I’ve been steadily getting heavier after I stopped rowing heavier 5 minute rowing sets. Starting in late March, I weighed 267. Using only the fortnightly titles, here’s how my weight progressed: 260, 256, 255, 254, 253, 252, 251, 249, 247, 250, 246, 248, 250, and I weighed in at 253 pounds on Tuesday morning. Now that I have exacting data showing that I need to burn more calories, or consume less calories, I can use that information to make the necessary changes for my fitness. Fortunately, it isn’t all doom below.
- My Weekly Stats:
- Wednesday: 50 solid rows. Loaded up on too many simple carbohydrates but yesterday and Monday were big moving days. Rowing us improving.
- Thursday Evening: 50 good rows. Dehydrated and tired all day today. Made a decent effort, paying careful attention to my sore back; did well.
- Thursday Night: 50 decent rows. Kept an adequate pace throughout with good form. Mostly sluggish and scattered today. I’ll drank more water.
- Saturday Afternoon: 50 quality rows. Skipped some sets lately. This one was super difficult. Great pace, good form, just need to stick with it.
- Saturday Evening: 50 good rows. After addressing emotional stress, (if yours or someone else’s,) you can then overcome physical stress easily.
- Sunday: 50 good rows. Sluggish between 20 and 36, otherwise, good form and decent pace. I really need to rebuild my rowing habit.
- Monday Afternoon: 50 decent rows. Feeling tired from a late concert and was dehydrated even after 1.75+ liters of water last night, then today.
- Monday Evening: time 5min, 171 rows. Felt the burn along my sides, which is good for these longer sets. Let’s not be complacent with average.
- Tuesday Morning: time 5min. 167 fantastic rows, hindered only by a big lunch. Felt tired around 135 and sore around 150. Fought through that!!
- Tuesday Bonus: time 5min, 170 rows. Tired at 90, exhausted past 120, caught my second wind at 150 rows. Feeling euphoric even minutes later.
- Tuesday Evening: time 5min, 94 rows. 1-81 were good, then I just tapered off from there. Three good sets in one day might have been ambitious.
- Vitamins: 11 of 14
- Liquid Consumption (Liters): starting next week
- Tuesday: 7 liters (1.8 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1.5 liters of tea
- Weight: 253 pounds in the morning, 251.4 pounds in the evening. Let’s go with 253.
- Last Week’s Goals:
- Weight: [failed] objective too vague
- Rest: [succeeded] stress levels low
- Wellness: [succeeded] kept stress low
- This Week’s Goals:
- Weight: no weight gain
- Exercise: row twice daily
- Row: at least one 5 minute set daily
- From Good to Better
- “I credit about half of my recent successes to float tanks.” Considering Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, if you can recalibrate any physical problems with your body, they won’t be a focus. Soaking in hot water is also good for general stress reduction.
- I’m trying to strike a balance between staying in to write and getting out to experience life, which ends up being a blast writing session of three posts in one day, then two days off. I do feel like I’m writing more efficiently now than in past months.
- Even though I’ve put on weight, I feel my overall fitness has improved. I walked around downtown on Monday and former routes that made me winded years ago did not. Hyper criticality can be harmful. Better to remember the minor successes, too.
- Sober Living
- The single most valuable thing I’ve written yet is “Six Month Hangover.” It was cathartic digging into my psyche for deeply suppressed thoughts, uncovering vestiges of regretful circumstances, and airing out those moments.
- I don’t usually write with the ending in mind, so when I arrived at the conclusion, I was shocked! I hadn’t connected the dots before. Now, it’s something I can ask about more directly, not that I intend to return, just gain perspective and help others.
- It’s been useful being open about sobriety. I’m mostly happier now for having gone through this shit than honestly any point before the age of 24. That said, there would be less painful ways to dislodge that overwhelming depression. You can’t undo it.
- Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
- Honestly, I stayed in and wrote as much as I could, so I didn’t really face any aggressively stressful situations. This isn’t really like a journal, so saying work related things are looking up doesn’t directly affect health. I suppose indirectly?
- Rowing itself can be stressful. Immediately after my second 5 minute set on Tuesday, I felt a surge of aggression, so I ended up napping for 45 minutes after wrapping up my laundry. It was weird. Normally I don’t get that amped up exercising.
- That was probably a direct response to increasing my exercise routine from an almost casual 50 rows to 5 minutes, more than tripling my average. Could have been a “fight or flight” response. Either way, all’s good now. Overall low key week.
- Disengaging from Stress
- Between two float tank sessions, watching anime, and general just working on my projects between contracts, I haven’t really had a need to disengage from stress, which is a nice change of pace. Maybe the weight gain is me not pushing myself?
- I noticed that I was particularly stressed out driving to the first float tank session because I hadn’t given myself enough time to get there comfortably early. Still arrived with enough time. Driving could be a subconscious cause of stress.
- I used writing to actively disengage from stress, as mentioned earlier, more so than I have in previous weeks. It’s difficult to write like that under normal circumstances, so normally it’s just routine writing. So maybe I was stressed? Who knows, man.
- Admittedly, I couldn’t come up with a better photo concept this time, so I just sat Colossus on my scale. I was thinking of going for a climbing theme but that was a previous iteration of the introduction paragraph. Maybe a weight graph? Next time?