Pedal pusher

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I've often found myself sitting at my desk at work, wishing there was something I could do to burn calories. From 6:00am - 5:00pm I'm either sitting in my car going to/from work, or sitting at my desk at work, and as I'm sure everyone knows, sitting on your butt all day only helps it expand.

I finally broke down and bought a mini elliptical (sort of like a pedal bike / hand bike). At first I was too embarrassed to actually bring it to work. The worst part is there are actually very few people that would ever see it, and I'm usually by myself for most, if not the entire day. Yesterday I finally brought it in, and I'm able to pedal away while I work at the computer and answer the phone.

I don't know exactly how many calories it will burn, but anything that uses my muscles more than sitting motionless has to be an improvement. Plus even a small burn stretched out throughout 9+ hours day, 5 days a week has to add up to something. Since I'm not even counting it as exercise (still trying to work out and be active at home after work) I can see no down side to being a "pedal pusher" at work.

I'm also trying to cut down on my carb intake. Not exactly going "low carb", but just being more mindful of carbs and sugar in general. I am a pasta, bread, and sweet lover and I know they play a major role in my weight gain. In fact, I first gained a good portion of my weight in the months just before my wedding. I was planning a candy buffet at the reception and "sampled" the supplies on a daily basis.

I still have no idea just how many extra calories I packed on from that candy alone (I swear sometimes I didn't even taste it, it was just mindless chewing), and I'm actually ashamed of it even now, 4 1/2 years later. Instead of being in the best shape of my life on my wedding day, I was bigger than I had been in the past 5+ years. Funny, it never clicked that those quick snatches of candy would cause me to almost not fit in my dress!

Since then I've gained more weight, and even though I'm unhappy with my weight/size and I slowly keep gaining, I haven't found that true motivation and desire to take control of my eating and exercise habits. Isn't that crazy? As I sit here and read that, I realize it makes no sense, yet I don't know exactly how to change and make it stick. "You just have to do it" is sooooo much easier said than done. *headdesk*

So, I'm trying very hard to take one day at a time. Yesterday in addition to my pedaling, I took my dog for a walk, then did a (surprisingly challenging) 20 minute strength training video. Today I've been pedaling (even increased the resistance!) and will walk the dog again. Since my hubby will be out most of the evening I am committing to picking a 30 - 45 minute workout dvd for tonight, then trying a new, healthy recipe for dinner.

I will worry about tomorrow when it gets here. :) Note to self: THINK POSITIVE!
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  • FIG138
    Thanks for the info! I'm definitely going to check it out. That would definitely fit under my desk at work.
    2336 days ago
  • ANGEL_789
    The one I have is: Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer
    I got in from amazon. It's a little higher priced than some of the simpler bicycle style ones, but I chose it based on the reviews and that you can also use it standing. I don't pay any attention to the step counter on it yet, but may start checking my daily "steps" and maybe push myself to beat my record each day.

    I also like the resistance dial to give myself a challenge when I want, or turn it down just to pedal mindlessly away while I work. I've only been using it a couple days, but it's working for me so far! I also have about 28" from the floor to the underside of my desk, which only leaves an inch or two clearence at the highest part of the pedaling, so make sure your desk will be tall enough.

    Hope that helps!
    2336 days ago
    I like the idea. Baby steps is the way to go
    2337 days ago
  • FIG138
    I've thought about doing this as well! I hate sitting down so much during the day. What type did you get? I would love to hear what you think!
    2337 days ago
  • ANGEL_789
    Thanks for the encouragement! No, I don't pedal constantly all day long (at least not yet), but I try to do it as often as possible, especially when I'm focusing on something else (so I barely realize I'm doing it). It does elevate my heart rate when I pedal fast and/or turn up the resistance, and my legs get tired so something is happening! I'll blog as I go and see if it's working.
    2337 days ago
    That is the best way to do things. Take one day at a time. Do the little things that are different from what you did in the past. It WILL all add up. When you start seeing results you will be motivated to do even more. :) It never gets easy, but it gets easier. :)

    That pedal thing is intriguing. I would love to know if it helps out in the weight loss. I would think it might really tone your legs. Do you literally do it all day? Let me know how that goes!
    2337 days ago
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