Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19, 2020

Many of you living with cancer or an autoimmune disease, like me, deal with daily fatigue. You know that exercise is so important to your health, but it’s so hard. There’s always an excuse: it’s too cold or hot, it’s going to rain or it’s raining, or it’s snowy and icy, or I just don’t want to. I, too, have all these excuses, but I have a new rescue dog who wants to go out and who doesn’t care about my excuses! And I’ve got traction devices for my boots.

Now I just need a walking group who will keep me accountable. People who say, ‘let’s go for a walk.’

And I thought: What about my virtual friends on MayoClinicConnect? And Mayo Clinic has an easy 12-week walking program to get us started! Here’s the link:
Get walking with this 12-week walking schedule

So let’s form a virtual walking group. We can agree to walk every day and encourage each other through Connect. We can walk outdoors, in a mall, or in the red center, or in the hallways of our apartment building.

Who’s in? Who’s going to join me? Come on, Let’s Go Walking!

@lioness

LOL mine is up and down . Today my back is hurting so think it is a stay in day for awhile but if I find some extra I will send by fairy dust may get there sooner ?

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@lilypaws . I wish I had the answer to these pains but the only thing I do is rest and take my Tramadol 50mg when it is bad also a heating pad . Its a miracle how a hot shower helps with the pain. I do use muscle rubs like Dr. Blue I think it has some Emu oil in it that is good Have your husband get some for you or you can order online that is the safer thing to do at this point in our history

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@lioness

LOL mine is up and down . Today my back is hurting so think it is a stay in day for awhile but if I find some extra I will send by fairy dust may get there sooner ?

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@lioness, I understand the elevator ride of energy up and down all too well! Wish we could just press the "up" button when we can't seem to get beyond the "ground floor". Just a quick around the block walk this morning because I'd dug 5 holes in one area to transplant some liriope, (monkey grass) and wanted to get it in and watered before it became too hot. Fairy Dust accepted here anytime!!!!

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@lioness and @mayofeb2020, Yes, weather is still a natural event none of us can control but can cause so much fear and destruction. The virus, on the other hand, while still out of control in some areas and becoming more so in some others, is something we can at least take some precautions against. Merry, I can't remember if you are in TX? We are 200,000+ in my area and the numbers for infections and hospitalizations grow daily. Absolutely just my own opinion but I think the rapid increase here is that people started flooding areas with crowds, no distancing and not wearing masks. I understand how copped up we all have felt but elected officials here have stated they will not enforce the recommendations and so people feel they have carte blanche to do as they please. So discouraging for those of us who continue to "follow the rules".

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@docktort123

I live up in the California mountains with only one incorporated town in the entire county. The gas station on the main road had a sign "locals only" for several weeks as we are flooded in the summer with hunters and fishermen from all over including Arizona and Nevada. Locals are worried about the virus being imported from these "hot spots. Our population doubles in the summer. In town it's a mixed bag with some stores demanding the wearing of masks, others have seniors only hours and some seem to be open as if things were normal. Being old with respiratory issues I'm trying to be careful but sometimes I forget and shake hands with golfers visiting our local golf course from every hot spot in the country. I promptly use hand sanitizer but realize we are all rolling the dice every time we go out. From what I observe it seems that democrats follow our state governors advise, and increasingly forceful command, to wear a mask and republicans seem to follow the president and don't mask up. Social distancing is easier up here as there are fewer people and there are only 9 cases reported in the entire county. I only go to town (population 17,500 and 30 miles away) once a week for groceries on a senior day, where some stores have seniors only hours in the morning, visiting Safeway, Walmart,the local drug store and scurrying back up the mountain to the lake as fast as possible. The 1918 pandemic took a while to reach every where but it did and this one will too. Let's not get complacent as so many seem to be doing. As you mentioned we too have a few stores handing out masks or selling them at the door to encourage their use. Many people are trying their best to follow medical advice and stay safe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for all of us.

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@docktort123 Welcome to our very chatty walking/exercise group. Looks like this is your first time on Connect. It must be so much cooler in the mountains! Are you going to walk/exercize with us? We would love to have you!

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@lioness

@imallers . That's all you need now ,hurricanes on top of this pandemic. With us in Calif. its fires and/or floods . Wherever in country always some kind of disaster . In the last few days there has been a couple of 6.5-7 earthquakes . I don't understand people who don't listen either but do as you know is best and good for that library . My insurance Humana sent me out 2 mask yesterday . They are nice .

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Well, @lioness, I'm with Humana, too, but no masks yet in the mail. I know each plan is different and I'm glad your plan has sent you some "freebies"! I finally ordered two masks and pkg of filters from Etsy. I still have some hospital masks from an earlier purchase and wear a scarf on walks and in the front yard…just in case. Looking forward to trying on the new ones and hope they will be comfortable and easy to breathe through.

