the year of you, day 298

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (Day 298)

Relaxing Music for the week: Loving Touch: Deuter (10:10) –

Question: Where do you carry the most tension in your body? And in your life? What can you do to let some of this tension go?

Answer: Now that’s an interesting question, especially since I don’t spend a lot of time in tension. I have a Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch – and it tells me how much stress I’m under during the day. And for most days, there’s rarely any stress; typically, my stress level is around 10-20 points, which I imagine is pretty low (it’s goes up to 100, I think). When I’m at work, it does increase, but maybe between 25-35 points, which I think is still pretty good. I do a few deep breathing exercises during the day, which I’m sure helps. And I do work out in the morning almost every day, which also helps. I’m trying to think about tension in my body – and I can’t really think of a “place” where I carry tension. Maybe my head, when I get headaches from a lack of sleep? I know that I’ve been having some slight pain in my left knee, but it seems like it’s getting better now that I’ve changed one of my stretching routines. I seem to always have some type of discomfort in my right ankle, which I will have them examine when I go to the doctor next week. I believe that it’s time to change my shoes, since I probably have 600+ miles on them. But maybe the pain is part working out, part tension – or maybe just from the crazy workouts. Where do I carry the most tension in my life? Don’t know how to answer that question, but I’m sure that work is my greatest tension right now. But I am finding ways to minimize that tension by connecting with great support people and creating plans to move forward with Life Design Catalyst work. So, minimal tension there as well. Having an unknown future carries tension, but my goal is to not think about what I don’t have and what I can’t control and focus more on what I do have and what I can control. And that takes care of tension.

As an update…today, I just completed my yearly goal of 1,000 miles walking/jogging/elliptical, 3,000 miles indoor/outdoor cycling, 10,000 push-ups and sit-ups (which I achieved last week), and 6,000,000 steps! Hard to imagine that I hit three out of the four goal over the past three days of workouts! Yes, I’ve challenged myself to achieve more by the end of the year, but it’s nice to know that I still have the discipline to keep and achieve this crazy goal year after year, especially after the blood clot in 2016. Four years in a row, and all starting at 55 years old! My gut is telling me to do it one more year, then look towards a different fitness goal in my 60’s. We’ll see…

Other Stuff

This morning, I read another interesting article on health/well-being and retirement. My thought as I was reading the article was that I should engage these practices now, instead of waiting until retirement. Check out the article here:

I’m already doing many of the activities right now, but there are a few that I can incorporate into my life, such as “embrace the unknown” and “stay centered.” What can you do to incorporate some of these tools into your life right now?


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