Friday, August 17, 2012

Treadmill Desk Update: 7 Months

As usual, this is a bit late.  Still marching on with my LifeSpan TR1200-DT treadmill desk.  The latest numbers:

  • Hours: 968.5
  • Hours/Day: 5.1
  • Steps: 3,375,242
  • Steps/Day: 17,953
  • Calories: 236,030
  • Calories/Day: 1,255
  • Calories/Hr: 243
  • Miles: 1134.8
  • Miles/Day: 6.0

Since the last update, I have blown past 3 million steps (!), 200K calories, and 1000 miles (!!).  I should pass 1000 hours by the end of the day.  I'm really quite proud of myself.  As I type this, I'm down 35 pounds.  And although the rate of loss has slowed, that amount has not been less than 30 pounds in about a month.  From the very peak of this chart to my current record low is 41 pounds, and I'm pretty close to that record right now.

For the most part, I'm still going strong.  I took a few days off last week just due to generally feeling tired and starting to get some tingling in my feet.  Before then had been 5 straight weeks of at least 1 hour on the treadmill, with an average of 5 1/2, so I've been walking a lot.  I'm doing a decent job of hitting my goal of 1500 calories burned per day, although this typically falls short on weekends.  July wound up being my 3rd-highest distance month, falling just shy of 2nd-place March.

I think the 2 lb/wk pace has become a pipe dream.  I flirt with it once in a while, but then the weight will bounce back up.  I'm just not walking with the speed that I was initially.  Although the slower rate of weight loss is a bit frustrating compared to what it was, the reduced wear and tear and pain on my body is a worthwhile tradeoff.  Even 1 lb/wk is still weight loss, and I'm probably doing more like 1.5 lb/wk at the moment.  I don't have the pain in my joints after sitting anymore, and my feet are significantly better than they were a few months ago.

I have to think that I'd be pretty happy with this weight loss even if it took a full year, and I still have 5 months to go yet.  Can't wait to see where things stand in January.

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Anonymous said...

Excluding the work-out maniacs at The Biggest Loser, I believe 1 pound a week is the ideal rate.

Have you ever seen people who lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time from stomach staples, etc..? They are like balls of skin.

But a nice slow burn based on exercise produces fantastic results.

Except the alarmingly quick weight gain while on vacation, you should be thrilled!

Brian Slick said...

Well, the vacation gain is a little misleading. It was only about 3 pounds from vacation itself, which considering the near-total lack of activity really wasn't bad at all. I've been participating in a weight loss contest that runs for a couple months at a time. A new round was going to begin a few days after vacation. In order to maximize the weight loss percentage during the contest, it helps to start as heavy as possible. So for a few days before starting, since I was already up from vacation, just really ate too much on purpose. Packed on another 3 or 4 pounds for the initial weigh in. Roughly a 6-pound swing overall, which is about what I would expect to gain on, say, a cruise of similar duration.

The upward swing before vacation, on the other hand, I don't really have an excuse/explanation for.