Daily Priority #1 - Physical Health
I woke up early again this morning to sneak my morning routine in while staying with friends after a full night’s sleep. My legs were sore from the hike and lower body workout yesterday, like real sore. After a bathroom stop, I decided that meditating while everyone else was still sleeping was in my best interest. Then I put on my running shoes (my stimulus), arm warmers, and running shorts, and gloves because I still don’t know where my knit gloves are. Being a morning person has allowed me to be up and moving before the rest of the world wakes. I did a warm up routine of 35 jumping jacks and a bit of stretching. I stepped out into the below freeing temperature of Soldotna, Alaska in the winter. The cold instantly stung at my chest and ears. I began to run but didn’t make it more than 20 yards before I realized that it was pitch black outside. Being away from the city lights of Anchorage meant that there was no light pollution to stop the stars from being out and the waning moon from greeting me early in the morning. I turned back to the house and grabbed a head lamp to assist my run. I set out on my run in search of a pull up bar and warming my muscles. On my outbound I was barked at by Alaskan dogs on 3 properties I ran by and one large dog ran to the edge of its driveway. It was unleased and ready to protect its territory from the nighttime runner—me. I ran out to a stop sign that connected a lesser, neighborhood road to a more major road. I turned around there and continued to scour for places to do pull ups. On the inbound I passed on slow moving pickup truck, I waved. Then, as I neared the driveway with the unleased dog, I heard him start barking. I sped up to get past before he got to me. This time he exited the driveway and chase me…. For about 20 yards before he stopped and claimed victory over his territory. I was unable to find a suitable bar although I did attempt a wooden fence which did not work at all. I did 0 pull ups, and 0 chin ups. My route allowed me to again pass the one mile challenge (1.9 miles, Odometer = 120.6 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 3 sets of 8 push-ups (24 total) and 3 sets of 16 dumbbell rows (8 each arm, 48 total) using a full backpack as weight, stretch. I continue to enjoy my commitment to not using gym machines.
Daily Priority #2 - Spiritual Health
No Faith ND today, it is Sunday.
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 continued to track very well and I scored 11 points. Interestingly, my sore legs from lower body yesterday actually shook as I performed many of the movement on the first 8-foot section making it challenging to maintain my balance. Next, I did 4 minutes of sitting meditation. At the end of the 4 minutes of sitting meditation, the stress eraser continued to track very well. It showed that my concentration was still focused and read a total of 26 points, 15 more for sitting (Point Count = 464). 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 42, Word Count = 4604). It amazes me how far I have come from where I started, as a writer.
Reward time = breakfast of banana walnut pancakes, pesto eggs & a hike with friends.