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Update on my 75 Day Challenge!

Last week I shared my takeaways from my 75 Day Challenge.  In that blog, I talked about whether or not I would drink last weekend or not.  Crazy to think… but I still have NOT had any alcohol.  It has been 82 days since my last drink.

And I am ALL about challenging myself.  So now, I’m like– can I make it 90 days?  Can I make it to the end of the year?

Honestly– I haven’t missed the alcohol.  While I LOVE a good margarita, I haven’t been tempted at all (but I also haven’t been out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant in at least 82 days).

It’s just really been interesting to see how my life has changed in the past 80+ days!  I definitely don’t miss waking up with a twinge of a hangover.

So What Now?

Since completing my 75 Day Challenge, I have continued many of the things I was doing during the challenge!

In fact, I may even be doing MORE! In the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten back to being more consistent, and serious, about my workouts at the gym.  I look back at photos and videos from probably a year or so ago, and I’m like– what happened to my muscle?!  So I’m definitely more motivated now to get back to lifting heavier and seeing more muscle tone.

I’m also working out a little more now.  I got a new treadmill last week (my old one died about 2 months ago).  With the treadmill, I got iFit (a fitness app) and I have discovered so many great workouts on there.  So I’ve been running a little bit more (already close to 30 miles in this month), plus I am doing a yoga video on the app every morning as well.  So yes, some mornings it’s: gym for about an hour, walk the dogs for 30+ minutes, run (3-4 days a week) and yoga.  While some may see it as too much, I’m more motivated now than I have been in a long time.

I’m still drinking water like CRAZY!  I get at least a gallon in every day.  With the gym though, I usually drink 1-2 bottles of water.  Then I have a 32 ounce bottle I start on at home… plus fill up my gallon jug.  Whew.  And if you’re wondering– yes, I do take a LOT of bathroom breaks. I’m also still trying to track my food/calories intake with MyFitnessPal.

I’m still reading every day.  I may not get my 10 pages in, but I have still been doing some reading.  I actually LOVE to read, and just hadn’t made a lot of time for it.  But since the challenge, I’ve really made an effort to get a little in every day because it does wonders for my mental health.

What I’m NOT doing from the challenge?

The progress pictures.  I literally was getting up every morning during the challenge and putting on my bikini to take photos (4 a day– front, side, back and side).  Using my Apple Watch to time the photos, it takes 10 rapid photos each time– so taking up a lot of space with 40 a day! I do think I will do a weekly progress picture and weigh in from here on out though.  I like to be able to track my achievements.

My Next Steps

I’m currently training for my third half marathon (the Palmetto Peach on November 27th).  I think all of things I’ve worked on during the challenge have put me in a great place to train for this.  While I have a love/hate relationship with running, I am glad to finally sign up for a race.  Running without having something you’re training for can be really hard.  I am nervous about the half though, because the only other half I’ve done was the Augusta Half in 2019 and 2020.  I’ve heard the Palmetto Peach has some huge hills– so I’m not looking forward to that! Although some of the runs I’ve done on my new treadmill with these trainers is definitely pushing me with inclines!

I’m also working to rebuild muscle! I’ve always had some insecurities about my body– especially my arms.  So I really want to work on this.  I’ve made some progress in the past, but tend to lose motivation and don’t work as hard.  I want to get back to doing unassisted pull ups too!

My Encouragement For You

I hope that these posts will inspire you to set goals for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be something crazy.  But if you’ve ever wanted to achieve something, I hope you have the courage to take it on! And just get started.  Start small.  Don’t burn yourself out. Find something you enjoy and go for it.  You owe it to yourself.  It’s always SO rewarding when you achieve your goals.  It builds self confidence and helps with mental health too.

Stay tuned for more healthy habits, challenges, fun tips and tricks.

 

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