Sunday, May 06, 2012

Treadmill Desk Update: 4 Months

It's time for the 4-month update of my LifeSpan TR1200-DT treadmill desk adventure.  Pounds continue to disappear, though progress is a bit harder to come by lately:


Current statistics:

  • Hours: 580.25
  • Hours/Day: 5.2
  • Steps: 2,067,120
  • Steps/Day: 18,456
  • Calories: 147,199
  • Calories/Day: 1,314
  • Calories/Hr: 254
  • Miles: 703.2
  • Miles/Day: 6.6

2 million steps!  Relative to the last update, my hours/day are up by about 20 minutes, steps/day up by about 800, calories/day up by about 40, and miles/day up by over a half a mile.  Calories/hr is dropping a little bit, and this is blamed both on lower speeds and on lower weights.  On day 1, I burned 253 cal/hr at a speed of 1.1.  A couple of days ago, I burned 229 cal/hr at a speed of 1.1.  The only difference is nearly 30 pounds.  Burn less when you weigh less.

Although I have fallen behind the 2 lb/wk pace, I am still quite pleased with the rate of weight loss.  The day after this chart was made, I posted a new low weight, having lost a full 30 pounds.  The pants I bought near my peak weight are now quite huge, I'm tightening my belt by 2 more notches, and I have numerous t-shirts that were tight but are now comfortable to wear.  I'm into territory I haven't seen in years, and can realistically see getting down to where I was in college, possibly by the end of the year.

I saw an interesting breakdown of my distances by calendar month, so I thought I would adjust this to reflect the 4-week "months" that I'm using.  So the miles that I have walked in each month are:

  • Weeks 1-4:  174.2 miles
  • Weeks 5-8:  129.6 miles
  • Weeks 9-12:  198.5 miles
  • Weeks 13-16:  200.9 miles

Boggles my mind that I have averaged 175 miles/month.

I'm still dealing with foot pain, and finally went to see a specialist.  He disagreed with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, and said it is actually metatarsalgia.  They gave me some metatarsal pads for my shoes, and sent me on my way.  The ones they have provided are very thick, and rather uncomfortable to wear.  So in that sense, they are doing a decent job of distracting me from the regular foot pain.  I have since acquired some thinner pads that provide less discomfort.  I can't say that they have solved the problem, but I guess they do alleviate some pain.  I'm doing some physical therapy for my elbow (not related to treadmill desk activity), and they indicated there could be some PT to help with the foot issues, so perhaps that is the next step.

No mechanical issues with either the desk or the treadmill so far.  With the suggested interval of 50 hours of use, I'm re-lubricating the belt basically once a week.  Several of the instruction manual omissions I have mentioned have since been added to their online version.  Although, if LifeSpan is taking requests, I'd like some instructions for how to remove the cover for the more serious cleaning that is suggested in the manual.  That's not really an area I want to go poking around in without knowing what I'm doing.

So, still quite happy with the purchase, and absolutely thrilled with the weight loss.  In closing, I thought I would reference some fine words of encouragement that I saw on Twitter: "Looking forward to seeing less of you!"

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1 comment:

David Worley said...

I've been using a treadmill desk for two years now.

Stop wearing shoes when you walk on it. Your foot problems will go away.