[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 24 {239.0}

Wrote something well? Drew something dandy? Recorded something rad? Programmed something perfect? Time to celebrate and call it a day with just that one? When will you work on the next one? Tomorrow, next week… never? Exercise is about continually stressing certain muscles to train them to improve. You can’t lift a weight once or row one stroke and expect results. Similarly, this is the 500th publication on Better Zombie. Only 500 reps? Time for 500 more!

My Weekly Stats

Monday 4th
Row #1: time 5min, 162 rows, 33.5 SPM [strokes per minute], 1031 meters. There is a tendency to strain yourself for external pressures. It’s good to know their expectation, but eventually, I’ve found some of those pressures to be more like guideposts than finish lines. Exceed their expectations and yours, your way.
Row #2: time 5min, 177 rows, 36 SPM, 1029 meters. I did a bunch of walking today and my legs did feel sore rowing, but not enough to be concerning or slow me down.
Wii Fit: 3 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of walking
Sleep: 8 hours!!

Tuesday 5th
Row #1: time 5min, 172 rows, 36 SPM, 1066 meters. If rowing has done anything for me, mentally, it’s learning personal responsibility. By placing my stats on an open forum, I forced external accountability, which helped build the internal discipline required to wake up early, row, and post.
Row #2: time 5min, 200 rows, 39.5 SPM, 1157 meters. I gave it all once I realized I could achieve 200 strokes in under 5 minutes. Ugh, I am feeling it now. I haven’t felt like throwing up after a set in months. Probably early on into this second exercise journey… My mind is blank. It’s nice.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of walking
Sleep: 5 hours, but something woke me up at 2:15AM…

Wednesday 6th
Row #1: time 5min, 175 rows, 36 SPM, 982 meters. I’m not sure if it was achieving the 200-in-5min goal I’ve had for months, busy day, or lack of proper thought decompression… I couldn’t sleep, like I didn’t need it. That’s a dangerous pattern to get into because you break down quicker.
Row #2: time 5min, 195 rows, 37 SPM, 1050 meters. Either I miscounted, or, I really did almost get another 200-in-5min set. This fitness is paying off, too. I’ve been doing 30-second stationary jogs sometimes, now I’m running for maybe 5 seconds. Not trusting my running shoes held me back.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
Bonus: 1 hour of walking
Sleep: 6 hours

Thursday 7th
Row #1: time 5min, 176 rows, 33.5 SPM, 991 meters. I didn’t hit the 1000m-in-5min mark, but I wasn’t aiming for it, either. Similarly, I just realized I eat too fast. When I try to accomplish something too soon, maybe I’ll get it once, but through diligent practice, I’ll eventually master it.
Row #2: time 5min, 184 rows, 38 SPM, 1111 meters. I just burned through this set. I’m really enjoying the direction I’m going with my fitness. It’s not yet showing in the numbers, but I’m shaking loose the shackles of what I think I’m limited in doing. The more of that thinking the better.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of walking
Sleep: 6 hours

Friday 8th
Row #1: time 5min, 170 rows, 34 SPM, 942 meters. Light set today because of excuses we can all buy into, but really, I didn’t want to push myself too hard.
Row #2: Skipping rowing tonight. I don’t want to re-open the precedence of skipping my set ‘because I don’t feel like it.’ Certain exceptions are acceptable.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 30 seconds
Bonus: 2 hours of walking
Sleep: 6 hours

Saturday 9th
Row #1: time 5min, 182 rows, 36.5 SPM, 1021 meters. Turns out I’ve been hit with some fairly uncomfortable allergies, so, I’ll be drinking more water today and trying to feel better. On the upside, even feeling fatigued, I still fervorously needed to surpass that 1000 meter mark. And did!
Row #2: None
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: No additional exercise
Sleep: 12+ hours

Sunday 10th
Row #1: time 5min, 175 rows, 33.5 SPM, 898 meters. Still feeling sick. Better than yesterday, so I should be good by tonight or tomorrow. I think it was 60% allergies and 40% pushing too hard.
Row #2: None
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 30 minutes of reorganizing
Sleep: 9 hours

Stats And Stuff

249 pounds: up 1.5 pounds from 237.5 pounds

(Note: My goal is 1 gallon of water per day. One liter is 0.26417 gallons.)
Monday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Tuesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Wednesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
Thursday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
Friday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 2.0 liters of coffee
Saturday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Sunday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 0.75 liters of coffee

