[Rowing Machine] 2017: Week 48 {24X.X}

Word brevity prevents sentence clutter; room tidiness prevents house clutter. I was hesitant upon hearing my rowing stats platform would double their posting character limit because my writing has benefited from word count limitations and character restrictions. Just like decluttering a space, it’s tempting to fill in the new space with junk. If you’re careful with your planning, you can be effective with your storage solutions. Fitness is the same: rowing consistently prevents weight clutter.

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday: Wasn’t feeling well. Slept and skipped rowing; didn’t overeat.
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  • Wednesday Morning: time 5 minutes, 168 rows [33.6 average strokes per minute or “SPM”]. Wasn’t feeling well yesterday, considered rowing in the evening; didn’t. Starting to feel normal today; just needed some rest. Rowing felt good overall, and like the increased tweet length, I gave myself room to breath so I wouldn’t burn out.
  • Wednesday Evening: time 5 minutes, 164 rows [32.8 SPM]. That breathing trick I mentioned where I breathe in more than I breathe out is working well. I’ll naturally want to expell air, and when I haven’t breathed in enough, I get exhausted. I’m still practicing. Might be useful to combat anxiety…
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  • Thursday Morning: time 5 minutes, 170 rows [34 SPM]. That deep breathing technique is paying off! Had a bad start with a cramped right hamstring, and oddly was out of breath by 24ish, but kept at it and breathed in really deep for a sweatier set than my recent average. It was good. Exhausted now.
  • Thursday Bonus: time 5 minutes, 150 rows [30 SPM]. I kept up a great pace through 90, then breathed out too much, and that was that. Caught my breath and kept up through 120, then I had to rest again, before just breaking 150. I should practice breathing more to get better, or at least do more.
  • Thursday Night: time 5 minutes, 160 rows [32 SPM]. Had been meaning to get in another set before bed. I was indecisive, tired, and cold. Pushed on through. Started off slow, then after 100, my muscle memory kicked in, and I completed halfway decently! Never let laziness consume your thoughts!
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  • Friday Morning: time 5 minutes, 164 rows [32.8 SPM]. Kept a lighter pace since I’m working on a project soon to set up a temporary shelving unit in my office to sort out some accumulated clutter. That goal, light pace, and focusing on deep breathing helped make for a good set. I’m feeling ready!
  • Friday Evening: time 5 minutes, 148 rows [29.6 SPM]. My muscle memory from when I was rowing frequently years ago was at a frantic pace. I put on weight, lost muscle, yet even years later, it’s that pace I’m most comfortable with; until the 89th row here, where I just ran out of energy for a bit.
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  • Saturday Morning: time 5 minutes, 184 rows [36.8 SPM or “37 strokes per minute!“]. 184! I wanted to rest in the first third and I wanted to give up in the second third. Remembering you folks out there, rooting for me, was my second and third wind. I’m still sweaty minutes later. Thanks all! Now get out there and get it done!!
  • Saturday Bonus: time 5 minutes, 171 rows [34.2 SPM]. Drove in heavy traffic through the city: parking at the lunch spot was relieving and getting home was relaxing. Similarly, jumping on the rower was relieving and having the buzzer go off was relaxing. That’s me being lazy. I should remedy that!
    • Side Note: I find pizza [advertisements] next to rowing machine [advertisements] to be hilarious. What, I’m going to be tempted to buy a new rower and regress any fitness progress at the same time with mediocre caloric intakes? Dream on! Back to rowing…
  • Saturday Evening: time 5 minutes, 136 rows [27.2 SPM]. Not as flashy as today’s 184, my best 209, or 50 rows in a minute 4. However, I earned that 136. I had to rest at 80. My body stopped again at 130. I said no to that, picked myself back up, and those last 6 were me saying “I’m not done yet. Again!”
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  • Sunday Morning: time 5 minutes, 178 rows [35.6 SPM]. I always set my timer and wait for it to go a tick before I turn off the display and go. On some of these better sets, I always wonder “did I press 15 minutes instead of 5?” I plan for the long haul and invariably the timer goes off after 5 minutes.
  • Sunday Evening: time 5 minutes, 181 rows [36.2 SPM]. Kept a good pace throughout with a focus on deep breathing. After passing 170 without my timer going off, I went full speed. Each row became more of a chaotic leap requiring my entire focus. Sections like that are exhausting yet so rewarding.
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  • Monday Morning: time 5 minutes, 150 rows. Consciously went slow so I wouldn’t overdo it. I might start focusing on breathing and solid power in the mornings and in the evenings just let it rip so I can exhaust myself before bed. That’s the new plan, anyways, we’ll see how it holds up..
  • Monday Evening: time 5 minutes, 168 rows [33.6 SPM]. This morning’s goal of 150 rows was the right amount to get me warmed up while not exhausting me either. I went for more of my normal pace, but drank too much water to combat minor dehydration, so I could have done better. The lessons in life..
  • Weight: I was dehydrated most of Monday, so when I got home, I drank over 3 liters of water to reach my liquid consumption goal, waited a bit, and peed. I weighed 248 pounds. I’m going to go ahead and nullify this weigh-in because of that extra water.
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water):
    • Tuesday: 3.5 liters (0.9 gallon) of water, 1.75 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, 2 cups of tea
