Megan started her journey by eating healthier and working out. Then in 2021, she decided to do the 75Hard challenge, and completed it on March 25th. If you're not familiar, it's 75 days long where you commit to doing two 45-minute workouts each day (one has to be outdoors), sticking to a diet (which includes no alcohol or cheat meals), drinking a gallon of water, taking a daily progress photo, and reading 10 pages of a nonfiction book.
"I wanted to do the 75Hard challenge because I'm a notorious quitter when things get hard, and I wanted to break that cycle and prove to myself that I can accomplish hard things, that deep down somewhere I have the grit to keep going and not give up on myself," Megan shared. Megan said the hardest part for her was probably the diet. No chocolate, sweets, or treats for 75 days straight was definitely tough, but said it did break the thought pattern she had around treats as rewards or for coping. For example, thinking, "I've had a bad day so I deserve a cookie or pint of ice cream."
The easiest part was the progress picture every day. She made it part of her morning routine in the same spot and same time everyday. "Throughout this mental toughness challenge, I realized that I've always let my excuses and fears prevent me from even starting or trying so many things. I'd talk myself out of it before even giving myself a chance," Megan said. This challenge showed her what she's capable of when she pushes those thoughts and fears aside, and keeps showing up for herself day after day.