Stephen Castro-Starkey

tag: strength

My mind is resisting all the systems I’ve been putting in place to nudge me toward health. Fascinating! I need to figure out what is going on. For now I’ll just keep writing about it in a gentle-to-myself way!

✔ Multiple Activities

It has been some time since I practiced and I’m glad I did! Wonder when I will do it again!

And Yoga by Tim is really good!

✔ 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!

✔ Strength Training

Did a bit of Pilates on Apple fitness+ — not the best but it at least got me moving. Best part was hanging with my husband!

✔ Strength Training

Only 20 minutes because I kept procrastinating. But I WILL close my exercise ring today!

Started wheezing soon after. Need to be careful not to push too hard too fast!

Really feeling the endorphins though. Very pleasant hehe.

✔ 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!

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.

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

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

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

I need a separate habit for strength training. First step: finding an exercise I can do to increase strength without hurting my injured shoulder.

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