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!

Today's walk was a scavenger hunt for seeds in the local park with the family. The boys had to find a pine cone, an acorn and 2 other seeds. The bonus – we discovered that the local wildlife has been visiting, leaving identifiable deer, raccoon, possum, squirrel & rabbit tracks on a yet-to-be-flooded, newly groomed skating rink bed. I was impressed that the 4yo id'd the deer tracks first, and the 2yo could find them after being shown the difference.
We don't walk far or fast, but we learn a lot along the way, and throw in a little running for good measure – which is good for my lungs.
Sue

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@jude07

Congrats on your 11 month accomplishment!! Way to go! Nice that you journaled as well.
My intent was to put together a pic journal of this year as well.
I definitely agree that the enhanced encouragement of the group has been a blessing. Ditto, on the thanks to Becky.
I am conditioning myself to walking longer in 30 some degree temps. Not bad unless the wind bites! Not sure what the winter will, at some point, gift us or what my walks will turn into.
Mall walking is even unpredictable with all of the COVID cases. For now, I am good, just missing talking to people on my walks like I used to do. I just keep my walk for prayer, fresh air and the landscaping beauty.

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Thank you @jude07 for your acknowledgement! Self-discipline in exercising alone is not one of my strengths so meeting this goal so far has been a confidence booster.

I salute you and our other hardier souls for walking despite far colder, inclement conditions than I can muster. Cold air is much harder for me to breathe and I'm not as steady on my feet as I would wish so like you, I've been thinking early walks in our large mall would prove the solution in bad weather but with our hospitals at capacity now, I'm not sure I'll be taking that route either. We'll just have to wait and see and in the meantime make the most of whatever outdoor time we can muster. Take care and thanks again!

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@becsbuddy

Keep going @jude07 ! And walking in 30 degree temps is awful! We’re still in the 40’s with gorgeous sun. Shady spots still have snow so it can be icy—ugh. But getting ready to go outside is half the battle! By the time I get myself bundled up and the dog into his harness and sweater and remember my mask and the leash and my gloves and the doggie pick-up bag and and and, I’m exhausted!

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Your post has me smiling, @becsbuddy, because it reminds me of those two years teaching primary chldren in MN. It seemed we spent half the day undressing and redressing the children as they arrived and left for the day during the frigid winter months.

I give so much credit to those who live in those areas of harsher winter conditions for doing whatever it takes to get outdoors! Bet a lot of our walkers were nodding in absolute agreement with what you posted!

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@sueinmn

Today's walk was a scavenger hunt for seeds in the local park with the family. The boys had to find a pine cone, an acorn and 2 other seeds. The bonus – we discovered that the local wildlife has been visiting, leaving identifiable deer, raccoon, possum, squirrel & rabbit tracks on a yet-to-be-flooded, newly groomed skating rink bed. I was impressed that the 4yo id'd the deer tracks first, and the 2yo could find them after being shown the difference.
We don't walk far or fast, but we learn a lot along the way, and throw in a little running for good measure – which is good for my lungs.
Sue

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My daughter showed us a picture of getting her boys ready yesterday – the toddler lying on the floor screaming because he hates boots, big brother standing over him gently coaxing him to get ready so they could go on their 'venture with Bompa. In these Covid days, every little car trip, and any new scenery has become an adventure to be cherished.
Sue

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@fiesty76

Your post has me smiling, @becsbuddy, because it reminds me of those two years teaching primary chldren in MN. It seemed we spent half the day undressing and redressing the children as they arrived and left for the day during the frigid winter months.

I give so much credit to those who live in those areas of harsher winter conditions for doing whatever it takes to get outdoors! Bet a lot of our walkers were nodding in absolute agreement with what you posted!

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Last year in WI we had a couple days where it was actually 50 below zero. Our dog is stubborn and doesn’t want to come in until his feet are too cold and you practically have to carry him but he’s 120 lbs and I can’t do that! You could feel the wind blowing through the house. I hope this winter is not that bad.

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Oh, @bustrbrwn22, I'm just smiling as I visualize your efforts to carry in your 120 lb furry love. What an effort that must be!! Sincerely hoping for a milder winter for you both! Smiles

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@fiesty76 . Thanks so much!! I had to lift his hind quarters up today when he just fell
into a lying position without any warning. Thank goodness he wasn’t doing #2. His dr just added another pain killer to his regime after she took an X-ray. She said he was in a lot of pain probably his ACL but too old for surgery. Now why can’t human docs do that?

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@bustrbrwn22

Last year in WI we had a couple days where it was actually 50 below zero. Our dog is stubborn and doesn’t want to come in until his feet are too cold and you practically have to carry him but he’s 120 lbs and I can’t do that! You could feel the wind blowing through the house. I hope this winter is not that bad.

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@bustrbrwn22 50 degrees below and a 120lb dog! Oh my gosh! It gets to freezing and I’m reluctant to go out! My 15 lb dog is a rescue from Texas so I don’t know how he’ll react to the cold and snow. I’m so thrilled to see winter coming!

