A Walk really helps

By Montanacharlie Latest Reply 2014-11-16 19:26:02 -0600
Started 2013-04-08 11:48:51 -0500

I walk my ferocious little Dog Montana the Min-Pin at least twice a day for about a mile rain or shine. I feel so much better and want to stay busy because of the initial exercize. Anything we can do to get motivated really helps. We take in the birds, Trees in Budd and the grass growing and we can see life is returning in this new spring. I for one am enjoying my New Spring, join me will you ?

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RebDee 2014-11-16 19:21:09 -0600 Report

I can walk my Bishi-Poo but not my Labra-Dane as he pulled my shoulder out of commission and now I have a bad rotator cuff. So my dogs poop in the patio and I have to clean it up from there. However, all is not lost as they keep me company for night sleeping, guard my home with loud ferocious barks, and my Labra-Dane seems to have taught himself to be my hypoglycemic body guard (ketone dog) and hits me with his great big paw if my blood sugar goes down too far. However, as I have asked before, if there is anyone living in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and would like to walk with me, please contact me. I live in Chatsworth, CA but will drive to meet you at a mall or sports area for walking.

lettiejack 2013-04-19 18:01:38 -0500 Report

My mom has been a diabetic for years, Pills only; so when she comes over I have the right stuff and she turns to me an ask any DESSERT…and I say of course NOT? lOL I love to cook fancy, with adventure and flavor, but foremost healthy…

Montanacharlie 2013-04-18 09:47:28 -0500 Report

I walked my wee little Min-Pin this morning, in the rain and cold 47 degrees. Wow what a trip. My Montana could hardly wait to get back in the house for his rubb down and dry off. Oh the things we do for Love !! LOL

tabby9146 2013-04-14 17:29:41 -0500 Report

glad you like it, keep it up and you will find you can walk faster and further. I've been walking, power walking for over 4 years, and I love it and when not outside, I used my treadmill. I love the Spring too, but it doesn't love me, bad allergies, just have to take my prescription nasal spray this time of year, along with my year round daily meds…I hope everyone can get out and enjoy these beautiful days, where I am , the weather is perfect right now, we have enjoyed so many beautiful days. Then it will get way too hot!!

Scarlet03 2013-04-14 10:52:49 -0500 Report

I have my Cairn Terrier LuLu…I take her everywhere…in AZ my version of spring is short lived…but we go out 10 to 15 minutes 5 to 6 times a day…

PetiePal 2013-04-11 08:47:26 -0500 Report

Walking is an excellent way for diabetics to do a low impact and low intensity exercise that helps improve your glucose levels, and aid in weight loss. I highly recommend getting something like a FitBit (www.fitbit.com) to track the steps and distance you take. (The current one out now handles elevation as well, but the Flex wristband will release in May it seems like)

I love using mine to track the distance each day and you can link it up to things like LoseIt or MyFitnessPal to track calories burned.

RebDee 2014-11-16 19:26:02 -0600 Report

Great idea to get the FitBit and hook it to MyFitnessPal which I use for meals but never thought of using it for tracking steps and distance.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-10 16:00:42 -0500 Report

Hey Charlie,

What a great idea. A walk in nature can benefit body, mind, and spirit! I just have to take my allergy pill first.



Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 16:50:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing, if you can eat Honey (local) sometimes it helps with the Allergies.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-09 10:04:49 -0500 Report

Montana I walk every day unless it is raining or snowing or simply to mind boggling cold out. Shortly I might not be walking at all. We are about to be visited by the cicadas and I am terrified of those things. I stay in the house as much as possible and don't venture out unless it is necessary.

Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 10:37:45 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad my wife freeks out over flys, spiders, grass hoppers and bees and even Butterflies if she doesn't see them first. She may have even swung at a humming bird once. She is a real HOOT!! I love her to life !!

jayabee52 2013-04-09 14:16:06 -0500 Report

those cicadas are nasty looking bugs, aren't they, and their song? Not pleasant!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-09 17:49:23 -0500 Report

They are also blind so they fly into you. I almost took off a blouse in the parking lot at work because one landed on me. UGH. Their song deafens you.

Lentyl 2013-04-10 13:59:11 -0500 Report

Chuckle. The only things that I don't like are cockroaches. When we lived in Phoenix they'd come out of the sewers after a rain and the darned things were 3-4 inches long. Shudder.