Vitamins12 of 14
(I take: Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; and Vitamin E.)
Missed Monday morning’s vitamins because, despite my best efforts, I was nervous preparing for my new gig. Oops. Nothing I can fix because, despite any intentions, those first-day nerves never get easier, they just lessen in duration and awkwardness the more you practice. So back to normal vitamin taking now. (Same for Thursday morning…)

Rowing Machine Maintenance
– Check bolts: yes
– Clean seat: yes
– Lube chain: yes

Aspiring Toward Goals

Last Week’s Goals:
Weight: [failed] Increasing calories burned while decreasing calories consumed. Didn’t succeed at this, but it looks like I was doing well throughout the week. I’m going to say that the weight gain was due to the stress of a new gig, allergies kicking in on Thursday morning, and pushing myself too hard.
Consistency: [failed] Rowed twice daily? Wii Fitted frequently enough? Not quite. I would give myself half-credit for at least trying, but that’d be if I missed one or two. I’m OK with this because I really wasn’t feeling great after Sunday morning’s set, so I didn’t want to push myself to exhaustion.
Health: [neutral] Did I manage to get enough sleep? It’s debatable. I’d say no, with the caveat that I did sleep when I needed it, and didn’t overdo it when I noticed I wasn’t writing well enough, so at least there is that. I’ll give myself a pass and be more careful.

This Week’s Goals:
Weight: No weight gain. The trick here will be to try to avoid snacking on stuff just because I’m in a moderate level of stress. The trick would be to drink water instead, or get up and walk around, or in some way address the stress, but eating is much tastier…
Consistency: Row twice daily. I really need to get back into this, but the thing is, I won’t row if it means exhausting myself the next day or throughout the day. The trick will be, then, to not overdo it. Maybe I’ll once again limit my morning sets to 150 strokes?
Health: Get sufficient sleep. Other than sticking to my sleep schedule, there’s no real easy way for me to catch some naps throughout the day. You can nap in your car if the parking lot is secure. When you’re bussing, parking on the street, and there’s no private room, forget it.

Future Fitness Plans
I won’t be too ambitious this week. Probably just try to keep to rowing twice daily, maybe trying to get in two or three Wii Fit sets, and considering an easier way to track my walking time. Maybe even a pen-and-paper approach will help me record my other stats, too?

Random Fitness Topics

From Good to Better
After over a year of lightly rowing constantly, going from being severely obese to still obese but better, I’m only now starting to feel like I’m able to take on tasks that might have been possible but overwhelming. I’m incorporating more into my fitness routines, trying harder, and going further!

Sober Living
Drinking culture is so prevalent that it can be difficult to be “the only sober/sane person” in the area, but the way I look at it, this is a lifestyle choice I’ve decided for myself. Vegetarians and Vegans used to get shit, but now that’s lessened. We are up soon.

Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
Nothing was too stressful. There were many minor stressors at work, which I think will subside with time: break/fix tech support, compared to project work, is always inherently more stressful, but it’s more rewarding because you become better after overcoming those challenges. Maybe I’ll return to project work next time?

Decompressing From Stress
The work is fast-paced enough to generate stress, but I’m more aware of that stress creeping in, and more willing to speak up by saying, “hey, I’m still trying to learn X over here, let’s hold off on Y.” Seems to be working out well and I’m not causing problems.

Wii Fit Highlights
My idealized 20-minute set was too long. I tried committing to a random pre-built 8-minute set, along with my daily weigh-in and caloric tracking. but this ended up not happening. Maybe once I rebuild my daily routines, I will? I’m not too concerned, because at least I am stretching frequently.

A Nice Outro
Despite allergies and stress from new work, I’d say the week turned out well. The physicality of busing and walking is definitely easier now than before I started rowing, and I’d say even my sickness was just more of a minor fatigue than time spent seriously incapacitated. Things look good!

Quotes: None
Sources: My fitness experiences.
Inspirations: None
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Above: “d” for the Roman numeral D for 500.
Below: If you thought the photo above was cryptic, mainly because this was the best I could figure out over the course of at least a week, then this is even more so… This is how I celebrate the lofty achievement of writing 500 essays…
Wii Fit Stats: BMI and Bonuses
Written On: June 3rd, 5th, 10th, 11th
Last Edited: June 11th

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.