The 75 Hardish Challenge (Updated!)

I’ve been reflecting on my 75 hard’ish challenge for a few days now, ever since I posted about whether to reset or not.

To understand the decision I made, and how I made it, it’s important you understand a few things about me.

What I’m good at:

  • Making lists (I’m even making one right now)
  • Making big crazy goals (my friend and I are known for #nochill)
  • Getting bored of something and not finishing it
  • Making excuses
  • Negotiating with myself (usually on how I can bend the rules)
  • Just letting things fade away (if you ignore it then it goes away right?)
  • Striving for a perfect 100% record

What I’m not good at:

  • Looking in the mirror
  • Facing reality
  • Forgiving myself
  • Seeing things through
  • Eating properly (I mean, having an eating disorder is a pretty obvious example)
  • Accepting imperfections, like a less than 100% perfect record

If this was any other challenge or goal I had set myself I would be giving up, and I’d just stop talking about it. The hope would be that everyone would forget. Or I would explain away the reasons on why I can’t finish it. The best outcome would be that I just make it easier for myself, forgetting the whole reason why I started it in the first place. [...]  read more

Made it past day 1!

Good morning! I’m happy to report that I made it past day 1 yesterday on the 75 hard’ish challenge, woohoo!

I had a pretty good day overall. A quick summary:

  • Having a 1L water bottle and knowing I need to have drunk it all by lunch (ready for a refill) really helps, instead of a 700ml or smaller.
  • It felt like I was pregnant again with the number of times I had to pee (I’m not pregnant!!). I don’t miss that feeling!
  • I spent the day feeling hungry, but I know that it wasn’t actually from a need of food, it was from the habit of (over)eating. I was able to get past it with coffee and water
  • I struggled to get my 30mins of exercise of outside – I planned on running outside at lunch but then decided to keep it to later in the arv so it wasn’t in full sun, then got stuck in a meeting from 2.30 – 5.30 so by the time I got out the sun was setting! When I got home eventually it was dark

Overall though it was a good day and I felt pretty strong!

I’ve been working some crazy hours lately but took the time to apply some fake tan last night. I always feel a bit better (body-image wise) when my legs don’t look translucent/white! The difference is subtle but natural, which is great. Here’s a look at the difference on my shoulder.  [...]  read more

75 Hard’ish: Day 1

Well, here I am kicking off Day 1. The first day of 75. I’m calling it “Hard’ish” since I’m not following the actual 75 hard (which is a lot bigger, defined and hard – hence the name).

I forgot to weigh in before I ate breakfast this morning, so I’m not sure what my starting weight was. When I realised I decided that’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the scales can be misleading. One of my tasks is to take a daily progress photo, and that’s where the important difference will show. I hope!  [...]  read more

From 83 to 75 Hard

Back on the 1st of July I walked 10,000 steps. In a throwaway comment my friend challenged both of us to keep it up for the month. So we did. 

Then the next month I had a step challenge to raise funds for breast cancer. I did that too. 

Now, 83 days later and I’m still going strong with 10,000 steps a day!

It’s not been easy. With all the stuff going in life there have been some panic moments madly pacing the house to get the steps in by midnight. My closest call I only had about 5mins to spare. But it’s been great for keeping me moving and now I don’t want to break my streak! It’s been especially great when work has been crazy busy and I could have so easily have spent 14 hours at the desk not moving. [...]  read more

7 days binge free

I don’t have much time to write but I plan soon on catching you up on everything, promise!

I just wanted to take some time quickly though to celebrate a win.

I’ve been struggling. Really struggling. I contemplated seeing a therapist, and my GP directed me to a program I plan on writing more about too. Let’s just say for now it completely blew my mind, and I was able to start putting into place some habits that are helping me break free of the cycle and the rut I had been in.

And importantly, I’ve had some friends there right by my side supporting me. Where would I be without the support of my friends, really? I’m so lucky to have these support networks around me.

7 days binge free. It’s not been easy, but I am so damn proud.

Here’s to continuing that streak.