Monday, January 13, 2014

Treadmill Desk Update: 2 Years

I guess this will just be a quarterly update, considering how long it has been since the last one.

I have now completed 2 full years of treadmill desk ownership.  Year 2 did not end positively:

  • Hours: 2936
  • Hours/Day: 5.1
  • Steps: 10,355,045
  • Steps/Day: 18,040
  • Calories: 637,291
  • Calories/Day: 1,110
  • Calories/Hr: 216
  • Miles: 3426.5
  • Miles/Day: 6.0

Oh, where to begin, where to begin… Well, I mentioned last time that I would be reducing walking in exchange for swimming.  And for the most part, that has gone well.  Between travel and schedule, I actually haven’t been to the pool for a little while now, but for many weeks I was swimming no less than every day or two.

Then I ran smack into holiday season, with lots of treats, large meals, and reduced willpower. Got lazy with exercise in general, too. Needless to say, I experienced quite the setback, as the graph clearly shows.

The trend since I was quite sick (the low point on the graph) is clearly up, and one thing that corresponds with this time frame is that I have not participated in any weight contests. Not that I was passing up opportunities; the ones I have joined previously simply weren’t available.  A lot of the downward trends in the first 2/3 of this graph correspond to such contests.  Fortunately a new one just started up a couple days ago.  I say fortunately because I clearly have lapsed on my self-motivation for a while, so some outside motivation might do me some good.

I didn’t even match the numbers I had the first year. 300 fewer hours, almost 1 million fewer steps, and over 300 fewer miles. There really isn’t any mystery here. It has been a combination of less exercise and more food. I’m going to have to switch that around in order to get this trend going back in a good direction. Here’s to better results - and discipline - in the new year.

 

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I built a treadmill desk after reading your blog. Sorry to see you are struggling.

You are referring to contests. Have you tried this?

https://www.dietbetter.com

It may be the motivation tool you need right now. I start with The Transformer myself on January 21st, would be nice to have you on board.

Good luck!

Olivier

Jordan said...

I think it's time to recommit yourself to the treadmill desk, if only because you have been on BBC!

I have a 'Sit2Stand' treadmill desk so I can stand when I want and sit when I a want. As a result, even though I have 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' and am a semi-shut-in, I can usually get my 10,000 steps a day.

Without the ability to quickly change between sitting and standing, I probably wouldn't bother. Maybe it's something to consider.

This is just a setback. I believe in the treadmill desk lifestyle and you are a great spokesperson.

Keep believing!