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Three Things Thursday: Motion

Two of my last three posts have been the serious sort. By reading them alone, you might misunderstand where I’m really at: in a state of nearly perpetual delight!

(I say “nearly” because I’m tired after an especially long day following a terrible night’s sleep, but tonight’s good sleep will fill my tank right up again.)

Three things for which I’m especially thankful right now, apart from my rockin’ new job, each involve their own kind of motion.

Hiking: My guys and I went on two hikes last weekend. We wanted to hike Del Cerro on Saturday, but there were no parking spots for miles. We wandered through nearby botanical gardens instead, and my green-loving Oregon heart was happy … even without a vast expanse of water nearby.

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On Sunday we visited Del Cerro again. We found a parking spot only a few blocks away and had a blast hiking its trails.

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“Mo hosie!” pleaded my toddler again and again after a horse passed us on the trail. His perfect moment would involve horses, trucks, and chocolate.

Rain: Did I mention my Oregon heart? Thanks to the covered walkways around my office, I’ve been able to walk outside despite this week’s rare SoCal downpours. Yesterday, I was even treated to rarer still thunder and lightning on one of my walks.

Sit/stand desk: I just got a work desk that toggles between sitting and standing positions. It’s even more amazing than I imagined! I enjoy moving. I get restless sitting still hour after hour after hour, especially knowing how much damage such prolonged sitting does to the human body. Being able to easily move at my desk throughout the day not only feels better to my motion-craving self, but decreases stiffness, aches, and subtle discomforts that grow the longer I sit.

So there you have it: Today I am thankful for these three different sets of motion.

And now, now I shall use my powers of motion to locomote straight to bed.

This Three Things Thursday was inspired by Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things post.
You can read this week’s other Three Things posts here.

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  1. Deb
    January 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    My last, short part-time job around the time I started caring for the grandchild involved standing at a computer cart (and hauling it around hospital corridors). I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the standing part, although I had gotten used to standing at the oral surgery office. Being upright and not tied to a chair does make you want to move, which is a good thing indeed.

    • January 8, 2016 at 3:36 am

      Yes! I went through a short period of sitting on an exercise ball a few jobs ago, and that was a nice shift from regular sitting, but this … this is so much the better. 🙂

  2. January 8, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting one of those standing desk contraptions. I feared I might feel drained after standing in front of it, but your experience gives me hope. Still pondering, but maybe…

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

      If you get the variety that moves between the two, you’ll be set! I sit for 30 minutes to an hour (usually with a break somewhere in there for water or “nose-powdering”), start feeling a little stiffness in my back, and then stand for 20-30 minutes. It feels fantastic!

      • January 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

        I’m thinking that this might be good for me. Thanks for explaining your process to me. Sounds doable.

  3. January 8, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Thanks! I just love the idea of 3 things Thursday! I’m new to your blog and blogging in general so cool idea! 🙂

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

      I’ve really enjoyed reading Nerd in the Brain’s Thursday posts! I’m aiming to participate once monthly, though I might occasionally manage more than that.

      I love reminders to practice gratitude. 😀

  4. January 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Love it! I have a beautiful antique ladies writing desk that I use… but I also have some fabric and a shoe rack that sit on top of it when I need to stand more!

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Awesome! There are shelves at the end of each aisle where I sit, so I’d get up and work at the shelves once or twice a day to make sure I was getting enough blood flow. That standing time is so important!

  5. January 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love your list! Your hiking pictures (here and on Instagram) look amazing…it looks like y’all had loads of fun. 😀

    Enjoy that desk…and the rain! 🙂

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:27 am

      We did! We got to go on our first date in months yesterday. I proposed returning to Del Cerro and having a little bit more involved a hiking experience, but A said he was still feeling a little stiff after last weekend. We went for a long, flat walk instead. 😀

  6. January 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I hope you got some good rest! I am the walking dead today (see how I continued your motion theme?!) after yet another miserable night; I hope yours was much better!

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I did get another good night’s sleep and felt magnificent afterward! I hope you’re finding chances here and there to sneak in some zzz’s. The sleep deprivation was so, so much harder this time around that last … but it’s getting better, with interruptions now being fewer and further between. Tonsa ♥

  7. January 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I love this!!!

    I have seen the standing desks and think they are fabulous, think I might need one in my home office if nowhere else.

    Love the pictures! Texas is so wet and cold right now it is difficult for me to get enthusiastic about moving my happy azz outside.

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

      There are fabulous! I thought they would be fabulous, but they’re easily dozens of times of more so than I could’ve imagined. 😀

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