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Any walking shoe recommendations?

Friday, September 30, 2011

I went to the gym last Sunday and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill. I woke up Monday morning with my foot hurting...seriously feeling like it was swollen, like I was walking around with a ball in my foot. I skipped the gym on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because it hurt just to walk. Then the pain subsided while I was at work on Thursday(last night) so I decided to go to the gym. I came home from the gym with my footing hurting in the same spot, feeling just like it did all week. I realized it is the treadmill causing the pain. I need new walking shoes.

I currently have Dr. Scholl's. They are too big because I have wide feet and have to buy bigger shoes to fit my width. Regular wide width shoes that are my actual size usually don't fit my actual width. That is the price you pay for walking around barefooted a lot growing.

Anyway, I need some good walking shoes, preferably custom. I wish I could find a site to go to where I put in the measurements of my feet and they tell them "this is what size you need." With no doubt. Anyone know of anything like that?

Or can anyone make some good recommendations on walking shoes in general?

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GINGER1OF16 10/1/2011 8:36PM

    It's funny you would mention Dr Scholls being a problem for you. Everyone's feet are different and have unique requirements. I bought a pair of Dr Scholls about a month ago 7W at Big5. I find them very comfy. My DH and I went to the fair and it was the first time my feet didn't punish me. We go every year and my feet always pay the price...not this time.

Check with SAS. They have a great selection for "special needs" feet according to some of my sisters.
Good luck with this. Ginger

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BUTEAFULL 10/1/2011 9:36AM

    I need shoe help too since my feet are 2 different sizes, I have heard (but haven't checked it out yet) that the fingers shoes (the ones that look like gloves for feet) are comfortable and have some stretch (so wide foot wouldn't be such a problem). I would like to know if you find a solution too

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SLIMTHICK2 9/30/2011 12:40PM

    Hi and how are you. This week I borrowed a book from the library by Prevention Magazine on Walking. It's a complete guide and along with some really helpful information, there is a section that deals with your questions. Unfortunately I left the book at my workplace and I won't be returning until Monday I'm so sorry because after reading most of this book I will recommend it to everyone on this site. The information is crucial. I don't know if you can go on line and try to get a hold of this information before you purchase a new pair. You can also go to the "American Podiatric Medical Association" website and see what they recommend. Hope this helps and I hope you get relief soon. All the best.



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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Friday, September 30, 2011

I've been feeling really down lately so I have been working on trying to be happy. I am unhappy at work, I am unhappy with myself and unhappy with life in general.

I have low self-esteem. That is a given. If I didn't, I don't think I would be here. So I am trying to work on building my self-esteem. One thing I am doing is creating a list of affirmations. I want to write at least 5 affirmations about myself everyday. I came up with 14 today. It will be a work in progress. I want to use them as reminders so that if I am having a down day, I can read them.

Another thing I am going to try to work on in not thinking negatively about myself. Whether it be my looks, personality, or mistakes I make. Whatever. Nothing negative. If I do think something negative, I have to want to come up with 3 positive things about the thing I thought negative about.

This has all been brought about because my competition will be ending in 7 weeks and I feel like I will quit. I am working on trying to guarantee that i won't quit. I don't want to quit. So I need to find what will keep me going.

I figure if I build up my self-esteem in the process, I will be more motivated to keep going. Hence the daily blogs. Once I complete my list of motivators and get a decent amount of affirmations listed, I will post separately blogs for each.

I've been working on my outer self and I did so last time, but I now know that I need to work on my inner self too.


It's Only as Difficult as You Think It Is

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I keep telling myself this. Eating right, counting calories, going to the gym for 30-45 minutes 3 times a week, and doing strength training 3 other days a week is not hard. So why do I have such a hard time of making it a habit???

I have been at this for 13-14 weeks now and nothing is a habit. I could go back to eating crap and not caring how much and just laying around and sitting around the house tomorrow...and there wouldn't be one single urge in me to track my food or get up and move. I have to be very conscious about everything I do to try to lose weight.

I know we all says it's so hard and it takes a lot of work, but it's not hard at all. We make it hard. It's not hard to say no. Maybe if I start believing this and it gets stuck in my head, maybe then I will actually stick with it. Maybe then it will become a habit.

I am trying so hard. I have only lasted this long because of my competition with my friends, but what about when that ends? I need to change my thinking. I need to realize it's really not that hard and that I can do it because I have been. Yes, I may have a few slip ups, but skinny people don't ALWAYS eat 1200 calories or burn as many calories as they consume in order to maintain their weight. They have days full of calories too. They have lazy days. So why is it that if I eat over 2000 calories in one day I am a failure? Why is it if I don't go to the gym, I am a failure?

I am not a failure. I am human. I will stumble, I will fall, but damn it, I will get back up.


do you ever feel you are just living to die?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I am unhappy. I hate my job. I feel like everything I am doing this week is exactly what I did last week and the week before that and the week before that. Itzls the same thing I will be doing next weeks and every week after that. I hate it. I feel like I live each day just trying to get through the day. like I have nothing to look forwardto.

