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Got fitted for running shoes with pics and V-day dinner

Monday, February 14, 2011

This weekend was a fun weekend. My fiancÚ and I really only see each other on Friday night and Saturday because he works the night shift for his full time job as well as about 30 hours at his PT job. Friday night after work I went to whole foods and got a few items for our Valentine's Dinner on Saturday night. Nothing like a really good steak and a bottle of wine at home. Then I went to the gym for some cardio only. We got takeout, the only night of the week we eat out is Friday and I like this grill place near us that I can get just a grilled protein and a few sides so I can minimize the eating out damage. They also make this pork abovada that he loves so it is a win win situation. I didn't tell him everything I bought for the dinner on Saturday because I like to surprise him.
Saturday morning we did our healthy food shopping at the more affordable place and then went to get my shoes! I went to Marathon Sports if you live in Mass and are curious. The sales people are trained to watch you run/walk and then make recommendations based on your needs. Yes, it is pricey. However, I looked up my shoes online after and they were all the same price so to me it was worth it.
Turns out after losing all this weight I don't actually have a wide foot lol. I wear a narrow. I also need a running shoe about 1 size bigger than I wear in normal shoes. Huh, kind of interesting. I knew because I basically have zero arch I need motion control shoes. She put me in asics and as soon as I put them on it was like a cloud on my feet. Yes, it was that dramatic. I was in love instantly. I tried on 3 different pairs and my biggest issue was how narrow my feet are I had a hard time find a pair that didn't slip. I had to go outside and run up and down the sidewalk a bunch of times in the shoes and I didn't get out of breath and sweaty! Yeah for endurance. Huge NS victory right there.
We talked about my weight loss and she said "well as you continue to lose weight your needs will change". 85 pounds ago that comment would have hurt my feelings. Now, I felt nothing because she is right, I am going to lose more and that is ok. Generally you get about 6 months or 400-500 miles out of a pair of shoes and by that time I will be smaller and lighter and she I would need an entirely new style of shoe. Kind of cool to know.
Most of the shoes were butt ugly and I was accepting of the fact that they aren't a fashion statement. My fiancÚ however was not and since he doesn't run anyway and just needed cross trainers we decided to get them elsewhere. Considering how much all of this came to I am glad that is what he decided lol. I know, evil. Turns out he has flat feet as well and needs an extra wide! Who would of thought. He was made at the sporting goods store because only 2 styles in the whole place came in wide and neither was black. Oh well Mr fashion plate, he had to go with white but after we worked out he admitted he liked them so it was a victory! Here are my shoes!

I actually like them looks wise too so I was pretty psyched. I also got these awesome socks my friend recommended. So cushiony and comfy.

The verdict at the gym was they were worth every single penny! I did have some aches in my arches and balls of my feet but my podiatrist told me as your feet adjust to the correction that is normal and it went away after about 10 minutes. As I get stronger I am sure it will happen less. On my first run I was dragging my left foot a bit but I don't do that in my new shoes. I am VERY VERY glad I got them. My mom almost chocked when I told her what I had spent and I felt badly but after I told her about why I got them she laughed and said "as a kid I always had to spend a fortune on the correct shoes for you, I am not surprised". She still wanted to give them to me as a gift and it made me feel good.
Dinner later that night was FANTASTIC. I haven't been drinking very much lately and the wine was so delicious and the steak, haricot vert and horseradish mashed potatoes was worth every bite. I made a low cal rice pudding and it the first time my fiancÚ has ever had rice pudding. He freaked out and ate 3 servings. He isn't a big dessert guy so that was a huge compliment. He also put dibs on the rest in the fridge which was fine by me lol.
Strength training these past 3 weeks has really changed my body so I tried to take a few updated pics of myself this morning. I find it hard to do but I wanted to update.
So here I am at 262.



I am trying to be objective and not self critical but it is hard. I am happy with my progress to this point. I dropped about size in the 3 weeks so what more can I ask!
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FITBARB2 2/25/2011 3:44PM

    You look soo darn awesome!!! You are worth every penny of those shoes.. emoticon

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RONIREDD 2/20/2011 7:16PM

    You will love your new shoes! Definitely worth the price if you "get into" running. I wish I had gotten mine when I first started. Enjoy.

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TERRYT55 2/20/2011 3:04PM

    I always enjoy every word of your blogs! It sounds like you had a great weekend. I wish I lived in MA so I could visit the store you went to but I'm sure I could find one here in CA too. My feet have decreased 1 1/2 sizes since I've lost most of my weight.......I need a wide toe box and narrower heel and have found that in Merrell shoes but know I need to branch out.

