[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 11 {240.5}

I forget the last time I ate pizza. It’s not like a sobriety counter or anything, and I’ll probably have more. This slice was probably the greasy food court pizza necessitating dabbing off napkin-full after napkin-full of oily fats. I’ve since rejected a handful of thank-you slices of pizza. It’s never personal. It’s just irrational for me to eat food I don’t enjoy that I know will just needlessly distract from my long-term fitness goals.

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday 06 Morning: time 5min, 172 rows. Did some reading and stretching warm-ups prior to this 5 minute set. Whenever possible, I should try to stretch more, because it really does help, and all it takes is better planning and time management. Or mild stretches throughout the day.
  • Tuesday 06 Bonus: 30 minutes of yardwork.
  • Tuesday 06 Evening: time 5min, 176 rows. Compared to last year, doing 30 minutes of solid yardwork is now almost trivial. Just shy of 30 pounds lighter, more muscle, and a year of discipline in regards to pushing through insignificant aches really does help! How about our next year?
  • Wednesday 07 Morning: time 5min, 150 rows. Stopped for a few seconds because I kept hearing this squeak for a few strokes; I should swap out the rollers on the seat. As for the set itself: went fast for 50 [gotta go fast], did bicep curls through 100, and lightened my pace through 150.
  • Wednesday 07 Bonus: 15 minutes of light walking.
  • Wednesday 07 Evening: time 5min, 173 rows. I’m feeling stronger. I don’t feel as tired as even a few months ago after putting in this good pace. I just need to keep at it and in another year I’ll be in excellent shape, especially if I keep up my 1 gallon of water per day of hydration.
  • Thursday 08 Morning: time 5min, 150 rows. Focused primarily on bicep curls and my arms started aching a little bit at the 130 mark. They’re still a little sore but in the sort of mild subtly that you really only notice if you’re actively looking for some ache, otherwise, good practice!
  • Thursday 08 Bonus: No additional exercise.
  • Thursday 08 Evening: time 5min, 162 rows. Way past tired. Wanted to go to bed. Still put in a good effort.
  • Friday 09 Morning: time 5min, 164 rows. Whenever you push yourself too hard for too long, you don’t really notice until the motivation to do anything decreases. Then once you sleep 12 hours, you realize that maybe pacing in life is just as important as in exercise.
  • Friday 09 Bonus: 30 minutes of mild cleaning.
  • Friday 09 Evening: time 10min, 341 rows. I’m going to try doing 10 minute sets in the evenings as part of winding down. Not always but if I can. Sitting on my hamstrings now kinda hurts in that good sort of way; at 186 I started to sweat, so I know it worked. Just gotta keep it up!
  • Saturday 10 Morning: time 5min, 176 rows. Good set, fast pace, and no hindrances along the way. A rested mind and body lead to better health.
  • Saturday 10 Bonus: 30 minutes of light walking.
  • Saturday 10 Evening: time 10min, 326 rows. These 10 minute sets are becoming a great challenge! I had plateaued after 5 minutes, because at around 5:30 both today and yesterday, my body started to sweat. I’ve just gotta start prioritizing the time to row more longer sets more often.
  • Sunday 11 Morning: time 5min, 179 rows. Good set. Overslept perhaps out of need or laziness. I think laziness and indecisiveness is rooted in physical distress. If you’re tired or fatigued, you’re less interested in doing more things that could make you more tired or more fatigued…
  • Sunday 11 Bonus: 30 minutes of mild cleaning.
  • Sunday 11 Evening: time 10min, 342 rows. With my body in cruise control at this solid pace, my mind drifted to how I could do 10min sets in the mornings, 20min sets in the evenings, and maybe 1hr sets on certain weekends. To get there, I must first normalize this new 10min benchmark.
  • Monday 12 Afternoon: time 10min, 364 rows. Sweat on my forehead should indicate a decent set. Pushing myself past my limit, which I nearly hit between 320-30, should signal a good set and what tastes like sour overexertion in my mouth should be the new benchmark for what aiming toward!
  • Monday 12 Bonus: 15 minutes of mild cleaning.
  • Monday 12 Evening: time 10min, 329 rows. Thought about upping my rowing time significantly but I ran out of steam twice. The buzzer rang with almost a minute left on the clock. That wouldn’t do. I think I’ll only do 5s from now on if I don’t have the time or need to save the energy.
  • Weight: 240.5 pounds (up 0.5 pounds)
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water [[L * 0.26417]]):
      • Tuesday: 5.26 liters (1.39 gallons) of water, 1.5 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, 1.5 liters of coffee
      • Friday: 3.7 liters (0.9 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
      • Saturday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
      • Sunday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.0 liters of coffee
      • Monday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 12 of 14
    • Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin D; Vitamin E.
    • Had to wake up early on Wednesday. I’ll normally wake up 3 hours before needing to leave the door, so I have close to two hours to write, with enough time to row, have breakfast, shower, then leave. I’ll normally remember my vitamins in that time. If condensed, I may forget.
    • Was feeling sick Friday morning after pushing myself from 1AM to past 8PM. For all the routines I’ve tried taking these (optional) vitamins, there isn’t really a fool-proof guaranteed way to do it. It’s been more about reminders than calculated events. I remembered the vitamins… halfway to my driving destination.
  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [failed] The half-pound is indicative that I’m plateauing with my fitness. I’m not making progress toward my goals. It has been a more stressful week than normal with my latest gig ending and without a solid next gig. Even still, I shouldn’t give in to sugary weakness or Sugar Coated Lies.
    2. Consistency: [neutral] Not quite a failure just for skipping vitamins twice. I wasn’t consistent with my writing, planning, and keeping a schedule that wouldn’t necessitate burn myself out to get through a day. Still, it’s occasionally necessary to break the pattern to get the results you want, so I consider it acceptable.
    3. Health: [succeeded] For all that borderline inconsistency, the most I experienced was fatigue on Friday and low energy levels through Monday. Not bad, all told. I’m not sick for one and for another I feel well enough to tackle some big tasks with this newly found time. I just shouldn’t waste it.
