Last December, a friend of mine reached out and asked me if I wanted to do 75Hard with her and another mutual friend. I asked what it was, and when she told me, it didn’t sound like anything I’d ever want to do. EVER. But even as I told her no, I knew that some day, I would.
If you’ve not heard of 75Hard, don’t listen to anyone’s information about it, not even mine. If you’re even remotely considering it, listen to Episode 208 of the Real AF with Andy Frisella podcast. Andy Frisella created 75Hard, and this podcast episode will tell you all the why’s behind all the what’s. To me, attempting 75Hard without listening to this podcast is foolhardy. If you’re going by what a friend has told you, you’re not getting the big picture. Listening to what he says in the podcast made all the difference for me.
Now…that being said, I’m going to give you the basics of 75Hard, because it’s what I’ve been focused on since March 28th.
There are those that view 75Hard as a fitness program, but it’s so much more than that. It was designed to be a way to build mental toughness. It also ends up being a test of one’s time management skills (or lack thereof!), and once you see what’s involved, you’ll understand why.
75Hard involves five tasks. These tasks are done every day for 75 days. If any part of any task is not met for one day, you go back and start over at Day 1. None of these tasks are hard…they are easy to do, but that also makes them easy not to do. The five daily tasks are as follows:
Choose a food plan and stick to it.
Drink a gallon of water.
Two 45-minute workouts.
Read 10 pages of a non-fiction book.
Take a progress picture.
Sounds simple enough? Add in these asterisks:
The food plan chosen must be healthy. Eating Taco Bell does not count as a food plan for this program.
No cheat meals.
The two workouts cannot be consecutive, meaning you can’t finish one and go right into the next one.
One workout must be outside.
How many of you are now clamoring to get started??
When my friend told me about all this, I thought there would be no way I was doing it. But there was something about it that intrigued me. So I watched my friend as she went though it. And the changes were impressive.
I could see the physical changes, but even more important were the mindset changes. I could hear it in how her language changed, and the way she talked about things during the program became different. She was already on a path to bettering herself. 75Hard just catapulted her to a whole new level.
So I listened to the podcast. Andy Frisella makes a strong case for doing The Hard and doing it in a big way. After I listened to the podcast, I listened again. The more I listened, the more compelled I was to do the program.
Then I suggested it to my husband. Cash was driving home from a business trip and had plenty of time to kill in the car, so he listened to the podcast. I didn’t ask for his thoughts because I knew he would give them to me when he was ready. He had been home a few days when he brought it up: “Hey, you know that podcast you had me listen to? That guy’s harsh.”
And that was all he said about it.
But two days later on a Friday Cash told me he was going to start the program on the following Monday! I thought he was nuts to get started so suddenly, but start he did. He made it through all 75 days, despite a minor stroke and all the follow-up issues he’s still dealing with.
I started three weeks after Cash did, on March 28th, then started AGAIN on April 4th. I realized a week in that I wasn’t doing my outside workouts correctly. Not my form, but meaning when I did my run in the morning it was only 25 minutes, so I added 10 minutes of yoga stretches before and after my run to get in the full 45 minutes. The problem was that I was doing my stretches in the workout area of our garage, so I wasn’t getting a full 45 minutes outdoors. Thankfully I was only a week in, so starting over wasn’t a huge problem for me.
Seventy-five days sounds like a long time. It’s only two and a half months. The days went by fairly quickly. But the full 75 days did drag on at times. Some days I nailed it and was done early in the day. Other times I was still finishing up at 11:30 pm.
Did I like it? Not usually.
Did I hate it? Not at all.
Am I glad I did it? ABSOLUTELY!
Would I do it again? Maybe? Probably? But not any time soon.
As of this writing, I am finishing up my first day of Phase 1 of the LiveHard program, which is an extension of 75Hard. (More on that another time.) At this point, I feel like I can conquer the world. At this point, I feel like I can do anything! I’m mentally so far ahead of where I was because I did 75Hard. Next time, the nitty gritty details.