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Month 2, Day 41

Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health

Today I again woke up an hour after I had wanted, oh well….  Excuse: I kept waking up and then laying in my warm bed, not wanting to crawl out and into the cold morning air of the room.  I was also tight from my calves to my hamstrings so I thought by “stretching” in bed I would loosen those up.  When I finally did get up and moving, I felt rested after sleeping because I had not deprived myself by staying up late an had slept in the extra bit.  I was ready to show the world I have become a morning person.  I quickly put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts 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 not what I was expecting.  The road that I had previously run on during the weekend with little traffic had transformed into a highway of fast moving vehicles on Monday morning.  As I ran, each exhale was a puff of breathe that bellowed into my face and behind me.  I knew exactly where to find a pull up bar, as part of a swing set at a park nearby. I did 3 1/5 pull ups and 2 1/2 chin ups.  I also did 2 sets of 12 push ups (24 total).  The last of the 24 was filled with struggle but I made it.  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 = 77.8 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 24 dumbbell rows (12 each arm, 48 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch.

Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health

I read the Faith ND daily passage out loud to myself.

I set my alarm for 4 minutes of walking mediation and 4 minutes of sitting meditation as I continued my meditation practice. Using my stress eraser, I began my 4 minutes of walking meditation (two, 8 foot sections).  During walking meditation, the sensor neither worked, nor tracked well.  At the end of the 4 minutes I only scored 1 point.  The motions of my feet and mind were focused this morning, but my balance was only mediocre.  After walking meditation, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation.  Right before I began I reset the stress eraser and experienced good results.  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.  I did not get any “warm fuzzies” but that was ok, I did receive calmness.  At the end of the 4 minutes, read a total of 12 points, 11 more for sitting.   (Point Count = 130).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.

Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health

Today I started something new.  I began writing.  I wrote a quick outline of my intended book. (Word Count = 256)

Reward

Reward time = breakfast of yogurt and granola and a day of working on my laptop using my fitdesk (8 miles, Odometer = 310).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a rider.

Journey far,

― Joe

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