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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Shelll
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    9 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hello Sherie

    Since I am pretty sure of the area in which you live. I "googled" the showground in that area. From the pictures that I saw, well it looks a fair size. I am guessing since it is a showground, it would have a lot of different....well other animal smells therefore heaps for little Holly to sniff out. Anyway it looks like a great place that you chose to walk.

    Many hugs

    Shell xx

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    9 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hello Elizabeth

    I hope you get a bit of a rest today. Are you driving on out to the lake this week at all? I sounded so calming and restful the way you did describe it last time. It made me want to just float on my back and look up at the clouds. It is good that you managed a small walk, and that you smelt the scent of the roses. I am guessing the roses were at your place then. Take care.

    Much love to you

    Shell xx

  3. Missing user
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    9 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley.  Yes thats true, it is quite a large area.  And definitely lots of animal smells around.  We even had a circus there a couple of weeks ago, so a number of 'different' animal smells that she wouldnt have smelled before.  It is a nice walk, they keep the grounds nicely mowed so its all pretty level as well.  A few fences to climb through, but they're all railed, so thats pretty easy too.

    No time for walks today though unfortunately.  And no inclination either ......  just too tired today.

    Sherie xx

  4. Shelll
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    9 February 2016

    Hugs to all...

    Well today I ventured out to the beach again.  I am so so glad I did. I decided to actually walk on the sand. So I headed on down to the waters edge, where the sand is firmer. I was walking with a little bit of caution, because there were some blue bottles washed up on the shore. But not to worry, I just stepped on over them. I even spotted this tiny brown crab, walking sideways, as they do. I have read it is good to walk on sand, as it gives your feet a bit of a massage. That is if you are walking barefoot, which I was. I was pretty tired, and I really had to push myself to walk back up the steps to the road, when it was time to leave.. ...But I am so so thankful I walked. Received some good old fresh air......

    OK that's it

    With much love

    Shelley xx

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    9 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley, I'm glad you got to the beach. Walking on sand is much harder so you get a real workout going a short distance but it does massage the feet. The salt water is also supposed to be good for you so just smelling the salt in the air is good. Also watching where you are walking to avoid stepping on things takes your mind off things giving it a rest.

    The roses were overhanging someone's fence so they were easy to smell as you walked past. My parent's used to reminisce about the roses dad used to grow when they were going out. He would pick them and give to mum as a bunch or a corsage and he grew them in our garden so roses are linked with good memories of my dad.

    I will try to get to the lake tomorrow. I have been very tired for the last week or so even though I've been to bed at a reasonable time. I am going to sleep in tomorrow and try to recover.   I saw my psychologist today but it felt negative because all I could focus on was the things going wrong even though I had been doing OK before becoming so tired.

  6. Shelll
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hey Sherie

    I know you are feeling tired. To be truthful I don't know how your body copes at all. If I had a bath..... do you have a bath? Well I would fill it up with fresh water, add some epsom salts. And just soak in it until you feel relaxed and calm.

    Walking and exploring, or watching your Holly explore a showground sounds like a bit of an adventure to me. I can imagine one of those people with one those metal detector things, going around searching for lost treasure.

    With much love and hugs,..... for I do think you are in need of them at the moment.

    Shelley xx

  7. Missing user
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    Yep, I am very tired.  Didnt work today, but I did visit my old lady friend in the nursing home.  It was her 86th birthday today, so I had to go.  Otherwise I probably would have rung her and deferred.  But it was an important day for her.  They had birthday cake and everything for her, so it was special.

    I do occasionally run a cool bath when the weather is really hot.  It is mainly to cool the body core temperature down a bit, as I really feel the heat.  But a soak in the bath is nice and relaxing, I should do it more.

    I like your description of comparing Holly sniffing around at all the scents on offer, to someone using a metal detector.  How apt !   ( - :    That describes her perfectly.  You have inspired me to make a big effort tomorrow to take her for another walk.  Even if I feel as if I cant at the time, I know I will perk up once I'm out there.  So thankyou for the inspiration.

    And yes, the hugs help too ..................           ( - :

    Sherie xx

  8. Bluey moon
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Hugs to you Sherie and if I could sent you sweet dreams please know I would! 
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  9. Shelll
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hey Elizabeth

    It seems like a lot of us are just plain tired. Myself included. I think I will go and get a very large drink of water, perhaps I am dehydrated or something. I will be back in a tick.....I am back, now sipping chilled water through a blue straw. Well I guess making sure we drink enough pure fresh water is all part of being well.

    Your dad sounds so romantic, that is a beautiful memory to have of your dad.

    I can relate to getting into that negative way of thinking too. It does seem a challenge to get out of, doesn't it. But it is possible.

    Are you feeling better rested today? I hope so. Take care now Elizabeth and good on you for smelling the roses......

    Much love to you

    Shelley xx

    PS. I have now drank about 500mls of cool water, yeah yeah

  10. Shelll
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Bluey moon

    Hi Skye...

