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!

@artist01

@fiesty76 Hahaha, good luck cleaning that fridge! One can always hope your weather will break for the best BEFORE you have to start that miserable task!

Mother Nature certainly hasn't been cooperating for many of us so far, but Spring is in the air! One of my friends saw a Robin the other day, and in Canada, that's a sure sign that Spring is here. Those brave little birds usually have to endure at least one dump of snow if they've erred in returning to our northern climes too early.

Have a warm and cozy day @fiesty76!
Laurie

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@becsbuddy Another sign of Spring today on my walk! I saw an earthworm stretched out on the wet sidewalk. First one this year!!

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@ess77

@gingerw Ginger, I'm so sorry about your multiple myeloma diagnosis. I somehow, I suppose since I've been so self-involved recently, totally missed this news. Ginger, those MRI's can be tough. I've taken valium and xanax at different times and found it helpful, but did a lot of quoting poems or scripture or singing hymns in my head to make it through. I tend to tremors, so it's especially difficult to stay still and get good pictures. I have them play classical piano on the ear phones, fairly loudly. I've played piano since a child until ole' arthritis stopped my attempts, so this is really relaxing and helps my mind drift into good places. That's a wonderful improvement in these tests, but the noise and staying still make it tough. I'm so sorry you had to endure this. I hope by today you're feeling much improved.

You said you're wearing a back brace to help now. For you at this point, thank goodness it's winter and cold! Those things are horrid in the Florida heat and humidity!

Please keep us informed re your test results and treatment. I'm so fond of you, admire you so for your talents, creativity, stamina, strength, wisdom and good heart…..you're an important part of my new life with new connect friends. And true for sure for many others on these sites! You're special, lady, and I look forward to more goodies from you about your garden and crafts and art!

Blessings, elizabeth.

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@gingerw Ginger, I'm thinking of you as you deal with your diagnosis of multiple myeloma. You've had to go through so much with all that testing, and your brave and stoic nature is very obvious in your posts.
My sincere wish is for your days to get easier with the passage of time.
Warmest regards,
Laurie

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@becsbuddy

Went for a wonderful walk today! Blue sky, no clouds, bright sun and temps in the 40’s when we went out. It actually got to 67* today!! But the ski slopes are as busy as ever. Beautiful walk but no buds coming up or green leafs showing. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. Keep walking!

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Not as warm here in WI but it was in 40’s and sunny! Got my walk with the two little dogs in. Saw lots of walkers and dogs. Several outdoor “driveway socials” happening with safe distancing observed. 😍 Plus I found my first clump of blooming snowdrops in my garden and a large flock of sandhills flew overhead, saw my first returning ones yesterday! Actually, I heard both groups before I saw them! Love the sound! Yay, spring! ❤️

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@artist01

@becsbuddy Great news that you had wonderful weather today for your walk, Becky. That makes a walk so much more special!
I was lucky today, too. I did 1548 steps with my newly downloaded pedometer, and the temp. was a balmy 45, with no wind or rain.
Love the pedometer. It's so motivating to get out there, and even to go further than planned, just to see how many steps I can register. I walked around the whole block as I had done yesterday, but then I walked around the perimeter of our building, just to rack up some more steps. 😊

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Giving you double thumbs up (like I tell my grandson) on your steps + more steps! Love your excitement with yourself and your accomplishment, keep on truckin!

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@artist01

@becsbuddy Another sign of Spring today on my walk! I saw an earthworm stretched out on the wet sidewalk. First one this year!!

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Ta Da – the smallest things in life can make make us so happy!! Earth warms, yes!!

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@jude07

Giving you double thumbs up (like I tell my grandson) on your steps + more steps! Love your excitement with yourself and your accomplishment, keep on truckin!

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@jude7 Thanks a million for your post, Jude! Your words mean so much to me during my climb back to a healthier place! Warmest wishes, Laurie

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@jude07

Ta Da – the smallest things in life can make make us so happy!! Earth warms, yes!!

