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!

@fiesty76

@lioness, Will keep my fingers crossed for Humana. My plan is through a state retired teachers' group but will let you know if masks show up! Looking forward to the ordered masks from Etsy…Might feel so fancy that I'll be "forced" to drive to a park to show them off…while distancing of course!!! Smiles Keep taking those extra precautions in your bldg. We need you so stay safe and healthy!

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@fiesty76 I am staying as safe as I can . The other problem we have is the mail. This post office here delivers the mail but refuses to deliver the boxes if they don't fit in the mailbox. So a friend here has been on them about this she even sent a email to Washington D.C. post general he did reply to here and they are bringing up all the boxes today . Good for her but she volunteered her and me to organizing them and have everyone who has boxes to come down . Vincent who is only in his 50's will let people know who have boxes . Wasn't that nice of her . lol I told her she is like a dog with a bone. You take care . I see in Fla the Mayor told the bars they cant serve alcohol guess just the food . Wonder how that will to over . Be safe

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@fiesty76

@imallears, Loved your response to @gingerw and also giving Big Thumbs Up to all AC repairmen and other utility workers who are keeping us and our households functioning and comfortable!! Two different losses of all communication..phone, tv, computer for over a day once and over 2 1/2 the next during the last 6 weeks made me appreciate in ways never before experienced my gratitude once they were functioning again!!

Yep, as though Covid spread isn't enough and more divisions in our country seem to disrupt the news daily, now we get to contend with Sahara desert dust clouds to boot! My area is known for its prolific dust so would like to pass on more coming this way!!!

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@fiesty76 As I told imallers I wouldn't go out till its at least down to a trickle ,know what I mean . Who know if the Sahara dust is different from our dust here ? Be careful keep you mask on .

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@fiesty76

@lioness, Will keep my fingers crossed for Humana. My plan is through a state retired teachers' group but will let you know if masks show up! Looking forward to the ordered masks from Etsy…Might feel so fancy that I'll be "forced" to drive to a park to show them off…while distancing of course!!! Smiles Keep taking those extra precautions in your bldg. We need you so stay safe and healthy!

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@fiesty76 They may go plan to plan . Keep hoping I hope you get them soon they send 2 so you can wash one and still have one to wear they are very comfortable .

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@fiesty76

@imallears, Loved your response to @gingerw and also giving Big Thumbs Up to all AC repairmen and other utility workers who are keeping us and our households functioning and comfortable!! Two different losses of all communication..phone, tv, computer for over a day once and over 2 1/2 the next during the last 6 weeks made me appreciate in ways never before experienced my gratitude once they were functioning again!!

Yep, as though Covid spread isn't enough and more divisions in our country seem to disrupt the news daily, now we get to contend with Sahara desert dust clouds to boot! My area is known for its prolific dust so would like to pass on more coming this way!!!

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@fiesty76
Hello,
Went out a little late today for a walk and just did 1.5 instead of 2.5 miles. There was haze in the sky and an occasional breeze. The haze made the sun more comfortable. Expected to be 96 in my area today and there is a heat advisory warning out from noon to 6 pm, I was actually weeding a bit in the early evening but not for long. Keeping my weights and step up on in plain sight so Ill be motivated to exercise.
@lioness
Yes, the bars are open and they can only serve drinks in To Go sealed containers. So I guess there will be people congregating in parks with their containers. Don’t know if they are limiting the number you can buy. Hope they jog home instead of driving.

All I see is FL on the news. More cities, especially the vacation areas south of me, are mandating masks. More people than not are wearing them now but I did see 2 women in Target without them last week, after the mandate went into effect in my county. You can buy masks almost anywhere now.

My adult children both here and in Orlando are getting news of friends who are sick. I have known the ones where I live for many years…all in their 50s and 60s.

When things return to normal or the new normal, I have decided to wear a mask during the flu season.
I would sincerely like to unsubscribe to my 90 day free trial of 2020.

Take deep breaths and do breathing exercises while you are walking. Keep moving and eat like your life depends on it.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@fiesty76
Hello,
Went out a little late today for a walk and just did 1.5 instead of 2.5 miles. There was haze in the sky and an occasional breeze. The haze made the sun more comfortable. Expected to be 96 in my area today and there is a heat advisory warning out from noon to 6 pm, I was actually weeding a bit in the early evening but not for long. Keeping my weights and step up on in plain sight so Ill be motivated to exercise.
@lioness
Yes, the bars are open and they can only serve drinks in To Go sealed containers. So I guess there will be people congregating in parks with their containers. Don’t know if they are limiting the number you can buy. Hope they jog home instead of driving.

All I see is FL on the news. More cities, especially the vacation areas south of me, are mandating masks. More people than not are wearing them now but I did see 2 women in Target without them last week, after the mandate went into effect in my county. You can buy masks almost anywhere now.

My adult children both here and in Orlando are getting news of friends who are sick. I have known the ones where I live for many years…all in their 50s and 60s.

When things return to normal or the new normal, I have decided to wear a mask during the flu season.
I would sincerely like to unsubscribe to my 90 day free trial of 2020.

Take deep breaths and do breathing exercises while you are walking. Keep moving and eat like your life depends on it.

FL Mary

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@imallers Your life may depend on it that made me laugh but maybe true. I just hope now that they have these to go drinks that they don't toss there containers on the ground ! Some will probably . I haven't gone out yet I'm not a early bird so will get my self together soon and go for my walk .

