[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 31 {231.0}

I operate with a hot/cold approach to doing work. While I’m overheating my brain by writing, my body should be cooling itself off in a relaxed state. When I’ve completed my writing for that part of the day, my mind is thoroughly emptied, so then I can dispell some of that physical energy into a rowing set or doing some other physically laborious activity. When I’m both mentally and physically tired, I sleep almost instantaneously!

My Daily Stats

Monday 23rd
Row #1: 5 minutes, 31.5 SPM [strokes/rows per minute], 2:37/500m [2:37 minutes every 500 meters], 910 meters, 150 rows. Spending too much time doing one thing instead of another can lead to a general sense of lopsidedness. I prioritize rowing in my day because otherwise, though it would be nicer to have more time to write, I wouldn’t be able to dispel this physical energy very well.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 38.5 SPM, 1:55min/500m, 1023 meters, 183 rows. Good set, good sweat. Maybe not as many strokes as I would like, but I hit a comfortable pace and got over 1000 meters. Accepting that we’re not perfect beings is the first step toward approaching perfection, somewhat. The rest is hard work, focus, and discipline.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple 5-second runs (in motion)
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office.
Sleep: 7 hours

Tuesday 24th
Row #1: 4:47 minutes, 33 SPM, 2:20min/500m, 930 meters, 150 rows. I let the elation of finishing a short story and anxiety of dealing with certain neurotica get the better of me, revving up my pace too fast this morning. My right leg was restless last night, so I need to take it easier physically and mentally to maintain my pace.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 39 SPM, 2:18min/500m, 1096 meters, 191 rows. You know when the finish line is close, you can feel the sweet taste of victory upon you with such vicarious excitement that waves of joy will radiate from within, only to have the timer go off just shy? Shouldn’t have relied upon that exhausting negative energy…
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple 5-second runs (in motion)
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office.
Sleep: 6 hours

Wednesday 25th
Row #1: 4:42 minutes, 30.5 SPM, 2:28min/500m, 882 meters, 150 rows. Tempering my pace this morning by not focusing on hefty writing topics, leaving enough time to watch some stuff, and wrapping that up early gave me the padding time to feel comfortable with going at a lighter rowing pace, focusing on breathing technique over power.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 37.5 SPM, 2:35min/500m, 941 meters, 187 rows. The return of that heat that just wears you down.
Wii Fit: 2 minutes [Triangle]
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple 5-second runs (in motion)
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office.
Sleep: 6 hours, but, mostly it was interrupted and not quality sleep

Thursday 26th
Row #1: 4:25 minutes, 35 SPM, 2:40min/500m, 865 meters, 150 rows. Woke up feeling terrible. I have today and tomorrow off, so, of course, I pushed myself too far yesterday. It’s how it goes. I wanted to go further at first, but just as I was approaching 150, I reached my limit. I feel sad that I can’t expand past this 5min limit.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 43.5 SPM, 2:23min/500m, 951 meters, 200 rows. Kept a more solid pace than I thought. I’ve felt sick all day. After the first gallon and a half of iced water, I started to feel more like my normal self, though I’m still not there yet. To push myself even further because of opportunity and go out, or to rest up?
Wii Fit: 2 minutes [Triangle]
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 30 minutes of yard work and cleaning.
Sleep: 8 hours

Friday 27th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 36 SPM, 2:17min/500m, 982 meters, 189 rows. Decided to stay home last night, sleep in, and be lazy today. Didn’t feel as great as it sounded, but when is foregoing personal responsibility or growth worthwhile, except when you really don’t feel like it? If I had gone, would life be different today? Probably.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 35.5 SPM, 1:57min/500m, 1065 meters, 165 rows. It’s fascinating how each 5-minute set is just a little different. This set was seemingly just about keeping a good rhythm, which resulted in good stats in all categories, but nothing outstanding in any section. Over 1000 meters but only a modest stroke per minute.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 30 minutes of light organizing.
Sleep: 4 hours, then another 4-hour nap

Saturday 28th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 26.5 SPM, 3:08min/500m, 740 meters, 122 rows. I wanted to focus on slow, deliberate rowing for this set in particular particularly inspired by Ron [friend and frequent commenter on Twitter] and also because it’ll be a long day today without much sleep. I did deep crouches and I could feel it in my knees, but it felt good rather than painful.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 33 SPM, 2:50min/500m, 866 meters, 171 rows. It took me about 30 listless minutes scrolling through Twitter to work up the motivation to work out. Ugh.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 15 minutes of city walking.
Sleep: 4 hours

Sunday 29th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 32 SPM, 2:42min/500m, 880 meters, 156 rows. All I want to do today is sleep. It’s difficult getting out of ruts like that. So I write inconsequential things to take my mind off the fatigue until I’m ready to row/go. That distraction works out well. I just have to tell the screaming neighbors to quiet sooner.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 37 SPM, 2:11min/500m, 1033 meters, 178 rows. It is hot, I’m sticky with the lingering sweat of non-air conditioned environments, yet through sheer force, I am feeling better. Hopefully, the neighbor kids won’t scream playfully when everyone should be asleep or quiet so I can get in some good rest. That’ll help.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0
Jogs: 30 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 30 minutes of cleaning.
Sleep: 3 hours, then 5 more hours

