Brands of fitness shoes

When it comes to shoe shopping, I like to consider myself a bit of an expert. My Mom would say the same thing. I have two closets full of shoes, from high heels to flats to fitness shoes. I could probably spend a full day discussing what my favorite brand of shoe is, but that would really depend on what kind of shoe I was looking to wear. For the sake of not making this a 3000 word post, I’m going to discuss my favorite fitness shoes.

I like to work out. A lot. It’s become more important to me since my Uncle Buster had a heart attack this past month. Buster’s (his real name is Claude) doctors told him that had he not been in such good shape, he would have not made it. Buster is a recently retired ER surgeon, and has been working out religiously every day for the last 30 years. When I say ‘work out’, I don’t mean to say that he goes to a gym every day, but he sees to it that he at least takes a long 30 minute walk daily. He eats right also, which helped him through the heart attack because even though some plaque slipped and blocked an artery, the rest of his heart was in good enough shape to keep pumping through the massive heart attack.

I didn’t use to be such a workout buff, but I’ve been working out at least 2-3 times per week for the past 2 years. Now that Buster’s heart attack has kicked my hynie into shape, I’ll be trying to get to the gym at least 5 times a week, and doing some things to stay in shape when I’m home.

Okay, now onto my fitness shoe review. First, I must say that I formerly worked out in high top Converse shoes, which didn’t really lend much support to my ankles or my feet. Since I’ve been going to the gym more, and running outside, I need more support throughout my entire foot. Since I love shoes, I decided to spend about $300 on three pairs of shoes about a month ago, and my results are below:

-I bought a pair of Nike Lunarglides to strictly run in. When I reviewed them online before I bought them, I found that most people thought they were the best running shoe for women because they were very light and still had some cushioning support for your foot. The only thing I don’t really like about them is they are a little light on the cushion around my ankles, and I initially got a blister on my right ankle (that has since gone away). Now that I have broken them in, they are really great for running either outside or on the treadmill.

-I bought a pair of New Balance Vazee Pace shoes to take the gym and do all my other working out in when I’m not strictly running. I really like these shoes because they have a bit more cushioning around the ankles, and they seem to be a better fit for my feet (I have a pretty normal foot).  These have very little wear on them currently because I’m strictly using them at the gym . I like these a little better than the Nikes.

-Lastly, I bought a pair of Asics GT – 1000 4PR. I really bought these because they are a pink shoe that was made to benefit cancer research. With every pair sold, Asics gives $10 to cancer research. The shoes themselves are very comfortable, and I’ve been swapping them out with my Nike’s when I run.

If you like women’s shoes and you want some recommendations on them, give me a shout at restoreequality2010@gmail.com.

Until next time, I hope you enjoy working out, hopefully in some new shoes that I’ve recommended above!

Restoring some peace in my world

I’ve been pretty busy for the past few months with a ton of work, and have also been building a business that my Mom and I are running selling clothing. This has been a dream of hers since I can remember, and she asked me to help, well, because I love shopping, buying, and wearing all different kinds of women’s clothes. Needless to say, this has taken up a ton of time setting up the product, thinking about how to market, and figure out a company name, which hasn’t been thought of as of yet.

In reviewing the past couple months of my life, I realize that I’ve done a lot more work in those couple of months than I have ever done before. I’ve travelled more, worked more hours, made more sacrifices, and generally lived a pretty driven day to day life. I guess I got a bit sick of the efficiency at which I was working, and all the excuses that I made. That’s never been me, and as I was falling into mediocrity, I knew that I had to make some changes.

First, I changed how I woke up in the morning. Instead of looking at my phone and searching all of the Facebook posts, looking at everything on Pinterest, and spending a lot of time doing things that I knew were unproductive, I immediately stopped that. Now, I wake up, make the bed, and make sure that everything is cleaned up before starting my day. Hopping into a shower use to be a long process, but I tell myself that I have about 5 minutes to do that now, and normally the shower is done in about 3 minutes (I do take a longer shower once per week, to shave my legs and do the essentials of womanscaping). The biggest thing that changed was waking up a lot earlier, and going to bed a little earlier. Before I made some of these changes, I would stay up until about midnight, watching TV and generally not getting much done. Instead of staring at a television now, I read a book, whether it’s motivational, or just something to take my mind off the general stresses of the day. Watching TV is fine, but not for a couple hours a night because that’s been terribly unproductive.

I wasn’t working out much either. In all reality, I don’t like the gym much anymore, even though I use to enjoy going and hanging out on the treadmill. But I have forced myself to get back in the gym and get on the elliptical for at least 20 minutes a day for 3 days a week. I’ll do some weightlifting as well, but only with my trainer, who I can talk to about the various injuries I’ve had that limit me a bit. My Mom always has told me ‘Honey, you need to take some time for yourself’. I’m not good at that, or rather I didn’t always know how best to take care of myself. I’ve always been about looking at others, other things and looking at what I can do to help the people around me. I can still do that, but I have to put myself first from here on out.

As Mom and I delve further into this clothing business, my goal is to continue to progress working toward a better me, and I will succeed in that only if I stay driven and goal oriented.

That’s my current review of myself.