[Rowing Machine] 2017: Week 46

There’s a point along your fitness journey where people start noticing. If you work with a professional trainer like I did years ago when I burned 60 pounds in 6 months, the spotlights quickly shine curious optimism on your efforts. That first journey accidentally recessed 67 pounds due to lacking discipline. I’m going at a slower pace for this journey, in ways that should allow my health to shine brightly for years, and people are starting to notice!

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Wednesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 186 rows. Brief pang at 80 rows in, like it would’ve been easy to stop were it not for my dedication to my health.
  • Wednesday Evening: time 5 minutes, 148 rows. Starting at 45 rows in, something hurt on my butt and I had to stop constantly. “Just a pimple…” Ouch.
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  • Thursday Afternoon: time 5 minutes, 168 rows. I was in a trance until the 110th row, after that I felt the strain, stopping at 162 to breath. Started-
  • Thursday Afternoon: time 5 minutes, 178 rows. I kept a grueling pace until 106, had to stop to catch my breath for a while, before hitting it harder!!
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  • Friday Evening: time 5 minutes, 161 rows. Held an incredible pace through 80, needed to stop, kept at it until 100, then went with a lighter pace.
  • Friday Night: time 5 minutes, 198 rows. I let my mind wander around 116, thinking of things besides rowing for a mental rest? Just shy of 200…
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  • Saturday Afternoon: time 5 minutes, 166 rows. I’ve been slacking on rowing in the mornings. Getting rest feels good, but stronger rowing feels better.
    • I went to two Daikaiju concerts in the afternoon and evening. If I were in worse shape, I wouldn’t have been able to be anything other than remain amazed for days!
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  • Sunday Afternoon: time 5 minutes, 142 rows. Inspired pace until 101. I really feel like I’m starting to get my rhythm back. Another breather at 140.
  • Sunday Night: time 5 minutes, 140 rows. Ran a great pace through 60 rows before running out of steam. 93, out of breath. Picked myself back up!
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  • Monday Morning: time 5 minutes, 160 rows. Woke up with the idea of rowing at a light pace first thing to get my muscles moving. Turned out great!!
  • Monday Bonus: time 5 minutes, 180 rows. I started with a lighter pace then picked it up after 102. I’d been overexerting myself too much lately.
  • Monday Evening: time 5 minutes, 175 rows. Faster pace than the last set. Made it to 100 before stopping to stretch. Kept going at that great pace!
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  • Tuesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 167 rows. A light rowing set in my morning routine, along with breakfast and showering, might be excellent for me.
  • Tuesday Evening: time 5 minutes, 180 rows. Started off lightly and increased the pace only slightly since I’ve been going for endurance over speed.
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  • Weight: 250.8 pounds (up 5.4 pounds)
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water):
    • Wednesday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 1 cup of tea
    • Thursday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Friday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Saturday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water (need an extra liter per concert), 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Sunday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Monday: 5.2 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 1 cup of tea
    • Tuesday: 3.6 liters (0.9 gallons) of water, 0.6 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 14 of 14
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  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [failed] My muscles are more toned than last week.
    2. Calories: [failed] I did have a burger and other unhealthy items.
    3. Consistency: [succeeded] Scheduling time for rowing: excellent consistency.
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  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: no weight gain
    2. Calories: exercise more if I eat more
    3. Water: stay consistent, even on busy days
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  • From Good to Better
    • As a preview, next week’s office renovation post will cover setting up a second workspace for collaborators. I brainstormed this idly and took 30 minutes to realize that idea. Now, I have the physical fitness to make it happen, without exhaustion.
    • Between Daikaiju concerts, I had about one hour to sell off some CDs from my collection that I no longer wanted. I was able to run over, crouch to look at CDs under the shelves, and other activities I haven’t comfortably done in years.
    • I just realized that I can give myself padding for writing this column! It’s published Wednesday morning, so including Tuesday’s content meant working on this Tuesday night. The schedule will now be through Monday evening so I have extra time!
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  • Sober Living
    • I mentioned masturbation last week. I kept away for 6 days. Prior to this, I hadn’t had a 3-day period without masturbating in over 10 years. It confirmed my suspicion that I’m addicted because I’d masturbate even without needing that briefest euphoria.
    • Overall, I think it’s a harmless stress reliever, other than wasting time. There are morals around pornography that I’ll omit, since I eventually want to write a Sober Living post on the entirety of the matter, because it relates to addictive behavior.
    • Walking around the city is always worrisome for cannabis now. I scathed out alright. Going to two bars for the shows wasn’t actually that bad, either. I haven’t really been stressed out over the last week, so I probably wasn’t looking for ways to cope.
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  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • When I have time off, I like the controlled environment of staying in more than going out, even if it’s to a thrift store or somewhere leisurely. The downside to that is that I get too wrapped up in my mind so re-acclimatizing to socializing becomes difficult.
    • As trivial as this sounds to be listed under stressful situations, I just throw myself into the conversation, or say what needs to be said. If I forget any of the social cues I’ve learned, then no use carrying that anxiety around for longer than necessary.
    • During a nice conversation, I socially misstepped in a flurry of excitement. After a subtle rejection, we continued the conversation, and only later on did I realize my misstep. Fortunately, I had no creepy thoughts, so I wasn’t acting sleazy… hopefully.
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  • Disengaging from Stress
    • Here’s where it all loops back around to physical fitness, rather than talking about mental fitness or emotional fitness as a way to encourage thinking of the entirety of health: rowing at a light pace has been effective for helping me relax if I’m tense.
    • When I’m mentally exhausted but not physically exhausted, I get restless to the point where I can’t focus or can’t sleep. When I’m physically exhausted, my constantly engaging thoughts cease. So I’ve been practicing refining that for when I need it.
    • I’ve been stressing my muscles too much. Sure, it’s great rowing at such a vicious pace that I encourage my body to shake off stress. It’s just not sustainable. Rather, a mild then moderate pace seems to be less straining and therefore better overall.
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  • Title and Photo
    • I’m going to be refining the title structure more through the end of the year, before running with a solid theme in 2018. It’s nice to have this sort of consistent structure. It’s just right now it’s too sterile, so maybe I’ll throw my weight into it somehow?
    • On a similar note, should I still use Colossus and Colossus’s barbell as the photo theme in 2018? I could go with my Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo statue… except that’s too static, and I don’t really have a fancy home gym for my rowing machine, so, dunno…
    • I recently installed LED strip lights, unfortunate name, in my lightbox. I’ve been avoiding taking photos of my Colossus action figure there, mainly as a challenge, but the spotlight and focusing on health idea came to mind, so there’s that.

My big goal is to write. My important goal is to write “The Story.” My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame a fear, which should have been today. I’m a better zombie than I was yesterday. Let’s strive to be better everyday. (Avatar)