Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up and I felt under rested after a night of sleep where I woke up twice in the middle of the night. Add that to that I deprived myself of a couple hours by staying up too late. I continue to become a morning person as I today I noted by how quickly I put on my running shoes (my stimulus). Again, I almost forgot to do a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching, but remembered at the last moment. Outside, the Liberty Lake weather including biting icy, blasts of wind and dark, ominous clouds over head. I could not see my breath today, but the wind chilled my hands. The run along the river was flat and peaceful and I only saw a single runner today. The route went fast which was good because I was itching to get back to my computer and start the work day. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment again passing the one mile challenge (1.3 miles, Odometer = 71 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically. I also stepped on a scale that was in my friends’ bathroom for the first time since I started my routine. It read 183. Initially I was perplexed and a bit disappointed. I look better in the last 36 days, I feel better, and my hygiene has improved. Everything about this is a success. Then I caught myself and my disappointment faded. Two pounds in a month is both reasonable and sustainable. It is a lifestyle transition that I am looking for. Something that sticks. That is something I am proud of.
Back at the apartment, I stretched for 2 minutes and continued my routine. Yesterday was an upper body day so today was a lower body day. I did 2 “sets” of each movement. 2 sets of 12 squats (24 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 20 lunges (10 each leg, 40 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 17 “breaths” of planking, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my new meditation practice. I continue to enlist the services of my stress eraser. I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections). During walking meditation, at first I struggled with the sensor synching to my finger. Then I got it to work and I didn’t look at the stress eraser. But I only scored 5 points. On a positive note, I know that I am supposed to be focusing on the present while walking but I had an idea for a website, homepage maneuver that has been eluding me. So I will take that as a small victory. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. The stress eraser gave me an error that said to avoid sunlight. I figured that it would recalibrate if I ignored it and entered my meditation. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling consistently. At the end of the 4 minutes, I felt better but the stress eraser on read a total of 9 points. That was a bummer because it wasn’t tacking properly (Point Count = 86). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
I quickly read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself