I have been offline a while…but it was a plan, and necessary. I needed to step back and re-evaluate, regain perspective and remember why I was doing this in the first place and not be so obsessive about blogging (I had seriously let other more important things slide). I had already come to realize that I had strayed from my original intent, but gaining 20 pounds from too much sitting that was the final straw. I immediately stopped cold and started looking for an answer. I found one, but it wasn’t cheap and it took time to get it. Ta da! My Lifespan Treadmill Desk! (For more details, Amazon is a good place to go, but I bought direct from the manufacturer.)
I have learned that the only way that I will change/do something hard is to put myself in a position where I can only do the right thing. So I eliminated a seating area in my living room and put in this walking desk and set up a complete work area. It is fully adjustable and is as solid as a rock, goes from 0.5 to 4.0 mph, and as I am typing I am walking 2.0 mph. I sometimes take a break and crank up the tunes and speed up (now walking 2.8 mph), just stand if I need to (harder on my feet), or slow down if necessary. For special situations I take the laptop to the couch and sit, but it is (deliberately) less convenient and comfortable. There is Bluetooth from the treadmill to my computer and I can then upload the data to an online site to keep track of my walking stats.
It is convenient because I won’t walk in the rain/snow/ice (we get enough of that around here). If the living room allowed for turning it to face the TV it would be even better, but no luck, so I just listen to it a bit more than watch it.
No comment yet on walking/weight loss progress. Later, maybe.
In the meantime, I am going to look at scheduling when I blog. I also plan to return to doing it more for me. I may update this post on those points, but for now I have other things I must do and will do them, but since much of it involves paper shuffling (see the mess on the desk?) I will be walking no more than a more leisurely 1-1.2 mph.