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
Good morning Laurie,
I like your photo!!! Your a hot🔥looking chick!!!
If you ever get decent temperatures up there I should come walk you around the block or wherever.
Appears you have a healthy appetite too, lol
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@artist01
You are funny. I'm afraid your confidence is a little misplaced. I don't think that was a vision I think it was a hallucination. Although I'm not worried about falling off a horse because you have to get up there first.
Maybe I need someone walking near me dangling a candy bar in front of me as an incentive. Now that's what I call encouragement!!!
Happy trails to you,
until we meet again,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 😂 You are so funny too, Jake. Maybe dangling a carrot instead of a candy bar would work, for the horse, that is. I know what you mean though. I used to ride horses often, but I know I could never climb up there nowadays. Stiffness, pain, and also being vertically challenged, at 5'2'.
It's raining here today, but I'm hoping it might stop in a few hours so I can get out there again with my trusty pedometer. I did 1744 steps yesterday, so beat my record of the previous day by about 200 steps.
Gawd, stop it, Laurie! I'm turning into an obnoxious braggart, but I'm just so thrilled about my new-found semi-active lifestyle. It's been over two years since the dreaded GCA hit, which shut me down completely. I'm still on weekly Actemra injections, which I think is one reason for this gradual improvement. It feels awesome to be getting back to Life.
Hoping you'll have easier days soon, Jake.
Warmest wishes,
Laurie

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@jakedduck1

@artist01
Good morning Laurie,
I like your photo!!! Your a hot🔥looking chick!!!
If you ever get decent temperatures up there I should come walk you around the block or wherever.
Appears you have a healthy appetite too, lol
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Whee, you just made my day! To be called a hot chick at the age of 85, cooool man! That picture was taken at my 82nd birthday party, so I didn't really eat all that food myself. 😆 It would be so nice if we could walk around the block together one day, but keep in mind I have three sons your age. 🤣 It's fun to hallucinate, isn't it?

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@jakedduck1 I'm going to try the onion sandwich for lunch do you have your dk chocolate yet?

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@jakedduck1

@becsbuddy
“I haven’t been riding”
Oops, I mean “walking”
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Not walking! Or riding! Just strolling to the candy store. Oh, my! I went out twice today. Weather was awful this morning but the sun came out in the afternoon, thank heavens. Had a great walk!

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@becsbuddy

@jakedduck1 Not walking! Or riding! Just strolling to the candy store. Oh, my! I went out twice today. Weather was awful this morning but the sun came out in the afternoon, thank heavens. Had a great walk!

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We had our first post-vaccine get together with our 4 best friends friends yesterday, and after lunch we walked together for a whole hour. I am almost giddy today after seeing them for the first time in 5 months, and only the 4th time since New Year's Day 2020.
Sue

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@sueinmn

We had our first post-vaccine get together with our 4 best friends friends yesterday, and after lunch we walked together for a whole hour. I am almost giddy today after seeing them for the first time in 5 months, and only the 4th time since New Year's Day 2020.
Sue

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@sueinmn CONGRATULATIONS! JUST THINK, MY FRIEND…..MORE GIDDYNESS TO COME! Blessings to you and all of us as we begin to get some parts of our lives back. Fun! elizabeth

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@artist01

@jakedduck1 Whee, you just made my day! To be called a hot chick at the age of 85, cooool man! That picture was taken at my 82nd birthday party, so I didn't really eat all that food myself. 😆 It would be so nice if we could walk around the block together one day, but keep in mind I have three sons your age. 🤣 It's fun to hallucinate, isn't it?

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Always eager to see photos of a senior "hot chick"! Not sure how I missed Laurie's, @artist01, but can't seem to find it. How's about a repost of our party girl, @jakedduck ?? Put down your choc. cookie and just do it, okaaaay??? Smiles to all.

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@fiesty76

Always eager to see photos of a senior "hot chick"! Not sure how I missed Laurie's, @artist01, but can't seem to find it. How's about a repost of our party girl, @jakedduck ?? Put down your choc. cookie and just do it, okaaaay??? Smiles to all.

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@fiesty76 Smiles back at you! @jakedduck1 is just referring to my newly posted Profile photo, which also appears on each of my posts now. And I ain't no party girl! I was a wilderness and mountain trail hiker, animal lover, legal secretary, artist, and above all, Mom to three sons, not in that order! It was a great life.
Have a great day today, @fiesty76.
Warmest regards, Laurie

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@artist01

@fiesty76 Smiles back at you! @jakedduck1 is just referring to my newly posted Profile photo, which also appears on each of my posts now. And I ain't no party girl! I was a wilderness and mountain trail hiker, animal lover, legal secretary, artist, and above all, Mom to three sons, not in that order! It was a great life.
Have a great day today, @fiesty76.
Warmest regards, Laurie

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@artist01
“And I ain't no party girl!”
Except on my 108th birthday, right?
“I was a wilderness and mountain trail hiker”
I used to hike across the street to get an ice cream bar after swimming 5 miles. Never was much of a walker.
Guess I should stagger around the hood awhile to keep @becsbuddy off my back.
Jake

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Count me in broke my back 2 yrs ago. No surgery. Getting very painful .used to go to the Y. But with covid and my health issues no way. Used to walk at leat 2 miles a day. I will do what I can.

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@jakedduck1

@artist01
“And I ain't no party girl!”
Except on my 108th birthday, right?
“I was a wilderness and mountain trail hiker”
I used to hike across the street to get an ice cream bar after swimming 5 miles. Never was much of a walker.
Guess I should stagger around the hood awhile to keep @becsbuddy off my back.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Wow, Jake. A five mile swim. You deserved an ice cream bar! I took swimming lessons five times. Swam the length of the pool at last, without breathing or opening my eyes. The called me The Torpedoe! Lol.
Walked 1946 steps yesterday.
1.28 km Canadian! The weather has been great. 40 F, no wind, no rain.
It's sunny today. Going out there right after my insulin injection!!

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