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75hard – exercising with children

Comic showing gel Mel trying to do an outdoor workout for #75hard and her internal dialogue. Comic shows the ways our brains sometimes aren’t helpful in achieving our goals.

Wow, so I’m now on day 5 of 75hard! 75hard involves sticking to 5 rules for 75 days with absolutely no cutting corners or cheating. The idea is to develop mental toughness, or ‘grit’.

The 5 rules of 75hard

Pick a Healthy diet and stick to it. No alcohol

2 45 minute workouts a day, 1 must be outside

Read 10 pages of a non-fiction book per day

Drink a gallon of water per day. This rule’s a little ‘meh’. It’s clearly set with large, muscular men in mind. The program doesn’t specify different amounts for men and women (boo). Honestly, it does irritate me a little. Personally I’ve found it fine, but I’ve heard some women say it’s way, way too much water for them. They’re following the rule, but seem to be using it as a ‘I have to get through this’ kinda deal. Given the ‘grit’ aspect of 75hard I can see why people would use it as a ‘challenge’. I suspect it was intended to be healthy though. Andy is muscular and was 360lb when he started the program. So drinking a gallon of water may not have been a massive stretch for him. Anyhoo, that’s the rule.

Take a progress photo every day

For full details of the program see Andy Frisella – 75hard. I actually never thought I’d make it past day 2 or 3. I’m pretty chuffed that I’ve got this far.

75hard mental toughness journal in comics

Andy stresses that the program is about mental toughness (grit), not weight loss or body building. Although that can be part of it. I can already see this aspect of it. I’m much more aware and noticing when my mind’s coming up with excuses (usually to be lazy). I’ve wanted to do a psychology or mind based comic series for a while. So this was the perfect opportunity to document my mental journey in comic form.

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