Wow! I can't believe it's been over a month since my last blog! So much is going on with my life right now, and most of it's good. I finally, finally, finally got a job
It's full-time with excellent benefits plus perks. The pay is not what I was making before, but I'm sure I'll be able to get a promotion in several months. I've had to adjust my workout schedule to doing the more intense work on the weekends, but that is just peachy. You know what? I'm DOING IT! I signed up for the Trick or Trot and am training. Today ends the second week of training with a 2 mile walk at noon today. I felt so alive just getting outside and moving. It is a glorious day, all sun-shine and very mild temperature
I feel so
I've got new goals for October, and I'm reaching them! I admit that I slipped up this week, skipping a cross-training and strength training day on Wednesday and not sticking to my calorie range. Oh, well. Keep moving forward! (That's from the movie Meet the Robinsons, which I totally love!) I'm so happy that I am able to exercise like this, that I am capable of making these changes to improve my health. The end of this week has been especially positive for me. I used to stress out about my thirty-minute drive to work with wanna-be NASCAR drivers nearly missing swiping my tiny Prius, but I'm learning to relax and just focus on my driving. I reach my step goals nearly every day, as well as my October goals on my SparkPage. I'm so proud of myself for sticking it out through this time that would have driven me to anxiety attacks two years ago. SparkPeople has helped me so much! I finally was able to buy some super comfy leggings with moisture-wicking fabric, and better socks and shoes.
I want to share a short story about the shoes, if you please. Our Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker closed, so I figured the next best place to get the best walking shoes for my 5K training. The shoes I had been wearing gave me blisters every walk, even through the moleskin I've been wearing. I had purchased some Band-Aid brand Advanced Healing Blister bandages which worked well. However, they are kind of pricey, and I knew I needed an actual shoe salesperson to help me find a good fit. I sent to Shoe Department in our mall, walked up to the guy behind the counter, and told him I needed help finding the best walking shoe. I explained that I was training for a 5K walk and needed shoes that fit and didn't give me blisters. He walked me over and pointed out the two most popular, then said, "Your just going to have to try a bunch on and see what works for you." Then, he walked off and left me alone. Ugh! I told him I needed help, that was not helping! I tried on one pair of shoes and walked around in them, but didn't like them. They were still rubbing up and down on my right heel, which has been a repetitive problem for me. I didn't like the store set up or the so-called "customer service" I received, so I left. I went down to Sears and found an awesome saleswoman named Kiki. (I am not certain of the spelling.) I told her I needed help with finding a good walking shoe for my 5K training. She showed me several of their best, explaining that a lot of the "mall-walkers" bought this one or that one. She was so helpful! I tried on two pairs, but they still were rubbing my heel. She finally suggested that I try a pair of the men's New Balance shoes that this one man in particular who "walks ALOT" at the mall loves. They fit!! Thank you so much, Kiki! I also told her about the virtual 5K I'm doing on SparkPeople and gave her the website and my user ID so I could get points
That's not as important as how great it felt to spread the Spark!
I did wear those new shoes on my 2 mile walk today, but I didn't realize that I already had a blister that had been healing. So, it's back with a vengeance. Oh, well. I just feel so great being active, I know eventually I'll figure out these darn blisters! Keep up the hard work, Kat! And all of my SparkFriends!