Let’s Catch Up :: Chatty Recap ft. 75 Hard

Hey, you ! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted, but I sometimes my personal life and health need more attention than I can give them without checking out of things that aren’t completely necessary. No matter how much I like blogging, it falls into that category. So here’s a little recap to get back into the swing of things!

It is my first post in awhile and everybody’s life has been a little (or a lot) off kilter lately. I’m going to not really address the quarantine/self-isolation thing. We all know what’s happening and I’m choosing to focus on more of the mundane, positive things in life.

I’m focusing on what I can control, what I can impact, and letting go of the rest.

So about that health and fitness thing . . .

I started 75 Hard on March 23. I did it because I have a tendency to get lost in everything and check out. I decided I would find something to focus on. And that’s what I picked!

If you don’t know much about 75 Hard, it’s basically a mindset challenge that has several components. This video by HopeScope on YouTube is where I was first introduced to the concept. However, you can learn all about it straight from the creator – Andy Frissela – on this podcast!

You workout twice a day, for 45 minutes each, and one must be outside

I’m doing 80 Day Obsession for my first workout. Some workouts are only 30 minutes and there is a rest day a week, so to make up the time difference, I am doing recovery/stretching workouts. For the second workout, Cody and I are walking each day. On days it super freaking rains or I have an incredible migraine, I’m opting for dynamic movement under our carport.

You follow a “diet” with NO “cheat” days

I strongly dislike – borderline hate – the word diet but in this context it simple means following a certain way of eating. It can be different for everybody and doesn’t suggest any one way. I’m doing the portion system from one of our nutrition programs and the path that was specifically designed to go along with 80 Day. It doesn’t cut out any food groups. I have a variety carbs, healthy fats, veggies, fruits, and protein every day. By “cheat” days, Andy means no deviating from the meal plan you pick. For instance, if you decide to do IIFYM, you could have sweets everyday if it fit into your macro plan, but that kind of goes against the mental fortitude idea of this challenge.

Related :: 2020 Health & Fitness Plan

Drink a gallon of water a day

I do this most days already, so I’m personally challenging myself to hit at least 200 ounces of water a day.

Take a progress photo daily :: The one I am the least excited about! I’m sharing weekly progress photos on my Instagram stories, but sometimes the daily photos are a little discouraging because you don’t see the progress right away.

Read 10 pages a day

This cannot be done with an audio book and has to be a personal development book, so I added this into my nightly routine. I’ll let you guys know the book(s) I read and how I like it.

There are a few other rules. You aren’t supposed to have any alcohol and if you fail to complete a day, you have to start over. I don’t drink readily so I’m not too worried about that, but I am petrified of reaching day 60 and forgetting to take a photo! I made it to day five and fell asleep before doing my nighttime routine – which includes the reading – so I had to start over! I was so annoyed with myself so I made a little tracker to helpfully stop this from happening again.

I can’t wait to let you guys know when I finish this and how it went for me!

Working from home . . . or not working . . .

I have been struggling on the work from home bus FOR A LONG TIME. Like, since January. But When I started 75 Hard, I made myself get all my shish together.

I not utilize block scheduling to make sure I don’t miss anything I want to do. I also have a theme for each day that I do during my work block, a daily cleaning block, and then a me time block. So far it’s working ok, but not great. I’m doubling down in April to see if I can come out of this month crushing it.

Anything else to recap?

I’ve been diligently working on implementing the information I’m learning from a few Instagram classes. At the end of the month I’ll share how it goes and, if it goes well, I’ll share my tips!

I created a list of posts for the next few weeks that bring me joy and that I’m excited to write, so I’m really excited about sharing them with you!

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