Beware COVID-15

Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Company

Remember How Excited We Were For 2020?

As 2019 drew to a close, I was glad to see the door shut on that phase of my life. We were so excited for 2020.

I had just finished chemo. One of the little-discussed side effects that people don't mention is the extra weight you'll put on during the time your body is being poisoned with chemicals. When I finished my journey with mega-doses of steroids, I was toting around some thirty-odd pounds that weren't there when I started. 

Doctors assured me those pounds "would fall right off" when the drugs were done. Yeah, that didn't happen. I gave myself until the end of January to regain strength and begin the process of reclaiming my previous weight. After all, I have a daughter getting married on a beach in June. I had to be svelte.

Lockdown and "New Norms" Bring on COVID-15

Remember when we graduated from high school and our mothers warned us about the Freshman 15? Well, I'm here to warn you about the COVID-15.

Those fifteen pounds that creep up on your unsuspecting frame while we learn the newly acquired art of social distancing. My favorite doctor mentioned that people are becoming either gourmet chefs, couch potatoes, or alcoholics during these times of being shut in.

COVID-15 is what happens when the most exercise you get in any given four-hour-period is pushing the buttons on the remote or getting another bowl of chips from the kitchen. Let me encourage you to get off the couch at least several times a day.


Those COVID-15 will not just "fall right off" when we're no longer in quarantine.

  • Get up and get moving
  • Walk around the block
  • Go on a Bear Hunt
  • Wave to your neighbors
  • Throw a ball (outside) with a child or a significant other
  • Get out in the sunshine
  • At the very least, read outside
  • Soak up at least twenty minutes of Vitamin D
  • Clean out a closet
  • Scrub a bathroom
  • Create a schedule and limit your TV/computer time
  • Learn new crafts/skills
  • Do some jumping jacks or squats
  • Lift weights (or fill bottles with water and lift those)
  • Work on house projects you wanted to do when you got a round tuit

People had a much higher recovery rate during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic when they were treated outside.

Enjoy your wine and your time, but don't forget to KEEP MOVING.


Have you got other suggestions to KEEP MOVING during quarantine? Please share in the comment section below.

Originally published as Beware the Dreaded COVID-15 by Mimi Foster


Comments (28)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are all good tips, Mimi.  I normally swim at local health clubs.  With their being locked down, and me being locked in with plenty of food, I am dwelling in a realm that is going to have me waddling through life.

Apr 01, 2020 03:02 PM
Mimi Foster

Several of my daughters don't eat when stressed. I wish that was MY problem, Myrl LOL. Actually, I'm not really stressed and I haven't been eating much . . . I just haven't been exercising much, either. 

Take care of yourself. Thank you!

Apr 02, 2020 08:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 04, 2020 07:19 PM
Mimi Foster

Thank you so much, Kathy! I appreciate it.

Apr 05, 2020 08:49 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mimi Foster discipline is always exercised every day... no excuses..... there's no reason to gain weight if we all stay "mindful" of what we are eating and doing..... stop and think before we do it.... my home has plenty of sugar loaded items for my adult children who love them... they are not here visiting and will not be until this passes....but those containers will be here for them..... 

exercising is important..



Apr 05, 2020 05:57 AM
Barbara Todaro

resistance ropes come in a variety of strengths (tension).... there are light ones and that's a great way to start.... many reps with light weights.... Tom Brady exercises with resistance ropes.... I've been doing it for years....and I lift once a week.... strengthen for weeks and then do one session of heavy weights... Mimi Foster that's how we miss that osteoporosis bullet....

I wish you well with your continued fitness activities.... stay well....

Apr 05, 2020 09:08 AM
Mimi Foster

My double whammy was I was just starting to get my strength back from the chemo when this started - I hadn't begun a routine of any kind yet. I'm not overeating, I'm just not as active as I want to be. We are walking every day. THANK YOU for the encouragement. Your instruments of torture look very do-able. 

Apr 05, 2020 08:56 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I wish we will not go to kitchen every 15 min looking for an excuse like 15th snack of the day..... 

Apr 05, 2020 07:31 AM
Mimi Foster

Good luck with that, Sam. Does that count as exercise? ;) 

Apr 05, 2020 08:58 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

You are right Mimi Foster we need to careful the negative impacts of isolation at home.

Apr 05, 2020 09:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Mimi Foster - It is good that your chemo ended. May you be cancer free. Regarding the weight, your story packs a punch. Stress, not exercising, too much TV, exercising the thumb with the remote - all are a good wake-up call for each and everyone of us. 

