Shopping Fail – so excited I prematurely splurged

I have been looking at Cole Haan Oxfords for over two years now.  When I had my first bout of plantar fasciitis, I needed shoes with better support.  What I found when I went shopping were Lifestrides and Birkenstocks.  I wanted to walk with no pain, not look like I’d given up on life!  Researching good shoe brands, I ended up with some Dr. Scholl’s flats and Born boots, and the recommendation that Cole Haan would serve me well.  So well, he costs $100-$200 a pop.  The high end hooker of shoes with arch support.

Basically, I try on a pair of Cole Haan oxfords every single time I’m at a store that carries them.  I walk around on a pillow of cushiony, pain-free soles, exuding the confidence of an white male in a boardroom.  These shoes are fucking awesome.

A few days ago I found them in the clearance section of a Marshall’s.  The WHAT?!  THE CLEARANCE SECTION!!!!  FORTY-SEVEN DOLLARS.  What the fuck.  For a pair of $130 suede tan oxfords with bright blue sole and laces. *Swoon*  I’m usually a 7.5, but these were an 8.  No matter.  They felt like they fit well enough.  SOLD!

Here are the beauties:



But not so fast.  I wore them today with a brown pencil skirt, dark purple tank, and lime, blue and green striped cardigan.  Purple and lime drop earrings.  Blue and lime stacked rings.  Everything is perfect!  Except that I’m wearing the shoes with tights and my feet are sliding all over the fucking place.  It felt like wearing rain boots with no socks.  Not good.  Not good for my arches, not good for my ankles, not good for my knees.

Oh yeah, I threw out the tags and receipt yesterday.


November Fitness Roundup

I’ve been posting my stats sporadically and the lack of consistency is killing me.  Like – you’ve seen my Fitbit steps for one week in October and a non-abutting span of 2 weeks in November.  You (and by you, I mean I) can’t see progress looking at varying time intervals.  So, I figured I’ll do a monthly recap.


  • 270 Minutes of Cardio
  • 7 At Home Workouts and 9 Gym trips
  • Fitbit
    • Average Daily Steps: 7,049  — Traveling to the suburbs for Thanksgiving killed me.  I walked 784 steps on Black Friday.
    • Previous Month: 7,985


  • Weight:
    • October 27 = 131.8
    • November 26 = 131.0
    • I’m a huge weirdo and weigh myself every day.  I know you’re not supposed to because of the massive fluctuations (see blue line below), but I like knowing how much it can fluctuate, so I never feel bad about it.
    • I’ve definitely plateaued and I’ll be working on that this month, but the overall trend is down (and I clocked in today at 129.8, and I’m not even dehydrated, so woohoo).  As you can see I plotted the moving average twice with a window of 1 (average of 3 days) and a window of 2 (average of 5 days) because it smooths out the fluctuations, so that you can see the overall trend.
  • I started running outside last week, as well.  Per my physical therapist, I’m only supposed to do run/walk intervals for short periods of time to start, so none of this is very impressive – just very exciting!  It’s such a weight off my shoulders to run without limping the next day.  I just hope it holds up as I increase distance and speed.

That’s all for today!  I’ll be aiming to improve on all of these for December.  On one hand I have a few weeks off from school, which will help, but Christmas parties, baking, and travel might offset that.