- Two 45 minute workouts (one must be outdoors)
- Take a Progress Picture
- Read 10 Pages of a Book (non-fiction, something that will actually help you in life)
- Drink 1 Gallon of Water
- Follow A Diet
- No Cheat Meals or Alcohol
That’s it… but you must do this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! … for 75 Days!!
I always felt I had the discipline to do anything I put my mind to, especially after being in the military. I have trained and completed multiple marathons and other similar events so I know the time that goes into committing to something like this. But somewhere along the way, I have lost some of that discipline and motivation. I could blame it on the coronavirus, but I think it's something I lost a while back. Maybe to certain things I have experienced or maybe just me telling myself that I don’t need to work so hard anymore. So when I read about this program, I was instantly all about it. I didn’t know how it was gonna go and to be 100% honest, I was nervous to start it. Not because I thought I couldn’t do it, but because I knew I HAD to be accountable. If I was to really commit to this program, I had to be accountable… to myself… for 75 days!
I started the program on 29 December 2020 weighing 124.8lbs and today, 30 days later I am 125lbs. Just to be clear, losing weight is not what I am interested in here, I am actually trying to just maintain my weight. My goal is to get healthy, in general, and have a better mindset moving forward in life. So here’s where I am at 30 days later:
Follow a Diet: I have been dealing with severe RA symptoms, so my diet for 75 days is the AIP plan. This plan includes eating plenty of fruits, veggies and lean cuts of meat, chicken and fish. No added Sugar, No Grains, No Legumes, No COFFEE!! I figured committing to the program would help me commit to eating better to get my symptoms under control… and it has. Not completely though. I have seen some improvements but honestly I am still in some pain. I have used CBD to manage most of the pain and stick to workouts that don’t make the pain worse. I do feel better in general and don’t have that sluggishness after eating buckets of pasta and cans of soda all day. I get a lot of my recipes from the Unbound Wellness website.
No Alcohol or Cheat Meals: I haven't really had a problem sticking to this at all. I am definitely a beer lover but for now, that can wait.
Two 45 Minute Workouts: I have had to switch to walking/rowing since I am not able to run for very long without pain. The good part is that walking has slowed things down for me a bit mentally and I use those walks as somewhat of a meditation for myself. I listen to podcasts and actually listen. I am getting to the point of really looking forward to my morning walks and starting my day off in a calmer state than before. My dogs are a lot calmer as well since they are getting out just as much as I am. I have seen no real significant change in my body or weight other than I just feel stronger and more fit. If I am not in pain, my second workout is typically cardio/strength with Kettlebells, Rowing and sometimes Jump Rope. But now, with having two a day, I have had to get some help to change things up. I find a lot of good workouts on the Running on Real Food website.
Take a Progress Picture: Anyone that knows me knows I am not a picture taker, I don’t do selfies and all that so this was a bit of a pain for me. I do this first thing in the morning, so it’s interesting to see the different versions of my morning mood/hair. I am still debating whether I will be posting any of these.
1 Gallon of Water: This is not as easy as it sounds. Aside from keeping track of how much you drank and managing the time to get it all in, you have to account for extra bathroom visits. Let’s not forget to mention the changes your body goes through because it’s not used to processing all this water. I have finally adjusted and needless to say, this has been the only thing I have room for. On occasion I will have some tea before bed. This cool bottle has been helpful to keep me on track all day.
10 Pages of Reading: I love reading! I always have but I haven’t had much time to read lately so this has been a welcome change. Right now, I am reading Selling You! by Napoleon Hill. I did get the #75Hard book and have already read a couple of the first few chapters. It was sold out when I first started the program but I finally got it.
Since I started the program, I have managed to get some to start walking more and being active in general. Also, my sister, who owns her own pastry shop in LA has committed to starting!
So, yes, I feel better. I feel more productive and I have been sleeping better. I’ve relearned how to manage my time to get everything done and still take care of myself. I’ve committed to eating cleaner than usual to heal myself. And with this many days into the program, it doesn’t feel like I HAVE to do anything. All of these things have just become part of my day. I am excited to see more changes and how I can apply it and replace some of the tasks with things I want in my life.