Good Lord, I can’t get enough of these beautiful weekends! I relish every minute outside in these absolutely gorgeous Spring… er… Winter days. I can’t even believe how that sentence needs to be typed. It’s WINTER and the temperatures got into the 80s yesterday! I would love to have a situation where I worked two days of the week and had the other five days off (and make the same paycheck… or more… of course!). I simply can’t get enough time to spend outside doing what I love the most: exploring nature and getting healthy!
This weekend brought me a fantastic visit with my family! I was given a last-minute opportunity to jump in the car and drive to my home town and spend the day with my aunt, uncle, cousin, mom, dad, sister, brother, nephews, nieces, and some in-laws! For the first part of the day, I visited with my inspirations: Uncle John, Aunt Melinda, and my cousin, Anna. You see, three years ago, they set out on a journey to find true health which led them to the jogging/running lifestyle! Given the content of my last blog post, you can bet your prized goat that I wanted to talk to them about SHOES and, boy, I found my way to the right people!
From 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., we talked about life, oils, and health! I can’t even believe how long and how easy it was to talk for this length of time without once thinking of food or having any realization of how much time had passed. I learned from them about shoes, they learned from me about oils, and then I learned from them about health building tools! It was an amazing time and I can’t wait to see them again. If not sooner, I know they will be joining me on my upcoming Color Run… our first 5k! It’s gonna be epic.
If you know me, then you know that when I get my sights set on something, I pursue it with everything I’ve got. With the VAST AMOUNT of information I learned, I had to act on the information they shared with me. So, today, I woke up with the goal of visiting the shoe store they recommended. I must admit, I was easily distracted from my goal when our buddy, Liz, called with a seducing offer of a hike at Lake Springfield. So, with a quick calculation of times, I set a preliminary itinerary and we set out for the day.
First, we went to Lake Springfield and hiked around the park for at least two hours. We may not have walked very far (three miles), but we did a lot of off-road hiking and A LOT of steep, large hills. The change up was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time! Our neighborhood has slight hills, but we can also choose how to take the worst ones. However, at the park, there was no foreknowledge of what was coming or how to take it… we just went. I was blown away at how far my body has come. I wasn’t nearly anything close to fast, but I did it without dying or having to stop for a break. I felt so empowered.
As we wrapped up our hike, we all realized we hadn’t eaten yet. If you follow my Facebook page, I’m sure you know all about that! HAHA. If not, you can still feel free to click the link below to take a visit and see more about this part of our day on my Facebook page!
After our lunch/dinner, my wife and I headed to our local Fleet Feet Sports in Springfield, MO, and embarked on an entirely new journey for ourselves: good running shoes. Thanks to the information and recommendation I got from my aunt and uncle, this was the starting point for us to learn the proper footwear for this new endeavor in our lives: walking.
As we pulled up to the building, we both were overcome with similar feelings of embarrassment and shame. We were daunted and, honestly, believed that we would be laughed out of the store by the people that really should be in there. So, as I walked to the building, I decided that I was going to document our journey. This blog has been started by a man that knows very little about what he is doing and I have been learning in front of you readers from the moment I launched the site. If I feel daunted and silly going into a store targeting runners, I know others that find their way here will experience those feelings, too!
Neither of us had ever been in a store with so little variety in products. Shoes, tools for runners, clothing for runners, etc. That was the extent of it. Additionally, neither of us had ever been in a shoe store where there were NO boxes of shoes on the showroom floor! While we were there, our sales agent evaluated our feet, examined our stride and detailed how a shoe needs to fit our feet to meet our specific needs! After this very invasive feet interaction, she began retrieving specific shoes that met the criteria we had discussed. She accepted our feedback and retrieved items we requested, but both of us ended up going with the recommendation from our salesman as they truly felt the best on our feet! It was a new and empowering experience as our sales agent educated us about the characteristics of a walking shoe that will meet our needs and improve our walking experience. Our sales lady was so observant that she confirmed something I had began suspecting, but never had evaluated, for a few years – I have one leg that is shorter than the other! She also found out I have been wearing a size 12 shoe and I should be wearing a size 10.5!
When I started this journey, I began on the premise that I was going to do this on my own and I was going to show people you don’t have to pay a company hundreds of dollars to help you loose weight. However, I have learned this week that it is OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP and it is IMPERATIVE TO OBTAIN the proper gear to protect my feet, ankles, and legs, so that I can keep making the progress that I have been making! Coming from a guy that has NEVER spent more than $30 – $40 on a pair of shoes, I can tell you that I experienced an entirely different type of step today. The wonderful pair of shoes I had been wearing weigh than twice what these shoes weigh and feel nowhere near as comfortable for walking! After getting home, I took a quick 1.3 mile walk in them so that I could get an immediate feel for them. I literally felt like I was gliding as the cushion, which adds to my height substantially, absorbed every step and my feet began to develop a new relationship with the harsh pavement that has been beating the hell out of my feet and ankles!
I can’t wait for tomorrow’s full walk with my new pair of HOKA walking shoes and putting them to the full day’s test. Now, do I want to do 4 or 5 miles? Hmm…
For now, though, it’s back to taking my life back…
- September 11, 2016: 450+pounds
- Today: 358.4 pounds
- Total loss 91.6 pounds (34.3% of my total excess body weight)
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