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

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19 11:59am

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!

Sparrows were in abundance on our farm, however my Dad really never allowed any type of gun to get into our hands. He must have known that I could be dangerous! LOL

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@ellens

Last evening I went to walk along the creek in the woods to do some "forest bathing" and my walk sounds very much like yours. Are you in Northern MN? I am. I used to live in the Rockies and that creek, when it's full after several downpours, can match any creek I've seen in the mountains. Fortunately, the RA doesn't keep me from such walks.

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@migizii I live in Northern Minnesota. Are either of you visiting our beautiful area or live up here too?

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@migizii

@migizii I live in Northern Minnesota. Are either of you visiting our beautiful area or live up here too?

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I live in Duluth. I grew up mostly in Mankato and went to the Rockies for a few decades and wanted to come back and live on wonderful Lake Superior. I remember driving trips up the North Shore when I was a kid. I love watching the shipping action, too. I've been here for two years.

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@jude07

Sparrows were in abundance on our farm, however my Dad really never allowed any type of gun to get into our hands. He must have known that I could be dangerous! LOL

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Wise Dad. We had dangerous boys in the neighborhood with their BB guns and arrows. We were told to stay far away from them.

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@migizii

@migizii I live in Northern Minnesota. Are either of you visiting our beautiful area or live up here too?

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I live in Rochester and have been to the North shore and once even took my two children into the Boundary waters. I had no business doing that, we jumped into a canoe and the guy handed me a water map, of all things!! It meant nothing to me. We finally found some private land owner who let us portage into the next lake. We barely made it back to our original landing spot before dark. The loons made my heart swell! My kids still give me a hard time about my silly bravery at that time to this day.
I haven’t been to the Duluth area for sometime, hopefully once this all settles down, I can return.

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My daughter is a HS science teacher. Ecology for freshmen and then Chem/Physics. Each summer she and another teacher take a group of students to Boundary Waters. They do water chemistry stuff, ecology learning and have fun. Had to cancel this summer’s but since she had the reservation, she used it with some cousins from S.D. Sounds like they had a good time. She says I’d like it. I love Nature. But don’t think I’m up to canoe sitting, portages, etc. Plus bears. I’m never up for bears! 😳 Bear phobia is my middle name!

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@jude07

Sparrows were in abundance on our farm, however my Dad really never allowed any type of gun to get into our hands. He must have known that I could be dangerous! LOL

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@jude07 Hey, another farm girl. It was just BB gun that didn't even shoot straight. But I do remember paper dolls. I was the baby of our family and we were 6 years apart, which met my oldest sister was 12 years older that me. I was pretty lonesome and shy, but ended with a guy that wasn't shy at all. But he was killed in a car accident 11 days after we were married and a good friend went to heaven with him. That was way back in 1969. I have been married since for 49 years. I was only 18, was really hard, I loved him a lot, but he's and my good friend are in my heart as all the rest.
My daughter, who is 41, talks about how she could ride her bike all over. That was when we lived in the Seattle area on a plateau. I really miss Seattle. I know, I know they say it rains a lot, but sometimes it's just overcast and sprinkling. We did have our rain storms, but winter was much milder there. You have to remember we also had evergreen trees that when we first moved there we felt closed in and did find a property that was open in the back. It seldom rained in the summer, so June, July, August and September were really nice. June would stay cooler and I thought the first year that spring would not come, but it was that way here this spring and we get just as much rain as they do, except for the summer. It was a gorgeous place to live, with Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and of course the water.
I got off of what I wanted to say, my daughter felt safe back then.
I'm glad I'm not a farm wife and when I grew up we moved 10 miles from our town. Remember the mud, we lived on a high hill and there were times the bus couldn't get to our house and my dad had to come and get me on his little tractor at a neighbors house. Oh, what memories.

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Am I on the RA site??? What do these posts have to don with RA??

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@ellens

I'm glad you didn't manage to shoot a sparrow although sparrows are very mean to bluebirds, I've heard.

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@ellens I would never think of shooting any birds now. Something about living on a farm that a bored kid did. The stupid BB gun never shot straight anyway. But I could not shoot a pheasant, many big town guys would come and ask if they could shoot pheasants on your land. Oh yes, don't forget about the deer. Those gorgeous creatures should be left alone, but I guess there are too many of them.

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@susandenise

Am I on the RA site??? What do these posts have to don with RA??

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Hi @susandenise I’m so sorry that you came to the wrong page! This is just a group who love to talk about everything while they are walking. The link below will take you to the RA discussion.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rheumatoid-arthritis-ra-introduce-yourself-and-meet-others/
Come back and walk with us sometime!

