Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
I will admit that today I did not write this. I wrote it on December 1st because I just was not in the mood to write, then I got caught up in a busy day and.... dangerous territory, I should not make a habit of this. I woke up early after a brilliant sleep. I like being a morning person because get straight 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. I opened the door to the frosty morning in Vancouver, Washington. I began to run what was a short and fast loop because I knew that I had a busy day ahead of me. However, I missed a turn in the early morning low light and ended up on a longer loop than planed. On my return I anxiously started looking for trees to use as a pull up bar since I skipped pull ups in the frigid winter air 2 days ago. Eventually I found a suitable branch in a person's front yard that was not great. It was covered in moss and was slightly thicker around than would be useful for chin ups. It allowed me to do 4 pull ups. When I returned to my starting point at a Sacajawea Elementary School, I was pumped to find real pull up bars on the playground! I did 4 chin ups before returning to the house where I was staying. My route was a pleasant surprise for distance and allowed me to again pass the one mile challenge (1.9 miles, Odometer = 110.7 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Back at the house I was staying at, I stretched for 2 minutes and continued my routine. I did 2 sets of 12 push-ups (24 total) and 3 sets of 16 dumbbell rows (8 each arm, 48 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
I read the Faith ND daily passage
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 (two, 8 foot sections) the sensor did not track well and I scored 4 points. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. At the end of the 4 minutes, the stress eraser had tracked poorly again and it read a total of 8 points, 4 more for sitting (Point Count = 337). 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" but I did not want to write so badly that I actually cheated and had to write this on December 1st. A poor habit to get into, but one that when I did sit down to write (and trust me, I did not want to do it on December 1 either...), the words flowed quickly and effortlessly (words written 234, Word Count = 3847). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a writer.
Reward time = breakfast of cereal.