Wow, I’ve almost made it through a whole month of 75 Hard. Well, I guess I did make it through the month of February, but February is a short month, so I don’t feel like I’m quite there. It has gone by pretty quickly. Although I’m over 1/3 of the way through the program, I do still have a ways to go, so I’m trying not to get too comfortable and complacent. At some point, probably about a week ago, I felt a shift in my mindset. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I started to feel like these habits are something that I could do for the rest of my life. I’m not sure if I can continue to do them every single day, but I really feel like I could keep this up for the long haul.
Not every day is easy (if it was, the program would be called 75 Easy, right?) Yesterday was a hard day for me. It was Sunday. Before 75 Hard, Sundays are generally my rest days. I might do some yoga or stretching, but I would enjoy a slow, leisurely morning and generally be lazy most of the day. However, you can’t really do that when you’re trying to get all of your tasks in for 75 Hard. Yesterday, probably for the first time since I started, I didn’t want to do ANY of the tasks. It was hard to drink the water. I didn’t want to work out. I didn’t even want to read, and I LOVE to read. But this is the whole point of the program: telling your mind to just shut up and do the tasks because if you don’t you have to start over at Day 1 or quit altogether and neither of these things is an option for me at this point.
Today has been a better day, although the weather today is cold and so I had to bundle up to take my walk outside. But once I got moving, I really enjoyed being outside in the fresh air and spring will be here soon!
This past week, I really started paying attention to when I crave junk food and alcohol. These cravings aren’t nearly as strong; I’ve eaten clean for 28 straight days and honestly, I’m loving the healthy food I’m eating and I don’t miss sugar, cheese, eggs and fried foods as much as I thought I would. I thought that not drinking alcohol would be the hardest part for me, but it really hasn’t been an issue. That being said, I have noticed that when the cravings hit, it’s usually because I’m stressed and the stress is generally coming from drama that’s happening to those around me. I’ve always been a sensitive, empathetic person and so I’ve always let the moods and events of others affect me. But this 75 Hard program is teaching me that what’s going on with others has nothing to do with me and instead of letting it bother me and turning me to unhealthy habits, I’m learning to take note of what’s happening and I’ve started using the mantra, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” I mean, seriously, the only person that I need to be focused on is myself. If others want to have their negativity and drama, that’s up to them, but I don’t need to participate.
I’m just going to keep doing the work to better myself; to be braver, stronger, fitter, and healthier; to work on having a more positive mindset and to be a positive influence. 75 Hard is teaching me that like everything else, I can’t achieve these things unless I commit and just keep going, even when things get hard or inconvenient.
When I posted last week, I said that I was fantasizing about what foods I would eat and the wine I would drink on day 76, but at this point in the program, do you know what I’m looking forward to most? A rest day.
May your glass always be full,