Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group

Posted by Becky, Volunteer Mentor @becsbuddy, Feb 19 11:59am

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!

@pollyanne

@mayofeb2020 I have had the same dilemma with whether to take a statin or not. My Dr that I had for years was happy with my cholesterol levels because of my high HDL which at my recent level was 90. But then a new Dr arrived and she didn't like my total cholesterol number. She told me to talk to my regular GP about taking a statin. So I spoke to him and found that the recommendations had recently changed and so it might be a good idea to take one. I asked if age had anything to do with the decision and he replied that yes, one day you could be considered fine and then you have a birthday and you are not fine. This seems a bit stupid to me. The Dr told me that in his opinion it was very subjective. Anyway, I tried the statin and it didn't agree with me. I then spoke to another Dr who felt my cholesterol was fine and he said to just keep up the exercise and watch my diet. [I am not overweight] So that is what I am trying to do although I feel a little insecure after being told for years that I was protected by my high HDL. I also think my diet is already quite good. I think I have slipped a bit on the veggies which I actually like.

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@mayofeb2020 You mention that your new doctor wanted you to confer with your GP about the statin. What type of doctor was the new doctor? I ask because my PCP had me check with my endocrinologist about what I should do for my cholesterol which I thought sort of odd. Why did he want the other doctor to prescribe rather than himself? He's a doctor of internal medicine. The endocrinologist is the one who prescribed the statin. Actually I was OK with that, I have more confidence in my endo than I do in my PCP, I just thought an internist would do that prescription himself.

I'm sure that pravastatin isn't "all bad", different people just have different reactions to medicines. I often seem to have unusual reactions to various medicines.

Thanks, @pollyanne I know there are some exercises, like those with weights, that they say you should not do every day and I am wondering if that applies to other exercises like squats. I was doing 3 sets of 15 squats every day. My son thought that I should not be doing that daily. He's very fit but has no education about all of that. When I was going to my health club I alternated gym days with days of pool jogging or water aerobics – actually I did the water aerobics and stayed after to jog. That worked out so well for me.

I am trying so hard to be good about what I eat but I can't lose weight at all and am gradually gaining still. I guess my home exercises are not burning as many calories as what I did when I could go to my health club. I think it's going to be a long time before I will be able to go there again, unfortunately.

@fiesty76 I have New Balance sneakers that I bought a few years ago. Twice I had to bring them back to the shoe store and have the soles reattached in places. I started out not using them much so by the time it happened, even though the sneakers were barely worn, it was beyond the time when they would take them back. My newest sneakers are ABEO from The Walking Company and so far I really like them. I had Sketchers before and they were great too, they have a memory foam insole. I actually picked them up at Marshall's for some crazy low price in the sale section and they worked out great.
JK

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@rosemarya

@becsbuddy, I hope to get back to walking soon. I am taking a break because of foot pain when I was over inspired to increase my pace and distance. Resting, new shoes, and a tentative appointment with pediatrist are how I am treating it.
I really miss my quiet reflective walking times. That is why I do not like to wear a head set. (someone asked about that once before) Heck- I don't even own any.
Everyone, Please keep sending the walking stories!

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How's your foot, @rosemarya? Is it getting any better? I too tend to overdo at times and then pay fort.

When walking I too would enjoy those quiet times if I was alone but I am always with my husband. When I do my water jogging though I am concentrating on really making it vigorous so I find that having music streaming into my hearing aids helps to keep me motivated, and music with a good tempo helps to energize me. I find a lot of the Latin music has a great beat. Of course there are others too that are not Latin. I love Neil Diamond's "America". When I'm on the elliptical and that comes up I get energized.
JK

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@contentandwell

@mayofeb2020 You mention that your new doctor wanted you to confer with your GP about the statin. What type of doctor was the new doctor? I ask because my PCP had me check with my endocrinologist about what I should do for my cholesterol which I thought sort of odd. Why did he want the other doctor to prescribe rather than himself? He's a doctor of internal medicine. The endocrinologist is the one who prescribed the statin. Actually I was OK with that, I have more confidence in my endo than I do in my PCP, I just thought an internist would do that prescription himself.

I'm sure that pravastatin isn't "all bad", different people just have different reactions to medicines. I often seem to have unusual reactions to various medicines.

Thanks, @pollyanne I know there are some exercises, like those with weights, that they say you should not do every day and I am wondering if that applies to other exercises like squats. I was doing 3 sets of 15 squats every day. My son thought that I should not be doing that daily. He's very fit but has no education about all of that. When I was going to my health club I alternated gym days with days of pool jogging or water aerobics – actually I did the water aerobics and stayed after to jog. That worked out so well for me.

