[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 20 {238.0}

Between an oppressive headache, a listless feeling of reward for having overcame something somewhat difficult, and a potent addiction to sugar that’s led me down this path of self-betterment through exercise, I stared longingly at the ice cream concoction that was so irresistible that all I could think about was eating it as I walked around the run-down grocery store. I held it longingly, twice. I didn’t eat it because I hadn’t truly earned it!

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday 8 Row #1: time 5min, 173 rows. Using the suggestion from Ron, it looks like I could do better with extending out my forearms to get in a more consistent number of meters. I don’t know if 1000 in 5 minutes is a good average to benchmark, but I know anything is good!
  • Tuesday 8 Row #2: time 10min, 322 rows. Stopped at 155 for 20 seconds, so I originally wrapped up with a little shy of 2000 meters at 34SPM. I decided to throw in the additional effort. This ruins the stats from an external measurement, but I’m only concerned with my internal stats.
  • Tuesday 8 Wii Fit: 15 minutes
  • Tuesday 8 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Tuesday 8 Bonus: 5 minutes of yardwork
  • Wednesday 9 Row #1: time 5min, 171 rows. One area for improvement I noticed from watching a recent Dark Horse Rowing video was holding up the handle more. If I row like I’m doing a bicep curl, aiming for my chin over my chest felt more natural, and I was less likely to slouch the bar.
  • Wednesday 9 Row #2: time 10min, 231 rows. I focused on solid arm motions. Once I get comfortable without slouching my arms, the efficiency of my form shpuld dramatically increase. I have a bad habit of letting the bar hit my knees. It hurts my knees and my form. Rowing shouldn’t hurt!
  • Wednesday 9 Wii Fit: 15 minutes
  • Wednesday 9 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Wednesday 9 Bonus: No additional exercise.
  • Thursday 10 Row #1: time 5min, 166 rows. Just a quick, easy set. Good focus on arm positioning. Back hurt this morning so I took it easy on that front.
  • Thursday 10 Row #2: time 10min, 346 rows. Just a few subpar strokes from 2000 meters. My mind is preoccupied with some big changes that might be coming up soon. It’s not the kind to use as exercise fuel, more the kind requiring a full brain exercise. At least my form is improving.
  • Thursday 10 Wii Fit: 17 minutes
  • Thursday 10 Stationary Jog: None
  • Thursday 10 Bonus: No additional exercise.
  • Friday 11 Row #1: time 5min, 166 rows. I think the most important thing in life is figuring out where you are and where you want to be. If you wake up with a headache, do you want to fix it? Or let it control you? Improve your form or lifestyle? Do what it takes, with what you have!
  • Friday 11 Row #2: No exercise tonight. Head hurts too much.
  • Friday 11 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Friday 11 Stationary Jog: None
  • Friday 11 Bonus: No additional exercise.
  • Saturday 12 Row #1: time 5min, 164 rows. It seems like our goals are often impaired only by a few shortcomings. A few strokes with better form would have got me past 1000 meters. It’s nothing to be sad over. More motivational: increase my efficiency and I will succeed! You can, too!
  • Saturday 12 Row #2: Skipped because of the concert. Health is the one exception that I will allow myself for skipping rowing sets. If I push myself too hard during a concert, I won’t feel it the day after, but I’ll feel terrible two days later. So I allow myself reasonable conservation of energy.
  • Saturday 12 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Saturday 12 Stationary Jog: None
  • Saturday 12 Bonus: How much does walking around the Sabroso Taco Festival count? I walked around and up enough flights of stairs for it.
  • Sunday 13 Row #1: time 5min, 183 rows. Concert festival yesterday, but I drank enough water to not be too tired today. My natural inclination seems to be short strokes with weak form. I have to constantly remind myself to move my arms in better form, but at least I’m giving it a go.
  • Sunday 13 Row #2: time 10min, 369 rows. Dudes, dudettes, and dudetceteras! I figured out why my meter count was lacking. My legs have a solid year+ of experience doing their thing, but not my arms! I put less focus on my arms since you should row with your legs, but I overdid that.
  • Sunday 13 Wii Fit: 0 minutes…
  • Sunday 13 Stationary Jog: None…
  • Sunday 13 Bonus: Reorganized for a bit…
  • Monday 14 Row #1: time 5min, 176 rows. It was the poor arm form! Also, I’m pretty sure it was 176 rows. I started this tweeting thing for external accountability that, yes, I did row. Now that the internal accountability is forged through all this effort, it’s obligatory… and fun.
