Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it

Holy DOMS Batman!! I did the JNL Shoulder Shredder DVD yesterday and the Lower Body Fusion today and I think I now know how the Tin Man felt before Dorothy greased him up (wow that sounds dirty. Like a Wizard of Oz porno. EW.). But sore? Yeah, I am. In a good way. Oh, and as a special bonus, my husband watched me do today’s workout. As if I didn’t feel enough like a dancing hippo, I had to deal with my self-consciousness about him watching. He never said anything disparaging (he knows what would happen if he did *deathanddestruction*) and he was even encouraging, but having him watch brought things to a whole ‘nother level. A whole new level of being very super aware that I am FAT. Dancing in a room full of other overweight women? I can do that, no problem. Doing squats while my husband sits on the couch and watches from behind? Kill me. Kill me now. I let him watch because I wanted to him to see just how hard I was working and that I was making the effort – I plan to use this in my favor at some point in the future. I haven’t decided how, but it’ll be there when I need it. 🙂 

I bought new shoes last Saturday at our local sporting goods store and hey guess what? I hate them. They kill my feet. They’ll be fine for walking, but for doing jumping jacks and other jump-y things they are horrible. My arches and the outside of my foot ache terribly when I’m wearing them so I end up kicking them off and doing the DVDs barefoot, which so far hasn’t been bad, but I don’t think I should keep doing that. Does anyone know if a running store could help me with that? Even though I’m not running, I figure they know exercising feet and might be able to fit me in a shoe that won’t make me cry when I work out. 

This is me right now. Awkward and uncomfortable but willing to be that way while I change. 

Have a great day! 


15 thoughts on “Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it

  1. Yes, a running store definitely should be able to help you with getting shoes that work for exercise…an added bonus is that the will usually take back shoes after you buy them, if they DO end up hurting your feet. Well worth a visit!

    Nice job getting that workout done; I don’t envy you the muscle soreness, but just think of how nice and strong you’re getting, woohoo!

  2. great job on the workout & no junk June! I hope the sporting goods store will take those shoes back. I’d call your running store and see if they offer aerobics shoes. (Sporting good store shoes are more cheaply made than the ones you buy at a running store. They’re chaper for a reason. 🙂 I’ve found I need different shoes for running/walking than I do for aerobics/jumping jack type of activities. When I took step classes in my running shoes, my feet killed me. You’re on your forefoot for those classes, and you need different type of support from what you get from a running shoe, which has the support at the heel. Hope you find what you need!

    1. That’s what I’m finding Laura – different workouts need different shoes! I’ll probably keep the ones I bought just for running errands or whatnot and get some good shoes from the running store. I mean, really, can you ever have too many shoes? 😉

  3. A couple things: A running store might help, but you don’t actually want a running shoe (they’re tilted differently and can mess you up, it’s why if you’re just walking you need non-running shoes.) Additionally, working out barefoot is actually more beneficial for you. Shoes provide stability, when you don’t wear them it forces your body to provide that stability itself. It means you work harder and engage more muscles, etc. So, any weight lifting or anything like that done barefoot is actually much better for you. The jumping around and stuff though, yeah I could see needin’ a shoe!

    1. I know I don’t want running shoes, but there really aren’t any other stores around here that I feel would take the time to make sure I get a correct fit. That’s why I thought a running store would at least work with me to find the best shoe for what I need.

  4. Hello! I just wany to say that I love reading your blog! I am in the exact same predictiment. I’m 37 and have 40 plus pounds to loose. Awkward and overweight I fight that battle every day!
    I would definitely get running shoes for aerobic workouts. I feel they have more “sole of my feet” support
    Many blessings,

  5. I can’t exercise infront of Danny. I don’t mind with weights, but nothing else especially my exercise dvd’s… Unless… He does it, too.

  6. What a good description–feeling like the tin man.

    I was going to say I don’t like exercising in front of other people, but hello. I go to the gym, and I even go out to the pool in my bathing suit. Well, I still don’t like that. Its a banner day when I go and I have the whole pool to myself!

  7. Wow. I would never have done a exercise DVD with my husband watching. That is a BRAVE thing to do. Yeah, our husbands love us unconditionally, but still… We don’t need an audience:) I have trouble finding shoes I like, too. A running store can help, but make sure you tell them you’re doing aerobic-type exercise and not running. My feet are flat, and the shoe experts always want to put me in a stiff shoe with lots of arch to force my feet into the proper position. That didn’t work for me! Ultimately, I resorted to trial and error. Congratulations on the exercise and “no junk” June!

  8. I am 51 yrs old and my DH is 61 and we both did Insanity from Jan 1 to Feb 28/Mar 2. We challenge each other! Why should your DH sit there and WATCH you….do you have children? If yes you birthed the babies and he thought/said OMG I COULD NEVER DO THAT! You can do it!

  9. It might be worthwhile seeing a good podiatrist (note that I said “good”–there are a lot of bad ones out there that just want to sell you expensive insoles) to help you figure out the exact kind of shoe you need. The hubs and I have very different foot problems, and with the help of a podiatrist we’ve learned how to do some basic tests on shoes to make sure they have the right structure for our feet.

    We’ve found that with some obvious exceptions (cheap, cheap shoes from Walmart, etc) $30 shoes from an athletic store can be better than expensive $200 New Balances, and some of the high end shoes can be rather bad. In the end we’re usually able to find affordable shoes in the $50-80 range that work so well for us with inexpensive insoles. Unfortunately we’ve found that the staff at running stores are similarly unpredictable–some know how to recognize what shoes work for what people; others have less knowledge that we do. In the end, though, a podiatrist was able to teach us everything we needed to know about shoes so that we don’t need the help of a running store to find what we need.

    Thanks for your blog–I stumbled across it a few months ago and it is very encouraging!

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