How You Made a Change for the Healthy

A couple months ago, I wrote about the One Small Change I Made to Improve My Health — creating a standing up desk at home, or my “perch”, as Matt calls it.

At home, my perch is the breakfast bar area facing the kitchen.


And I created one at my dietetic internship the other day, too, by putting a box on top of my work table. Not exactly pretty, but it gets the job done :)


Since my post, I’ve heard from a bunch of you that I’ve inspired you to create your own perches, too, so I asked that you send me photos of your perches, at home or work.

Here they are! :)

Theodora rocking out at home — she uses a similar set up to me at home with her breakfast bar!


Here’s Rachelle’s “fancy ergonomic desk” set up at work — love the creativity with the different size boxes! She says she stands about 4 hours out of the work day now.

Fancy Ergonomic Stand Up Desk

Abby found a new favorite “perch” spot at her local coffee shop!


Anna uses a little stand and some books to put her laptop and mouse on at work:


Love that she has my blog open on the laptop! Hehe.


Colleen is rocking her breakfast bar at home, too… reading my blog, of course! ;)

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Hi Colleen!

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Thanks for sharing your pictures! I love that you guys are making changes for the healthy, too. Keep it up :)

Have you guys ever thought about making a standing up desk? Do you think your workplace would allow it? I’ve heard of some really cool desks attached to (very slow) treadmills and even bikes, but I have a feeling most offices wouldn’t be on board for that… but there’s always the options to just place a box (or something nicer looker) on top of your desk, too!

We’re teaching kids how to cook this morning at my dietetic internship! It’s day 1 of a four day class called “Cook Smart, Eat Smart” we’re running with 4-H kids. Should be interesting — I’m bringing my camera for sure! It’ll be fun to interact with kids again — sometimes I miss teaching! It will be nice that these kids actually speak my language ;)

Also, stay tuned for a fun recap of me and Matt’s second brick workout (bike + run) for triathlon training! We did the workout after work last night and it was a success :) So tired this morning, though!

And in the meantime, check out my guest post over on Tina’s blog about how I got into running — and you can, too!


  1. 1

    The Dwight bobble-head…

  2. 3

    Great guest post! I love that you shared your running and training journey! So inspiring, as I will be running my first half marathon in August! EEEEEK!

  3. 4

    I spend most of the day on my feet anyway because I’m a teacher but now that I’m home and taking an onlne class, Ive been sitting WAY too much! We have a bar-type table with tall stool, so instead of sitting, I’ve been standing because the table is the perfect height. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. 6

    I LOVE the perch! :) I teach dance and drama and am pretty active in general, so I usually only sit when I’m blogging! :)

  5. 7

    Yay! for standing! Lol I am sitting as a currently type this comment, but considering how I taught a walking class and I just walked to subway I deserve to sit for a bit!

  6. 9

    I like Rachelle’s and I like standing up to work. Great post.

  7. 10

    Ah, my favorite time at home is when I’m cooking dinner on the island in the middle of our apartment, so I can use the computer while standing and get some chopping done too!! Love the perch.

  8. 11

    I don’t have anywhere to perch at home yet but would love to look into making one for me and the bf!!

  9. 12

    So cute! I sometimes perch at my kitchen counter but maybe I might need to make a more regular work station after seeing these!

  10. 13

    I sit on my yoga ball a lot at work but I put too much air in it the other day and now it hurts my butt if I sit for too long! I’m some of that air will be gone soon!

  11. 14

    What a great idea!!!

  12. 15

    Whenever I’m doing a lot of things at home all at one time, I put my laptop up on a perch so I don’t sit down and get comfortable. It makes me get the work done! I need to create a perch at work. Great idea!

  13. 16

    I work in a laboratory so I’m either standing or walking for most of the day… including on my lunch break… so I enjoy the sitting breaks! But I love seeing everyone’s ideas for a “perch”! :-)

  14. 17

    Hooray for a perch! Working hard and taking breaks to read your blog of course! :)

  15. 18

    My co-workers and I were JUST talking about this! I’m a greeting card illustrator, and sit down all day long to draw… and I know it’s terrible for me! However, it may also be a challenge to stand up and draw at the same time. LOL ;)

    But I definitely want to make a “perch” while I’m blog-reading from now on!

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    My employer is actually very away of the issue with ergonomics and (after a note from my doctor) provided me with a sit/stand desk. It’s powered and goes from sitting height to standing with the push of a button. I love it!

    I’m a technical writer so sitting all day gives me back problems.


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