This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine.
Whew! What a ride it’s been the past seven days. When I picked up Erik Bertrand Larssen‘s book a while back, I seriously wasn’t sure if I could do it or not. Despite his assurances that our bodies and minds can take so much more than we think, I was so worried about failure.
But guess what? I DID IT! Seven days of total dedication to being the best ME I could be. Seven days of working harder, loving better and accomplishing more. Seven days of getting it done!
As I explained in my previous post, the book has seven rules to follow, which include mandates on exercise, eating, and even sleeping! But what I really loved was that it wasn’t just about pushing yourself to work harder. It was about forcing yourself to LIVE harder. I didn’t just feel more productive at my job. I ended the week feeling like a better MOTHER. A better WIFE. A better PERSON. I spent more quality time with my children, giving them more individualized attention. I felt like I didn’t waste precious moments with my husband. Instead, I ensured that the times we spent together were intimate and full of closeness. And for the first time in a VERY long time, I made my own well-being a priority. I set time aside each day to accomplish my own personal and professional goals.
The hardest part of Hell Week for me was the lack of sleep. Erik insists you are ready to sleep by 10 and up at 5. And on Thursday night, you don’t sleep at all! I’ll admit that not sleeping was very difficult, but not sleeping AND taking care of three young children was a definite challenge. But instead of letting myself get annoyed or letting my lack of sleep become an issue, I took charge and decided to drop all three kids off at daycare on Friday. While this might seem like a cheat, in reality I think it shows that I pushed myself to make the right decision for my family and myself, which is a great stride forward!
Hell Week has taught me that I am stronger than I thought. I learned about my own abilities and will to do better. I’m seriously grateful for what the book taught me.
I can’t say I’m not looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep tonight. I plan on sleeping in past five tomorrow, for sure! But many of the things I learned this week will definitely be implemented going forward. I’ve put a lot of effort into exercising and eating well this week, and I have no plans to start slacking now. Maybe I can actually start losing weight and getting back to where I need to be!
All in all, I would say that this book is a great investment for anyone who wants to revamp their life. Anyone can be their best self for seven days, after all!
The book is available on Amazon, and I suggest buying two copies so you can give one to a friend. I think two people doing it together would be a great way of getting extra support as you push yourself toward your goals. You can also follow Erik on instagram (@erikbertrandlarssen) to get inspiration as you move forward.
Remember – if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.