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Need a Health Coaching Business Name - HELP!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Okay everyone, when I started thinking about becoming a weight loss coach it was all due to my success with SparkPeople. I started making friends and helping others by just being encouraging and soaking up all of the tips everyone else had for becoming healthy. I had lost weight before, but never really knew how to be HEALTHY. Now that I've become successful at weight loss, I want to share that knowledge with real people and make a living doing it. Part of the first chapter in my IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) workbook is naming my coaching business. I need HELP! This is how I felt when I made this decision and I need help finding a name that will reflect that:

I feel FREE of the chains of being overweight and obese. Ecstatic that I finally found something that worked for me after trying to lose weight and being unsuccessful for YEARS. Wanting to give others that freedom to find what works for them without the constraints of a certain "diet" or "exercise program." So I am asking all of my Spark Friends and anyone else who comes across this blog to help me with some ideas. Simple - one to two words. And catchy. Thanks in advance for the suggestions. Now GO! :)

OH! I forgot some of my ideas:

Freedom Fighters Health Coaching
Living Free Health Coaching
Free Your Mind Health Coaching

That's what I have so far.

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    Okay - my two favorites are:
Living Lighter
Discover Health

Any other ones?

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    breaking the bonds of unhealthy coaching

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KNH771 11/6/2012 4:51PM

    I like the Living Free idea...

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KATHIC2 11/6/2012 8:11AM

  Fresh Start Health Coaching works for me.

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    Ooooh! Love these suggestions! How about Health Discovery Coaching (don't want to do Discovery Health Coaching because it's too close to Discovery Health like the channel). I also love the Living Lighter one.....still thinking. These are awesome!

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COMPUCATHY 11/5/2012 8:56PM


Journey Lite Health Coaching
Free Zone Health Coaching

I also like the Break Through Coaching and Breaking Free Health Coaching ideas.

Sending Best Wishes for a great November! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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CELESTE_B 11/5/2012 11:40AM

    I like this one A New You Health Coaching!

Can't wait to hear more!

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BEBOP4ME 11/5/2012 7:32AM

    A New You Health Coaching

I also like you last one, but simpler: Fresh Start Health Coaching

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NICIACOLETTE 11/5/2012 2:46AM

    Congratulations on your new career path! It sounds like you are going to be amazing at it. Here are some more ideas:

- BeLight Health Coaching
- BreakingFree Health Coaching
- WeightbeGone Health Coaching
- Getting Fit Starting Fresh Health Coaching

Good luck emoticon

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    Be the Best Health Coach
Living Lighter Health Coach (gosh I like that one so much!)
Healthy Habits Weight Loss Coach

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ROCKMAN6797 11/4/2012 11:35PM

    The Answer

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/4/2012 10:50PM

    - Break Through Coaching
- Body & Mind Health Coach

and of course

- Get Strongrrr Coaching!

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Started Module 1

Saturday, November 03, 2012

It's FINALLY here! I got my first module this past Monday and was so excited I finished it ALL. We are given a week to do each one. I can't wait for this Monday, but this is not my Monday off so I will have to work it in and probably won't be able to finish it in one day.

Didn't get as much activity in this week as I'd like but got parent/teacher conferences done on Tuesday, Trick or Treating with the kids done on Wednesday and got in a 30 minute workout and went to a jewelry party. Went to Tae Kwon Do class last night and got in a pretty good workout and then today helped judge at the TKD tournament and didn't work out again. But on Wednesday night I DID do 5 jump squats at each house we stopped at to wait for the kids so I consider that a workout! I probably got in at least 100-150 of them. Whew! I'll have to step it up tomorrow!

Tomorrow is my FAVORITE day of the year! We get to turn our clocks back an hour and I love it because it works better with my body rhythms.

Anyway, tomorrow we're going to my Mom's to celebrate MORE birthdays, including my sister, Laurie, who turned 44 on Monday and now we are no longer the same age. She's OLDER than me again. Hee hee!

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CELIAMINER 11/4/2012 9:09AM

    Love the way you squeezed in that workout on Halloween!

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SCOUTMOM715 11/4/2012 8:34AM

    You did have a busy week!! Love the jump squats while taking the kids trick or treating!! Enjoy your Sunday!!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/4/2012 1:38AM

    Wow! Sounds like a super busy week!
Can't wait to hear all about your studies!

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ROCKMAN6797 11/4/2012 12:04AM

    I love that you squeezed in some cardio while trick or treating with the young ones! Great idea!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/3/2012 10:48PM

    So glad you had a good week.

