[Rowing Machine] Two Five Five

I’m starting to see a difference! If I were to say that I have the body of a fat rower now, that’d be kind of pretentious, but it’s the best way for me to phrase it. I was merely overweight before, deceptively obscured perhaps as credit to the fitness of my early 20s, and now I’m starting to see some of that same fit physique. Other than vanity, I have seen other results as well.

The biggest positive is how this increased physical endurance has led to increased mental endurance.

I was working on a review Sunday night and successfully brushed off the minor fatigue that normally would have taken hold. I can owe most of that internal motivation to pushing myself through the minor aches that might occur while rowing. Once I hit a roadblock of course, like when I could barely even keep my eyes open, then it was time for bed.

My diet is improving. For breakfast, I’ll cook eggs with spinach over olive oil with whole wheat wraps, the obligatory coffee though I’m tapering down, and oatmeal. I’ll snack on raw carrots with hummus or peanut butter rather than my favorite candy, Kit Kat bars, and I’ll have a more substantial dinner than my prior staple of milk and cereal.

The biggest fitness revelation I had occured when I was talking with my dad about fitness. He doesn’t exercise although his physical endurance might be borderline superhuman. I mentioned how I was missing rowing sessions and we came up with the idea of rowing during my breakfast routine. Evenings are just a matter of motivation.

I’m happy to report:

Though the results of Tuesday morning’s weigh-in aren’t great, they are good.

Good because it’s building accountability, consistency, and maintenance. Fitness is hard. I shouldn’t be rewarded with incredible results for minimal effort. Faster results, more effort. I’ve been putting in light to moderate effort and receiving those results. Good.

I don’t want slips in diet and exercise anymore.

The weight loss will rocket after I build solid routines. Writing is sedentary. It’s physically comfortable. So part of my writing routine now involves rowing before I turn on the computer. Nothing external is more important than your internal well-being.

Let’s celebrate any deviation we make into positive health.

It’s difficult to break that addiction from sugary and processed foods with empty nutrients that leave you hungry hours later. That’s becoming the societal norm. Stress, and easy access to terrible food, play a huge role in all of this so that’s the biggest hurdle to overcome.

Ignore the easily accessible morning donuts.

Ignore the vending machines!

Over these last three months, I’ve reframing my mind’s interpretation of food. I was eating an average of two deluxe cheeseburgers for lunch!

So this is just a matter of not slipping.

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.