[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 34 {229.5}

“If your limit is 10 push-ups, then do 3 or 5 push-ups throughout the day… You can also [practice by doing push-ups] at an angle against tables.[1]” I never learned to do push-ups growing up. Anything related to fitness was a terrible experience rather than a tool that could enable me to experience reality more fully, so I was confused why my shoulders hurt one morning. It wasn’t poor form. I’d just never used those muscles before. Oops…

My Daily Stats

Monday 13th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 30 SPM [strokes/rows per minute], 2:39min/500m [it took me roughly 2:39 minutes to pass 500 meters], 814 meters, and 147 rows. I should start augmenting my rowing sets with pushups, stationary jogs, and other activities. When I do, I feel better, but maybe that’s because when the mind is relaxed [or tense], the body follows subtlety behind. Hopefully, I can, therefore, keep up this mindset.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 35 SPM, 2:11min/5m, 1065 meters. I’m too mad over this robocall bullshit to get into my zen state to row too long. I’m not sure how to handle it other than going to a service provider that takes the matter seriously. Complaining like that helps, but it doesn’t solve it or enable me to row for 10min.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple short sprints
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 4 hours

Tuesday 14th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 33.5 SPM, 2:21min/500m, 884 meters, 142 rows. I can’t quite dispel this robocall frustration. Maybe it’s the overall feeling that no one at [company] seems to care? Why would I care about their poor customer service? It is my choice to be offended. It’s easy to logically say that but to intuit it is difficult.
Row #2: 4 minutes, 26 seconds, 34 SPM, 1:54min/500m, 1017 meters, 155 rows. Just a good old fashioned row until you drop. Stats looked terrible at the end because I didn’t actually drop, so it recorded 8:40min/500m instead of my 1:5# average. Feeling better. I’m closer to fixing that robocall anxiety, and through that, my general anxiety?
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 in the morning, 5 in the evening (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple short sprints
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 6 hours

Wednesday 15th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 29.5 SPM, 2:57min/500m, 896 meters, 139 rows. Woke up to a pressure headache; lacked focus for about two hours. Writing helped, but only after I started to think about the pressure points. My back and shoulder feel sore, I’m still tired, but that headache subsided and I’m more focused, so let’s address today!
Row #2: 5 minutes, 36.5 SPM, 1:56min/500m, 1121 meters. I’m getting more used to doing push-ups and today had some good. It’s too bad it’s too hot and muggy with these fires going on.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 5 (full), 5, then another 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple short sprints
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 5 hours

Thursday 16th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 30.5 SPM, 2:10min/500m, 922 meters, 144 rows. I found a better work rhythm: edit in the morning, write during the day. The downside is I cram in my word count early, but since editing is more about making sure everything is in order, it works to mentally and physically prepare for the day. Like rowing: pacing!
Row #2: 5 minutes, 39.5 SPM, 1:59min/500m, 1196 meters, 186 rows. Another good old fashioned counting my rows set. I had a fairly rough start but after lunch, things kicked into a good gear, so I wanted to do a clean set. To just give it my all, so after I rest, I can gain more of that “all” to give once again. That’s my goal.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple short sprints
Bonus: 2 hours of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 6 hours

Friday 17th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 30.5 SPM, 2:18min/500m, 935 meters, 150 rows. What goal is more important to you? The short-term goal of sleeping in, uncomfortably, or the long-term goal of accomplishing what inspired you to wake up early. If you sleep in frequently, you aren’t chasing after goals you care about. Fix that. Arise and conquer!
Row #2: 5 minutes, 37.5 SPM, 1:55min/500m, 1041 meters. It’s a good set when you wrap up and just need to relax for a spell. You feel the aches of certain muscles, slightly numb, and after a minute when those aches go away, you’re ready to hit it again. That’s when you know you gave it your best effort. Can’t fake it.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), multiple short sprints
Bonus: 1 hour of walking, 4-8 hours of walking around the office
Sleep: 4 hours

Saturday 18th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 38 SPM, 2:03min/500m, 1120 meters, 175 rows. Blasted through this set because of lingering stress that’s been impeding my progress. Since it’s physical, this probably didn’t help, but at least I’m feeling better than this morning or last night where I passed out shortly after my rowing set.
Row #2: 4:53 minutes, 33.5 SPM, 2:50min/500m, 953 meters. Ran out of steam.
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 30 minutes of walking
Sleep: 12 hours

Sunday 19th
Row #1: 5 minutes, 34 SPM, 2:32min/500m, 918 meters, 167 rows. Sometimes, all it takes us eating trailmix, doing what you feel like doing, and getting your mind into a good space to turn it around from fatigue and failure to fitness and fondness. Maybe. It’s best not to push it too much, though; there’s sleep to credit, too.
Row #2: 5 minutes, 38 SPM, 1:55min/500m, 1020 meters. You know when there’s so much you want to do but can’t? Or just barely can, but you’re pushing the limits and something might fall through the cracks? At least it makes for a more exciting rowing set. Will I achieve everything I want to achieve? Oh, a new thought…
Wii Fit: 0 minutes
Push-ups: 0 (full), 5 (at-knee)
Jogs: 0 seconds (stationary), 0 seconds (in motion)
Bonus: 2 hours of yard work, 1 hour of cleaning and organizing
Sleep: 12+ hours

