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Day 75.

I'm about to read my 10 pages and hop into bed, then I'm done. I may do another post about my thoughts and experiences later in the week, but for now I'll share my progress pics as promised. (Gratuitious manboobs warning)

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Left: 214.6lbs - Day 1
Right: 189.2lbs - Day 75

Although I'm proud of my progress I'm not happy with where I'm at yet physically. I am confident now that I will get there, eventually, thanks to this challenge. I feel like I have proven something to myself, and I'm excited for the future.

Good luck to everyone still grinding away, and anyone thinking of doing the challenge... just do it, but be prepared for what it really takes.
Legend!

Well done man and thanks for all your help to others and myself on here.

Congrats.
 

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#Day 7 (Attempt 10)

I feel like this guy still practising throws while all the lights in the stadium are off and everyone is gone home.

Attempt #9 was my first failure on purpose. I knew I had not completed the list but I had just hit a wall. Couldn't work out, couldn't down any more water, couldn't even read a book. I don't know what happened but my mind just shut down on the whole thing.

I took a day off to rethink everything and have properly committed to attempt #10.

But I am doing very well this time. I have been focusing on being the person who can do this.
Rather than having to force it and feel like its not me. Hope that makes sense.

Also as a little bonus, I got my first ever muscle up today.
I started learning them about 4 weeks ago and today was the breakthrough day.
I got some more bodyweight goals to keep me on track too:
- 5 muscle-ups in a row
- 5 (no support) handstand push ups
- 5 no leg push ups (these are crazy)
- and a backflip on flat ground

I am planning to be able to do all of these by the time I finish this attempt.

Ill try to edit this post on my phone and add in a video of the muscle up...

*Hmm its too big. I uploaded it as an unlisted YT video.

 
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#Day 7 (Attempt 10)

I feel like this guy still practising throws while all the lights in the stadium are off and everyone is gone home.

Attempt #9 was my first failure on purpose. I knew I had not completed the list but I had just hit a wall. Couldn't work out, couldn't down any more water, couldn't even read a book. I don't know what happened but my mind just shut down on the whole thing.

I took a day off to rethink everything and have properly committed to attempt #10.

But I am doing very well this time. I have been focusing on being the person who can do this.
Rather than having to force it and feel like its not me. Hope that makes sense.

Also as a little bonus, I got my first ever muscle up today.
I started learning them about 4 weeks ago and today was the breakthrough day.
I got some more bodyweight goals to keep me on track too:
- 5 muscle-ups in a row
- 5 (no support) handstand push ups
- 5 no leg push ups (these are crazy)
- and a backflip on flat ground

I am planning to be able to do all of these by the time I finish this attempt.

Ill try to edit this post on my phone and add in a video of the muscle up...

*Hmm its too big. I uploaded it as an unlisted YT video.

I don’t even want to tell ppl when I attempt anymore but you’re not alone. I have considered the “be a person” thing.. I’m well aware of how important identity is..

I don’t identify with being a disciplined person at all. I’ll hafta give this some more thought. Thank you for being brave enough to share, again. It’s encouraging.
 

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So, I'm in. Thanks to @Fox for starting the thread and @GoodluckChuck for inspiring me to do it when we had coffee in PDX a few weeks ago.

I've actually been in since August 1, but am still on day 2 and never skipped a day. Funny how that works. The easy things that are hard for me and the hard things that are easy. Every time I've failed it is because of the water or the selfie. (Yeah, I needed a better tracking system; I've get one now).

A few nights ago, we got home late. After putting the kids down, I was tired as heck, but went out for a 45 minute walk and did my reading. The next morning when the alarm went off at 5, I was exhausted but happy with myself that I didn't miss the day before. I was finally on day 6.

Or so I thought.

I went out to the kitchen to make coffee and saw one of the most horrifying things I've seen in a while: 8 ounces of the previous day's water still in my bottle. No!

As to the actual content of the challenge, it seems in a way to be a grab bag of randomness that Andy Frisella pulled out of his A$$. So, I listen to 1.5 hours of stuff on Audible while working out, but still need to read 10 pages in a book. Really? I need to drink twice as much water as I my body actually needs and make myself go to the bathroom a ridiculous amount of times. Really? I need to take a daily selfie when a single "before" and a single "after" would be sufficient. Really?

