I know if you've read this blog you've read about my work struggles with obtaining a standing work station. They will not get me one without a doctor's note. I'm going to have to buy one for myself, and I've found that many people use alternative materials to prop up their computers. I think I'll do that to make sure I like it. There are some organizers at Walmart that apparently work well, and they only cost $12. I think it's the same ones I have for my shoes at home, so I may even stag one of those. At least they are already assembled. I just hope my co-workers aren't too weirded out, and this time I'm going to let my boss know before I do it so he's not shocked. Last time, I didn't let anyone know and they were weirded out. My old boss was by no means nice about it either, and even went as far to say that if my potential new boss at the time saw it he would think I was some sort of freak and not hire me. Well, look at me now - I got that job. I found a calculator online that showed based on your weight how much you'd be burning. It's only 350 more calories a day, but that's 1750 calores more a week, and 7000 calories a month which translates into 2 lbs of fat lost. It doesn't seem like much, but that doesn't account for the muscle tone in my legs that will return, the relief in my shoulders, or the fact I'm burning calories in other ways and eating a low calorie diet - it should translate into at least losing the weight I gained when I first went from standing to sitting. Plus, 2 x 12 = 24. Wouldn't you like to lose 24 lbs next year with one simply change?
It'll take some getting used to again, and I'm sure my back and feet will hurt until I adjust to it just like when I first started working in a job where I was standing all day. I'll also incorporate other physical movements like lifting my heels, squats, stretches, and since I'll already be standing I'll be encouraged to pace and make more trips about the building - I'm not chained to my desk. I also tend to snack less since my whole body is engaged in whatever I'm doing. So, even though the base calorie burn is low, there are so many opportunities to burn more! I also felt energized after work when I stood up all day, and working out was no big deal - I looked forward to expending the energy since I had more. I think sitting is like letting your body settle kind of like dirt does when you lay fresh soil down - it just packs in, and you keep having to adjust it and add more to it. Okay, that didn't make much sense... but what I'm getting at is.... OH! I know, it's like not starting a car for long periods, it's bad for the motor. Ha! That's better.
So I may run into Walmart today and check out the stock and see if there is something that will work. If it's exactly what I already have, I'm going to use what I have. I don't know if it's tall enough though, but we'll see. I want to get something in place by Monday. Like I said, I have some goals to meet before December 23rd, and that's only 29 days away at this point. I have issues with someone who is visiting, and part of it is that this person tends to place a lot of value on appearance when it comes to weight. Even though this person is extremely healthy, they don't understand that health and weight don't always go hand in hand. I'm perfectly healthy, but he sees my size as some sort of handicap. This person is much worse to others in the family, but those people have health issues - I don't. I'm fine. I'm healthy. I eat healthy, I exercise, I count calories, and I make adjustments to assure I'm continuing to do all those things. I wish this person saw that I'm always trying, but my body just isn't responding in the way they prefer it to. I'm not skinny, and I may never be skinny. Does that mean I'll never have their complete respect? Does that mean they'll always think less of me even though I try my best? I hope not.
I just wish I could lose weight and be like... "See! I can do it!" But I don't want that to be the reason I'm praised. I'm smart, hardworking, and compassionate - does that not count? Is the number on the scale or the size of my pants the end all be all judgement?
Standing work station...
I'll post pics when it's done.