[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 22 {236.0}

My initial draw to rowing machines, and what keeps me interested, is their efficiency. Not only can doing four motions repeatedly instill lasting physical/mental discipline, they’ll also exercise most of your major muscle groups! Unfortunately, they’re not multi-tools. I’m always caught off-guard when an obscure muscle becomes sore. Though rowing is certainly a great cornerstone for anyone’s journey into weight loss, improved health, or casual warm-ups, it’s not the end-all. Which might explain the change…

  • My Weekly Stats:
  • Tuesday 22 Row #1: time 5min, 194 rows. Got sick probably from sitting in the Seattle library with the poor sanitation and ventilation. Rant aside, got in some good numbers with some good but shallow strokes. Core muscles burned, so I’m glad I didn’t bounce back into a longer set.
  • Tuesday 22 Row #2: Wasn’t feeling it.
  • Tuesday 22 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Tuesday 22 Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
  • Tuesday 22 Bonus: 1 hour of yard work.
  • Wednesday 23 Row #1: time 5min, 163 rows. My right ankle is weak from my 6 miles of walking around on Monday. I should do more stretches, especially since it was primarily around town. Also interesting when comparing my last set to this, how arm movement affects SPM pace and distance.
  • Wednesday 23 Row #2: Wasn’t feeling it again. Bad habit.
  • Wednesday 23 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Wednesday 23 Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
  • Wednesday 23 Bonus: 2 hours of walking around the city.
  • Thursday 24 Row #1: time 5min, 168 rows. I’ve been slipping on my consistency. Arms are definitely the key to better meter counts but what I like about rowing is the flexibility of it. I’m not here to be competitive against others, yet. My main competitor is myself. Did I give 100%?
  • Thursday 24 Row #2: Shaking off the last bit of fatigue.
  • Thursday 24 Wii Fit: 0 minutes
  • Thursday 24 Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
  • Thursday 24 Bonus: 1.5 hours of cleaning: closet completely reorganized.
  • Friday 25 Row #1: time 5min, 170 rows. A combination of good sleep, good form, good news, and good mood enabled this good… set. Your body and mind must be limber before you can row at your best. I also did a 30-second stationary jog to warm up. That probably helped most of all.
  • Friday 25 Row #2: time 10min, 335 rows. I wanted to give up at 80-something, then at 140-something and then that motivation and discipline to want to be better than yesterday and yesterday’s yesterday kicked in and that little nagging sensation went away. Funny how little it takes.
  • Friday 25 Wii Fit: 20 minutes
  • Friday 25 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Friday 25 Bonus: About 30 minutes of cleaning.
  • Saturday 26 Row #1: time 5min, 163 rows. Woke up tired, slept in, woke up later with a headache, so the next few hours were trying to get over that minor inconvenience. Got to a sufficient stopping point in my writing and now getting in my fitness for today. Better late than never.
  • Saturday 26 Row #2: time 10min, 376 rows. Although not as ideal as spacing out sets 12 hours apart, I find a certain benefit in a 30-second stationary job, rowing one set, jumping over to Wii Fit for a 20min set, then concluding with a 10min rowing set. Keeps the blood circulating!
  • Saturday 26 Wii Fit: 20 minutes
  • Saturday 26 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Saturday 26 Bonus: About 30 minutes of cleaning.
  • Sunday 27 Row #1: time 5min, 171 rows. Couldn’t get back to sleep after drinking too much water too late last night. Worse things to drink, of course, but I’m feeling that dragging fatigue now from 4 hours of sleep. Good set at a good pace regardless. Maybe could’ve hit 1000m if…
  • Sunday 27 Row #2: Distracted by fatigue.
  • Sunday 27 Wii Fit: 20 minutes
  • Sunday 27 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Sunday 27 Bonus: About 1.5 hours of walking.
  • Monday 28 Row #1: time 5min, 183 rows. I cheated on this set. I held a casual pace until I saw in the last 30 seconds that I wasn’t going to hit 1000m, so I ripped in 10 strong strokes. I also realized I don’t like 10-minute sets. My compromise will be 2, or 3, 5-minute daily sets.
  • Monday 28 Row #2: time 5min, 187 rows. The thing with 10min sets, I just realized, were how labyrinthine they are, and by that I mean by counting, I’m constantly cheering myself on after each milestone number. After a while, it’s too many to count and there are too many milestones.
  • Monday 28 Wii Fit: 2 minutes
  • Monday 28 Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
  • Monday 28 Bonus: Over 1 hour of cleaning.
  • Weight: 236 pounds (down 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, 1 cup of orange juice
    • Wednesday: 5.63 liters (1.5 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
    • Thursday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
