I’ve been trying different approaches to the cold baths. The first day I did what is commonly known (among CTers) as the “Croak Soak” – that’s where you put a small amount of warm water into the tub – say, an inch or two – and get in, and then you turn the cold on full blast and let it fill up while you’re in the tub. This is supposed to be a good way to tolerate the cold, because the warm water floats on the top so your dry warm body gets touched by warm water first, and then progressively colder water as the tub fills up. I didn’t feel good doing this method. The cold felt like a scary monster looming, about to pounce on me. I know that’s a bit dramatic, but it felt like no fun, creeping up on me like that. I was trying to use visualization to imagine the cold was healing energy. Yeah, that didn’t work.
For the second bath, as I mentioned yesterday, I started with 90 degree F water and gradually made it colder, till it was 65, and then soaked in the bath at that temp for a while. This was slightly more tolerable than the Croak Soak, but not much better. It was the cold bath equivalent of taking a bandaid off very…very…slowly.
Yesterday I tried something different. I got this idea from a forum post, in which someone said something like, “It doesn’t matter how long you sit and stare at the water. It’s going to be a shock any way you do it. Just do it.” So yesterday I just turned on the cold and filled the tub. It was 59 degrees F. Then I got in. First I stood in it for about 10 seconds, and then kneeled down for about 10 seconds, and then sat down. Yes, it was a shock for about 30-45 seconds total, and then it wasn’t anymore. It felt great after that. Numb and easy. I sat for only 15 minutes up to my waist – could have easily stayed in longer, but I had to put baby to bed – and listened to a podcast on my iPod. The “Just Do It” method is by far my favorite.
So here’s some exciting news. As I’ve mentioned, our bathtub is pretty shallow. It’s impossible for a typical adult to be completely submerged. My husband is going to set up a tub in the basement for me. He was all set to build it, but then found this on Craigslist:
It’s a 150 gallon watering tank. I knew living out in the sticks was going to pay off one day. Being used, it’s only $80, compared to new at about $200. I’ll take pictures as we get it set up. He says he can rig it to circulate cold water using an old refrigerator. This I have to see. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive spouse.
In other news…I’ve been sleeping a LOT lately. Like 9 hours a night. My appetite so far has not yet been affected by CT – I still get very hungry 6 hours after my BAB, and cannot skip meals. I got my new fitness book in the mail yesterday – The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution – recommended by a dear commenter. I don’t know when I’ll have time to read it, but having it is a starting point. Folks in the Amazon Reviews say it’s a great workout, and requires only one session per week. That’s right up my alley!
Must go. Till tomorrow.