Mimi - be safe and healthy. I'm rooting for you and all those who were, may be, or are in similar shoes. 

Apr 05, 2020 10:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Weight never just "falls" off - oh my gosh, and it gets harder to lose it as time goes on!

I'm totally in agreement with the need for daily exercise. It's even more important now as stress levels and uncertainty rise. 

I hope your day is wonderful.

Apr 05, 2020 10:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

OK, so . . . right before all this crap started . . . I took a friend out for SUSHI BOAT . . . I GUARANTEED we would not have leftovers. Go big or go home! I always gain 5-7 lbs after sushi boat, and this was no exception! LOL HOWEVER I knocked off all of it by just going back to clean eating . . . this was dinner, and I can get a crust on a scallop like no one's business! 300 calories  and no guilt. I also count calories. EVERY DAMN DAY. I give sushi boat about 3000 calories! LMAO and I went to the park to run afterwards. 
So it's about balance and NOT depriving but not overindulging all the time. And I have a bike, weights, resistance bands and a dog who tells time! 

Apr 05, 2020 02:59 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Everything you're saying is so true. I was just saying that there might be some extra pounds at the end of this. At the start, I started baking like crazy and I don't even like baking. Definitely, stress eating. Now, I've slowed down some but acclimating is hard. Hopefully, it won't last too long. I'm hoping for the best for you in all your endeavors including your daughter's wedding. Be well.

Apr 05, 2020 03:00 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Getting outside is the best idea. And yet - I read where someone had been arrested for it! I'm trying to figure out why Washington and California banned fishing. What could be beter social distancing than getting on your boat, out on the water?

My husband is nagging me that the dogs need me to go outside with them for walks - they get too fat over winter, and aside from a few runs down into the meadow each day, they seem only to go where I go.

Good idea, but while the wind is blowing and snow keeps coming - I don't wanna!

Hurry sunshine!

Apr 05, 2020 04:24 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Lowes and Home Depot and Best Buy are doing their part to ensure we can't store extra frozen goods.  Apparently deep chest and upright freezers have gone to the same place as all the TP.  We finally tracked down one for delivery in 10 days (we need for our bee hive frame treatments before reuse).  Apparently they're not even taking orders for freezers right now, months possible before the next deliveries.

Apr 05, 2020 04:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ha ha, Mimi. My how our lifestyles have changed around the house. Gotta watch those eating habits don't get worse. But it has been fun to be doing more cooking and at the same time being more careful about how we use the food we have (leftovers are GOOD!). It's been interesting to see what you can't find in the stores sometimes as far as food is concerned.


Apr 05, 2020 05:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Mimi Foster ,

love this post! Getting out side is a must to help keep your mind, energy and spirit awake! 

Apr 05, 2020 07:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mimi - reality isn't always endless happiness, flowers seemingly dancing in the sun and playful puppies romping on green lawns.  Sometimes it just sucks...but hopefully there are signs of hopefulness that help lead to better times.  Here's to those times  And that deserves a cheer(at least).   

Apr 05, 2020 07:50 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

the fact that I was almost out of cookies was probably what drove me to the store today - rather than the fact that we had no lettuce, tomatoes, veggies, or fruit! 

Apr 05, 2020 08:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Awesome advice Mimi...keep moving.

My husband and I are taking a walk every day. It includes a steep hill that, at the beginning, was pretty tough. I am happy to report that the hill isn't the challenge any longer that it once was! 


Apr 06, 2020 07:36 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Mimi - oh how I can completely relate and I have to laugh at your post title! It took A LOT of effort but I finally dusted off all of that gym equipment in my garage, swept up the spiders and cobwebs and put my butt on one of the torture machines.  But it's not so bad.  It takes 21 days to form a habit, right?  So maybe this 6 week stay at home order should force me into this habit!

Apr 06, 2020 11:41 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It is SO tempting to eat more when we are all "working from home" a lot more! I can't go to my exercise class anymore so I am forcing myself to exercise at home. I'm craving comfort foods but so far--pretty good at not eating more than I normally would.  Glad to hear you are done with chemo!

Apr 07, 2020 05:47 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great tips ... my husband and I are walking the doggies every day, getting sunshine (Vitamin D) and eating healthy.  We have lost some weight and plan to keep going! The one thing we do TOO MUCH?  Watching all the news and stuff that is distracting us!

Apr 07, 2020 06:16 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I so appreciate your post.  It's very easy to get complacent and do nothing!  I've beern working out from home for a long time and have all of my tools so I feel fortunate.  Fingers crossed though! 

Apr 13, 2020 11:01 AM