April 5, 2021
I want you to realize how fast I jumped into this.
Last night was the night I saw the post about the Challenge and the night that I didn’t get decent sleep because it was running through my mind all night.
By the time I woke up today I was determined to do it and knew that there was no time like the present to start.
Still feeling a bit “full” from Easter dinner, I had time to get the kids out the door and come up with my overall plan.
I started by listening to the podcast episode specifically about 75 Hard and then started looking up You-Tube videos about it.
I soon realized that I could easily get way too much information or get discouraged because I wasn’t doing it “right” and decided to turn away.
The next thing I did was make a chart to put on the side of my fridge with each step on it. I wanted to be able to mark them off during the day as I did them and to visually see what I had left to do.
I had come across journals and apps I could use, but I once again, didn’t want to over-complicate these things. The more complicated I made it, the less likely I would be to keep going.
Now let’s look at each component.
1 – Meal Plan
The guidelines they challenge had on this is that it can be anything I want to do, nothing specific. But it can’t be a junk food diet or treat diet and no alcohol! (I don’t even drink alcohol so that one’s easy.) It’s all about self-control.
I had been trying to “go keto” for awhile and stuck with it off and on. It’s not the because it’s trending right now, but I’ve read and listened to so many positive aspects of the diet that I wanted to do it.
It was easy to make this decision. “Trying” to make it stick for the last several weeks, my fridge was already filled with meat, veggies, and healthy fats.
I did, however, know that I didn’t want to do strict keto. Keeping up with the challenge was going to be difficult, and just adding to a precise meal plan, tracking macros and such, was only going to make it worse.
So, I’m doing “lazy keto” or, if you were to actually track my macros, a low carb.
Mainly I need to kick my sugar addiction and I knew that would be the hardest part of the meal plan.
Eliminating grains, fruits, and such, wasn’t all that hard for me.
My meal plan rules
- Focus on meat and veggies for dinner and try some new Keto meal recipes
- Eat leftovers at lunch the next day
- Eat when I’m feeling hungry
- When I’m finally hungry in the morning, have a protein shake
- If I get “snacky” just eat cheese or a hand full of nuts
- No need to track
And most of all… keep it simple.
2- Drink 1 Gallon of Water
I have several big water bottles that I’ve gotten from my local supplement store.
I’ve figured out that I have to drink one 3 times (yes it’s that big) to make a gallon, and my other two I need to drink 4 of them to get a gallon.
On my tracker chart, I just figured I could it tally marks every time I refill it so that I know how many more I need to drink.
Side Note: I have a bad soda habit and go to the gas station to get a fountain one daily. Right now, I’m “allowing” myself to have one after I’ve drunk at least 2 bottles of water. I also want to include this in the program, but since I know that my sweet addiction is going to be key to my success, I’m focusing on that my first 4 weeks. I’m planning to give up my daily soda starting week 5.
The challenge requires 2- 45 minute workouts daily, one being outside.
Workout 1 – Outside
I have been working my way through a beginner runner program. I’m still doing a run/walk part of this program. The program I’m doing recommends running 3 days a week, so that will take up 3 days each week.
The other 4 days I just plan to walk.
I have a 2 year old that falls asleep everytime I put her in the stroller, so picking the optimal time is going to be right around naptime.
The idea is around 11/11:30 I’m going to feed her lunch, then bundle her up and stick her in the stroller to start her naptime.
Since I need to think about weather, if the weather’s too cold or rain/snow, I will fore-go the middle of the day walk or run and go after my husband makes it home and after dinner. Maybe even after all the kids go to bed. Or, I might find a few friends that would be willing to take Amelia for play time while I get out.
I don’t think I will have to worry much about this, but hey, I live in Boise and we still have winter or spring weather all the way to June.
Workout 2 – Weights
In my “past life” I was a Beachbody coach and have a slew of workouts dvds on my hands. I decided to go back to one that I actually finished that is a lot of weight training.
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel
It’s a 6-day a week, 8 week program with rest days on Thursday. (56 days total)
I’m pretty sure that since I’ll be working it twice a day I’m going to have some days where I’m lacking energy and don’t need anything intense.
I’m going to work my way through the program. Right now I’m going to follow the program, and when I feel draggy, I will forego the weights for the day and take a nice slow stroll outside or do some yoga.
I don’t want to completely over-do my body and burn myself out.
When I was working out consistently, I’ve always had my rest day on Sunday, it’s the day of rest. But, I have to have two workouts. I’m going to plan to do my outside walk and yoga inside. Nothing strenuous.
I think that’s a pretty good plan. As for time for the weights, I’m going to have to figure out what time of day is best. The only guideline the challenge gives us is that they can’t be back-to-back. I would eventually like to get up at 5:30 and get it in, but I’m loving my sleep way to much these days and get myself motivated enough to get out of bed.
4- Read 10 pages of Personal Development a Day
The guidelines the challenge gives on this is it can’t be audio books, it has to be something you sit down and study. It needs to be something you can study and learn something new.
There are many professional development books I could read, and many that I’d like to read. However, I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I don’t need that right now in my life.
I’m going to turn this into a spiritual development.
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and this year in Sunday School, we’re studying the Doctrine and Covenants. This is a book of scriptures of revelations given mainly during the time the prophet Joseph Smith was leading our church.
I’m going to break the reading into two different things each day.
1- First 5 Pages
I will be reading 5 pages from the Book of Mormon daily.
2- Second 5 Pages
I will be reading from “Teachings from the Prophet Joseph Smith”. I think this is perfect since we’re working our way through the Doctrine and Covenants this year.
This reading will be on top of my daily study of the Doctrine and Covenants. And I look forward for this little extra effort in a spiritual aspect.
I will be keeping my Joseph Smith book in the car and read it while I’m waiting to pick up kids at schools. The Book of Mormon I will read during naptime.
5- Take a Personal Progress Pic
The few You-Tube videos I watched on the 75 Hard Challenge, the people said the thing they forgot most was doing the picture.
My overall plan is to go for my run/walk, come put Amelia to bed, take my progress pic right before I jump in the shower, and then have lunch. The key is to remember to do it while I still have my workout clothes on.
I’m overweight and don’t plan to take bikini shots, but I do think that every 2 weeks I’ll do a sports bra and workout pants shot, all the other times I will do it with a shirt on. I’d like to be able to see what physical changes I’ll be making as I go.
Well, I think that’s it. The plan, the tracker, the times. I want to keep it simple and doable. I think this is a great part of the year to do it as the kids will be in school for almost the whole 75 days. No trips planned during that time.
I will have a birthday partway through it, but I’m sure if I tell my husband I’d rather have a nice juicy steak and chicken wings instead of a cake, he’ll go for it.
Well, wish me luck, I’m really going to need it.