  • Monday 14 Row #2: time 5min, 173 rows. Intended on a proper 10-minute set. Punched through a gut-busting 173 rows, full arm and leg movement, before I had to stop. With 2 minutes left on the timer, I could have restarted for a 5min round 2, but sorry all, not today. Take care, all!
  • Monday 14 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Monday 14 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Monday 14 Bonus: No additional exercise
  • Weight: 238.0 pounds (up 1 pound)
  • Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water [[L * 0.26417]]):
    • Tuesday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 2 cups of orange juice
    • Wednesday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
    • Thursday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
    • Friday: 3.86 liters (1.02 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1 Green Monster smoothie, 0.5 Gatorade
    • Saturday: 8.5 liters (2.25 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
    • Sunday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
    • Monday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
  • Vitamins: 14 of 14
    • Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; Vitamin E.
  • Last Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: [neutral] Last week’s weigh-in was a substantial dip from previous weeks. I could have done better in the caloric consumption department, but I won’t be too harsh here, because I noticed enough forward progress of not over-consuming food, even when I went to a buffet on Sunday morning for Mother’s Day.
    2. Consistency: [neutral] Just like the key to proper rowing form is to constantly make sure that you don’t overly relax your arms, legs, shoulders, or back, I’ve been careful not to relax into a complacency that might inspire me to overeat or overindulge. Skipping the two evening sets were within “neutral” tolerances.
    3. Health: [succeeded] Despite being outside in the blazing sun for most of Saturday and Sunday, I walked away with just an occasional runny nose and a little sunburns on my shoulders. I did push myself too hard during the week, causing the massive pressure headache on Friday. But otherwise… I’ve been healthy…!
  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: No weight gain. I’ve found drinking plenty of water early on in the day is helpful for me. I’ve also been thinking about the willpower required to fast for a given number of hours. I’m not quite there, but the first step to combat overeating is thinking about challenging it.
    2. Consistency: If I’m not able to do 15-minute Wii Fit routines or 30-second stationary jogs daily, then what I can be consistent in is thinking about where I want my health to go. I don’t want my body to prevent me from doing things. If overeating causes stagnation, don’t overeat, right?
    3. Health: Though I’ve been working on my sleep routine more, I have room for improvement. The problem is fitting too much into one day. Our society is overactive with stimulus from every angle, so I’ve been reducing one major trivial distraction: half-watching YouTube videos while doing other activities. All-attention or no-attention!
  • From Good to Better
    • My omelets prior to Tuesday morning would always have 3 eggs. Then I decided that was too much. 2 eggs is more than sufficient. This may seem like an innocent thing, but identifying an insidious element feels great, because there were days where I’d be stuffed. No point in cooking in abundance.
    • I’m trying a lottery system for doing important tasks each day. Each task has a letter and limitor:
      • e-email 10-minutes
      • t-task 10-minutes
      • w-write 100-words
        Then I’ll use the Random Letter generator to pick the task to do. I can usually do anything halfway tolerable for 10-minutes. It’s effective for me.
    • That ice cream sundae I wrote about in the introduction: it was more appealing than anything else in the grocery store or neighboring thrift store. When I get into that extremely narrow focus, I know it’s trouble. If I succumb to something benign like a few hundred wasted calories… [Part 1:4]
  • Sober Living
    • My Sober Living posts have mainly been about drugs and alcohol addiction, with some other addictive things. After a recent masturbation break, I’ve finally broken free. I’ll write about this now and publish it later on this month, so I have enough time to decide if I should reword anything.
