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Okay, so a proper post (multiple topless pics incoming :clench:)...

6th May 2018...

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I felt and looked quite rough. Had lost a lot of focus and drive.
I think this pic was my fitness low point - it is quite embarrassing to post here tbh.

24th May 2019 - Day #1, Attempt #1 of challenge

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Not much better than above. I had been back in the gym here and there from mid-2018 to mid-2019 but hadn't made a whole lot of progress. Probably my diet/sleep being off was still holding me back a lot.

Day #216, attempt 16 of the challenge...

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This was on the Swiss/Italien border just a few days ago. I was having a bit of fun with my daily progress pic but it was a cool moment also - got to snowboard in amazing conditions for a week with my brother and it was probably one of my coolest vacations yet.

Final day pic...

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I flew back to Poland on my final day and did my walk in some light snow and my final workout here in the house (got a nice basic home gym set up for days I don't want to go to the real day).

My final reading was Unscripted which I have now nearly fully reread. It has been hitting me quite hard this time and was the perfect book to finish this challenge on. Thanks @MJ DeMarco as always.

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Overall I am glad to be finished but it has actually been a little bit of down moment too.

Looking at these pics it is great to see the physical progress but I feel like I now see how much progress I could have been potentially making in other areas - and haven't.

So my finishing feeling with this challenge is that of satisfaction but also some regret. I regret I didn't start being this focused a long time ago in fitness but also in business and life in general.

I am coming into 2020 with a determined mindset - apply what I learned here to everything and step up my game. I want to look back at my whole life at the end of 2020 and see the same kind of progress I made above.

Any challenge questions let me know but those are my main thoughts for now.
Are you able to share your workout routines for Monday - Sunday (gym wise). Usually workouts have rest days in them, so I’m curious to see how you scheduled it.

Would like to start the challenge as soon as my replacement card comes in and I can buy a gym membership.
 

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Are you able to share your workout routines for Monday - Sunday (gym wise). Usually workouts have rest days in them, so I’m curious to see how you scheduled it.

Would like to start the challenge as soon as my replacement card comes in and I can buy a gym membership.
Walk everyday

Gym in order:
-Chest
- Back
- Legs
- Shoulders
- Biceps
- Triceps
- Ab or walk day
 

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Nice one Rob.

I noticed earlier on you seemed to be running, but lately walking on your outside workout instead. Any reason for this? I think it's a good idea - I've been reading a bit lately about a daily (but rigourous) walk being better for you than running.

I think I'm going to go back to the bro split as well, rather than 3 x full body. It was waaaaay easier to stay in the routine if I was going daily.

Where you doing the walk and gym at the same time each day?

What did you find the most challenging part? Since I've moved back to Brisbane it's been hard to avoid bars and alcohol. My mates up here don't really have any other way of socialising lol. So it means I'll be anti social the whole time. For this reason I'm looking at moving down to Byron bay soon.
 

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Hey all! I started today, well, half started tomorrow I officially start because I decided to start this afternoon and worked at 3pm-12:30am So didn’t get my outside workout in and had a caramel this am oops! But tomorrow it is!!! If only I can sleep, soo much water is keeping me up
 

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P.s. I’m 31/f, any suggestions on workouts? Been getting back into this Kayla Itsines workout/split..
May renew my playbook app for the celeb trainers.
My bday is in March. Goal is to really improve my body and mind by then!
 

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Starting this January 6th, along with Kris Gethins new trainer that releases the same day.

Diet will be no added sugar, high protein, moderate fat/carb, no refined carbs, no caffeine, only water. Trying to maintain weight and lose body fat during this. I'm really going to have to dial in this diet to do that because that's going to be a LOT of calories burned working out twice a day every single day.

Main outdoor workouts will be trail running and cone drills in the backyard.

I think my biggest challenge in all this will be traveling as I go across the country quite a bit. Will definitely have to play around with flight times to make sure I get to my destination in enough time to go grocery shopping, hit the gym, and cook. Also going to be a challenge to keep up the diet while traveling with people, as we're all keen on having some drinks after work. I've always done well keeping up a routine while I'm home, but completely obliterate any progress while traveling. Posting in here for accountability sake, along with the brother doing this with me.
 
