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Feb. 19th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm This Is Why I'm Fat, part 406
Yesterday I had quite a startling revelation about why I tend to stay fat. I hate running and walking, this is no shock, but I finally realized WHY.

Shoes don't fit me right.

I have known for years that most shoes are made in China, and the lasts tend to be Chinese- and Chinese women tend to have rectangular feet, like so [].

Women of Celtic ancestery (of where the old Kaloti tribes lived- through parts of Germany and France as well, old central Europe) tend to have triangular shaped feet \/ like so. This is why Berkenstocks and the shoes made in Europe tend to fit people who've never been able to really find shoes that fit well- their last is based on the assumption of wider toes and narrower heels.

My feet are duck-shaped enough that I have an extra-narrow heel, and an extra-wide toebox area.

The last few days running around in the garden my feet have been KILLING me- cramping in the arch, lots of pain, lots of badness- and I finally realized that while I can shove my foot into a wide-with shoe with something to stop it from slipping off the back, whenever I do anything active, the balls of my feet and toes spread- and if they're squunched in the shoe it f'ing HURTS. This might also help explain my horrible sense of balance (or I might still just be clumsy).

When running hurts, you're less likely to do it. When walking hurts, you're less likely to do it.

I'm going to have to figure out how to make my own shoes for puttering around in the garden and working out, because I am indeed very tired of being fat, and this is a sily thing to hold me back. It makes sense, though- every time I've worked out I've ended up in pain, and just basic Skinnerian conditioning says that will make me AVOID whatever that stimulus is.

So, I need to change this, and then see if I can make any more progress.
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From:mama_hogswatch
Date:February 19th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if I've ever pointed out Everyday Systems to you or not, but I find many of the systems there useful as they tend to be non-invasive.
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From:mama_hogswatch
Date:February 19th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
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And you know I swim because swimming doesn't hurt.
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From:madpiratebippy
Date:February 20th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
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We have a local pool that I love. I've had two problems swimming to loose weight in it, though.

1. The kids love it too and they're young enough they need supervision when in the water.

2. It's an outdoor, spring-fed pool (google Barton Springs for pics of the awesomeness) and I'm just not up to swimming in 60 degree water when it's 40 degrees outside.

It's free for the first hour or so each day, so I might start going early to get a jump start on the day and get the move on, but the workouts I really tend to love are Kettlebells and heavy iron lifting.

Which also involve no running or splaying of ye toes. Hmmm. Must re-evaluate that as well.

I haven't seen the everyday systems stuff, am going to go look at it now.
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From:mrmeval
Date:February 20th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
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I'm at the point of getting custom shoes made. I need to find a doctor who will write a prescription for them.
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From:edwardmartiniii
Date:February 21st, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
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There are not shops near you that make or sell wide shoes? Although cobblers are rare, you can probably find one nearby who can direct you.
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From:madpiratebippy
Date:February 23rd, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
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They do, in fact, sell wide shoes.

They fall off my feet. The narrow heel, it doth kill me. Woe unto those with triangle feet!
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From:edwardmartiniii
Date:February 23rd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
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But... but... a cobbler MAKES shoes.