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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Missing user
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    25 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Yes, thanks Shell the physio has helped a bit.  I had osteo last week which also helped for a while, but then it got worse again.  Hence letting the physio have a go today.  Physio is much easier then the osteo to get in to see as well.  Anyway she did a bit of gentle manipulation in an attempt to relieve the pressure on the nerve a bit and then some massage etc to relax muscles.  Feeling a little better now.

    Anyway the walking will have to wait for another couple of days, then I need to get out there and do some gentle exercise again.  Its a good thing that I'm not walking today, because it is really really hot today.  Swimming could be an option of course.  In fact maybe I could go for a swim at the gym tomorrow?  I cant do pilates just now and the classes are only on Thurs anyway, so already missed that.  But I just had a brainwave about using the gym pool instead!  Gee, I'm bright sometimes!   I might ring them tomorrow and find out when there are no school groups using the pool, and then head down there.  

    On the Cafe thread, I said I'm in the Cafe pool for a swim, but in reality I'm about to have a nice cool bath.  That will help to cool the body core temperature down a bit.  Probably not ideal for the back though.  Oh well, cant fix everything.

    I hope someone out there on the Exercise Walking Thread have managed to get in some exercise today?  

    Sherie xx

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    25 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Sorry Sherie about your back. I have had a bad back in the past & can remember being very sore for a day or 2 after treatment till it settled down so you certainly don't want to do anything to stir it up until it settles.

    Shelley, The ladies shed is being run @ the same place as the Men's Shed but different time. The guy who runs it is there to help us when required. They have lots of woodwork machines etc so once it is set up we can make what we want. They also pick up old furniture toys etc to do up & sell & the proceeds go back to fund the program. One lady brought in a piece of her umbrella which was damaged in a storm & go help to fix it. It is easier for me to socialise while working with someone rather than just chatting but I don't do the normal craft things most women like such as quilting & scrappbooking etc.  I will go for a bit and see how it goes. The people seem nice & friendly.

  3. Missing user
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    25 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Thanks Elizabeth.  Yeah it isnt pleasant, but it is something I have been dealing with for a long time now.  It flares up from time to time and sometimes really lays me low.  Not so bad this time, or at least not yet.  I do know that I have to be careful not to do too much for a while though when it gets like this, because otherwise I could be in bed for a week unable to move a muscle.  I certainly dont want that, so I will be careful in what I do.

    But I will consider going to the pool tomorrow.  Not to actually swim because I am not a good swimmer and the way I swim it would aggravate the back rather than help it.  Thats because I have to have my head above water! So I dog paddle or breaststroke with head poking up like a little tortoise.  But I can walk laps in the water, and other exercises that I know to do, and thats okay.

    Your ladies shed sounds like a good idea.  I hope you find that it becomes something you look forward to each week.  And it does tick one of your boxes of important factors - you are being constructive!  ( - :

    Sherie xx

  4. Shelll
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    25 February 2016

    Hello 

                                               Daily Walk

    Today's walk was a challenge walk...why? because I was seeing how far I could walk, before someone I knew was going to pick me up from their return trip from the supermarket. I made it just past the service station on the straight and narrow road. I could feel myself walking quicker too. I didn't notice a whole lot of different things, then the night before. Except the smell of petrol and grease from the service station. And the fact that it was still pretty humid at 8:30 pm. 

    Shell xx

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    26 February 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Great idea to change the focus of the walk. Sounds like it motivated you to walk faster.
  6. Missing user
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    26 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Yes, I agree with Elizabeth.  Shelley, if you cant change the route, then you change the focus in order to keep it interesting.  And it sounds like you pushed yourself to thats good too.

    I had intended on going swimming today.  But unfortunately I had a bad night with my back, so I dont think I will risk it today after all.  I think I quiet day is in store for me.  Its a shame, as it is a little cooler today.

    So, I am relying on your guys to tell me about your walks today ............

    Sherie xx

  7. Missing user
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    26 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Gee, I'm sorry.  I'm a little dyslexic today.  I meant 'you guys' and not 'your guys' as I wrote above.

    After affects of a lousy night, pain, and medications I guess.  I'm a shaky as Christchurch in an earthquake as well, so not feeling the best today at all.

    I think I will just go back to bed.............