I am trying so hard to be good about what I eat but I can't lose weight at all and am gradually gaining still. I guess my home exercises are not burning as many calories as what I did when I could go to my health club. I think it's going to be a long time before I will be able to go there again, unfortunately.

@fiesty76 I have New Balance sneakers that I bought a few years ago. Twice I had to bring them back to the shoe store and have the soles reattached in places. I started out not using them much so by the time it happened, even though the sneakers were barely worn, it was beyond the time when they would take them back. My newest sneakers are ABEO from The Walking Company and so far I really like them. I had Sketchers before and they were great too, they have a memory foam insole. I actually picked them up at Marshall's for some crazy low price in the sale section and they worked out great.
JK

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To everyone talking about rouvastatin and other statins, please check out this discussion:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/statins-and-peripheral-neuropathy/?pg=1#comment-312571
They are all discussing pros/cons of statins

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@contentandwell

@mayofeb2020 You mention that your new doctor wanted you to confer with your GP about the statin. What type of doctor was the new doctor? I ask because my PCP had me check with my endocrinologist about what I should do for my cholesterol which I thought sort of odd. Why did he want the other doctor to prescribe rather than himself? He's a doctor of internal medicine. The endocrinologist is the one who prescribed the statin. Actually I was OK with that, I have more confidence in my endo than I do in my PCP, I just thought an internist would do that prescription himself.

I'm sure that pravastatin isn't "all bad", different people just have different reactions to medicines. I often seem to have unusual reactions to various medicines.

Thanks, @pollyanne I know there are some exercises, like those with weights, that they say you should not do every day and I am wondering if that applies to other exercises like squats. I was doing 3 sets of 15 squats every day. My son thought that I should not be doing that daily. He's very fit but has no education about all of that. When I was going to my health club I alternated gym days with days of pool jogging or water aerobics – actually I did the water aerobics and stayed after to jog. That worked out so well for me.

I am trying so hard to be good about what I eat but I can't lose weight at all and am gradually gaining still. I guess my home exercises are not burning as many calories as what I did when I could go to my health club. I think it's going to be a long time before I will be able to go there again, unfortunately.

@fiesty76 I have New Balance sneakers that I bought a few years ago. Twice I had to bring them back to the shoe store and have the soles reattached in places. I started out not using them much so by the time it happened, even though the sneakers were barely worn, it was beyond the time when they would take them back. My newest sneakers are ABEO from The Walking Company and so far I really like them. I had Sketchers before and they were great too, they have a memory foam insole. I actually picked them up at Marshall's for some crazy low price in the sale section and they worked out great.
JK

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@contentandwell It is definitely best to not repeat the same exercises each day and if you have different routines that is great. I think your son is right and I have to watch overuse when using weights. I don't do very much with weights myself but I do think they are good for lots of reasons. I really feel they help your metabolism more than walking because you are building muscle and in fact it isn't good to just walk, so a mixture is perfect. We need to work on flexibility and strength just as much as walking. However, I am not an exercise freak and so don't think that I am continually exercising. In fact I just hit my 80th birthday and my energy level is definitely going down from 6 years ago when I went to the gym 5 days a week. That was when I had a trainer and did weight lifting with him. But it was too much for me and made my back worse. It was great for weight control though.
And your comments about using music with your work out is exactly right. Music can give you a lot of energy and that is why it is one other thing to be aware of because I found that music made me overdo things. I still enjoy it though and I was doing advanced high impact classes, so that;s a bit different from what you are doing.
Also, concerning your statin options. I do think that in spite of the new recommendations, different Drs have different ideas. I have found that the older Drs are still not so gung ho on using a statin whereas the younger Drs, especially the females, go by the book. Women are always more exacting than men which is often a good thing. It took a woman Dr to discover my daughter's broken neck 2 years ago. Two male Drs had already examined her. I hope my present Dr who is an older man is right about me not taking a statin, but I shall be talking to him again soon. I think it is a difficult decision to make when you are border line like me. Plus the medical field is always changing it's mind!

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@lioness

@mayofeb2020 I can tell without looking when the Jacaranda trees are blooming ,my allergies are worst when they are out.They are pretty but know the bees love them .Let me know what the Dr says about rosuvastatin ,it has worked well for me no leg pain and has brought my cholesterol down to almost normal of course I watch what I eat also .

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We have the Jacarandas here in Maui and they are so beautiful. You have reminded me that we should take a drive upcountry to look at them. Luckily we don't have an allergy like yours.

