Cold Shower Challenge Day 13

Damnit. I didn’t touch wood the other day when I said rough nights were getting fewer and farther between.

Last night sucked. No other word for it. I couldn’t get comfortable. I went out and sat on the couch for a bit, then laid down and finally got some sleep… Until the 7 am alarm woke me. Why didn’t I turn that off?

Back to bed. Woke again at 9 am. Well, today is gonna suck. Might as well get on with it.

Milo. Shows. Check.

Shower time… awwww yeah… this will wake me up!

Music. Check. Timer set for ten minutes. Check.

Dive in. Oh damn, that’s cold! I’m awake!

Go through the routines, rocking out to Mile Cyrus – See you again.

Don’t judge me. Then Talking Heads – Psycho Killer. Weird combo. lol.

Shampoo. Conditioner. Damnit dickhead, you did it again. Stare at my left hand with the conditioner in it for a few seconds. AHA moment!

Shampoo in the right hand. Do the repeat deal with the right hand. And then condition! Nailed it!

Still cold as I wander, and I wonder as I wander. What the timer is up to. Standing in the cold water, skin turning a little blue.

HaHa.. I’m a smurf.

I start cleaning the suds off the glass shower screen…. wait…

wtf are you doing Papa Smurf??? GTFO!!

oh yeah. lol.

6 minutes. Doubled the time in the cold shower from when I started. Think I might be getting used to this.

Cold Shower Challenge Day 11

Today I had an appointment for 9 am. It was a fasting blood test appointment. So I set the alarm early because let’s get this done so I can eat damnit.

Keegan and I both wake up. Cloud cover is gone, bright Australian morning sunlight had flooded the room.

Time for a tickle fight. I win. lol.

I check the time as the alarm hasn’t gone off yet. 6 am.

6 AM!!

Oh well, suns out, guns out.

Now here’s some background info. I have Google home assistant and as I’ve said, I call it bitch, but that’s just in the app. Google Assistant won’t respond to that. It’s either Hey Google or Okay Google.

Until a little while ago I discovered it’ll respond to Hey Doodle or Okay Doodle. So now I have…

Doodle Home Assistant

Anyway, here we are this morning. Suns out, Guns out.

Hey Doodle, what’s the temperature?

It’s currently 12 degrees.. okay, let me just put these guns away.

Morning Milo for my little man while he watches his shows. I dive in.

I noticed the other day that I still have my bathroom window wide open. I particularly noticed it this chilly morning. I should shut it one of these days. I have a theory. If I’m cold before getting in the shower, it won’t feel as cold.

Today I actually checked the shower gell and yep. Lather up, take a wander. Says it right there on the bottle.

The timer alarm went off this morning. I finally get out a minute later because the alarm just keeps on going, and going. It also stops my music.

Shaking my booty to the alarm just…. isn’t the same.

Cold Shower Challenge Day 6

Today was a bigger struggle. Not because I didn’t want to do the shower. I felt drained. Yesterday had been a big day for me.

I had 3 appointments booked and usually, Keegan was at daycare on Fridays. But due to an outbreak of gastro, they had closed the centre. So Keegan had to come with me. This is no major issue, it just makes things a little more difficult. The last appointment was with my psychologist, which always has me feeling a bit drained afterwards, and the following day as well. Talking about my shit always leaves me flat. So I don’t like to talk about it. Lol. I know the way to face trauma, is to talk about it, for most people. I’m not most people.

So I wanted to sleep in.

I wanted to stay in bed.

Ignore the world for a day. Is that too much to ask? Not for a Saturday right?

Apparently, it is. Can’t do that with a toddler. So I dragged my low energy fat ass out of bed. My legs did not like that. Not one bit. I told my personal trainer yesterday, that I hated her. Of course, I had told her beforehand that my goal was to hate her at the end of each session. Then I know it has been an effective session. My legs were agreeing with that sentiment today. Mainly the calf muscles at the moment.

It was 9 am so I got Keegans shows and morning Milo sorted. Then I sat down next to him, zoning out. I was feeling very discombobulated. Shit, it’s nearly 10 am. Okay, breakfast first then.

10:30 am I get into the bathroom. Music on and I dive in. Damn it’s cold. Very fucking cold. Where the hell does this water come from??

The first song finished and that’s when I realise I hadn’t started the timer on my phone. Like I said, very discombobulated. Fortunately, I knew that Creep by Radiohead was 4 min. I get out after the second song had started and it was 1 min into it. I’m taking off 1 minute from the time, 30 seconds at the start, 30 seconds at the end because it does take time to get in and out, I don’t start or stop the timer while I’m in the shower. (hehe, I said in and out.)

Okay, it doesn’t take 30 seconds to hit the timer and jump in. But maybe that will remind me to start the damn timer next time.

Dumbass.

I even forgot to check the temperature. It was 28 degrees at 11:30 am, so it wasn’t going to be cold at 10:30 am.

Here’s to a better start to the day tomorrow. On the plus side, I felt better after the shower. More alert. Less discombobulated.

Yesterday my friend and fellow Writer, David (https://substack.com/profile/16859912-david-j-meyer) told me that I had inspired him to start the Cold Shower Challenge. Keep me informed on how you go buddy.