But I will say that sticking to the exact rules of the challenge without compromise is causing me to grow. I can feel my power increasing. There is no other way to describe it. And I'm only on day 2.
 

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Legend!

Well done man and thanks for all your help to others and myself on here.

Congrats.
Thank you, man. I'm glad I helped you or anyone else here in some way. Props to you for sticking with it.

Honestly, I never ended up going to that martial arts class. I was having stomach problems that night, and then I started second-guessing if I should go because the class is late at night (trying to fix my years of bad sleep) and I could really use the $170/mo in a few months when I move.. but, I think it's something I need to do. So I will.

I've been feeling weird today now that the challenge is over. Mentally, I mean. It's confusing, like I don't know wtf to do with myself now (even tho I'm doing everything minus the 2nd workout and drinking so much water).

I know I could start phase 1, but honestly I don't want to.
 
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I think that the challenge not being what you would usually do is a good thing.

If we all picked our own challenge we would be doing stuff that didn't push us.
We would be doing the things we already are doing and calling that success.

The water isn't as much as it seems if you are working out and spread it over the day.
(Also my skin is 100 times better than when I first started)

- The picture forces you to face reality.

- The book means you got to make active and engaged time to learn.

- Workout indoors is obvious enough. Workout outdoors forces you to get outside and face the elements.

- And a clean diet, with zero deviations, has a lot of good lessons in health and discipline.

To me it makes a lot of sense and seems very well thought out.
 

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uhhh I know I’ve done the challenge a bunch but.. I think I may have gotten a thing wrong.

Do we hafta post a selfie every day on some platform or just take a selfie every day?

I am more of the jump-into-things-with-exuberance-and-figure-it-out-as-I-go-along-type-of-person than the I-should-think-about-this-long and hard type of person... oops.
 
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uhhh I know I’ve done the challenge a bunch but.. I think I may have gotten a thing wrong.

Do we hafta post a selfie every day on some platform or just take a selfie every day?

I am more of the jump-into-things-with-exuberance-and-figure-it-out-as-I-go-along-type-of-person than the I-should-think-about-this-long and hard type of person... oops.
It is just for yourself. Seems the only ones most people post are their first and last days.
 

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It is just for yourself. Seems the only ones most people post are their first and last days.
Oh. I must have followed too many ppl on insta who post everyday..

Thanks dude!
 
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Day 1.

I realized in the shower this morning that yesterday I ate one of my daughter's leftover chips at Chipotle. Chips are off my diet.

It was less a decision than a momentary loss of awareness.

It doesn't really bother me. I'm gonna get this eventually.
 

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20 days in, this morning was a disaster. I wake up and didn’t remember the 10 pages read. So i thought the challenge was lost again.
Then went to my pictures and found screenshot of the 10 pages. Holy sh*t..
 

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Ok, I choose to be totally honest, let's start with a bad new. Forgot to take my progress picture yesterday. Yes, you actually read it, I forgot to take the fuking picture.
I could whine and bitch and tell it's just a picture. But no. It's in the challenge and there is no derogatory.

It's the 3 times I lost the challenge i think, well. Let's take it easy. Tonight I'm gonna fuking cheat meal. Like ben and jerry ice cream pot.
Tomorrow is a restart again. I don't care wether i restart 3or 4 or 5 or 6 the challenge, I will fuking do it.
 

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Let's take it easy. Tonight I'm gonna fuking cheat meal. Like ben and jerry ice cream pot.
Or, consider not doing that.

This is my 20th day into the challenge, although I'm only on day 2. I keep on slipping up on minor things. I'm convinced the only reason I have been able to keep going is because I refuse to say "screw it,I'm taking the rest of the day off" each time I slip up.

Just a thought. It works for me, but you could be different.

Either way, we're gonna get this!
 

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I'm in - and I want your opinions, please.

I was on Day 7 when I accidentally ingested an allergen. I maintain Constant Vigilance, and this one slipped past me anyway. So I got sick. In bed, throwing up, can't move my head sick. Not quite to the 'my throat is closing up, take me to the hospital', but getting there. So the Challenge was not completed yesterday.

It's a reality of my life that this accidental ingestion happens, and I am doing everything to mitigate it. It happens less and less, as I learn where the triggers and risk factors are - but I'm still learning. Apparently, I'm ridiculously sensitive (to corn. in America!)

Do I have to start over?