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@pollyanne

@contentandwell It is definitely best to not repeat the same exercises each day and if you have different routines that is great. I think your son is right and I have to watch overuse when using weights. I don't do very much with weights myself but I do think they are good for lots of reasons. I really feel they help your metabolism more than walking because you are building muscle and in fact it isn't good to just walk, so a mixture is perfect. We need to work on flexibility and strength just as much as walking. However, I am not an exercise freak and so don't think that I am continually exercising. In fact I just hit my 80th birthday and my energy level is definitely going down from 6 years ago when I went to the gym 5 days a week. That was when I had a trainer and did weight lifting with him. But it was too much for me and made my back worse. It was great for weight control though.
And your comments about using music with your work out is exactly right. Music can give you a lot of energy and that is why it is one other thing to be aware of because I found that music made me overdo things. I still enjoy it though and I was doing advanced high impact classes, so that;s a bit different from what you are doing.
Also, concerning your statin options. I do think that in spite of the new recommendations, different Drs have different ideas. I have found that the older Drs are still not so gung ho on using a statin whereas the younger Drs, especially the females, go by the book. Women are always more exacting than men which is often a good thing. It took a woman Dr to discover my daughter's broken neck 2 years ago. Two male Drs had already examined her. I hope my present Dr who is an older man is right about me not taking a statin, but I shall be talking to him again soon. I think it is a difficult decision to make when you are border line like me. Plus the medical field is always changing it's mind!

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@pollyanne Weight lifting is very important as we age, it helps us to maintain muscle. Now, if only the weights I have on order will come in it will be great, no one has any in stock. Maybe that was why I was controlling my weight better when I was going to the gym.

I agree you need a mixture. My sister is fixated on getting in 10,000 steps a day but doesn't do many other exercises. I have a friend who is also obsessed with 10,000 steps but she does lots of other things too. The crazy thing is that whole "10.000 steps" was actually a marketing ploy by a company:
"I-Min Lee, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the lead author of a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, began looking into the step rule because she was curious about where it came from. “It turns out the original basis for this 10,000-step guideline was really a marketing strategy,” she explains. “In 1965, a Japanese company was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter.’”
Based on conversations she’s had with Japanese researchers, Lee believes that name was chosen for the product because the character for “10,000” looks sort of like a man walking. As far as she knows, the actual health merits of that number have never been validated by research."
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/10000-steps-rule/590785/
Regarding statins, the doctor who prescribed them for me is sort of in the middle, age-wise. I think it probably also depends on how far up your cholesterol level is. I forget off-hand what mine was but it was not borderline. My BP is borderline and although my PCP would like me to take a BP medication I have resisted and he has not been overly aggressive in pushing it.

I would love to get out for a ride but I need to go to the bathroom somewhat frequently and I do not want to have to use a public restroom. 🥺
JK

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@contentandwell

@pollyanne Weight lifting is very important as we age, it helps us to maintain muscle. Now, if only the weights I have on order will come in it will be great, no one has any in stock. Maybe that was why I was controlling my weight better when I was going to the gym.

I agree you need a mixture. My sister is fixated on getting in 10,000 steps a day but doesn't do many other exercises. I have a friend who is also obsessed with 10,000 steps but she does lots of other things too. The crazy thing is that whole "10.000 steps" was actually a marketing ploy by a company:
"I-Min Lee, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the lead author of a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, began looking into the step rule because she was curious about where it came from. “It turns out the original basis for this 10,000-step guideline was really a marketing strategy,” she explains. “In 1965, a Japanese company was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter.’”
Based on conversations she’s had with Japanese researchers, Lee believes that name was chosen for the product because the character for “10,000” looks sort of like a man walking. As far as she knows, the actual health merits of that number have never been validated by research."
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/10000-steps-rule/590785/
Regarding statins, the doctor who prescribed them for me is sort of in the middle, age-wise. I think it probably also depends on how far up your cholesterol level is. I forget off-hand what mine was but it was not borderline. My BP is borderline and although my PCP would like me to take a BP medication I have resisted and he has not been overly aggressive in pushing it.

