Day 7 of the 75 Hard Challenge.  Whoot Whoot!!!  I made it!  You can only imagine how this feels.  I started out this process with the same sense of enthusiasm and trepidation I have whenever I face a challenge, but like everything else I attacked it head on, with powerful intention, not with fear.

And here I am. Seven days into the challenge and I am winning.  Yippee.

Understanding My Body

I must say that I think I had a bit of an advantage, though.  I had for many years studied and become in tune with my body:

  • I know what it likes (crunchy snacks, raw foods, for example) 
  • I know how it reacts (the scale registers upward spikes when I don’t get enough sleep)
  • I am very familiar with what it requires for me to operate optimally (e.g. going to bed before 9 pm, exercising regularly)
  • I know what trips me up (we’ll keep that on the down-low for now sealedlaughing )
  • I know what invigorates me (nature walks,  mediations, etc.)

So when starting out #75Hard, I knew that I needed to set myself up for success.  And that’s why I established this morning routine.

How I almost Tripped Up

But in the last 7 days, especially today, I also made another discovery.  One that should have just been self-explanatory – but that I had not considered as a possible self-sabotaging trigger.

You see, the morning ritual that I have set-up is powerful.  It is intentional and makes sure that I conquer most of the 75 Hard Challenge checklist items early in the morning.

For the past 6 days, I have been diligent and pretty much operated in a robotic state. 

  • I woke up
  • Drank my water (16 oz)
  • Took my picture
  • Did my meditation and devotional
  • Read my 10 pages
  • Did my first exercise
  • Drank my 2nd mug of water (16 oz)
  • Did my 2nd exercise
  • Took my shower
  • Began my day

This has been a fantastic routine.  And then this happened today.

  • I woke up
  • Drank my water (16 oz)
  • Looked at my phone
  • Lost 20 mins as the social media funnel dragged me down an unplanned path
  • Lept to my senses and regained my focus
  • Took my picture
  • Did my meditation and devotional
  • Read my 10 pages
  • Did my first exercise
  • Drank my 2nd mug of water (16 oz)
  • Did my 2nd exercise
  • Took my shower
  • Began my day

Did you see that?  One misstep and my entire schedule got botched up.

My Success Routine

So here’s what I learned. STICK TO THE PLAN.  No matter what, follow the routine as prescribed to remain on track. 

Now, as a trained project manager and self-prescribed drill sergeant in my own life, I should have known this.  But I wanted to share to show that everyone is human.  And that a seemingly inconsequential divergence could have huge consequences for you – taking you off track and further away from your goal.

So here’s my sound suggestion to you.  If you are doing the 75 Hard Challenge or any other challenge, including the ones you set for yourself, make sure to:

  • Identify and establish a Success Routine
  • Follow that Success Routine as prescribed, no divergence
  • Celebrate every small win, no matter how small.  Your brain will thank you for it and you find that you are more motivated to win more.  Those celebratory feelings are just too good to pass up.laughing

One other thing.  I added one more control to my morning routine – a way to make sure I get further insight into my body and also to make sure that I keep on track.

Every morning, I weigh myself and track my progress. 

And I also identified how I can “Ketoize” my meals.  

The next few weeks should be very interesting.  Oh, I’m so excited. laughing 

Here were my meals today:

Breakfast – Coffee and a mixed salad

Mid morning – Nada

Lunch – Raw cauliflower with a roasted pepper dip

Mid afternoon – Baked spiced potatoes with green peas 

Dinner –  Curried chick peas with Cauliflower soup 

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P.S. If you missed Day 6 of my 75 Hard Challenge Journey, you can find it here