I love the pics of you........you look absolutely terrific. Keep up the great work.

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GRACEISENUF 2/17/2011 11:04AM

    Asics are such comfy shoes. Your V dinner sounds so delish. Glad it was so special and your Valentine liked the dessert.

I am catching up on your blogs as I was gone.



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TIME4AMY 2/17/2011 9:48AM

    Looking good, my friend! LoO-kiNg-GoOd!
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LOUANN22 2/16/2011 5:32PM

    Looking good! Doesn't even look like 262! Keep up the great work!

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BRANDI.FEY 2/16/2011 3:13PM

    I had wine and steak for V-day, too. Lol. And I'm so envious of those shoes! One day I'm going to fork up the money for a custom pair. I know that I need them.

Keep up the good work! You're looking great!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/16/2011 2:51PM

    Love love LOVE the shoes and socks! Getting the right shoes for your feet makes a huge difference when running. It is true that your needs for running shoes change as you lose, too; I was in motion control shoes when I started and changed to stability shoes after losing 40 pounds or so. Great pics, too, you are looking good--WOO HOO for you!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/16/2011 1:36AM

    looking good beautiful girl!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/15/2011 1:05PM

    Going to a running store and getting fitted for running shoes was probably one of the best purchases I've made. It's such a difference the way my feet and knees feel. I love my shoes so much that I wear them at home while standing a lot just because they're so comfy. Congrats on all your accomplishments. Awesome sauce!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 2/15/2011 12:46PM

    Oh~there is nothing like the feel of bouncy new sneakers! Have fun with them emoticon

& I know how good a glass of wine can be after not drinking much (& I LOVE wine) my one glass of Chianti tasted so good on my first night in NY...
it really makes you appreciate it!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/15/2011 11:53AM

    Sounds like a great weekend!! Looking hot girl~~

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OJIBWEEQUAY 2/15/2011 10:10AM

    I wear motion controls also!I over pronate, and also a large runner. Asics my Shoes!!!!! I have recently purchased a pair of saucanoys only because they are cheaper and I wear Ortho inserts from the podiotrist. I wear shoes out real quick, hence large runner. Also I have Planter Facitis in my left foot and my stride is sooo off it wears the inside and outside of the inner shoe. Odd.
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MINENA1 2/15/2011 10:05AM

    LOVE your shoes. I'm flat footed too, sucks! Hehe! I'm so glad you're running. YOU ROCK!! And giiiirl, you look FANTASTIC!!

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PATTILYNN224 2/15/2011 9:25AM

    You look great! Very happy for you with the new shoe purchase. Feet are important to take care of and treat well! I bet they are very happy with their new gift! lol

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TREASURINGLIFE 2/15/2011 9:15AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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KATHLOW 2/15/2011 3:29AM

    those shoes will make a lot of difference (after scoffing at special shoes for years, i caved and now love them :-)). You look great in the pics, i see a waist!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 2/14/2011 10:53PM

    I really like your new shoes!!! You look amazing!!!

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MAMADWARF 2/14/2011 10:35PM

    New shoes and sockies are the best!! Sounds like you had a great valentines dinner and that is how it should be. By the way, Ashley, you look sooo amazing! You have come so far and have changed your body so much. I am just soo proud of what you have accomplished. (how cool is it not to have fat feet anymore!?)

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TEAWONDERFUL 2/14/2011 9:16PM

    Good job! Keep up the great work.

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CARILOUIE 2/14/2011 8:32PM

    Look at those awesome guns!
I have fallen arches, and I run in Brooks. I started off in ASICS but they just didn't give me enough arch support.
One thing I found that is WONDERFUL for my arches (or lack thereof) - Super Feet inserts, the green ones. They are wonderful!!!!

So good to hear about the new shoes. I am due for a pair...

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FANGLE 2/14/2011 7:07PM

    keep up the good work

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/14/2011 6:56PM

    Hello, Beautiful.

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HANNAH_CALM 2/14/2011 6:01PM

    Gorgeous smile! Congratulations on losing a size, good for you! And your shoes are really beautiful. I'm glad you got fitted, that's so cool. I'm a narrow width too. And I thought I had high arches, but I stepped on this thing at Walgreens, a device from Dr. Scholl's to measure pressure on the bottom of your feet, and they said I had standard arches. Maybe my arches have fallen, I know they really hurt sometimes. Anyway, have a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! Enjoy the dinner!

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CYNDERROSE 2/14/2011 5:57PM

    Great job!