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The Institute for Integrative Nutrition-Can't Wait to Start!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I got my box for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition the last Thursday in September (a little over a week ago) and have been poring through the book that comes with it since then. I read more than half of it the Friday I had off and have been reading it here and there when I can find time. Today I started listening to the fundamental classes online and it's getting me excited to start! One of the things they encourage us students to do, is to go over a Health History with someone to get an idea of how to listen to a client and not give advice - just get a feel for how they are doing in all aspects of their life.

I LOVE that this program is focused on COACHING a client. Nobody has all of the answers and my job will be to help people help themselves and figure out what is or isn't working in their life and what they can do to change for the better. I am so excited! I can't wait to get going!

Now my next step (along with listening to more fundamental classes, finishing the book and watching the DVD's that came with my kit) is to find at least 10 people who are interested in a free Health History. I'm on my way! WOO HOO!

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CANNIE50 10/29/2012 6:05PM

    How exciting. I have always wanted to take a nutrition course. I am subscribing to your blog - I am anxious to hear about what you learn, and how this goes.

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THESHELBSTER 10/26/2012 7:26AM

    Sound so exciting. You are gonna do awesome!

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COMPUCATHY 10/18/2012 8:55PM

    Awesome! You sound so psyched! I hope you found your 10 people. How is it going? Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/9/2012 11:34PM

    That sounds great! Can't wait to hear about it as you progress into the program!

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/9/2012 11:56AM

    Sounds fabulous!! I'm interested in hearing more about the Institute!! Do tell!!

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VLL723 10/9/2012 9:48AM

    Good for you. It sounds awesome.

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WINNIE1978 10/9/2012 2:56AM

    How exciting! emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 10/8/2012 8:34AM

    It sounds exciting to start on this new adventure. You can do it!!

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MS Challenge Walk - DONE! I DID IT!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh my gosh! How long can you make a blog? This is going to be a long one! This past weekend was exhausting, difficult and challenging and also rewarding, emotional and awesome. Where do I start?

Took off for the day so my sister, her sister-in-law, Jackie, and I were getting ready. I waited for them to get to my house. I also gave a ride to Cindy, who I met through the doctor's office where I work. She assured me she wanted to walk the entire 50 miles (I wasn't sure Laurie and Jackie would be able to do the entire thing) and she would walk with me. She had done it before and I was happy I wouldn't be alone at all. They all got here and we set off, excited and nervous for the weekend. Door County, Wisconsin is BEAUTIFUL. Any of you who don't live in WI, you should try to get there at least once.

Here's the view from the dining room in our resort:

Very beautiful and there's tons to do. They call it the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Got up there and registered, found our room and then went to dinner. Here's a photo of Jackie and I making out leaves of who we were walking for to put on the trees they had around.

After dinner we went back to the cottage and went to bed since we knew we had to be up early. I got up at 5 and then everyone else got ready after me.

Onto breakfast and day 1. And it was raining. If anyone knows me, I HATE getting wet (except when I have control - like in the shower). Anyway, here's a picture of the first day.

As we walked, we got to mile 1 and said, "That was easy!" We were surprised it was already a mile. But we KNEW it would get harder. There were rest stops about every 3 miles and signs along the route telling us where to go. The first few miles were through Peninsula State Park, which is a beautiful forest (especially in the fall with the color) so the leaves shaded us from the rain very well. It wasn't bad, actually, with my HUGE umbrella!

Got through the park and walked along a golf course, where the "SAG Wagon" (vans that drove around making sure anyone who needed anything was taken care of. They gave rides to people who needed it, radioed for medical attention if needed, and handed out water, sometimes candy and general encouragement) assured us that lunch was "just around the corner." That became our inside joke since they did not specify WHICH corner! Thankfully, the rain had stopped so it was a lot nicer with some sun and wind. But it took FOREVER! Jackie was worried because she didn't train a lot and was set on doing the 30 mile option where people could get a shuttle back to the resort after lunch. But she felt pretty good the first day and so did Laurie (my sister) so they kept going with us. Laurie was getting blisters so she had he medics look at her feet and they wrapped them for her so she felt better.

