Week 5: 75 Hard Update



This week's stats-

Books Read- Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You By Jen Hatmaker

Miles walked/ran- 31.4

Pace- 12:35 min/mile, ran an 11:17 mile- my fastest in over a year

Additional pounds lost- 1.5, at my lowest since July and also the first time in my adult life that I actually lost weight during the holidays


It's New Years Eve, I feel like I should want a glass of bubbly. However, it really doesn't feel like the holiday and we aren't going out, so that helps. There were two days this week that I was REALLY hungry. Like totally wanted to forget calories all together and just eat chips and queso until I pass out. Instead, I reached for some almonds (high in protein) and chugged a bottle of water. Again, biggest lesson learned is not to get behind on the water, pace yourself throughout the day. Otherwise, you will be chugging 75oz of water at 7pm and spending most of your rest getting up to pee.


I am very pleased at how well my running is progressing. Each week, I'm seeing about a 30 second cut off my average pace and I ran my fastest mile in well over a year. Running is weird in the fact that my effort I put in always feels the same, whether I am just starting out or in my peak physique. I can't think of too many other things in life that are similar. Although, I will say that with practice, the time spent running actually running is longer and it feels more enjoyable. I forget where I read the quote or who said it, so I apologize in advance- it is something to the effect of you don't train so that it doesn't hurt, you train so that you get used to the pain.


I have realized that I have not paid much attention to the books I have read in the 75 Hard recaps, so let me start. I can recommend Pray, Decide, Don't Worry because it is an easy read, very well set up, and with practical advice. A little less enjoyable, but still recommend again for its practical advice, The Hidden Power of Kindness. I do NOT recommend The Secret for my reasons why, check out the podcast Siren Soapbox Episode #8 https://sirensoapbox.podbean.com. Another book that I was not a fan of is Hedges because the author of the book, a Christian male, has a section where he discusses with women about the way they dress because it is causing men to have impure thoughts. Even Jesus said that it be better to pluck out your eye if it causes you to sin- don't blame women.


The latest book I finished is Fierce, Free and Full of Fire. I very much recommend this book and ironically enough there were a few times while reading this book she talks about things relevant in my life this week. This book is also nicely organized. She gives real life experience to help explain what she is teaching, which helps to make her a reliable source. Toward the end of the book on page 213, she says, "Let's leave this book with our own HELLO, WORLD! manifesto, a series of twelve statements from the five categories we've been discussing: this is who I am, this is what I need, this is what I want, this is what I believe, and this is how I connect." This is perfectly timed being that it is New Year's Eve, what a fabulous way to reflect and manifest what I want for 2021!


  1. I am an adventurer, excited about life, and I want to experience it all! I will forever be enchanted by sunsets & sunrises (if I am awake for them) and rainbows- basically pretty colors in the sky!

  2. I am creative, driven, determined, stubborn, a natural born leader, outspoken (yet sometimes in my shell).

  3. I need my family and friends, they are my anchor and my lighthouse.

  4. I need to run, bike, hike, kayak, boat- anything active outside and in nature. This helps me connect to the bigger picture and that my problems aren't as big as they seem.

  5. I need to create and express myself through art- resin, painting, procreate, photography. This helps me connect to who I really am.

  6. I believe that we are able to navigate better through life by learning from other peoples experiences.

  7. I believe that love is the answer to everything and our perfect example of how to love is Jesus.

  8. I believe that I am still learning, but I enjoy the process and hope to always grow and perfect being a good human being.

  9. I want to help and inspire people through this website and through the Siren Soapbox Podcast. These things help me to stay connect to what really matters and to be intentional with my time.

  10. I want my drone photography business with my husband to be a sustainable source of income for our family. It combines our talents in perfect harmony.

  11. I want to be a good example for my son as to what a healthy Catholic mother, wife, daughter, and friend should be like, so that he is good to other people and he is treated well

  12. I believe that everyone deserves to be happy and often, we are our own worst enemies in achieving that happiness. We need to courage to be humble, honest, and kind to one another- including ourselves

Happy 2021 Everyone!!!

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