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@jude07 Yesss! That poor little earthworm looked so sad lying there on the wet cold sidewalk. I wanted to pick him up and gently put him in the shelter of a grassy knoll or something, but with my vertigo problem, I didn't dare bend down! 😔

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@wisco50

Not as warm here in WI but it was in 40’s and sunny! Got my walk with the two little dogs in. Saw lots of walkers and dogs. Several outdoor “driveway socials” happening with safe distancing observed. 😍 Plus I found my first clump of blooming snowdrops in my garden and a large flock of sandhills flew overhead, saw my first returning ones yesterday! Actually, I heard both groups before I saw them! Love the sound! Yay, spring! ❤️

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@wisco50 I just HAVE to do this. Forgive me: You know this, I'm sure:

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,
I wonder where the birdies is.
Haven't you heard, the birds is on the wing.
Well, ain't that absurd!
I always thought the wings was on the bird!
🤣 Happy trails, Laurie

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@becsbuddy

It occurred to me that we started walking a whole year ago. And we’ve been under masking and stay at home and social distancing orders forever! But we’re still walking and doing home exercises and swimming (and eating). Give yourselves a pat on the back! Now is also the time to find some of members who just kept right on walking. Where are you @lioness and @1065408 and @starko and @merpreb and @mayofeb2020 and @gingerw and @jakedduck1 ? Come walk with us!

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@becsbuddy Inside 😂 I don't know if I can walk alot anymore my legs are getting weaker and they hurt more from my back.Had CT scan today so will see what Dr says I am doing tai chi if that counts ???

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@lioness

@becsbuddy Inside 😂 I don't know if I can walk alot anymore my legs are getting weaker and they hurt more from my back.Had CT scan today so will see what Dr says I am doing tai chi if that counts ???

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@lioness I hope you get some encouraging news from your CT scan. These must be very difficult times for you. And Tai Chi definitely counts!
Warmest wishes, Laurie

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@becsbuddy, Becky, Thanks and Hugs for the help and link! So in future if needed, I can type in the 1st part:" http…….discussion/" and add the specific name of the particular forum to find it? example: "http……discussion/lets-go-walking/" My profile shows I follow 22 discussions but only shows maybe 8 and I don't know how to access the others? Sorry to be so much trouble.

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@ess77

@fiesty76, @artist01, @sueinmn, @gingerw, and all….I'm catching up some and want to encourage anyone who ever has a kitty go exploring. My little adopted Samantha went for an outside walk several years after she'd joined my home (with her 5 new babies, I might add!!!), a few years earlier. My heart was broken at the loss of my 'sweet soul', as she is that. Nothing in her but sweetness and love.

I mourned her so, spent hours outside looking for her, calling her, joined by several of my neighbors who had grown to love her, too, and just love animals. After several months, I was sure I'd lost her forever, tho kept looking for her …nothing for over 6 months! At that time, we had stray, ferrel cats on our condo property. I was on the condo board at the time, and on a dedicated campaign to find homes for all the strays.

There was a large male black and white 'tuxedo' cat who undoubtedly was fathering many babies. He adopted me. I fed him to keep him near until I could find him a home. One evening, I opened my front door and was met with 2 cats, one male tuxedo and a very skinny, frail, little kitty I barely recognized as my Samantha! Tux, as I called him, had brought her to my door. I was stunned. I truly believe he was protecting her and brought her to me as I was the person helping him. I grabbed her in my arms, took her to my vet where she stayed, on IV fluids and vitamins, for several days until she was ok.

Sounds unbelievable? Yes. But, true. She is much older now, wiser, but still has the roaming heart as she peeks her nose out the front door. She and Tux were fast friends for a year or so as I also invited him to live with me. Sam . spends time outside on my fenced deck/patio, enjoying the weather, the wind, the birds, within my boundaries. Tux is in kitty heaven chasing lots of females.

Well, that's my story. True. After 6 months my kitty was brought home by her kitty friend, to save her.

Our weather is lovely these days, my son got a bump of delaudid in his pain pump today, botox should kick in soon I pray, I rested a day and now began walking outside this afternoon. Yesterday, I walked through the 3 buildings at Mayo while Rob was having tests. Today I took my little fun pink walker for a walk! In the fresh air. Hope to do the same tomorrow…thanks to your encouragement, folks. What a good group, Becky! Don't know how you folks do it in the snow and rain and 7 degree temps, but, admire you so for doing it.

Blessings, elizabeth

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@ess, Elizabeth, Loved your story of Tux leading your long lost Samantha home and back to safety and good health!! Tux Knew he'd found a great home and like tossing a pebble into a stream and not knowing how far the ripples will spread, kindnesses work the same way, yes?

Hoping the meds bring relief and soon for your son and so glad you are both finding wonderful care at Mayo. Just wish we had a site nearer my home. Awesome that you and your trend setting new walker made it through 3 Mayo buildings while getting some fresh air to boot!

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