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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Shelll
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    17 September 2021
    Went for a walk on Breakwall Path this morning. Looking up I noticed the sky was such pretty blue
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  2. Elizabeth CP
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    17 September 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Today I walked to the GP. It was really windy and there were a few spots of rain so i was worried about getting soaked but the rain held off. I was running late so I had to walk really fast so at least I got my heart rate up on the way there. On the way back I stopped off at the chemist and then walked a bit slower. I felt a bit depressed after seeing the GP. Having to focus on all the things that are wrong doesn't help and worrying about him thinking I'm wasting his time. It's not about what he says but what I think he might be thinking!!! My wrist and thumb have been getting more painful even though I'm trying to do the exercises I was prescribed. I've been prescribed some painkillers but I'm worried about the side effects. The experience I had with my previous GP has left me very nervous of GPs. It has also triggered some very bad memories of bad experiences with doctors years ago.
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  3. Shelll
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    18 September 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    I am sorry you are going through all these issues with your wrist and thumb Elizabeth. It must be real challenging. Have you ever tried a natural pain relief or heard of them? I am trying to think of the one I was on for pain relief a while back.... Actually pain relief and inflammation. It had curcumin, ginger, bowsellia and perhaps some other herbal ingredient. Might be worth a try for you. I just want to help Elizabeth.

    It's great you did some cardio there while walking to the GP though

  4. Shelll
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    18 September 2021

    I cycled 3 times around the block today. Twice in the morning and once this evening. And I feel much encouraged by that, as I can see slight improvement it fitness and the muscles in my legs feel stronger.

    And the fresh air, breeze and sunshine just makes me feel better as well.

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  5. Shelll
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    18 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    I felt like I needed to get out and walk tonight. I wanted to feel the chill of the crisp night air on my face. And breathe in more oxygen into my lungs.

    So I walked down my street and then onto the other street that runs parallel to the main road. I walked for a kilometre or so up to near the traffic lights. Turned around there and walked back.

    I purposely looked up into the night sky on my way back. I did see a couple of stars. But mostly it was pretty dark up there. I was walking by the torch on my phone though so the street was lit up some.

    The slightly breezy air did feel cold on my cheeks, making me feel alive, which was what I wanted. Like that feeling.

    I heard a squawk of some bird and the flapping sound of the flag outside the service station.

    And on the way back, I had a quick jump on a mini tramp that someone was getting rid of. So I decided to retrieve it as it had a fairly good bounce. And looked in pretty good condition. It is super good exercise as well.

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  6. Shelll
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    19 September 2021
    Walked on Breakwall Path and up Lighthouse Hill in the afternoon. I am thankful I walked, but I felt far away within myself.
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  7. Shelll
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    20 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Walked on the beach today, then came back the Breakwall way. I noticed a bit of seaweed on the sand as I was walking along. The sky was that pretty blue again.

    Forgot to say that yesterday while I was walking on the Breakwall Path... the most cutest small dog came waking on past me with their owner. I kept looking at it, because it had a hat on. The doggie had a hat on. I have never seen that before. Don't know how it was strapped on.

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  8. Shelll
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    21 September 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Walked tonight down my street and up another road to the traffic lights and back home. Felt the cold air on my face again. And looked up and saw the moon, some stars and some clouds.
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  9. Shelll
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    23 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hi beautiful and awesome people

    (someone greeted me this way recently and I just really felt encouraged by the greeting, not sure exactly why, but wanted to give it to you as well)

    Yesterday I catched up with my sister whilst walking over in the next suburb. We walked along a wide footpath mostly along the main road over there.

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  10. Shelll
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    23 September 2021
    Cycled around the block once today.
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  11. Shelll
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    24 September 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Cycled around the block once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
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  12. Ggrand
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    25 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello everyone...🌹..

    Shelly..I love the feel of cold air on my face...

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  13. Shelll
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    25 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand
    You too... There is just something about the cold air on one's face. It can feel invigorating, makes you feel alive and sort of clean. Why do love it much, just interested in you?
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    26 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelly...

    A lot of times in winter, I will rug myself up except my face and sit outside feeling that fresh crisp coldness on my face....

    The cold air on my face...feels like an icy water wash...my skin feels good, fresh and alive...it’s just so very refreshing...and only available to us in winter...Imagine how nice it would be in summer to be able to do this....I remember when I was younger, that I got the same feeling, when I walked along a beach..then went and just splashed my face with the sea water...with the cool coastal breeze a wet face....so refreshing with the wind turning my face cold...

    Hugs lovely Shelly....

    Grandy...

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  15. Shelll
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    26 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Oh your experience is beautiful Grandy. It sounds weird saying an experience of feeling the cold on your face is beautiful. But it seems that way to me. Just enjoying the simple and pure blessings in one's life.

