Q1: What is the 75Hard Challenge?
A1: It isn’t what you think it is!
Our first attempt at the 75 Hard Challenge, was sidelined about 20 days in when my father experienced a stroke and my world came to a stop.
THANKFULLY, his stroke so was mild, barely a blip on an MRI. And, his recovery is going really well – more to come on that later.
Circling back to what 75Hard is. It’s a mental toughness challenge that causes you to get really honest with yourself, your weaknesses, and where you’ve been…coasting along in life.
This challenge doesn’t cost a thing…well, actually it costs trading in your old life for something greater than you could ever expect.
Even though I/we did not come close to working our way through the program in round 1 – I can tell you, my eyes opened quickly to where I had been selling myself short.
Q2: What are the daily requirements on 75Hard?
A2: It’s rather straightforward with 6 steps to complete daily.
Failure to complete any of the steps within a 24-hour period results in a restart at DAY 1.
- Take a daily progress photo – does not need to be shared on social
- Follow A Diet – of your choice without treat meals!
- No Alcohol or Treat meals – seriously!
- 2 – 45 minute workouts per day (one must be outdoors – conditions won’t be perfect, do the work anyway!)
- 1 Gallon of water
- Read 10 pages of personal development – audiobooks do not count
Q3: Can you modify?
A3: Nope! You are already missing the point of this if you want to modify the program.
Gut Punch – Look at your life right now. Stop and look at it…
- How often have you cut corners?
- Taken the easy way?
- Given up or Quit?
- Are you coasting?
- How’s your bank account?
- Are you boozing and eating your way through the weekend?
This is exactly why the program can not be modified. Remember the cost of the program? Trading your old habits and way for a brand new version of yourself.
Q4: What if I am so out of shape I can’t do two workouts a day?
A4: Confession, I used this excused every time I thought of starting. Blaming my mystery health challenges as to why I could only do one workout a day.
My suggestion for low impact workouts would be:
- Bodyweight Movement: air squats, lunges, calf raises while washing dishes or folding laundry
- Light dumbbell work
- Marching in place
- Walking the stairs in your home or apartment complex
- Walking around the parking lot at your job during your lunch break or a webinar (listen-only mode).
Our bodies are built for movement, our minds need mental training.
Q5: A gallon of water?
A5: Yes, first of all. Your body is likely craving water! Generally, we are under-consuming water and overconsume coffee, teas, smoothies, beer, wine, and soda. Remember, a lot of health challenges can be solved by increasing your daily water intake.
Q6: I don’t have enough time in my day?
A6: I thought the same thing until I began the challenge and as I kept going, time seemed to be added to my days.
I cut out the endless scrolling on social media, stopped watching as much tv in the evenings, and my pointless conversations that added nothing more to my life than filler – ended. I prioritized every aspect of my life.
Q7: What should I read?
A7: Any personal development books that excite you! The only catch – Audiobooks, podcasts, webinars, youtube does not count. Must be a book you read and 10 pages per day.
- Four Agreements – Don Ruiz
- 75 Hard Book
- Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
- Atomic Habits – James Clear
- Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within
Q8: But you failed…
A8: By the program parameters, yes, I failed. Though, I gained so much more. I saw very quickly where my life had become a routine of poor habits, unhappiness, bullshit excuses, and not valuing myself enough.
I was taking the shortcuts, the easy path, and avoiding the hard conversations in all aspects of my life.
Here are my “failures”:
- Finally admitting that I was no longer happy in my photography business and am ready for something new.
- I learned to script my day to be impactful and powerful, rather than a dreaded task list that I’d never accomplish.
- Moving my body on the super hot & humid days & lacing up my sneakers for a rainy walk.
- Pushing my mind (& body) on hikes that are above my physical capabilities and being proud as hell once we reach the summit.
- Creating defined boundaries around who and what gets my attention, energy, and mental capacity.
- Sharing my truth even when my voice shakes
I refuse to call my attempt at 75 Hard a failure – a setback getting ready for a comeback is more like it.
If you’ve been on the fence to tackle this challenge, do it. You don’t need fancy fitness trackers, the perfect protein shake, or a brand new outfit. Lace-up your sneakers and get started.
I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below. What is the one area of your life that radically transformed by completing, attempting, or “failing” at 75 Hard?