Result #175: What started out as a one month pleasant challenge of cold showers turned into a seven month successful nightmare.

#175: Experiment with the cold shower = rapid weight loss theory.

Date: 6-24-2014

Due Date: 6-24-2015

Resolution: A couple weeks ago while listening to The Joe Rogan Exerience, he had a guest who mentioned in passing that you can lose weight up to three times faster just by taking cold showers. They talked about it for a bit and then moved on.

It wasn't a main topic and I didn't think much of it at the time. Even with the promise of rapid weight loss, the idea of cold showers is not the top of my list of things to do.

Yesterday morning destiny kicked in and my water heater randomly stopped working. My initial thought was, "Screw it, I'm skipping my shower today," but I just finished my workout and couldn't imagine going through the day in this funk so that thought quickly shifted to, "Screw it, I'm doing this."

The chilly shower was not pleasant in anyway but I hopped under the cold water and cleaned up.

I hit the reset button on the water heater in hopes that it would be up and running again when I got home from work. While at work I remembered this podcast conversation about cold water weight loss and decided to commit to this cold shower experiment whether or not the problem was resolved.

My water heater is still down so I need to call the landlord but it's no longer that high of a priority because, for the next month and a half (until I complete the Richard Simmons workout challenge from Resolution #109) I will be taking nothing but cold showers to see what happens.

As always, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 6-24-2015

Actually the cold showering wasn't the nightmare inducing aspect of this resolution. The nightmare stemmed from me being a weirdo.

Let me explain.

As I said in the initial resolution, I started this challenge because I heard cold showers were beneficial in multiple ways including the promotion of weight loss. So when my hot water heater went out I decided to give it a shot because my apartment needed cleaning and I didn't want to call my landlord right away.

After a couple days I called my landlord and he showed up the next day and fixed the problem. He warned me it was an old water heater and would probably go out again soon. He wanted me to keep an eye on it and let him know if it did fail again so he could replace it.

Three days later the water heater went out again. Rather than call the landlord right away, I decided to ride it out until this resolution was over as a way to keep me honest.

A month went by and my awkwardness kicked in. Even though I could have easily told the landlord that the water heater recently went out again, I couldn't help but think of the "what if" aspect of having to explain why I waited so long if there were any signs that I was lying. 

This happened far before I decided to move and I have no idea how long I would have lasted before reporting the problem if I didn't move. Hell, I didn't even say anything as I left.

That guy must think I'm insane.

Oh yeah, I also didn't notice any extra weight loss.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.