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@jude07

Thanks Sue, I would have never thought of the burrs to make something out of. I just remember picking them off my clothing like they were a nuisance. I would say you made lemonade out of lemons.

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@jude07 This morning I remembered to bring my phone so I could look it up – the plant is burdock.
@ellens Yes – I am on the other side of the state – Detroit Lakes area, there is an old lock between two of the lakes on the Pelican River that I like to walk to. Have already been out there today, and once my husband is ready we will be riding the bike trails for a while too.
@migizii I think I am not too far from you. We usually visit friends in the Bemidji area when we come here, but with covid it doesn't seem prudent. We have also decided to skip our pilgrimage to Itasca and dinner at the Douglas Lodge – sad how fun traditions have been disrupted, maybe next time.
I am so fortunate that at home in the Twin Cities we are very near many wooded, quiet trails near lakes and a creek – I can easily walk three different ones right from my home.
Sue

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@susandenise

Am I on the RA site??? What do these posts have to don with RA??

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@susandenise, you are receiving notifications about this discussion "Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group" because it is included in the Autoimmune Diseases group. @becsbuddy, who has an autoimmune disease called CLIPPERS started this discussion to help herself and others who deal with fatigue related to autoimmune diseases and cancer. It has grown in popularity as people are staying home due to COVID and offers encouragement to stay active.

Because you are following the Autoimmune Diseases group, you're getting notifications about this discussion. If it does not interest you, please click "Unsubscribe from this thread" in the next email you receive. (see image below) That way you will stay subscribed to the Autoimmune Diseases group and the RA discussions, but no longer receive unwanted emails.

If you have further questions, please see further tips and how to set your preferences in this guide: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/
Colleen

PS: You're always welcome to join the walking group. 🙂

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@susandenise, you are receiving notifications about this discussion "Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group" because it is included in the Autoimmune Diseases group. @becsbuddy, who has an autoimmune disease called CLIPPERS started this discussion to help herself and others who deal with fatigue related to autoimmune diseases and cancer. It has grown in popularity as people are staying home due to COVID and offers encouragement to stay active.

Because you are following the Autoimmune Diseases group, you're getting notifications about this discussion. If it does not interest you, please click "Unsubscribe from this thread" in the next email you receive. (see image below) That way you will stay subscribed to the Autoimmune Diseases group and the RA discussions, but no longer receive unwanted emails.

If you have further questions, please see further tips and how to set your preferences in this guide: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/
Colleen

PS: You're always welcome to join the walking group. 🙂

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Thank you! I’m sorry I was extremely confused. Wonderful idea for the walking program . My pain and fatigue has knocked me down again today. Usually I’m having coffee to keep me moving and awake just to finish barn chores.

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@susandenise

Thank you! I’m sorry I was extremely confused. Wonderful idea for the walking program . My pain and fatigue has knocked me down again today. Usually I’m having coffee to keep me moving and awake just to finish barn chores.

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@susandenise, I'm sure you're not the only person who can be confused about the notifications and how they work. You're question gave me the opportunity to explain not only to you but to recent newcomers to the group and even long time members who may be surprised by the sudden increase in volume of emails.

Barn chores must keep you active, whether your body likes it or not, I assume, especially if you're dealing with animals. They must be fed, right? How do you manage on days like today when the pain and fatigue want to get the better of you? Do you take more breaks? Rely more on help?

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@sueinmn

My morning walk was a symphony for the senses today – walked a DNR trail between two lakes and say dozens of varieties of wildflowers, a little wildlife and other early-bird walkers. I heard the birds, squirrels, frogs, cicadas, water rushing over rocks between lakes, even a loon. And the smells – flowers, pine trees, the water, even the somewhat funky smell of the mud at water's edge.
I came "home" with a great sense of peace and well-being. This little trip "to the lake" is indeed a blessing.
Sue

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@sueinmn Sue ,Hi one of my favorite mentors. You went on a wonderful walk. I know San Diego doesn't have all those things, but walking my dog on the bluffs above the ocean and walking on the sand by the ocean. It was so relaxing. I miss the sound of the ocean. We only lived 5 miles from the ocean. We were only there for 5 years and then back to Seattle for 5 more, then home to Iowa. It does have it's own beauty, you just have to look for it. Our back yard is like a forest we have so many trees we planted. During the summer can't see any of our neighbors and since we face west we have a tree to shade the deck in the afternoon. Oh you lucky girl. You did a wonderful picture. Jeanie

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