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@bustrbrwn22

@fiesty76 . Thanks so much!! I had to lift his hind quarters up today when he just fell
into a lying position without any warning. Thank goodness he wasn’t doing #2. His dr just added another pain killer to his regime after she took an X-ray. She said he was in a lot of pain probably his ACL but too old for surgery. Now why can’t human docs do that?

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Oh, bustrbrwn22, Bless both your hearts! Having an aging pet brings with it added concerns. I am so thankful for our wonderful vets who work so hard to keep our older loves as healthy and comfortable as possible. I couldn't agree with you more that I wish docs treating humans could/would be permitted to use more merciful means at end-of-life stages.

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@becsbuddy

@bustrbrwn22 50 degrees below and a 120lb dog! Oh my gosh! It gets to freezing and I’m reluctant to go out! My 15 lb dog is a rescue from Texas so I don’t know how he’ll react to the cold and snow. I’m so thrilled to see winter coming!

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@becsbuddy, Couldn't agree with you more!! We had a glorious mild day up to 71 degrees today and I took great advantage by taking a longer than usual walk at a more distant park that has a stream running through. There were several large pecan trees scattered throughout the park and it was fun watching squirrels finding and burying the nuts…I wonder if they ever really remember where they've hidden their bounty?

Tonight the temps drop into the teens, with more cold predicted for the next several days. Just thinking of the temp drop is enough to make me grouchy! Yes indeedy, winter weather is such a thrill!! LOL

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@fiesty76

@becsbuddy, Couldn't agree with you more!! We had a glorious mild day up to 71 degrees today and I took great advantage by taking a longer than usual walk at a more distant park that has a stream running through. There were several large pecan trees scattered throughout the park and it was fun watching squirrels finding and burying the nuts…I wonder if they ever really remember where they've hidden their bounty?

Tonight the temps drop into the teens, with more cold predicted for the next several days. Just thinking of the temp drop is enough to make me grouchy! Yes indeedy, winter weather is such a thrill!! LOL

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@fiesty76 Oh, how I wish we had temps in the 70’s. I waited until it got to the mid-20’s before I ventured out! But the sun was out full force so nothing got cold except my fingers! And I even walked further today than yesterday. I’d better get a lot of walking in before the snow and ice are here to stay

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@becsbuddy

@fiesty76 Oh, how I wish we had temps in the 70’s. I waited until it got to the mid-20’s before I ventured out! But the sun was out full force so nothing got cold except my fingers! And I even walked further today than yesterday. I’d better get a lot of walking in before the snow and ice are here to stay

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I'm happy to say that after a short down-time, I have my walking back on track. Four happy days in a row, with temps in the 20's – yesterday was especially pleasant as I walked in a brand new place. I had to wait "outside" while my husband had cataract surgery, so I walked for an hour in the neighborhood surrounding the surgery center – just across the Interstate from where I worked for over 30 years, but I had never had "boots on the ground" there before – only driven to various places nearby. (Yes, surgery went well – he is pleased he can see better than before already. Second eye in 2 weeks!) It was in a neighborhood with homes dating from the 1890's to 1930 or so – fun looking around. Today while he has his followup appt, I will walk near the clinic, boring and suburban.

Becky – I got new mittens like my grandsons' – wind and waterproof – and my fingers stay toasty warm. With alpaca cap from my daughter, wind pants and wool socks, I'm pretty well set. All I need now is a face gaiter for when I turn into the North wind – going to shop my fabric stash this afternoon for something suitable.

Sue

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Another beautiful day today! Brilliant sun and in the 30’s. Only got a short walk in yesterday because I had so much to do and didn’t get any of it done. I’ll definitely try again today. Who wants to walk along?

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Heading out in a little while. My walk yesterday was a fun one – grandson and I walked (at 4yo pace) the 1/3 mile to the closest woods near his home – park dept had been in there cutting brush & left the piles behind. He had a great time climbing on and under the brush and figuring out how to navigate through the area with all the paths blocked – it was so fun to watch his little brain at work. Today is my long walk for the week – shooting for 4 miles, around both nearby lakes.
Then at 4pm we have a Zoom Happy Hour with 4 of our best friends.
Sue

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@becsbuddy

Another beautiful day today! Brilliant sun and in the 30’s. Only got a short walk in yesterday because I had so much to do and didn’t get any of it done. I’ll definitely try again today. Who wants to walk along?

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There was another big brush fire a couple of days ago with high wind, woke up smelling smoke inside the house. The air outside was smoky. Thousands evacuated again. Fortunately it is under control now. Been walking short distances, hip, back and leg pain still bother me. Then I had a back spasm for five days… Still there! If anyone can invent something that can help apply topical pain reliever to areas in the back hands cannot reach, there's a fortune to be made! Looking forward to PT Monday.

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