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#75Hard Anyone?

seubanks7seubanks7 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
Starting 75 Hard challenge with a cousin in feb.. has anyone ever done it or will be doing it? How did it go and if it’s your first time, how you feeling about it ?

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  • ClaireBri74ClaireBri74 Member, Premium Posts: 84 Member Member, Premium Posts: 84 Member
    What is 75 hard challenge? I haven't heard of it so now intrigued :)
  • jackie_lethjackie_leth Member Posts: 10 Member Member Posts: 10 Member
    @seubanks7 how is your challenge going?
    Today is day 5 for me and so far so good B)
  • findingmewith3findingmewith3 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    @Lynnsgoals2020 that is no where in the rules that I have seen?
  • dragon_girl26dragon_girl26 Member Posts: 2,176 Member Member Posts: 2,176 Member
    @Lynnsgoals2020 that is no where in the rules that I have seen?

    I believe this is probably what Lynnsgoals is talking about:

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  • penguinmama87penguinmama87 Member, Premium Posts: 913 Member Member, Premium Posts: 913 Member
    This bears some resemblance to a "spiritual fitness" program some men in my church participate in every Lent. It's geared in particular toward young single men who are newly independent and don't have many obligations or responsibilities to help them develop discipline. There's something to the idea that one can willingly take on sacrifices and penance to become a better person (and if you're a person of faith you would believe that doing so could also benefit others as a kind of prayer), but absent that context it seems very strange to me.
    edited March 20
  • danae16danae16 Member Posts: 61 Member Member Posts: 61 Member
    I'm kind of doing it...which probably obliterates the point. I drink the water (i read that it was 1 gal or 128 oz), which isn't that hard...i've always drank a lot of water. I do the reading which is good for me and 10 pages is easily accomplished for me in 10 minutes or less. I don't have 45 minutes twice a day for a workout. So I do one 45 minute workout and get 45 minutes accumulated at 2-3 points in the day walking the dog outside. For the "diet" I am doing calorie counting and macros. I'm on day 8. Again...i'm not following his plan to a T because I don't believe it is necessary, I may do it again and be more militant about his "rules" if I find this to be helpful.
  • AthijadeAthijade Member Posts: 2,599 Member Member Posts: 2,599 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »

    That just sounds dumb, random, and somewhat dangerous.
  • outsidingoutsiding Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    I'm in the process of reading this book. In the screenshot above, the cold shower and random act of kindness aren't part of the actual 75Hard challenge. Those are things from the 75 day challenges that follow the actual challenge. Phase 1 and Phase 2 I think he calls them.

    That said, I'm really torn about Frisella and this challenge. I WANT to do this, or something like it. However, I think Frisella is a random marketer and not anyone qualified to give out fitness advice. I tried listening to his podcast but can't stand that "tough guy" self-grandizing crap. However, his book is a good read - I'm enjoying it and there are parts in there that make sense of this challenge - good explainers.

    As Abby Langer said in her article, linked above, the 75Hard challenge is setting us up to fail. And I've had enough failure with trying to get on track with my nutrition and training.

    Again, I WANT to do this challenge but it is kind of dumb in ways. I'd modify it a bit, but Frisella is adamant that if you change one little thing then you're not doing the challenge - you're listening to your "*kitten* voice" as the language filter here puts it.

    So for me and the 5 core parts of this challenge:

    1. Workout twice per day. Check. For rest days I'll just go active rest and take a walk or ride my bike or go to the pool for 45 minutes. I can work around the weather.
    2. Read 10 pages. No problem.
    3. Drink 1 gallon of water per day. This is dumb - a random number. But okay, I can do it and this would be one of the more challenging parts.
    4. No cheat meals or alcohol. THIS is where I'm set up to fail and I don't like it or subscribe to the challenge.
    5. Follow a diet - this is somewhat arbitrary and he leaves the "diet" open to personal choice. He does say macro based diets don't count but I disagree. Macro based diets make you track your food, and that alone counts as good nutrition (because most of us would be tracking so that we eat healthy and smart). So I'll make this change with no guilt.

