Lighten Your Limbs With Friends

Posted by Carol, Volunteer Mentor @retiredteacher, Oct 28, 2018

Hello all. I have Diabetes 2 and have avoided exercise for over 2 1/2 years. I am overweight and know that I need to get moving and lose weight. I have always had excuses not to do anything much before. I have a treadmill, and I look at it, but I never use it. A few weeks ago, I decided that it is time to lighten my limbs. I received my Mayo newsletter. and it included a twelve-week Exercise Plan. It was like fate that I had decided to exercise and Mayo dropped the perfect routine in my lap. Because it's 12 weeks and not years and years, as some plans are, the Mayo is doable. They're not asking me to run a marathon!
It's a way to get stronger and healthier. However, one part was missing: I need to be accountable to somebody else. I would love for other Connects to join me so that we could celebrate our success each week. I don't want to wait to January when all we hear is "New Year, New You." So I thought it would be good to start before the bombardment of ads for gym equipment and promises to lose many pounds too fast (and gain it back even faster). I needed a plan that will work for me and anybody else, and Mayo has given it to us.
Let's get a jump on 2019 by finishing strong in 2018. If we start the first week on Friday, November 2, 2018 (only four days from now), it will propel us through the weekend and keep us going. Just think: By January 25th, we will have completed the 12 weeks. Just when other people are trying to keep their exercise resolutions, we'll have finished 12 weeks. We'll be lighter, heathier, and stronger. We also will have gotten into the habit of exercising and hopefully, do another 12 weeks. Doesn't that sound good? To be able to say, "I'm healthier and feel so much better and have lighter limbs." For the first time I am excited to exercise, but I need others to come along with me. I need the accountability.
Please join me and give it a try. Come along with me so we can say it's not just my 12 weeks, but it's our 12 weeks. The first week asks us to do 5 minutes of warm up, five minutes of brisk walking, and five minutes of cool down. That's only 15 minutes. I can do that! The walking is the speed that you are comfortable with. The warm up and cool down are just slower walking. It can be outside, in your house, at a gym—wherever you feel comfortable and whatever time of day is convenient. Nothing required except determination and desire to make it 12 weeks.
I'll post the exercise times for each week once we get started. Let's give this gift to ourselves and improve throughout the holidays. If you have any questions, send me a note, and I'll answer what I have from Mayo.
Everybody's walking! Sounds great to me.

@retiredteacher
Volunteer Mentor

@retiredteacher

@marvinjsturing So good to hear from you, Marvin, and to share your good news. There are probably no better words than "I got a clean bill of health." That's terrific. I am so happy for you that things seem to be moving along the right way. I don't think I have been in touch since March. That is the last time I exercised. I somehow developed neuropathy or diabetic pain in the soles of my feet; walking has been so painful that I had to stop my walking routine. Walking worked well, but a side effect was not being able to walk. Maybe I will at some point be able to get back to exercise, but my husband is having heart problems and we have appointments with his doctors all of June. I have not been able to keep up with Connect every day. For now I am on hold.
Congratulations on your good news.
Carol @ retired teacher

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So sorry to hear of your new medical problems. May you and your husband both have better news in the weeks to come. Please let us know how everything's going. Think it's particularly hard when you both are having problems! As I tell my husband, we need to take turns at the sympathy trough!!

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@trishanna

So sorry to hear of your new medical problems. May you and your husband both have better news in the weeks to come. Please let us know how everything's going. Think it's particularly hard when you both are having problems! As I tell my husband, we need to take turns at the sympathy trough!!

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@trishanna I appreciate your kind words. Actually there are no new problems, just a continuation of the old. Nothing is different; sometimes old problems come to light and that adds to what's already going on. My husband's heart problems have been forefront since 2011, which isn't decades and my diabetes is just three years old. Because we were never sickly, it seems like a very long time to deal with medical problems now. Doctors love to say it's part of aging; I don't really buy that, as I was still teaching a few years ago. But, we deal with what comes and do the best we can one day at a time.
I hope you and your husband are well.
Carol @retiredteacher

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@retiredteacher

@trishanna I appreciate your kind words. Actually there are no new problems, just a continuation of the old. Nothing is different; sometimes old problems come to light and that adds to what's already going on. My husband's heart problems have been forefront since 2011, which isn't decades and my diabetes is just three years old. Because we were never sickly, it seems like a very long time to deal with medical problems now. Doctors love to say it's part of aging; I don't really buy that, as I was still teaching a few years ago. But, we deal with what comes and do the best we can one day at a time.
I hope you and your husband are well.
Carol @retiredteacher

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"It's part of aging" seems to be a standard reply – unfortunate because it blinds doctors to possible problems perhaps exacerbated by aging but not the cause. I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, blamed on heredity (maybe) and "old age" (maybe). But the real culprit, I believe, was my polycystic ovary disease, virtually ignored by my doctors, but a known cause of diabetes. As folks say, though, it is what it is, and we just keep on keeping on!!! Take care!

