Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
I woke up very early again this morning to get my morning routine going after a full nights sleep. I have begun going to bed early because I am tired earlier and I have found myself prioritizing making sure that I have the energy to get out of bed in the morning. I put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts, and grabbed a pair of gloves because I could not find my knit gloves. I'm glad that I have become a morning person; it has allowed me to do a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a bit of stretching. I exited the hotel I was staying at in Anchorage, Alaska to below freezing temperatures and about an inch of fresh snow on the ground. I began to run to the nearest park in search of a pull up bar. As I ran I noticed that I did not need yaktraks, but they would have been helpful for the layer of slippery under the snow. At the park, I was unable to locate a play structure, but I did find a soccer goal. I did 2 1/2 pull ups, and 0 chin ups because the bar was very high making leverage difficult. On the way home, I searched a lot of trees for one that I could do chin ups. I did not find any. I have struggled at times to find perfect pull up bars, but I think my commitment to not using gym machines has still been worth it. My route allowed me to again pass the one mile challenge (1.3 miles, Odometer = 117.6 miles). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, physically.
Back at the hotel I was staying at, I stretched for 2 minutes and continued my routine. I did 3 sets of 8 push-ups (24 total) and 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
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 tracked the best I have ever seen and I scored 15 points. What I did differently was that I watched the sensor the entire time I was doing my walking meditation and it both helped to calibrate it and it helped to calibrate my breathing and force me to focus on both walking movements as well as tracking the sensor leaving little room for mental distractions. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. At the end of the 4 minutes of sitting mediation, the stress eraser had continue to track amazingly well. It showed that my concentration was still focused and read a total of 33 points, 18 more for sitting (Point Count = 408). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, spiritually.
Daily Priority #3 - Intellectual Health
I did not write today (words written ---, Word Count = 4562).
Reward time = breakfast of continental breakfast food.