I started this journey (75 Hard) on June 1, 2020. It was something that I felt I needed to do for myself to improve upon and reap the entire benefits (mental, physical) of the program.
I knew that the tasks were simple, but not easy to do. In the beginning I had to adjust my time for drinking the gallon of water a day and my time for reading. In addition, I took a 12 hour road trip in the early stages and one today and had to adjust completing the tasks while away from home. It was different, but not impossible.
My body also had to adjust to working out twice a day. This was about Day 13, I just kept going and worked through it.
Things got tough about Day 50, I had a lot on my mind and my daily schedule got tough. This is where the mental toughness was put to the test. I felt like throwing in the towel, but then came to my senses and said NO WAY, I CAME THIS FAR. I'M FINISHING.
Right around Day 62 things were tough as well. I had a lot of mental battles to fight, but regrouped and kept on going.
Now I can happily say that I have completed this journey.
The things I learned throughout are as follows
Results raise your belief level
Dont listen to those that are not where you want to be.
Where you will be in the future is determined by the people you associate with and the books you read.
Overall, I am greatful to have completed this program. I usually start things (projects, workout routines, etc.) and have not been consistent to see any results or finish. Now, I know that I can complete something and stay consistent and focused. These are skills that I defintely had to work on and have now improved upon. The physical gains I am defintely happy about, but the mental lessons learned were priceless. A huge thank you the following people:
My coaches @joshstively for guiding me, checking in and keeping me in check, Josh @cpbarbellathletics for coaching me at the gym. My chiropractor @crodemout for keeping me aligned so I could continue to workout. My family and friends for their support.
Day 1 of 75 Hard vs Day 76! 👉🏻 Swipe for more comparisons including a side by side of today vs my highest weight ever (I will NEVER be there again!!)
I had to pin the shirt to get it to fit against my body in the same way 😂 I’ll be posting my weight loss results and measurements on my TikTok later and will post here to my story and in my Pt3 highlight reel if you’re interested! The journey continues 😄
Happy Saturday 😄 It’s day of #75hard . Started the day of with a delicious smoothie bowl and a 45 min power walk in the morning sun ☀️
We had some friends over for tapas last night. I followed my diet and drank water instead of wine 🤪 It was ok, but I must admit that I miss #foodfreedom . However, I know this is just for a period of time. Looking forward to keep up with my healthy diet but to be able to “eat whatever” when I feel like it 🤩
I wanted to start blogging, I have always loved writing my thoughts and emotions on paper to help me express myself and understand myself. On my website I did my first one on Body Dysmorphic Disorder, “Be Your Own Artist”. A topic I think a lot of people can relate to, including myself.
Body dysmorphic disorder affects 1.7% to 2.9% of the general population. If we break that down That is 1 in 50 people, more than 5 million to almost 10 million people, just in the United States. BDD is almost more common than OCD, anorexia nervosa, and schizophrenia. This disorder often occurs in our adolescent years between 12 to 13 years of age. BDD affects men in women almost equally across the board. Research that has been done in the US shows 2.5% in males and two point 2.2% in females.
If I think back, I can remember almost exactly when this disorder started to affect me. Right around 12 to 13 years old. I would purposely not eat all day until I got home from school because I did not want to get fat. As a kid I always was thicker and more muscular then most girls. “Thunder thighs”, “man arms”, “you're not supposed to have abs only boys are”, were quite common things that were said to me throughout high school.
I will never forget being up at the barn in the summertime with my dad cleaning out the horse stalls in my sports bra and shorts (what is new). He stopped and looked at me, “you better stop working out so much and lifting heavy things around the barn, your arms are getting big.” As the years went on, I just started to accept how I looked. Then I got into bodybuilding. If I am going to work out and look this way, I might as well perfect it. It was a sport where I felt like I at least fit into.
But for real. I’m on day 20 of #75hard and there have been days it’s been so painful to walk.
But that’s what this is all about. Mental strength and pushing your body to new limits.
I’ve had a rough week. A lootttttt of negative thoughts. A lot of thoughts about quitting. A lot of telling myself I’m not getting anywhere, so why keep going. It’s been rough guys.
But after today’s workout, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’ve survived the week! I woke up late but still got the workout in and I’m so proud that I did.
Moral of the story: don’t quit when it gets hard. That’s always the motto. Just keep on keeping on!
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Today marks my 4 year anniversary from being diagnosed with cancer, in addition all my bloodwork came back great indicating another year Cancer free🙌🏼.
It’s been a long day in and out of doctor appointments but also a day to reflect on how grateful I am for everyone who has been by my side through out this journey and now to be able to help and give back to others through what I’ve learned along the way.
For anyone struggling right now mentally, physically or financially, God does have a purpose for you, I know you might not see it in the moment but one day you will look back and appreciate the hard times as they have made you into the person you are today♥️ #cancersurvivor#godisgood
It’s true. So TRUE- I’d bet my entire life on it.
Anybody that I coach or train has heard me say this 1000 times.
“Intentionality beats Intensity every time.”
I see people burn out on 75 Hard because they set unrealistic diet expectations and they try and do 2 high intensity 60 minute CrossFit sessions a day.
They go in thinking of it as a weight loss Boot Camp set the calories 400 or 500 cal too low, and then after a week of pushing beyond their capacity they are spent.
Have you ever watched the beginning of a marathon? You can tell beginners from veterans. All the new people come sprinting out like it’s a 40 yard dash.
And then how many of those sprinters out of the gate finish?
On the left I was so focused on losing weight and lifting as heavy as I could my form was bad and I would be spent at the end of the week.
Now I go into every workout and I push as hard as I can, but I am intentional and I pay attention.
It’s OK to use 30 pound and 40 pound dumbbells.
It’s OK if you’re only bench pressing one or two plates.
Cross the finish line and the results will speak for themselves.
I don’t know if I will ever cross the finish line in my life, but I know the results will speak!
What does intentional over intensity mean to you?
Happy throwback Thursday kids, uncle Joshy loves you!
#ThrowbackThursday #IAm1stPhorm #Intentional #75hard #FitFather #DadBod #Purpose
68 54313 August, 2020
Everyday I strive to be a person that makes every single person I come in contact with, feel like a somebody.
I try to uplift, encourage and help.
I won’t sugar coat things. I will tell you the truth. But I will push and help you.
There’s a quote that I always refer back to...
“Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.” -Brad Montague
The reason why this is so important to me is because I’ve come across so many people. (still do) that try to bring me down, or make me feel like I am less than.
Bragging left and right. Blah blah blah... you know how it goes.
It gets to me for a moment but then I brush it off, I use it as fuel to work harder. & remind myself that... this is only the beginning for me.
I may not be where I want to. I know that. but I’m sure as hell working towards getting there every. single. day.
I will remember that conversation forever.
So, thank you.
& watch me.
23 49713 August, 2020
Whoever says plant-based food isn’t delicious is ~ W R O N G ~
We made this ratatouille (pizza) from @jamieoliver the other day and lemme tell ya, it is divine. I have actually eaten it three days in a row (oops) and have absolutely zero regrets!
What I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile, comes together in minutes, and is friendly for all diets! Ratatouille is the perfect way to let your summer produce shine and sneak in a nutrient-dense meal✨ Also, you can blend the veg before putting it on the pastry to hide the veg from any picky eaters hehe
The recipe is in my story highlights!
Tag me and Jamie Oliver if you try it. I’d love to see your creations ❤️