[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 06 {2XX}

In ten years, I could see myself becoming substantially healthier. Especially if I expand upon my current exercise routine with more than just two 5-minute sets, and hold steady on my diet restrictions (there’s only one restriction: limited or no greasy foods), then the sky’s the limit. It’d be cool seeing the elaborate shots, props I’d build, and other ways I’d be using my increased fitness capabilities to tell more interesting stories in 2028. Until then…

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday 30 Morning: time 5min, 143 rows. My right leg felt like it could only go at about half the pace of my left leg. Nothing ever really goes away. So I focused on using my left leg with the right being along for the physical therapy ride. Light set and didn’t overextend my knees.
  • Tuesday 30 Evening: 5min, 153 rows. My right leg might hurt from driving. Not much I can do to fix that other than change my driving habits. I’ve been stretching more throughout the day, too, which is helping.
  • Wednesday 31 Morning: time 5min, 150 rows. My morning sets may focus on improving my form, especially when I don’t feel like going hard: lighter strokes with more exaggerated muscle movement, trying out different techniques like rowing without the foot straps, or just stretching practice.
  • Wednesday 31 Evening: time 5min, 177 rows. Everything comes together nicely. My leg still hurts a bit, but that’s my life. I jumped up four stairs without assistance today; couldn’t do that a year ago. Feeling better and doing more. I’m not being controlled by my weight; I control it.
  • Thursday 01 Morning: time 5min, 144 rows. (Sorry about the monitor lighting. Any suggestions?) Went at a lighter pace to focus on my core muscles, by still strapping my shoes in, but not relying on them. Rather, I focused on my ankle and os calcis [heel] for the catches and releases.
  • Thursday 01 Evening: time 5min, 151 rows. I need more physical exercise. I felt restless today, like I needed to do something other than sit at a desk not writing. I tried the idea of pulling the bar underhand rather than the usual overhand. The bar is too small, but it works somewhat.
  • Friday 02 Morning: time 5min, 147 rows. More experimenting with my form: focusing on my heel and pulling the bar with my hands under the bar. With practice, this could work out alright. Exercising early like this [4AM] is getting easier, though I went at a much lighter 19 SPM pace…
  • I’ll allow myself a cheat evening and go to bed early instead of row a five minute set. This is becoming a Friday evening tradition, but not one I’m particularly fond of doing.
  • Saturday 03 Morning: time 5min, 164 rows. Thought I’d get a good night’s rest. That didn’t happen. Avoiding tension doesn’t enable relaxation; conquering tension does. If it’s just mental fatigue, then I’m up with stress in a few hours, but once I get in even mild exercise, I’m asleep.
  • Saturday 03 Evening: time 5min, 197 rows. Frustration can consume you. Your brain tells you there are no options and that you are the victim of circumstance. I channel that anger into exercise to regain my focus before I act. Oh, and launching with my heels made this set almost easy…
  • Slept through most of Saturday night and Sunday morning.
  • Sunday 04 Evening: time 5min, 171 rows. Stopped for over 30 seconds at 138, so this set technically went over. Wasn’t feeling well today, slept in, and this was my first set. I should do a second set tonight, but I’m not feeling well. Dehydrated, sluggish, and feeling lazy: not good.
  • Monday 05 Afternoon: time 5min, 174 rows. Had a 10 second pause at 138. I thought I was getting worn out quickly, but turns out my average SPM was much more than normal. Still not feeling well. Maybe it was the grease, overexertion, or the sense that I’m straying away from my goals…?
  • Monday 05 Evening: time 5min, 177 rows. Good set. I’m feeling tired in that sort of way where I could do more later, which unfortunately I won’t because I’ll burn myself out. On the plus side, I’m feeling better for now, and then I go sneeze a few times, but my rowing pace was solid.
  • Weight: digital scale is dead, so no weight this week
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water [[L * 0.26417]]):
      • Tuesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 2.0 liters of coffee
      • Wednesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 2.0 liters of coffee
      • Thursday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 2.0 liters of coffee
      • Friday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 2.5 liters of coffee
      • Saturday: 2.35 liters (0.62 gallon) of water, 2.0 liters of coffee
      • Sunday: 1.75 liters (0.46 gallon) of water, 0.5 liter of coffee
      • Monday: 5.25 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 14 of 14
    • Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin D; Vitamin E.
    • Placing the vitamins right above my oatmeal bin, which I eat twice daily as a fast source of carbohydrates, helpmed out of with this. I’m not sure how foolproof this will be in the next few weeks, but this should at least help with consistency.
  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [neutral] I can’t really give myself a pass or fail since the scale will only read zero. I opened it up and there weren’t any obvious signs of breakage, so I’ll have to buy a new one (garage sale find), and just give myself a neutral this week. Too bad.
    2. Consistency: [neutral] Skipped two rowing sets, but otherwise, I’ve been doing really well on taking my vitamins, brushing and flossing my teeth, and sticking to a better diet. One burger per week. Not overdoing the sweets so I can’t fault myself too much.
    3. Health: [failed] Got kinda sick again. I bet it’s because at least until the end of this contract, I’m sacrificing my health in exchange for keeping up the pace, so hopefully my next contract will be closer to home, less stressful, and with healthcare benefits?
  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: No weight gain. I’ll need to see how much scales are at the local supermarkets, otherwise, I’ll get a manual scale at a thrift store. Pros and cons to each. Oh, and by not overeating, I should keep continue to keep things in check.
    2. Consistency: Maybe I’ll row twice daily this week? Maybe I won’t forget any vitamins and keep on top of my dental health? Maybe I won’t get stuck without drinking enough water. I probably should have given myself a failure for this week, but…
    3. Health: Yuck! It sucks feeling sick and not feeling in tip top shape. I should be taking better care of myself, it’s just hard sometimes to strike that balance between doing what I want to do, and not overexerting myself to affect my long term goals.
  • From Good to Better
    • Not much, perhaps. Maybe I’m still in the middle of this stomach flu that’s causing me unease, but I can’t seem to recall but that’s gone well in terms of health, fitness, and rowing. Maybe that I’ve tried some new rowing techniques with good results?
    • Otherwise, I have a decent format set up, so I can write out these weekly posts, publish them, then head off to bed as soon as I’m done, so at least there is that sense that I can write toward something productive for today. I didn’t write this weekend…
    • I tried. I wrote some inconsequential stuff on Saturday that didn’t really make the cut. I eventually was able to piece together the best bits into “In Ten Years VI,” which I tried hard to salvage, since it wasn’t really that good for a few hours of writing/editing.
  • Sober Living
    • It’s been kinda rough. Temptations are out there, and when they clank loudly, that’s when I know I need to take it easy because I’m otherwise going too fast and might end up crashing. Fortunately, another week of avoiding any of those temptations.
  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • It’s funny how stress can come at you fast and linger for so long. It’s funny because of how seriously we take things, when if we just say “you know what, I don’t feel like writing a whole bunch,” it’s just like instant stress relief from trying to overdo it.
  • Disengaging from Stress
    • I’ve been seeking more escapist activities this week. Binge-watching videos on my subscription feed, zoning out while looking for new things to watch, and in general just wanting to temporarily escape… that’s really gotta change soon. But how?
  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • No maintenance this week other than tightening my seat. I noticed quite a difference in wobbling, although at first I might have overtightened it.
  • Photo and Outro
    • “Just this? It’ll be $100 dollars.” “$1,000? Alright!” I set down a dollar. “Will you be needing a bag?” “Nope, thank you, sir.” The photo is showing off the new wrench.
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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.