Sunday, April 08, 2012

Treadmill Desk Update: 3 Months

I have now spent 3 months on my LifeSpan TR1200-DT treadmill desk.  And progress continues:


I'm just pretending the last week of March didn't happen.  So I did not walk any less, and I did not eat quite a bit more.  It just didn't happen.  :hand wave:  These are not the droids you're looking for.

Current statistics:

  • Hours: 413
  • Hours/Day: 4.9
  • Steps: 1,480,349
  • Steps/Day: 17,623
  • Calories: 106,509
  • Calories/Day: 1,268
  • Calories/Hr: 258
  • Miles: 502.3
  • Miles/Day: 6.0

Some noteworthy milestones that have been passed since the last update:

  • 1 meeellion steps :pinky finger:
  • 100K calories burned
  • 500 miles

I've also got the averages moving back up, which is good.  Hours/day is up nearly a half hour, steps/day up by 1500, calories/day up by 100, and there is an extra half mile.  Considering the number of data points involved, these are significant shifts.

I'm still dealing with the plantar fasciitis, and probably will do so as long as I keep up with the walking.  At this point, my desire to get the weight off is outweighing (ha!) the pain, so I soldier on.  Also I've had the help of some shoe inserts.  After a friend recommend getting some, I mostly just looked on Amazon for the cheapest thing I could find that still had decent reviews.  I landed on the Powerstep Pinnacle.  From almost the first day, these things were miracle workers.  Pain was literally gone, and I was really able to increase the distance I was walking.  That lasted about 2 weeks, and then some pain crept back in.  At this point, I would describe it as manageable, and I have purchased a second pair for my other shoes.

With the combination of lower speeds, shoe inserts, regular icing breaks, and determination, I've been able to increase my hours per day quite a lot.  I've had several 7+ hour days, a few 8+ hour days, and even just cracked off a 9 1/2 hour day (that hurt).  I'm keeping my speed in the 1.2-1.3 range.  I'd like to get up around 1.4, 1.5, but I find that wear and tear just really cuts down on the time I can spend walking.  A 10% increase in speed doesn't have a huge impact on my numbers, but walking for an extra hour or two sure does.  So I'm trading speed for time.

I still have no serious complaints with the treadmill or the desk.  And no regrets about doing any of this.  It would be nice if I didn't have the plantars, but even with it I'm making really good progress, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the pounds coming off.

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Christopher said...

This routine is really amazing. As i see it, the intensity is balanced. This will spice up my boring treadmill workout. Thanks for this

Martin Funk said...

Would it be impolite to ask at which weight you started of?

Brian Slick said...

Yes it would. South of 300, but not by much.