[Rowing Machine] 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3

Repetitious consistency is boring. Rowing is repetitious, and unless you’re in the mindset to constantly reproduce consistent results with each row, it’s also boring. So is taking vitamins, eating healthy, reading books, meditation, resting, and doing things that don’t have immediate results. Since I’ve shifted most of my mindset toward delaying gratification over the past year, as I keep the same consistent “1-2-3 pace” in everything I do, I can eventually achieve the “98-99-100 results” I crave.

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Wednesday Morning: 50 rows. Honestly, about 10 were half-assed. Effective now, I’m only going to count the full catch to full release motion.
  • Wednesday Bonus: time 5min. 1 through 92 at a solid pace before needing to rest. Picked up through 116 in even better rows… not sure how!
  • Wednesday Evening: 50 rows. Felt off. Couldn’t write. Felt lazy. Before bed, I rowed. Everything recalibrated! Too bad I was too tired to write.
  • Thursday Morning: 50 rows. Another day feeling tired and unmotivated, fortunately, 50 solid rows helped. I just have to keep up the motivation.
  • Thursday Bonus: time 5min. 1-63 rows were at a good pace. 64-116 were slower. Hard stopped there. Picked up until the buzzer went off at 118.
  • Thursday Evening: 50 strong rows. Feeling better than yesterday’s funk. My leg muscles are becoming like rugged polygons. My gut’s improving.
  • Friday Morning: 50 good rows and a mile walk. Rowing feels really natural to me, like when I’m in a good writing flow. It all coalesced well.
  • Friday Afternoon: time 5min. 1-51 were good rows. My neck hurt throughout most of it. Stopped at 51 and 55. Went through until 85, then, 5min.
  • Saturday Morning: 50 strong rows, each just as solid in terms of form and technique as the last, without even a single knee bump or mild pause.
  • Saturday Evening: 50 good rows. Skipped the 5min set and wrote instead. Could have tried to schedule better, but there’ll always be that urge.
  • Sunday Morning: 50 tired rows. Late night, no caffeine, muggy, and no energy. Still, got in a good workout, and released that pent-up energy.
  • Sunday Evening: time 5min. 1-41 were solid. Stopped and picked up through 44. Thought of frustrations and got to 65. Sweaty, tired, but good.
  • Monday Morning: 50 good rows. Feeling distracted lately, so it’s good to focus on something like rowing, where there should be no deviations.
  • Monday Afternoon: time 5min. It’s embarrassing to admit, but in the spirit of prosperity: I went 33 rows in before being wiped out; got to 36.
  • Tuesday “Morning:” 50 quality rows. Mainly worked my arms this time. My legs and back were solid throughout, just that I moved my arms the most.
  • Tuesday Bonus 1: 50 sweaty rows. Much more cohesive this time around. Read, too. Maybe my brain was full and ready to do something physical?
  • Tuesday Bonus 2: 50 solid rows. Still out of breath, sweaty, yet I don’t feel tired in that sort of lethargic way I suffered from months ago.
  • Tuesday Evening: 50 of the best rows this week. Rather than focus on leg, arm, or shoulder muscles, I focused on quickly breathing in and out.
  • Vitamins: 13 of 14
  • Weight: 246.6 pounds
  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. 100% consistency: almost there
    2. Diet: not enough fruits or veggies
    3. Exercise: did my best
  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Dental: floss more
    2. Diet: more diversity
    3. Stretch: stretch before, after, each rowing
  • From Good to Better
    • After conversations with namedghost and others, along with inspiration from nearly a wasted hour of downtime, I’ve decided to read books more consistently now:
    • I’ll read Art of War in the car when I’ve arrived somewhere early and Constructive English (literature), Frankenstein (fiction), and Indian Art (nonfiction) after rowing.
    • I’ll read between a sentence, paragraph, or however long it takes for me to get distracted from each book. This should help improve my writing skills.
  • Sober Living
    • I had a moment recently where I just wanted to be numb and inebriated. That’s the point to move settings and adjust your mindset to more positivity.
    • The period around my sobriety date was not a happy once. I will revisit those times to bleed out the dead blood that needs a cathartic release. I usually feel better after.
    • I’ve signed up to attend a punk festival with heavy advertising related to drinking. Though I’m not straight edge, I can wear X’s on my hands to easily signify sobriety.
  • Photo: My memento reminders in a box near my rowing machine to remind me to do positive habits. The Wii Fit Trainer [Amiibo] should remind me to stretch, the vitamin boxes should remind me to take vitamins, and the books are what I’m currently reading. I’d say mostly successful so far.
My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.