75 Hard Challenge Recap

It's that time - 75 Hard Challenge recap time! Not that anyone but me is paying attention to the timeline, but it has been 75 days since I started, so I wanted to check in and report how I did. First post here, if you missed it.

Workouts I've Done

The challenge is really based around the two 45 minute workouts a day, as this is a huge change for most people. Myself included. Oh, and one had to be outside. Here's what I did:
  • Walking outside. Most of my 75 outdoor workouts were walking with Hawkeye.
  • Yard work. Trust me, the way my mother makes me work, it was intense. And outdoors.
  • Treadmill. Walking, the couch to 5k program, whichever. We own a treadmill so of course I put that to use.
  • Yoga. I had to try it out, I haven't attempted it in years as it was never my thing.
  • Dance videos. YouTube has so many free ones, they're great. Hard work, but fun.
  • Jump rope. Holy intense workout, I forgot, or never really knew, how hard jump rope is.

Food I Ate

The other main part of the challenge is picking and sticking to a healthy diet of some sort that's a bit difficult for you, with no cheat meals or alcohol. I continued eating vegetarian with no sugar, as per my year of no sugar, but no sugar turned out, and continues to be, surprisingly easy for me and 'no traditional desserts' just didn't seem like enough of an added struggle to truly complete this challenge. So I went with a slow carb sort of diet - veggies, beans, nuts and seeds, some soy, some eggs. Absolutely no white carbs, like white rice, white bread, all those processed things stripped of nutrients, and no processed food in general, like frozen vegan burritos and veggie patties. Whole foods or bust (and not the grocery chain.) Also no oil or dairy, and making sure every meal was half veggies. And one day a week having things that spike fructose levels but are by no means unhealthy, like fruit, quinoa, oats, and homemade vegan brownies. Yes, it was a super restrictive 75 days, which was my intention. But technically, this is where I failed because I did eat sugar, twice. And normally that would start the 75 days all over again, but I just kept going. 

Things I Drank

Water. You have to drink one gallon every day, and that does not include the water in your coffee. But again, not something I struggled with before the challenge and was easy to keep up with during the 75 days. Trust me, commit to a gallon for a week or two and your body will notice immediately when you drop down and nudge you to drink more. Other than water (plain, I hate flavor or carbonation), I drank black coffee and black or green tea. Which isn't anything different than from before the challenge, I've never been a drink of pop, milk, juice, etc.

Books I Read

One of the challenge rules was to read 10 pages a day, ideally of a self-help/motivation type book. 
  • Of Blood and Bones by Kate Freuler. It's a witchcraft book on shadow work, it's totally self-help.
  • The Everyday Supermodel by Molly Sims. The e-book popped up on my library page so I checked it out.
  • The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Not the whole thing, it's pretty long, just the sections on the diet and the exercises he recommends.
  • The Happiness Project and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
  • Balancing in Heels by Kristin Cavallari
  • Year of the Witch by Temperance Alden
  • The Fuck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
  • Burnout by Emily Nagoski
  • Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell

What I Learned

  • I can read 10 pages of a book in the time it takes me to brush my teeth twice a day. It's literally nothing and there's no reason not to do it. It's good for my brain, especially on days when it's going a mile a minute and won't turn off.
  • There's more time in my day then I think there is. Who actually thinks they have 90 minutes to exercise, which doesn't even include the time it takes to get dressed for it, shower, travel to and from said exercise, and all the other little time-consuming tasks that lead up to it or after it? No one. But you can make it work. I did, with time to spare. There's just not time left for procrastination and laziness, which is exactly what I needed to get out of my life. 
  • I still hate exercise. People always talk about these endorphins and finding the right workout that gets you excited and how you'll want to keep doing it and whatever, those people are all liars. I never ever have those feelings. I hate it all, it sucks, I don't ever want to do it no matter what the activity is, and I always will but I do it anyway because we all do things we don't like for the sake of health and that's being an adult.
  • I'm a fussy little eater and I'm fine with eating the same things all the time.

I'm still working at this because I eventually want to do a fully perfect round and that will mean 0 sugar. In 2022. But in the meantime, I'm still keeping up with the gallon of water, the regular reading, and even the 90 minutes of working out a day (though most of the time it's a full 90 minute morning walk with Hawkeye.)

Have you ever tried a 75 Hard challenge?

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