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@sueinmn

@jal333 I will weigh in on the mask issue. All evidence coming out of the recent protests in Minneapolis & St Paul, with extensive followup testing of thousands of protestors, seems to indicate that risk of transmission after brief exposure to people OUTDOORS is minimal. Overall, less than 2% of protesters tested 2-3 weeks after exposure were positive, and most of those had other risks such as workplace. This was after being in the crowds, not socially distanced, and often with people shouting, etc for periods as long as many hours over several days. This is reinforced by the fact that our hospital & ICUbeds occupied continue to fall in the Twin Cities as well.
Contrast this with dozens of new infections in one small county less than 2 weeks after bars reopened for indoor occupancy – mostly 20-somethings, all of whom had gone to more than one bar with friends on opening weekend. What's really scary – many work in either daycare or healthcare and had mild or no symptoms, so they are bracing for a wave of secondary infection from community spread…
My policy – and I walk every day – is to have my mask in case I stop to visit along the way, but I don't wear it outdoors unless at a well-populated park where I am constantly passing/being passed by other people in close proximity. But I don't bother on my usual walks where I encounter a couple dozen other walkers and bikers…
Keep in mind – increased risk of infection is a factor of increased exposure to virus-infected droplets – more droplets, in closer proximity, over an extended period of time. This discussion is from an epidemiologist I trust: https://www.bluezones.com/2020/06/covid-19-straight-answers-from-top-epidemiologist-who-predicted-the-pandemic/
Sue

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Hello Sue, hope your thumb is getting better.
I have a question. I bought 2 Indian Hawthorne 1 gallon plants at Home Depot 2 years ago. They have hardly grown in the two years. Yesterday I noticed a near by house had 8 planted one year ago, and they have really taken off.
Gus the landscaper said Home Depot sells 2nd class plants with not great root systems, while the near by house probably had a landscaper get their plants at a regular wholesale nursery. Could this be true?
My Gardner turns the soil every few weeks where the Indian Hawthorne plants are. I lightly fertilize about every 6-8 weeks.
Just wondering if you know why big box store plants grow slower?
Funcountess

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@athoub

Hi @imallears unfortunately am not an athletic person before the surgery .. so am really suffering now
it's so hard especially with kids & two jobs

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@athoub, Anyone who is rearing two children and has been working two jobs has a lot of "get up and go!" I admire your spunk and hope your children are of an age to help you during this time. Let us know how you are doing. If you are like some of the rest of us, some days are easier than others.

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@lioness I'm walking very short walks with my walker. I'm having less pain with my back surgery, but still have to be careful not be twist. I can bend at my pelvis. Some day I will start your virtual walking with you guys, but it may take a year. Take care my dear lioness.

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@imallears

@athoub
You do what you can do. A positive attitude is worth more than anything. Don’t knock yourself out and listen to your body. Kids and 2 jobs post surgery? Be kind to yourself and eat well. All will come in time. What you don’t need is to overextend yourself and wind up being exhausted and lowering your resistance. Remember, good food is good medicine for your body and mind.

Stay safe and healthy

FL Mary

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Well said, @imallears. Learning to practice self-care and be less hard on oneself can be a tough lesson but one so well worth learning.

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@lilypaws

@lioness I'm walking very short walks with my walker. I'm having less pain with my back surgery, but still have to be careful not be twist. I can bend at my pelvis. Some day I will start your virtual walking with you guys, but it may take a year. Take care my dear lioness.

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@lilypaws Glad to hear your up and walking with your walker ,don't overdue listen to your body .It will take awhile for sure that was an extensive surgery . When I was in the O.R. we only did hips I helped the Dr on . We where a small town hospital . Like me you will want to do more later on but don't take care get some books in or whatever you like to do . I'm going to try to draw a picture of my Grandson . Did one but the face didn't come out right . Have a good day

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Please which group should I join I have varicose vein?

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@funcountess

Hello Sue, hope your thumb is getting better.
I have a question. I bought 2 Indian Hawthorne 1 gallon plants at Home Depot 2 years ago. They have hardly grown in the two years. Yesterday I noticed a near by house had 8 planted one year ago, and they have really taken off.
Gus the landscaper said Home Depot sells 2nd class plants with not great root systems, while the near by house probably had a landscaper get their plants at a regular wholesale nursery. Could this be true?
My Gardner turns the soil every few weeks where the Indian Hawthorne plants are. I lightly fertilize about every 6-8 weeks.
Just wondering if you know why big box store plants grow slower?
Funcountess

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@funcountess Big Box plants may be "zoned" for your area, but are probably are not grown in your area unless you live in a very small part of the SE US wherenthey grow things on huge plantations. The plants may or may not be the best specific cultiver for your area. Then they are dug, put into crates and sent to potting centers, potted then crowded onto racks and trucked to local distribution centers, held there until ordered by the stores, put in another truck and sent to the store, offloaded and tended by employees who may or may have any knowledge of plant care. Along the way, the may be subjected to heat, cold, darkness, lack of water, too much water…

Local wholesale nurseries grow their own plants or get them from a nearby grower, pot them, and deliver to the local retail nursery or the customer for sale or planting. The local growers know the best and most successful cultivars for your exact area, climate, soil type and rainfall.

Which palnts do you think would be happier and more successful?
Sue

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