Project: Treadmill Desk, Day One


Today was my first day of walking while working.  I have to say, it was kind of anticlimactic, but the results were awesome.  

I had a goal of walking for 4 hours today at a sedate pace of ~2.5 MPH.  Mission accomplished!  Without calculating my current walk, I've logged 9 miles in 3.4 hours.  This walk will take me over my 4 hour mark.

According to my FitBit (pictured above), I completely crushed it today.  Over 30,000 steps, 14 miles and 4,000 calories.  For a dude that has had to work to get 10,000 steps in, that's nothing short of freaking amazing.  

I'm also tracking my daily diet, and I struggled to get in 1,700 calories.  If I keep up with this deficit, I'll be losing ~4 lbs/week.  Though, I expect that in a day or so, my body is going to make known its need for calories.

Which brings me to my motivation for doing all of this.  Besides the fun of exploring something and the pride of building it, I'm doing this to lose weight.  I'm sitting at a solid 220 lbs right now and I'm 5'11".  That's after I spent the first 3 months doing P90X 3!  

220 would be cool if I was 6'4", but I'm not (sadly!  I would even love to claim 6', but alas, God or nature or both denied me that last inch).  I haven't felt really good about my size in at least 3 years, and even then, it was grudging.  I was 180 when I married my lovely wife, and, let's be honest, I felt like a complete stud back then.  I mean, I was 23 and I had just married this really awesome girl, so maybe one would expect me to feel like a stud, but I'd love to see the comparison of 180 at 23 and 180 at 36.

Now, there are other benefits.  I'm cutting my risk of heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases significantly.  The daily recommendation is 30 minutes of physical activity a day.  I logged 228 minutes today.  I'm checking that box.  Just being healthier would be huge.  But hitting 180 for our trip to Hawaii in July would be pretty awesome, too.  Perhaps I'm shallow, but I've found my motivation, and it's extreme...  Just like I like it to be!

Now, how is it walking while you work?  Did I get stuff done?  Was I productive?  Was I distracted?

In fact, I found walking and working to be better for productivity and focus than sitting.  When I encounter a problem, I really like when you get to that place where you become so consumed with the problem and its possible solutions that the rest of the world fades away.  The problem becomes everything.  It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I log that day as a good day.  It happened twice today!  I also knocked out half of my weekly todo list.

I'm not having any difficulty adjusting to typing while walking, and while I'm having a bit of a problem with the trackpad (getting the cursor exactly where I want it is a bit tough), I don't expect that to last.  Most blogs and articles I've read have said that it takes a few days to get adjusted, so I should be just fine.

At any rate, a mile went by while I was telling you all this, and I really didn't notice.  Tomorrow may tell a different tale, though, as it's possible I overdid it a bit today.  If so, I'll tone it back some.  But I have thoroughly enjoyed day one of my experiment.  Let's see what day two brings!