Stats And Stuff

231.0 pounds: down 0.5 pounds from 231.5 pounds

(Note: My goal is 1 gallon of water per day. One liter is 0.26417 gallons.)
Monday: 4.9 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 32 ounces of chocolate milk (Note: That was a bad idea)
Tuesday: 3.9 liters (1.0 gallons) of water, 1.75 liters of coffee, 16 ounce Pink Drink
Wednesday: 4.9 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 2 cups of unsweetened tea
Thursday: 6.1 liters (1.6 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Friday: 6.1 liters (1.6 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Saturday: 3.9 liters (1.0 gallon) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Sunday: 3.9 liters (1.0 gallon) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee

Vitamins12 of 14
(I take: Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; and Vitamin E.)
– Oops. I was tired most of Tuesday, so in the afternoon, I just through a cloud of fatigue got home, checked in on Wii Fit, rowed, took care of some ants that were swarming the place, and went to bed. My current check-and-balance system isn’t working so well for vitamins.
– Another miss on Wednesday night. It’s interesting to notice how my health directly correlates with my ability to remember basic functions: if I forget my vitamins, it’s a symptom of some larger fault, here being an overload of stress and stimulation. It’s not fun. It’s just a matter of endurance.

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

Aspiring Toward Goals

Last Week’s Goals:
Weight  [231.0 pounds]: [succeeded] Close call, honestly. I wasn’t keeping my overeating in check as much as I could have, allowing my hunger to act more like an addiction than being able to self-control my hunger. I need to figure out ways to taper that addictive hunger. Maybe through small snacks throughout the day?
Consistency: [neutral] Even excluding the extra stuff, like push-ups and stationary jogs, I’ve been taking it easy the past week. Some of it is because it’s been really stressful at work, but that’s the thing: mentally hot should be met with physically hot to cool down both, otherwise, both can easily overheat.
Health: [neutral] The best thing I’ve been doing for my health is drinking more than my one gallon of water daily minimum. More than one day this week, I didn’t feel well (mainly because of this oppressive heat) until after a gallon and a half of water. Still, I could eat better.

This Week’s Goals:
Weight: No weight gain. It’s a crapshoot right now with measuring my weight in Wii Fit, which is the best way to figure out that I’m gaining weight, but much of it has to do with stress. The more stressed out I am, the less interested I am in being disciplined.
Consistency: I don’t do push-ups or stationary jogs simply because I don’t have a good space to do either one politely. Maybe I should do push-ups at work and maybe incorporate to doing stationary jogs as a warm-up before I row? I just need to decide that I want to start.
Health: I’m not sure I’m quite ready for a two gallon of water per day minimum, but I’m certainly aiming higher when I can, just like with my fitness and nutrition. I’m in the transition period away from eating non-nourishing foods, so it’s just a matter of buying better quality food.

Future Fitness Plans
I should do more. It’s just when I get discouraged, I hole away to rot, rather than do what I can to feel better quicker, be it eat something nourishing, exercise, drink water, or anything. It’s a hard mentality to break, so I should learn to identify that discouragement sooner.

Random Fitness Topics

From Good to Better
As I’ve shifted my waking schedule to have most of my free time before heading to work, I’ve noticed an increase in productivity, but as well an increase in fatigue. Fortunately, I am trying to get to bed sooner, so I’m not burning the candle at both ends… that often.

Sober Living
Stress lingers in my mind for too long. I need to work on this, which is one of the primary reasons why I haven’t tried to advertise myself more. I need to work on my resilience, self-confidence, self-respect, and more first before introducing myself and my works to wider audiences.

Moving Zeal
I’ve made significant progress in clearing out some unnecessary clutter. The biggest problem with collecting is curating, and with my scattered, unorganized collections, focus. I’ll focus on my videogame collections, specifically cataloging, organizing, and on this pass, focusing on selling off the duplicates or games I no longer want physically.

Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
On that previous note about stress, I am capable of suppressing emotions to accomplish important tasks. It’s just (and I don’t know why or how) that lingering anxiety if not dispelled properly exhibits randomly elsewhere. That’s why I try to confront those stressors directly. They won’t linger if addressed properly.

Decompressing Disquietudes, Dude
A life spent attacking any stressor can also be difficult because you’re not building resilience. Just like that introductory hot/cold analogy, it’s a matter of decompressing from those “hot” moments. Writing and rowing can help with that, but pushed too far, both can also be “hot” and burn you out…

Wii Fit Highlights
I haven’t been too ambitious with my fitness this week. What’s funny is how accurate Wii Fit can be at figuring out your physicality, specifically, if you’re not feeling it, it can detect that shakiness. I really should dedicate more time to Wii Fit, it just, unfortunately, dropped in priorities…

A Nice Outro
I had four days off, which I was going to spend plowing through a bunch of work. Instead, I did what I think I was subconsciously thinking and chilled. That helped me bounce back into some work I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so I’ll just pace myself.

Quotes: Cited below.
Sources: My fitness experiences.
Inspirations: My hot/cold method is an extension of one of G. I. Gurdjieff’s ideas: “laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.”
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Above: I’m organizing my videogame collections, starting with NES. The Fire ‘n Ice cartridge (left) came to mind as I was typing up the list (right) in the Writer Plus app on my tablet.
Below: While I was taking the photos below, I wanted to see what my progress was, and since I’ve made it off that plateau, I figured that’d make an easy photo.
Wii Fit Stats: Weight and BMI
Written On: July 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th
Last Edited: July 29th

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.