Tony5657 2013-04-10 09:43:47 -0500 Report

You're a hoot - No need to strip in a parking lot because of a cicada on/in your blouse. They have no teeth or stinger. Hey, I'm just kidding you and thanks for the mental picture you gave me, a woman frantically removing her blouse & swatting at … at something nobody else can see from a distance. LOL

Seriously their noise does bother me and they seem to "buzz" in harmony with a distinct rhythm. How day do dat?? Only God knows. Fortunately they don't spit brown stuff on you like some grasshoppers do.

FYI, if you see one in the grass, place your foot against him and kick hard. He'll go flying off at warp speed and people will think you drop kicked him into orbit. Yes, I am entertained very easily - a cheap date so to speak. LOL

AND my walk this morning (staying on topic) I got home before the rain came. I was a little damp, but made it. It was 75 degrees when I started out, now it's 50 degrees & rain. Bummer, no cicadas to play with… :o(

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

flipmom 2013-04-09 00:22:06 -0500 Report

im going to, now that the weather is at my liking!! LOL!

Tony5657 2013-04-09 09:43:30 -0500 Report

Hey Flipmom, don't wimp out because of cold. When it gets into the 20s I actually wear socks and underwear! LOL Rain bothers me though. ?

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX always with socks & underwear

Lentyl 2013-04-10 14:01:16 -0500 Report

So what would you do if you had temperatures below zero? Fairly common where I live, during the winter. :D

Tony5657 2013-04-10 15:07:25 -0500 Report

Hey Lentyl,
I'd have to dress for it. Mom & Dad lived in Colorado Springs, CO for 20 years and we would visit them over Christmas and hike the Pike's Peak Mountain Trail to the top when the temp was zero, a little less or more, often snowing so hard we could hardly see. It took forever to dress for those hikes, but we did it & went through almost waist deep snow (way above knees) up very steep inclines pulling ourselves up grabbing trees, rocks & anything else we could to pull ourselves up. By the way, I never have to use that winter gear here but still have it. What's your mailing address - you can have it. LOL However, I can still use my snow goggles here for TX dust storms so ya can't have those. :o)

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

flipmom 2013-04-10 13:35:43 -0500 Report

hahaaa!! no thank for that info!! !i stay indoor to dance on cold weather but its great to just walk and enjoy the weather and nature. variety is a good thing!!

jayabee52 2013-04-09 14:17:34 -0500 Report

if it is above 20s are you in your stark raving altogethers? aka "going commando" LoL!

Tony5657 2013-04-10 15:14:36 -0500 Report

No "stark raving" anything. LOL Just in short shorts & t-shirt. The geese & deer along my walk don't mind. I'm not sure about the humanoids. LOL

tinkerbell54 2013-04-10 21:48:39 -0500 Report

we humans are funny. When I walk my puppy I talk out loud to GOD. & see the the wonder of GOD'S earth. I take time 2 smell the Roses. Tinkerbell54

Tony5657 2013-04-09 06:30:34 -0500 Report

Hey Flipmom & Montanacharlie,

Speaking of weather, it's 73 here at 6:25 am (still dark). Gotta love Spring. And you sometimes meet good people on the walks. Check my profile pictures - I took several pictures of my new "walking" friends - 2 beautiful geese! We talk with each other but goose language is a bit of a challenge to understand. LOL

Getting serious (once in a row now) before I started my morning 50 minute "power/fast" walking I had elevated blood pressure. My Dr. gave me some blood pressure pills, I threw them away after taking one, and started walking. Now my BP is normal. Walking works for me.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Gwen214 2013-04-11 21:40:29 -0500 Report

Dallas is having funky weather, it's different every 12 hours.

Montanacharlie 2013-04-18 09:55:32 -0500 Report

That may be the under statement of the month Gwen, yesterday sweating, today freezing my Toosh off !! I guess we live in Funky Town Gwen !! LOL We do not need to taken there !!

