The Fight for the Second Workout – Day 20, #75hard

Blogging here and there through the 75Hard Challenge

The 20th day itself was a little rough. It started well with my early morning walk and a solid breakfast, but the work day was a struggle. I kept my commitments – ate well, drank my water, read thirteen pages in Extreme Ownership. But the work day carried some stress.

When I got home, I realized it was one of those days when I would have loved a couple beers and a plate full of pizza. But I had prepped before and my wife had a steak in the fridge and stuff out for a salad. The stage was set for success. I seared the steak on my cast iron skillet and finished it off in the oven while I sat in on a Zoom parent meeting for my daughter’s theater troupe (or is it troop?).

Right after that meeting, it was down to the basement for a back and bicep workout to wrap up my second workout of the day.

The difficult thing about #75hard is the commitment requires that second workout that eats into family time. The fact is, I will normally piss away 45 minutes of time anyway. Knowing I have to get this second workout forces me to plan better and get buy-in from my wife and clarify boundaries with the kids.

The other thing I’m learning is that if I can be more laser focused at work and get the right things done, then the time element at work is less important. I can compress an incredibly effective day of work into a shorter period of time given the nature of my job. Consequently, it can be a game to be effective so I can head out a bit earlier and not have to kick my workout down to 8:00 or 8:30 at night when I’d rather be winding down so I can wake up much earlier.

Proud to be 20 days in. I’m enjoying the results and feel a good bit of momentum building.

Workout 1: 45 minute walk in the neighborhood. Still have that nagging groin pull so just a little bit of jogging tweaks it.
Workout 2: Backs/Bicep – pull workout, 2003 Rock Hard Challenge Month 1, Week 1.

Reading: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, pages 92-105

Diet: Whole30
– Breakfast: Spinach omelet & orange
– Lunch: Two chicken tenders
– Dinner: 6 oz filet plus salad with oil and vinegar dressing
– Snack: Pistachios and almonds

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