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Day One…Happy New Year!

I called this Day 1…not because it’s my first blog post. Lord no, that is NOT the case.

This is Day 1 because well, you know, it’s New Year’s Day. It’s the beginning of yet another year in the not-so-new millennium.

Remember when Y2K was going to be the end of the world as we knew it? All the planes would fall out of the sky and disaster would befall us all. Yeah, a lot of consultants made buckets of money on that endeavor.

Day 1 (Part 2)

For me, it’s also another Day 1. I decided to embark on a challenge called 75Hard. About two years ago I kind of  did it   but not really. I didn’t strictly adhere to the rules of the challenge and so for the 75Hard purists, I failed.  I also failed for me because I didn’t maintain the good behaviors after the 75 days were over.


For those who are unfamiliar, 75Hard is a 75 day challenge. During that time, you must follow the steps, without compromise, every day or you must restart the program. The assignments are easy to do but missing even one of them on any day will cause you to fail. The steps are:

  • Follow a healthy eating plan with no allowance for cheats, even if they fall within the limitations of the eating plan you are on. This includes no alcohol. You can’t eat dessert, even if it fits your macros, calorie allowance, or whatever you are using to measure your dietary success
  • Read at least 10 pages of a non-fiction self-help book. That means actually read a real book…not an audiobook.
  • Drink a gallon of plain water every day. This does not mean black coffee, herbal tea, diet soda, or anything else except plain water.
  • Exercise two times daily for at least 45 minutes each time. One of those sessions must be outside, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining, put on rain gear. If it’s cold, bundle up. It doesn’t matter what exercise you do, it just has to be twice a day for 45 minutes at least, each time. And the sessions cannot be back to back, meaning you cannot do one 90 minute session and call it a day. They must be separated by a few hours.
  • Take a daily progress picture. You should be wearing something that actually shows the shape of your body. Exercise clothing works.

According to the program creator, Andy Frisella, this is not meant to be a physical challenge, but rather a mental challenge. How I failed last time is that I sometimes forgot to take the picture. I also would substitute herbal tea for some of the water. However, I would always do the exercise and eat well. But this time…no compromise.

This is a year of radical change for me. I am honoring my commitments to myself and doing the hard work.

If you’re ready to commit to yourself this year, I’m running a 5 week Kick Sugar to the Curb Challenge that starts Tuesday January 3rd. 

To sign up before January 2, 2023 at 11:59PM EST and get 20% off the regular price of $197 click here.


  1. Florence Callender on January 1, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Karen, I have friends who completed the 75Hard Challenge. I haven’t built up the mental fortitude to do it yet. Go for it! I’m in your corner applauding you.

    • Karen on January 2, 2023 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Florence. It does take some discipline and structure…neither of which is my strength. But then, that’s the point, right?

  2. Danwil Reyes on January 1, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    What a healthy challenge to start the New Year! Thank you for sharing.

    • Karen on January 2, 2023 at 7:12 am

      Thanks Danwil. I’ll post my progress from time to time during the UBC. It helps to keep me accountable.

  3. Summer Diya Selva on January 3, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    I celebrate you!!! I failed this even before I tried because I cannot actually drink a gallon of water every single day. I’m physically not capable. I did a modified version though, with 2L of water, no pictures and for 45 days… LOL

  4. vidya on January 4, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Wow! Here is to you completing the challenge successfully and continuing on beyond the 75 days however you wish to and want to.
    As for me, like Florence mentioned, I need to build up the mental fortitude for it but maybe I can aspire towards it and do a 75 -not-so-hard challenge for myself.

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