Compared to last year, a yard work activity took me half the time and drained my energy perhaps half as much, because I still did a 10-minute rowing set. I’m not as far along on my fitness journey as I would prefer, however, I’ve made significant progress toward getting there! Fast progress leads to failure. There’s no sustaining it. Long-term trends typically work because there’s less effort trying to maintain your status quo of success.
- My Weekly Stats:
- Tuesday 27 Morning: time 5min, 160 rows. When you don’t feel well, like the pressure headache I’ve been fighting today, the inclination is giving up; go back to bed; try again tomorrow. Give it a go anyways! 50% effort is better than 0% effort and sometimes, I feel better after a set.
- Tuesday 27 Bonus: No additional exercise.
- Tuesday 27 Evening: time 10min, 325 rows. I subdued my pressure headache by laying down on my side and playing #2048. I kept a good pace in my rowing set until the 230s, downshifting to a more comfortable pace, and concluding strong after 300. I took a peak at the remaining time…
- Wednesday 28 Morning: time 5min, 191 rows. I had such a good set I feel like throwing up. I only had two minor slowdowns, otherwise I kept a solid pace above 38 strokes per minute the whole time I opened my eyes to check. Might be tired throughout the day as a result, though. We’ll see.
- Wednesday 28 Bonus: 5 miles of city walking.
- Wednesday 28 Evening: time 10min, 325 rows. Between my sore right calf, fatigue, and bad news, I really wanted to skip this set. Glad I didn’t, because that would create a precedent to allow me to take sets off for minor aches. Instead, I kept a consistent, light pace and took it easy.
- Thursday 29 Afternoon: time 5min, 165 rows. Felt sick and lethargic for most of today. Getting back into it late for a modest set. Just took it easy. I’m feeling a lot better now. We always want the brutal sets to show off, but these polite sets do more to propel me through to victory.
- Thursday 29 Bonus: No additional exercise.
- Thursday 29 Evening: time 10min, 340 rows. Still not feeling great. Took a light pace again, will eat a healthy dinner, and hopefully turn in early. At least after 300, my body kicked back into gear and everything felt natural, so I’m on the mend. Might’ve pushed too hard yesterday…
- Friday 30 Morning: time 5min, 150 rows. Just a clean, light set. Feeling better now and didn’t want to go in heavy to disrupt that today. Just focused on arm muscles, kind of doing a butterfly flapping motion; not sure of the name. I should return to being consistent with these sets.
- Friday 30 Bonus: 20 minutes of city walking.
- Friday 30 Evening: time 10min, 304 rows. Accidentally light set. Guess I’m not feeling great. Tired. Felt good overall with a nice pace, so I’m happy about that.
- Saturday 31 Morning: time 5min, 159 rows. Even when I’m not feeling well, I still try to get in some exercise. Half the time, I feel better, and when I don’t, like right now, it’s a better justification to say no toward overexerting myself. I can push myself more next time.
- Saturday 31 Bonus: 30 minutes of light yard work, 1 hour of cleaning.
- Saturday 31 Evening: time 10min, 317 rows. Consolidated some stuff to move closer toward my home gym idea. A few roadblocks, of course, unlike this set where I kept a light pace and soared through it. I’m feeling better, too, so maybe it is all about staying busy and moving forward.
- Sunday 01 Morning: time 5min, 158 rows. Today, I’ll move the rowing machine. I’m feeling much better and had a good set. The new spot is only temporary, but there will be a light directly above it, so I might not need the multiple LED lights for now. I should rig up some lights.
- Sunday 01 Bonus: No additional exercise.
- Sunday 01 Evening: time 10min, 300 rows. The lighting is better in the newer spot for the rower. Between rubbing off the old oil, applying new oil, and checking the quality of the chain, everything seems good, still, I’m just tired and my set may have reflected that. Still, not bad.
- Monday 02 Morning: time 5min, 159 rows. Wasn’t feeling well today, but got after it for a decent set. I also did 15 minutes of stretches and balancing on Wii Fit. I’m not sure if I’ll include those stats daily, weekly, or not at all. Depends on hassle and frequency, I guess.
- Monday 02 Bonus: 15 minutes of cleaning and 15 minutes of Wii Fit.
- Monday 02 Evening: time 10min, 311 rows. I was very tired and sweaty halfway through, but toward the end, I started feeling better. I think if I get a full night’s sleep, I’ll be back to normal. It’s weird how much we push ourselves without even realizing it, only after “breaking.”
- Weight: 239.5 pounds (down 2.5 pounds)
- Liquid Consumption (my goal: >1 gallon of water [[L * 0.26417]]):
- Tuesday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, and a gulp of orange juice
- Wednesday: 4.38 liters (1.2 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee, 1 coffee milk tea
- Thursday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
- Friday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
- Saturday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
- Sunday: 5.4 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
- Monday: 5.26 liters (1.4 gallons) of water, 1.5 liters of coffee
- Vitamins: 14 of 14!
- Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin D; Vitamin E.
- Multivitamin; Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc; Fish Oil; Vitamin D; Vitamin E.