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@marvinjsturing

I am currently in Rochester for a 5 year checkup for my cancer and a 1 year re-evaluation for a kidney transplant. Today I got a clean bill of health from oncology so that means I can start moving ahead on the transplant. One of my possible donors is scheduled to come to Rochester in a couple of weeks to see if she can donate.

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@marvinjsturing Great news! I hope things work out so that your donor is acceptable or perhaps can do a paired donation. I am sure you must be anxious to put this behind you, but I have heard that the wait is longer for kidneys than it is for livers.
Keep us up to date.
JK

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Hello All:

With the holidays approaching, some of us, who should be watching carbs will undoubtedly not be so successful. The temptation of all of those wonderful foods and smells might cause us to lose our resolve. If that happens, what should we do to get back on the right road to eating?

Mayo Clinic recently posted an article on that very topic. Here is the link,
https://diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/motivate/setback-recovery-tips?xid=nl_nl_mayo_clinic_diet_2019-11-22_18687484&utm_source=Newsletters&nl_key=nl_mayo_clinic_diet&utm_content=2019-11-22&utm_campaign=The_Mayo_Clinic_Diet
If I have a setback, I have decided not to let negative thoughts overcome me and I will make better decisions about food in the future. I'll exercise the next day and get back to my dietary goals.

So, if you have a setback, what will you do?

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@hopeful33250

Hello All:

With the holidays approaching, some of us, who should be watching carbs will undoubtedly not be so successful. The temptation of all of those wonderful foods and smells might cause us to lose our resolve. If that happens, what should we do to get back on the right road to eating?

Mayo Clinic recently posted an article on that very topic. Here is the link,
https://diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/motivate/setback-recovery-tips?xid=nl_nl_mayo_clinic_diet_2019-11-22_18687484&utm_source=Newsletters&nl_key=nl_mayo_clinic_diet&utm_content=2019-11-22&utm_campaign=The_Mayo_Clinic_Diet
If I have a setback, I have decided not to let negative thoughts overcome me and I will make better decisions about food in the future. I'll exercise the next day and get back to my dietary goals.

So, if you have a setback, what will you do?

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I plan my work load so I can afford calorie wise to eat the pumpkin pie because it is good food, relatively speaking. I don't care for all the potatoes, gravy and stuffing because it is so heavy and makes me sleepy. So I skip that and eat more veggie foods. I make sure they are on the menu. I also skip the corn casserole my daughter makes because it is a big no no. Then I have the cheesecake instead of my evening glass of milk and the numbers are not bad the next morning because I worked hard getting ready for the dinner. And I enjoyed the whole thing. I don't really have negative thoughts because I am choosing well for me. Being very active helps everything. I think of my life as a success story rather than feel bad about myself. I am alive and my husband died. I am winning in life. Doris

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@dorisena

I plan my work load so I can afford calorie wise to eat the pumpkin pie because it is good food, relatively speaking. I don't care for all the potatoes, gravy and stuffing because it is so heavy and makes me sleepy. So I skip that and eat more veggie foods. I make sure they are on the menu. I also skip the corn casserole my daughter makes because it is a big no no. Then I have the cheesecake instead of my evening glass of milk and the numbers are not bad the next morning because I worked hard getting ready for the dinner. And I enjoyed the whole thing. I don't really have negative thoughts because I am choosing well for me. Being very active helps everything. I think of my life as a success story rather than feel bad about myself. I am alive and my husband died. I am winning in life. Doris

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Your attitude and your planning are just great, @dorisena. Thanks for adding to this conversation!

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Thanks so much for supporting me as well. After living a sometimes miserable life for so many years, and being so lonely for the past few years now that the grandchildren are grown, I really appreciate communicating with friends and cheering everyone on! I taught kids in the community for so many years, and I had support from a few friends who have now died. All my husband's family is gone, and my siblings and parents. You are my family today. Dorisena

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@hopeful33250

Hello All:

With the holidays approaching, some of us, who should be watching carbs will undoubtedly not be so successful. The temptation of all of those wonderful foods and smells might cause us to lose our resolve. If that happens, what should we do to get back on the right road to eating?

Mayo Clinic recently posted an article on that very topic. Here is the link,
https://diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/motivate/setback-recovery-tips?xid=nl_nl_mayo_clinic_diet_2019-11-22_18687484&utm_source=Newsletters&nl_key=nl_mayo_clinic_diet&utm_content=2019-11-22&utm_campaign=The_Mayo_Clinic_Diet
If I have a setback, I have decided not to let negative thoughts overcome me and I will make better decisions about food in the future. I'll exercise the next day and get back to my dietary goals.

