I have promised pictures of the treadmill desk, so here is a sneak peek (I am not revealing an actual post until I have the step-by-step).
My desk surface right now is particle board because my hubby balubby couldn’t bear with cutting the desk top that came with the Ikea desk unless we were sure we loved the design first. We love it, so at the next opportunity, he’ll go ahead and replace the desk top with the Ikea original.
I promise to share more deets with you soon, but we used an Ikea Jerker desk (any H-frame desk works) and it is sturdy! They don’t make them anymore, so check craigslist! I found mine for $90 and it was worth every penny.
Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.
Oh, and those nachos are coming on Monday! Stay tuned!
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I ate this:
Breakfast: no-sugar-added yogurt + blueberries + raspberries
Lunch: Roasted green beans with Bacconaise
Dinner: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Baconnaise
Snack: Cottage cheese+sunflower seeds +shredded Parm + green olives
Exercise: Walked and worked for 1.6 hours at my treadmill desk at 1 mph. Then I even walked another half of a mile through hilly places outside. Whee!
Notes: I am trying to catch up on posts for the week, so I have been trying some old favorite recipes in new ways to keep my menu interesting.
What I learned:
Sometimes walking is the most fun.
Today I walked through a hilly part of town. Yeah! For a half mile! Yeah!
It was my daughter’s first choir concert in middle school, and since we live a little ways from the place and I knew parking was going to be a hot mess. After all, three older kids and experience told me parking there would likely require some strong medication or booze for my nerves, especially since the school has a lot of pupils and not many parking spots (they also scheduled both choir AND band the same night). I decided my two daughters and I should walk the distance and ditch the car–and so we did.
I am not going to pull your leg; it’s different walking up and down hills than working at 1 mph on my treadmill desk, so this wasn’t the easiest walk. Surprisingly, however, it wasn’t that bad, either. The hours I’ve put into walking while working have definitely made actual “distance walking” not so unpleasant as I thought it might be.
As we home after listening to sixth graders sing and blurp their way through a band concert, the girls and I walked along the crunchy leaf beds, golden and crimson. The breeze whipped through, occasionally drumming up a sigh of relief and disturbed the gnat tornadoes along the paths. We heard the far away yawps of children playing, a far-off dog yipping at a passerby, families hugging hello at the end of a long day.
Somewhere along the way home, my 11 year old kicked off her flats and walked barefoot, toes curling in the thick green grass of the park. She quickened her pace, but we could still hear her ‘oohs!’ of relief from having such a chilly treat under her aching feet.
“Don’t step in dog poop!” cautioned her older sister.
We lingered, walking slowly, laughing, and enjoying the world around us.
And you know what? We were home before we even really knew it.