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@imallears

@fiesty76
Hi,
Jacksonville was chosen, way way up north from me. I think my energy generally comes from proper eating and sleep, of course, and the daily walk. I drink matcha powder tea before my gym class and that goes a long way because of the caffeine.
I notice on nights that I sleep well that I have more energy the next day but I was indulging in too many complex carbs the last few weeks and that contributes to lower energy for me.

So I went to 2 stores this morning after the walk and after the bank. More people than not were wearing masks but in Target I noticed 2 different woman without…one middle age and one a little younger. Some smaller business state “No mask No entry”
Hope to see more of that. We won’t close in this state but businesses will suffer because of the spike. My beauty salon just sent out an email that masks are now required or they won’t be served. Last time maybe half the customers had masks. I use a disposable one when she is putting color on my oh so gray roots.

So let’s just keep moving and hoping for the best.

FL Mary

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@imallears, Hi, Mary, I am glad to learn you live farther away from where the convention will be held! Interesting that you mentioned that eating more than usual complex carbs seems to lower your energy. I am still badly needing to gain weight after an undiagnosed 30 lb loss over several months so am eating more high calorie laden foods. Think I will reduce those for a week or two and see if that improves and extends my daily energy. I've long felt best in the mornings and plan most physical effforts/activities before noon.

i agree that frequent movement and working to keep our spirits up is important to our quality of life, even more so now that many of us are still staying home more than in the past.

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@fiesty76

@imallears, Hi, Mary, I am glad to learn you live farther away from where the convention will be held! Interesting that you mentioned that eating more than usual complex carbs seems to lower your energy. I am still badly needing to gain weight after an undiagnosed 30 lb loss over several months so am eating more high calorie laden foods. Think I will reduce those for a week or two and see if that improves and extends my daily energy. I've long felt best in the mornings and plan most physical effforts/activities before noon.

i agree that frequent movement and working to keep our spirits up is important to our quality of life, even more so now that many of us are still staying home more than in the past.

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@fiesty76. Undiagnosed 30 lbs weight loss? That's alot of weight? Have you talked to your doctor about this? Is it due to the stress of the virus? I remember after I had the head on collision a few years back, I lost quite a few lbs because I could not eat or sleep due to the stress, and my doctor wanted me to see a therapist. Fortunately it got better. Take care of yourself, keep an eye on the weight.

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@lilypaws

@lioness Send some of that fairy dust my way. I'm pretty uncomfortable today after the 9 hour surgery on the 9th. I have to wear my brace very tight and stand up with a good posture. I have a cut from T-10 to my pelvis, which seems to be healing. It's going to take a long time (1 year) to totally heal. Hope your back is better. Jeanie

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Hugs to you, @lilypaws. I'm glad to hear that you are recovering. A year sounds like a long time, but as you continue to heal and to put effort into achieving a good posture, I hope that the time seem to go a little easier for you. Each day is a step in the right direction.
Will you be having a follow-up appointment or is any kind of PT that you will need?

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I walked this morning. Didn't want to. I did it because I knew that it would make me feel good all day long and sleep well tonight!
Anybody else get a walk or activity today?

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@rosemarya

I walked this morning. Didn't want to. I did it because I knew that it would make me feel good all day long and sleep well tonight!
Anybody else get a walk or activity today?

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@rosemarya I had a looong walk today – over 4 miles and over 1 hour – spent part of the time chatting with my winter walking buddies. Remembered to take a bottle of water – stashed it in my sling, and it kept my hand cool until I drank it. Tomorrow will be a quick walk between calls and appts, then Saturday my friend comes across town for a hike by the creek and takeout from our local burrito place. Has my mouth watering, planning what I'll be ordering. Simple pleasures.
Just finished a lovely patio visit with my friend, scoping out her plants that have been 'resting' in my garden for a year and helping plan the gardens in her new yard. And she was admiring all the changes I made before surgery – of course, we had to pause and pull a few weeds.

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@fiesty76

@lioness, I understand the elevator ride of energy up and down all too well! Wish we could just press the "up" button when we can't seem to get beyond the "ground floor". Just a quick around the block walk this morning because I'd dug 5 holes in one area to transplant some liriope, (monkey grass) and wanted to get it in and watered before it became too hot. Fairy Dust accepted here anytime!!!!

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@fiesty76 That's exercise too. Planting those holes especially in clay . I will send some right over to you , here it goes _______— get it ? lol

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@fiesty76

@lioness and @mayofeb2020, Yes, weather is still a natural event none of us can control but can cause so much fear and destruction. The virus, on the other hand, while still out of control in some areas and becoming more so in some others, is something we can at least take some precautions against. Merry, I can't remember if you are in TX? We are 200,000+ in my area and the numbers for infections and hospitalizations grow daily. Absolutely just my own opinion but I think the rapid increase here is that people started flooding areas with crowds, no distancing and not wearing masks. I understand how copped up we all have felt but elected officials here have stated they will not enforce the recommendations and so people feel they have carte blanche to do as they please. So discouraging for those of us who continue to "follow the rules".

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fiesty76 Agree it is so frustrating to see people disregarding our Dr's

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