    I get his idea on the challenge - the mental toughness and all. But I don't trust the source (Frisella) and don't like the one M&M and start over - that runs contrary to my beliefs on living a healthy and happy life.

    But what are the other options as far as a real challenge that forces you to stick to it?

    Just venting. Thanks for listening.
    edited June 8
  • HoshikoHoshiko Member Posts: 178 Member Member Posts: 178 Member
    I know this is an older post but thought I'd offer my perspective for anyone thinking of trying it. A friend of mine was doing 75hard and it sounded interesting, so I gave it a try with her. I suppose it was more because I was bored in quarantine than anything else. There were components I found very helpful (drinking water, for one) and other things that I found to be more annoying than helpful.

    The pros:

    -You are supposed to use your own food plan but be 100% faithful to it in that time frame, so it is flexible that way
    -Getting in 2 workouts a day helped me to diversify some of my workout routines
    -On more difficult workout days I ended up hiking for my 2nd workout, and my dog became very good on a leash
    -I read some interesting things I wouldn't have given the time of day to before
    -The daily progress pics really helped me to visualize the changes I was making

    The cons:

    -If you make any mistakes at all, you have to start completely over. Forget to drink 2 oz of water on day 72? Start over at day 1
    -He specifically mentions no cake or alcohol, which seemed really arbitrary to me. I ended up having no cake or cheat meal on my bday
    -It's a very all or nothing mindset, which set off some unhealthy behaviors in my friend


    I managed to finish the whole thing but didn't really feel that I got as much from it as I put in. I restarted twice, so it was 100+ days in total for me. My friend made it to day 71 and gave up, but she was happy about that. I'm a very goal oriented person and I have a hard time quitting something once I've started, so it was worth it to me to gut it out but in retrospect I would have been better off putting that energy into something more sustainable.

    For people already on a good program who are looking for a bit of a challenge it might be good, but I can see it being dangerous for someone who doesn't work out daily already, or anyone with disordered relationships to food (which is a lot of us).

    I ended up losing 10 lbs but could have done that with MFP and running alone, so I would consider it more of a mental challenge than a weight loss one.


    edited June 21
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,642 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,642 Member
    Hoshiko wrote: »
    I know this is an older post but thought I'd offer my perspective for anyone thinking of trying it. A friend of mine was doing 75hard and it sounded interesting, so I gave it a try with her. I suppose it was more because I was bored in quarantine than anything else. There were components I found very helpful (drinking water, for one) and other things that I found to be more annoying than helpful.

    The pros:

    -You are supposed to use your own food plan but be 100% faithful to it in that time frame, so it is flexible that way
    -Getting in 2 workouts a day helped me to diversify some of my workout routines
    -On more difficult workout days I ended up hiking for my 2nd workout, and my dog became very good on a leash
    -I read some interesting things I wouldn't have given the time of day to before
    -The daily progress pics really helped me to visualize the changes I was making

    The cons:

    -If you make any mistakes at all, you have to start completely over. Forget to drink 2 oz of water on day 72? Start over at day 1
    -He specifically mentions no cake or alcohol, which seemed really arbitrary to me. I ended up having no cake or cheat meal on my bday
    -It's a very all or nothing mindset, which set off some unhealthy behaviors in my friend


    I managed to finish the whole thing but didn't really feel that I got as much from it as I put in. I restarted twice, so it was 100+ days in total for me. My friend made it to day 71 and gave up, but she was happy about that. I'm a very goal oriented person and I have a hard time quitting something once I've started, so it was worth it to me to gut it out but in retrospect I would have been better off putting that energy into something more sustainable.

    For people already on a good program who are looking for a bit of a challenge it might be good, but I can see it being dangerous for someone who doesn't work out daily already, or anyone with disordered relationships to food (which is a lot of us).

    I ended up losing 10 lbs but could have done that with MFP and running alone, so I would consider it more of a mental challenge than a weight loss one.


    Thanks for posting such a balanced, nuanced report of your experiences. That was really informative! 🙂
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