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Month 2, Day 47

Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health

Today I woke up before my alarm feeling well rested after a brilliant sleep.  Although I was ready to get out of bed, I didn’t.  It was so warm and cozy there that I laid there for another 15 minutes.  When I did arise from my cocoon of warm, I made a mental note of gratitude for being a morning person set to work putting on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts and knit gloves.  I did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a bit of stretching out in the cold morning air as the sun was rising.  I just began to run through the outskirts of Spokane in the early morning.  The sun was shining bright and trying to warm the earth.  Although the frost was not a thick as yesterday, it was brisk.  I ran out a farm road to the end of the pavement and then turned around.  I had not really notice the decline on the way out but on the way back I noticed.  I also focus on pumping my legs and striding out since the below freezing temperature had caused my legs to go numb.  By the top of the hill my legs were again roast-y.  I found a pine tree branch that would function as a pull up bar and I did 3 7/8 pull ups and 0 chin ups.  The branch was too thick to get leverage for doing a chin up.  I also did 2 sets of 12 push-ups (24 total).  When I was done I still had a little ways to run but I was sweating profusely despite the morning air.  At the end of my route, I arrived back at the apartment I was staying in totaling about 2.5 miles, passing the one mile challenge (2.5 miles, Odometer = 92.9 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

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 "gratitude transforms us beyond the pinnacle of secular life -- human flourishing."

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. During the 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) the sensor worked.    I also breathed deeply in through my nose and out through my mouth.  I scored 5 points.  Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation.  I focused on sitting with my palms open and waiting.  I continued to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth.  At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser on read a total of 15 points, 10 more for sitting (Point Count = 222).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.

Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health

I continued writing a chapter entitled "the Russian visa debacle." (Words written 238, Word Count = 1962).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a writer.


Reward time = breakfast of oatmeal and a day of working on my laptop using my fitdesk (7 miles, Odometer = 366).  It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a rider.

Journey far,

― Joe

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I have been fortunate enough to pay off all my debt, travel to all 7 continents, and complete a Bachelors of Psychology & MBA in Finance. I am eternally grateful to the brilliant and self-less people who have gone before me to pave the road.