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sneakers-worn-holes If you’re on a weight loss journey and are diabetic, make sure you’re taking care of all 2,000 body parts – especially your feet!

Proper Support
Make sure your sneakers have proper support. Before you buy, check out several different pair for good support. Improper support can negatively affect your arches, ankles, and knees, making your workouts very painful. Quick tip: grab the sneaker by the heel and toe and give it a quick bend. If the sneaker bends easily, put it back! There’s no support in the arches. The more resistance in the arch area the better the support. Bend a few sneakers by different manufacturers, you’ll be pretty amazed at what you find.

Proper Toe-Box Width & Depth
Toe Box is the part of the sneaker that covers and protects your toes. Toe boxes come in a variety of shapes and colors, and should be wide enough to be comfortable for your toes. Quick tip: When trying on sneakers, try to do so near the end of the day. Feet tend to swell throughout the day. Also, try on sneakers with thin socks. If you try on sneakers with thick socks, they won’t fit properly.

Proper Socks
Socks make a world of difference for just about anyone, but with diabetics is even more important. Proper socks that wick away moisture and provide a good fit will reduce problems such as blisters. Quick tip: the cheaper the sock, the crapier they may be. Consider spending a few on some good socks and only wear them when you work out. Your feet will thank you later.

Check Your Feet After Your Workouts
Check your feet regularly, especially at the end of your workouts. Diabetics need to always be aware of changes or cuts on their feet. Quick tip: keep a small bandage kit with you wherever you go. Blister band-aids provide good protection to cut or blistered areas on the feet. You can also keep a pair of clean flip flops to change into after your workouts. 

Get Fitted
Best thing you could ever do for your feet is to get fitted by a run shop. They’ll check how you walk, make sure your ankles aren’t rolling, and insure you receive a pair of sneakers which provide you with support. You pay for what you get – bargains don’t necessarily mean you’ll get a good pair of sneakers. Quick tip: if you’re not able to get fitted, check out New Balance. They offer more sneaker fit combinations than any other sneaker company out there through “shoe last”. Shoe last is a 360 degree mode of the foot used to create each sneaker’s heel width, instep height, toe box width and toe box depth. The shoe last helps ensure the best possible fit.

A handful of us from church signed up for the Gilda’s Club 2013 5K Run/Walk on October 12th in honor of Foster Braun. Foster’s a member of our church, and also a radio personality here in the Detroit area (Foster has a voice that would melt Wolverine’s metal alloy adamantium skeleton). He’s married to a lovely woman, Ginny – they are just the perfect couple. Foster is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Our team, Team Foster, will be helping to raise funds for Gilda’s Club and the research to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma.

Prepping for is so not like riding a bike.

My friend Rebekah and I got together last night to “run together”. My cocky-meter was set to about medium-high because you know, I workout. So we meet up, agree on timed runs (6 minutes on, 2 minutes off), set our respective fitness apps, and away we went for a nice 3.1 mile jaunt. I kept up once or twice, but for the most part Bekah was a good half mile ahead of me. It sucked. I got smoked by a mom of four extremely rambunctious boys!


Kick up your routine: consider a workout buddy who’s better than you are at a certain activity. It’s extra special if that buddy encourages and pushes you to go a little further – even if they’re a lot cuter than you and a half mile ahead of the game.

And if you’re able, consider making a donation to help us raise funds for Gilda’s Club and cancer research. Our team goal is $500.00. I’m hoping all of you will consider helping us make it to $2,000.00.

Get up & GO!


Sneakers. There are millions put out by well known sneaker manufacturers: New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Asics, etc. Sneakers need to work well, and you need more than one pair (I know…my bin is a tiny bit overfull).

Here are some tips on how to pick a great pair of sneakers:

1. Wear proper socks. When shopping for sneakers, it’s important you wear a pair of socks that you would wear in the gym, not everyday socks. Sneaker socks (you saw that coming) should be moisture wicking with a fit that doesn’t lose shape. Plus, if you try new sneakers on with everyday socks, they’re not going to fit as well with sneaker socks.

2. Different sneakers for different activities. Running sneakers are different than biking sneakers, and they’re different from gym sneakers. There are also different from everyday sneakers. Running sneakers tend to fit differently and be slightly bigger than gym sneakers to allow room for swelling. Biking sneakers are narrower than other sneakers, and the good ones have clips on the bottoms so feet don’t slip off the pedals (these are usually worn by a hard core spinner or endurance cyclist). Gym sneakers should be just that: gym sneakers. Albeit this is my personal opinion, but I have learned if you wear the same pair of sneakers for everything, you’ll have problems with your feet later.

3. Get fitted. If you’re planning to run, get to a run shop and have them fit you for a pair of running shoes. You’ll pay a few bucks for them, but your feet with thank you for miles and miles and miles. Run shops will watch you stand, watch how you walk, and choose several sneakers for you to try on that would work best for YOU.

4. Bend those suckers. Best piece of advice I ever got pertaining to shoes in general was from a chiropractor. He emphasized the importance of proper support in foot wear. I do this with every pair of sneakers or other shoes I purchase. Before you even try the sneaker on, bend it. I mean, really bend it. If the sneaker bends easily or or gives too much in the arch, put it back. Look for another pair. Just because they’re on sale or on clearance does not make them stellar. Improper support, regardless of any activity you do, will kill your feet and cause problems to your ankles. There is also a domino effect: your knees will be bothered due to improper support (you’ll walk differently), and your ankles will feel sore in all the wrong places. This can happen with a great pair of sneakers, too. I have learned that’s temporary with great sneakers. My feet had to get used to being in something nice.

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how to check for proper support in your sneakers click the first one to see the slideshow):

sexybeastI’m working on a project to shine a light that will give a huge pat on the back to all the women out there who have literally worked their butts off. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to email your before picture. Include an after picture, but not just ANY after picture:

Make it sexy and sassy, and of course you must wear your favorite pair of sneakers.

Pictures need to be submitted by 8:00pm EST Friday July 26th as follows:

Subject line should read “Before and After Project” (otherwise it flies into a cyber black hole of spam).
Include your first name (or that by which you would like to be called).
Include your age (not date of birth).
Include the month & year of your weight loss surgery.
Non-ops can participate, too!!
Include your starting weight and how much weight you have lost. You can also include, if you would like: inches lost, pant sizes lost, etc.
Do not submit nakked pictures. Sports bras, shorts, things like that are fine.

Send your email to, or any questions you may have!