(Yes, my title is a vague I.T. Crowd reference! *giggles*)
Am I going to let my aches and pains continue to get the better of me? Not a chance!
I know I have been scarce (ok, pretty much non existent) lately, and I offer my apologies. Not only to you, but to myself as well.
Since starting my new job in retail, I have given in and let my new pain levels dictate my days. My previous job was nothing but sitting on my butt...for the last few years, and now I am on my feet.
After my first day at my new job, I was back on my pain killers at night. I hate taking them, I hate the drugged up feeling and the hung over feeling that lasts well into the next day.
I finally let my beau talk me into buying new (expensive) shoes. Shopping for clothing of any sort is pretty stressful for me. I have a hard time dealing with it and I get upset and frustrated very easily. Except for socks...I LOVE sock shopping, but, more on that later!
We hit The Walking Company in the mall and I was VERY impressed with the lady that worked there...I was also very disturbed by the scans that she took of my feet. My right arch is pretty flat...if not already fallen.
After some lengthy Q&A about my aches, pains, job, wants, and needs...she brought out around 10 pairs of shoes for me, along with a few different insoles. I had NO idea that the insoles that came in shoes were actually removable! Even in my jogging shoes! She explained that no, it was not 'just the bottom of the shoe', but that on 'good' shoes, they were replaceable.
I (as usual), was trying to talk my body in to the cheaper shoes....I was desperately trying to stick with the 100.00 range, but finally settled on the more expensive pair. When I tried them on, I felt NO pain in my feet, knees, hips, or back! My beau said that phrase has only come out of my mouth once in a blue moon.
The problem is always that EVERY new shoe feels good to me for the first hour or so...the saleslady told me to try them out and if they didn't work out, I could bring them back.
I got a little defensive about my jogging shoes too...she kept telling me that I wouldn't have to resort to wearing them...when in fact, I LOVE them! I just cannot wear them to work because they don't fit the dress code...not to mention that they don't really work for standing vs. jogging.
She was also picking on my socks...I happen to LOVE socks. Nice fluffy cotton socks are my favorites and she had nothing nice to say about cotton! Don't get me wrong, I KNOW that they don't wick away moisture, but my socks are very much a comfort item for me. I get as excited about buying new socks as my sister gets when she goes to buy a new Coach purse! I finally got her off the subject of socks by telling her that I have non-cotton socks at home...which I do...I just don't wear them very often!
I swear, she only had to pull a *little* bit to get my debit card out of my hand. All in all, it came to a little over 150.00. *leSigh*
I wore them to work the next day and after a couple hours...the only thing that really bothered me was my pinkie toes....the bottoms were fantastic but the tops were too rigid and I finally had to put on my old shoes to finish out the night.
We took them back to the store the next day and I finally found a pair that seems to do the trick for me. I got this pair of Dansko Veda's
Because they are awesomely cute and I cannot wear them to work, lol, AND I got close to the same pair in solid black but with no laces, just for work....for only five bucks more! They are perfect because the bottoms are the same as the first ones and the tops are all canvas, so there is room for my pinkie toes too!
Its still more than I like to spend, but I can deal with the fact that I got 2 pairs for the same price as one.
Funny thing is that I didn't mind spending over 100.00 on jogging shoes, but when it came to something that I was going to be wearing for the better part of the day, my fingers seized up on the debit card.
Now that I have had shoes that work FOR ME for a few days now...I am feeling MUCH better and didn't even need a pain pill last night after a full 8 hour shift!
Today's lesson...be good to yourself, no matter what. You're worth it!