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Why I Cut the Cable Cord and What is Has to Do With Living Healthy

Cut the Cable Cord – Let’s Do it! I cut the cable cord. Snip, snip. No more cable. Mrs. CHL and I have talked endlessly about eliminating cable. We both have our fair share of wasteful TV habits, and we know that life is too precious to waste it flipping through the channels trying to find something to hold our attention for the next 30 minutes. Now don’t get me wrong. I love television. I love content. I’m obsessed with the phrase “content distribution,” though I probably couldn’t even define it for you. CNBC – I watch CNBC when I wake Read More

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30 Days to a Healthier Life – Morning Routine

I know what you’re thinking – Is this a new Cool Healthy Life challenge?  No, unfortunately you’ll have to wait until later in the year for that.  However, this is an update on the 10 Days to a Healthier Life Challenge from last month. As some of you may have guessed, we’re now over 30 days into my new morning routine, and I thought it made sense to check in with my progress. I’m happy to report that I really feel like my new morning schedule has become second nature.  I’m naturally waking up earlier every morning, and I still genuinely look forward Read More

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Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word meditation?  Is it a mental image of the Dalai Lama with legs crossed and hands clasped together?  Or maybe an eccentric looking individual in a trance-like state? Truth is, meditation is simply just the state of thoughtless awareness – a state of peace where our minds are calm and silent, yet completely aware. I introduced meditation as part of my 10 Days to a Healthier Life challenge. We hadn’t previously discussed meditation at Cool Healthy Life, so I thought this was a good time to share some of the benefits Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 10

Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life. Day 10 The sweet smell of success.  The ten-day healthy life challenge is complete.  Birds are chirping, winter flowers are blossoming and I am feeling great! The last ten days has been a blast.  It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve enjoyed the journey. I feel like I’m on top of my game, both physically and mentally. You know what the trick to the whole ten-day journey was?  I Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 9

Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life. Day 9 Almost there. I can taste success and I’m in a dead sprint to the finish line.  I definitely feel like I have more energy throughout the day.  It’s interesting, actually.  Less sleep, less coffee, and more exercise translates into more energy. Who would have guessed? All from getting up an hour early and sticking to an easy morning routine.  Today’s Routine Meditation – 15 minutes. Affirmations –  5 Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 8

  Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life. Day 8 Eight Down.  Two to go.  Or eight down and infinity to go.  Either way I’m feeling pretty good.  The toughest part is still the 30 seconds after my alarm goes off.  After that (and a splash of water on the face), the rest is just part of my new morning.  I won’t say it’s quite like second nature, but we’re definitely starting in that direction.  Daily Routine Meditation Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 7

Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life.   Day 7 Lucky Number seven. I’ve made it through almost an entire work week and I’m happy to report that I’m still alive.  I actually think it might be easier keeping up with my morning routine than it is keeping up with my daily blog posts! Daily Routine Meditation – 15 minutes Exercise –  7 Minute Work Out routine Writing – 30 minutes What Happens After Ten Days? Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 6

Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life.   Day 6 Welcome to the 2nd half of the 10-day challenge! It feels like I’ve been practicing my new morning routine for much longer than six days.  I would say four days went well and two days were on the tougher side. Overall, today was a good day.  Getting back into the daily grind is never fun, but I believe my morning activities have made the transition much Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 4

Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life.   Day 4 This was the day I dreaded.  Readjusting to the 6:00 am wake-up and then having a full day of work was going to be a tough transition.  How do you think the day went? It went great!  Yes, getting out of bed was more difficult than on previous days and it was pitch dark outside, but after a splash of agua on my face and a Read More

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10 Days to a Healthier Life – Day 3

  Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study.  I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life. Day 3 Three days down and seven to go!  I’m happy to report that Day 3 went well, though I did get off to a bumpy start. I snapped out of bed this morning, but just didn’t have much energy during my morning routine. I continued to feel sluggish for the next few hours.  My energy levels did improve in the afternoon, but this was a good reminder that our bodies don’t Read More