First things first,
Status, Day 29:
SW: 470 TW: 409.2 TWL: 60.8 lbs Lbs to Goal: 184.2
If you remember, in one of my early blog posts, I talked about how I had been adapting myself to death. For too many of us who are morbidly obese, or merely overweight, adaptation has been a key to our survival and to our continued weight gain. What we cannot, or at least feel we cannot change, we adapt to.
Such was the case with my shoes. I know that, in theory, when you lose weight, you lose weight all over, but who thinks about losing weight in their feet? I do now. And I have pictures to prove it. Take a look at this image. It is a “Before and After” of my right foot.
Before my juicing journey began I had not tied my shoes in at least a year, maybe two. The enormity of my gut would collide with my thigh and prevent my chubby little sausage fingers from reaching my shoelaces (while still breathing). So I adapted. I tied them in a double knot and would just leave them tied and slip them on and off while standing.
You will also notice in the picture that I could not lay the tongue of my shoe all the way down. I had to tie the top row of laces underneath the tongue so that there would be enough string left to still tie them.
Notice also in the before picture how wide the two lasts (sides of my shoe) are away from each other. That is due simply to the size of my foot.
Look, now, at the after picture on the right. Look at how much closer the lasts are to each other, the fact that the tongue is laying down where it belongs, and yes! that is my hand reaching all the way down to my shoes. (Hello there toesies! Nice to meet you again 😉 )
More importantly, I left my shoes tied at the point where my laces used to have to be tied to, and just pulled up the slack from each rung of the laces. Look at how much I was able to take them up! That is almost three additional inches of shoe lace, if I were to guess. Three inches lost from my feet!
Much of that may be water, but do you think I care….NOOOOO! Inches are inches and it proves that the journey is working.
My point to all of this (more than boy do I need a new pair of shoes) is this: If you are on the journey, look for changes whereever they may be. You may not lose inches around your belly, your hips, or or face at first. It may be in other places. But whereever it is, rejoice in it. Use these little difference to keep you motivated, even on days when the scales don’t show an improvement.
Today, I tied my own flippin’ shoes! That may sound silly, in fact, my daughter even laughed at how proud a 40+ year old man was at the fact that he could tie his shoes this morning. But each of these things are milestones and it shows that I am reversing the damage.
My next shoe goal: I have a favorite pari of shoes that I used to wear constantly. They were Chaco Sandals.
You know how crazy some women are about their Prada shoes…well that was me with my chacos. I wore them year ’round unless there was snow on the ground. I liked the way they looked, felt, and how they fit not only my foot but my personality. They are the ultimate in outdoor utility footwear and are great any place from canoeing and kayaking to church. Do you get the idea. I love these shoes. I miss these shoes.
My shoe goal? By this summer I will be back in my Chaco’s which I have not worn since 2006-2007. Here’s looking forward to the familiar Z-shaped tan lines on my feet and to more motivating milestones on the journey.
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