Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
Today I woke up on my own with no alarm after a brilliant sleep. The rest of the world still slumbered on Thanksgiving Day. I’m pumped that being a morning person allowed me to get up quickly put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts, knit gloves, yaktraxs, and ear warmers. I did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a bit of stretching. I opened the door to the frigid wintery outside in Missoula, Montana. I began to run in the early morning and struggled with breathing as the frigid air stung my month and labored on my lungs. I couldn’t help but think that the challenge would increase my fitness because my body was working harder, like Rocky Balboa training in the Russia wilderness in winter. I found a park play set that had had used before for a pull up bar and I did 2 1/4 pull ups and 1 3/4 chin ups. I had trouble with both playset being both slippery with my gloves and poor leverage. I also did 2 sets of 12 push-ups (24 total). At the end of my route, I arrived back at house I was staying at again passing the one mile challenge (1.9 miles, Odometer = 101.5 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
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 used my stress eraser. During the 4 minutes of walking meditation (three, 8 foot sections) the sensor tracked amazingly well and I scored 8 points. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser on read a total of 26 points, 18 more for sitting (Point Count = 290). 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 249, Word Count = 2939). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a writer.
Reward time = breakfast of banana, walnut, cinnamon, vanilla pancakes and a two hour hike with family.