    • I had a slip on Thursday. Masturbation and orgasming is still my most effective available calming agent to get through a stressful day. It’s a deep-rooted sensation, like if every muscle of your body were tense after a rigorous workout, only it’s in the mind, and the release is instantaneous.
    • [Part 2:4] …I’ve found that when I let the doors open to overindulgence and addiction in one area, it’s easier to let everything else in. Sugar is perhaps the most potent drug, if we consider the term “drug” loosely, because nothing else makes me feel “better” than indulging in sugary snack…
  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • I suppose there are two main ways to handle stressful people: say nothing and say everything. Both are useful, though I tend to say everything instead. I do find myself the victim of that circumstance, where people just aren’t willing to entertain a different perspective. Maybe I’m just too forceful.
    • Thursday was rough and now I’ve fallen into a deeply depressive mindset. It’s an effort just to write, or do anything at all. Days like this happen occasionally, and last for a while, then fade off. My best cure is to confront the negativity with stuff I enjoy quite well.
    • [Part 3:4] …Naturally, sugary snacks should be saved only for after achieving a live-changing goal. On truly terrible days, that could be even getting out of bed to exercise, but on normal days, I’d consider that more of doing The Impossible. Something that the “you” of last year could not “do…”
  • Disengaging from Stress
    • The 3-anime-per-day maximum is an interesting idea. It forces me to consider watching something like anime as a finite resource and therefore something I can use to reward myself for doing good deeds, even on the busiest days, rather than something I forget and later binge on in desperate moments.
    • Besides masturbation? And escapist entertainment? Most of it is having that restless energy where you don’t want to go to sleep – can’t – and yet you have to suffer through it. Disengaging would just be a matter of letting that negativity float past you in the time it needs to take.
    • [Part 4:4] …Poorly-managed stress is the source of my addictions. Even being here now, writing, has stress. There’s an outdoor festival to attend today (Saturday), but, I write because this process channels my lingering stress into a positive product. Without writing, I’ve found the ice cream sundaes in life overwhelmingly appealing.
  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • Lube chain: yes
    • Clean seat: not needed
    • Check bolts: yes
      • I made more of an effort to clean the monorail, rollers, and particularly the dust collecting in the areas around the flywheel. It might not do much, but “detailing” the rowing machine helped remind me of the connection I share with this. It’s not just a tool, it’s been life-changing.
  • Wii Fit Highlights
    • I’ve added Torso Twists into my routine. Eventually, I’ll add more items to bump it up to 20 minutes. If I have the time and energy to do my Wii Fit routine, what’s 5 minutes tacked onto the end? If I don’t, then I’ll skip it anyways, so what’s the harm, really?
    • I cannot stress enough how much the daily weigh-in has been helpful for accountability. Without that, I’d be more likely to overindulge. I could potentially burn off my overindulgences before my weekly accountability. Whereas if I’m going to eat at a buffet, not too much, because Wii Fit will know!
    • Considering the days I don’t do a Wii Fit routine, if I “don’t have the time” for it multiple days in a row, that’s a way to hold myself accountable for time management. Where has that time gone? Could I have used it better? Often times, the answer is yes.
  • Photo and Outro
    • I didn’t bring these Colossus barbell pieces along with me to the grocery store, and I didn’t take a photo of the delicious ice cream sundae, so of course, I recreated it as poorly as I could. The 10,000,000-calorie bit was an incidental hyperbole but I think it was funny.
    • Note: Since I have a photo section below, next week’s column will probably have a different section here instead. I’m not sure if it should be a “the week ahead” section, since I already do that in the goals above, but I’m sure I’ll eventually come up with something worthwhile.
    • Despite lackluster health moments, I’m progressing ahead, and if I keep forging ahead at this pace, I’ll see results. If I prioritized fitness over writing, I’d get more progress, but I prioritize writing over most everything else in life… so that won’t change. Instead, I’ll try balancing my time more…
Sources: None

Quotes: None

Inspirations: None

Related: This weekly column.

Above: “Ice cream sundae”
Below: Wii Fit wit
Wii Fit Stats: BMI and Bonuses

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.