    Sherie xx

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    26 February 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Sherie Hope your back settles down so you can sleep tonight. I only did a short walk today. Attempted to walk as fast as I could up our road to get some aerobic activity then took a shortcut across some grass to give my ankle a workout on the uneven surface. I noticed several gumtrees with very different bark. One was thick rough bark which had fallen away in large chunks. The next had fibrous bark & the last was smooth white bark. I also saw a pretty bush which was a perfect ball on top of a short trunk & covered with pretty lilac coloured flowers. 
  9. Shelll
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    26 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Evening Elizabeth

    I am happy for you, that you walked as fast as you good. That is what I tried last evening.

    So do you think you are getting more fit, can you feel it in your physical body? I think I am feeling it slowly, but I need to eat better. As I am convinced if you eat junk like sugar and stuff, it just makes you more lethargic or something. The times I choose to eat the green leafy veg and other vegetables and fruit.....well you are able to cope with the physical activity much more easily.

    That pretty bush, with the lilac coloured flowers, do you know what it was at all? I just like plants with that coloured flower. Especially lavender...

    Anyway good on you for walking. I wasn't going to go walking not even this evening, because well......I don't feel like it all. So just by reading about your walk has nudged me on a little. I am not going to think about it much now, just put my shoes on and walk out the door. OK thanks Elizabeth, I am off. It is 8:15pm

    Shell xx

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    26 February 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Glad I helped. Don't know what the flower was. Hope your walk is OK. I am definately fitter than I was a month ago but have slowed down & having to push myself to do things. I wish I could get rid of the tiredness
  11. Shelll
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    26 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hello Elizabeth

    My walk was OK, oh yeah I am tired. I walked up and back from the service station again. There just was a sprinkling of rain, but I don't mind that sort of thing, And my son walked along with me this time. So that was a benefit. I am glad I went.

     So where do you think your tiredness is coming from. You don't sleep well, helping hubby????

    Shell xx

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    26 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Oh Sherie....You poor thing, with your painful back and all. Wish I could fix it for you.... Is there anything more that can be done for it?

    Don't worry about how you are writing, I don't think you need to say sorry either. Please rest easy in that matter, as it truly is all good.....

    Hugs to you

    Shell xx

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    26 February 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth

    Just doing a bit of shift work...I wish your tiredness (fatigue) would give you a break....I did read about your walk..I think what you are doing is a simple but good way to go about it. I might put that into action over the weekend...just noticing the detail instead of 'focusing about the destination' :-) Thankyou too for the page to post about Pixi...I wrote about 2000 words and was rejected which is okay because it was too medical in content..I do send you a big hug for the help that you have given me about pixi and her RA/Adhesions :-)

    I do hope your tiredness (fatigue) gives you a break Elizabeth

    Paul x

  14. Shelll
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    27 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul

    Yes that is a good way to walk sometimes. Focusing on the details around you. A bit like when you saw the horse and cart that time. You saw what the people were wearing even. That is pretty good.....

    By focusing on the details or the surroundings helps to keep your mind away from other thoughts. Like a distraction or mini holiday in your head. Well that is what it is like for me. Though not all the time. I try and use all my senses when out walking at times.

    Like just walk and concentrate on the sounds you can hear for a bit. Do you hear your own breathing, do you hear Prince puffing. What about the humming of a distant car. You can even concentrate on different scents and aromas as well. Someone's dinner cooking. A heavily scented tree. All good......

    Hope you try it on the weekend Paul ( Mr Great Woof)

    Hugs

    Shelleybelly xx

  15. Missing user
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    27 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    I am very impressed with your commitment to all these walks that you are doing.  When you say that you use all your senses to assess everything around you, I think that is what mindfullness is all about?  Do you specifically practice the art, or is this just something that you do naturally?

    Its been raining here for much of the day, mainly light stuff, but persistent.  So when hubby headed off to the pub for a punt this afternoon I managed to have a lie down and just listened to the rain.  Nice.

    Okay then, so I am reliant on you and Elizabeth again today for my walk.  Dont let me know ............

    Hugs 

    Sherie xx

  16. Shelll
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    27 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Ah Sherie my dear dear friend,

    I am sure using my senses happens very naturally when I walk.  Except when I am extremely overwhelmed by emotions.  All the emotions sort of enclose me up tight sometimes. And then I can't see clearly or be in touch with my surroundings as well. When this happens to me, it is more of a challenge. I have never been formally taught the art of mindfulness.

    I am glad you are having some rest Sherie. I am still thinking of you. I will try to give you a glimpse into my walk, well.....when I actually go that is.