Then the CORNFIELDS came. And they lasted forever. The roads were very long and somewhat boring, and it became harder to keep going, but we did it. We kept walking for what seemed like FOREVER! And EVER. And EVER.......get the drift? We got to mile 18 and I knew that was the farthest I had ever walked. Kept going, sore, but determined. And crabby. We ended up being ALMOST last with one more walker behind us. It rained the last mile too! I had given my umbrella to one of the SAG wagons so the rain poncho came out and we made it. Tired and cranky, but in one piece.

A friend of Jackie's (Laura) had also come up that day. She didn't register for the walk because she didn't think she could raise the money but came up to walk the second day with us to support the team.

Laurie and Jackie scheduled massages for 30 minutes but I didn't want to do a massage both days so I just went to shower while they did that. They came back to the room and showered and we decided to go out for dinner and skip the dinner program the first night. Jackie wanted to drive the route for the second day so we could see if there were a lot more cornfields so we did that and then went to a bar and grill and had a good meal. We were sore and tired so we went to bed as soon as we got back.

Got up and had a little problem with soreness. Jackie's knee had started hurting and Laurie's blisters were sore so they stood in line for the medics while Laura and I went to get breakfast. After we all had eaten, we set off in the shuttle for day 2. There was a 30% chance of rain and fairly clear skies so I did NOT bring my umbrella because I didn't want to carry it. Here are some pics of the starting point for day 2.

Here we are starting Day 2:

And we were off. It was a different route, not quite as many corn fields, but still long, just like day 1. Got to lunch finally, without incident and Jackie's knee was really hurting. The medic told her it was her IT band from walking on the left side of the road since the road tilts to the left and that was affecting her gait. Laurie's blisters were sore (both Jackie and Laurie had to have their feet rewrapped on the route while I rescued a fuzzy caterpillar in the road). So they both decided they wanted to quit at 10 miles and go back to the resort after lunch.

Laura went with them and Cindy and I set off after lunch. We were LAST again! Grrrrr.......but we ended up passing a couple of people and just wanted to get it done so we really made sure we walked fast the second half. Fast forward to mile 35 or so - it starts to RAIN AGAIN! Ugh! ONE rain cloud and it has to rain on us. We had to struggle to get our rain ponchos on with the rain and wind and started walking again. The rain lasted long enough to get the front of our pants and our shoes and socks wet before stopping. Then we made it to the next rest stop. Here's a picture:

Here's a picture of the rain shower that DIDN'T hit us:

That rest stop was fun but we didn't stay long since we didn't want to be last so we set off again. Just before mile 39 - guess what???? RAIN AGAIN! Ugh! Got out the ponchos again (a little faster this time) and went along. It didn't rain as long this time and finally the sun really came out so we were fine but were so tired and sore we just wanted to be done. This day the end was at the resort so I texted my sister and told her when we were almost done, hoping she would meet us at the finish line. Here's a picture of the road back to the resort - BEAUTIFUL!

Darn! Hit Post Blog Entry without being done. Continued......

We got back to the resort and were met by Laurie, Jackie and Laura with wine. YAY!

My sister had also moved my massage time to just after we got back so I had an awesome massage but was still sore. It was a hard evening but we got through it. I got some advice from the trainers on the medical staff about my foot (they suggested a toe spacer to make my big toe straighter)

There was a silent auction and I won a MS Challenge Walk sweatshirt and an MS Walk blanket. My sister bid on a wine basket for me that I said I wanted or my birthday and she got that too!

Then we went to the dinner program for the evening. They talked about two girls who had been scholarship recipients for the MS Society scholarship and read their application essays. The first one could have been written by me when I graduated High School and I just started crying. I was SOOOOOO tired. Got myself together and then we went straight back to the room and to bed since we were all exhausted. I thought the night would NEVER end! Slept fitfully and couldn't get comfortable since I was so sore. But finally morning came and we were able to sleep a little later.

Start time was later and the start was at the resort so we could get going on our own. We got the car packed and went over to stand in line for the medics. Jackie's bad ankle was acting up and she had that taped and her blisters wrapped and Laurie had her blisters wrapped. Got ready and set off for day 3.

The scenery was better on day 3 and we got to walk past some awesome and beautiful houses. We were all sore and happy it was the last day. We all walked until mile 49 and then had lunch at a beautiful country club. Then we all walked the last mile together, happy that it was almost over. Tired, and ready to go home.

