Wow! It’s Day 27. Funny how time can just slip by and you suddenly realize….”NO! I’ve missed 11 days of blogging my journey on the 75 Hard Challenge!”
At first I wasn’t sure whether to cry or suck it up. I decided to suck it up and forget about writing 11 individual posts to capture each day. That would not be productive for me nor would it be helpful for you.
So here I am, breaking the mold once again, and doing a single post to bring you up to date on the past 11 days.
So, what has happened since Day 16 and since I began the challenge?
Well, actually quite a lot.
1. I lost a total of 16.7 lbs and saw my blood pressure hit normal levels twice in the last 17 days. On August 24, I got a reading of 117/78, and then on Aug 27 104/71. For me that was a breakthrough (aka “happy dance time”). My previous readings for years have consistently been in the 130 – 150 / 80 -95 range. So reaching these levels were previously inconceivable. Now I am obsessed in hacking the process so I can truly understand what factors affect these vital numbers and what is the process of lowering blood pressure naturally once and for all. I will keep you updated. Promise.
2. I started monitoring my sleep. I use an app called Pillow, which monitors my entire sleep cycle and helps me see how much deep sleep I had. Since I have been using this app and monitoring the times I go to sleep, the environment I set to enhance my sleep, and the foods I have been eating, I have been waking up more energized and much more rested than I had been previously. Again my analytical mind jumps into gear, and now I am hacking my sleep as well.
3. My walking pace has exploded. I started off with an average of 13 mins/km. I am now down to 9.8 min/km. And I have changed my goals to do 10,000 steps in the morning with a target 0f 13,000 steps by the end of the day.
4. I no longer have cravings. My appetite appears to have balanced out. I usually have an apple for breakfast with my water and then for snacks, I have fresh vegetables readily available in the fridge with homemade dip. My veggies of choice are cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, celery sticks and carrots. All raw and very filling.
5. Normally I have 3 meals a day and two snacks. If I just listen to my body, it will lead me the right way.
6. My first exercise is a brisk walk outside (normally about 8 km). My 2nd exercise is normally a HIIT workout involving bodyweight exercises and Weights. Total exercise time is about 2 1/2 hours – 1 1/2 hrs for the walk; 45 mins for the bodyweight workout. I use an app and music to make sure I am focused and on track throughout the workout.
So, is the 75 Hard Challenge right for you?
I don’t know. But what I can honestly tell you is that the physical benefits are just a small part of it. The biggest win with this program is the ability to prove to yourself that you can remain true to your goals and your commitments and not let any temptation sway you.
What works for me?
1. Understanding right from the start what would trip me up;
2. Devising a plan to reduce the risk of those items affecting my progress;
3. Ritualizing everything and then following that routine like a robot.
- My meals
- My exercise routine
- My water intake
- My sleep
- My meditation
- My reading
4. Constantly tracking and measuring my activities to see if there are any tweaks that can be made in order for me to get better results, faster. Treating the entire process like a game. A game I am determined to win!
So there you have it. We have reached Day 27 without failure. If you’re doing this challenge with me, I just have to say “Feels good, doesn’t it?”
In my next post, I will share my favorite recipes that I have successfully used over the past 27 days.
Until then, Go Forth and CONQUER! (just had to say that )