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Nice one Rob.

I noticed earlier on you seemed to be running, but lately walking on your outside workout instead. Any reason for this? I think it's a good idea - I've been reading a bit lately about a daily (but rigourous) walk being better for you than running.

I think I'm going to go back to the bro split as well, rather than 3 x full body. It was waaaaay easier to stay in the routine if I was going daily.

Where you doing the walk and gym at the same time each day?

What did you find the most challenging part? Since I've moved back to Brisbane it's been hard to avoid bars and alcohol. My mates up here don't really have any other way of socialising lol. So it means I'll be anti social the whole time. For this reason I'm looking at moving down to Byron bay soon.
I have never been a huge fan of jogging but I like walks.

I got a decent forest super close to the house that is where I do 99% of my walks. It is quite hilly/soft ground so when you're doing a fast walk there it gets the heart rate going and you will break a sweat.

I would nearly always walk first thing in the morning (and down as much water as I could) and then gym between 3-7pm. I found for me that worked best.
 

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Congratulations, @Fox. What's next for you?
 
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I have never been a huge fan of jogging but I like walks.

I got a decent forest super close to the house that is where I do 99% of my walks. It is quite hilly/soft ground so when you're doing a fast walk there it gets the heart rate going and you will break a sweat.

I would nearly always walk first thing in the morning (and down as much water as I could) and then gym between 3-7pm. I found for me that worked best.
Yeah I have started on a steep hiking walk every morning, about 2ks down, 2ks up. It actually smashes me waaaay more than a 45 min run on flat bitumen and is better on the knees.
 
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Congratulations, @Fox. What's next for you?
I restarted another personal form of the challenge today:

- two workouts per day (gym, walk, swim, yoga, surf etc)
- one gallon water
- 10 pages reading with notes
- at least 4 hours "deep" work per day (5 days a week)
- no cheat meals

The progress pic I'll just take once a week.

I am aiming for 50 days on this starting right now.

I think it would be a bad move to not replace the 75 hard challenge with something and the set up above makes the most sense for me work-wise.
 

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So my finishing feeling with this challenge is that of satisfaction but also some regret. I regret I didn't start being this focused a long time ago in fitness but also in business and life in general.
Congrats Man! It looks really impressive!


What do you think these regrets mean? Have you thought why they appear?
 

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I restarted another personal form of the challenge today:

- two workouts per day (gym, walk, swim, yoga, surf etc)
- one gallon water
- 10 pages reading with notes
- at least 4 hours "deep" work per day (5 days a week)
- no cheat meals

The progress pic I'll just take once a week.

I am aiming for 50 days on this starting right now.

I think it would be a bad move to not replace the 75 hard challenge with something and the set up above makes the most sense for me work-wise.
Have you used Andy´s Power List?
 
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I restarted another personal form of the challenge today:

- two workouts per day (gym, walk, swim, yoga, surf etc)
- one gallon water
- 10 pages reading with notes
- at least 4 hours "deep" work per day (5 days a week)
- no cheat meals

The progress pic I'll just take once a week.

I am aiming for 50 days on this starting right now.

I think it would be a bad move to not replace the 75 hard challenge with something and the set up above makes the most sense for me work-wise.
Actually I will just restart fully (and add in the 4 hours deep work/power list 5 days a week too.)
 
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Congrats Man! It looks really impressive!


What do you think these regrets mean? Have you thought why they appear?
Ya that I wasn't this focused with savings, business, Youtube, relationships and so on.

It really comes down to what you do every day - not what you think or what you do once in a while.
 

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I'm late to the party, but I'm in. Day 1 is complete.

For someone that hasn't been to the gym in a couple years, that 2nd workout was difficult. The entire time I was clock watching, and having a mental battle with myself. "Was it worth it? Should I make it easier?". I pushed through, as that's the spirit of the program, but I can see this being a daily struggle.

