[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 26 {234.5}

Fitness instills this sense of discipline: minor inconveniences will not impede major progress! Throughout any typical set, if all goes fine, there shouldn’t be any long-term strains or short-term pains. There shouldn’t, at least, other than maybe the mild sting of moving your muscles. Once that soreness is gone, all that’s left is the single-minded focus on your objective: completing the set/goal. It may not be great, or good, but the result will be complete.

My Weekly Stats

Monday 18th
Row #1: time 5min, 150 rows, 34 SPM [strokes per minute], 787 meters. I went too fast on this morning set. It’s because of minor pangs of anxiety. Part of what’s nice about forcing myself to go at a lighter pace is realizing that things like that are happening, so then I can go uncover those seeds of anxiety.
Row #2: time 5min, 186 rows, 37.5 SPM, 907 meters. The nice thing about exercise in a controlled environment is that it allows you more abilities to overcome seemingly impossible odds. I caught the bus, after making a mistake completely my own, with 30 seconds to spare. Usually, I like 5min.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds – ran for several minutes, though
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 7 hours

Tuesday 19th
Row #1: time 5min, 150 rows, 31 SPM, 797 meters. Because I overexerted myself a bit too much yesterday, I tried really hard to be mindful of relaxing throughout the day, and as a result, this was just a nice, mild set. Nothing noteworthy about it.
Row #2: time 5min, 187 rows, 37.5 SPM, 913 meters. The dry heat is both compelling and repelling for wanting to do anything. Like anything, it’s a matter of trying your best until you run out of steam, resting, then getting back after it. That rest time just might be longer and in the shade.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds – some running spots
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 7 hours

Wednesday 20th
Row #1: time 5min, 150 rows, 26 SPM, 748 meters. Personal examinations of strengths and weaknesses should always be done in a positive mindset. When any criticism is received as emotionally neutral, it can be taken or left with ease. My arm form is weak. Knowing this critique can enable me to improve.
Row #2: time 5min, 180-some rows, 34 SPM, 920 meters. You know when you power through a set, not so much because you want to practice but because there’s so much else you’ve got to take care of that just popped up? At least I’m practicing a more full-length arm movement for my rowing form.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds – some running spots
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 6 hours

Thursday 21st
Row #1: time 5min, 141 rows, 30.5 SPM, 799 meters. Criticism cuts when we aren’t confident in ourselves. If the criticism is “my arm form is weak,” the automatic assumption is my overall rowing form is weak, therefore I’m terrible. No! It is just an area for improvement. Accept or change it.
Row #2: time 5min, 168 rows, 33.5 SPM, 981 meters. I keep rowing with a form that’s almost no arm movement, or at least very little. Good for leg muscle development, but poor for arm and core muscles. By this point, it’s easy to do, so I guess the trick is remembering sooner to go all in.
Wii Fit: 2 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds – some running spots
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 6-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 6 hours

Friday 22nd
Row #1: time 5min, 125 rows, 27.5 SPM, 793 meters. My morning sets will have more of the physical therapy #form that is one of this machine’s hidden strengths: you can stretch specific leg muscles really well if you ease into each stroke carefully. My evening sets will be, mostly, competitive.
Row #2: time 5min, 170 rows, 36.5 SPM, 1071 meters. I had to stop for 20 seconds at 118 rows. I’ve been keeping a good pace throughout the week but between having to face a bit of adversity and hard work, I am wiped out, but not as bad as other Friday evenings. My arm form was on point tonight.
Wii Fit: 5 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds – some running spots
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 4-6 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 6 hours

Saturday 23rd
Row #1: time 5min, 135 rows, 28 SPM, 809 meters. For me, rowing is the time I have with my mind to brainstorm ideas, once I’ve got my form locked in a solid rhythm. That’s part of why I don’t listen to music during this time. I focus on the strokes then I visualize what I need to do next.
Row #2: time 5min, 166 rows, 32.5 SPM, 1070 meters. Good arm movement on this set.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds
Bonus: 20 minutes of light walking
Sleep: 8 hours, plus 2-hour float tank session

Sunday 24th
Row #1: time 5min, 155 rows, 33 SPM, 960 meters. Late start today. One of the side effects of doing #floattank sessions I’ve noticed is that my body will just become more lethargic for a few days. Good for physical therapy and undoing damage, but it feels like I’m temporarily out of shape…
Row #2: time 5min, 175 rows, 38.5 SPM, 982 meters. I’m finding that #walking around as much as I do now has really helped with my #rowing, and the reverse as well: it’s easier for me to walk around after rowing because my leg muscles are thoroughly warmed up. Just takes some time, I guess.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Stationary Jog: 0 seconds, 10-second jog
Bonus: 30 minutes of vigorous walking
Sleep: 8 hours

Stats And Stuff

234.5 pounds: down 0.5 pounds from 235.0 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, 1.75 liters of coffee
Tuesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee
Wednesday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Thursday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Friday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Saturday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Sunday: 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, Hokkaido milk/honey coffee

Vitamins14 of 14
(I take: Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; and Vitamin E.)

