August 21, 2020

75 Hard: Round 2

Today marks Day 1 of 75 (again). 

I was doing great--yesterday was Day 32--and then last night, I decided to eat way outside of my intermittent fasting window. I wasn't even hungry! I knew what I was doing, but something just took control over me for a split second. It's kind of crazy how a single moment of weakness can make me choose to have to start a 75 day challenge all over again.

The main point of 75 Hard isn't just about working on the goals each day. It's having the discipline to do all of them every single day without fail--no exceptions, no excuses, no modifications. If you don't complete the checklist (even if it's just forgetting to take a progress photo one day!) then you have to start over again from Day 1.

(Here is my post about 75 Hard)

It was tempting to just pretend it didn't happen, but I knew I'd never be able to *honestly* say that I completed 75 Hard. And I didn't break just one of the "rules"--hahaha, I accidentally broke another later on! I saved my 10 pages of reading for before bed (I really need to do it in the mornings) and I fell asleep after reading only a page or two. I woke up at 3:00 AM with the light still on and my Kindle next to me.

So, between the unplanned late-night snack and the unintentional skipped reading, I have to start back at Day 1.

The funny thing is, I'm okay with that! I've really enjoyed doing this 75 Hard challenge, and I don't mind doing it longer. I didn't say, "Well, damn, I'll just start over on Monday" either. I woke up this morning, read 20 pages (to make up for the 10 I didn't read yesterday), took my progress photo, went for my walk, drank my water... all the same habits that I've been doing for the last month.

I got right back on track without missing a beat. I don't think I can say that I've EVER done that. That alone makes me feel like this challenge has helped make me stronger mentally. So, I'll still be writing about it, but just know that I'll be starting from Day 1 (today) and later on, I'll still compare things to my previous Day 1 start (out of curiosity).

This morning, when I was walking with Joey, I got a text message and I looked down at my phone for a minute. When I looked back up, I saw a huge black snake just to my left on the dike in front of my neighbor's house! I'm not afraid of snakes, but it scared the bejesus out of me because I was so close to it I nearly stepped on it. It was just a (non-venomous) water snake, but I've never seen such a big one.

Joey and I watched it for a minute before I nudged it to turn around and go back over the dike. Things never end well for snakes, frogs, turtles, and other things that crawl over the dike and try to cross the road!

We went to Brian and Becky's house for dinner to celebrate Riley's birthday--she's two years old and SO stinkin' cute! I'll write about that tomorrow, otherwise this post will be way too long.

While we were over there, Noah asked me if I felt the house move. I had no idea what he was talking about, but Brian and my dad had been outside talking and they felt the ground move and Brian even noticed the windows move a little. They'd stopped talking mid-sentence for a second because of the odd sensation, but didn't think anything of it.

Meanwhile, I was in the house getting Riley dressed into her pajamas. I didn't feel a thing. Jerry sent me a text from work asking if I'd felt anything, and I had no idea what he was talking about. It turns out that we actually had an earthquake! 

I think if I had been at home, I likely would have felt it--it originated just a few miles from my house. Brian's house is about 30 minutes away, but my family felt it there. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but I've never felt an earthquake before--we simply never have them here! 

Jerry sent me this text from work. Bahahaha!

Anyway, I am going to watch a documentary that Adam told me about, so I'd better start it before it gets too late. If it's as good as he says, I'll write about it tomorrow. Have a great weekend!


  1. I live in GA where we rarely have earthquakes but once in awhile it happens and it's so weird. The first time, I thought the house was falling in or something. Lately we get pretty regular ones that feel like the house is a giant cellphone vibrating but if I'm not touching the floor, I don't notice. I slept through one last week, even though it woke my husband up.

  2. That is one ugly snake!

  3. That snake creeps me out!!!!! Love Jerry's sense of humor. :)

  4. I love your attitude about restarting #75hard. Your mental strength is growing and it’s obvious. This is so much more important than any number on a scale. You’re awesome.

  5. Good on you for being honest and starting all over. Today I decided enough is enough with the constant bingeing, so hopefully this is the first day of many days to be back on track and lose my pandemic quarantine gain!

  6. I have thought about doing the 75 hard as well. Thanks for the thoughts -Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner


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