75 Hard Challenge Lessons

Back at the end of 2020 I decided I was going to do the 75 Hard Challenge by Andy Friselli.  He came into my orbit at some point and talked about this Challenge and it intrigued me.  I love challenges because they give me structure, accountability and direction.

When I was working with my coach Andrew about 10 years ago, I experienced a transformation like no other.  I dropped 60 pounds in a year, gained a TON of energy and developed some discipline and mental toughness.  Or so I thought.  You see, I was working directly with one person.  He was amazing but I discovered about a year or so after I finished working with him that I needed something more and have never found anything or anyone who compared.  The closest I got was working with my Transformation Coach Krisha Young.  We worked on finding my voice again, healing a lot of emotional pain and learning to own who I am and what I do.

And then along comes Andy (something in name perhaps 🙂 ) with this crazy challenge.

  • 75 days
  • 2 – 45 minute workouts per day – one MUST be outside (except for extreme weather)
    (what you do is up to you – can be yoga, running, weight training, swimming, cycling, etc.)
  • drink one US gallon of water (that’s a little under 4L for Canadians)
  • pick a nutritional place and stick with it
  • no cheat meals; no alcohol
  • read 10 pages of a business or empowering/self development book (audiobooks do not count)
  • Take a progress pic every day


I started.  I failed.  I started again.  I failed again.  This went on for I don’t remember how long.  I gave up.  I tried to do this by myself.  I failed.  I needed to make some changes in my life and I desperately needed to be more disciplined.  By the way … failure is not a bad thing.  You can learn so much from failures.  Just pay attention, adjust your sails and get back on course.


So I started again, and promised myself that I was going to keep going unless I flat out missed doing something.  I needed to take this attitude because doing everything 100% was getting me nowhere.  So I started.  It wasn’t always pretty and sometimes I pushed the limits like eating stuff that was technically acceptable but not great for me.  Food has always been my biggest struggle.  I got strict (sort of) with my gluten and dairy free plan.  I never strayed from it but sometimes ate something that was not the best for me.  I didn’t consider it a cheat meal.  I didn’t stop.  I kept moving forward.


A couple of things that really helped were the app which is basically just a tracking device but it helped me tremendously.  I had joined a Facebook Group for women who were serious about accomplishing their goals.  That camaraderie and accountability and support made a huge difference.


I should explain that this is not a weight loss challenge.  It is a mental toughness program.  You learn what you’re made of … what you’re capable of … that you can do hard things.  Some people have lost a lot of weight.  But it depends on where you started.  I struggled a LOT with the lack of size loss.  But my eating was already so much better than most.  I already drank a lot of water.  I was already fairly active.  I didn’t drink much.


What did I get out of this challenge?

  • discipline
  • mental toughness
  • legs got stronger
  • butt got rounder
  • energy increased
  • positive mental attitude was back
  • I could focus more


As of the date I am writing this (August 24th), I decided to get back and do the challenge again … this time planning my meals in advance and adhering to the food part strictly since the rest of it was pretty easy.  Am I excited?  Hell yeah!


Bottom line … do I recommend it?  OMG yes!!  If you are struggling with accomplishing your goals, this is a different approach.  Regardless of whether you run a business or go to a job, whether you want to lose fat or gain muscle, get out of a relationship or find a new one … this program can help.  But like any other program or challenge … YOU have to do the work.  But if you need support with this, please reach out to me at sandy@letstalksexwithsandy.com.

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