[Rowing Machine] 2017: Week 47 {244.0}

Physical fitness is a daily decision. While making smart decisions throughout the day to eat better quality foods can help me feel better, I’ve found that exercise more directly inspires my diet. When I haven’t exercised or thought about aspects of my personal fitness, my cravings that day will go toward junk food or impulsively getting a second plate of Thanksgiving dinner. When I have, I’m more interested in eating healthier foods and smaller portions.

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 167 rows [33.4 strokes per minute average or just “SPM”]. 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 [36 SPM]. Started off lightly and increased the pace only slightly since I’ve been going for endurance over speed.
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  • Wednesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Slept in, woke up with a headache, dehydrated, yet when I cast aside those excuses? I’m feeling better!!
  • Wednesday Afternoon: time 5 minutes, 195 rows [39 SPM]. Didn’t believe it.. I thought I was going at a lighter pace. I pushed myself too hard. Feeling sick now.
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  • Thursday Morning: time 5 minutes, 169 rows [33.8 SPM]. Kept returning to a lighter pace, breathing slower and more deliberately, against my faster tendencies.
    • This inspired a conversation about rowing pace.
    • You can read the full thread by clicking on the “Thursday Morning” link.
    • To summarize, if you go at a fast pace like I did Wednesday Afternoon, you’ll burn out, unless it’s a short set or you’re specifically practicing anaerobic exercise.
    • When I’ve done longer sets, 30-minute or more, then I’ll go at a slower pace so I also don’t burn out. Those are fun because they show you about yourself and your fitness.
    • I also mentioned how I fell off my seat. I jumped at the finish, or the furthest point from the wheel, and my seat went forward. My spine hurt for a few weeks.
  • Thursday Evening: time 5 minutes [39.6 SPM], 198 rows. Kept a decent pace with good breathing and form, except when I passed 180 and thought I could break 200.
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  • Friday Morning: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Kept a solid pace throughout and didn’t run into any needs to stop. Going lighter goes further for me.
  • Friday Evening: time 5 minutes, 193 rows [38.6 SPM]. Whenever I’m indecisive about something minor, I spin a coin. When it’s bigger, I might “row” it over…
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  • Saturday Morning: time 5 minutes, 156 rows [31.2 SPM]. Intentionally went at a slower pace, feeling my muscles completely move, since I have a busy day ahead!
  • Saturday Bonus: time 5 minutes, 163 rows [32.6 SPM]. Kept a light, solid pace throughout. No breaks or pauses. It was just a few months ago where I couldn’t.
  • Saturday Evening: time 5 minutes, 152 rows [30.4 SPM]. I exerted more energy than I thought. Had a mild pause at 60 and had to catch my breath at 96.. and 152.
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  • Sunday Morning: time 5 minutes, 162 rows [32.4 SPM]. Wrapped up one hour ago, but I was caught up with other morning routine duties. Rowing is a habit now!
    • I skipped Sunday evening because of some gnarly diarrhea followed by a minor stomachache. Long term health over immediate results. I thought it was the eggs- it was the sandwich. I had some mild diarrhea after heating up the other half of that sandwich on Monday. An otherwise trustworthy place, so I’ll wait before returning.
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  • Monday Morning: time 5 minutes, 177 rows [35.4 SPM]. Felt sick yesterday from a sandwich. Went to bed early, wrote excessively, and back with a solid set!
  • Monday Bonus: time 5 minutes, 160 rows [32 SPM]. Good until 63, when I needed a quick breather, then 108, when I needed to rest for a second. Improving.
  • Monday Evening: time 5min, 161 rows [32.2 SPM]. Started off light. By around 130, I figured out a routine to breathe in more air: by breathing out less.
  • Weight: 244 pounds (down 6.8 pounds)
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water):
    • Tuesday: 3.6 liters (0.9 gallons) of water, 0.6 liters of coffee
    • Wednesday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Thursday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Friday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Saturday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Sunday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Monday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 14 of 14
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  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [succeeded] Kept everything in check this week.
    2. Calories: [succeeded] Not overeating Thanksgiving dinner: instant win!
    3. Water: [neutral] The aforementioned diarrhea makes this debatable.
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  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: no weight gain
    2. Intake: Caloric portion control, while drinking gallons of water daily.
    3. Fitness: Making plans toward clearing off my home gym machine.
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  • From Good to Better
    • I’ve been feeling good overall! I’m at a good place in my writing, where other than waiting to tackle the ambitious 1000-word Daikaiju review until the day before it published, everything’s been smooth. There are still obstacles, of course.
    • I pushed myself too hard during Wednesday Afternoon’s set, which would have been it for the day months ago. I did take it easy, though I still was able to do a few more things before going to bed early, and everything after that was fine on Thursday.
    • I recently had a group lunch that might otherwise be ripe for anxious moments. I stepped outside my normally introverted comfort zone by engaging in conversation, throwing out a joke, and otherwise investing in the conversation. Turned out well.
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  • Sober Living
    • The first half of “Expanding Medical Literature” was an experiment to define what I want to accomplish by writing about living without insobrieties weekly. Writing my perspective might help others, or the at least, is helping me air out these events.
    • The second half was written after letting it sit overnight. What’s been great about this new writing schedule is that often I’ll write days in advance, so I have the padding time to flesh out certain things. The pie chart nicely tied it all together.
    • I wrote Saturday’s “Reign Your Pain” early Monday morning [4AM to 6AM] as a way to air out some frustration. I was thinking about writing about remaining sober while going to shows to complement that Daikaiju review. That’s a future topic idea.
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  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • For me, cortisol builds up in my system when I haven’t written or rowed in a while. Taking the occasional afternoon off can be good. No point in straining yourself if you’re tired or did work in other areas. Taking more than that is stressful for me.
    • Partially because I post at least 500 words daily, any day I don’t write means I have to write more another day, and if there are too many days in a row that I don’t write, then I’m back to fighting deadlines. This is a self-imposed stress, of course.
    • So part of that is giving myself a healthy amount of padding. Monday, for example, was a very productive day, where I wrote over 2000 publishable words. I can’t keep that pace every day, so it’s just a matter of getting in at least 500 words a day.
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  • Disengaging from Stress
    • That, in a sense, means that I’m in a good spot, if the most I’m worried about at the moment are deadlines for Better Zombie. That will change soon. In the meantime, something interesting happened: I’m less interested in watching anime.
    • Maybe I just needed my fill of escapist shows? Maybe I watched too many terribly written shows that only served as examples of what not to do for my fiction? Or maybe I shifted gears to expressing myself instead of watching others’s expressions?
    • To bring these winding thoughts back to rowing, I’ve also been reigning back on how hard I’ve been rowing. Up until recently, I kept pushing myself as hard as I could, though now I’m more content with giving myself space between strokes to breathe.
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  • Title and Photo
    • I’m experimenting with incorporating my weight into the title. I found that was a helpful way of keeping that number in check, so, I’ll try the number in curly braces {} this week to see how that looks, while omitting the “pounds” to look more fancy.
    • Going with the exercise versus diet debate in the introductory paragraph, I tried an arrangement using a placemat and Colossus’s barbell in my lightbox for a healthy fitness meal. I haven’t tried eating the roughly 25 year old plastic… and won’t.
    • I’m finding the generic title arrangement to be an easier way to go, though I will need to figure out how to identity the introductory paragraph theme and photo earlier on in the week, so I’m not waiting until close to deadline to begin writing.

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)