We all got a medal at the end:

We all had our picture taken and then got to hold the Mile 50 marker for pictures:

Then we got a shuttle back to the resort and got to head home. It's about a 3.5 hour drive and about an hour before getting home we decided we should stop and get out to walk around since we had been sitting for a while so we stopped at a McDonald's for a bathroom break and a snack. You should have seen all four of us getting out of the car! We all groaned and limped toward the door, all with our walker numbers still on and our orange t-shirts. We blended really well! Ha ha! Finally got home and got to sit down and rest. I unpacked first, and then sat for the night.

Ken got Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner (take and bake) and made mine first since he wasn't sure how much longer I would be awake! Sure enough, I fell asleep on the couch around 8 and crawled in bed at 9:17 p.m. It was awesome to sleep in my own bed!

I took off today to rest and I DEFINITELY needed it! I'm sore in a few places, but really not as bad as I thought I would be. It was definitely emotional and a HUGE challenge but what kept me going was this thought: "My mom can't even stand up on her own. I can walk. I can finish this. No excuses."

Today I went to breakfast with my sister. Then I renewed my driver's license and got to put 160 down for my weight instead of 211! WOO HOO!

Now we're getting ready for next year and coming up with fundraiser ideas. Yes, we think we're doing it next year too. Crazy, but worth it to get rid of this nasty disease. Thank you to all of my Spark friends and friends and family at home who supported me, donated, and encouraged me. I appreciate all of you more than you know.

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CANNIE50 10/29/2012 6:03PM

    Nice work! It feels great to finish something so uncomfortable and time consuming, doesn't it? Blisters are no fun and they are so difficult to avoid when rain is involved. I rub Vick's Vapo-rub on my feet (it helps diminish soreness and prevents blister causing friction) and sometimes use two pair of good socks (especially designed for running) when I know I am going to do long distances, especially when it rains. You were smart to build in a rest day.
Door county is beautiful, I agree. What a nice place to put in so many miles. Good for you for fund raising for a cure for such a devastating illness (and I am truly sorry to hear about your mom).

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MOMPPCL 10/26/2012 9:52AM

    Beautiful pictures!!!

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SHRINK_U 10/5/2012 2:13PM

    That is so amazing :) I love the pictures, too! You did awesome!

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PANDASUE2 10/3/2012 8:38AM

    Amazing! So glad you did this... you're an awesome inspiration!

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WINGS2SOAR 10/3/2012 7:00AM

    That is awesome! Congrats! (and great pics!)

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NICIACOLETTE 10/2/2012 9:22PM

    emoticon Sounds like a great time for a very worthy cause. Thanks for sharing pictures and details. I really enjoyed reading your blog. It's inspiring me to look for walks in my area.

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MFTAGGFREEZE 9/27/2012 1:45AM

    Awesome weekend my friend.

Congratulations on a job well done.

Rest a little and relax....... you deserve it.

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HSMOM2FOUR 9/26/2012 11:20PM

    Woo hoo!! Great job!!! So proud of you!

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WINNIE1978 9/26/2012 11:35AM

    Congrats on walking the whole 50 miles... amazing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 9/25/2012 9:12AM

    Proud of you, Chris! Thanks for sharing your disciplined training and the actual event. The pictures are great!

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ROCKINMOM77 9/25/2012 7:35AM

    You are amazing!!! So proud of you!! What an adventure, just wish you would have had better weather! You so ROCK!! emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 9/24/2012 11:16PM

    emoticon You did it!!! I am so proud of you Chris! You are a huge inspiration! Door County is gorgeous. Haven't been there in a long time, was great to see your pic's. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE-RN 9/24/2012 11:02PM

    emoticon Congratulations to you, my amazing sister. I am so proud of you. emoticon

You set your mind to train and walk and you followed through, no matter what. Thank you for being such and amazing role model not only to me, but to so many others. emoticon

Love you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OHMEMEME 9/24/2012 10:09PM

    I was sooo excited to hear about the WALK! You are awesome, my Spark friend. Loved the pics and every little detail. You really would not believe how close I felt to your journey all the way from the start of training to the actual event. Some days, I'd think, this lady sure isn't walking THAT much so regularly then you'd blog and I'd say well I'll be darn she IS doing this! Now to celebrate the completion of what you worked so hard far. You are so right about getting out there and doing what our bodies are capable of because you never know when those capabilities may become limited. Live strong my friend! Keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REBECCATKD 9/24/2012 10:06PM

    You did it!! I'm so proud of you!

Maybe I'll join you next year... emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 9/24/2012 10:02PM

    emoticon You should feel very proud right now. Congrats!!