    Hug back to you Grandy

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  16. Shelll
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    27 September 2021 in reply to Shelll
    Went for a walk on the Breakwall Path this afternoon. I really liked the fresh ocean air. And the feel of it on me. But mostly I seemed to be in my head a lot. It was a challenge to switch of thoughts. Still thankful I walked though
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    27 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelly, and everyone..,.🤗

    Hope you are all doing okay..

    I am not sure what a breakwall is..in my mind I see a wall not unlike the walls that hold up the dam water...that is made of bricks, shells, sandstone that makes a path that someone can walk along that takes them out along the deeper water on one side of the wall and on the other side is a type of seawater swimming pool, and continuing to walk on the breakwater path leads back to the sand....

    I am possibly absolutely wrong with my thoughts of a breakwater path....but that’s the way I visualise one...

    Shelly do you often take pictures of the different things you see on your walk....When I was younger, my grandma showed me a small box she made out of many different size and shape shells....It was really pretty...

    Hugs lovely Shelly...

    Grandy..

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  18. Shelll
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    27 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    It's a little how you imagined it Grandy. I will attempt to describe it more.

    There is a super wide concrete path that attaches to a car park on one side and there is a beach on the other side. Their is a high rail on the beach side. It's nice to lean on the rail and watch the waves. There is also a row of seats facing the ocean and some outside type beach showers.

    I walk on this wide concrete path first past all that. Keep following this path, which starts to narrow a bit. The path is now lined with another rail on the left hand side. It's a beautiful rail. It's black and looks like a rail on an old ship. Except it is brand new. They built in last year. As you walk along and look over the black ship rail you see a smallish beach which often has dogs running in the water and digging holes. Sometimes I even stand leaning over this rail and watch the dogs having such fun. I like doing that. This beach borders the large port here. Many large cargo ships come through here. They are absolutely massive. I love hearing the sound of the ships horn as it sort of echoes throughout the air. Such a deep long mysterious sound. It's beautiful.

    Anyways on the other side of the path opposite this beach is the sand dunes. I have walked over these before. Sometimes you can see glimpses of the ocean over the dunes. There is a bit of green vegatation growing on the dunes, but not a lot.

    Keep walking along the path the doggie beach is now ended and tapers sort of into rocks. There has been a lot of drift wood and logs amongst the rocks before. From those storms whenever that was. Over from the rocks is the port itself. Its quite wide and there is land on the other side. It really is lovely walking along here especially early evening as the breeze that comes through here is often so fresh. On the other side is still sand dunes. But just up ahead is a hill, that I call Light House Hill. It is on the right. If you looked over to the left you still see the port. And the black ship railing. I have walked up that hill many times. There is a lighthouse on top, plus some renovated cottages ( which no one lives in, I don't think) From the top, the view is beautiful. You can see the ocean, and the rest of the path. It sticks out quite a way. If you turn around whilst up on that hill, you can see the city. And you can see the doggie beach. And you can see the path where you just walked from.

    Once you walk back down Lighthouse Hill and turn right you can keep following the path along.

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  19. Shelll
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    27 September 2021

    Keep walking along, there is now a huge hill on the right. With lots of green plants growing on it. The type of plants that like the ocean and sandy soil. On top of that hill is the lighthouse. The port is still on the other side. The black ship rail ends about now. And there are just rocks mostly. But you do sometimes see a plant on this side. Growing amongst the cracks in the rocks. There is sand there as well.

    Keep walking there is now the end of a beach on the right. I often walk on the beach too. Its the end of the beach we saw at the beginning. There is a tiny hill that stems from the beach up onto the path. The Breakwall Path. As you keep walking along the path, which is now the Breakwall. Which is a concrete path with large rocks and boulders on both sides now. The ocean is on the right and the port is on the left. So water on both sides. People often fish from these large rocks. You can walk right to the very end. Sometimes when the ocean is rough it will splash up over the rocks and onto the breakwall Path. And you may get wet by sprays of water. It can happen a lot especially at the very end of the path.
    I think convicts layed down the foundations of this path. And way back it had a train line on it. Something to do with coal going onto the ships.
    So I guess the Breakwall tames the waves in the ocean, so the port is calmer for the ships to come in and out. Just my understanding.

    There is also another breakwall path on the other side of the port. Though it is not as long. I have walked on that before as well.

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  20. Shelll
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    27 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Ah that is nice about your Grandma. I may have seen little boxes before with shells stuck on the outside.

    Sometimes I will take photos. But I like the free feeling of not carrying anything with me. I leave the phone in the car. Just take the keys mostly

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  21. Shelll
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    28 September 2021

    Walked in the sunshine on Breakwall Path today

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  22. Ggrand
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    28 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Dear Shelly..

