Stephen Castro-Starkey

tag: exercise

✔ Close Exercise Ring

Neighborhood walk was lovely. Went to the “old section” and saw some lovely flowers and a new house being built by someone who isn’t our builder! Guess they didn’t have an exclusive contract.

✔ Multiple Activities

All I had to do was show a buddy my daily report and he motivated me to practice Spanish! The power of social. Starting to wonder if I should add a feature to send an accountability email to people who want to help!

✔ Meditation

I didn’t quite close my exercise ring but I got close and did some walking meditation. It was lovely!

✔ Multiple Activities

Forgot to mention that I did a lovely yoga routine yesterday. Sadly I can’t back date blog posts so this throws off my “metrics” but that’s ok. :-) Also had a spontaneous meditation session yesterday while showering that was quite interesting! It is amazing to rest with the mind while showering. There is so much enjoyment to be had in what often feels like a chore when done mindlessly.

✔ Multiple Activities

Lovely 30 minute yoga session. Some discomfort in my shoulder. Should probably ask doctor about it.

Accidentally checked the meditation checkbox while writing this update so I decided to sit for 10 minutes. Glad I did!

✔ Close Exercise Ring

I seem to have closed my exercise ring just by climbing the stairs a few times. Yay!

Oh, and I seem to have uncovered a bug, which I have subsequently fixed, that breaks when I choose just a single activity to complete.

✔ Strength Training

First rowing with Apple Fitness+ and I pushed harder than I ever dared with this rowing machine. Felt awesome! I’m gonna do it again!!!

Seems I broke a record for calories burned rowing. Worked!

It is starting to feel like spring around here! Went for a lovely walk around the neighborhood and decided to cut down some weeds that are starting to grow in. Hope I didn’t damage the lawn!

Stayed in zone 2 on the rowing machine for a while. Feeling tired but pleasant. Accomplished! 30 minutes.

Work circumstances have changed temporarily so my habits have to change too. Already finished my workout and about to go do some meditation hopefully in time for a shower and then I start work!

Feeling very good after having a gap in working out. The rowing machine has been a fantastic investment!

Also found time to meditate a bit thank goodness!

  • ✔ Ngondro!
  • ✔ Rowing 30 minutes
  • ✔ 1x 7min workout
  • ✔ DuoLingo

I was obsessing over how much it would take to meet all the requirements for the next empowerment. I’m craving it! Wondering if this is a sign I should let it go. Or watch the craving as I go with the energy and try to enjoy it without having to hit the goal? Do I think this yidam will be “the one” for me?

7min workout kicked my butt! I need to keep doing it!! But there was serious pain in my shoulder doing push ups. I need an alternative or modification.

  • ✔ Rowing
  • ✔ DuoLingo -- finished section 2, unit 2!
Today’s Activities

Lost another pound. Also the scale reports my visceral fat level has gone down by a point to 11 which makes it well within the healthy range. Makes me happy!

Tried doing meditation right after Pilates. My thoughts were mostly preoccupied with things I wanted to do but there were flashes of awareness. Feeling positive. If I gave myself more time and posture support I might have a few more insights!

  • ✔ Rowing
  • ✔ Pilates
  • ✔ Meditation
Today's Activities

The morning as a bit stressful with a tornado warning but all is well. Did some things today:

  • ✔ Rowing
  • ✔ Standing Meditation
  • ✔ Wrote some code in My Life to set the foundation for tracking recurring activities (habits)
Today’s Activities

Had a break last weekend but only gained a bit of weight, so that’s good! Will update this post as I accomplish things.

  • ✔ Rowing for 30 minutes
  • ✔ Pilates
  • ✔ DuoLingo

Feeling so lazy to do any goal-related stuff today. But I did* anyway! Possibly my body is telling me I need to chill.

I at least got the rowing in. 😀

Rowing after strength training. Never thought I would find the energy but I did it!

Did a core yoga routine using the Nike Training app. Wow! Feeling quite good.

Feeling great after 20 minutes of rowing. Closed my exercise ring!

All set for our flight home! Very excited to return to our lives. Definitely gonna get on my exercise routine.

Family walk today was better! Started by climbing the stairs in the stadium to get the heart rate going. Closed my exercise ring for the first time in a while!

Walk with the family was nice! Didn’t quite close my exercise ring but that’s ok. Kept the energy moving!

Yes it appears I absolutely must get the tagging features working. My motivation is a bit low. Didn’t post once yesterday! Though I did close my exercise ring. Ended up doing a few ad hoc meditations as well but those weren’t intended to improve my mental health but instead work with stress I experienced due to my lack of stability.

I just read an article about why I’m not losing weight and realized that I need to find a strength training setup that won’t hurt my shoulder even more. Ever since I became unable to do sun salutations I’ve lost my motivation! However it is critical not just for weight loss but also for quick recovery from illness.

More research to do!

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