Category: Health

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Waking up at 5am, Days 1-15

It’s hard to get up at 5am. Even after 15 days, I’m still bitter when the alarm clock goes off. I always contemplate going back to bed. But I still get up with the alarm and walk across the room to turn it off. I splash water on my face, do 5 jumping jacks and settle in to write. I remind myself...

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Stuck in a Holding Pattern: Week 4 (repeated) of the Wim Hof Method

Week five of the Wim Hof method called for a 10 minute cold shower every day. I thought it would be a piece of cake since I’d been doing so well with them, but I was wrong. I caved in under 30 seconds. Three days in a row. Clearly, I wasn’t ready to move onto the all cold showers, so I...

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A Streak is born, a habit is not: Wim Hof Method Week 3

I’m on a streak everyone! I didn’t think I’d make it this far without skipping a day, but here I am 21 days in and still going strong. I must admit though, that I don’t feel like I’m developing a solid morning routine. Having little kids who wake up at all hours of the night makes it really hard to...

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Cold: Wim Hof Method Week 2

There’s no way, I think to myself as I stare at the running water. I’m supposed to get into a cold shower and I can’t. I adjust the knob. The ice cold water is now moderately cold. I step in but stand far enough back that the water hits only my feet and shins. Goosebumps. I stand there, telling myself to be brave and that I can do...

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Always be improving (even when you feel like a failure)

For the first time in my 2+ years of monthly challenges, I quit. I threw in the towel. I gave up. Running was a disaster. I thought I’d be able to handle the short distances and that if I pushed through those first few days, I’d fall in love with exercise all over again. That didn’t happen. Every day was a greater...