"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Monday, January 11, 2010

Painful Feet

Friday at the gym I was chatting with an elderly man while doing the weight machines. This was after doing my walk/jog intervals upstairs on the inside track. The end of our conversation went something like this:

Gentleman: Yea, so I saw these three ladies up there the other day walking with a bag of peanut M&Ms in their hand! Said they use them to keep track of how many laps they do.

Me: Really?!? (grinning and shaking my head)

Gentleman: Yep. Every time they finish a lap they eat one. (pause) Now wouldn't that be like shooting yourself in the foot?? I mean, gosh, you could eat one banana and still have to come in here for 30 minutes to burn off those calories.

Me: Yes, sir, you're right. (still somewhat grinning, but feeling so convicted...)

We exchanged a few more pleasantries and then he went on his way. Meanwhile, I was left thinking on this....ALL WEEKEND.

Let's just say, both of my feet hurt, because I've shot myself in the foot so many times just like he said. Oh, I would NEVER take candy to the gym with me, but I've had my share of self-inflicted shooting going on.

Yes, I've had my victories this past seven months, and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world, but my feet do hurt figuratively speaking. And the only way to help them to "heal" is to stop shooting myself in the foot. I am going to run a 5K this year, but I know I don't want to do it at 210 pounds.

So, here's a new goal: Leah, stop shooting yourself in the foot.


  1. Oh, I'm one big target. I have to learn to stop sabotaging my efforts.

    Fun post with important things to think about.

  2. I'm likin' that phrase....I've done a little shooting this weekend and it's showing up in major water retention - like 6lb gain in one day!!! Explain that one....thinkin I'm going to have to get a foot massage - or a brain massage so I'll stop shootin' too!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I like your metaphor. I think we all shoot ourselves in the feet too much. It is realizing it that will help us quit doing it. Great post!

    I'm new to the weight loss blog world. My journey just started and one of my goals is to run a 5k this year, too! We can do it!


  4. This is so funny! It seems counterintuitive, but if a few M&Ms are your only treat for the day and they motivate you to exercise, is it really all THAT bad?!? My problem is that once I taste sugar, I crave it all day. Used to love French toast on Saturday mornings, but I can't do that anymore.