Thanks @Fox for he thread and congrats to all who have completed the challenge.
 
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I'm late to the party, but I'm in. Day 1 is complete.

For someone that hasn't been to the gym in a couple years, that 2nd workout was difficult. The entire time I was clock watching, and having a mental battle with myself. "Was it worth it? Should I make it easier?". I pushed through, as that's the spirit of the program, but I can see this being a daily struggle.

Thanks @Fox for he thread and congrats to all who have completed the challenge.
Great stuff. The first 4 weeks will be the hardest till the habit forms. Keep going.
 

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It really comes down to what you do every day - not what you think or what you do once in a while.
Thanks Fox.

And what do you do to avoid burnout? You know, this feeling, after a couple of months when you already 'settled' with it, you wake up one day and feel something is not right or you don't want to do it anymore? Have you had it?
 
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Thanks Fox.

And what do you do to avoid burnout? You know, this feeling, after a couple of months when you already 'settled' with it, you wake up one day and feel something is not right or you don't want to do it anymore? Have you had it?
Ya lots of times, I either did it and kept going or I didn't and failed and restarted.

I don't really get the question - the challenge is hard and some days will suck.
When burnout hits you either get going or you fail - that is kinda the point.
Many days my body felt like had been in a car crash. I just ignored that and took action anyway.

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This is probably my last 75 hard thread post for quite a while.
I covered all I got to say for now and the bottom line is you either do it or don't. I have restarted again (on day 3 already) and will be doing the other phases after I complete the challenge the second time.

I'll stick up My Instagram account in my footer if anyone wants to follow along with my 7 am walks but for now that is it. Just do it and keep going till it is done!
 

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Back to day 1.

Had a huge day of work with some drama using some new software. Should have planned it better, but didn't do the second workout.

God damn really gotta be on this lol.
 

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Day 5 for me now. Haven't really struggled with too much as of yet but man am I tired of eating all of these very plain meals. The diet part has made me aware of how many times a day I'll just grab something because it's in front of me. The girlfriend living with me and not being on the journey with me is also a challenge because I see all of this chocolate and all sorts of things in front of me all the time and I know I can't touch it.

Oh, and I pulled my hamstring on day 1, AM workout, so that has been a nice little obstacle to overcome, but hey, may as well make it as tough as possible. Onward.
 

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Day 5 for me now. Haven't really struggled with too much as of yet but man am I tired of eating all of these very plain meals. The diet part has made me aware of how many times a day I'll just grab something because it's in front of me. The girlfriend living with me and not being on the journey with me is also a challenge because I see all of this chocolate and all sorts of things in front of me all the time and I know I can't touch it.

Oh, and I pulled my hamstring on day 1, AM workout, so that has been a nice little obstacle to overcome, but hey, may as well make it as tough as possible. Onward.
I recommend reading a copy of 4-hour body because he talks about how to make clean eating taste good/better since the diet he advocates for is pretty bland.
 

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The first 4 weeks will be the hardest till the habit forms.
Day 9 done. I can already see the difference in my habits and mindset.

I started by setting a reminder in my phone twice a day. Once at 5 am and once at 9 pm. I don't dismiss the morning reminder until I have taken the progress pic, read my 10 pages (or more) and completed 1 work out. The nighttime reminder gets cleared when I am in bed and the remaining 3 tasks have been completed (water, 2nd workout, diet). I also fill a 1/2 gallon jug before bed so I have my water ready to go when I get up.

After 9 days, I wake up and the 1st thing I do is take the pic, often without the reminder. That habit leads to the next: Workout 1. I'm basically nude, so choosing to put on my workout clothes gets me in the exercise mindset.

I still need the reminder to get the reading in. That habit hasn't quite set in yet. I do find that the reading is easier after exercising though. Blood is pumping and my mind is refreshed and ready to absorb. I've tried reading at the end of the day before bed, but I don't retain the info as easily. Plus, for the sake of this challenge, I'm worried that I'll fall asleep before completing the task.

Most days, I'm finished a 1/2 gallon of water before noon. Like the reading, I don't want to leave it until nighttime. The last thing I want is to chug a bunch of water before bed.

