My Incredible Shrinking Clothes – Shoes Edition

August 12, 2011

Today you get a double dose of Keep it up, David!  In addition to the post below, I’ve also written a guest post for A Life Changing Journey, Tara’s inspiring weight loss and running blog.  Check out my guest post, which is all about staying motivated, here.

This post is so bizarre to me, I can’t believe I’m about to write it.  Let’s see.  Where to start?

Check out my new shoes!

I bought them about a week and a half ago when I stopped at the outlets in Primm, Nevada, on the way home from Las Vegas.  I found them at the Nike Outlet, and they’re really comfortable and supportive.

But there’s something really new and different about these shoes that you can’t tell by looking at them.  It’s that they’re size 13.

That may not mean much to you, but it’s practically mind-blowing to me.  Because, you see, for my entire adult life, I’ve worn size 14 shoes. 

Yes, yes, let’s get the joke out the of way:  Everyone knows what they say about a guy with big shoes.  He also has a big dick big socks.

Have I lost weight in my feet?  I have!

When I was at my heaviest, I didn’t think I had fat feet.  Most of my excess weight was gathered in my torso – chest and gut mainly, but also plenty in my neck and chin region.  I’ve never had tons of excess weight in any of my limbs, let alone my extremities.  And yet, since I began losing weight in January 2010, I’ve noticed changes in my body, even the parts that I didn’t think had anything to lose, like my hands.

Now, it seems, that my I’ve lost enough to make a difference in my feet, and that idea is so completely strange to me.  It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it!  For the record, I don’t think (although I suppose I don’t know) that my feet are getting shorter.  I think that they’re narrower, and/or have a smaller circumference.  When I used to try on size 13 shoes, it wasn’t that there was no room for my toes, it was that they were incredibly tight along the sides and tops of my feet.

Those Nikes, though, fit wonderfully.

And I must give credit where credit is due: my mother predicted this.  She’s asked me a couple times over the past year if I can fit into a smaller shoe size, and I laughed at her.  I laughed.  “Oh, mom, my feet aren’t going to get smaller.  There’s no fat in my feet to lose!  How silly!”   Well, she has the last laugh.  So laugh it up, mom.  You earned it!

A picture of my new size 13 shoe (on the right) next to an old shoe (on the left; a size 14 Adidas):

If I’ve truly sized down to a 13, and this pair of shoes isn’t some sort of fluke or factory mistake, than I’m gonna be really excited, for two reasons:  It’s a strange, but true, consequence of the 167 pounds I’ve lost, and also, because shoe shopping just got a whole lot easier.

Buying size 14 shoes can be a giant pain in the neck.  Many mass retailers, including Foot Locker and DSW, don’t carry sizes bigger than 13 (or carry so few 14s that it’s not worth the trip), so, over the past 10+ years, I’ve bought countless shoes online, without the benefit of trying them on.  I’ve also bought shoes at big & tall stores (which I’ve since vowed to never step foot in again), although lately I’ve discovered the joys of Nordstrom Rack, which has a great selection of 14s.

All that scouring for shoes that fit, though, may be a thing of the past!

Keep it up, David!

If you liked this post, check out the other posts in the My Incredible Shrinking Clothes series.  They’re all archived in My Favorite Posts, so click on that at the top of the page, and scroll down a teeny bit.  Some of the old clothes/new clothes pictures are really astounding!

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New Kicks & More Than a Week of Workouts

March 10, 2011

Don’t you love when packages arrive in the mail?  I do.  So you can all understand my excitement when a package arrived today… with new shoes!

I’m a size 14, and buying shoes can be a pain in the ass.  A lot of retailers don’t stock shoes above Men’s size 13.  Some do, but their inventory is spotty.  The whole affair is rather hit-or-miss, so I end up buying a lot of my shoes online.  Sure, I could go to a Big & Tall store, but their selection always sucks, is never very youthful, and, oh yeah, I refuse to step foot in another Big & Tall store again.

Here are the shoes that arrived today – I love ’em!

They’re the Breakr 2, made by Warrior.  Warrior is a Michigan-based subsidiary of New Balance that primarily sells lacrosse equipment and gear.  Now, I don’t know the first thing about lacrosse – I’ve never played, never seen it played, and if you put a lacrosse stick in my hand, I’d probably go try to catch a butterfly or something.  But they recently started branching out and selling training shoes, and last year, when I was looking around at a bunch of companies and websites looking for gym shoes, I ended up buying a pair of Warriors.  They were comfortable and provided good support, so I thought of them again when those shoes wore out.

Here they are on my feet:

Here’s their online store, so you can look around at Warrior’s selection.  I recommend them, and a lot of their shoes are on sale right now!

Moving on…

Time to catch up with my exercise regimen.  It’s been about a week and a half since the last time I ran down what I’ve been doing to work out, so I’ve got some catching up to do.  Normally I work backwards, chronologically, but this time I’ll switch it up and start where I left off.

Saturday, 2/26: Normally I’d take Richard’s class at Slimmons on Saturday morning, but I had an appointment, so I couldn’t.  Instead, first thing in the morning, I hopped on the bike in the little gym in my building and rode for 50 minutes.

Sunday, 2/27: I met up with my friend Amy, and went for a lovely, long run – 5 miles in 60 minutes – which is fully documented here.

Monday, 2/28: Elliptical, 60 minutes, at the gym.

Tuesday, 3/1: Took a class with Sherri at Slimmons.  She was subbing for Richard, who was in New Zealand for the week.

