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adidasredHey, look. Another write-up on abs!

Not really.

Take a peek at any magazine rack anywhere and you’ll see “Rock Hard Abs” in bold print near a set of…uh…rock hard abs. I get a little depressed when I see those racks (the magazines…and the abs).

I’m fairly certain I have abs…somewhere…under the crinkly skin nobody sees unless I parade around in the dark under a spotlight in a sports bra (guess that would mean I wouldn’t be in the dark, huh?). I’m certain they’re supposed to be located in the “gap”. No, not the Gap – but that space between my tube boobs and belly button (which could be mistaken for an Apple branding snafu: iButton??).

I think I found them.

On a good day I can suck in enough air to look like I got a Tupac two-pack there.

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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.