If you followed my blog last year, you are about to have a deja vu moment. Almost one year ago to the day, I injured my foot trying to jog around the lake where I live. It was literally out of commission for three months. According to the podiatrist, I had to stop all impact cardio until August. It was a mess and a major reason why the Bikini Quest got derailed.
Well, yesterday Kevin and I decided to walk around the lake. An hour walk would do me good, I thought. When I got home, my foot hurt. Same spot, just not as severe pain. I literally became a nut case. Not again….whyyyyyyyyy????
Thankfully, I had the benefit of hindsight and realized that I needed to change the only thing that was the common denominator between both situations. My shoes. Yes, that’s the only thing that could be the same. I vowed that I would remedy the situation the next day (today), since I was going to be off work anyway.
At any rate, yesterday was a good day. We celebrated Kevin’s brother’s birthday and Kevin and I hung out doing a lot of nothing. I knew I had to do some grading today, but I enjoyed my day of quasi-rest from schoolwork.
Yesterday’s walk earned me 3 points.
Breakfast: Trader Joe’s bran flakes and 1% milk (5 points)
Lunch: mexican restaurant for birthday celebrations. Thankfully, it was during lunch, so I ordered the chicken lunch fajitas and ate them without the tortillas (3 points). I snuck in some baked tortilla chips (3 points) and had salsa , sour cream (1 point) and refried beans (3 points). Then, I had a VERY small piece of German chocolate cake (3 points). My grand total for lunch and cake ended up being 13 points.
Dinner: thin crust Greek pizza (12 points) and home made cheese fries (4 points). 16 points total and a 1 point peppermint chew.
Although I went over my daily amount, I had extra points from exercising and my 49 weekly points. I ended up going through the day with 35 points total.
I barely slept a wink last night, but I am pleased to say that I have a new pair of sneakers today. Shout out to Running, Etc. in Virginia Beach hilltop!
I didn’t expect to be in the store for so long, however. I think I tried on over a dozen pairs of sneakers.
Apparently, I have some serious foot issues which cause shoe shopping drama. Here is the rundown of what these poor people had to deal when trying to fit me…
- Two ankle surgeries. Right ankle was done differently from the left ankle, so I really should be wearing two different types of shoes on each foot. Oops.
- The highest arches ever.
- Narrow feet but a wider footbed is necessary to avoid scrunching up my irritated tootsies.
- Non-pronating feet require a “neutral” shoe, but because my feet have a tendency to roll, I need a neutral shoe that thinks it’s a stabilizing shoe. I needed a neutral shoe with a wide heel base. Huh?
I tried on Brooks, Asics, Sucony, Nike, and New Balance. I walked to and fro on a catwalk in the store. Three people with tilted heads analyzed my gait, ankles, arches, and general well-being. I hopped on a treadmill. I was told that I needed shoes that felt like slippers. I told them I just wanted shoes that would get me through a summer at Busch Gardens without cursing the Festhaus gods after a long day of walking.
I ended up liking two different brands: Nike and Asics. The Nike shoes are air-cushioned and had a great wide foot base with a strong heel. The Asics were gel-cushioned with a narrower base and a sleeker profile. The Nike shoes were great, but they are WHITE. If you know me, this was a major point of stress. The minute any dirt gets on them, I would go bananas. The Asics were grey and purple and more stain-friendly.
But, the wider foot base won in the end. Kevin and I are going to DC this weekend and there’s no way I’m getting myself back in the podiatrist’s office on Monday.
So without further ado, I give you my shoes. I need to find out if there is a product I can buy to spray these things. (sigh)