    I absolutely loved your description of the Breakwall path..I felt like I was their with you walking along it...It sounds like a very long path..I think I would love to watch those dogs playing in the sand and digging holes...I imagined myself walking along the wall and being sprayed by some sea water droplets, how refreshing it would be...

    I love old lighthouses and used to visit one quite often when I lived in suburbia...Wouldn’t it be lovely to live in one of those renovated cottages near the lighthouse...Do you know if the lighthouse is operational?..

    I miss the beach..I wish it wasn’t an 8 hour trip to the closest beach...your description is beautiful..and if you don’t mind...I would love to write it out in my journal I go to and read when I’m not doing to good....I have lots of Tony’s (WhiteKnight) poems, some fantasy stories...pictures I drew to decorate them....

    Thank you so much precious lady, for your time in writing that out for me....

    Kindest thoughts dear Shelly with a thankful and caring hug..🤗

    Grandy..

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  23. Shelll
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    28 September 2021 in reply to Ggrand

    Oh yes it would be lovely living in one of those cottages. I have peered in the windows quite a few times. They have beautiful done up timber floors, very light feel about the rooms. And I imagine it would feel so airy and fresh inside if the windows were opened. I have imagined myself living there. Mm yes I think you would like it there yourself. You could take your dogs down to the doggie beach ( if they like that sort of thing)

    The lighthouse still shines light at night. But it is a modern light. Not sure what that entails, maybe power.

    Sure yeah copy it if you want. I did write it for you in hope it would take you away walking. You sort of helped me in a way too, because writing it helped me focus on it in my own head. So I forgot about other troubling thoughts.

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    What a wonderful thread to share with others. Walking is such a powerful tool to feel better.

    Today I went for a walk before work through the park near my house. It was sunnier than usual and super peaceful in the area. I was so grateful to find the time to move and be outside before a day at my desk to work. It definitely made me feel clearer in the mind and productive. I took my dog as well, who ran around madly and then slept the rest of the day.

    Looking forward to another tomorrow.

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  25. Shelll
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    29 September 2021 in reply to Banksy92
    Nice to met you Banksy
  26. Shelll
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    29 September 2021
    Cycled around the block 1 and 1/2 times today. My legs are definitely getting stronger. Hopefully I will be able to ride further soon. I didn't go for a walk or anything.
  27. Shelll
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    30 September 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Decided to see if I could cycle further then around the block. I did ride once around the block. But before that I ventured down towards the main road here. Cycled on the flat a bit, then the road went uphill. I did start pedalling up the hill. But not far, before my legs just couldn't push anymore. I do have gears on my bike. But it just seem to not make a difference at all. I made a wobbly uturn and coasted back down then along the flat bit. Then turned right heading towards my place. I rode past my street thinking I will cycle around the block. But I kept pedalling straight as it is fairly flat now. Past the cemetery then down another flat street. I had not been down this street for a long time. I looked at people's gardens. Beautiful. Then turned around and headed back to " cycle around the block" My standard default route. My legs were definitely not used to riding this distance. But I made it around ok. I forgot to say the other day, I saw a bunny hoping down someone's gravel driveway. So so cute.

    Later on on the day I walked on Breakwall Path. So breezy. Loved it. I looked at this wonky and happy puppy attempting to grap his lead in his mouth as it was swinging in front of him. Adorable

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  28. Shelll
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    1 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    Walked around a bit in the backyard barefoot just after it hailed.

    Cycled around the block once and walked out on the Breakwall Path

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  29. Elizabeth CP
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    2 October 2021 in reply to Shelll

    I haven't ridden a bike for decades so you are doing much better than me Shell.

    My son rang and invited me to join him on a walk with 2 yr old grandson who rode his balance bike, A week ago he needed his dad to support him the whole time. Now he was scooting along independently balancing the bike well. He kept stopping every time he say a bird, water, rocks or anything else which required a closer look. We can learn a lot from young kids. They put their whole heart into whatever they are doing and take time to appreciate the experience and anything they see. He is not afraid of failing. If he falls he just gets back up and tries again. We probably walked about 4km a long way for a 2 yr old but he was still full of energy at the end. It was nice to watch my grandson enjoying himself. A few weeks ago he was reluctant to wear his helmet so was stopped from riding. He has now learnt that mum & dad won't compromise on the helmet so he no longer argues about it.

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  30. Shelll
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    2 October 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Your little Grandson sounds ever so cute. Those balance bikes are the ones with no pedals aren't they? And the little ones make them go with the feet..

    And yeah I quite like riding my bike. Longing to ride further though. Love feeling the breeze on my face as I coast along. Did you ride when you were a girl Elizabeth?

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