    • Friday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1 cup of orange juice
    • Saturday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 2 cups of orange juice
    • Sunday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1 Thai iced tea
    • Monday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 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: [succeeded] Succeeded by a respectable margin. I’ve been walking around much more than the past few weeks. Though I haven’t changed my diet too much, I have been considering the motivational value of fasting: not yielding to the slightest of hungers of boredoms might be my ticket to better physical health.
    2. Consistency: [failed] I’ve been making excuses for skipping my second rowing set. Each one is seemingly good, but the problem is excuses are for the weak. Signing up for two sets a day doesn’t mean one! I’ve also noticed a correlation: my Twitter readership decreases overall when I don’t do two sets.
    3. Health: [succeeded] Besides minor allergies, my health has been good. I’ve been doing more than just sitting around, so my rowing distractions are with acceptable excuses, rather than just doing nothing. Insufficient sleep might be the biggest health detractor, but that’s been a lifetime problem of mine, I’ve attempted to fix occasionally.
  • This Week’s Goals:
    1. Weight: No weight gain. Increasing calories burned while decreasing calories consumed is the way to accomplish this, technically. Translating that means doing more physical activities, even walking, while decreasing the amount of food eaten out of boredom. Actually: an idle sense of fatigue. That’s sleep talking. Don’t mute that with sugar.
    2. Consistency: I’ve gotta get back on that twice daily rowing routine. If my life is so imbalanced that I can’t squeeze in 10 minutes of time for rowing, then something’s gone wrong. Sure, I might replace some of that rowing time with Wii Fit, but that’s another excuse for poor time management.
    3. Health: Since high school, I became disinterested in “bedtimes.” I would always find something that must get done or is fascinating enough to keep me awake past that bedtime. I don’t do well winding down at night. I’ve trained myself to crash when I sleep. Undoing this might improve my health.
  • From Good to Better
    • I’m starting to identify how fatigue affects me. Without sufficient sleep, I might get more done because I have more hours to do them, but what ends up happening is that it takes me more time because I’m too fatigued. It’s a vicious cycle I’m trying to break out of…
  • Sober Living
    • It’s been a relatively stress-free week, so I haven’t been subconsciously drawn to addictive things. Instagram did spam me with dozens of alcohol ads. I’d block one and another would appear. I spammed their report feature back, which was useless until I spammed them with screenshots. They’ve stopped for now.
  • Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
    • Two interviews. For Monday’s, I arrived in town one hour early, explored to decompress, and nailed it. I didn’t have time to spare for Wednesday’s. I received offers for both and went with Monday’s offer. You’ve just gotta practice, know what you’re looking for in colleagues/employers, and don’t be afraid.
  • Disengaging from Stress
    • Keeping myself organized, especially in regards to organizing my writing workflow and this week my bedroom closet, has been nice. It’s like filtering out what is unessential to just get to the root of what needs to happen. I get stressed out when there’s too many concepts/things complicating completing work.
  • Rowing Machine Maintenance
    • Lube chain: yes
    • Clean seat: yes
    • Check bolts: yes
  • Wii Fit Highlights
    • My 20-minute set is turning out well. I’ve added some strength training at the end. After I practice it a few more times, I’ll list the entire routine again. I’m not sure if I’ll go for 30, because honestly the stretches don’t help me out with everyday activities like rowing does.
  • Future Fitness Plans
    • I’ve accepted a new gig in the city, which means a significant uptick in walking exercise. I should use that as an opportunity to get better running shoes, leaving my dress shoes at work, and maybe even begin practicing running more often? At the very list, I shouldn’t stop rowing.
  • A Nice Outro
    • I like this streamlined format. Though this was a good spot for brainstorming ideas, writing those longer entries were taking too much effort away from writing other essays, and more importantly, didn’t really get me thinking about fitness or exercise. I’m looking forward to improving this column, and, my health.
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Inspirations: None
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Below: Straight up honesty.
Wii Fit Stats: BMI and Bonuses
Written On: May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 28th
Last Edited: May 28th

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.