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    Not-boss/supervisor just told the IT team that he's been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Haven't really encountered cancer like this (as an adult, I suppose) before. A family friend had it and passed away around the time I was 10 yrs old, but I don't recall that experience well. He said he's "middle of the road" right now, meaning it's not too minor, or too major, and he'll be going in to discuss treatment options in the coming weeks. As much as he annoys me at times, I do hope that everything turns out well for him.

    As an interesting side-note, he has celiac. I know that he still eats plenty of gluten-free grains. Curious how long ago he was diagnosed. He has had a very gaunt/thin appearance for the year+ I've known him and I did notice he seemed thinner lately (could be stress, could be the illness). My morbid curiousity is intrigued by his diagnosis and wonders how much his diet may have played into this.
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    I always wonder the same about people who are ill.

    I asked about whether or not going barefoot would cause my arches to "fall" and I think it was MamaGrok who said that our arches are muscles and naturally built to be worked. She equated them to bridge arches and how they're strong structurally and don't fall and don't need anything to hold them up. I wonder if it's a situation where you wear shoes with arch supports so your arches don't get the "workout" they need to remain strong and when you go without arch supports they "fall". What she said made sense to me and I'm not going to question it. I have a medium arch and was told in the Army to make sure my arch doesn't "fall" (what the hell does that mean anyway??) and so far after 2 months in my fast flats I haven't had any issues in my arches. everything feels great.
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    Oh I'm not worried about my arches hurting from being barefoot, I'm worried about the fit of the shoe over the top of my arches and rubbing. I tried on a Fila Skele-Toes recently (passing through a sporting goods store) and it was just the teeniest bit too snug on top. The toes didn't fit me well either, they felt "cheap" and the seams would be bothersome, I think. I'm curious if there exists a "barefoot" shoe with a snug arch from the bottom, because I feel that would be very comfortable.

    I've been wearing some moccasins for a couple of months now, fairly regularly. I don't really understand the mid-foot strike and with my right leg always going twisty from my stupid hips, it's hard for me to walk properly, let alone properly BAREFOOT. I try, though. I think my feet are stronger for it, but who really knows. I was hoping that changing my walking style would help with my stupid hips, but no such luck. My knee was popping again today so I think I will need to see the chiro again fairly soon =\ I can feel when my right leg is off and it is definitely off again. That's what I get for exercising on crooked hips and waiting so long for an adjustment, probably!
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    I still heel strike when I walk, but when I quickly run across the road, I find myself striking with a midfoot strike.
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    Wow, now that I've watched videos on the different strikes, I've come to realize that what I considered to be a heel strike was a midfoot strike. I've always run on the balls of my feet, and trying to run midfoot (what I always considered "flatfooted") just felt wrong. Even just walking, it's either forefoot strike or, if it's a slow stroll, a midfoot. The heel strike always felt like my foot was slapping the ground and felt wrong.
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    I'm focusing on a modified fox step (I think that's what it's called). First the outer ball of your foot hits the ground, roll in to the ball behind your big toe, then back on the outside of your sole to your heel. I can feel my weight is distributed differently on each leg though. My right leg has always had issues. Perhaps it's just a lifetime of crooked hips, but there's no easy way to tell since they don't stay adjusted properly for long. I think more exercise will help enforce the proper alignment, post-adjustment at the chiropractor.

    I'm taking a sick day today. I was so groggy this morning, I was stumbling and stuttering and I did not feel like I would wake up enough to drive anywhere. I may do some errands later, but mostly I just want to lounge.

    I took my updated photos yesterday. I was a bit bloated from just eating and some non-Primal eating over the past few days, but it's still a vast improvement from last August. I'll post them later with some thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
    Why do minimalist shoes have a maximalist price?
    I go to Kohl's and combine their sale on water shoes and coupons and wind up with minimalist running shoes for ~$10 a pop. Got a couple of pair last year and only had to toss one when I took a spill on asphalt last week and ripped the crap out of the one shoe. And my knee.

    They have inserts that come loose and slip around, so I tear 'em out now. It's like wearing a ballet slipper, so it's good I'm one of those guys who's comfortable with his masculinity and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenn26point2 View Post
    I asked about whether or not going barefoot would cause my arches to "fall" and I think it was MamaGrok who said that our arches are muscles and naturally built to be worked. She equated them to bridge arches and how they're strong structurally and don't fall and don't need anything to hold them up. I wonder if it's a situation where you wear shoes with arch supports so your arches don't get the "workout" they need to remain strong and when you go without arch supports they "fall". What she said made sense to me and I'm not going to question it. I have a medium arch and was told in the Army to make sure my arch doesn't "fall" (what the hell does that mean anyway??) and so far after 2 months in my fast flats I haven't had any issues in my arches. everything feels great.
    Yeah, over my couple of years running I've really felt the workout in the muscles and ligaments in the arch, definitely some strengthening going on there. My only issue came back in Feb. when the weather was nice and I overdid it, hadn't been on any longer runs in months and suddenly decided to just go with it and wound up doing 9 miles. Cool and all until I had plantar fasciitis that took me down a few months.

    If you're transitioning from regular shoes to minimalist shoes, it might be worth considering not going full bore gonzo until you kind of get a feel for them.

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    From August 2011 and June 2012. Fat loss = 10-15 lbs. I am not where I thought I'd want to be, at this point, but I am happy with my body. I still want to look more muscular. I can see more muscle on my shoulders than I have ever had before (when I was stick-thin in high school and college) and I like how it looks.

    And for the record, those bikini bottoms are rather huge on me!







    If I really want to see change, I'm going to have to start exercising more and with heavier weights. I guess that's the plan for the rest of the year!

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