My weight on 1/4/2021 was 140lbs. Today on 3/20/2021 I weigh 125.6 lbs.
I accomplished my goal.
This past holiday season put a lot of things into perspective for me, it was another year of feeling really disappointed by the way I looked in family photos and just how I felt. I can’t remember a year when I actually was confident in the way I looked.
We all can agree that 2020 was challenging, we have been cooped up at home and when we were allowed to go out to eat again, we all flocked to restaurants and ate out pretty much every moment we could. However, Mike and I still spent a lot of time at home, which meant that we were in the kitchen snacking or preparing a dinner more often. For me, I personally love to spend my time in the kitchen is my happy place and where I feel most comfortable. Not only because I am a foodie, but because I love to create and feel inspired.
However, things started to get out of hand and my petite 5’2″ frame was craving a change.
After Mike and I spent an indulgent weekend at Tailwater Lodge for our anniversary and New Years, we decided that it was time to commit ourselves to a significant physical and mental change. Without too much hesitation, we committed to 75Hard that Monday.
I’ve tried a few silly programs before where I paid for the wildly overpriced program/food, I measured my food in colored cups, I followed workout videos, ate powered food etc., and I always got caught up in the niddy griddy and fell off track and ultimately wasted a ton of money/time. These programs and diets were temporary band-aids and I always felt like I was back to square one.
This program is designed to not only guarantee weight loss, but to ultimately transform your mental toughness. I needed to completely transform the way I live my life, manage my time, and to feel as confident in myself as possible. I knew this challenge was going to demand a lot from me, but I knew I was going to reap the benefits after I was done. I was craving a new me, a new meaning of self-discipline, self-control, and overall mental toughness. These habits were mandatory, I had been missing them and I was craving a change.
This program is real and free. All you have to do is commit yourself, workout, eliminate alcohol, drink a ton of water, read and only eat whats included in your diet…thats it. It may sound simple, but it is TOUGH. This program is a huge mental game and it is specifically designed that way. If you screw up in any way, you must start over…no exceptions.
- Exercise twice a day for 45 minutes, one workout MUST be outside
- Drink 1 gallon of water
- Read 10 pages of a book
- Follow a meal plan/ diet (you define this)
- No alcohol or cheat meals
75HARD was given this name for a reason. You cannot go into this thinking that it’s going to be a breeze, no matter what time of the year you start the outdoor workout with always be frustrating. If you start during the summer, it’ll be hot, if you start in the winter like we did, it’s guarantee to be cold. Since Mike and I started in January, we would walk outside in the snow and in freezing temperatures. We bundled up in snow boots, snow pants, hats, gloves and a heavy coat. These walks were certainly cold and sometimes it was snowing or sleeting, but eventually we didn’t even think about it. We were on a mission and we were committing ourselves to completing it.
Our second workout took place in the gym that is in our apartment building. Having the gym right downstairs made this challenge convenient for us because we were able to switch up our indoor workout with whatever equipment we wanted to use. If we felt like weight training we could, if we wanted to use the elliptical or treadmill we could do that also.
I can’t stress enough how important drinking the entire gallon of water was. Critics will say that it is too much, but not when you’re on this program. You CRAVE more water because you’re moving your body so much and you’re flushing your system. In my opinion, water curved my food cravings and helped me feel full.
My macro count –> 125g. Carbs || 25g. Fats || 150g. Protein
Throughout the duration of this program I maintained the “cut” phase of my meal plan so I only consumed about 1325 calories a day.
Books I Read
- Eat Smarter
- Everything Happens for a Reason Finding the True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives
- The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
On day 75, I reached my physical goal weight of 125.6lbs & I accomplished this program. I am physically and mentally in the.best.shape.of.my.life and I am turning 26 on Monday and this was truly the best birthday present that I could’ve given myself.
It is now up to you, if you want to transform your body and life then you must drop the BS and get to work. No one else’s opinion matters, and at the end of the day no one is going to change your life for you. You must do this for you. People will tell you that you don’t need to loose weight, your perfect the way you are, eat the cookie or drink the beer. But NO, you can’t you are on a journey for something bigger. You are changing your life and the way you think, behave and live. It’s time to live each day with intention.
- 5:15 am- Get up, bundle up, coffee, daily serving of BPN Strong Reds & Greens and various vitamins.
- Drink Water
- 5:30 am- 1st Workout (Outside)
- 6:15 am- Breakfast & shower
- Drink Water
- 10:00 am – Oatmeal or 1 whole egg and 3 Tbsp. of egg whites
- 12:30 pm- 1st Lunch
- Drink Water
- 3:00 pm- 2nd Lunch
- Drink Water
- 5:00 pm- BPN Protein Shake
- 6:00 pm- 2nd Workout (Inside)
- 7:00 pm- Dinner
- 7:45-8:00 pm- BPN Protein Shake
- 9:30-10:00 pm- Read 10 pages & finish water!
My Before & After Pictures
We started this program because we thought into the future and beyond just ourselves. Mike and I saw the value in this program and how the next 75 days were going to change us for the better. We completed this program side-by-side, I kept him accountable and he kept me accountable. Mike and I are best friends and partners, we share the same vision and mindset. We paint the same picture of our future and what we want out of life. Our timing couldn’t of been more perfect, we put in the work now so that we can maintain it in the future. We do not have kids, we have very limited responsibility, and it was just time to get out of this COVID funk and stop the negativity. We are only victims to ourselves, you have to dedicate the effort and time if you want to change your life.
It’s time to get at it. Go change your life. Work on being a better human. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Set goals & crush them.
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