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!

@gingerw

@fiesty76 and @sueinmn Where I used to live, there were some groves of eucalyptus trees. Each spring, we would watch for the monarchs returning. There were some years with scores of them other years the weather was just a little too cold or something that turns them away. I recall ever so fondly one Sunday morning, leading our group in Tai Chi outdoors. We chose the park with some eucalyptus trees and moved over towards them. As we did our forms in complete silence, the monarchs came off the leaves as the sun warmed them up, and flittered around us, lifting our spirits something mightily. It almost seemed like they were dancing with us!
Ginger

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What a beautiful and serene vision to help center myself tonight! Thanks

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@jude07

Layering is a great solution! I can’t even think of putting on a tank top however it sounds like it works great for you. I need sleeves and more layers.
You certainly are ion a mission with your closet cleaning. Nice work!!! I have resorted to cutting up some old items that I can’t donate and made a multimedia wall hanging for my daughter. Not sure she appreciated it as much as I enjoyed the sentiment that went into it.
It’s ok.
Let’s stay busy!!

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@migizii. I also layer with a tank top first, followed by a long sleeved shirt, sweater, vest, winter jacket, scarf, mask (now for warmth-hehe) and hat! I ordered new winter boots as our ground is now covered and it’s looking like the earliest “lock-in” I’ve ever seen since moving here in the early 80’s (Bemidji, MN).

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Oh wow. I’m from Turtle River just north of Bemidji. Small world.

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@migizii

@migizii. I also layer with a tank top first, followed by a long sleeved shirt, sweater, vest, winter jacket, scarf, mask (now for warmth-hehe) and hat! I ordered new winter boots as our ground is now covered and it’s looking like the earliest “lock-in” I’ve ever seen since moving here in the early 80’s (Bemidji, MN).

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We were on ice today, and the "littles" came for the day to give Mommy a little break, so no walking. I'm with you – got new "grippy" boots 2 years ago when we were in MN in winter to help our daughter with the kids – I dug them out to go out for PT and to the mailbox – through 4" of very wet snow. 8.5" fell yesterday & compacted – and the leaves are still on the trees. Hope it melts so we can clean up. All my yard art is wearing tall caps of snow – really pretty, but they belong in the garden shed. Tomorrow I will try to walk early, before rain & sleet move in.
Sue

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@gingerw

@funcountess No, there is a park in Ventura called Camino Real Park, where the 101 and 126 merge. Along the barranca there, was a grove of eucalyptus trees. They were starting to pull some out when I moved in 2018, due to unstable root systems and the drought.
Ginger

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@gingerw That was same year I saw the monarchs from our roof to ground here at Cityview

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@sueinmn

We were on ice today, and the "littles" came for the day to give Mommy a little break, so no walking. I'm with you – got new "grippy" boots 2 years ago when we were in MN in winter to help our daughter with the kids – I dug them out to go out for PT and to the mailbox – through 4" of very wet snow. 8.5" fell yesterday & compacted – and the leaves are still on the trees. Hope it melts so we can clean up. All my yard art is wearing tall caps of snow – really pretty, but they belong in the garden shed. Tomorrow I will try to walk early, before rain & sleet move in.
Sue

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And I’m still in summer clothes, hardly wearing even a sweater.
I’m ready for my trip to Saint Thomas, but cov19 will keep me grounded until there is a cure.
Are you still cleaning closets,etc.?
Stay well,
Funcountess

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@gingerw

@fiesty76 and @sueinmn Where I used to live, there were some groves of eucalyptus trees. Each spring, we would watch for the monarchs returning. There were some years with scores of them other years the weather was just a little too cold or something that turns them away. I recall ever so fondly one Sunday morning, leading our group in Tai Chi outdoors. We chose the park with some eucalyptus trees and moved over towards them. As we did our forms in complete silence, the monarchs came off the leaves as the sun warmed them up, and flittered around us, lifting our spirits something mightily. It almost seemed like they were dancing with us!
Ginger