Don't get me wrong. I have plans. I plan to take a cruise next summer, New York the following year and Paris two years after that. But what about in the mean time? I still have to come to work to a job I hate. If I could move to another department doing something else, I think I could be happy but there are so many people ahead of me.

I feel stuck. Trapped even. In this day to day life that just isn't me. Doesn't make me happy. I even took a shorter shift working 4 days a week thinking that would help but now I am broke and stuck with this shift. But the idea of coming in for that fifth day just makes e sick. I don't want to be here.

There are people here that have been in this position for many more years then me and I just want to ask them how do they do it? I feel lie I can't.

It's not just work. I am a single mom and sometimes I get off work early and dread the idea going home. Hell even on my days off I wish I could work just to not be home.

What am I living for? What do I have to look forward? The same. Day in and day out.

Just want it noted that I am not suicidal nor do I feel depressed. I am just tired of living to die. I am sitting at lunch in my car and thinking and wanted to put this out there.

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TRULYVISIBLE 9/29/2011 9:40AM

  I understand your pain of spending so many hours at a job you don't find any satisfaction in. I would suggest writing down on a piece of paper things you would like to do no matter if you think it is not realistic. Such as if you write down medical doctor and you know you are not going back to school for 10 years write it anyway. Something close would be medical assistant that you can take in a 6 month online class. You get the idea. Best of luck.

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EILI359 9/29/2011 9:22AM


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    I too am at a job that I need to move on from with little idea or confidence on how to do it. So I work on the little things. a favorite TV show a good book, an intense workout, painting my toenails, even weather I like. Simple things can make it feel better.

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CAROLYN_ROSE 9/28/2011 6:54PM

    You may not feel depressed, but that doesn't mean you aren't. Trust me I know. i've been in the same place as you. There is light at the end of the tunnel. You need to maybe look around for a new job. Or talk to your boss about future opportunities to move up. Nothing will ever change in your life, until you take that first step to make a change. I was stagnet for so long. I kept waiting for things to happen and they never did. I had to realize it was time to change myself! You can do this!!!

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FIERYSPARKED 9/28/2011 6:32PM

    I'm unhappy with my job too for the exact same reasons.

I've been here for 4.5 years and I think it's time to move on.

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NU_ME_SOON 9/28/2011 2:12PM

    Everything you said in this blog seem like you spoke them for me. i can not give you advice because I feel the same way and if I am in the same situation itj wouldn't be real.
But what i can do is hope that something wonderful for you come along and your days and night become more exciting. emoticon

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Eat to Live, Don't Live to Eat

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I don't think anyone really lives to eat, but I can see how it could appear that way. I know for me, I love to eat. It's not that food tastes freaking awesome, but I think it's more of the whole ritual of eating. Seeing the food, smelling the food, anticipating that first bite. Then slowly scooping the food up with the spoon and bringing it towards your mouth as your mouth salivates with expectation. Then you take the food in your mouth and the flavor touches your tongue and the excitement begins. It triggers an emotional reaction. You slowly pull the spoon out of your mouth, cleaning it with your lips. Now your mouth is full of flavor and you begin to chew. As you bite down, on whatever it is, more potent flavor squirts in your mouth covering every inch of your tongue...the front, the back, the sides. Then the moment you've been waiting for comes. Time to swallow. You slowly brush the flavorful food to the back of your throat where OH! the flavor covers the taste buds on the back of your tongue causing even more excitement to begin and slowly down your throat leaving a path of flavorful debris. After all this, you want more. So you take another bite and begin at the beginning. See, smell, anticipate, taste.

I can see how people become addicted to food. Our taste buds nearly get an erotic experience every. time. we. eat. Oh has sex just once and says "Eh, I don't like it." Even if you did, you'd try with someone else until you found the right person. Food is the same way. I am disgusted by green beans, but I love hot Cheetos with jalapeno cheese dip. Just the thought makes my taste buds quiver with excitement.

So how do we learn to eat to live and not to live to eat? Do we fight our cravings to the death? Do we tease our taste buds into submission by eating just a little? I don't know about you, but I think that would lead to a binge.

So what do we do? How do we conquer that feeling of desperate want?

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WHITEANGEL4 9/27/2011 3:27AM

    I have found the gene that cuts my feeding frenzie. I will be hungery and dive in to my meal. I eat small bites and chew it well. Then all at once, I can chew a bite and chew and chew and cannot swallow. I believe that when I gave up all artificial foods this gene turned on. No soft drinks, not prepared foods. Just fresh or frozen veggies, no meats with harmones, whole foods, no low fat and no reduced fat. I eat less and enjoy the food that I eat. Preparing my food in this manner, I have noticed that my Hubby eats less and actually tells me he is full emoticon

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