Do you think you could do the following for 75 days;

  • 2 x 45 minute *workouts a day, one of which MUST be outside
  • Drink a gallon (4.5 litres of water a day)
  • Read 10 pages of a self development book (no audiobook versions)
  • Pick a diet and stick to it
  • Take a progress pic every day

*These do not need to be hardcore gym workouts, they could be walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, running, cycling or whatever you want.

The above is a challenge that was created this year by Andy Frisella, the CEO of 1st Phorm supplement company. Andy has a successful podcast and is a master at mental toughness. He created the above programme as the ultimate self discipline challenge for people to really find out what they’re capable of. He calls it a challenge to “win the war with yourself” and while I don’t like to think of my subconscious and conscious self ‘at war’ I completely get what he means. Only WE are in control of our lives and daily choices.

I listened to his podcast where he outlines the challenge. You can listen to it here:

A friend of mine will complete her 75 day challenge tomorrow and I’ve been following the #75Hard hashtag on Instagram and reading the experiences of others who have put themselves through it.

I discussed it with my husband, outlined all I would need to do and then just decided to go for it the next day.

…right now I’m 10 days into it!

Yes, I decided as the author of a self discipline book and someone who is currently writing book 2 on overcoming procrastination, I needed a mental challenge for myself.

For the last few months I’ve been actively practising self love. It’s been super tough. It’s actually the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Trying to love yourself, see yourself in a positive light, speak to yourself positively and appreciate all that you are seems weird and wrong. It is not our default. we are hard wired to be more negative than positive. Yet I have done it and it has changed and shifted my mindset and proved very rewarding. Being able to stand in the mirror and look at my reflection with appreciation rather than self loathing has been liberating. Yet it wasn’t enough. I realised while I might be kinder to myself with my inner monologue, I needed to push myself. I wanted to see what I could achieve with a little more mental toughness now I was being nicer to myself.

So here I am, embarking on the above challenge EVERY SINGLE DAY until January 19th. I am not sharing any updates on social media about this because I don’t need or want the accountability. This is about me against me. No, hang on… ‘against’ is the wrong choice of word, this is about me supporting me. I want to emerge at the end of my 75 days and be able to look in that mirror and TRULY appreciate the person I see staring back at me. I want to build more mental resilience. I want to achieve my potential.

I’m 10 days in and this is what I have learned so far;

  • My brain is so powerful but I am in control of it and I can either run it, or it and my comfort zone run me
  • Walking outdoors is good for the soul (and improves my dog’s behaviour!) I am currently getting 3-6 miles of walking in each day and I love it
  • Yoga is HARD. I have watched a few vlogs on other people’s #75Hard journey and they recommend keeping the workouts mixed with a heavy dose of yoga, Pilates or stretching on what would ordinarily be rest days
  • Reading before bed helps me sleep quicker and better
  • It is easier for my binge eating cravings to abstain than moderate. I have chosen to pause crisps, sweets, soda, bread and alcohol until Jan 19th 2020. I am finding this easier than tracking calories or trying to limit quantities
  • If I get everything done in the morning I feel amazing
  • My skin looks better already
  • I am super laser focused in my work
  • I am proud of myself and feeling like less of a fraud and an imposter
  • I am enjoying spending time connecting with my son on our walks to and from school
  • I feel like I have MORE time not less
  • Putting myself first is weird but liberating

I really and sincerely hope I can stick to this for the full 75 days. I had a funeral this week and 6 hours of driving which almost saw me fail but I worked out in front of the TV at 11pm and got it done! I am really enjoying being able to silence my subconscious thoughts that are desperate to keep me in my comfort zone and I can’t wait to write my end of #75Hard update with all I’ve learned and achieved. This really does feel like the ultimate form of self love, finally seeing what I am destined for.

If you’d like to know more about the challenge, check out the hashtag on Instagram and listen to the podcast above. I’m always more than happy to answer any questions too. Email me

You can also save this #75Hard Tracker if you’re participating to keep track of your days.

75 Hard Rules Tracker Graphic Pic

Gem x