I have been thinking about other markers and motivators lately. Maybe it’s a summer time thing. It seems that I, as well as many of my spark friends, have had a rough go of it the last couple months. Nutrition has been a battle for some, exercise for others as well as time management with kids on summer break, vacations and such.
I’ve read many blogs of frustration and have offered encouragement where I saw an opportunity. One of the things I try to do when I have a challenge is to focus on another aspect of the process. If I can’t find time for exercise, I try to put extra emphasis on nutrition and so on. That way at least the whole plan is not derailed.
Still, the scale is not moving. OK, for me-I planned it that way, but that’s not always the case. It was during my workout this morning that I decided to stay off the scale. My plan was to commit to a month of no weigh-in, but I suspect that with starting school in a couple of weeks that will be a requirement of the program. But other than that, I will stay away from the scale, and look for other progress indicators.
Then I read my SP motivational article of the day, which covered this very topic. I’ll accept that as an omen that I am making the right decision. Here’s the link in case you missed it.
And another thing… I mean I knew they were skinnier, ‘cause I can see the light between my toes, but I think my feet are longer now too. I overheard Dr. Oz, the other day, saying that for every 50 pounds a man loses, his ‘buddy’ gains up to an inch of length. So I’m thinking that must be similar to what happens with your feet.
I’ve been due for new gym shoes for a while so I hit the Big 5 yesterday to see what they had. OK, I had my heart set on a pair of Saucony running shoes, since the last time I was there they didn’t have any in my size. Being impatient, as I sometimes am, I settled a different pair and have had IT Band problems every since. My feet are usually too wide for most women’s shoes. Cross-trainers were about the only women’s shoes I ever wore because of that, and I pretty much always wore an 8. Which, in men’s sizes, usually was a 61/2 to a 7.
So I tried on, probably a dozen different shoes, and decided on a pair of women’s Saucony’s that truly were the most comfortable pair I tried on. (And not because I had them in the front of my mind from the get-go.) But here’s the thing-they were a size 91/2. Everything I tried that fit was a 9 or 91/2. Then of course, I looked at the price as I was headed to the register-$85, ugh. I have paid much more for shoes, on more than one occasion, but I was really hoping to stay under about $65. So I meandered through the clearance tables and finally wound up at one in the men’s department. Low and behold, I found a pair of Adidas on clearance that fit as well as the Saucony’s…but they were only $29! WooHoo!
I wore them today for ST so they should be ready for me to try a little run/walk tomorrow. They are the Ultracushion Running shoes…in a men’s size 8! So far, they are really comfy not to mention stylin’!