Day 736: Think Like A 175-lb Man

It’s not yet a week into the new year so I’m not about to throw myself a parade yet, but it’s been a pretty good week.

Weight is down modestly (and safely), I’m now using the body fat scale to track body fat (which I haven’t done in five years of owning this body fat scale — I read some early “ehh, it’s inaccurate things and thought ‘bah’. More recently, I’ve come around to “even if it’s inaccurate it’s probably consistently inaccurate, and I’m in lousy enough shape that those readings will probably be positive over time”).

The news is NOT GOOD! But it will be getting better with time.

My headline today is I set myself an ambitious 30-minute row, sat down, and after the first two minutes was all “you know, I only promised myself at least 10 minutes a day of exercise — I can nope out of this after 10 minutes.”

But then I did the “think like a 175-lb. man” exercise. What would that version of me do? What will that version of me be like? 

That guy’ll do 30 minutes on the rower happily.

So I did.

And after a while it felt pretty good. Exercise without music — part of the whole “flow to the door” thing is I try not to use the phone except for logging my weight until after this is done — is hard. It’s harder than I thought it would be. I think I may need to add an “attention span” component to this project. But I did it, and I’m glad I did.

Day 733: Cat Madness, 10 Minute Rule

Today was a good test of the “10 minute rule” for exercise — one of our cats somehow got her sanity reset at 3 a.m. and decided the other cat was Enemy Cat; they were on the bed at the time, so this involved my wife getting her face scratched and a rolling battle over two floors of our house as the older cat tried to straight up MURDER the younger one.

It’s settled down a bit now, and no permanent damage to my wife’s face, but we were up from 3-4. I used that time to pre-pack lunch, but then back to bed and up late — this is exactly the kind of day where 2018 me would have said “no time to exercise”.

2019 me says “there’s always a little time to exercise.” So a quick round of pushups/situps and just 10 minutes on the spin bike. Is it a workout? No. But it’s a tetch of exercise every day, which is the important thing. Gets the blood going.

I have time for 10 minutes a day (15 with faff on either side) to exercise. I must. Most days I’ll do more, but I’m determined to not do less.

Day 717: Quick Bit of Exercise

All right — slept late again today. But! I’m slooowly trying to think like the person I’d like to be, rather than the person I don’t want to be, so what’s next? 

15 minutes of hard labour. 

It’s not a long ‘sentence,’ but I intend to get up from here, put on some headphones, and get a bit of hard exercise in. It’s going to make me really race to get out the door, but I need to shake myself up and show me that I can get this stuff done. 

Off to work out! 

Day 702: Back to Bad Habits

Arrgh! Exercise eludes me, and only one day back. Up at 3:30 for peeing, then cat-in-Christmas-tree related reasons, took forever to fall back asleep, so back to late sleep. Now I have to do the Tiniest Gallery, which I’m a few days overdue for, but the November artist wants her art back (which is fair!) so I gots to get the new display up this morning.

I feel bad about the not exercising. I’ll compensate through low food and a brisk walk to and from work, but it’s irritating not to get that done.

49 days remaining of daily food logging!


Day 700: Back to Reality

Back to work tomorrow, and 300-plus emails await me… I shouldn’t have peeked. Time offline was great, but it’s nice to be back online (in moderation).

Exercise was the big loser this week, but we’ll be back on that tomorrow. Food? Not terrible. Sobriety? Locked down. Sleep? Excellent. It was a great week for sleep, aside from the “no digital life, weird busy brain” issue getting to sleep. But waking up naturally, no alarm, naps… it was a good sleep week.

So back to exercise, food tracking, the whole nine yards tomorrow. I can definitely credit the “no digital” days for the best staycation ever; I feel like I’ve actually vacationed, instead of just having a long, weird weekend.

Back to it tomorrow!


Day 689: A Good Workout

Probably the first solid workout I’ve had in two weeks today, with being sick and ramping back in after that. A solid workout is great! It’s solid!

That’s a nice way to start the day. I’ve got a training thing today and tomorrow — I’m taking a process management course for work — so I need to rocket out the door and get to work early to put out some fires before moving on to training all day, then off to volunteer stuff in the evening.

I choose to do these things! I choose them!

This is about the threshold for me, though. The exercise helps with stress for sure; I’ve been sleeping through my wife getting early so no more Back To Bed in the morning. There’s a certain crush happening right now, but once my course is done (three weeks) things will lighten up a little.


Day 660: Perfect Exercise

All right!

What would exercise look like, if I were exercising ideally? What kind of shape am I in?

About 175 pounds. My best-ever fightin’ weight mid-20s count-the-abs self was 165. 175 is probably fair in my mid-40s.

Exercising every day but Sunday. Getting in around 300 calories of exercise; this is deliberate hard work, not walkin’ to work and around the building and stuff. Long walks can be exercise! But commuting walking and work-walking isn’t.

Strength and core training, not just cardio.

Gym? Nah. Even perfect me doesn’t want to spend the money, and gym has never really worked out for me in the past. I think that’s still a home-based activity.

With intention. I’ve had a huge problem with this in the last several months — getting it in, but also phoning in.

I’m exhausted just thinking about this!


Day 653: Careful With That Food, Eugene

A not-great day for exercise today — cat-based insomnia — but I had a good day for food yesterday, and a good exercise session yesterday.

So it’s “careful with food” today, as I get ready to move out. I haven’t weighed myself in a while! I got the scale back while I was on vacation, but vacation. And now I’m frankly a bit too anxious to do it. I’m going to give myself a week of eating well before I give that a shot.

Day 623: Up Early on a Sunday

Knocking out some correspondence and a bit of work stuff before heading back to bed. We did a flurry of housekeeping and project-based stuff yesterday, which clears today for a mix of chores and relaxing.

Folks, it has been bad for food and exercise for the last 10 days or so. I know I was hoping for September to be a bit of a fresh start, but hoo Mama, when work kicked in, exercise went right out the window. That’s understandable. I’m pretty stoked about my new lease on work-life, and have been happy to slack off in some areas to focus on others.

I’m now feeling kind of like a sea lion caught on the beach, though, so with the start of a new week it’s probably time to start restoring that balance.

No exercise today — Sunday — but back on it tomorrow.


Day 606: No sleep, but exercise

My first 10k in forever this morning. Slow — over an hour — but I got it done.

This on very little sleep — for variety’s sake, it was both my wife and I up in the night for about an hour, then lying in bed and talking for probably another ninety minutes before she fell back asleep and I just kept on thinkin’.

Up at 4:30, a good long run, and a good hard think while running.

Obviously, things have been on my mind — again, nothing I can really share publicly. I don’t think I’ve come up with any masterful solutions over the past 24 hours, but the exercise and mulling it over has definitely helped me chunk the problem out into categories of difficulty that I can tackle in segments. That’s a good start.

I’m glad I’m moving toward an exercise > sleep path, at least for now. I feel better having gotten the exercise in than I would have with another hour of fitful rest, I think.