These Shoes are Made for Walking


“My Grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” — Ellen Degeneres

If you are all wondering where I’ve been for the past two weeks, I am happy to report that I have been released back into the wild. Doc say’s I’m fit and ready to go.

Well, not fit per se’, seems I’ve gained ten pounds since my surgery. The weight gain puts me (uhg) 60 pounds over my target weight. He very politely side stepped that note ( nice man) and simply said I could now start a program, just start slow.  Walking would be good. That and riding my bike. Just don’t over do it.

Me? Overdo something? Never. Unless you count my years in Tai Chi and Shaolin — maybe training for three hours a day was a bit much for a relaxing hobby, but I had a goal. I wanted to compete in China and to do that I had to place in Regionals, and then I needed to place in Nationals. I would have made it to China too, if I hadn’t blown out my ACL playing on the church softball team.

I don’t over do things at all.

Okay, maybe a little. But I’m learning.

I think I’m off to a good start. I stopped at Wal-Mart to buy milk and found these really cute work out clothes that I just had to have, because if I’m going to work out, I’m pretty sure people don’t want me to do it naked. And while I was there, I stopped at Payless for sneakers.

Oh yes, Payless shoe store. I like that store. I can usually find a buy one get one half off sale just about every time I go. I walk in the doors and the first thing I see is a poster of a pair of women’s legs that rival the lamp from A Christmas Story- minus the fish net stockings of course. These legs literally go up to the ceiling and are attached to pretty pair of  Champion Shoes. The poster goes on to tell me how these tennis shoes have three different patented technologies that will tone, firm and perform liposuction, all for $29.95 plus tax. What a deal.

Yes I bought them. I’m a sucker for visual advertising and I too want to believe if I own these shoes I will look like the gal in the poster.

Posters lie. I’ve had these shoes for six days now and my legs don’t look anything like the ones in the window. I’m apparently supposed to walk in them in order for them to work. Figures.

Who wants to walk when the heat index is over 100? I’m too busy driving around in my air-conditioned pick up truck saying hello to everyone I haven’t seen in a few months. I plan on walking, starting today. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it so much that instead of driving my truck over to say hello, I’ll just walk over.

 But for now, I’m thinking a walk to the park is probably good enough.

This post written by Deana O’Hara for Redemption’s Heart, July 1, 2010. All rights reserved.

Disclosure of material connection. No goods or services were provided in exchange for my writing about Champion Shoes or Payless Shoes Store.

4 thoughts on “These Shoes are Made for Walking

  1. Might consider a stint at Curves, too. Warm up, exercise and cool down work outs. Or, you could go work with our daughter who is a single woman living and working on a project farm! She has biceps any man would be proud to own! Between working with the horses and cutting cedar trees (and dragging them to the truck and loading them single handedly to take to the mill…) she has muscles in places I didn’t realize a person had!

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    1. You are dead on — maintaining is what gets me. I’ve lost the same 15 pounds repeatedly over the last three years or so. I actually did not have a real weight issue until I got obsessed with Tai Chi – a program I joined to learn how to relax more and well… we see how well that went. Prior to that, I was a normal female who wanted to lose 10 pounds or so, always. ;-D

      My body became accustomed to the three hour work outs and when those stopped, the weight just poured on. I also ate at a training level and I cut out the work outs, but not the food. I’m still pretty muscular according to my dr, so bringing it back, should not be that terribly difficult. I hope.

      My surgery has helped. I turned a huge corner at week five, and by week six the energy rush was amazing. I hadn’t realized how under the weather I’d been and for so long, until the root issue was take away. I feel incredible compared to how I felt before the surgery.

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