Rowing Machine Maintenance
– Check bolts: no
– Clean seat: yes
– Lube chain: yes

Aspiring Toward Goals

Last Week’s Goals:
Weight  [234.5 pounds]: [succeeded!] This is an important development. I’ve broken the weight plateau I was stuck on for the last six months. I still have an addiction to sugar, but I am working to undo the psychological dependency, so that I may eat healthier, so that I may lose weight effectively and thoroughly.
Consistency: [succeeded] I even had some time for Wii Fit sessions, in addition to walking more, and even running for short bursts. I still find myself out of breath easily after running for a few seconds, but I’m in better shape than a month and much better shape than six months ago.
Health: [succeeded] I’m recovering from allergies and minor injuries quicker. I don’t want to officially say anything about this yet, but I’m thinking part of this rough idea is that a more fit body can more easily repair or adjust to obstacles that would otherwise significantly weaken bodies that are less fit.

This Week’s Goals:
Weight: No weight gain. Eating less sugary foods will be a good start. I might have to just start wholesale banning foods. I nearly gave in to donut temptation mid-week, prompting the whole sugar analysis, but the problem is I have such a fondness for high-calorie foods. It’s an unfortunate obsession.
Consistency: Rowing is slightly more fun now that I’m choosing random colors for the on-screen text of my rowing photos. There’s a little creativity in what would otherwise be routine. Maybe I can do something like that for Wii Fit? If not, I just need to keep rowing and exercising daily.
Health: I still can’t figure out how to get to bed sooner. There’s so much I need or want to do each day that it’s hard to respect my cut-off points, so then I just get more tired. I am starting to respect my limits more, so maybe that’s the start?

Future Fitness Plans
Between trying to walk with more full leg motions and running across streets, I’m finding it’s becoming much easier to walk around in general. When you only row, you only work certain muscles. Running also only works certain muscles, but going to random areas means you can’t form set patterns.

Random Fitness Topics

From Good to Better
I continue seeing/feeling subtle differences in my body because of exercise. It’s unfortunate there isn’t an easier way to turn my body from a potential-less slab of fat into an instrument capable of doing many things, but part of that battle might be the motivator to do those many things.

Sober Living
I noticed I was funneling my frustrations into eating freely-available peanut M&Ms. It was almost getting out of hand, and I think part of that is my propensity to sugary, processed foods over things that are healthier for me. Not quite “sobriety” but I recognized the same addictive thought patterns.

Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
Repeatedly, I’ve found the best way to confront fear is to face it head-on. Jump in! Whether it’s running across a busy street, talking to someone you like or fear, or confronting some kind of fundamental flaw about yourself, you’re either going to land or stumble and pick yourself up.

Decompressing From Stress
Walking around busy crowds is actually becoming fun. The process of wading through crowds to get to my goal helps me shed my ego which holds onto perceptions of stresses at work or life by focusing on the moment. I used to dislike walking through crowds at concerts years ago.

Wii Fit Highlights
Wii Fit Plus is still slow when you boot to any routines, but I might try to do at least one stretch a few days a week. I have to figure out a way to reinvigorate my interest. It’s been weening lately. Maybe it’s not good to force it daily?

A Nice Outro
Breaking plateaus, not letting excuses impair my goals, and overcoming hurdles of reality? Just an average week in my life. Why not have some delusions of grandeur? Why voluntarily subjugate yourself? If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? I am excited by what the future holds for my fitness!

Quotes: None
Sources: My fitness experiences.
Inspirations: Nearly missing the bus but overcoming that nearly certainly impossible odd to catch it.
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Above: Colossus’s barbell set is seemingly too far out of grasp for normal use, but no, it’s just on a TV that I use for Wii Fit. Half-assed effort, honestly.
Below: The past week and more of photos for the rowing column. I’m pleased with the results of adding the stroke count in the text of a random color, but I tend to pick the same reds and greens…
Wii Fit StatsWeight and BMI
Written On: June 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 24th
Last Edited: June 24th

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.