I would love to get out for a ride but I need to go to the bathroom somewhat frequently and I do not want to have to use a public restroom. 🥺
JK

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@contentandwell I so agree with everything you say and yes we need to maintain that muscle. I have always thought the step thing was a fallacy and a marketing tool for the fitness watches and Apple watches. It doesn't make sense to me to be counting the steps you take all day towards your fitness level. I stick to walking my mile or two at a brisk pace each morning and then my exercises at home after my walk. I would probably go back to the gym 2 or 3 days a week if things were safe right now. I'm sure the weights at the gym did help you keep your weight down. They certainly kept mine down but I don't use such heavy weights as I was using at the gym. I also have to watch my energy level as I get very tired. I am a good hiker.
I have a problem with frequent bathroom visits in the morning and then I settle down. Like you, I don't want to use public bathrooms. I am always very careful even without the virus around. It is something that concerns me about flying right now. We are booked to fly to London and on to Athens in November but I read to not use the plane bathrooms. How can you not on a flight that length. We shall have to see if we will be able to go or not. We are supposed to be taking a cruise [Small ship] from Athens to Dubai and we would be visiting the Valley of the Kings and Petra and Wadi Rum which is one of my goals in my lifetime. We shall have to see if it is sensible.

As for the cholesterol, I know I am not too bad but it is difficult to know what to do for the best. Remember how the medical profession were handing out hormones to all the menopausal women and then some years later they stopped them because they changed their mind and said they were wrong and that they caused cancer. I always refused to take them but I went to a Naturopath Dr and was given plant based hormones made with completely different processing. So who knows, they may change again about cholesterol. If I start having angina pain I would definitely be taking them but so far so good.

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@pollyanne

@contentandwell I so agree with everything you say and yes we need to maintain that muscle. I have always thought the step thing was a fallacy and a marketing tool for the fitness watches and Apple watches. It doesn't make sense to me to be counting the steps you take all day towards your fitness level. I stick to walking my mile or two at a brisk pace each morning and then my exercises at home after my walk. I would probably go back to the gym 2 or 3 days a week if things were safe right now. I'm sure the weights at the gym did help you keep your weight down. They certainly kept mine down but I don't use such heavy weights as I was using at the gym. I also have to watch my energy level as I get very tired. I am a good hiker.
I have a problem with frequent bathroom visits in the morning and then I settle down. Like you, I don't want to use public bathrooms. I am always very careful even without the virus around. It is something that concerns me about flying right now. We are booked to fly to London and on to Athens in November but I read to not use the plane bathrooms. How can you not on a flight that length. We shall have to see if we will be able to go or not. We are supposed to be taking a cruise [Small ship] from Athens to Dubai and we would be visiting the Valley of the Kings and Petra and Wadi Rum which is one of my goals in my lifetime. We shall have to see if it is sensible.

As for the cholesterol, I know I am not too bad but it is difficult to know what to do for the best. Remember how the medical profession were handing out hormones to all the menopausal women and then some years later they stopped them because they changed their mind and said they were wrong and that they caused cancer. I always refused to take them but I went to a Naturopath Dr and was given plant based hormones made with completely different processing. So who knows, they may change again about cholesterol. If I start having angina pain I would definitely be taking them but so far so good.

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@pollyanne Good for you and yes it is important for your health to exercise. I haven't been able to because of my back. Have lost my stomach muscle tone and gained 11 pounds, although my endocrinologist said it was from The Tymlos I was injecting everyday to increase my bone mass. He said I could go off of it for 2 weeks and see if it make a difference, but I have to get my surgeons ok. My surgery is June 9th. I can hardly wait. I know I will have pain afterwards, but at least I will be on pain pills then. It much be frustrating having all those freqent bathoom visits. Maybe you should check in with your doctor. What a trip, that's one I wouldn't be able to do because of my depression and anxiety. We went to Paris a long time ago. My son was attending Stanford and he had an exchange with Oxford for six months. We stayed in Paris first and it was so cold that the top of the Eifle sp tower was frozen. Then we went to Oxford and I enjoyed my trip more at Oxford. Once I got home I had very bad depression. My doctor told me it was because I traveled a long way. I don't know, maybe it was just a bout of depression that I do get, but haven't for awhile.

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@pollyanne

@contentandwell I so agree with everything you say and yes we need to maintain that muscle. I have always thought the step thing was a fallacy and a marketing tool for the fitness watches and Apple watches. It doesn't make sense to me to be counting the steps you take all day towards your fitness level. I stick to walking my mile or two at a brisk pace each morning and then my exercises at home after my walk. I would probably go back to the gym 2 or 3 days a week if things were safe right now. I'm sure the weights at the gym did help you keep your weight down. They certainly kept mine down but I don't use such heavy weights as I was using at the gym. I also have to watch my energy level as I get very tired. I am a good hiker.
I have a problem with frequent bathroom visits in the morning and then I settle down. Like you, I don't want to use public bathrooms. I am always very careful even without the virus around. It is something that concerns me about flying right now. We are booked to fly to London and on to Athens in November but I read to not use the plane bathrooms. How can you not on a flight that length. We shall have to see if we will be able to go or not. We are supposed to be taking a cruise [Small ship] from Athens to Dubai and we would be visiting the Valley of the Kings and Petra and Wadi Rum which is one of my goals in my lifetime. We shall have to see if it is sensible.

