Friday, March 08, 2013

Treadmill Desk Update: 1 Year, 2 Months

Hey, two in a row on time.  I guess that's easier to do when the news is good:

For the second month in a row, the low point is on the far right of the graph, meaning that I have indeed set a new record of -49 pounds (one of my scales says 50, but I'm trying to be consistent).

The latest statistics:

  • Hours: 1911.5
  • Hours/Day: 5.2
  • Steps: 6,706,869
  • Steps/Day: 18,275
  • Calories: 435,055
  • Calories/Day: 1,185
  • Calories/Hr: 227
  • Miles: 2237
  • Miles/Day: 6.1

Looks like 2000 hours and 7 million steps are in the not-too-distance future.  It's so frustrating watching the calorie burn rate drop as I lose weight.  This time last year, I was burning around 250 cal/hr; now it is under 200.  An 8-hour day would put me over 2000 calories before, now it isn't even 1600.

Fame And (no) Fortune

My deskwalking activities are attracting attention, and for some curious reason that attention is largely international.  Americans must not care.

First, the BBC was interested in doing an article on treadmill desks, and LifeSpan was kind enough to point them in my direction.  The article posted in late January:

Treadmill desks: How practical are they?

This attracted the attention of an Irish radio program, The Mooney Show, and they contacted me for an interview.  It aired just a couple days ago, and can be found here:

Working At A Treadmill Station

So this is kinda cool, though my 15 minutes are probably about up.  However if anyone wants to talk to me about quality iPhone/iPad development services, I can go on at great length about that.

300 Mile March

I mentioned last month that I have acquired a Fitbit, and that I've been enjoying competing with some other treadmill desk walkers.  The truth is that I don't compete all that well, since I apparently walk slow.  In the interest of bolstering my step count numbers, I've occasionally been walking around outside.  On the treadmill, I typically walk at 1.2 mph, but out around the neighborhood it is more like 4 mph.  I'm competing against people who walk at 1.6, 1.8, some even over 2.0 on their treadmills, and I just can't keep up.  I'd have to put in 9-10 hours a day to even have a shot, but some of them do that too.  So if I take an hour to walk outside, for that hour I can boost my numbers by 3x-4x, and that helps me to be competitive overall.  And competitive I am, as I'm currently top-10 amongst 167 people over the last 30 days.

Armed with this motivation, I put up my 3rd-highest treadmill distance ever in February.  Adding the outside walking, I turned in my highest total-walking month ever, beating the previous record pretty soundly, even more impressive considering it was a short month.  All told I walked nearly 250 miles in February.  So I started thinking about some numbers.  March is a longer month.  If I can do 250 in February, I should be able to do more in March, so I basically just rounded up and decided to aim for 300.  I then declared it to be 300 Mile March.  I post nightly updates on Twitter.  So far I'm a little ahead of the necessary pace.

Unfortunately, after a fast start, I've experienced a setback.  Although my treadmill life has been relatively blister-free for a while, this is not the case for outside walking. And I got a big one a few days ago. So I've had to dial back the outside walking for a bit to let that heal.  I need to do 9.7 miles/day in order to hit the goal.  If I walk 8 hours on the treadmill at 1.2, that is 9.6 miles.  8 hours is hard to do during the work week, and just does not happen on weekends, so on treadmill alone this goal will be tough to hit.  I really need the neighborhood walking to have a chance.  But I'm motivated to hit this, so we'll see what happens.  I do suspect I'll probably declare 0 Mile April, though.

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Jordan said...

What do you do when you want to sit? Do you move your labtop, tall chair, etc?

Brian Slick said...

Generally speaking, a break from walking is also a break from working. I don't generally find very often that I want to take a break from one but not the other. If I just want to not be walking for a couple of hours, I'll usually take the laptop and sit on the couch. For more extended periods, I'll usually go somewhere with WiFi, just depends on how badly I want to be out of the apartment.