[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 42 {226.0}

The natural inclination when you’re out and about is to eat luxuriously. The day I wrote this rowing machine column update was the first day I ate any pizza at all in over eighteen months. I ordered it mostly by mistake, as I thought the chicken alfredo flatbread was a spaghetti pasta with flatbread rather than the pizza I received. I went with it anyways. Would I have ordered or eaten it under normal circumstances?

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 41 {229.5}

Let’s say you’ve set up a decent home gym with everything you might want or need. If you’re an avid indoor rower like me, it’s got your rowing machine, your maintenance tools, and creature comforts to make it easier for you. Then when you travel abroad, the question is: how you can schedule the rowing in during your day? Even if you just do 5-minute sets, scheduling can prevent you from achieving your goals… right?

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 40 {~233.0~}

Through accident or intention, I lead an interesting life. I still have the scar from when a board with a nail nearly impaled my sternum (near my Xiphoid process) at the minimum wage furniture moving gig. That excitement can be exhilarating or overwhelming. What happens when life in the fast lane goes… too fast? How does a thrill-seeker slow down? Can we? My stress management process includes a twice-daily active meditation on the rowing machine.

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 39 {227.5}

Fitness is a scholarly activity. You don’t start off your career with a senior-level title, the ability to effectively convey emotion or information, or the psychological wherewithal to cut issues “off at the pass” before they become bigger in any career. Why, then, do we assume we can magically become fit? Maybe it’s because we assume studying for months and years is only for college and careers? What if we, similarly, studied our physical health?

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 38 {230.5}

“I would love it if the worst headache of my life lasted only 45 minutes. Or the best headache for that matter.[1]” Starting on Monday, I’ve been working through some terrible headaches, ranging from the left side of my head, then a little on the right, pressure all around, with some spinal and neck aches all around. Saturday night’s headache was overwhelming and nearly unbearable. It’s not that this was sudden, I just wasn’t observant enough.

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 37 {230.5}

I wonder if I became so overweight because of the amount of food I ate? I don’t think my weight loss was entirely due to my fitness. It helps. There’s a sense of self-control that comes from remembering you’re going to be exercising later, and after you’ve exercised, my body instinctively wants better foods. The problem might have been consuming too much food because even eating too much good food can be bad for you.

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 36 {230.5}

The anxiety shot through my back and up the left side of my neck like I’d tweaked a vital vertebra. My heart rate increased. Thoughts narrowed. Not this again! Why? It’s a feeling you never want, but once you’ve experienced it, it’s easy to reign the control back. That near-panic attack is just like overexerting yourself in rigorous physical fitness: the more you push yourself through your hardships, the more you can handle other hardships.

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 35 {232.0}

It’s taken 520 days now of constantly applied effort to start seeing my fitness goals realized. Would it feel as rewarding if that were significantly easier? If so, I’d probably take my fitness, physique, and general health for granted! Since I fought so fiercely to burn off 35 pounds so far, I can cherish the little results, like tightened ab muscles. Without that or the positive reinforcement, I can easily return to obesity in few than 520 days.

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[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…

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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 33 {233.0}

How do you keep your head above water? When you’re shoulder-deep in the stresses of life, do you just paddle along and hope to reach shore? Do you reach out to the first available source of help? Rarely are we just suddenly thrown into the murky stress waters that can consume us. We can usually see it coming. The sooner we identify that we’re about to hit those waters, the faster we can get out.

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