Category: Health

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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...

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A Lesson in Acceptance

“Jesus Murray why can’t you be normal!” I hissed. My neighbor had just popped by to drop something off, and Murray wouldn’t stop barking. A normal dog. What does that mean anyway? A dog that doesn’t bark incessantly when guests are in the house? Who doesn’t freak out every time I get ready to leave or shakes in terror when we...

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How to Get Out of a Rut: The Daily Practice & Why it Works

I’m in a rut. A void. A slump. Whatever. It sucks. My house is cluttered. My head is cluttered. I wrote a blog post last week that was so bad I had to delete it. This post is a day late. I can’t motivate myself to write, and when I do, I get distracted. I’m misplacing things. I somehow managed to lose a...

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The Incredible Power of the Trained Mind

One year ago today, I had the brilliant idea of trying to hold a forearm plank for 15 minutes. Back then, I was in phenomenal shape. I was doing things like burpees, uphill sprints, and pushup-crunch combinations with my feet suspended in TRX stirrups, four times a week, sometimes more. 6 minutes and 5 seconds was the starting point for the plank...

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A Skeptic’s Foray into Feng Shui: What It’s Really All About

I’ve tossed the phrase “Feng Shui” around a lot over the years. I’ve heard about crystals and bamboo, red front doors and open toilet seat lids, and I know that the words “auspicious” and “energy” are used with great frequency. But beyond the idea that our environment and space creates harmony and balance in our lives, I’d never given it much thought or...

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My Clutter is Not Your Clutter: What You Need to Know About the Psychology of Space, Possessions & Getting Organized

I’m of the opinion that our environment affects our health and well being. A disorganized home makes me feel equally disorganized and unfocused. Many of you have commented similarly. That’s why I’m revisiting this clutter project and trying to understand the extent of which a tidy, organized home translates into less stress and more happiness. And what will that look like tomorrow, 3 months and...