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Month 2, Day 36

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

Reward time = breakfast of oatmeal and a day of working on my laptop using my fitdesk  (14 miles, Odometer = 270).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a rider.

Journey far,

― Joe

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