[Rowing Machine] -20 > 3/17

Weight is the easiest fitness goal to measure. Saying, “I’ve burned off a solid 20 pounds since March,” feels good and inspires others. Disengaging from stressful situations is harder to measure. Plowing through those cortisol circumstances, where I might subconsciously need to overeat/overindulge as a coping mechanism, and instead funneling that negative energy into exercise or rewarding myself with positive activities for doing my best. Maybe there is a way to measure that? At least casually?

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Wednesday: 50 quality rows. Identified a stress point and addressed it mentally. Napped, then addressed it physically through rowing.
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  • Thursday: 50 quick rows. Not feeling well, but still gave it an acceptable effort overall. Tired, dehydrated, and a bit of a cold.
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  • Friday: 50 rows. Still feeling sick, and a little worse now. My rows are weaker, so I should get in more water and rest; will I…?
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  • Saturday: 50 rows. 1-36 were the best rows this week, paused at 37, then concluded with some decent rows. Feeling less sick today, too.
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  • Sunday: 50 rows. Solid up until 36 again, paused to catch my breath, before finishing this set at a slower pace. Tired, kinda sick…
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  • Monday Morning: 50 rows. Feeling better, still a bit anxious overall, but I rowed at a good pace with good form, so that’s a solid baseline.
  • Monday Bonus: 50 better rows. Felt the fatigue creep up at 30 some rows in, let off on the effort slightly to keep going through until set.
  • Monday Evening: 50 rows. Better pace this time around, and my back is now sore- maybe subconscious? Two people expressed their back issues…
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  • Tuesday Morning: 50 good rows. Not the strongest batch of rows this week, but consistent, and felt good overall. I keep forgetting to stretch.
  • Tuesday Evening: 36 good rows until I tweaked something and had an odd ache on my left shoulder. Got back in, did 50 rows, so good minus that.
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  • Vitamins: 13 of 14
  • Weight: 246.5 pounds
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  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Routines: decent and could be better
    2. Read: haven’t read much of anything
    3. Stretch: some, could practice more often
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  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Routines: hammer in: flossing, vitamins, stretching
    2. Read: instead of watch online videos
    3. Relax: some downtime?
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  • From Good to Better
    • I’m staying away from the temptation of junk foods. I had plenty of opportunities over the week and said no to basically anything that was too sugary.
    • Other than peanut butter. That might be too much, but you’ve gotta have outlets somewhere, including letting the occasional “but” into a sentence.
    • Oatmeal has really become my staple snack over the last few weeks. It’s good for complex carbohydrates. I just have to start dialing it back a notch, maybe.
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  • Sober Living
    • Probably the biggest stressor this week was actually the Punk in Drublic festival. I wasn’t going to let a bunch of daydrinkers bother me, although it did actually…
    • In response, I holed up all of Sunday just to kinda be away from anything. Not really temptation, just stress, and it was nice. That inspired me to book more time off.
    • That, in turn, inspired me to really take a closer look at stressful situations and how I’ve addressed them, featured in the two sections below.
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  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • Realizing the biggest stressor was that daydrinking festival was a good breakthrough for me, because I thought it wouldn’t bother me, and tried to block it off.
    • Starting a new gig was also stressful, though after a while, you do get used to meeting new people and being thrown many new ideas and situations. Just run with it.
    • Driving can be stressful, too. It’s just a matter of planning ahead, going along for the ride, and if you’re running late, reach out so they know, and just go.
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  • Disengaging from Stress
    • A few years ago, I spent more than a month binge-watching House, M.D.. It’s still one of my favorite shows, though I can’t waste the time watching that much media.
    • With moderation in mind, I’ve included a half hour of time each evening for disengagement starting with Interviews with Monster Girls. No review this time.
    • To avoid overindulging, I’ll balance that “done with work/writing” time for other activities like reading, gaming, or cleaning. That’s the plan, anyways.
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  • Photo
    • I ducttaped off a 24″ by 23.5″ space on my workbench in the photo’s background.
    • As trivial as this sounds, being a bit of a hoarder that constantly accumulates stuff with a terrible habit of filling every possible free spot with stuff, having an area where I cannot leave stuff overnight has been a nice change of pace. The stuff I place there has to be dealt with properly.
    • As a result, I’m getting used to having empty spaces, which is actually a good stress reliever. I can use that and other spaces when I need them, then put things away when I’m done for the day or finish the project.
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)