We have been full-time RV’ing for nearly three years in a 2013 Itasca Ellipse — a 42’ motor coach.
For most of the last three years, I worked for a company based out of Seattle. Then, a few months ago, after 12 years with that company, Bill and I decided it was time for me to quit.
As you might imagine, working full-time vs. not has hugely affected my RV’ing life. (Think: Hers – the 24′ camper van addition to our RV life, which lets me zip around the states with ease and simplicity.)
I still think of myself as working, just not for someone else. Instead, I work for us, and I could not be happier about that! In fact, I have never been happier than I am right now.
That said, I have been living in this 500 square foot tin can — (that’s what I call the motor coach when I am upset with it) — for quite awhile now, and there is one thing that I really, really miss about my former, more “normal” life. You know, that life when I actually lived in a home that was not on wheels.
And here it is — The TrekDesk!
Have you seen one of these?
The TrekDesk is all sorts of awesome. Of course, you need a treadmill to go with it. (Which I have. In a storage unit. Hundreds of miles away.)
I used to work from home for that company in Seattle. So for years with the TrekDesk, I would spend five to six hours a day walking at a slow pace (1 to 2 mph) whilst working away on my computer and talking to clients and co-workers on the telephone. It was perfect! The pace was so slow that you don’t come anywhere near to breaking a sweat or getting winded, but at least you aren’t sitting on your tooshie all day, which studies show is incredibly unhealthy for us. And no client or co-worker was the wiser, because again, at that slow of pace, the sound of the treadmill is such that no one else hears it.
And while our motor coach is about as big as they come, ain’t no way a treadmill and TrekDesk are going to fit in it! So I have been without it for almost three years. (Coincidentally, or not, my weight has been on the rise these last three years. Hmmm.)
You may be thinking: But, Susan, you have been to some of the most beautiful places in the United States, with more than enough paths and trails to walk.
But remember, until a few months ago, I was working full-time. My butt was in a chair, often at the dining table, for at least eight hours a day, and usually more like 10 to 12 hours. Even now, now that I no longer work for “the man,” I am still in front of the computer a lot during each day, though now my hours are my own, and I can pick and choose when I head out for a walk, hike, or bike ride.
For you non-full-timers, can you even imagine how difficult it is to get 10,000+ steps in each day when the farthest you walk in your motor coach – from front to back – is 17 steps?! (Yes, I did just pace that off. Such a weirdo.)
With the Trek Desk, I usually had 5 miles in the books before lunch.
Oh, TrekDesk, I miss you soooooo much.
If you, the reader of this blog, have a home and room enough for a treadmill and TrekDesk, I cannot encourage you enough to get one! They’re available via Amazon — of course. 😉
I am not a paid-sponsor, nor a spokesperson for the company. I’m just a girl … who fell in love with a TrekDesk … and is asking it to wait for her.
Because one day, I will live in a house again. And the first thing I want unloaded from the moving truck is this:
If you full-time RV, what do you miss most that you had to leave behind? And if you’re not an RV’er, what in the world could be stopping you from getting one of these?! 🙂