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Day 214: FOCUS!

I just heard Nelson on 104.1 say we are in for a day of "normal rain" here in Portland, Oregon.

Happy Dance!

Today is my Salem day. I was looking at the weather report, trying to decide how to dress and what to pack.

Definitely my new rainboots and my bubble umbrella!

But I am going to pack light. I am very sore this morning. I did a very quick workout at the gym yesterday. I did some weights, focusing on back and biceps. But BEFORE the gym my daughter coaxed me into doing a workout to a youtube video she is using. Apparently the woman trains people like Jennifer Lopez. It was intense!

I don't know if I am sore from the gym, the J-Lo trainer woman, or my long commute in the rain yesterday. But today I just did some stretches on the balcony while trying to coax Honey Dawg outside for her morning business.  It was wet.  But  not raining. But still, she put one little paw gingerly on the wet deck and then backed into the house and sat down looking at me.

Maybe Honey Dawg needs rainboots!

This week I am focusing on, well, FOCUS!

I have so many things on my daily agenda, that I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed. I had intended on going to Mass ever day in Advent. My life time goal is to work out every single day.
Pray everyday. Read the bible everyday. Practice piano everyday. Then there are those daily life things like dishes, showers, laundry. Oh, and my obsessive reading, blogging and social media.

I need to add at least 6 hours to my day.

So, we will try something new. Since I have several concerts looming, my FOCUS of the week is piano practice.

I will still attempt to include all my daily life activities, but piano practice is priority.

I also will start each day drinking a glass of warm lemon water. I have noticed a difference in my gut. It feels happier. And I lost another pound! 187 on the scale baby! :) I went to my weightcommander site and logged my weight. I realized I hadn't logged in for a few weeks and this one pound loss was actually the one pound I had gained, so the line is level for the last month.

But that graph still looks impressive. I set a new one month goal: 185 one month from now. I've been lowering my goals to a more realistic number. If you want to view my weightcommander site, here is the link: http://www.weightcommander2.com/d9/1047350941.php?flag=7

So, I am going to put in some piano practice, then head down to Union Station to catch the Amtrak to Salem.  I will have lunch at one of my Indian Buffet restaurants and then walk to the Salem transit center.  My walking today will be my exercise. And I am going to wrap my Kindle up in plastic, so I take it along for my reading time.

I will resign myself to two days of Mass this week, and get some prayer time in during my walking and commuting. I hope God understands.

I believe there is a balance in this life.  In order to live to the fullest, I need to develop my spiritual, mental, emotional and physical life. And a big part, which I often neglect is community.  I am beginning to realize that all my self improvement is useless, if I do not give back to others.

On that profound note, I am off and running! Er, practicing piano!


Happy Wednesday!


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