Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Final verdict: Standing desk, and where I am right now.

So I've been trying the standing desk for a month, and today, I decided to dismantle it and go back to my regular desk.


Well, I gave this thing a herculean try, but I found it was just driving me away from my desk and into the living room, instead of encouraging me to stand more. As it turns out... my feet HATED it. My legs and back felt great, but I felt the beginning of arch pain that I could NOT risk turning into plantar fasciitis.

Most importantly? I missed my cat.

You see, I have a fat, 11-year-old cat who is my work partner and lap buddy. Since I switched to the standing desk, I haven't had him.

Overall, I didn't feel like the benefits outweighed the negatives, for me. Was it a fun experiment? Absolutely! I think that I may try again in the future when I can afford to get a little more equipment, like proper shoes and a mat to stand on.

Where am I, right now?

I'm in limbo. No, I don't mean my physical location. ;) I'm still in Georgia, and there's a nice, vigorous rainstorm going on at the moment.

No, I'm talking about my weight loss routine. I'm stagnant. I'm paying for a gym membership that I can't get out of, and haven't used, in months, although honestly I would love to... I just can't get the motivation to go.

I did go by a bike shop today to inquire about bike rides they do weekly; they do regular 25 mile rides several times a week.

I need to get my head in the right place. I'm not even tracking my food, and making terrible choices. I've gained about 5 lbs.

This is unacceptable.

My goal for this week and next: To get in three weight training sessions. The other things will follow.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this very honest post, Heather! I didn't realize until recently just how big an impact simply sitting can have on our weight. I have always been really active at the gym-- after work. But for the whole day I'd be sitting at my computer.
    Then I did some research that really got me out of my chair. Turns out, while you're sitting the enzyme that burns fat just shuts down, fat builds up especially around the areas you're using to sit (butt, thighs, hips)-- even if you DO work out after work.
    So I got a NextDesk, which is a bit different because it is adjustable in height. I started using it about a year ago and the difference is HUGE! I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, but here are more benefits of standing at work:
    Thanks again for the post. Really wonderful.