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Month 2, Day 39

Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health

Today I woke up an hour after I had wanted to but since it was Saturday, it was still before the rest of Spokane had woken up.  I felt rested after sleeping because I had not deprived myself by staying up late.  I was ready to show the world I am a morning person.  I quickly put on my running shoes (my stimulus) and did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a couple minutes of stretching.  The run through the outskirts of Spokane in the early morning was pleasant.  It was warm enough that I pulled off my arm warmers to keep myself from over heating and held them in my hands.  Because I was looking for a pull up bar, I found a park and a play set.  Using the monkey bars, I tried 3 times to do a pull ups and only got 1/2 way each try… weird.  I switched to a much lower bar and was able to do 3 chin ups, although my knees did touch the ground after each one.  Frustrated by my pull up failings, I figured that my pull ups may not have had the proper leverage to work.  So I found a different bar on a swing set that was thinner and I did one pull up.  I also did 2 sets of 11 pushups (22 total).   At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment I was staying in totaling about 1.4 miles, passing the one mile challenge (1.4 miles, Odometer = 75.1 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.

Back at the room, I stretched for 2 minutes and continued my routine.  I did 2 sets of 22 dumbbell rows (11 each arm, 44 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch.

Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health

No Faith ND daily passage today, it is Saturday.

I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my new meditation practice. Using my stress eraser, I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections).  During walking meditation, the sensor worked, but I’m not sure it was tracking well.  At the end of the 4 minutes I only scored 4 points.  I really liked being bare foot on the carpet for walking meditation as it helped me focus on the motion of my feet.  After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation.  I was able to breathe deeply and focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling consistently.  I reminded myself to sit in the presence of God with no agenda but I was not able to sustain the focus for the entire 4 minutes.  At the end of the 4 minutes, I felt good but the stress eraser on read a total of 16 points, only 12 more for sitting.   (Point Count = 118).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.

Reward time = breakfast of yogurt and granola and a day of working on my laptop using my fitdesk (9 miles, Odometer = 298).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a rider.

Journey far,

― Joe

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