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Sunday, July 21, 2013

I had another good week this week and lost 3 pounds. I'm down a total of 10 pounds now since resetting myself a month ago emoticon . Which I was surprised by because I haven't been exercising as much as I would have liked because of my foot. Instead of doing nothing at all though, I've started treading water in our above ground pool, stretching, and even a tiny bit of strength exercises emoticon . I love stretching in the water! Makes me feel like an ancient yogi lol emoticon . It even helps my foot a lot.

I attempted exercising with my bogo find from Payless and they did not work out! They went right back to the store, but unfortunately It only irritated my foot again emoticon . So I spent the week looking into shoes and what not and today I went to the mall to go to the lady footlocker to try on different types of shoes with my sister (BunBun2010). I was all excited and ready to go this morning, but it turned out to be embarrassing and frustrating emoticon . I checked online to see their inventory and they had larger sizes and wide widths (In workout shoes I'm an 11w). So I was all jazzed to try things out. Turns out in the store they do not carry wide widths at all. All those shoes I saw on their website were not carried in store. I asked the sales person which shoe on there huge wall was Wide Width and she said we don't carry it at all! Not one shoe on my list was I able to try on. All I kept thinking was great, now my feet are to fat to go shopping! lol I found it ridiculous. The store to me wasn't what I thought it would be, it was more of a fashion athletic store for thinner ladies. The store Wasn't really a store that catered to running or sports. It made me feel stupid really thinking I could find something there. And I'm a pretty upbeat person, I hate to speak these words but its true. So I didn't get to try on one shoe the whole day, which was my objective for going to the mall. I did my research online and double checked that they would have what I needed for a reason. For me personally, knowing that I am bigger it makes me much more self conscience emoticon about the stores I go into to avoid frustrations and conjuring up negative thoughts about myself. The sale person in the store wasn't the most helpful and she looked at me a bit sideways when I asked for a wide width and that made me upset.

Luckily I found Lane Bryant, one of the few stores I actually feel comfortable in. They were having a sale on clearance items. I got a $80.00 dress for $15.00. Made my day a little brighter emoticon emoticon.

I know it seems silly to complain over not finding clothes in the same stores as "regular" individuals, but always having to find speciality stores is annoying. In the end though it always works out because they tend only to the ONE demographic. So I'll be heading to a store that caters to runners here in Cali called "A Snails Pace". They do diagnostics and everything to help you find the shoes that work for you. And they carry "Special" sizes! I didn't go there first because it is a bit of a drive away, but now I need to. If that store doesn't help me any, I'll just be back to shopping online emoticon .

Hopefully I'll be fitted with my new shoes soon! emoticon

P.S.: I posted a recipe this week that I improvised. It's surprisingly good!
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    I am a few weeks late to your post, but I too have 11W feet. I have always had a hard time finding shoes until I stepped into a pair of Merrills. They are a sport shoe, and my favorites are called Trailrunners. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. They are pretty pricey - I paid $110 for mine, but I think you can sometimes find them for slightly cheaper (about $80) at places like Dicks Sporting Goods. I don't know if you have that chain in CA, but it might be worth a look.
    1471 days ago
    Shopping for "specialty" sizes can be frustrating. Don't let it get you down it'll work out, my money's on the running store. If that don't work out then just go crazy online and order a bunch of shoes and return the ones you don't like, most stores will let you return online purchases instore.

    I prefer working out barefoot too but found I like wearing my Vibram Five-Fingers, for more intense workouts as they give my foot a little protection and grip but are still light and airy. Just an idea.

    Good luck to you, and congrats on all you've accomplished.
    1489 days ago
    Wow, congrats on your weight lost. I hope you fine a great pair emoticon of shoes--I only wear New Balance for my workouts and have been for years.
    1490 days ago
    In do prefer new balances over anything else. They have always been so comfortable! When I went into lady footlocker and was asked if I needed any help, I specifically asked for New Balance. They don't carry it anymore in store FYI emoticon (Of Course).

    I risked the Payless shoes just for doing aerobics and strength training. I've been looking for "the good pair" for my 10k training. But I'll need the good pair for everything! Lol. I need a pair to run in and a pair to do everything else in.

    I've looked into zappos and I do have a running wishlist of shoes to try. The videos online are helpful and the reviews are as well! For new balances I typically buy from Great deals usually, but what I want they don't have right now or the reviews weren't great. Now that you mention it I should look into a local New Balance store in my area. emoticon

    Thank you for all the comments! I will get this sorted out!
    1492 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2013 11:00:01 AM
    I wear size 11 w too and it is really difficult to find good supportive work out shoes. I use Zappos online. You can order as many pairs as you want and shipping and returns are free. The customer reviews are very helpful and the website quickly narrows your search by width and size. If you don't like what you ordered, you print a return label and just drop the box off at a UPS store or Post Office. Another good source is a NEW BALANCE store. They carry wide widths. The shoes will be more expensive than Payless but worth the investment because they will prevent injury. Congratulations on all your good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1492 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss and bargain dress find too emoticon

    Foot pain is SO annoying, I wish you luck in finding good sneakers. I do think that will help, especially if you can find someone to help fit you properly. I went to a local shoe store that specializes in that and it has made a world of difference for me. I also am careful to replace my sneakers every 6-7 months, or at least put in new cushioned inserts (cheaper than a new pair of sneakers, I paid about $15 for inserts at Olympia Sport.) emoticon emoticon

    1492 days ago
    I am so glad you mentioned Lady Footlocker. I took it for granted that they would have SPORT shoes for women! Amazing, isn't it? I hope you find the shoes you need. Good luck! emoticon
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    1492 days ago
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