Would you do 75Hard again, Lisa?
Yes. I completed this during the pandemic of 2020, so I had no access to a gym and also could not drink alcohol during this crazyness….but I wanted to make the most of the time, so let’s get into it.
What the hell is 75Hard, Lisa?
Welcome to 75Hard
- 2x 45 minute workouts every day. One must be outside.
- Choose a diet, ANY DIET
- No cheat meals and no booze
- Post a progress photo every day
- Read 10 pages of a personal development daily(no audiobooks)
- Drink a gallon of water daily
- And if you miss ANY of these, you start back at day 1
I’m in pretty good shape and I eat pretty well…can’t be THAT hard.
Here’s how my experience went…..
Week 1: I chose the Mediterranean diet. I like all the foods in it, should be easy to follow. I’ve been living in the bathroom because I’m drinking double the amount of water I’m used to drinking. Good times. Oddly, I don’t take sugar in my coffee anymore, too sweet. As for workouts, I’m used to running or HIIT or spin…doing 1 low impact workout, like yoga, every day is making me realize how impatient I am.
Week 2: Drinking all this water is getting easier; the water tracker app I’m using really helps. I’m finding it hard to manage my time with the 2 workouts and all the cooking I’m doing. It’s hard to get writing, social media posts and podcasting in even a few times a week.
Week 3: I’m SO FREAKING SORE. I’m now realizing the importance of stretching. Don’t be lazy about it. I’m eating more food than I’ve ever eaten in my life on this diet; I never go to the grocery store this much.
Week 4: As my impatience with low impact exercise lessens, I’m learning to appreciate the high intensity of low impact exercise. The boring workouts use those supporting muscles so you don’t get hurt. I’m starting to hate salad. Must find new veggie-tastic recipes.
Week 5: My first EPIPHANY! Before starting the challenge, I had trouble making time to blog, podcast, research, etc….BUT, by some freaking MIRACLE, I was able to find time to do 2 workouts per day and cook awesome meals EVERY DAY. Makes me wonder what the hell I was doing with my time before…hmmm.
I honestly couldn’t believe how fast it’s going. Then again, the days are going to pass whether I do something with them or not! Onward!
Week 6: Getting bored with my workouts. Trying out new coaches and workouts on YouTube. Feeling tired lately, checking in with the Mediterranean diet to see if I’m missing something nutritionally. This week really sucks. I call this the F-THIS week, because if I was going to give up, this is when it would be really easy to do it.
Week 7: I now see the importance of doing pilates and yoga. Don’t ignore those stabilizing muscles; they are clutch to getting you through and not getting hurt! My balance has improved so much since I started 75Hard.
Week 8: My second EPIPHANY! I just realized I know how to create habits on purpose and with purpose. I’ve already got plans to do a 75 day habit building challenge to create better time management, so I carve out time for writing, just like I carved out time to workout twice a day. Woo!
Week 9: Turns out that after all this exercise, there are a lot of things I’ve failed to work on. I’ve probably done about 1,000 squats, but practice does NOT make perfect. I’ve also noticed that I’m unusually tired even though I haven’t been workout out any harder. The Google tells me that I’m in the installation stage of creating a habit and it is rather draining.
The Home Stretch: I kind of don’t want it to end; never thought I’d say that. My friends are all trying to make plans to get me drunk and feed me ice cream with french fries. I feel amazing, healthy, and more self-aware than ever. Neat!
What did my 75Hard experience teach me?
DIET: Before diving into the Mediterranean diet, I thought I ate pretty good. I fasted for 16hrs daily. I ate a lot of eggs and fruit, was mostly vegetarian. Low carbs. SPOILER ALERT: YOU CAN’T LIVE ON BREAKFAST. I wasn’t ingesting even ONE serving of vegetables daily and I was probably deficient in everything. Don’t get me wrong, I was NOT intentionally starving myself; I was never hungry, but I wasn’t getting many nutrients. Now, I FEEL good. I’m so much more aware of what I’m eating and take mental notes of what I’ve ate each day to see what I’m missing. Will keep this up!
TIME: Who knew I ALWAYS had the time to work towards my goals THE WHOLE TIME? This was my biggest lesson. I had made so many excuses and allowed myself to be distracted from taking even ONE step towards my goals. The 75Hard challenge has definitely made me rethink my time management, notice distractions and rethink my priorities.
FITNESS: Well, I’m jacked. I’ve been jacked before, but not paired with eating properly. This is a way better version of being jacked. Eating is like a part time job on the Mediterranean diet, so I’m never hungry and always have the energy for a workout.
BOOKS: I was able to blast through a pile of e-books during this, which was always a struggle. I kept a good variety in personal development books to keep it interesting. I read ’15 Invaluable Laws of Growth’ by John C. Maxwell, ‘Smart Women Finish Rich’ by David Bach, ‘The 5AM Club’ by Robin Sharma, ‘Girl, Stop Apologizing’ by Rachel Hollis, ‘The Desire Map’ by Danielle LaPorte, ‘The ONE Thing’ by Gary Keller and ending it with “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius.
Would I Do 75Hard Again?
Damn right, I would. I’m going to use this valuable tool to build new habits to help me move forward quicker towards my goals. I’ve never had this much discipline before in my life; I now know I’ve got what it takes to do whatever it takes.
When I first read the testimonials for this challenge, I rolled my eyes. I told myself it was nothing more than a fitness challenge; easy, right? Wrong. It was so much more and now I’m one of those fangirls that wants to tell everyone they should do the challenge too.
A huge thank you goes out to Andy Frisella for creating 75Hard. I needed this.
Another huge thank you goes out to the YouTube channels that got me through: FitnessBlender Two Birds Yoga Evolve Fitness Moving Mango Pilates Penny Barnshaw DanielPT Fitness Pamela Reif PopSugar Kat Munsi Fitness Joel Palmer Kettlebell Yoga with Adriene Sydney Cummings Tracy Steen Move Daily HASfit Heather Robertson
The only equipment I have is a yoga mat, a 12lb kettlebell, a 25lb kettlebell, 2x 5lb plates and 2 resistance bands. I was able to accumulate these pieces during the challenge, but all I started with was the yoga mat and 1 resistance band!
Recommended: Dumbbells. So many workouts work best with dumbbells and it really gives you more workout options. Get a few pairs, so you have the option to go lighter or heavier. Resistance bands. Get loop bands, usually sold in sets(around $10). They are so versatile and add an extra challenge when a move seems easy.
Interested? Intrigued? I’d be happy to answer any questions about the experience! It was a game changer.
I believe in you.
You got this!
Lisa, Your Bucket List Coach