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Little Kids and the No Sugar Challenge

“Mom, I want to do a 40 day no sugar challenge.” I never expected those words to be uttered by my six year old, but when she did, I was delighted. It never crossed my mind that something like this would be too hard for a child. Little kids are strong, resilient creatures who, with some motivation and the right kind...

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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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Deep Breathing and Cold Showers: The Wim Hof Method (Week 1)

This year, I’ve had a hard time following through on my monthly challenges and my once great habits are now not so stellar. In desperate need of a reboot, I went and bought a 10 week “mindfulness” program, and I just completed week one. The program is called the Wim Hof method and it incorporates deep breathing, stretching, meditation, and gradual exposure to the...

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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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Some People Just Aren’t Born to Run

Have you ever wondered if there’s something that you’re the best in the world at, but don’t know it because you’ve never tried? Maybe it’s fencing or chess, sculpture or flute, poetry or coding. With the Olympics on, and with me struggling through this running challenge, I’ve been thinking a lot about our genetic predispositions. Look at Michael Phelps with his 80 inch wingspan, freakishly...