Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Last night I finally realized that after all the chasing knowledge for the past year and traveling the year before that I had lost touch with the rhythm of life on the path to personal development. An area where I had excelled for the first 25 year of my life had suffered 2 years of neglect. I had made 2 years of mediocre choices. I had forgotten how to pick my priorities. I weigh in at 185 pounds and have developed the type of stomach I always feared as a kid.
Today is the first day of forming new habits. Starting something new is a slow process. I had so many reasons not to follow through. I had woken up late, I had to poop, it was raining outside in Seattle, and I had just showered yesterday. After a mental tug of war, I put on my running shoes and headed out the door for what I thought would be a quick 10 minute run. I struggled up a hill. My lungs burned. A few block down I turned left to run back parallel to the street I had started on. Not being familiar with the neighborhood, I ended up at a dead end. My lungs burned. It was raining. My shoes squished. I was spitting constantly. Sweat ran in my eyes. I resolved to retrace my steps back one block cut over back onto the parallel street that I had come. I stretched my legs on the downhill reminding myself of my love for running and endorphins. That did not stop the burning lungs. Back at the house 15 minutes later I did 25 jumping jacks. I wheezed through every one. Then I stretched and did 7 pushups before my mind said enough. I looked for a way to do something else upper body like pull ups but didn’t have one. That is enough for today. I will follow up again tomorrow.