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SKFEREBEE 9/24/2012 7:04PM

    Awesome blog! I am so thrilled you accomplished your goal and are recovering quickly. It's amazing what your body can get used to. Enjoy your rest :o)

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SALONKITTY 9/24/2012 6:32PM

    I've been waiting for this post! Congratulations, you did such a great job training for this incredible walk. I knew you'd make it! I'm not totally surprised to hear you're going to go for it again next year, either! emoticon Enjoy your recovery....and that new driver's license! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/24/2012 6:22PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! That's SOOO awesome!

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THOMS1 9/24/2012 3:30PM

    emoticon You guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!

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VLL723 9/24/2012 2:44PM

    You are a total rock star. I am so proud of you. What a huge accomplishment.

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Podiatrist Appointment

Monday, September 17, 2012

Today I had my appointment with the podiatrist and it went about how I expected. She took a look at my toenail and said she thinks there's a new one growing underneath the old one and the old one feels loose. She thinks the old one will fall off pretty soon and agreed with me that we shouldn't take it off right before my walk.

She said it looks like I have sort of a bunion but not a true bunion since the bones are centered but I do have a bump there that she thinks I was born with. She also said I should get better arch supports and wear wider shoes. She gave me a cortisone shot in my foot where the pain is and thinks it should start helping soon. She said it should calm down the irritation in there and thinks that's all it is. She thinks it will get better when I stop walking so much.

So anyway, my foot really hurts tonight and Ibuprofen didn't even touch the pain but it's tolerable. We'll see what tomorrow brings. Hope everyone had a great day!

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CANNIE50 10/29/2012 5:50PM

    Ugh - foot troubles, I know them well. I buy my running shoes one size larger than my normal shoes, to allow for swelling caused by exertion. I hope your feet behaved themselves during your big event, and that the nail has worked itself off. Actually, I really hope your feet are pain free now!

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SKFEREBEE 9/18/2012 11:09AM

    Ouch! My big toe was throbbing a bit after my last run and losing the nail is the first thing that came to mind. I hate you are having to deal with that so close to the big day. Bigger and wider is definitely the way to go with good moisture wicking cushiony socks. I can't wait to hear how you conquer the 50-mile walk. I'm sure you'll feel amazing when you are done even if you are in pain. I wish you all the luck in the world but I don't think you need it. You're gonna kill it!

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RBETYOURASS 9/18/2012 10:37AM

    Interesting! Does she recommend new shoes for the walk?! Curious as it seems odd to do it now as not much time to break them in before the walk. I agree on wide shoes! I live by wides and is one reason I'm having a hard time finding my next investment in running shoes, hard to find wide widths at a decent price!
Sucks the shot didn't help much! Sure hope the pain stops long enough so you wont have to grit through your big day!

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VLL723 9/18/2012 8:51AM

    I hane found over the last 9 months that Ice and Aleve seem to help the most. Good luck!

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CELIAMINER 9/18/2012 7:43AM

    Chris, sorry to hear about all the pain, but I hope the cortisone shot kicks in soon. When I had one in my knee, it took about a week to notice a difference and two weeks for the pain to be gone. Good luck with the toenail. I have one barely hanging on, too, but I'm too nervous to pull it off. As for shoes, I agree with the advice you got. Once I got fitted and was told I needed 9 2E instead of 8.5 B, my feet have been pretty good. The no more blisters part has been the best, and New Balance shoes built on an SL-2 last are perfect for my triangular feet (wide toe box, narrower heel).

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/17/2012 10:51PM

    Hope your foot feels better soon! emoticon

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REBECCATKD 9/17/2012 10:12PM

    So glad you can still do the MS Walk! I was worried when I saw your blog title that you would have to cancel. Enjoy this weekend in Door County!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/17/2012 8:29PM

    Ouch, sorry to hear that!

In my running days, I achieved Nirvana when a guy at a running clinic counseled me to always buy shoes 1/2 size larger than I think I need and to always buy them in a wide. For long distance running (and in your case walking) your foot swells & expands over time, so you need the room.

Smartest move I ever made. Recently, I tried to wear one of my old pair of sneakers and felt like a victim of ancient Chinese footbinding!

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 7:23PM

    Hope it resolves itself soon. Foot pain is such a bother when you are trying to keep up your exercise.

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SUGARSMOM2 9/17/2012 7:06PM

  ok the toe nail will hurt like crazy . until it comes off . yes the do come off all by themselves . If you take it off to soon it will hurt even worse . believe me i know . i have done both things left them on and taken them off . be brave

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