So, if you have a setback, what will you do?

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@hopeful33250 Great topic, I plan to go back and read that link when I have a bit more time.
Yep, I will succumb to many of the yummy things but since I am bringing dessert for Thanksgiving I will probably make something that's not too tempting for me! I will bring an appetizer too and plan to do crudites and dip. I make a fairly healthy dip that has white beans in it and yogurt (all pureed in the food processor) so having some does not leave me too guilt-ridden. Since I have sporadic lactose intolerance I won't eat much cheese either.
Since the stuffing honestly cannot compare with my own (I know that sounds boastful but mine is really great, says everyone) I am not too tempted by that either. Only my son knows my "secret ingredient".
JK

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 Great topic, I plan to go back and read that link when I have a bit more time.
Yep, I will succumb to many of the yummy things but since I am bringing dessert for Thanksgiving I will probably make something that's not too tempting for me! I will bring an appetizer too and plan to do crudites and dip. I make a fairly healthy dip that has white beans in it and yogurt (all pureed in the food processor) so having some does not leave me too guilt-ridden. Since I have sporadic lactose intolerance I won't eat much cheese either.
Since the stuffing honestly cannot compare with my own (I know that sounds boastful but mine is really great, says everyone) I am not too tempted by that either. Only my son knows my "secret ingredient".
JK

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You've got a great plan, @contentandwell. I know what you mean about stuffing if it is not your recipe!

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I have a sage bush which required no care and comes back every year so I use lots of sage in my dressing. It is also good in dressing with pork chops.
My mother made "stuffing" with cold mashed potatoes in addition to the bread. It was also very good but very heavy on the tummy. Dorisena

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 Great topic, I plan to go back and read that link when I have a bit more time.
Yep, I will succumb to many of the yummy things but since I am bringing dessert for Thanksgiving I will probably make something that's not too tempting for me! I will bring an appetizer too and plan to do crudites and dip. I make a fairly healthy dip that has white beans in it and yogurt (all pureed in the food processor) so having some does not leave me too guilt-ridden. Since I have sporadic lactose intolerance I won't eat much cheese either.
Since the stuffing honestly cannot compare with my own (I know that sounds boastful but mine is really great, says everyone) I am not too tempted by that either. Only my son knows my "secret ingredient".
JK

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@contentandwell I also intend to enjoy Thanksgiving in moderation, and I am going to have a piece of pumpkin pie. I get tired of not being able to eat things I like because of my diabetes. There are foods that I love that I haven't had in over three years, like pizza. Tailgating without pizza is ridiculous. I have eaten bland, cardboard tasting food for three years. I feel that I've tried it all, except medicines, and I avoid those like the plague. My endo retired, but he always said if you fall off the wagon go on and have what you are craving and then hop back on the wagon—-it won't have done that much extreme damage. So I follow his okay when I really can't stop myself. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, so surely a piece of pumpkin pie can't be that big a deal. My husband and I are going to enjoy spending the day together. and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
Carol

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@hopeful33250

You've got a great plan, @contentandwell. I know what you mean about stuffing if it is not your recipe!

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@hopeful33250. When we were kids my aunt and uncle had a big vacation home up north in North Conway – 7 bedrooms. Their family, our family, and another family of cousins would all go there for Thanksgiving – the turkeys were cooked in advance and warmed up for dinner. All of the kids would be making sure they got their own mother’s stuffing. Those are such great memories. We had the best times there. There were 12 cousins.
JK

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250. When we were kids my aunt and uncle had a big vacation home up north in North Conway – 7 bedrooms. Their family, our family, and another family of cousins would all go there for Thanksgiving – the turkeys were cooked in advance and warmed up for dinner. All of the kids would be making sure they got their own mother’s stuffing. Those are such great memories. We had the best times there. There were 12 cousins.
JK

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@contentandwell Twelve cousins! I can't imagine, but I bet you had fun and laughter and maybe some disagreements, even. I know you definitely were not bored or lonely.
Carol

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@retiredteacher

@contentandwell Twelve cousins! I can't imagine, but I bet you had fun and laughter and maybe some disagreements, even. I know you definitely were not bored or lonely.
Carol

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@retiredteacher that’s just the cousins who were there! My mother came from 7 siblings so there were four more families of cousins. We were never very close to the cousins on my father’s side but there were about 5 more cousins there.
I wish my kids could have been as close to their cousins as we were but these days everyone is so busy with activities like sports and other stuff that it just doesn’t happen.
JK

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