    Take care my friend.

    Hugs back

    Shell xx

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  17. Shelll
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    28 February 2016

    Hello to any readers

    I am just about to go on out to the beach, to go for a walk. I am not feeling like going much at all. To be honest, I think I just want to curl up and sleep. OK I am off now it is just past 7:30pm. 

    Bye

    Shell xx

  18. Shelll
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    28 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hello

    Yah..... yah....I ended up walking along the path near the beach again. I actually enjoyed it, once I was out there walking. There were a few other walkers and runners as well. I walked quite a long distance. There were people seated and having picnics, the aromas were floating over to me. Hot potatoes chips, some kind of Mexican scent and the good old KFC.

     I noticed a large white van parked in the car park. The back of the van was facing the ocean, with a person sitting in the open boot part. I thought, gee that would be nice and relaxing just chilling and enjoying the sea breezes.

    The waves crashing in onto the rocks always sound nice to me. I love just listening to that. I walked up a few hilly bits tonight and I noticed my legs didn't ache like before. So that is encouraging

    OK if you have just read my rambles, well.....thanks for listening to me.

    Shell xx

  19. Missing user
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    28 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell,

    Always a pleasure to listen to your 'rambles'.  It sounds like a really nice walk tonight Shell.  With the heavy seas up North, was the ocean where you are affected by heavy seas and high tides.  Its the remnants from the recent cyclone that hit Fiji last week.  I am just not sure how far South the heavy seas were meant to go.  I havent been to the beach here for a while so I dont know about here.

    Anyway reading about your walk has worn me out and I am off to bed.  Hopefully a better night than last night.

    Catch you all tomorrow.  I am hoping to get back into some sort of exercise in a day or two.  The anti-inflamatories seem to be doing their job, and I am feeling a lot less fragile than I was.

    Sherie xx

  20. Shelll
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    28 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hey Sherie

    Are you really impressed with my commitment to walk?? I am not quite sure what to say in regards to that. I don't think anyone has said they were impressed with anything I have done. So it means a lot for you to say it to me. I think I feel more encouraged to keep going.

    In regards to the ocean being heavy.......is that the same as rough? Because it wasn't rough tonight. I have seen it much more wild before.

    I am glad you are feeling less fragile Sherie. And I do hope you have a better night then last night.

    And I do thank you for reading what I write.

    Many hugs to you my friend

    Shell xx

     

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    28 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hey Shelleybelly

    Check the BBcafe....Im very impressed with everything you have done :-) And yes a heavy ocean is a rough one Shell...:-)

    WOOF!

  22. Missing user
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    29 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Yes Blondguy you're right about Shell.  And of course Shell, I always read what you write.  You write so nicely, so descriptively.  Its as though your reader is right there with you as you describe everything.

    Okay, today I suggested to Roberty-Bob that he may like to check out this thread.  He is a very keen runner.  So I am hoping he will drop in sometime and perhaps tell us about where he runs and what he thinks about while he runs.  I'm hoping some of his incredible inspiration and strength will rub off on the rest of us.  I know I could sure use some.  So if you see R-Bob around, please dont let him get away without saying goodaye.

    Shell - are you walking today, perhaps your usual evening walk?  Again my shopping isle battles will be it for me today.  I thought my back may be good enough for a short walk this afternoon, but its not.  When my back gets crook, it affects the nerve, which then makes my calf muscle cease up and get really sore.  Thats what happened during my shopping trip unfortunately.  The first 6 months after injuring my back, I could barely put any weight on my left leg at all.  It felt like a torn muscle, only it wasnt, it was from the nerve being choked off. The body reacts in strange ways doesnt it?  Anyway I have an ongoing issue with my left calf muscle.  The muscle is quite wasted and is noticably smaller than my other leg.  And weaker, despite a stack of special targeted exercises over the years which were meant to help.  And If I am honest with myself, it is much improved, but I am still a little self conscious about my one skinny leg!  ( - :

    I am working tomorrow, but I'm hoping I will be able to take Holly out for a walk on either Wednesday or Thursday.  I'm feeling very guilty for not taking her out for nearly a week.  

    Look forward to hearing about your next walk.

    Sherie xx

  23. Shelll
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    29 February 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul ( Mr Woof)

    I do not know what to say either to you, when you say you are impressed with me.

    I think it makes me want to cry or something. But it is not a sad cry though.

