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!

@athoub

yes that's my problem ..i feel that i'm a superwoman i shouldnt do one thing on a time 🙈🙈🙈

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Please – give yourself a break. Are any of your children old enough to leave "in charge" for a short time while you sneak some Mom Time for a walk, bath or nap? Maybe in exchange for a special privilege that the others don't get – that's what my Mom used to do for me when raising 6 kids and working 2 jobs. By the way – instead of trying to take a nap in a house full of kids (with all the scary noises they make trying to be quiet) she would take her car to a nearby park, lay her head back and rest.
Remember, to be your best at work, you need to take care of yourself too. And the kids won't notice little things left undone at home.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Please – give yourself a break. Are any of your children old enough to leave "in charge" for a short time while you sneak some Mom Time for a walk, bath or nap? Maybe in exchange for a special privilege that the others don't get – that's what my Mom used to do for me when raising 6 kids and working 2 jobs. By the way – instead of trying to take a nap in a house full of kids (with all the scary noises they make trying to be quiet) she would take her car to a nearby park, lay her head back and rest.
Remember, to be your best at work, you need to take care of yourself too. And the kids won't notice little things left undone at home.
Sue

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what a great idea…really having a nap in a house full of kids is a disaster

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@athoub

yes that's my problem ..i feel that i'm a superwoman i shouldnt do one thing on a time 🙈🙈🙈

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I will tell you something I learned decades ago. I was a RN working full time; we had two little kids 16 months apart. My then about to be ex husband was finishing up his Master’s. Unbeknownst to me, he was about to abruptly walk out of our lives. Well, my BIG LESSON was you absolutely cannot take care of anyone or anything else well until you TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST! I am not yelling at you, but I am using caps because it was such a hard lesson to learn in a difficult way. But it is the absolute truth and the sooner you learn that, the better life will be for the entire household! Your children will not remember how clean your house was but they will remember that you loved them, snuggled them, read stories. I know many a time I literally dropped the vacuum on the floor when the kids wanted to go for a walk. That’s what they remember!

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wisco50, how very sad that your husband walked out on you. Taking care of yourself surely makes sense. I am sure your children appreciated all the time you gave to them. You are a wise woman! @joybringer1

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@joybringer1

wisco50, how very sad that your husband walked out on you. Taking care of yourself surely makes sense. I am sure your children appreciated all the time you gave to them. You are a wise woman! @joybringer1

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Thanks. It was very abrupt and upsetting. I was young (29) as were my kids. I was angry, hurt, sad. But I was most concerned about the kids. My son really struggled for years with depression and anger. My ex moved out and immediately in with his girlfriend. The kids would tell me that E was not nice to them, etc. My daughter (who has grown kids now) tells me she is glad I didn’t badmouth their dad to them and just let them figure things out themselves. (Guess it’s a good thing they weren’t mind readers! 😁) He remarried, divorced again but the positive was that woman was a good stepmom and we all have a good relationship and she and her daughter are in all our family celebrations. Good things came out of it and, naughty of me, but karma is also real. ‘Nuff said.

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I went out to Costco and walked around the parking lot then went in and walked and walked around the parking lot again. Glad I took some Halloween candy with me.
on my way home I stopped at my brothers to pick up my 4 pound box of sees candy he was storing in his freezer. I can’t believe it but he and his roommate ate it. I don’t blame them, I probably would’ve done the same thing so he’s going tI replace it tomorrow.
Take care everybody,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Hey Leonard Save some see,s for me it,ll go good for desert after pork @sauerkraut

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@lioness
well that depends on whether or not I am invited for New Year’s dinner or not. i’m chomping on some sour Kraut as I write this but I’m sure it’s nowhere near as good as yours.
Take care,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

I went out to Costco and walked around the parking lot then went in and walked and walked around the parking lot again. Glad I took some Halloween candy with me.
on my way home I stopped at my brothers to pick up my 4 pound box of sees candy he was storing in his freezer. I can’t believe it but he and his roommate ate it. I don’t blame them, I probably would’ve done the same thing so he’s going tI replace it tomorrow.
Take care everybody,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I'd say "the nerve of them" but, hey! you get a fresh box this way. And, good job on the walking!
Ginger

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Well, my walking has been sporadic lately, due in part to needing to finish fall yard work, in part to using the last nice week to entertain 4 small groups out on the patio. I'm happy to say the yard is now finished, and everything stowed in sheds, just in time for a return to winter. Of course, all that work is actually good exercise anyway. Then Friday a friend came to walk, and yesterday I walked with my daughter and played tag with the kids.
Today I made sure our warm and waterproof clothing is all clean and accessible for walks this week.
Sue

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I'm embarrassed to say I did not walk for two days. It rained all day Friday, then today the wind was howling. I was still cold with two jackets on. The wind was blowing so hard I went back home only about five minutes as I was worried about falling branches which happened ever so often with strong wind. Did some chair exercises. I had been going to PT for my hip bursitis. Now I'm experiencing excruciating pain in my lower back and both legs. Very discouraging.

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@mayofeb2020

I'm embarrassed to say I did not walk for two days. It rained all day Friday, then today the wind was howling. I was still cold with two jackets on. The wind was blowing so hard I went back home only about five minutes as I was worried about falling branches which happened ever so often with strong wind. Did some chair exercises. I had been going to PT for my hip bursitis. Now I'm experiencing excruciating pain in my lower back and both legs. Very discouraging.

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@mayofeb2020 We had strong winds here today also blew power li es down and trees Stayed in did chair exercises Glad we have them also it was cold so stayed in .Took some time off from connect how's your house from fire in that area

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@mayofeb2020

I'm embarrassed to say I did not walk for two days. It rained all day Friday, then today the wind was howling. I was still cold with two jackets on. The wind was blowing so hard I went back home only about five minutes as I was worried about falling branches which happened ever so often with strong wind. Did some chair exercises. I had been going to PT for my hip bursitis. Now I'm experiencing excruciating pain in my lower back and both legs. Very discouraging.

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@mayofeb2020
Sounds to me like you've been doing quite a few exercises with the PT & chair exercises.
I'm ashamed to admit what a slouch I've been, although my jaw muscles get more exercise than what they need.
Don't overdo it.
Take care,
Jake

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@lioness. The fire had been contained, and this rain no doubt put an end to it. According to the fire authority, there was no property damage. We were very lucky. The smell of smoke lingered for quite some time. The rain really cleaned the air. Winter is here! I had orthopedic insoles fitted at my PT, technology is amazing. I stood on this platform and an infra red light showed I have flat feet!!! When I did a light squat, my right knee goes inwards! Hope these insoles work. He said it would take a little time to get used to it.

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@jakedduck1

I went out to Costco and walked around the parking lot then went in and walked and walked around the parking lot again. Glad I took some Halloween candy with me.
on my way home I stopped at my brothers to pick up my 4 pound box of sees candy he was storing in his freezer. I can’t believe it but he and his roommate ate it. I don’t blame them, I probably would’ve done the same thing so he’s going tI replace it tomorrow.
Take care everybody,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 and other walk-a-cizers, Thanks for posting about your parking lot walk, Jake. This thread had gotten much quieter and I was wondering if there were others still on "the trails". I've made it to our large mall for several early morning walks…it opens for walkers before the regular store opening time. I've been encouraged that other walkers there have been wearing masks.

We've also experienced a return to milder, warmer weather so my neighborhood and park walks have resumed and it has been a pleasure to see the changing colors of leaves.

As for your brother and his roomie plowing into your cache of candy, naughty boys! but maybe they'll add some extras to the replacements they bring you???

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