Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up well rested thanks to the extra hour of sleep that the transition to day lights savings time has been providing. I set to work putting on my running shorts and running shoes (my stimulus). I was outside within minutes. It was a morning in Spokane and the temperature hovered around the freezing point. I consciously made the choice to do a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching. My morning run was yet another loop through the Riverpoint campus. I ran fast, trying to further warm my body against the early morning chill. Today was different than past days. The cold air burned my lungs causing my body to have to work harder. On the outbound mile, I had to spit one time for the first time in a couple weeks. By the time I reached the concrete overhang over one of the first floor windows on the building I used 2 days ago, my body still had not begun sweating. I did 2 pull ups using the overhang but my hand were to cold (and my mentality to weak) to try for a third. I ran a bit further and finally found the same perfect tree with my favorite chin up branch. I did 2 & 4/5 chin ups. As I started my run for “home” my body was tired, my lungs burned. For the last ¾ mile I began spitting to try to keep up with the production in my mouth. My body had finally warmed just as I came to the end of my route. I arrived back at the apartment for two miles of running instead of the one mile I have made my minimum.
Back at the apartment, I stretch for 2 minutes and continued my routine. I did 2 sets of 10 pushups (20 total), stretch. 2 sets of 18 dumbbell rows (9 each arm, 36 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
Immediately following my exercise, I set my alarm for 3 minutes of walking meditaion and 3 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my new meditation practice. The 3 minutes of walking meditation (one, 8 foot section) was challenging for me for two reasons. First, I was still breathing heavily from excersing so I had to get my breathing and heart rate down. Second, my legs were slightly weak making balancing on one foot challenging. After walking meditation, I did 3 minutes of sitting meditation where one "round" of "mental touching points" sitting meditation was good. However, my mind again attempted to follow the sounds of the building. I saw it as a trial to challenge my commitment to focus on the “mental touching points.”
I quickly scanned the Faith ND daily passage