    • Friday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 1 cup of tea
    • Saturday: 5.4 liters (1.5 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Sunday: 5.3 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 1 cup of tea
    • Monday: 3.8 liters (1 gallon) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 11 of 14
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  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [xx] Screwed up my weigh-in and water…
    2. Intake: [failed] Missed some water and many vitamins
    3. Fitness: [failed] Home gym’s messy, missed a day
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  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: no weight gain
    2. Consistency: rowing, water, vitamins, brushing, and flossing
    3. Health: don’t overpush it
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  • From Good to Better
    • I feel my intent for this column is more focused now. I was always at a loss for what to photograph, and that was mainly because there was no overall fitness goal. This week was about reorganizing, decluttering, and how fitness with that.
    • If I would have tried some of the projects that I worked on a few months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to get as far, because I would have ran out of energy quicker. I had particularly low stamina, being overweight and out of shape.
    • I’ve also been working through uninspired moments. If I don’t feel like doing something now, what can I do to get me pumped to go do that? If it’s sort out my office, and I like writing, why not write about it? Worked for fitness.
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  • Sober Living
    • This will be expanded upon with Saturday’s column, but I think I figured out one of the roots of my overindulgence in alcohol. After I stopped seeing progress (both fitness and destressing) with rowing, I got into drinking. So that was a good exercise.
    • Initially, I was going to write about the sobriety risk of going to concerts, because everyone’s drinking and smoking while disregarding any rules. It’s frustrating. I’ve decided to opt out of that, unless I know the show will be incredible.
    • As a preview, since this is a topic I’d still like to write about, it’ll happen next Saturday… unless something bigger comes up, then, eventually. I just need to do some research and then decide if I want to write it in a frustrated mood or not.
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  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • Another easy week, where the only real stress build-ups were caused by timing. Driving through downtown traffic midday sucks, even if “I only went down to zero miles per hour once!” My foot was sore. Why do we put up with bad drivers?
    • By that, I mean people that drive onto slow highways and cut in line, or cut off drivers in front of them without properly using their turn signals? Things like that add up to slow traffic quickly. I should try to disengage from that more.
    • Otherwise, it was a quiet week. No big stresses to confront and no battles. Weeks like this can be nice on occasion, but they’re also not really good for a realistic view of life, partially because with conflict comes reward. I guess.
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  • Disengaging from Stress
    • How can I detach from driving stress? Driving less is one solution. Another is the difficult task of focusing less on the stupid mistakes that other drivers make. I’m not a perfect driver by any means, after all, and I’ve made many mistakes as well.
    • Maybe the trick is not letting stress build up to the point where it can clog my systems? That’s easier said than done so a big part of that is keeping my disengagers in check and engaging with them: writing, rowing, and the occasional anime series.
    • Just wrapped up Mob Psycho 100. I just ranked it above Cowboy Bebop on my My Anime List page… Cowboy Bebop was like a glimpse into how life might be; Mob Psycho 100 is a glimpse into how life can be if you work hard at your goals…?
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  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • Inspired by some conversation on Twitter over specific rowing stats, and thinking about how I haven’t maintained this rowing machine since I got it, I figure now’s the time to include a weekly update concerning my maintenance as a good reminder.
    • I brought down a disinfectant spray bottle to wipe down the seat. I’m looking into what sort of oil I should use to lubricate the chain. I have a Concept2 Model B. I intend to try hunting down the instruction manual for next week’s post.
    • I’ve never actually used the performance monitor in the whole time I’ve owned the rower, so I’m getting some “357” batteries to replace the dead ones. Apparently they’re generic enough, so we’ll see if it’s just a quick swap… next week!
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  • Photo and Outro
    • As mentioned above, Twitter’s update to 280-character limits was the primary inspiration. This week’s Bettering Zeal column covers some of the decluttering I’ve done over the last week. This was a shelf I reorganized for temporary stuff.
    • The left two cloth bags are where I store my rowing socks [green] and everyday socks [blue]. The middle pile is for stuff I want to sort through to donate or repurpose. The box to the right is full of miscellaneous stuff to declutter.
    • I like the title format now and I think I’ll keep Colossus in the photos for 2018, since I have a more solid idea of how I want to go about working on this column (throughout the week) with a central theme each week. 2019 might change…

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)