    You mentioned you climb up and down ladders. Well that would keep you are bit flexible wouldn't it? That has to be a good thing. It would be a bit like walking up and down steps I guess. Going shopping... gosh I think we may very well walk more than we realise when we shop. It all sounds good to me, you are still getting in physical movement/exercise in some way. ..... So good on you!  Ah you have a doggie as well, lots of members on BB seem to, don't they. Will you give Lara a pat from me, well that is if she likes strangers patting her?

    Many hugs to you Skye, and thankyou for all the hugs and love you have given to me. Because sometimes I do just simply need a hug.

    Much love to you

    Shelley xx

  11. Bluey moon
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    10 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hey Shelley, 

    Yes my job requires a lot of being on my feet and climbing and such, plus chasing after my kiddies too 😍. But I have talked to my psycologist and in the morning I'm going to go on a quick walk when I can to burn some excess nervous energy, and get my head in a good place! 

    Lara loves pats from anyone, she is very affectionate, she is a staffy! We are currently both curled up in bed! 

    I always need hugs too Shelley, so you are very welcome! 

    Skye

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    10 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth and Bluey

    Thankyou so very much for responding to my comments on 'agoraphobia' (which you know is just another 'leaf' off the anxiety tree....

    Bluey....the anxiety is tricky....absolutely...and I didnt mean it's easy to overcome.....any recovery whether physiologically or psychological takes time and effort.....

    I have never ever been called an 'inspiration' before and you guys have made my day...Big Time!

    Paul :-)

    (Woof!)

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    10 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hey Shelley

    Thankyou for caring and your response..and helpful tips too

    The ipod is a great idea...I use my Sony Experia with 3AW talkback when I am walking and it does help. I just have to stop 'internalizing' when I walk...

    My GP made it simple a few months ago and I will quote " Paul....does it really matter if you cant get around a small area?.....Just walk up and down the same street and try not to 'think' so much"

    Elizabeth

    You have a stack of determination when it comes to walking and NIce1....If I may ask.....do you have a garden?

    Kindly Yours

    Paul

    Woof!

     

     

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    11 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Thank you Paul for your comments. I have a garden which is a blessing & a curse. I find it hard to look after in summer due to the heat. Me & hot weather don't go well together. As a result it looks a bit messy at the moment. I have a grapevine which is currently providing tons of lovely grapes. My peach tree is also producing well but it is a battle managing the birds.

    I am finding reporting here is helping me to keep on track with my walking. I was doing really well but have fallen into a hole so it is taking every bit of motivation to keep going. 
    yesterday & today I only did a shorter walk. I am going to the lake this afternoon to swim. I've told my husband so he can nag me till I go. Hopefully soon I can get to a point where I don't need his nagging to do what I know will be good for me!!!! 

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    11 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Morning Elizabeth

    Nice to hear about your garden...grapes...peaches....yummm. I do agree with you about the heat...Working or walking in high temperatures can be counterproductive...the enjoyment falls away for me....and not good for my dog either.

    Reporting on here does work for me too....Its a great post and also keeps me in check with my thinking. Falling into that hole is always a pain Elizabeth..Its like being stuck in quicksand sometimes but your mates on here (and your bubby of course) will always throw you rope and drag you out :-)

    The swim....nice idea....you always have many good ideas Elizabeth

    Grapes....give me some next time in the Cafe....yum!

    Paul

  16. Missing user
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    11 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey everyone, good news!  Today I managed to force myself to attend a Pilates Class.  I try to go once a week (Its only held on Thursday mornings) but I havent been for a month or more.  Several reasons why I havent been going, one of which is work, the other being a lack of motivation.  Anyway I'm feeling quite proud of myself for making the effort today.   ( - :

    Paul - I agree about not feeling like doing any exercise in hot weather.  I usually just shut down when it gets too hot.  Thats why Pilates Class was good today, all air conditioned and fans etc.  And not in the hot sun.  Although it isnt that hot here at the moment.  I think it will be very hot over the weekend though.

    Skye - Since Lara loves her pats, please give her one from me too.  And a friendly lick from my girl Holly.  She gets on well with other dogs.  In fact one of our neighbours has a staffy called Buddy, and she gets on really well with him.

    Elizabeth - We also have a lovely big grapevine, but nothing left now.  All finished about a month ago.  But we do have a couple of mango trees which have a few mangos just starting to ripen.  And a fig tree with figs starting to colour up.  Gotta watch them really closely though because as soon as the birds spot any colour, they're onto them in a flash!  We do have lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit all starting to fruit.  Persimmons are a little way off yet, as are our macadamias.  We have lots of room for fruit trees.  Unfortunately beating birds and bats is our problem.

    Happy exercising everyone .............. whatever form that takes (work or play).

    Sherie xx

  17. Shelll
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hello Sherie

    Good on you for choosing to go to the Pilates class.

    Three cheers for you today.

             Hip Hip Hooray... Hip Hip Hooray... Hip Hip Hooray!