  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: No weight gain. My plan of action for this will be to start doing more 10 minute sets. Twice daily if I have no early obligation, and maybe even three times if I’ve scheduled the day well enough for it. This should help “distract” me from those mild boredom hunger pangs..
    2. Consistency: I’m keeping a hourly schedule of my days off now so that way I hold myself accountable for every hour and every day. Some hours are spent writing, and that’s fine. If it’s wasted doing nothing in particular, then I have to state it, which should help me stay focused.
    3. Health: Between the increased sets and less brutal schedule, I should be in better health almost immediately. I should augment this by practicing means of eating healthier, with smaller meals more often. Maybe I should do research to figure out what could be good to eat to balance out my diet?
  • From Good to Better
    • Does it count that I don’t commute now? I do have some prospects. On this note, last year at this time, I put all my eggs in one basket. Now, I have multiple eggs in multiple baskets. So good on me for learning from last year’s mistakes and shopping around.
    • I’ve been feeling like I’m in better physical health lately and it’s beginning to show more. My muscles look more developed, I’m able to do more with less effort, and overall tasks that would have tired me out before don’t tire me out nearly as much. I’m digging the progress!
    • Similarly, writing in general has been easier for me than last year. Similar to my diet/exercise, I feel like I’ve been plateauing in what I’m writing about, insomuch as I haven’t been challenging myself or my readers. I think I should probably balance my production of accessible and challenging literature.
  • Sober Living
    • Nothing overly stressful lately. Going out for a drive on Sunday, I did catch certain whiffs and the advertising in a grocery store is gaudy. Otherwise, it’s been a nice week without being subconsciously compelled toward insobriety. I’m nicely coming up on my 5 year sobriety dates. I should nail both.
    • Saturday’s post is one that’s been brewing for a few months. It’s not going to be a very pleasant one. Still, dredging through that memory should cathartically help me come to terms with it, and possibly help others? If nothing else, I’ll have written about it, so that’ll be done.
    • “We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.[1]” That’s how I’d describe most of my sobriety writings. By addressing even innocent things like coffee and videogame addiction, I can possibly start to broaden my scope and identity larger truths about what compels us past moderation.
  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • Interviews can be stressful. Talking about work, getting outside your comfort zone, and perhaps justifying to strangers why you deserve what you deserve can be a suffering unto itself. On days like those, for pivotal interviews, I like to reward myself in some regards for having given it my best.
    • With our instant-gratification culture in this Distracted Generation, we want to know immediately how interviews and anything else turns out. The time between doing and getting the results is an anxiety possibly worse than the event itself. I use that time to weigh the pros and cons. Both have benefits.
    • If you get the job, what will go wrong? What’s inconvenient? This, like anything else in life, will help to avoid that sensation of perfectionism. There’s no perfect person, job, or way of life. You just do the best you can and gamble on a statistical improvement of your livelihood.
  • Disengaging from Stress
    • I didn’t play any Harvest Moon this week. This new guide should be more helpful in understanding how to play, since it’s maybe too open-ended for casual play. Depending on how far along I get with my time off, maybe I’ll rearrange things and start playing the original Harvest Moon?
    • I’m starting to watch Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture with the distinct mindset of not overindulging in watching too much all at once. I don’t know if I’ll just watch this anime or balance it out with others. Likewise, I’ve been overindulging in writing, so I’ll try to limit it today.
    • I’m also practicing my work calendar again so I don’t overdo either working or relaxation. I stopped after this recent gig because there was a week that had gone too fast and it was too hard to keep track of, so maybe now with some refinement, it should be easier?
  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • My weekly maintenance reminder came and went. I’ve been doing better about lubricating the chain more frequently with fresh oil. I’ve been slacking on creating a weekly/monthly schedule of tasks to do, even based on the maintenance schedule. I should list out everything I need to do and just begin…
    • Since I had the time, I wrote out my new maintenance schedule, which I’ll tape prominently to the rowing machine so it’ll be easy for me to remember what to do:
      • Daily, or Almost: Clean seat, rail
      • Weekly: Lube chain
      • Monthly: Both, check bolts, do a thorough check for issues.
    • To make that work efficiently, I’ll need some blue shop towels and a spray bottle to fill with soapy water, which means I’ll need to either rebuild/rearrange my maintenance shelf to accommodate for both, since it’s kind of at maximum capacity right now, or find a place nearby for them.
  • Photo and Outro
    • I had been meaning to throw out this mini-pie with its expiration date of September. I figured, why not take a photo with it first? I had no real concept in mind, so it ended up nearly being wasted, if only because I didn’t figure out a good photo opportunity.
    • Collector’s thoughts: “1 [above] says “What? I’m just sitting on a frozen pizza on the lawn. What of it?”
      2 [below] says “Are you happy, Carol? You just ruined our picnic.”
      I think I’ll say 1 because it also says “I have ascended to a higher plane I am one with the cheese.”[2]”
    • Good fitness week. I didn’t get the gig and have been feeling overly tired, but it wasn’t a great gig, I had been cutting my sleep short lately, and I have recently started doing longer rowing sets. I just need to keep it up and I’ll get some better progress.
Sources: None

Quotes: [1] Marcel Proust. [2] Collector

Inspirations: None

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Picture: See description above.

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.