[Rowing Machine] 2019: Week 51 {214.0} “Back Into Rowing”

It’s been six days since I last rowed. Now that whatever was causing those mindbender headaches has stopped, and my health has normalized itself, I feel ready to get back on and row again. I’ll start slow, but I’ll start again. Despite seeming easier, not exercising just leads me down paths of overindulgence, binge-eating, and finding suboptimal ways of dealing with life’s stresses. I feel sluggish. I feel unhealthy and weighed down physically and mentally.

I’m sure my first set back will be fine.

The second and third ones are the ones I’m most worried about because they’ll dictate the timeframe under which I’ll do my fourth and fifth sets. Will my spine feel well enough to endure these rowing sets? If so, then I’ll be good going forward. I’ll do more stretches as well, based on the ones in the Dumbbells anime and my own knowledge of fitness. I wouldn’t normally need to stretch much since I don’t really go that hard on the rower, but because I’ve essentially not been rowing regularly for multiple weeks, it will be like when I first started rowing again years ago.

Just start slow and don’t expect too much.

I’m used to rowing heavy sets for long periods of time. I enjoy doing those sorts of sets because they challenge me physically and mentally, so when I push through to the end and finish my set, my mind is cleared of all the physical and mental stress that had lingered. Exercising can help with detecting minor issues with your body and mind. If you’re not feeling well physically or mentally, your set suffers, and when you notice those sorts of things, you can fix them sooner.

Let’s say you don’t feel disciplined in eating.

If you’d rather eat more than less, then is it because of a mental reaction to stress? For me, I’ll eat hundreds of calories when I’m feeling mentally stressed, so if I can channel that energy into something like writing or rowing, then I can expel that surplus of energy into something positive. I can get a good – or not bad – piece of literature or set out of that energy I sacrificed. If I’m feeling more like sitting around and escaping into binge eating or escapist entertainment, something’s wrong.

Better to fix that in the short-term than long-term.

After I’m done with this essay, I’ll stretch for a few minutes, take a warm bath to loosen up my muscles, then stretch a little more, make sure I’m feeling good, then I’ll do a comfortable set. I’ll focus most on back stretches since that’s what feels the tightest now and what felt the worst when I did row last week. If I don’t expect too much of myself, I should be fine. If anything, I’ll just be doing light warm-up rowing sets over the next week, and probably nothing over five minutes.

I would like to get back into longer sets soon.

That does mean I’ll have to focus more of my day around exercising, which has never been a problem for me in the past. I enjoy the aspect of exercise where I can’t stop mid-set to write down a bunch of thoughts. I have to work through them to either put them to rest or to flesh them out to the point where I can write them down after I’m done exercising. I’ve always liked the writing process versus dictating notes, so these thoughts have always had to wait until I could type them into a digital device.

I do have to go to the grocery store as well.

I wonder if I should row then go, and if I’m feeling well enough, row again? I like the idea of rowing twice daily because when I row heavily, that gives my body time to relax. I won’t be exerting that many calories for the next week, at least, but it will be more than the average number of calories I’m exerting now, so I should be careful not to overdo it. That indecisiveness means I’m not feeling ready to row, which is true of the immediate moment, but how about in one hour?

I think I’ll take that bath then decide.

I can always bathe, go to the store, then come back home after I’ve gone and walked around for a while to then do a light rowing set. I’m trying to be more cognizant of my calorie counter, too, so that will be another perspective from which I can return to keeping disciplined about my health. I wrote this essay halfway through the week, so I might have some time to reduce the weight I put on through the weeks I wasn’t feeling well due to the headaches, and row more.

I’m looking forward to exercising again.

I like the act of changing into my rowing clothes, preparing myself physically and mentally for the rowing set, rowing, then tracking my stats and tweeting about the results. When I keep up with it, it’s a nice avenue to write about things in a compact manner that are instantly available for others to read. Here, I’m writing this on the 12th and it’ll be published on the 18th. I could have delayed writing this, but with my editorial marks, I can add in my stats to have the best of both worlds.

I can write about how I want to row and show I did.

If I didn’t row, well, then I’d have to substantially re-edit this essay, wouldn’t I? That’d be more effort than it’d be worth not giving it my best effort to get back into rowing, which is something I want to do anyways. I might use some of the space in the endtable below if there’s anything noteworthy between here and my weigh-in on the 14th, which will probably be when I’ll publish this essay. Don’t worry, I normally iron out this overthinking on the rower.

I’m ready to return to my rowing brainstorms.

Quotes: None.
Sources: My fitness experiences.
This week’s weight: 214.0
Last week’s weight: 217.5
Difference: 3.5 pounds down, with my weight stabilizing from the past few weeks. I bet now that the headaches are nearly consistently gone, I feel more disciplined again.
Inspirations: Writing about missing rowing.
Related: Past weekly column entries.
Pictures: Quick rower shot.
Written On: December 12th, 2019 [34 minutes, from 7:37am to 8:11am while listening to Opera Magna, WordPress]
Last Edited: December 12th, 2019 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]
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