Diet has been easy for me so far. I ate relatively clean anyways. I've chosen a low carb diet and to completely eliminate wheat, dairy and chicken wings. I have a wing addiction and I already miss them:(.

Last night was my 1st exposure to temptation. I went to an NLL game (indoor lacrosse), which started with dinner out at an amazing Mexican restaurant. The food was easy. They had plenty gluten free and dairy free options. The temptation? 1/2 price margaritas!! The REAL kind! Made with fresh lime juice, not the powder shit you get at night clubs.

I knew that alcohol and the 2nd workout would be the biggest challenges for me, but I was actually surprised at how easy it was to abstain, as tasty as those margaritas looked. Not to mention the beers at the game. I used to think that beer was a requisite for live sports but I learned that there are actually benefits to not drinking. 1) I remember the game. 2) I didn't have to stand in long lines at the concession OR, more importantly, the bathroom. 3) No late-night drunk-eating garbage food.

Needless to say, I was the DD, and as annoying as drunk people can be, it was nice to be able to provide that service so others could have a good time.

I'm rambling now but needed to get this on "paper." I CAN do this. I CAN change my habits. I CAN have fun without alcohol. I CAN get my a$$ off the couch and workout. It's not easy and I have a long way to go but the progress is undeniable.
 

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Day 9 done. I can already see the difference in my habits and mindset.

I knew that alcohol and the 2nd workout would be the biggest challenges for me, but I was actually surprised at how easy it was to abstain, as tasty as those margaritas looked. Not to mention the beers at the game. I used to think that beer was a requisite for live sports but I learned that there are actually benefits to not drinking. 1) I remember the game. 2) I didn't have to stand in long lines at the concession OR, more importantly, the bathroom. 3) No late-night drunk-eating garbage food.
I'm a couple of days behind you, today is day 10 for me, but awesome to see someone else on nearly the same timeline. I, like you, had a pretty bad temptation situation over the weekend when I went to an event that had an open bar and a chili tasting. Me not participating in an open bar is like seeing a blue kangaroo; it just doesn't happen. But, this challenge has taught me being prepared is everything, and I knew I would have a lot better chance if I just had something in my hand so I stopped by a convenience store right before I went and picked up a nice 1L bottle of Evian water to sip on throughout the event. Worked out well, didn't cheat, had a good time without drinking, and stayed the course. Definitely feeling sore but the hamstring has mostly healed up, and I'm feeling extremely clear headed with this clean diet.

Also thanks Ben for the recommendation, I'll definitely look into it.
 

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But, this challenge has taught me being prepared is everything, and I knew I would have a lot better chance if I just had something in my hand so I stopped by a convenience store right before I went and picked up a nice 1L bottle of Evian water to sip on throughout the event. Worked out well, didn't cheat, had a good time without drinking, and stayed the course.
I'm approaching these situations as practice. The program keeps my honest. I don't want to fail, so I stay disciplined. The real test comes after you are done the program and you make the choice not to drink at a function. Not because of a challenge, but because it's what you want.

I'm like you. Rarely did I fail to take advantage of an open bar. My idea of "not drinking" is stopping after 3 pints.
 

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I failed on day 16.:rage:

Forgot the damn progress pic.

A checklist and 2 reminders and I still missed it!!

Day 1 starts today.
 
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I failed on day 16.:rage:

Forgot the damn progress pic.

A checklist and 2 reminders and I still missed it!!

Day 1 starts today.
I literally was laying in bed last night, eyes closed about to go to sleep when I remembered the progress pic, so easy to forget. I try to remember to take it first thing when I wake up now.
 

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Day 19 for me.

Day 18 was a massive struggle. Didn't get the AM workout in so had to do two 45 minute sessions in the evening. Got wayyy behind on water drinking so that sucked too. This program really shows you the importance of planning out your day and sticking to it because if you deviate from it at all, it makes this thing really freaking hard. Definitely seeing some physique improvements already though so that's a nice little bonus.
 

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