Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up after sleeping and did not really want to move. My calf muscules were really tight and I had deprived myself of a couple hours of sleep by staying up too late on Saturday night out with friends. I sleep a bit later than recently and it showed. Luckily, I have become a morning person and after quick toilet stop, I put on my running shoes (my stimlus), running shorts, and arm warmers and headed outside. I did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks (despite almost forgetting, again) and a couple minutes of stretching then took off to go running. The weather back in Spokane was a gorgeous morning for a run although the sight of puddles of water on the ground frozen into ice told me that it was freezing. I ran through the neighborhoods noticing the distinct difference between the streets silent with no cars and when 2 or 3 cars would rocket by me rushing to who knows where on an early Sunday morning. At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment again passing the one mile challenge (1.3 miles, Odometer = 76.4 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
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 22 lunges (11 each leg, 44 total), then stretch. 2 sets of 18 “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 meditation practice. I continue to enlist the services of my stress eraser , but today I was pleasantly surprised for the first time in days. I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections). During walking meditation, the sensor had no problem syncing to my finger. Although I only scored 5 points at the end of the 4 minutes, it seemed to be tracking my breathing so it was probably my lack of good breathing for the low score. After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. I was able to focus "rounds" of "mental touching points" while inhaling and exhaling consistently and being in the presence of God. At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser on read a total of 20 points. Again, perhaps I need to work on my breathing and focus. It is good to know that it is not broken (Point Count = 117). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
No Faith ND daily passage today, it is Sunday. At church I finally got around to using my homemade journal to ask God how I could become the best version of myself. I wrote the words "will you follow me?" on the first page, inspired by John 21.