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  18. Missing user
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Thanks Shelley,

    I usually enjoy it once I'm there.  Its just a matter of finding the energy and motivation to actually turn up.

    Thanks "walking group" for helping me to find the motivation needed.

    Shell, I've been reading your interesting posts about your walks on the beach, including some evening walks with your son.  It sounds lovely.  Wish I could go with you, I love walking on the beach at night.    ( - :

    Sherie xx

  19. Bluey moon
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    11 February 2016

    Sherie, 

    Lara loved her pat and lick too, she loves other dogs! 

    How are you feeling today? 

    Skye

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    11 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Well I managed a shorter walk this morning. Felt tired & sore so needed to walk to get moving. This thread is at least giving me the motivation to go even when tempted to give up. 

    I made it to the lake- a week since last time so at least I'm on target for that goal. The water was nice but I went earlier to avoid the traffic jam I encountered last time. Unfortunately this meant the sun was higher which meant having to deal with constant thoughts of sunburn- I had sunscreen on my face & rash vest but this doesn't stop the thoughts. Sunburn is linked to the original trauma so this fear is a trigger. I started crying as soon as I got back into shallow water so I could stand. Thoughts of 'not being good enough' and feeling overwhelmed trying to do things on my own since my husband can't help do to his condition. He wants to help but it is more trouble than its worth as I have to watch everything he does since he can't see. I don't like to say much to him as I don't want to make him feel worse about his condition. 

    I don't know why I have gone downhill as I was doing well & feeling more positive before falling in this hole.

  21. Missing user
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Bluey moon

    Ha ha, that good Skye, I'm pleased.

    I'm feeling really tired this afternoon.  My Pilates this morning has worn me out!   ( - :  

    Maybe I'll sleep tonight?  That'd be nice.

    Sherie xx

     

  22. Bluey moon
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Sherie, 

    I really hope you are able to sleep tonight! 

    I don't know if it will help or not but I drink this herbal tea called Sleepy Me before going to bed. Something to try?

    Skye

  23. Missing user
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Bluey moon

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have a look around for it.  I currently try a herbal capsule, which seems to make no difference at all.

    Sherie x

  24. Bluey moon
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    It is great tea! 

    Im wishing you sweet dreams Sherie! i really wish I could bring you sweet dreams! 

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    11 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Everyone,

    I have been looking at some of these posts and have been inspired to start waling again.

    I'm very blessed to live in a rural region. I went for an early morning walk a couple of days ago and enjoyed the scene of the sheep in a dusty, wind swept paddock. The rising sun was behind them and all the sheep looked like they were lined with gold. I'd never seen that before.

    The snake along the side of the road had my heart beating double time until I realised the poor thing was dead. It was only a short distance from our home!

    A couple of days ago a lady gave me a brand new pair of sandshoes in my size that she decided she didn't want. They are excellent for walking in, so comfortable and spongy!

    I'm looking forward to another walk tomorrow! Cheers all from Dools

     

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    11 February 2016 in reply to Doolhof
    Welcome to our walking group. Glad the posts inspired you. I liked your description of the golden tinged sheep. You are lucky to be given good sandshoes in your size. 
  27. Shelll
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    11 February 2016 in reply to Doolhof

    Hello Dools

    I recognise you from the "three things to be thankful thread". Well I recognize your name as the starter of that thread. Anyway I also welcome you, and if you like hugs..... I will give you one.

    It sounds like your walk was a beautiful one, apart from you getting scared by the snake that is. But even that still sounds like a bit of an adventure to me.

    With much love to you Dools

    Shelley xx

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    12 February 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Hi . I walked today and made myself walk up the steps twice. Felt exhausted but made it. Reporting on this thread is at least helping me keep going while I feel like giving up. When depressed I struggle to do things I normally enjoy. My mind is so focused on everything I'm doing wrong that I can't enjoy anything and feel guilty about doing anything which isn't productive. It takes a lot of energy to constantly remind myself I need to walk.  I have given up things like watching movies etc because it is too hard.
  29. Missing user
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    12 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Yes I agree it is very hard to maintain motivation when things arent going well in your life.  But you did well with your swim and then all the steps.  And it sounds like you really pushed yourself to the extent that you felt exhausted afterwards.  So that would have achieved all the good things required of exercise.  So well done!

    So Shelley Anne's thread here is achieving its purpose of getting people focused on the importance of exercise and the benefits of it.   Keep reporting back here Elizabeth.  Both your successes as well as any perceived failures.  We may be able to convince you that what you see as a failure, in reality is not a failure at all.

    Sherie xx

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    12 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth CP,

    Yes, I was very fortunate to be given the shoes, they are a brand I would never be able to afford myself, and they are a lovely bright colour as well...so they will make me walk quicker. Ha. Ha.

    I didn't get out for my walk this morning so hope to go out in the early evening.

    Sometimes it is hard to keep doing things that we know are good for us. If I don't succeed in a walk today, then I will try a little harder to ensure I get out tomorrow.

    Cheers all and happy WALKING!

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