Category: Health

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...