Monday, July 16, 2012

Treadmill Desk Update: 6 Months

I have now owned my LifeSpan TR1200-DT for half a year.  It's still going strong, and so am I.  Let's look at the numbers:

  • Hours: 809.5
  • Hours/Day: 5.0
  • Steps: 2,835,903
  • Steps/Day: 17,614
  • Calories: 199,728
  • Calories/Day: 1,241
  • Calories/Hr: 246
  • Miles: 955.1
  • Miles/Day: 5.9

For those who didn't read the last update, the dotted line represents my 2 weeks of vacation with very little walking.  The gap that appears a month later is when I was out of town for a weekend to attend a wedding.  As it turns out, we had a power outage for the weekend anyway, so there wouldn't have been any treadmill use one way or another.

Trends have been harder to spot since vacation.  The weight was up and down in bursts before, but overall unquestionably trending downward.  Over the last six weeks or so, it's been all over the map.  I think in general I have been walking less (a deliberate decision post-vacation), and eating more (just kinda happened that way).  So although there was some initial progress, I think that was mostly just burning off what I had regained during vacation, and then it started ticking back up again.  The nosedive in weight over the last week is the result of a conscious decision to walk more and eat less.  My goal is to burn 1500 calories/day, which equates to roughly 7 hours of walking, which I did all week.  And we didn't splurge with eating at all.  Whaddaya know, several consecutive days of weight loss.  As I type this, I'm only 2 pounds over my record low, and hope to beat that here soon.

One trend I've noticed with food is that irregular stuff doesn't matter quite as much as regular stuff.  Many diet plans have a "cheat day", and in addition to psychological benefits of doing that, occasional splurging doesn't really matter that much.  Oh sure, the next day you'll be a little heavier, but that will be gone within a day or two.  But there have been two periods in here where I've added regular food intake, and each time weight loss eventually slowed or went away, even with increased walking.  It's not quite as apparent in the early parts of the graph, but I know when I burned some serious calories and still didn't lose anything.  My wife was routinely making banana bread, really good banana bread.  Put a stop to that, and the weight started dropping again.  More recently, I've been eating nuts.  Peanuts, pecans, cashews, raisins, and sunflowers seeds.  Local store sells a nice trail mix.  At first it was a small portion with my afternoon snack.  Then it was a larger portion.  Then I added some with lunch.  I don't remember exactly when I started, but I suspect it corresponds with the uptick ever since the previous low record in mid-May.  So the other reason for the weight loss over the last week is that I mostly stopped eating the nuts.

Walk more.  Eat less.  Weight comes off.  Huh.  As I type this, I've crossed the 200K calorie threshold.  3 million steps and 1000 miles should happen within the next week or so.

Nothing to report about the treadmill itself.  It's working just fine.  I've been pretty good about lubricating the belt at the manual-recommended 50 hour mark, but I think I'm going to start doing so less often.  50 hours of usage is only a week or two for me, and I don't think I'm losing lube that quickly.  Indeed, the sides of the belt sort of have a stained look to them, and I've even seen some pooled silicone on the edges.  I may just go with once a month. I'm still quite happy with the purchase, and have no intention of returning to a sitting desk.

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