I am two pounds away from weighing my lightest in ten years. Counting my calories, with clear implications that the more I snack the further I’ll travel away from my goals, has especially helped me burn off that weight. Does that weight loss necessarily correlate with my long-term fitness goals? Let’s return to 873 days ago. That’s when I first considered why I wanted to write about health and fitness: so I can better enjoy life.
I want to do more with my life.
The past few months, since I stopped rowing consistently, I’ve been more lethargic. Yesterday, in particular, I wanted to sort through some things for a donation run, but I just ended up lounging around the apartment-mansion. I can blame external factors like working some weird shifts, overcoming some work stress, or just generally wanting to relax on my first good day off in a while. In reality, there are more internal factors as well.
Rowing helps me get warmed up for living life fully.
Without frequent sets or even an occasional set, my body becomes lethargic and I’ll subconsciously be lazier in mental and physical regards. There are mental and physical boundaries to overcome when exercising with the least of them being the act of pushing through that last minute of the set when you’re feeling tired. It’s about prioritizing your day around putting in the time to exercise. It’s been difficult for me, since moving into the apartment-mansion, since I’ve been used to having a home gym. It’s too convenient. I didn’t have the minimal friction of going to a gym. I have financial and mental hang-ups over buying a new rower.
How can I prioritize rowing more often in my life?
I start a new schedule this week. I could go to the company gym while still beating the traffic, but I work far enough away from the gym’s location and the rower is in poor enough shape that I’d almost rather pay the cheap monthly fee to row at the community gym where I know I’ll beat the traffic. We’ve been through this debate where the company gym, community gym, and home gym each have pros and cons, and I’m stuck in an endless analysis paralysis loop, so why don’t we return to this essay’s premise?
What is my goal with rowing? What are my fitness goals?
I want to weigh under 200 pounds because I see that as a good physical and physique goal. My clothes are becoming too large for me and I like that. I don’t want to become physically weak, however. After I click “Save Draft,” I’ll walk around the city for a few hours and take a photo that I’ll write about below, before I later click the “Schedule” button. Wanting to do more of that means continually upkeeping my diet and fitness. I’m not interested in exercising for hours daily to achieve high-end fitness goals.
I do enjoy exercising for minutes daily to achieve my humble mid-range fitness goals.
|Sources: My fitness experiences.
– This week’s weight: 224.5 pounds
– Last week’s weight: 227.0 pounds
– Difference: For the past few days, I’ve been spreading out my eating habits. It does lead to me feeling a little too hungry for a little too long, but that’s more of a mental thing than a physical thing. I’m never really hungry, just stressed out.
|Inspirations: Achieving minor goals should always be an inspiration point for you to re-evaluate your existing goals. This was the original introduction draft, but I didn’t feel it had the nuance I was looking for: “I think it’s important to consider your goals on specific topics yearly. Tax time is a great time to evaluate your long-term financial goals. Just before that, in March, is when I have my sobriety anniversaries, so I re-evaluate strategies for keeping health and wellness in check. While good fitness should be a daily goal, how much time do I want to spend on that? Am I interested in spending hours in the gym each week?” That said, I think it might have prevented me from getting muddled in the weeds of the gyms debate I have too often with myself.|
|Related: Past weekly column entries.|
|Photos: There was this installation I saw on the map nearby the U District in Seattle called The Wall of Death. While my fitness goals don’t exactly revolve around participating in acrobatics or feats of incredible athleticism, if I were given the chance to try, I might like to at least have the physical capacity to do so. I might currently, especially if I were to start exercising again more regularly, but even just walking there to check it out, take some photos, and walk back through the U District without getting tired is a nice physical achievement to have won.|
|Written On: July 7th [30 minutes]|
|Last Edited: July 7th [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]|