Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up way before my alarm after a brilliant sleep. I again was seduced by the warm and cozy bed and I laid there for another way too long. When I did arise from my cocoon of warm, I noticed that being a morning person had me ready to roll and roll. But I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed in my inability to get out of bed when I first woke up. I 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 before going out into the cold morning air. I ran through the outskirts of Spokane in the early morning as the sun was shining bright and trying to warm the earth. The frost was much less than in recent day and it was brisk outside. I ran out a farm road to the end of the pavement and then turned around. This time I knew the route and I knew that I would have to come back up the hill I ran down. Nonetheless I stretched out my legs and push my pace. My breathing was labored. I wasn’t sure if it was because of the cold morning air or if I was tired from working out so much with no rest days. I focus on pumping my legs and striding out because the freezing temperature had again caused my legs to go numb. At the end of my route, I arrived back at house I was staying at again passing the one mile challenge (2.0 miles, Odometer = 94.9 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 3 “sets” of each movement. 3 sets of 8 squats (24 total), then stretch. 3 sets of 16 lunges (8 each leg, 48 total), then stretch. 3 sets of 20 “breaths” of planking, 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. I read my Sunday journal "gratitude transforms us beyond the pinnacle of secular life -- human flourishing." I used my stress eraser. During the 4 minutes of walking meditation (two, 8 foot sections) the sensor tracked well and I scored 8 points. I reflected on the journal and at times noticed my breathing was in through my mouth and out through my nose. Ooooops, should be the other way around. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser on read a total of 25 points, 17 more for sitting (Point Count = 247). 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 253, Word Count = 2215). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a writer.