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NUTS4NUTELLA 2/14/2011 4:59PM

    Those are some cute shoes! You look awesome too! Your hair is like a cascading waterfall of blondness (does that make sense?). The food sounds delicious.....I think I might have to go eat an early dinner now.
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SEESTARS 2/14/2011 4:57PM

    That smile of yours in picture 2 says it all! You are so amazing.

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RIGBY31 2/14/2011 4:43PM

    Well hello, gorgeous! I bet you look hot!hot! running in those shoes. You are working it to the max! Glad you had a happy romantic dinner (sweet!). Life is grand.

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JACKIESJ 2/14/2011 4:26PM

    You look FREAKIN awesome! Are you kidding? Feel great about yourself and your accomplishments. I know, I know..it's hard to do. My self image is in the toilet, but I love being a cheerleader for everyone else.

Love the sneakers btw. Very Cool. I usually go to the New Balance store and get fitted.

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PELESJEWEL 2/14/2011 3:59PM

    You look fantastic!! Glad you took those pics, you look teenier! I was so focused on you that I forgot to look at your shoes! Haha!

Marathon sounds exactly like Fleet Feet here in Nashville. Fit, run in front of them, try on several models, $120 plus I had to by inserts to stablize @$30 so out the door $150! TOTALLY worth every penny. Same info passed on to me - as I lose weight, need to buy new shoes. I'm on my second pair; and I think I need new inserts as well.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 2/14/2011 3:37PM

    Honey, you are looking FANTASTIC! Although, I do know what you mean about the self-critical. So keep up the great work. Love love love the shoes. I'm going to a store like that (after my next paycheck in three weeks) to get a pair myself. So so so excited!

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COOKWITHME65 2/14/2011 3:35PM

    Wow Ashley. You had a great weekend. So happy for you.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/14/2011 2:59PM

    I'm glad you spent the extra cash on the proper shoes. You're worth it!

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NANHBH 2/14/2011 2:34PM

    Ash,

Lookin' awesome!
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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Nancy

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JAB0929 2/14/2011 2:17PM

    You look great! I love marathon sports!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/14/2011 1:51PM

    You look gorgeous and that Valentine's Day dinner sounds delicious!

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RUNWITHMICHELE 2/14/2011 1:48PM

    Loving the new Asics! Have a great day today!

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SLFRISBEY 2/14/2011 1:46PM

    Looking good!!! I am diving back in to ST and cardio this week so barring any more sinus infections, I am hoping to say the same as you! 3 weeks and losing a size is AMAZING!

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PHEFEY 2/14/2011 1:45PM

    You look awesome and the dinner sounds completely nummy! happy valentine's day!

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WORKINGMOMX2 2/14/2011 1:40PM

    LOVE the new shoes!
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CHICAT63 2/14/2011 1:10PM

    Great news about the shoes, you will see the difference. Woohoo on the non scale victory. Great new pic you look AWESOME, way to go ! emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/14/2011 1:07PM

    Wow you look awesome! I went to a speciality running store to buy my running shoes and they made all the difference!! Good luck!!

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JESSIEJUICE 2/14/2011 12:50PM

    I used to looooove my Asics- definitely give you that walking on a cloud feeling :). Also - a size in three weeks???? emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/14/2011 12:48PM

    In 6 months or 400-500 miles (whichever comes 1st) when it's time to go shoe shopping again - check out New Balance. They have some of the most AMAZING (cute, comfy & cushiony) shoes I've ever had the pleasure of wearing!!! (I wear mine for wogging)

& you DON'T look 262 @ all... this must be what a FIT 262 looks like!! emoticon

& you get a HUGE emoticon for the non-sweaty, not out of breath endurance test run

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LITTLEONEJLC 2/14/2011 12:48PM

    Love the middle pic where you are smiling . . . You look great! Keep up the good work!

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KRAWRS 2/14/2011 12:45PM

    WOW, you look GREAT!!
The right shoes are worth the money, I agree!

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KRISKECK 2/14/2011 12:45PM

    You look awesome! And so glad your new shoes feel good! Mine are usually around $120 too, and I think they're worth every cent! emoticon emoticon

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MARATHONBOUND 2/14/2011 12:41PM

    I love your shoes! I am so glad you had a nice meal with your sweetie :-)..and Ashley..your arms are looking fierce! Seriously, keep doing the strength, it is so paying off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRSTNOEL 2/14/2011 12:40PM

    That is so awesome! Hope you have an amazing day :) emoticon

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F1AMEDIVA 2/14/2011 12:39PM

    The right shoes are pricey but sooo worth it. I like Asics myself and Fila makes good ones too. Awesome pix. you look great!

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