Tony5657 2013-04-12 03:15:12 -0500 Report

I remember several "ice storms" we had in Fort Worth. You couldn't even walk on the streets or sidewalks it was so slick. We have somewhat milder winters here, 4 hours south of you.
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

tinkerbell54 2013-04-10 21:50:37 -0500 Report

Really walking brought Ur Blood pressure down. Tinkerbell54

Tony5657 2013-04-12 03:42:44 -0500 Report

Tinkerbell, yes walking made my blood pressure normal & it's staying there. I also use my stationary bicycle several times a week, which helps. While on the bike I have a 6.5 lb dumbell in each hand to exercise my arms & shoulders. I sure feel better now than I used to feel. Not sluggish anymore, except for my brain. LOL
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX trying not to fall off my exercise bike!! :o)

Tony5657 2013-04-12 06:32:47 -0500 Report

Tinkerbell, you make me laugh, and laughter is good. LOL No, I'm certainly no Superman, but no Casper Milktoast either.

flipmom 2013-04-10 13:40:56 -0500 Report

yea! i saw your walking trail and i like it!! keep up the good work, sometimes a change of lifestyle is all we need to to be healthy . its nice and warm here… above 80*

Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 10:27:41 -0500 Report

Glad to hear it Tony, I guess we just need to do everything we can to make it work. Better to live healthy then act the cripple. Well hopefully you won't get goosed too LOL

CJ55 2013-04-09 17:23:00 -0500 Report

OMG!! I am from Maine, never even heard about Cicadas before. Then moved to VA. I about died when I saw those ugly bugs coming out of the ground. I freaked out !! LOLOL..

Tony5657 2013-04-10 10:47:23 -0500 Report

CICADAS, UGLY BUGS??? I think they're cute, sort of like miniature Volkswagens. :o) And they're great toys to play with as I previously described.

Tony5657 2013-04-10 05:01:29 -0500 Report

Here in warmer weather we have so many cicadas making their loud buzzing noise, it's annoying. They seem to enjoy their outdoor concerts. By the way, you can hold them and squeeze a little and their buzzing changes tone! As kids, we used to play with them, like little cars that fly. LOL

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2013-04-10 16:11:26 -0500 Report

well next time you see one do a baseline BG reading and then eat one and then 2 hrs later test again. Of course I wouldn't know the serving size for cicadas so we might have to test again! LoL! We don't have 'em here in LV! So it is up to you to do your bit for medical science! LoL!

Tony5657 2013-04-14 10:48:28 -0500 Report

Sorry but they're not on my menu AND they would most likely give me gas. LOL Thanks but no thanks & I won't go there, neither will I eat raw fish. And the ciacadas' legs with the scratchy barbs on them might just hang around in my throat waaaaaaaaaaay too long. LOL

Tony5657 2013-04-10 06:34:35 -0500 Report

Yes, and a good squeeze gets messy! You folks are up early. I'm out for my walk in a couple of minutes. It's still too dark to see anything. 6:34 am here

CJ55 2013-04-09 17:17:47 -0500 Report

OMG!! I am from Maine, never even heard about Cicadas before. Then moved to VA. I about died when I saw those ugly bugs coming out of the ground. I freaked out !! LOLOL..

locarb 2013-04-08 16:21:45 -0500 Report

I'm really glad to read this. There are frequently new members here. They are understandably concerned about managing a health condition. I remember being where they are now. I always tell them, if they're able to, walk a little bit every day. Start managing diet and especially carbs, follow their physicians advice regarding care and medication but I emphasize that little steps (literally) yield the greatest results. Monitoring BG before and after a walk proves that we can help ourselves and manage this condition.

It's great to see encouraging suggestions and points of view. Otherwise, it gets depressing reading symptoms and struggles. I realize this is a place for that too; all I'm saying is success is a wonderful teacher too.

Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 10:21:34 -0500 Report

Howdy Locarb, from Texas !! The Diabetic State ! One of the things Texas can not be proud of. It does help to lift one another up when we so often want or just do dwel on the down side of living. I'm with you though and will choose the up side of Thankfulness for life it's self.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-08 16:13:54 -0500 Report

would take my dog for a walk if i had one. so i take my imaginary friend instead. gets embarrassing when he tries chasing squirrels though. lol. but a good walk in this spring air is so refreshing.

Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 10:17:35 -0500 Report

We all just do what we are able to do and it is not to brag on how much more I can do, it;s about just giving it a chance to help us along.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-10 10:41:49 -0500 Report

didnt think you were bragging. besides every step helps. no matter if its to the corner or a mile. thats the main thing. every person, diabetic or not should try to get some exercise

Montanacharlie 2013-04-10 10:45:56 -0500 Report

I agree 100% even if we just chase around the house. I sometimes chase my wife around the house but she is seldom caught ! LOL

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