- Last Week’s Goals:
- Weight: [succeeded] My weight has fluctuated around this mark for about a month or so, it seems, and I haven’t really made any weight loss progress in a few months. I think the new home gym arrangement and Wii Fit will help. If it’s something I can do for 15 minutes each evening…
- Consistency: [neutral] I’d be nicer if I kept a more consistent schedule for exercising, but I do what I can. The vitamin alarms work well when I don’t sleep in. I’m staying out later and sleeping in, which I should change, so I’ll give myself a neutral this week. I’ve made progress…
- Health: [succeeded] Despite feeling low toward the end of last week, I’ll still give myself a pass because I was able to bounce back through eating well and keeping busy. Being physically active wasn’t as painful as it’s been in the past, too, so there’s that. I’d call that a minor achievement.
- This Week’s Goals:
- Weight: No weight gain. I should have my Wii Fit setup solidified by next week and since I intend to invest 15 minutes each evening to doing some of the exercises, that should help me learn some stretches, and should provide forward momentum toward doing other things that should help lose weight.
- Consistency: Keeping a consistent schedule is difficult without a consistent start/end arrival time. I have some upcoming concerts, too, so maybe I’ll have two wake alarms? One for my normal early start with the other being an obligatory “even if I’m out at 1AM, no sleeping in past this time!”
- Health: I’m going to try to eat better first thing in the morning. I normally ate something small, wrote for one hour or so, ate something more filling, then left for work. If I switch those two and drink more water at the beginning of the day, that should be helpful.
- From Good to Better
- I’m spreading out my social media presence so I post my stats on two different sites. Though it’s a little more time to do both, the primary benefit is brand exposure on more platforms, along with prompting me to upload more b-roll photos that might otherwise sit for a while.
- I found myself combating a bit of overwhelming melancholy this week, probably primarily from the bad news I plowed through below. It affected me for much less time than it has in past years. I do have more resources now, from a wider group of friends, to rowing and writing.
- I’m becoming more comfortable speaking my mind against things I dislike, and expressing my deeper feelings of sorrow, inadequacy, and all of these emotions. The balance is to present the event but not dwell on the universal event like some kind of special, overwrought thing. Accept the advice and proceed.
- Sober Living
- Bad news, 5 years ago, would have affected me much more profoundly than it does now. I still get bummed out and depressed over bad news that take me in unexpected directions – not getting the job because the hiring manager changed his mind – but it’s not worth killing my reality over.
- Instead, I wrote to express the deepest of those raw emotions, and pressed on. Talked with some friends and pushed myself perhaps physically more than normal as maybe a response or in my own way to rebel against the circumstances without harming myself that much. No pain, no gain, right?
- I debated how I wanted to let my Facebook friends group know about the anniversary. I just went in flat and got an outpouring of support. I do feel kind of guilty about it because it’s not like we’re celebrating a birthday. Just celebrating me not being a shitty person.
- Confronting Cortisol Circumstances
- When I got the phone call that I wouldn’t get the gig, which I earnestly had wanted and felt would be a good long-term fit, I took the news as flatly as I could, but it wasn’t a great feeling. I’ve had plenty of rejection experience. This is just another…
- I’m also practicing the idea of not letting external factors bother me as much. This is important as a writer that fields critique and as a human being. Because I look like A rather than B, I will be judged. Because I am interested in C, I will be judged.
- Rather than weighing in those external factors as part of your decision-making process, do what you must in the moment, then later on briefly reflect. There is some value in considering criticism. That does not mean, however, that you must accept everyone’s words. I’m full of shit on some topics.
- Disengaging from Stress
- Writing was helpful for me to disengage through that bad news. Not just writing essays. Writing to people. Checking in. Saying hello. Bugging them. I’ve only just started doing this more frequently over the past few months and I’ve been finding it to be helpful chatting about anything, really, sometimes.
- Overeating is still my worst way of coping with stress. It might be easy just to funnel that “empty feeling” toward something like water. However, it doesn’t feel the same. Maybe just like eating in moderation requires time, stress eating might similarly require small efforts over long periods for effectiveness.
- Keeping my mind on more positive things does help. Keeping a regular schedule of what to do next helps. If I know I only have a few hours to do certain tasks, then I’ll plow through it. Depending on where my future takes me, I’ll schedule time for downtime more.
- Rowing Machine Maintenance
- Last week, I took some photos of my chain, and asked for advice on how to tell if it’s in good shape. The twisting and sagging tests point to the chain still being in good shape. I think I’ll stick to my current cleaning/lubing maintenance techniques rather than replace it.
- I’m starting to get into more of a routine with the chain cleaning: drag one of the minimal-lint shop paper towels along the chain twice, dab a bit of 20W motor oil into my “oil pan,” let some cotton swabs soak it up, then run those swabs across the chain.
- I should also get into the habit of cleaning the railing more, and possibly looking into replacement rollers, or at least how to lubricate them, so they stay on the railing better. Maybe once the rowing machine is in its intended destination, then I can build up a cleaning station?
- Photo and Outro
- I thought up of this photo and the leading paragraph on last Sunday night, after a rigorous 45-minute yardwork set. I went for the more boring backdrop rather than a more interesting location or golden hour lighting, just because I wanted to get the photo out the door. Might reconsider…
- I’ll leave the photo as-is. I can always use the idea of taking photos at different times of day with different lighting for another subject, since this was fairly straightforward, and there was really nothing more to it than merely representing a tool. The photo works well enough to stay.
- Despite feeling sick for most of the second half of the week, this has been a decent week for health and fitness overall. I’ve been doing much more than months ago, staying on top of my water and vitamin consumption, and I bet with some adjustments I could improve substantially.
Picture: See above.