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@gingerw, What a glorious experience that must have been! Thank you for painting such a joyful word picture for us! Our Science Spectrum showed a fantastic panaramic film a few years ago of the Monarchs' life cycle and journey to migration. Unforgettable to think a creature so delicate can travel 800? miles to hibernate….and I "fluff my feathers" when completing a several blocks walk! Smiles

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@sueinmn

We were on ice today, and the "littles" came for the day to give Mommy a little break, so no walking. I'm with you – got new "grippy" boots 2 years ago when we were in MN in winter to help our daughter with the kids – I dug them out to go out for PT and to the mailbox – through 4" of very wet snow. 8.5" fell yesterday & compacted – and the leaves are still on the trees. Hope it melts so we can clean up. All my yard art is wearing tall caps of snow – really pretty, but they belong in the garden shed. Tomorrow I will try to walk early, before rain & sleet move in.
Sue

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The forecast doesn’t look good here again today. Like you, I am clamoring to get all of my yard ornaments etc tucked away. The leaves, after multiple, multiple cleanups already, have peppered my yard and they are not all down. Have a good, safe day!

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@jude07

The forecast doesn’t look good here again today. Like you, I am clamoring to get all of my yard ornaments etc tucked away. The leaves, after multiple, multiple cleanups already, have peppered my yard and they are not all down. Have a good, safe day!

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My husband got the first batches or leaves off the lawn by mowing, but all the garden beds are 3-4" deep in now-wet, compacted leaves. Need to clear a lot of them away so I don't get a bad case of mold in the spring. Been there, done that, don't need to try it again! The 7 day forecast doesn't look good, so we'll be running out for a little while whenever it's not wet. Fortunately I uncovered my waterproof pants in my cleaning.
Sue

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@sueinmn

My husband got the first batches or leaves off the lawn by mowing, but all the garden beds are 3-4" deep in now-wet, compacted leaves. Need to clear a lot of them away so I don't get a bad case of mold in the spring. Been there, done that, don't need to try it again! The 7 day forecast doesn't look good, so we'll be running out for a little while whenever it's not wet. Fortunately I uncovered my waterproof pants in my cleaning.
Sue

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And I’m complaining about all the dried out leaves my dog brings in on his paws, or stuck to his fur.
Is it time to start thinking about a warm weather climate?
Funcountess

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@funcountess

And I’m complaining about all the dried out leaves my dog brings in on his paws, or stuck to his fur.
Is it time to start thinking about a warm weather climate?
Funcountess

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We usually are in warm weather by now, but alas it's 2020…
The virus is still overwhelming the medical facilities at our winter residence, so we fear being there and in need of medical attention due to an illness or accident – not to mention the perils and pitfalls of traveling through many of the virus hotspots for 3 days to get there. Most of our favorite activities there are still on hiatus, and many friends are staying home this winter, so the only advantage is the warmth.
We are watching for a safe time to go, probably after January 1st. Until then I'll just whine and put on my warm winter clothes.
Sue

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@jude07

The forecast doesn’t look good here again today. Like you, I am clamoring to get all of my yard ornaments etc tucked away. The leaves, after multiple, multiple cleanups already, have peppered my yard and they are not all down. Have a good, safe day!

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All of my summer things are tucked under snow now. I'm thinking I may just leave them there. I will look on the bright side – it won't take me long to decorate for summer next year.

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@cindyjk

All of my summer things are tucked under snow now. I'm thinking I may just leave them there. I will look on the bright side – it won't take me long to decorate for summer next year.

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I think I'm too much a Type A to do that. I started today by pulling the pumps from the pond and draining them. As soon as the weather allows we will cover it for winter. Many of the summer pots get cleaned and tucked under the cover too.
The patio furniture needs to be put away also, to preserve it from a continuous freeze thatw cycle, which we learned the hard way degrades the finish very fast.
Sue

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@coderhomer

Oh wow. I’m from Turtle River just north of Bemidji. Small world.

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@migizii It is a really small world as I live in Turtle River Township about a mile east of Concordia Language Camp!

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I did drain my fountain pumps and put them inside, they are the only things that I think would be wreaked – the rest will probably just wear out a bit quicker and I can relate to that! LOL

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