Starting 75 Hard…or more like 75 Soft.

Day #1. (January 26, 2023)

So today was day number one of starting the 75 Hard Challenge. Now I adjusted some of the “rules” so that way it was attainable with my current lifestyle. So I am personally calling it 75 Soft. I didn’t change much, but I did adjust a few things. Here are what the original rules are:

  1. Read 10 pages of a book every day.
  2. Drink 1 gallon of water a day
  3. Stick to a diet of your choice with health in mind. No cheat days. No alcohol. 
  4. Have (2) 45-minute workouts. One must be outside.
  5. Take a progress picture every day.

Also, the idea is that this is not a weight loss or fitness challenge but a mental challenge. So, if you mess up one day you are supposed to start over on day one. I really liked the idea of this challenge when I was watching other creators participate…but I had two small adjustments. 

  1. I have a baby, it’s winter, and I have limited time to work out. So I am keeping the total time (90 minutes) a day- but I can do it all at once and it doesn’t have to be outside. I feel that I am still accomplishing the challenge but also being realistic about what I can do. I will be putting in the effort to get exercise outside by walking my dog. But I wanted to check off this box even when I don’t get the opportunity to step outside. 
  2. If I mess up one day- I am not starting over…I am just going to keep going. This is a mental challenge all on it’s own as I am a perfectionist…so my impulse would be to just give up if I mess up one day. 

Other than that- the challenge is on. So starting today here is what I did:

  1. I will be starting with the book: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. I am excited because I have been wanting to read this book for a while but I haven’t found a reason to pick it up. 
  2. I have accomplished drinking a gallon of water…almost. I am about 20 ounces short. But damn…that was a lot of water. 
  3. My personal diet goal for this challenge is no takeout (a restaurant meal is fine), limited dairy, and no meat. Did great today! We meal-prepped for the week to make my decisions easier! 
  4. I did a cardio workout- an incline treadmill. Burned 197 calories. Nice. Then I wrapped up with an ABC workout. ( I spelled out DAY ONE because I am cute like that.), and then did the “twerk machine” and did 3 sets of ten-assisted pullups and tricep dips.
  5. And I did take a progress picture. I am posting those on gloopsiedaisy to track my progress. 

I feel really excited and a little nervous. I am excited because I genuinely believe I can do this even though it will be challenging. I am a bit nervous to see a genuine change in my physique and mental stamina. I feel that I have a bit of my sense of self tethered to the idea of failure and changing that can feel pretty scary. But overall- doing all these things was really motivating, felt amazing, and I am looking forward to the challenge. I am tired from the long productive day so I will log off for the day. Wish me luck. 



One response to “Starting 75 Hard…or more like 75 Soft.”

  1. I would wish you luck, but you don’t need it because you have developed your self-discipline. You’ll do great. Will be fun to hear your progress reports. No perfection needed to progress. 💛


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