Really tardy with this update of my LifeSpan TR1200-DT, for a couple of reasons. One is laziness, the other is vacation. So here is where things stand:
- Hours: 706.5
- Hours/Day: 5.1
- Steps: 2,502,189
- Steps/Day: 18,132
- Calories: 176,751
- Calories/Day: 1,281
- Calories/Hr: 250
- Miles: 848.6
- Miles/Day: 6.1
The dashed line there represents vacation. I was away from the treadmill for nearly 2 weeks, and made it a point to stay off my feet in general. The improvement for my feet was tremendous.
The good news is that despite the significantly reduced activity, I only gained 3 pounds. I was surprised, expecting much more. And then with the remaining few days of vacation, I splurged a lot in order to bulk up for the initial weigh-in in a weight loss contest. So all told, the damage was 7 pounds. I decided to reset the guidelines in the graph just because I'm unlikely to catch back up to the original 2 lb/wk pace.
I made a change to the walking style since we've been back. I did a much slower ramp-up than I did when I first got the treadmill. First, I'm limiting the speed to 1.0. I haven't decided when I will start increasing speeds again, but so far haven't really felt the need. As far as calories per day go, I can burn more additional calories by walking farther than I can by walking faster. The faster speeds come with more wear and tear, so I generally can't walk as long. 6 hours @ 1.0 burns more calories than 5 hours @ 1.1 or 1.2. In addition to slower speeds, I'm walking in chunks with breaks in between. I started with 15 minutes of walking, 15 minutes of standing, rinse repeat. I've gradually pushed that out to 25/5. This seems to be working, as I'm not feeling the need to take icing breaks as often as I was.
Despite the reduced duration and speed, the weight is generally trending downward again. The weight has been fluctuating quite a bit, so it's a little tough to feel progress, but it is definitely there. I have dipped below that -30 line again, albeit just briefly. I can live with the slower pace, as I'm not currently constantly thinking about the pain in my feet. That's an acceptable tradeoff.
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