    Hugs to you Paul

    Shelleybelly xx

  24. Shelll
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    29 February 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hey Sherie

    Yes I walked this evening, out near the beach again.

    I read about you walking in the shopping isle and your leg causing you pain. I can't imagine much what it feels like. I did sprain my ankle once and I have had tight muscles in the calf area. But I could just sort of stretch the leg out, and the tightness goes away. But I am thinking pain like a torn muscle would be worst. So did you get out of the supermarket OK?

    Yeah.... I walked out near the beach again, along that same path. I walked for almost 1 hour. There was a lot of walkers and runners at the time I ventured out. A little fluffy hairy dog, with a very round body, walked past me. I didn't know what breed it was. It sort of had hardly any head and a pointed nose. And I couldn't see any legs on it.   But I know it had some. One unique doggie there.....One guy walk past me, with a bub strapped to his front. The baby was facing out wards. I love seeing that sort of thing. I think a lot of the walkers on this path, are super fit. It appears that walk in a certain way. I do believe there is a technique to it... I think they are power walking.I tried to walk a bit pulling in the stomach muscles. I hope I am doing it right. I may just "Google" and see what I can find  out about it.

    OK hugs to you Sherie.

    Shell xxx

    PS Hope you work tomorrow goes OK.

  25. Missing user
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    29 February 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell,

    Yes I got home from the supermarket okay thanks.  Just makes me limp a bit more obviously than usual.  I do have a very slight permanent limp, which I thought people didnt notice, but hubby often picks me up on it.  So I guess its more noticeable than I'd like.

    Perhaps the little dog was a pomeranium?  Your description sounds a bit like one of them.  Power walking - nope I dont know how to do that right.  They can keep that to themselves.  I will stick to my usual casual wander I think.  ( - :

    Hugs to you too Shell.  And I hope you have a good night.  I'll be fine for work tomorrow.  Looking forward to being able to go for a walk on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Sherie xx

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    Hello! My name is Bob and I was pointed to this thread as being relevant to me. I used to hate exercise but since it has done wonders for my mental and physical health I'm addicted! The most healthy addiction I've ever had.
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    Hi Shelley anne,

    ​I've just discovered this thread. Congratulations! What a terrific idea! There are so many amazingly creative people in this community - well done Shelley!

    I used to walk regularly up until about 2 years ago, with my german shepherd, Tess, till anxiety issues and agoraphobia re-entered my life with full force. The anxiety has been bearable for a while now although the agoraphobia still rears its ugly head from time to time.

    Reading the inspirational posts and knowing we have such a terrific leader in Shelley has prompted me to give it a go.

    Will need to get my fitness level up a bit before I can take my beautiful girl, Tess, with me. She's 40kgs of pure muscle and I'm 56kgs of hardly any muscle.

    Have circled next Monday to start - nothing too overwhelming, just a gentle walk to see how I go.  So fingers crossed.

    In the meantime, I'll continue to draw strength from you inspirational people.

    Thanks Shelley and a big hug.

    ladyhawke

  28. Missing user
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    1 March 2016 in reply to Roberty_Bob

    Morning Bob.  So glad you made it!  And welcome to Shelleys little exercise group.

    I guess you read back through the thread and have a bit of an idea of what we get up to here?

    I read elsewhere that you are overdoing things a bit lately with some added stress levels pushing you into doing too much exercise and not allowing proper recovery?

    I think therefore that here is a good place for you to be for a little while.  You can join us on some more gentle exercise while your body is recovering a little.  How about a few walks with the rest of us?  And when you are feeling more recovered then you can perhaps lead us all into some of your more vigorous runs or something?

    What do you think.  I understand if its not your thing, so none of us will feel rejected if you dont stay.  But it would be lovely to have you along sometime.

    Sherie xx

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    1 March 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Sorry I have been away since Saturday staying with friends in Phillip island. I was very tired after several nights having to get up early. Had to babysit Sat morning while my 2 sons painted my in-laws house ready to sell. They are in a nursing home & the house had become very run down. I walked to the park with the kids. Trying to get 2 yr old & 20nth old back safely was a major task. At least the 4 yr old has road sense. Yesterday went for a swim & walk and sun walked on the beach Spent the rest of the time relaxing.just what I needed
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    Thanks Sherie! I have been given an eight week fitness challenge by a friend. My PT must love me when I'm stressed because she gets 1000% out of me!

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