My #75hard challenge


So, my wife and I are doing the #75hard challenge. The goal is to develop mental toughness by doing 5 things every day for 75 days in a row:

  1. Follow a diet. Zero cheat meals for the entire 75 days.
  2. Work out twice a day for at least 45 minutes (one has to be outside)
  3. Drink a gallon of water per day
  4. Read 10 pages of a non-fiction entrepreneur book
  5. Take a progress picture every single day

If you miss any of these five items, you have to go back to the beginning and start over.

I started my first run on January 13. I made it to day 8, when I realized the next morning that I was literally 2 oz. of water short of my gallon. I had thought that I could just take that final sip in 15 minutes before I got to bed, but the next morning when I went to fill up my bottle, there were those 2 oz. The folks that came up with the #75Hard challenge were absolutely no-nonsense about this point: you have to finish the checklist in its entirety every day for it to count.

So today, I'm starting again. I think I got too eager the first time, and messed up my ankle a bit, so the workouts are going to be more walking than running, but at least it's better than nothing!

Here are my goals:

  1. Continue eating a vegetarian diet, but make sure that I eat a piece of fruit every day.
  2. Go on two 45 minute walks (until I budget for a set of weights, or the weather gets nice enough to start biking to work)
  3. Drink a gallon per day (I have a 1/2-gallon water bottle and a 1/4-gallon water bottle I take around with me everywhere, so it's refilling both bottles when I go to bed, and the 1/4-gallon water bottle while I'm at work)
  4. I'm reading through The Proximity Principle to start.
  5. I'm not quite ready to start posting shirtless photos on the internet ;).