ensure my success.
Lastly, I strongly feel blogging is a very personal journey. It is something that you can make into whatever your heart desires. So like the 75 Hard Challenge has no restrictions as to the types of workouts you do, diet you follow, even what books you read, blogging also has no limits. Blog as often or as little as you like, build your blog around whatever topic you are passionate about. The only limit is your imagination.
In A Nutshell
I learned that if I push myself I can do anything. If I can push myself to exercise, I can push myself to write.
It is important to develop good habits that will ensure your success.
Challenging yourself builds confidence.
Mental toughness is essential to overcoming obstacles.
Is the 75 Hard Challenge worth it? For me it was.
Would I do it again?
Eventually, maybe, but I think my next challenge is going to be 100 days of writing. 1000 words every day for 100 days.My 100 days of writing challenge. 1000 words, every day for 100 days. Click To Tweet
Have you done the 75 Hard Challenge?
What was your biggest takeaway from it?
I would love to hear about it!
Please leave a comment.