Stats And Stuff

229.5 pounds: down 3.5 pounds from 233.0 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, 2.2 liters of coffee
Tuesday: 4.9 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Wednesday: 5.8 liters (1.5 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Thursday: 4.3 liters (1.1 gallons) of water, 1.9 liters of coffee
Friday: 4.9 liters (1.3 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Saturday: 3.8 liters (1.0 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
Sunday: 7.8 liters (2.0 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee

Vitamins13 of 14
(I take: Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin C; Vitamin D; and Vitamin E.)
– Forgot Monday evening’s vitamins. There are a few excuses: frustration over constant robocalls to my phone, fatigue, and something addressable: stripping away the layers of abstraction. I have a glass I wanted to use for vitamins, but I didn’t. Now I’ll keep vitamins visibly present in it in the refrigerator.
– I have a spot in front of my microwave where I put all of my liquids to drink. I’ll always clear off this space in case I want to use the microwave, so, why not put my vitamins on one of the detachable drink container lids? Sanitary and easily accessible.

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

Aspiring Toward Goals

Last Week’s Goals:
Weight  [233.0 pounds]: [succeeded] My weight was in flux most of the week, but I think the trick to weight loss is two-fold: drink more water and distract yourself from the mild pangs of hunger associated with a lack of productivity. “Most people think they’re hungry when they’re actually just thirsty.[3]” Tested and verified.
Consistency: [neutral] Chugging away as best I can with as much as I can, while maintaining my balance is the ultimate test of any person. We want comfort. How much discomfort and pain are you willing to tolerate to achieve that? Here, it’s been a constant stream of bullshit then decently decompressing.
Health: [neutral] Headaches, fatigue, scattered thoughts, lack of focus, impatience; the works. All that said, I’ve held an acceptable pace. It’s like in a videogame, I’ve been at around 50% health through most of the week, but I never dipped below 25%. It’ll be nice to consistently be back closer to 100% at all times.

This Week’s Goals:
Weight: No weight gain. The easiest way to do this might be to up my water intake on my days off, first, so I get used to drinking more water, then applying that volume of water consumption when I’m at work. I’ve already been good about cutting out unnecessary junk food.
Consistency: Though it’s been more important to me to do push-ups than Wii Fit stretches, I should reincorporate them into my day, because there’s a certain invisible value in doing stretches. Otherwise, I think the key to my continued weight loss will be drinking more water, exercising, and relaxing when necessary.
Health: All it takes is two days off from work to feel significantly better. On that note, I have 5 weeks left on this contract, and although the first two weeks of a new contract are usually stressful, I’m looking forward to a change with a closer commute and less work stress.

Future Fitness Plans
I’ll continue doing push-ups, starting off with 5 at-the-knee daily, and improving my form. Now that my shoulders no longer hurt from doing push-ups, I can do more, but I figure as long as it’s easy, I’ll keep doing it. Maybe I’ll jump up to 10, then do full push-ups after that?

Random Fitness Topics

From Good to Better
I know this column might be weirdly intimate with all the info-dumps of physical information about my health. I’m doing all this to start being predictive with my health. If I’m complaining about being tired, feeling ill, and just not doing much throughout the week, well, take it easy, man!

Sober Living
My unfortunate reality of being a poly-addict is that the best I can do is manage, and not stamp out, those compelling moments where I’d say “fuck it” and dive into the first available “solution.” I’m feeling dizzy and unfocused while writing this. Patience, time, and discipline will fix this.

Moving Zeal
Minimal progress overall. After getting some isopropyl alcohol, I was able to clean a number of my NES cartridges, and I made a dent into one area on Sunday, so now it’s just a matter of rearranging things now. Maybe this week’s the time to move my Wii Fit stuff?

Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
If you can’t face your stress demon and tell it what’s up, wait until you’re ready. Hit it from the side if you must, but address it. There is no other way. Stresses may seemingly go away… “Let me stand up like a Taiwanese. Only justice will bring you peace![2]”

Decompressing Disquietudes, Dude
That initial rush after you’ve done the impossible by facing your fears may leave you feeling exhausted. Good. That is anxiety leaving your body. Building enough tolerance toward fighting to defend yourself and those you care about will enable you to lead a calmer, happier life. Always fight your aggressors.

Wii Fit Highlights
Sure, I’m not doing any stretches or aerobics. Not great. However, the daily weigh-in holds me to a weight accountability that (shy of counting calories) encourages me to ask myself, throughout the day, “do I need this food or am I just thirsty, a little anxious, bored, or lacking discipline?”

A Nice Outro
If I can figure out a way to more easily decompress from work, not just at this contract but every job going forward until I achieve some level of financial security writing, then I’d have significantly better weeks overall. Until then, both you and I should push ahead toward victory!

[1] My push-up guru.
[2]Supreme Pain for the Tyrant” by Cthonic
[3] My push-up guru again.
Sources: My fitness experiences.
Inspirations: I have a myriad of topics that I’ll write down in my Trello related to topics I want to introduce my rowing column with, and originally, I was going on the trend of eating, so, eating more slowly and with more purpose. I don’t strictly adhere myself to those topics – they’re more filler – because now that I’m practicing push-ups “for real” it’s a better commentary on what’s actually going on.
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Above: An abstract interpretation of Colossus’s barbells doing a push-up.
Below: Less push-up and more abstract plank, maybe…? No…?
Wii Fit Stats: Weight and BMI
Written On: August 14th [30 minutes], August 15th [30 minutes], August 17th [30 minutes], August 20th [40 minutes]
Last Edited: August 20th

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.