As for the cholesterol, I know I am not too bad but it is difficult to know what to do for the best. Remember how the medical profession were handing out hormones to all the menopausal women and then some years later they stopped them because they changed their mind and said they were wrong and that they caused cancer. I always refused to take them but I went to a Naturopath Dr and was given plant based hormones made with completely different processing. So who knows, they may change again about cholesterol. If I start having angina pain I would definitely be taking them but so far so good.

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@pollyanne I'm on a statin which I have no side effacks (sp) and it has helped my cholesterol. It called Rosuvaastatin calcium 10mg.

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Hi everyone! To day begins our last “official” week of walking! But us walkers, chocolate eaters, foodies statin users, weight lifters can continue. I’m actually not walking today—it’s raining. Poor excuse, but it works for me! Here’s some motivation! I need it!

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@becsbuddy

Hi everyone! To day begins our last “official” week of walking! But us walkers, chocolate eaters, foodies statin users, weight lifters can continue. I’m actually not walking today—it’s raining. Poor excuse, but it works for me! Here’s some motivation! I need it!

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@becsbuddy

Hi everyone! To day begins our last “official” week of walking! But us walkers, chocolate eaters, foodies statin users, weight lifters can continue. I’m actually not walking today—it’s raining. Poor excuse, but it works for me! Here’s some motivation! I need it!

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@becsbuddy.. I walked today! Beautiful weather. Just unloaded my farm veggies box. Got kale, Maui onion, carrots, micro greens (pea shoots), radishes, beets, cucumbers, oranges, apples, strawberries and corn. I have so many cucumbers I don't know what to do. Not a great fan.

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@lilypaws

@pollyanne Good for you and yes it is important for your health to exercise. I haven't been able to because of my back. Have lost my stomach muscle tone and gained 11 pounds, although my endocrinologist said it was from The Tymlos I was injecting everyday to increase my bone mass. He said I could go off of it for 2 weeks and see if it make a difference, but I have to get my surgeons ok. My surgery is June 9th. I can hardly wait. I know I will have pain afterwards, but at least I will be on pain pills then. It much be frustrating having all those freqent bathoom visits. Maybe you should check in with your doctor. What a trip, that's one I wouldn't be able to do because of my depression and anxiety. We went to Paris a long time ago. My son was attending Stanford and he had an exchange with Oxford for six months. We stayed in Paris first and it was so cold that the top of the Eifle sp tower was frozen. Then we went to Oxford and I enjoyed my trip more at Oxford. Once I got home I had very bad depression. My doctor told me it was because I traveled a long way. I don't know, maybe it was just a bout of depression that I do get, but haven't for awhile.

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June 9th is so close now. I'm sure that everyone on this site will be thinking of you. How long will you be in the hospital?
When we travel we try to go to places in their summer as neither of us like the cold, in fact my husband has a real problem with it. I think some of the November trip will be cold but a lot of it will be hot. We keep travelling as long as our health enables us to travel together. We have made a lot of friends through our travels.
I hope that when you recover from your surgery you will be able to walk and exercise again as I think it helps mentally as well as physically. I know it will take a while and you are bound to need physical therapy but it will give you a goal to work towards and remember, it will be baby steps at the beginning. Keep us posted and good luck.

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@mayofeb2020

@becsbuddy.. I walked today! Beautiful weather. Just unloaded my farm veggies box. Got kale, Maui onion, carrots, micro greens (pea shoots), radishes, beets, cucumbers, oranges, apples, strawberries and corn. I have so many cucumbers I don't know what to do. Not a great fan.

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@mayofeb2020 I like the English cucumbers. I'm not so keen on the Field cucumbers or the little Japanese ones. Everything in your box is so healthy. Enjoy!

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@becsbuddy

Hi everyone! To day begins our last “official” week of walking! But us walkers, chocolate eaters, foodies statin users, weight lifters can continue. I’m actually not walking today—it’s raining. Poor excuse, but it works for me! Here’s some motivation! I need it!

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@becsbuddy I didn't walk yesterday. I had one of my no energy days and today is terribly hot and humid but I must walk.I might not go so far.

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