Wednesday, 3/2: Went to the pool.  In total, I swam 2,750 yards in 65 minutes.  You can see how the yardage breaks down here (scroll down a little bit).

Thursday, 3/3: My most successful run to date!  In a cemetery!  5.4 miles in 57 minutes.  Lots of details and pics here.

Friday, 3/4: Worked out in the little gym in my building: 15 min of free weights, 45 min on exercise bike, 15 min of abs/push-ups.  Then, I did the photo shoot with Mike, which ended up involving about an hour of hiking to and from the burned-out bridge location, so that ended up being a nice bonus workout.

Saturday, 3/5: My birthday!  Went to Slimmons, where Anne was subbing for Richard, who was still in New Zealand.  More on Anne’s challenging class here.

Sunday, 3/6: REST DAY.  My first in 11 days.

Monday, 3/7: REST DAY.  Didn’t plan on this being a rest day – I wanted to go to the gym, but I just never made it.

Tuesday, 3/8: Boot Camp class with Craig RamsayTough.  Lots of lunges, push-ups, Romanian deadlifts (first time doing these, ever), and bicep curls while in lunge positions.  Ugh, my muscles ache just thinking about it!  Craig kicks my ass every time, and it’s pretty fantastic.

Wednesday, 3/9: Craig recommended I stick to just cardio today, and I followed his suggestion.  He asked in class what type of cardio was hardest for me, and I said StairMaster, so he suggested (naturally) that I do 20 minutes on StairMaster, level 5, and then 20 minutes on the treadmill, with a 15% incline.  I decided to really push myself today, so I used Craig’s suggestions as a starting off point.

On the StairMaster, I started at level 5, and then 3 minutes in, I switched to doing double steps instead of single steps.  At 9 minutes in, I upped it to level 6, and at 14 minutes in, I upped it to 7, and for the final 3 minutes, I upped it to level 8, while doing double steps the whole time.  In total, 275 calories burned.

On the treadmill, Craig suggested 15% incline, and a speed at 3.2, which I did for the first 5 minutes.  Then, every 5 minutes, I bumped it up .1 mph, so by the end of the 20 minutes, I was up to 3.5 mph.  In total, 75 calories burned.

Then, just because I was feeling good, I jumped on the arc trainer, and put in 20 minutes, slowly upping the resistance and incline the whole time.  In total, 410 calories burned, which makes for a grand total for the day of 760 calories.

OH – and I nearly forgot:  those 20 minutes on the StairMaster equaled 75 flights, which is the same as the JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston.  This skyscraper holds a couple records:  It’s the tallest building in Texas, and the tallest 5-sided building in the world:

Yep, I climbed the equivalent of that today!

Keep it up, David!


Fruit Trees, Hike, Goodbye Shoes

January 25, 2011

I hung out with my friend Tavi this morning.  I’m totally envious of Tavi, for a couple reasons.  First of all, he has a super cool job: he’s an aerialist.  Yep, an acrobatic, ultra-flexible, death-defying performer.  You can catch him right now in a show called Cirque Berserk, playing in downtown Los Angeles – go here for info and tickets (act fast – it closes this weekend).  I’m also envious because Tavi has fruit trees in his backyard.  Two grapefruit trees and a tangerine tree.  Check out his fruit!

I totally wish I had fruit trees.  How fantastic would it be to wake up and think, ‘I want some juice this morning’ and then walk 15 feet and pluck some grapefruit off a tree!  Since Tavi has more tangerines and grapefruit than he knows what to do with, he let me help myself, which I did:

Tomorrow morning, I’m making some juice!

Tavi and I also went on a great hike this morning.  The last time I went hiking with Tavi, which is documented here, it involved a burned-out bridge, leaping over creeks, and coming across a naked old man.  Needless to say, hiking with Tavi is fun!  This morning we went to Fryman Canyon, a nearby trail in the Hollywood Hills.  I’ve been to Fryman before, on an early morning hike with my friends Jen and Tiffany.  I told Tavi this, and he says, “you’ve probably been on the main trail.  I go on a steeper, tougher, narrower trail.”  Yep, it’s fun already!

He was right.  His trail was tough.  I was out of breath at times.  It wound up and down through the hills, through canyons, alongside ridges, and through countless different types of terrain: lush tropical rain forest-lookin’ parts, sloping fields of 6-foot shrubs, rocky chasms with streams at the bottom…  and there were some great views, too!  Like this one:

There was also a fallen tree than we walked across:

And a random trapeze tied to a tree (why I’m the one holding it, and not Tavi the aerialist, is a good question):

Oh and did I mention Tavi got a great parking spot?

Near the end of the hike, we had to come down a steep ridge.  Tavi ran down it, full speed, but I was a wuss and negotiated it foot by foot:

It was on that descent that I decided to was time to say goodbye to the pair of shoes I was wearing.  They’re Under Armour shoes, and I loved them, but I wore them out, and they don’t have any traction anymore.  No good.  I bought them probably over a year ago, and wore them as gym shoes for three or four (or six) months.  When I got new gym shoes, I kept these around to wear occasionally: like when it was rainy outside, or when I went on hikes and there was the potential for lots of dust, dirt, or mud.  But just a few minutes before starting to write this post, I tossed them down the trash chute, into the dumpster.

Goodbye shoes, you served me well.

Oh, and that hike?  It was nearly two hours long.

Keep it up, David!