Part of me is saying, yes, because my vigilance was lacking. And part of me is, well, no, because this is an exceptional case, like having RA, and some days are just going to be impossible.
 

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I'm in - and I want your opinions, please.

I was on Day 7 when I accidentally ingested an allergen. I maintain Constant Vigilance, and this one slipped past me anyway. So I got sick. In bed, throwing up, can't move my head sick. Not quite to the 'my throat is closing up, take me to the hospital', but getting there. So the Challenge was not completed yesterday.

It's a reality of my life that this accidental ingestion happens, and I am doing everything to mitigate it. It happens less and less, as I learn where the triggers and risk factors are - but I'm still learning. Apparently, I'm ridiculously sensitive (to corn. in America!)

Do I have to start over?

Part of me is saying, yes, because my vigilance was lacking. And part of me is, well, no, because this is an exceptional case, like having RA, and some days are just going to be impossible.
If you’re allergic to corn and you haven’t researched glyphosates you absolutely should, immediately. The rabbit trail is deep on that one but the possibility of healing is worth it. A full fast like this (strict diet with no gluten or dairy even) could actually be way, way better for your body than anything else. Good luck!
 

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Do I have to start over?

Part of me is saying, yes, because...
My rule is this: if any part of me is saying I need to start over, I do start over.

This requires honesty with yourself. Could you do something to avoid the allergen? Have you really done everything to mitigate the risk? Or was it just a random, residual amount that you could never learn about (but was enough to trigger the allergy)?

You probably already know the answer.
 

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Just came home after a week of holiday with a dozen of my friends.

A week full of alcohol, sweets, snacks, eating out and other temptations. A week full of activities, going to sleep late, limited access to the kitchen or fresh groceries, and little time to exercise or read. A week full of social pressure.

Day 19.

I feel there's no going back to day 1 now.

I've become 100% aware of all the BS I've been feeding myself. I immediately notice when I try to cut corners, even by a tiny bit. I've become allergic to excuses (and I sneeze now when someone makes one).

What am I trying to tell you, that you can all finish the challenge?
No, fellows. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to.
 

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I'm 100% in on this, and I really need to do this right now. While I've never heard of this before I've actually done this program already (minus the daily progress pics) and it seriously works. I was the healthiest, successful and most disciplined in my entire life during this time. Ready to get back to that place. Thanks for Sharing.
 

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Maybe you have already heard of this challenge - the 75 hard challenge by Andy Frisella who runs The MFCEO podcast (I think the top business podcast for over two years).

Basically, the rules are:

1) Strict Diet – No cheating, not even 1 bite, and No alcohol

2) Two Workouts* per Day – 1 has to be outside and both have to be at least 45 minutes

(*this can mean jogging, swimming, yoga - doesn't have to be gym)

3) Drink 1 Gallon of Water per Day – Nothing but clear, plain water counts

4) Read 10 Pager per Day – From a non-fiction self-help book or business book

5) Take a Progress Picture Every Day – So you can see the progress at the end


For 75 days with no days off.


While it might seem like a fitness challenge - it isn't. It is a discipline challenge.

Andy explains it fully here:

Let me say - it is harder than it looks. To do one day - easy. To not miss any days - very very hard.

First time I failed was cause I had a sugary drink on a date. I let a girl buy me a sugary Starbucks smoothie and wasn't being aware.

The second time (two days ago) I didn't do any reading cause I didn't have my day planned out 100%. I got sloppy with my time.


Is this challenge needed for you to be successful? Of course not.

But is it a great way to build some great habits, awareness, dedication, and discipline for those struggling with those things? 100%.

So if you feel like jumping in with me on this challenge post up.


Some additional rules:

- Don't modify any part of the challenge. This isn't a "well I did it this way" challenge. The rules are above and those are the rules.

- If you break ANY rules you go back to the start.

- Be true to yourself. The only person who gets anything out of this is YOU if you do it right. Pretending you did this won't help and will most likely hurt.

- No audiobooks ha. I still listen to them as I walk every day but Andy is clear that the 10 pages a day are to be read by you.


That is it:

Here are my past stats but I will consider today day one since I have to restart...

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(started on the 23rd of May and failed twice since)


So who is in with me?
(or has already started)
I have never heard of this before and sounds tough. I already drink that much water and read more than 10 pages. The diet and the workout will be the hard part for me. I'm in starting tomorrow.
 

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