I haven’t shared what I’ve been doing over the last few months with very many people because it felt a bit like I had a secret with myself. I also think that sometimes it’s nice to protect things that you really care about from outside opinions, because outside opinions aren’t always shared to be kind, which is why I have debated all day whether or not to share it now. I think I’ve just gotten to the point where I am SO proud I truly can’t help but to share. (I even ugly cried from happiness today when I visited my parents because I’ve never been so proud of myself in my life.)
Earlier this year, I came across a mental toughness program called #75HARD. It doesn’t cost money, no one checks in on you, no one mentors you… in fact, no one really cares whether you stick to it or not. It’s just you vs you.
The creator, Andy Frisella, said that the point of the program is to help you achieve confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, grit, perseverance, and resilience. By pushing yourself to stay committed to a few rules, even when it gets hard and uncomfortable, he believes that after 75 days you will be a different person.
I’ve had my fair share of mental health related setbacks over the last 7 years and I was pretty mentally broken down when I heard about the program, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give this my best shot. There are SO many reasons I wanted to do this for myself but one of the biggest reasons was for a complete mental shift. This was tied with wanting to drop some weight, as I’ve unfortunately put a lot of that on over the last two years and enough was more than enough. *It’s important to note here that 75 Hard is NOT a weight loss program, but the rules that have to be followed (which I have attached as a photo) will ultimately aid you in weight loss (or weight gain if that’s what you prefer).
When I decided to start 75 Hard it was March 11th 2020. I, like most of the world, didn’t quite understand the severity of Covid-19 at that point, so my experience during the program ended up looking a little bit different to what I had originally expected… but I did it. I freakin’ DID IT! Today is Day 75 and it honestly feels like Christmas! I followed every rule no matter the conditions and I DID IT.
I KNOW it sounds a little bit woo-woo when I say it out loud, but this experience was truthfully the most life changing thing I have ever done and I am 100% a different person to who I was mentally (and physically!) 75 Days ago.
For those who enjoy stats, over the last 75 Days I have:
✅ Completed 150 workouts – all 45+ minutes in length, and 75 of these HAD to be outdoors. I think it’s the most I’ve been outside in years and I’ve loved every minute. Especially these more recent runs in the rain!
✅ Had more than 300 litres of pure water – this works out to being over 80 gallons in total… which is 1+ gallon per day.
✅ Lost 5.3kg and 42cm from all over my body. I’m happy about the weight of course but those measurements are EVERYTHING. I checked back on some of my old measurements and, as unbelievable as it seems, my current measurements are the exact same as from two years ago when I was a further 8kg lighter. What!?
✅ Not had fast food, hot chips (that’s what I miss the most), soft drink, potato chips, alcohol, lollies, or chocolate (including muesli bars with chocolate bits or even chocolate flavoured protein powder, just to keep it extra difficult) at all.
✅ Read 5.5 personal development books, alongside my regular reading, with my favourite being “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins. (Seriously, I highly recommend EVERYONE read this book. His story is mind-blowing and I attribute it to at least 45% of my initial mental shift.)
I’m pretty shocked at what I’ve managed to accomplish during isolation. This has hands down been the best experience of my life. #75HARD complete, #PHASE1 here I come.