Day 992: Fewer allergies, phoning it in

Feeling better, suddenly — maybe this was a bit of an autumn cold that coincided with allergies around me? Maybe my allergies are weird? Who knows.

But taking a day of exercise definitely reinforced that I’ve been kind of phoning it in with exercise for a little while, and not doing my food tracking either. This was expressly not supposed to happen when I started school… my monastic student life was supposed to have exercise and good eatin’ on the menu, dammit.

I think Dry and Mighty might actually be a better enforcement mechanism than this, actually. Something to discuss with my wife — a weekly responsibility thing where we check in on this stuff.

Day 982: Sludgy Run, Brain Workin’

Not a stellar run this morning; one of the ones where it feels like my blood has been replaced with some sort of viscous fluid. Mod Podge, maybe. Just staggering around town feeling like there’s Mod Podge flowing through my veins.

Actually got up this morning and picked up my iPad and read legal document stuff while feeding the cats, instead of firing up Riverdale on Netflix, which made me feel like a responsible and large-brained lad. But it’s necessary! I’m trying to sneak a bit ahead on readings, because that’s probably the best way for me to give myself some cushion if I get work-busy or home-busy.

Day 934: Exercisin’! Insomnia!

A good run this morning; not super long, but vigorous. Juust enough time for a bit more sleep before work; my groovy insomnia is back, not for any particularly bad reasons, just lots o’ thinking going on.

In the interest of writing something, the social media diet is now… I don’t know, over six months at least. It’s great! My relative level of jealousy and irritation with the world has diminished radically now that I’m not personally on Facebook, and I wasn’t much of an Insta person in the first place, or tweeter.

So that’s a thing. No Facebook! Feels good.

Day 851: Exercise anyway

I don’t know how much pride you’re supposed to feel in kind of just doing the baseline of what you’re supposed to be doing, but hell, I’m proud anyway.

My wife is on shift work; yesterday was a noon-midnight, which meant she rolled into bed somewhere between 12:30 and 1 a.m., and it’s frankly hard to go to sleep until she gets home, so I’d had a restless night before then. And when she came in, that activated the younger cat, who — this is a new one — brought a toy up to the bedroom, hopped up on the bed with it in his mouth, and when we wouldn’t play fetch with him started to knock it off the bed and hop back on with it, and repeat.

So not a great night for sleep.

The upshot being I went back to bed at 5:30, set an alarm for an hour, got up intending to just put in the minimal 10 minutes on the rower, but wound up doing the full 5k. Because I should, I guess.

Running late now, but I’m pretty pleased with myself. I had an excuse to lowball, and I didn’t. Ha.

Day 774: Exercise motivation

It is hard to get psyched up to exercise in the morning. Maybe I do need to re-introduce music to the proceedings.

Then again, I did work out this morning, hard, and yesterday morning, hard, so clearly music’s not a requirement, but a help.

This morning was another interval thing on the rower — it’s only about 20 minutes of work, but holy jeez, what a 20 minutes. I’ve taken the “90% kitchen 10% gym” thing to heart — if I really do a good job with food, and get some quality exercise in every morning, that’s a good thing. I walk to and from work, and around town.

And it has been working. A bit of a weight stall after coming back from the February 1 debacle, but on the whole, things are trending along nicely. Still weirded out by the fat percentage versus weight equations, which seem to vary interestingly now.

Day 759: Shovelin’ and Backslidin’

Spinnin’ and shovelin’, to be more accurate. The shoveling needed doing, but I’ve never been super satisfied with just that as exercise (something I have to do doesn’t feel like exercise, if you know what I mean), so I put in 10 kind of meh minutes on the spin bike first.

I’m keeping up with everything (with a couple of minor stumbles), and pretty much keeping to the Path, but my intensity is flagging a little. I think I’m okay with this, for the most part. My mantra of “at least 10 minutes of exercise a day” is built on the confidence that as I lose some weight and get a bit fitter my appetite for it will grow.

I’m also backing off the banjo in the evening by practicing less, but kind of starting over with a “play and sing” approach because just playing was helping me get better, but… I can’t play and sing! So I’m dialling back where I’m at for playing by several months to start re-doing the simpler music and singing along with it.

Day 751: Meh, Weights

Weights this morning… bah. Not that the exercise was bad, but I think I need to actually look at some routines and take it a bit more seriously than “lift some stuff.” I’ve got a book — I think it’s a quarter-century old now, but weights don’t change — and I’ll set aside some time to pore over it and find some ways to get variety and optimize a bit.


Oh, boy! Today was my first day starting High Intensity Interval Training on the rower, which by the midpoint had become Medium Intensity Interval Training, and by the end, if we’re honest, Rather Not A Lot of Intensity At All Training. RNAIAAT.

I’m selling myself short — it was good effort, and I put in about as many kms in under half an hour as I usually do in a 30 minute jag, and I certainly feel worked out.

SNOWPOCALYPSE CONTINUES but I don’t need to shovel out the end of my driveway after the ploughs have gone by, because we don’t own a car. We rent cars and we’ll need driveway access then, but in a few days a big snow thing will come by and shoot all that snow into a snow truck where it will be taken to live on that big snow farm upstate with all its friends and maybe I’ll get to visit at some point but it’s such a long drive.

Time and appetite for exercise is always the challenge. I feel like this HIIT stuff will be super hard to maintain daily — even alternating between spin and rowing — so I think I might start doing strength on some days and HIIT on others. Tomorrow, weights; Wednesday, HIIT, etc.

Once again: amazing the difference a big glass of water (500 mL, I have a mason jar) makes first thing in the morning. Just kicks you in the teeth. It’s great.

Day 749: Late! Snow! Dungeons!

SUPER late today!

First, I was up till 1 a.m. playing D&D with friends online. So I slept in.

Second, SNOWPOCALYPSE! It came down last night, and the location of our house and the direction of the wind meant I got about a street’s worth of snow in the driveway, so exercise today was a killer arms-and-shoulders shovelling workout. HIIT starts tomorrow!

Day 747: Stall

All right — it’s been a week and I haven’t dropped an ounce; I can officially say I’m stalled. This early! It’s frustrating.

I’m being pretty diligent about food; exercising daily at least a bit (and usually a goodly amount). Here’s the possible culprits:

Of it all, I’m guessing my metabolism is a bit slower than I’d like it to be — and switching up exercise to try to get a little more intensity in there is a good idea.

I’m going to start there — for the next week, try to do more interval training on the rower and less solid state stuff. I’ve pulled down some interval ideas from the Concept 2 site, and am looking up how to set up intervals on the rower.

I’ll be honest — I’m having a hard time getting stoked about exercise in the mornings these days. Maybe the intervals will shake things up and get me excited again!